God of War

How to Defeat Vanadis in God of War Ragnarök

Santa Monica Studio | Screenshot: Alexandra Hobbs

Vanadis is a powerful foe in God of War Ragnarök who emerges seemingly out of nowhere. Here's how to defeat her.

After Atreus comes back from his lengthy stay in Ironwood. He mistakenly ends up back in Midgard, at his old, destroyed house. He attempts to use the nearby portal to get back to Sindri’s house, only to have Kratos emerge from it, questioning where he's been. After a brief argument, the two are interrupted by draugr and eventually Vanadis — a Valkyrie.

Hellbent on causing harm to Kratos and Atreus, the only option is to fight. Here's what you need to know in order to defeat her.

How to Defeat Vanadis in God of War Ragnarök

Vanadis is fast, and has strong attacks. She'll uses ranged weapons, and a fast-spinning melee attack that will close any distance you try to put between you.

You’ll need to make frequent use of your shield to block her projectiles, as well as her spinning blade technique. Use Atreus where possible to distract her briefly with arrows so you can rush in as Kratos to land some melee attacks.

Vanadis will sheathe her sword. This is the time to attack.
Vanadis will sheathe her sword. This is the time to attack. / Santa Monica Studio | Screenshot: Alexandra Hobbs

She’ll pause very briefly after her sword attacks to put it away. This is a good time to land some melee combos and knock off some of her health.

Get her health to roughly half way and it will trigger the next stage of the fight. Her tactics won't change much, except she now has some poison attack which she'll throw on the ground. Use the same methods as before to keep chipping away at her health.

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