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God of War guide: Vanaheim Tower

Exploring the Lake of Nine

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In God of War, once you’re free to explore all there is to offer on the Lake of Nine, you’ll likely head to the various towers and landmarks shrouded in the mist throughout the body of water. Each of these has items, enemies and more to explore. We’ll break down what you can find at one of these locations, Vanaheim Tower, located southwest of Tyr’s Temple. On your first visit to the Lake of Nine, this is where the bridge will be connected.

If you’re just exploring to see what the Lake of Nine has to offer, you don’t really have to worry about this tower — you’re going to pass through this tower as part of several main story journey goals.

Vanaheim Tower

Items in this area: More than a Myth shrine, Legendary chest (Muspelheim cipher)

At first, you won’t be able to get to Vanaheim Tower from the lake. You’ll have to approach it from Tyr’s Bridge (there are several boat docks to choose from around the bridge). When you approach, there are two wooden chests on either side of the door with hacksilver inside.

Through the doors, turn to the left and smash the debris blocking the door. Jump the step to find a More than a Myth shrine.

Head back across the main room and start working your way past the scorn poles. Eventually, you’ll drop down. Freeze this scorn pole to the left of the wooden tower (the way you climb out) to open the Legendary chest — a piece of the Muspelheim cipher is inside.

After that, this path will lead you to the Foothills.

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Vanaheim Tower after Alfheim

Items in this area: realm tear, lore marker

If you return to Vanaheim Tower after you’ve been to Alfheim as part of the main story, you can have Atreus shoot the light crystals above the three doors inside the tower. This will reveal a realm tear. To close the tear, you’ll have to fight off two level six revenants, so it’s probably a fight to save until late in your game. (The next section in this guide holds our tips on how to defeat the revenants.)

After you get past the scorn poles and drop down to where you picked up the Legendary chest your first time through, you can find a light crystal behind you. Drop it into the socket next to the lore marker, activate it and have the boy read it.

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Vanaheim tower realm tear

The Vanaheim tower realm tear may be the most difficult in God of War . You have to fight two powerful (level six) revenants in a small area, and the poison they throw at you relentlessly. Your style of combat may vary, but there are three simple things that everyone can do to make this fight a little easier:

  • Separate the revenants. Fighting one revenant at a time should be your goal, and the easiest way to do that is to separate them. Best case scenario, you can drive one of the revenants into the hallway that leads out of the room. Short of that, take advantage whenever they’re on opposite sides of the room.
  • Block the poison. Poison will decimate your health bar. Your best recourse is to block whenever you’re not fighting, because blocking is an effective way to stop being hit with their evil traveling poison attacks.
  • Attack after defending. Revenants are vulnerable after they attack, which gives you a relatively safe opportunity to switch from offense to defense.

In the GIF above, we combined these strategies. If you can chain these together — separating, blocking and following their attacks with your own — you can protect yourself and take advantage of the revenants’ small window of vulnerability.

One more piece of advice: Keep your eyes on the directional attack indicator. If you see an incoming attack, dodge out of the way. You can see the indicator (it’s the red arrow) in the end of the GIF above. If you’re in that situation, dodge left or right to get out of the way of the incoming attack. It’s not a guarantee for avoiding damage, but standing still is a guarantee of taking damage.

This might be the toughest part to remember. It sure was for us. We had to fight against our tunnel vision where we focused so much on our offense that we lost a sense of the battlefield around us. In the GIF above, there’s another revenant behind us. Watching for and responding to the attack indicator saved us from taking a lot of damage.