Chapter 10: The Black Rune - God of War (PS4 (2023)

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When Atreus is fit again, it's back to the lift. The lake has undergone another water level change so all the remaining locations around the lake should now be accessible and the previous locations have more of them to reveal. You can explore them now or continue with the story. Exit the elevator and pick up the boat washed ashore. From there, head back to Tyr's Temple.

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Once inside, have Atreus read the sand bowl to activate it. Have him read the runes engraved on the wall in front of the bowl. The platform begins its slow descent to the bottom of the temple. Once it stops, open the door in front and approach the center of the vault where the rune is located. It is protected by three rings, which you must deactivate by capturing the winds of Hel trapped in the rings and transferring them to three different locations in the vault.

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Start by finding the cracked wall to hold on to. Climb up and go to the balcony. From there, go to the rune on the wall and have Atreus read it. Continue to the other end of the balcony, where you can knock off a chain that you can use to come down.

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From there you should see a tunnel that leads to a room with a wind trap. Catch the wind from the outer ring and channel it into the porch in the small, circular space. This will reveal a gear. Turn the gear to open two gates leading to tunnels with deadly traps.

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Before going straight to the tunnel in front of the gear, turn around and go to the other dead-end tunnel first. Switch to your Leviathan Ax and throw it on the plates above the large rotating blade trap to change its direction. Do the same with the other one so you can access the coffin at the end. From it, loot the solid Svartalfheim Steel. Go back to the previous room and this time take the other tunnel.

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In this tunnel, the spinning blades move automatically, so you'll need to timing them past them. For the final set of blades, you need to freeze one of them, preferably as it moves to one of the sides and then waits for the other blade to pass, giving you a clear passage to the next room.

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After you reach the next room, there will be a short cutscene. After the scene, you can examine the artifact on the table and then open the door that leads back into the main hall of the vault. This room has another wind trap so you basically have to repeat the process. Head back into the main hall and Realm Tears will appear and spit out enemies. Defeat them all, then catch the winds of Hel from the outer ring of the Vault Defense Mechanism and then transfer them to the Wind Trap in the previous room you are in.

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Spin the gear again to open the gates to two more tunnels. Unlike the spinning blade traps, the spiked traps become instantaneousKillSo be very careful. Before heading to the main tunnel, we must first explore the other tunnel to the north. At the end of the tunnel is a Nornir chest. To unlock it you need to find and destroy three Seal Stones. The locations of the seals are listed below.

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In the gear room, on a shelf near the tunnel with the spinning blades:

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In the main tunnel with the spike traps from the ceiling. Look at the metal supports in the top right.

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The final seal is near the Nornir chest. Go into the tunnel and peek left to see a gear on the side of the second spike trap. Freeze it with your axe, then control your movement as you traverse the spike traps. Turn around to find the final seal behind the frozen spike trap. You can use your blades' ranged attack to destroy it.

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To get out of this tunnel, freeze the next spike trap, then carefully cross the other trap to return to the gear room. Take the other tunnel this time. Freeze the next spike trap while it's up, then go under it. There's an alcove on the right that you can roll into once the second spike trap goes up. Repeat the same for the third spike trap to safely pass through the dangerous tunnel and reach the next wind trap.

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Have Atreus read the runes on the wall. Next, open the door again that leads back to the main hall. The Winds of Hel in the last, inner ring cannot be caught from below. Meanwhile, find the chain you ceded earlier and use it to climb back to the balcony. More enemies will appear, so get rid of them. Find the windtrap in the inner ring, capture it, and then immediately bring it to the outer ring's windtrap. This will allow you to reach it from below this time.

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Go back downstairs, catch the wind and transfer it to the final wind trap in the other room. Use the gear to lower the runestone in the main hall. However, Kratos is ensnared by a trap. To free him you must order Atreus to solve the puzzle on the wall. You have to arrange it in this order: Moon, Midgard, Sun. To do this, proceed as follows:

pull right. (lower Midgard)

Drag center (sun, moon, moves left)

Pull left (moon sets)

Drag the center (sun goes all the way to the right)

pull right. (Midgard goes up)

Drag left (moon rises)

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Doing this in order will move the symbols in order and disable the trap. However, the ordeal is not over yet. When the platform moves to the spiked ceiling, command Atreus to stop the chain to complete the sequence.

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Once Kratos is freed, interact with the gate ahead and kick it down. With the black rune in range now, go down and approach the rune. You can successfully retrieve it after a short cutscene. However, there is one more task to complete: defeat the Vault Guardians.

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Grendel of the Ashes and The Frost come alive at the same time. Don't be intimidated by them as they're pretty manageable or even weak at this point in the game, especially if you've upgraded your gear regularly. Their attacks can also damage each other, so it's easier to lure them into having their attacks hit each other. Atreus' Shock Arrows can also deal significant damage, especially when the two are together. Anyway, this fight shouldn't be a difficult challenge. Defeat them to reveal a legendary chest. Don't forget to pick up the loot they drop. (Tartarus Rage Rune Heavy Attack, Flame of Chaos, Svartalfheim Hardened Steel x3). Loot the Weightless Protection Grips from the Legendary Chest.

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At this point, you're done in that location, so head back to the sand bowl and activate it to get out of the vault. After the scene, this chapter will be complete.

