God of War isn’t just a new entry in an old franchise. Everywhere you look, there are collectibles to find, branching paths to take and lore to uncover. In Polygon’s God of War guides, we’ll show you how to find it all.
A lot has changed, and we have several guides that introduce God of War’s new concepts, from enchantments to realm tears to Kratos’ new weapon.
A NOTE ON GOD OF WAR SPOILERS
God of War is full of surprises, and that makes guides somewhat tricky to write. We want to help you with the game. We don’t want to spoil it. So we’ve written every guide to protect you from spoilers to the greatest extent possible. If a guide or walkthrough doesn’t appear to get you every item you can see (a chest, for example), there’s a reason for that.
THE GOLDEN TALISMAN OF PROTECTION
This talisman can be found within the first five hours of the game, upon reaching the Lake of Nine in Midgard, in a location known as Stone Falls. You can follow along with the video above or follow our written guide.
What makes it so good? A few things. For one, it lets you recover faster after being hit by an attack. It also increases your defense when you’re guarding with your shield. But the biggest benefit is that it increases your parry window, letting you reflect attacks and counter without requiring super precise timing.
AMULET OF KVASIR
This amulet is slightly later in God of War’s story, requiring that you reach Alfheim. But, if you head straight for it, it should be accessible less than an hour after reaching the Lake of Nine.