As mentioned, you will stay entirely in The Forbidden Sands area for this Favor. Briefly summarize, you are to find a door somewhere in the desert. To open the door, you require two key parts that you will find in the lower half of this region.
After you have collected the key parts, head straight towards the door to open it. On the other side, you will find a massive beast known as Gravel Belly that needs to be defeated.
To get to The Desert Door Favor, you must complete Freyr’s Gift Favor, which allows you to gather any item from the crystal circles. I suggest you also complete Song of the Sands Favor, which will help you find key parts easily.
How To Find The Key Parts
To acquire these parts for unlocking the Desert Door Favor, you must travel South on your sled along with Freya. The exact location of these keys is marked here for you.
The First Part is a little to the West of the Forbidden Sands.
With reference to the first part, the second part is directly to its East.
Note that the key parts are inside blue crystals containing crystals; we will call these crystal circles. You will find more than two crystal circles, so if they do not include the parts, they will contain some other valuable collectible for you.
Let’s start with the left key first. After you have reached the marked location, you will see a crystal circle like this.
Get off your sled and collect the first key part. The Desert Door Favor will unlock as soon as you grab it, and the objective will tell you to find the other half of it.
Standing in the exact location, you should move East. All the Crystal Circles are located in a straight line. You will see that the successive crystal circle might not have the second key part, but it will contain some valuable items like the Honed Metal.
Keep moving East to find the next crystal circle, which will contain the second key part if the previous one doesn’t have it. Grab it to have the complete key to yourself, and you will be ready to open the Desert Door.
Note that there are more crystal circles in the Forbidden Sands area. You can collect items from them if you like.
Standing at the last crystal circle, move directly toward the North to reach the desired location. Break the crates and barrels on your way for some bonus items. After traveling not too far, you will see a wooden gate at some height just like this.
To break it, you will have to get on the wooden rock to its left, and then, by using your Blades of Chaos, you should break the wooden door to move forward.
Furthermore, you will have a short battle with multiple opponents.
Your enemies will have long swords that they will frequently use to lower your health bar. Moreover, they can also use a snowball attack; a snowball will be generated by any opponent that travels in the air and explodes when it reaches you.
Save as much health as you can from this battle because the next one will be a lot harder than this.
An extra suggestion: move to the left of this open area before opening the gate, where you will see a bright yellow spot.
Collect a valuable item from there for your Treasure Map. Adding to this, move to the right of the open area to find a narrow opening.
Please go through it and collect a new artifact called Tributes to Freyr. A little close to it, you will also see a black hole. Two Vikings will come out to fight you when you get close to inspecting it.
Defeat both of them with the help of Freya and collect Dust of Realms.
After that, go back and open the Desert Door with the key you collected. Upon opening it, a gigantic and scary monster will crawl out. Your next and final task is to defeat the Gravel Belly Drake.
How To Defeat The Gravel Belly
Gravel Belly is included in the list of Toughest Bosses.
His attacks are confusing to read, so you should have knowledge of them and also know what to do against them beforehand. Gravel Belly has a long list of attacks that may damage you more than expected.
Attacking Techniques By Gravel Belly
The Gravel Belly has a standard attack where it swipes at Kratos, dealing minor damage, and another move involves swinging its face with sharp horns when up close. When a red circle appears around its face, it’s about to strike.
A high-damage attack occurs when the Gravel Belly swings its tail, which can be fatal if it connects perfectly. Another severe attack involves charging up and shaking the ground in its line of sight, resulting in significant health loss if caught within it.
At half health, the Gravel Belly becomes more aggressive, doubling its attack speed. Here’s how to counter these attacks:
Attacking Techniques Against Gravel Belly
Gravel Belly’s major drawback is its slow attack loading time, offering an opportunity to dodge its moves like hand and face sweeps by moving out of its line of sight.
For attacks such as the ground shaker and tail sweeper, avoid an immediate dodge, as they’ll eventually hit you due to their prolonged loading. Take your time before countering any Gravel Belly attacks.
Use your Leviathan Axe combined with the Blades of Chaos to damage the Gravel Belly. You will see weak spots on the front legs of the monster marked with yellow color.
Your main aim should be on these spots, as hitting them deals three times the typical damage.
Stay aware of all the mentioned attacks, as they are not used linearly. Your dodging key binds will be frequently used, so keep your fingers on them. Getting out of sight of Gravel Belly is the easiest way of saving maximum health. Always stay close to it to hit the counterattacks.
The Desert Door Favor will be completed just after you have defeated the Gravel Belly.
Make sure to collect all the dropped items on his body. After completing the Favor,players will receive the following:
Kratos 1000 XP.
Freya 250 XP.
The dropped items will include the following:
After all, you can head out to continue your other remaining story missions in Alfheim.
Summing It Up
This is it for the guide on The Desert Door Favor. I hope you found it helpful. Keep in mind the attacking strategies against the Gravel Belly that will help you in defeating it. Keep visiting VeryAliGaming to find more helpful walkthroughs on God of War Ragnarok.
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