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God of War Grendel Boss Guide - How to Defeat Grendel of the Ashes and Frost

This God of War walkthrough and guide includes collectible locations, weapons, armor, secrets, Valkyries and more.

Guide by Hirun Cryer, Tom Orry, .

Grendel of the Ashes and Grendel of the Frost are two boss characters you’re going to be going up against in God of War, in the Tyr’s Vault section of the game. In this God of War Grendel boss guide, we’ll be walking you through how to defeat the pair of bosses as smoothly as possible, pointing out weak points and powerful moves, as well as the rewards you’ll gain for defeating the pair of trolls.

If you instead need anything else on God of War, including a full story primer for everything you need to know heading into the latest game, as well as all the combat controls and combos you need to know for both Kratos and Atreus, make sure to head over to our God of War walkthrough hub.

God of War Grendel of the Ashes and Frost Boss Guide

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.

God of War Grendel Boss

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.

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.

We might be all wrapped up with this in depth God of War guide on how to defeat both Grendel of the Ashes and Grendel of the Frost, but head over to our Niflheim Cipher Pieces guide, or our Muspelheim Cipher Pieces guide for info on how to gain access to brand new realms. We've also got guides to find all Idunn Apples and Horns of Blood Mead.

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  • Avatar for delanothomas08 #1 delanothomas08 5 months ago
    I think the stranger is loki since he mentions his brother and that odin sent him
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  • Avatar for thanidrain37 #2 thanidrain37 5 months ago
    Thanks for the help with the walk through, I only used it when I was in a pinch. Since this is my first time playing the GOW franchise, I hope get everything in the game.
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  • Avatar for Daraix #3 Daraix 5 months ago
    When fighting Matturg Helson aka Bridge Keeper
    The last part where is says
    (The final thing you need to be wary of when taking on the Bridge Keeper is the minions that he can summon onto the battlefield, all of which you’ve previously fought on your journey through Helheim so far. We’d recommend taking these minions out as soon as possible, as they can be a nuisance if you instead turn your back on them and focus purely on the Bridge Keeper instead.)

    Does not work on (Give Me God Of War) he well continue to summon as soon as you kill the minions maybe on a lower difficulty you can kill the them fast enough but not on Give me god of war. When he summon them ignore them and run to him and light attack him to get him to start teleporting his attack well hit the minions and kill them in one or two hits and when his last attack aim and press R2 to do heavy attack two or three time then doge back but keep a eye on themEdited April 2018 by Daraix
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  • Avatar for davidbenavent31 #4 davidbenavent31 5 months ago
    Surprise, surprise, the valkyries are mostly in Chambers of Odin! Maybe you could actually SHOW us where they are instead of saying vague areas as though that'll help any?
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  • Avatar for BeefTestosterone #5 BeefTestosterone 5 months ago
    @davidbenavent31 The game marks every Valkyrie location on your map after you complete the main story.
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  • Avatar for lakdidiamine49 #7 lakdidiamine49 4 months ago
    I have a problem !! The first blades dont move so i can pass bay them !! I dont know why
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    IBPS PO Exam Study Notes : Find Banking and Marketing terms for SBI and other bank PO Exams.
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  • Avatar for derekeamgnisalb80 #9 derekeamgnisalb80 3 months ago
    I'm stuck and cannot unlock nor free this damn dragon.. I beat the original story and all the valkyries except the queen.. I wanna free reginn but when I hit the area he is in.. hes draped over this mountain
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