Best Skills to Purchase First in God of War Ragnarok

Last Updated: December 7, 2022
Kratos using the Leviathan Axe in battle.
Kratos using the Leviathan Axe in battle.

God of War has a great number of skills that either Kratos, Atreus, or Freya can learn. For Kratos, you can unlock or purchase skills for his Leviathan Axe and his Blades of Chaos. For Atreus, you get skills for his Talon Bow, and for Freya, you get his Vanir Magic, Archery, and Valkyrie skills.

Best Skills to unlock first

In God of War Ragnarok, it can often be overwhelming when you have to choose from a large list of skills. There are however some skills that you should aim to purchase first. Take a look at the table below for some of the best skills you should purchase first in God of War Ragnarok.

GoW Ragnarok SkillsWeaponEffect
Pride of FrostLeviathan AxeA heavy attack at the end of a 3-move combo. Stuns and knocks back your enemies.
Block BreakGuardian ShieldBreaks the enemy’s block leaving them open to attack.
Guardian SweepGuardian ShieldSweeps enemies off their feet while inflicting STUN damage.
Countering StrikeGuardian ShieldCounters an attack at the last second with a powerful shield attack.
Whirling StormLeviathan AxePerforms a quick axe attack that hits all surrounding enemies.
Rushing ChaosBlades of ChaosWhile sprinting toward an enemy you use your Blades of Chaos to perform a double-slash which knocks your enemy back.
Rising FuryBlades of ChaosKratos performs a powerful attack that knocks enemies into the air and stuns them.
FerocityTalon BowAtreus perform a STUN attack on enemies close to him.
TeamworkTalon BowAtreus will attack enemies left in a vulnerable state after an attack from Kratos.

Pride of Frost

The Pride of Frost skills is a finisher that can be used at the end of a three-move combo while using the Leviathan Axe. The skill is designed for close combat and a level 1 weapon is required. 

You need 500 XP to acquire this skill and you can use it by pressing R1, R1, R1, and R2. A bonus is that this skill adds an explosion of Frost as it hits the ground which knocks your opponent back and onto the ground. 

Pride of Frost
Pride of Frost

This skill is incredibly helpful when you first start playing God of War Ragnarok. 

Block Break

The block break skill is a lifesaver when you face enemies with shields. The block break skill uses the guardian shield and is a great way for stunning your enemies and breaking their defense

The skill costs 500 XP to acquire. To use the block break you need to double-tap L1. Kratos will swing his shield creating a concussive blast that knocks your enemy back and completely opens them up to attack. 

Block Break
Block Break

Guardian Sweep

The Guardian Sweep skill is similar to the block break but is more effective. When you have no weapon in your hands hold R1 and Kratos will sweep his shield under the legs of your enemies knocking them down and stunning them. These skills cost 1500 XP and are perfect to use when you have multiple enemies attacking you at once. 

Guardian Sweep

Countering Strike

The Countering Strike is best used when you block at the last second. To use this skill press R1 as you are attacked and Kratos will counter the attack with a massive hit from his shield which knocks your enemy back.

This skill costs 1000 XP to acquire and is perfect for hitting back enemies so you have time to deal with them one by one. This skill doesn’t need a particular weapon level and is best used when there is a wall or object behind the enemy. As they hit it they will receive extra damage.

Countering Strike
Countering Strike

Whirling Storm

The whirling storm skill is an effective skill for dealing with multiple enemies at the same time. From a distance hold L forward and press R1 to perform a fast axe attack that hits all of the enemies in the direction you are moving. 

This skill requires the Leviathan Axe to be at level 2 and costs 1000 XP to acquire. You are also not likely to be interrupted as you perform this attack which is a bonus. It’s best to use the whirling storm skill when you have evaded your enemy and want to get a quick attack in from a distance. 

Whirling Storm
Whirling Storm

Rising-Chaos

Rising cost is a great skill to start with. It cost 500 XP and requires your Blades of Chaos to be at level 1. To use this skill sprint toward your enemies and press R1. Kratos will leap towards them and hit them with his Blades of Chaos knocking them back and dealing significant damage.

Kratos holding his Blades of Chaos.
Kratos holding his Blades of Chaos

Rising Fury 

This skill is perfect when you are dealing with more than one enemy. To perform the Rising Fury skill in GoW you need to hold R2. Kratos will then swing his Blades of Chaos hitting the enemies directly in front of him and knocking them back. This attack also adds a fire bomb effect to the enemy’s hit. 

Rising Fury
Rising Fury

Ferocity

Skills referred to as Talon Bow skills often refer to skills performed by Atreus. The Ferocity skill is incredibly helpful. Atreus performs an attack that stuns a nearby enemy making it easier for you to take them down. 

This skill costs 500 XP to purchase and requires your weapon to be at level one. Keep an eye out for when Atreus uses this skill so you can take advantage of the situation.

Teamwork

Teamwork is a skill that activates by itself. As Kratos attacks an enemy and leaves them in a vulnerable state, Atreus will take advantage of the situation by attacking that enemy dealing more damage or killing them. 

Atreus will also try to help Kratos when he is being attacked and the enemy is unaware of Atreus. You can purchase this skill for 500 XP near the start of the game.