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How do you complete the black rune in Gow? ›

Turn back to face the way you came, and on that first masher that's still moving, you'll see the rune. Recall your axe and throw it at the second masher (the one that's now nearer to you) to freeze it in the open position, then rune forwards and punch the rune to get it, and run back to the chest.

How do I get out of the black rune trap? ›

Escape the Trap

You rearrange them by telling Atreus to pull one of three chains. The order is middle, left, middle, right, left, middle, right. That should mostly free you. All that's left to do is hit Square when prompted.

How do you solve Tyr's temple trap? ›

Where to Go in Tyr's Vault. In order to beat this trap and make it out alive, you'll need to correctly align the three symbols on the wall by ordering Atreus to pull the correct levers. The correct order, from left to right is the Moon on the left, Midgard in the middle, and the Sun on the right.

How far into the game is the black rune? ›

The tenth chapter in God Of War is The Black Rune in which Atreus and Kratos return to the Lake Of Nine and venture deeper into Tyr's Vault to access Jotunehim. As you continue to explore it, you'll have to disable the Vault's defences, face numerous enemies, and, as always, take on some bosses.

How old is Kratos? ›

In God of War Ragnarök, it's likely that Kratos is around 1,055 years old. He's something of an old man, but as a demigod, he is still more than young enough to hold his own and then some in battle.

How tall is Kratos? ›

Kratos is six feet and four inches tall in God of War: Ragnarok. With his massive build, being 6'4" makes him quite bigger than an average man. (He is a Spartan God and thus is supposed to be larger than average.) However, compared to the other gods' physique in-game, he is actually on the shorter end of the spectrum.

Where is the bird rune glitch? ›

As said earlier, this Rune farm is located in Mohgwyn Palace and there are two different ways to get there. If you have progressed enough in the game and have already unlocked the Mountaintops of the Giants, then you can easily go to the Mohgwyn Palace through a portal.

Where do I take the black blade Great Rune? ›

After defeating Rykard, you will need to take his Great Rune to the Divine Tower of West Altus. This Divine Tower is located south of Lyndell and can be accessed via the Sealed Tunnel, just outside the capital city's walls.

Can you pick up lost runes? ›

Upon death, players drop all of their Runes and have to return to their point of death to retrieve them.

How do you solve the Rune locked vault in God of War? ›

Solution is:

Find a lock that switches 4 runes and click on it till you get the corresponding chain unlock. And the final lock should be the one that can switch only itself.

Where is Tyr's secret door? ›

2 Tyr's Temple - Midgard

To access Tyr's Temple, go to the huge building in the middle of the Lake of Nine and find a lift that will take you to the top. Run all the way to the other side and enter the building through the towering door.

How heavy is the temple that Kratos flipped? ›

approx 1,774,000 tons. If you couldn't tell, Barlog's tongue is in his cheek here, and this shouldn't be taken as literal.

How do you get 2000 runes? ›

Head west down the path from the Site of Grace, dodge the ball, and watch it fall off the cliff for about 2,000 Runes. The ball farm near Lenne's Rise can be done at any point by players of any level. The only thing you need is to unlock Torrent.

How long does Rune Arc? ›

Duration lasts until death. Cannot be dropped for Player Trade.

How long does the rune last? ›

Once you use your Rune Arc, the buff of your equipped Great Rune will stay active for as long as you can manage to go without dying. Once you do die — because it will happen — you will have to spend another Rune Arc if you want to regain those bonuses.

Was Kratos born human? ›

Ironically Kratos, considered by many to be the most dangerous of the Gods, was born a Human.

Is Kratos now a god? ›

Despite being freed of Ares' influence, including the Blades of Chaos, Kratos was forgiven but was not relieved of his nightmares. A dissatisfied and despairing Kratos tried to commit suicide but was saved by Athena, who guided him to Olympus. Awarded the Blades of Athena, Kratos became the new God of War.

Who is Kratos girlfriend? ›

After he gained praise all over Sparta, Kratos found Lysandra, fell in love, and married her.

Can Kratos fly? ›

Kratos kept the Icarus Wings, which still allowed him to glide, as well as granted him the new Icarus Ascension ability and allowed him to fly straight up into the air in order to use air Combos on tall enemies.

Does Kratos get stronger with age? ›

It is documented that Greek gods grow stronger with age, and audiences have seen that with the sheer power and invulnerability of Old Kratos.

How heavy is Kratos? ›

Again, based on his appearances in SoulCalibur and Mortal Kombat, Kratos at his prime likely weighs 240 lbs (109 kg).

How do you beat the Dark Elf in Gow? ›

Dark Elf Lords can be frustrating to fight. If you give them too much room, they'll almost always fly away to a safer position and start pinning you in place with explosive projectiles. As such, it's usually best to try and stay on top of them, and force them into melee combat.

How do you solve the rune locked vault in God of War? ›

Solution is:

Find a lock that switches 4 runes and click on it till you get the corresponding chain unlock. And the final lock should be the one that can switch only itself.

How do you get the rune of death ending? ›

Towards the end of Fia's Quest, you will need to defeat Lichdragon Fortissax. Defeating this boss lets you pick up the Mending Rune of Death Prince next to Fia's body. Once the quest has been complete, you are able to continue on your journey as you normally would.


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