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How Long is God Of War Ragnarok? [Explained]

God Of War: Ragnarok will take you 40 to 50 hours to finish the game which can further extend if you want to finish with 100% completion.

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Are you wondering how long would it take you to reach the end of God of War: Ragnarok? Well, you will see different reviews on this, but I can tell you one thing, it will take some time.

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God Of War: Ragnarok is the longest game in the GOW series where you get to discover the open world and visit all 9 realms. Side quests last longer than the story missions.

This article will tell all you need to know about completing God of War: Ragnarok with or without side missions.


Key Takeaways:

  • Story part of GOW: Ragnarok will take you about 15 to 20 hours to complete it.
  • If you set your goal to complete it at a higher difficulty or cover everything, it might take you an extra 5 to 6 hours to do that.
  • The side quests will take you another 20 hours which are unlocked after you reach 100% of the Main Story.
  • Overall, God of War: Ragnarok will take you 40 to 45 hours to beat.


How Long To Beat God Of War: Ragnarok

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Gameplay Snapshot captured on PS4

God Of War: Ragnarok can be divided into 2 parts; the main story and the side quests. You have to complete a total of 12 story missions and 11 side quests (Favors). Ragnarok has total 9 realms to discover for you. They will take 3 hours each to explore unless they are your side quests.

The side quests can be approximately 1 to 3 hours in length. The time reduces if you are more skilled and are an old GOW player. Each favor lasts for about 60 to 90 minutes, and these finish quickly as compared to the side quests.

Less experienced players need to learn the in-game mechanics quickly to survive longer in the game. Also, keep track of your skill upgrades and choose them carefully.

You can play God of War: Ragnarok on multiple difficulty levels. To enjoy the game at its full potential, discover all the 9 realms and explore the open world.

For New Players

If God of War: Ragnarok is your first game in the GOW series, this might take you longer than expected to finish it. It will take you some time to understand the game mechanics and explore the world.

The best in-game setting for new players should be Give Me Grace, which is equivalent to normal mode and has less difficulty level.

It will take more than 25 hours for the first timers to only complete the story mode. If you are willing to progress the side quests as well, your completion time will extend to almost 45 to 50 hours. It’s such a big game that you might feel like two games are fitted into one!

For Experienced Players

If you are invested in God of War: Ragnarok and know GOW very well, you will be aiming to complete all the missions and side quests to enjoy the game.

God Of War: Ragnarok is playable on multiple difficulty settings. If you play the game on a harder difficulty, it will take you more time to defeat the final bosses so your completion time can further extend from 50 to 60 hours.

Many players aim for 100% progress. This requires completion of all the story missions and side quests. Due to this, it will take you extra hours to end the game.

Keep in mind that the completion time matters totally on your difficulty level and how much of the in-game world are you exploring. This is because as you start playing on harder difficulties, in-game checkpoints appear less so your survival rate should increase.

If you want to complete the game at 100%, you need to defeat all the optional bosses. To defeat The Hateful, click here.

Complete Mission List For GOW: Ragnarok

As mentioned already, there are a total of 12 missions that need to be completed to end the story mode which will take you roughly 20 to 25 hours. These missions are listed below:

  1. Surviving Fimbulwinter
  2. The Quest for Tyr
  3. Groa’s Secret
  4. The Reckoning
  5. The World of Fate
  6. Forging Destiny
  7. Reunion
  8. Creatures of Prophecy
  9. Hunting for Solace
  10. The Summoning
  11. The Realms at War
  12. Beyond Ragnarok (The Endgame)

You can explore the open world and finish the side quests after completing the last mission.

Completion Results By Gaming Communities

God of War Ragnarok cutscene starting
In-game cutscene before a Bossfight

As God of War: Ragnarok is still very new, so communities are trying to discover what is the fastest time to reach 100% game progress at harder difficulties.

Following the reviews, God of War: Ragnarok can be completed in an average of 30 to 40 hours if you are focused and spend most of your time playing it.

Employees at IGN played the game to see how long it takes them to reach the end of it. The results matched our numbers very accurately, so the factors related to completing the game are similar.

Ending Notes

God Of War: Ragnarok is one of the best exploring games with an interesting story mode and gameplay. Although it takes too many hours to finish the game, you will enjoy every second of it as the exploring part of the game will amaze you.

On a rough note, Ragnarok will take you 40 to 50 hours to get to the epilogue which can extend to 55+ hours if you increase the difficulty level.

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