Best Builds in God of War: Ragnarok

One of the best parts of God of War Ragnarok is the ability to customize your armor to get the most out of it. In God of War Ragnarok, you can combine different items of armor together to create your own armor set. Each set has its own perks that come along with it. Let’s break down the best builds in GoW Ragnarok. 

The Unbreakable

The Unbreakable Build in God of War: Ragnarok

The Unbreakable build focuses mainly on defense. This build is perfect if you prefer a more defensive strategy. This armor dulls the impact of incoming attacks but also lessens your strikes. Every addition to this build adds to its defense stats. Making this armor one of the best for defense.

Build EquipmentRecommended itemPerks
Chest ArmorSteinbjorn PlackartBloodthirsty Retaliaship: Kratos restore health from his attacks
Waist ArmorSteibjorn Waist GuardStunning Retaliation: increase the chance of inflicting stun damage.
Wrist ArmorSteinbjorn GauntletsStunning Retaliation: increase the chance of inflicting stun damage.
Axe AttachmentGrip of Healing HarmonyPermafrost Lifesteal: When fully charged, axe hits restore health.
Spear HandleLions Roar SauroterStun Blast: Increase stun damage of the Gale Force Skill.
Blades of Chaos AttachmentPommels of Brutal MightSeized Strength: Grants gift of strength after stun
ShieldRond of RestorationRestoring Shield: With lower health, Kratos has the chance to build on his defense.

The Undying

The Undying build in God of War: Ragnarok

This build is great for restoring health. Every part of this build revolves around continuously restoring health. With the Cuirass of Raven Tear’s perk, you have a good chance of using the ‘healing mist skill’ on most of your attacks. 

The grip of the Fallen Alchemist is another great perk that the wrist and waist armors provide. This perk gives you a burst of health when you use your heavy axe attack. With the perk of restoring Kratos’s health, this should help you stay in the fight longer. 

Build EquipmentRecommended itemPerks
Chest ArmorCuirass of Raven TearsHealing Mist: Restore health on the attack.
Waist ArmorGirdle of Raven TearsHealing Efficacy: Increased healing from Gear
Wrist ArmorBracers of Raven TearsHealing Efficacy: Increased healing from Gear
Axe AttachmentGrip of the Fallen AlchemistSerpents Health Burst: Health Burst with a hit with the serpent snare skill.
Spear HandleHind of Deadly VitalityHind of deadly vitality: Health burst on good spear hit.
ShieldRond of RestorationRestoring Shield: With lower health, Kratos has the chance to build on his defense.

The Blight Bringer

The Blight bringer is a pretty formidable build. It makes use of Lunda’s Lost Cuirass, which poisons your enemies when you manage a successful attack. When an enemy is poisoned, it significantly reduces their strength, giving you the upper hand. 

Your writing and waist armors also add to your strength overall. When paired with the Rond of Affliction attachment, your shield will cause any poisoned enemy to explode, inflicting high explosive damage.

Build EquipmentRecommended itemPerks
Chest ArmorLunda’s Lost CuirassVanir Poison: Deal bonus damage and poison enemies with parrying, blocking, and bare-handed attacks.
Waist ArmorLoda’s Lost BeltPrey Upon Poison: increase damage on poisoned foes.
Wrist ArmorLunda’s Lost BracersPrey Upon Poison: increase damage on poisoned foes.
Blades of Chaos AttachmentCursed Empress HandlesPower of the Empress: Increase strength and runic with any blade hit.
ShieldRond of AfflictionStrike of Affliction: causes explosive damage on poisoned enemies. 

The Unstoppable Force

The unstoppable force build didn’t get that name for anything. The Dragon Scaled Breastplate increases defense and strength whenever you manage a successful block or parry. You can also optimize your shield defensive abilities with the wrist and waist armor.

This armor is generally better when you are facing loads of enemies. You can take a decent hit and, with the increased strength, give one as well. You will get the most out of this build if you can optimize your parries and blocks. 

Build EquipmentRecommended itemPerks
Chest ArmorDragon Scaled BreastplateDragons Fury: Increase strength and defense with a successful block or parry.
Waist ArmorDragon scaled GirdleDragons Rebuke: Increases shield damage.
Wrist ArmorDragon Scaled BracersDragons Rebuke: Increases shield damage.
Axe AttachmentThe Furious MaulSlayers Strength: Increase the chance of increased strength with a kill.
Spear HandleCharging Assault SauroterFearless Sprinter: Increase Stun on Hoplite and Phalanx Breaker skills.
Blades of Chaos AttachmentCursed Empress HandlesPower of the Empress: Increase strength and runic with any blade hit.
ShieldRond of Nine RealmsRiposte Realm Shift: temporarily slows down enemies when parrying.

The Realm Shifter

The Realm Shifter is one of the best built-in Gods of War Ragnarok. This build is designed around the realm Shift aspect of GoW Ragnarok. Every part of this build adds towards the ability to realm shift. When you perform certain moves, time will temporarily slow down for your enemies. 

With the wrist and waist armor perks, you can activate realm shift quite often by dodging incoming attacks at the last second. This requires some practice, but once you have got the perfected, Kratos will be unstoppable.

The main issue with this build is that you’ll need a whole lot of Hacksilver.

Realm Shift, paired with Surtr’s Scorched Cuirass, brings a whole different dynamic to this build. These two perks combined increase damage to enemies still in attack motion. With these skills, you will deal loads of damage. 

Build EquipmentRecommended itemPerks
Chest ArmorSurtr’s Scorched CuirassPreemptive Strike: Adds bonus damage to interrupted attacks.
Waist ArmorBelt of RadianceRealm Shift: activate realm shift when evading last-second attacks.
Wrist ArmorGauntlets of RadianceRealm Shift: activate realm shift when evading last-second attacks.
Axe AttachmentGrip of Nine RealmsMomentous Shift: Activates realm shift during Glacial Permafrost.
Blades of Chaos AttachmentPommels of Nine RealmsMomentous Shift: Activates realm shift during Furious Immolation.
Spear HandleHind of the Nine RealmsMomentous Shift: Activates realm shift during Violent Maelstorm.
ShieldRond of the Nine RealmsRiposte Realm Shift: chance of starting realm shift when parrying.

Most of the builds I’ve chosen include the Leviathan Axe, if you’re hoping to use something else, maybe check out our guide to the best weapons in GoW: Ragnarok.