God of War

How to Open the Nornir Rune Chest in the Oarsmen: God of War Ragnarök

Nornir Chest in the Oarsman.
Nornir Chest in the Oarsman. / Santa Monica Studio | Screenshot: Alexandra Hobbs

Scattered around the many realms in God of War Ragnarök are Nornir Chests. Here's how to open up the rune chest in the Oarsmen.

Nornir Chests are found all over the realms, containing valuable materials such as Idunn Apples or Horns of Blood Mead. These items will either increase Kratos' health or his Maximum Rage — both important gauges to max out for the many fights ahead.

But because these items are so valuable, cracking open the Nornir Chests requires more work. To unlock them, you'll need to find and break three runes, or Seals, located around the area near the chest. Here's how to find the runes and open the Nornir Rune Chest in the Oarsmen.

How to Open the Nornir Rune Chest in the Oarsmen

For this chest, players are faced with a timed puzzle. All three runes will need to be hit quickly in order to unlock the Nornir Chest. The runes bear a slight resemblance to the letters 'C', 'R' and 'N'.

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  • Rune ‘C’ — Found to the left of the chest, through a hole in the wall.
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  • Rune ‘N’ — Between the entry stairs and the smaller chest.
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  • Rune ‘R’ — Behind a locked gate. Follow the path up and around to reach the other staircase. You'll reach the other side of the gate which you can now open. 

The easiest way to hit all three is to start with 'C', as it gives the longest amount of time before resetting. Then, move and stand between 'R' and 'N', near the smaller chest. Hit 'R' first, then quickly turn and hit 'N'. 

Return to the chest to open it and receive an Idunn Apple.

Be sure to check out our list of Nornir Chest locations and solutions for more guides.