God of War pits you against two giant ogres at the bottom of Tyr's Temple, each one named Grendel and imbued with a different element. We'll explain how to beat the Grendel of the Ashes and Grendel of the Frost boss fight in our comprehensive guide below.
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How to Beat the Grendel of the Ashes and Grendel of the Frost Boss Fight in God of War
This boss fight kicks off right after you’ve made it through the Tyr’s Vault section of God of War, so if you need help on making it through the area prior to this boss encounter, head over to our God of War Tyr’s Vault walkthrough guide. For defeating the pair of bosses however, Kratos is going to have to be quick on his feet.
To begin with, only Grendel of the Ashes is active, while his partner slumbers in a corner of the area. You’ve got to use this time wisely, and lay into Grendel of the Ashes with as many attack as possible, as quickly as possible, before his other half awakens. Even when Grendel of the Frost awakens however, we’d still recommend sticking to Grendel of the Ashes, even though his other half will begin to heal him.
Your objective here with Kratos is to basically defeat Grendel of the Ashes as quickly as possible, before turning your attention to Grendel of the Frost. Don’t worry about the former boss getting back up after he’s defeated however, as he’ll stay down for good once Kratos has defeated him.
You’ll find that all your attacks to Grendel of the Ashes have actually damaged his other half as well in the process, so the second boss has dramatically reduced health by the time you turn your attention to him. All you need to do is finish him off, execution style or with the Blades of Chaos, and Kratos and Atreus will be free to proceed.
Grendel Boss Fight Rewards
For making it through this tough battle, you’ll be rewarded with 8567 XP, a Chaos Flame which can be used to upgrade the Blades of Chaos, three Hardened Svartalheim Steel, over 5000 Hacksilver, and a Tartarus Rage Heavy Runic attack.