God of War Ragnarok is on the way, promising to close out the story of Norse myth. Naturally, that means there's quite a few characters to keep track of, so we're to help. Maybe it's been a while since you played God of War 2018, or you just need to check on something. We've compiled a God of War Ragnarok character guide, listing everyone we know so far who is returning — or making their debut — in this dark confrontation. Depending on how things play out, this could end up being one of the best PS5 games available.
If you're not caught up with where the story is at so far, don't worry, we've compiled the complete God of War timeline and history, with the full story so far.
God of War Ragnarok: Character designs and art
Raf Grassetti, art director at Sony Santa Monica, released several official renders for the main cast of God of War Ragnarok. You can see these renders throughout the article. There's some notable exemptions though, as despite having an official performance actor in Richard Schiff, we still don't know what Odin looks like.
God of War Ragnarok: List of characters
The Greek God of War. Untold hundreds of years after wiping out the Greek pantheon, Kratos arrived in Midgard, meeting and marrying the Giantess Faye and having a child, Atreus. Kratos often finds it difficult to relate to and connect with his son, though the two bond over their godly heritage and scattering Faye's ashes from the highest peak in Jotunheim. While old age and injuries are visibly catching up to him, Kratos is still a god with strength and power, wielding the frosty Leviathan ax and fiery Blades of Chaos.
Son of Kratos and Faye, Atreus actually has two names. His father gave him a Greek name: Atreus. His mother gave him a Norse name: Loki. Atreus is struggling to understand his godly heritage and while he loves his father, he's often frustrated with him. He wields a bow and arrow with skill, while he's also able to magically summon spirit versions of animals like wolves.
A mysterious new character, Angrboda is a young Giantess.
The Norse Goddess of Fertility and leader of the Valkyries. Freya is the estranged wife of Odin and while she was once incredibly kind to Kratos and Atreus, she now swears vengeance due to the death of her son Baldur. She's a skilled warrior who can turn into a great eagle and also possesses Vanir magic known as Seidr, which is vastly powerful but often has strange rules and drawbacks. Odin once bound her with magic to be unable to harm another being, but that spell appears to have been removed.
Norse God of Thunder and a son of Odin, Thor is the chief enforcer of Asgard and one of, if not the most dangerous being in existence. He's singlehandedly responsible for almost wiping out the giants in the Nine Realms. His hammer, Mjolnir, was crafted by the dwarves Sindri and Brok. It always hits his target and channels Thor's lightning. He seeks vengeance against Kratos and Atreus due to the death of his sons, Magni and Modi.
The Norse God of War and another son of Odin, Tyr sought peace with the Giants and tried to help keep them safe against his family, especially his father. Tyr traveled all over the world, collecting relics and treasures from different cultures and widely being loved by anyone he met. At some point, Odin had Tyr imprisoned and allowed rumors that he was killed to spread. His martial skill is unknown, but he is the Norse God of War...
The Allfather, the Raven God, the ruler of the Aesir and Vanir. Odin almost has as many names and titles as he has plots. He's yet to be revealed but Odin seeks to control everyone and everything in the Nine Realms. He appears to be a paranoid tyrant, but Kratos and Atreus are grimly warned by Mimir that Odin is almost as clever as he thinks he is.
Brother of Sindri, Brok is one of the two dwarves responsible for crafting Mjolnir and the Leviathan ax. Like his brother, he's a master craftsman, though he can be extremely stubborn.
Brother of Brok, Sindri is the other dwarf responsible for bringing Mjolnir and the Leviathan ax into the world. He's also an extreme germaphobe, referring to them as "little beasties."
Another new character, Durlin appears to be a dwarf merchant of some kind.
God of War Ragnarok: The story so far
While we have some God of War Ragnarok predictions based on where we think the story is going, there are some things that we know for sure. First and foremost, God of War Ragnarok is set to draw a close to the Norse chapter of the God of War saga. We also know that Freya and Thor are at least initially the main antagonists of the game, seeking vengeance against Kratos and Atreus for the deaths of Baldur, Magni and Modi.
Kratos and Atreus are also seeking out Tyr, the Norse God of War, who is revealed to be alive. Kratos wants to avoid war with Asgard but Atreus is nowhere as patient.
The time draws near
God of War Ragnarok is currently slated to launch at some point in 2022 on PS4 and PS5. If you want to upgrade from the PS4 version to the PS5 version, you'll be able to do so for a $10 fee.
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