How Old Will Atreus Be In God of War Ragnarok

Last Updated: October 17, 2022
Kratos and Atreus
How old will Kratos and Atreus be in Ragnarok?

Kratos’s character has already been around for 18 years as the God of War, but just how old is the all-powerful master of chaos? Atreus is the key to solving the unsolved ancient mystery of how long Kratos has been roaming the realms. But, of course, this also helps us know precisely how old Atreus will be in the God Of War.

How old is Atreus in God of War Ragnarok? 

In the God of War official novel, it is confirmed that Atreus is 11 years old at the end of the God of War (2018). However, the Fimbulwinter lasts three years, so at the beginning of Ragnarok, Atreus is believed to be 14 years old, but just how old does that make his father? 

God of War (2018) is a reboot of the earlier God of War 3 series. Many years after Kratos has defeated the Greek Gods, Kratos is introduced as the father of a son named Atreus. Atreus is the son of Faye the Giant, which means he’s half god, half-giant. 

The revelation that Atreus is the son of Kratos has intrigued many and forced them to search for the truth behind Atreus’ character. If he is, in fact, a god, how old is he? Gods are known to age very slowly, so how could one tell Atreus’ actual age? 

Baldur, the son of Odin and brother of Thor
Baldur, the son of Odin and brother of Thor

At the end of God of War (2018), Kratos kills Baldur, the son of Odin and brother of Thor. In ancient Norse mythology, Baldur’s death led to Fimbulwinter’s beginning. It’s believed to be a three-year-long winter period.

The end of the Fimbulwinter leads to the beginning of the prophesied Ragnarok, an event that will destroy the nine realms. The beginning of God of War Ragnarok is several years after the death of Baldur, deep into the Fimbulwinter.

Three years have passed since the death of Baldur. So it’s safe to assume that Atreus is between the ages of 14-15 years old in God of War Ragnarok. 

Atreus’ sheer ability to defend himself, and his willingness to challenge his father’s commands, indicate that he is no longer a young minor. Instead, he has matured into a young teenager who will join his father, Kratos, on an adventure to prevent Ragnarok.

Will they make it to Asgard?

Showing Artues Through His Character Development

The official novelization of the God of War, written by JM Barlog
The official novelization of the God of War, written by JM Barlog

As a young child, Atreus makes his first appearance in the rebooted God of War (2018) series. Unfortunately, there is no indication of when Atreus was born; all we know is that he is the son of Kratos and Faye and was born in Midgard.

Atreus simply wants to be recognized by his father, Kratos and sets out to prove his developing abilities. But, like any good father, Kratos is always there to care for the mess that Atreus creates. 

God of War: Lore and Legends
This book contains a timeline of events created by Atreus throughout his journey

Judging by Atreus’ actions throughout God of War (2018), it’s evident that he is merely a young child no older than 11 years old. As a result, the God of War players’ universe was crying out for some background information on Atreus’s true identity.

The official novelization of the God of War, written by JM Barlog, reveals the actual age of Atreus. It was officially revealed that Atrues was eleven(11) years old in God of War (2018). 

The “God of War Lore and Legends” book has a timeline of events that were created by Atreus throughout his journey. Atreus’ starting point begins one year after the God of War events have been completed.

Atreus records that his mother gave birth to him thirteen years ago. However, this timeline was recorded a year after the God of War (2018), meaning that Atreus was 12 years old in the previous God of War (2018).

How Old Will Kratos Be In Ragnarok?

As legend suggests, Kratos has lived for centuries; this Ghost of a Spartan has defeated the Greek Mythological Gods and dwelled in the Midgard realm for an extensive period of time. It’s estimated that Krato is over 1064 years old at the start of Ragnarok; let’s take a look. 

The director of the God of War series, Cory Barlog, was asked in an interview as to what is Kratos’ age? Cory replied that he wasn’t sticking to specific dates. 

A true indication of Kratos’s age is given in the “God of War Lore and Legends” book, where his son Atreus, records a timeline of events that have taken place throughout the God of War.

There is a side note on the timeline of the “God of War Lore and Legends” book. Atreus asks his father, “why didn’t he realize his mother was a normal Midgard woman, if he had met her so long ago and she still looked so young and vibrant when he was born?”.

Krato’s reply was,” that when you have lived for centuries, talk to me about what a decade here or there feels like.” This confirms that Kratos has lived for centuries and doesn’t even consider the time. 

God of War Timeline

God of War : Timeline

Taking into account real-life events, the destruction of Sparta took place in 464 BC; God of War 3 is primarily centered around this time. The second significant date is the end of the Fimbulwinter, which is believed to have occurred in 535 AD. 

Should God of War base Kratos’s age on real-life events, he will be over 1050 years old in God of War (2018). We have learned in the previous God of War series, that Kratos was a young Spartan general that served Aries.

Let’s not forget the ten years that Kratos served the Greek Gods to rid him of his nightmares; it’s, therefore, possible to believe that Kratos is over 1061 years old in God of War(2018).

The three-year Fimbulwinter ended at the start of the Ragnarök apocalypse. This adds three years onto Kratos’s age; it’s, therefore, possible that Kratos is, in fact, over 1064 years old, not 150 years as some would suggest.