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God of War Idunn Apple Locations and Rune Puzzles - Increase Kratos' Maximum Health

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

Guide by Hirun Cryer, Tom Orry, .

Idunn Apples are one of the rarest, most elusive items in God of War, and you’re going to want to track down all nine of them if you want to increase Kratos’ maximum health. In this God of War Idunn Apple guide, we’ll be going over all the Idunn Apple locations that you can find, scattered across every corner of the map.

If you instead needed help with anything else on God of War, including a full story primer for everything you might have missed if this is your first time playing the series, as well as a complete combat guide for all the combos you need to know, make sure to head over to our God of War walkthrough hub.

What are Idunn Apples in God of War - Increase Kratos Maximum Health

So what are the Idunn Apples in God of War? They’re extremely rare items that Kratos and Atreus can unearth, and for every three that you find, you’ll slightly increase the maximum health of Kratos permanently.

God of War Idunn Apple Locations

There are just nine Idunn Apples spread out across the game, but unlocking them isn’t easy. When you find the Nornir chest containing the Idunn Apple with three glowing blue runes on it, there are two methods of unlocking said chests: you’ll either have to smash all three seal jars in any order, or you’ll have to whack three hanging pots within a certain amount of time.

Neither of these methods is a stroll in the park, and you’ll have to either be scouring the nearby environment in order to find all three seal jars to smash, or you’ll have to be quick on your feet in order to hit all three pots in time. We’ll detail which method applies to which Nornir chest in the guide just below.

God of War Idunn Apple Locations

In the section below we'll detail all the God of War Idunn Apple locations and how to solve the rune puzzles. Follow our Idunn Apple Location Guide and you'll be able to fully upgrade Kratos' maximum health.

God of War Wildwoods Idunn Apple

The Nornir chest containing the very first Idunn Apple is found right after Kratos and Atreus encounter Draugr for the very first time in the Wildwoods.

  • After the combat encounter, head straight ahead to where you can smash a wooden board.
  • You’ll have to find and smash the three seal jars in this cramped cave.
  • First is in a wooden cart, the other two are on the walls of the area.
  • Open the chest to claim the first Idunn Apple.
God of War Idunn Apple Locations

God of War River Pass Idunn Apple

The second Idunn Apple can be found in the Nornir chest that’s just inside the ruins, right after you’ve encountered a Revenant for the very first time. You can find the chest in an open area, straight opposite a raised bridge.

  • The first seal jar can be found to the left of the Nornir chest on the wall.
  • Stand to the left of the bridge, and look up to see the second jar on the cliff edge.
  • Lower the bridge by hitting the two discs with the Leviathan Axe.
  • Head over the bridge, look to the left to see the jar through a gap in the rocks.
God of War Idunn Apple Locations

God of War Foothills Idunn Apple

This Nornir chest containing the Idunn Apple is found to the left of the wide open area where you fight the Brenna Daudi troll, and is one of the ones connected to a timer.

  • The Nornir chest can be found on the cliff edge, in the left of the area.
  • Start by hitting the pot on the right of the chest.
  • Recall the axe ASAP, then hit the pot on the left of the Nornir chest.
  • Sprint to the middle of the area, and you’ll see the final pot ahead of you, near a shard of rock sticking up from the ground.
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God of War Idunn Apple Locations

God of War Lake of Nine Idunn Apple

As soon as you’ve gained access to the Lake of Nine after meeting the Witch, you’ll want to head for the land to the right of where the bridge away from the central area joins with the shore. Dock your boat, and you’ll need to be quick to hit all three pots before the timer expires.

  • Hit the yellow board to lower the spikes into the ground.
  • Hit the pot on top of the small waterfall.
  • Throw your axe at the pot just to the right of the yellow board.
  • Hit the yellow board again to make the spikes retreat.
  • Hit the final pot near where you docked your boat.
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God of War Idunn Apple Locations

God of War Forgotten Caverns Idunn Apple

This complex Nornir chest can only be unlocked by hitting the three hanging pots within a certain time, except the pots happen to be attached to a large spinning pole.

  • Hit the outer, highest pot first.
  • Now that the pole is spinning faster, aim for the pot in the middle.
  • The pole is now up to full speed, and you’ll need to aim for the bottom-most pot to unlock the chest.

God of War Alfheim Idunn Apple

This Nornir chest can be found in the beginning area of the Ringed Temple Trench, and is unlocked by lowering a bridge spanning the gap in the trench.

  • Lower the bridge part way down, and freeze the disc with the Leviathan Axe.
  • Jump down to the bridge, and smash the two seal jars at either end with your fists.
  • Recall the axe, and lower the bridge all the way down, again freezing it in place.
  • Jump down to the bridge, and turn around, hopping up onto the ledge.
  • Recall the axe, and you’ll find yourself raised up next to the final seal jar.

God of War Mountain Idunn Apple

Right after Atreus gains shock arrows after defeating Hraezlyr the dragon, you’ll come across several frost draugr praying in front of the Nornir chest.

  • Using the sap deposit nearby, use Atreus’ arrows and the sap to destroy the sap above you, and on the bridge.
  • Grabbing another sap orb, head out of the room, and take down the large red sap wall.
  • Enter the new area and turn to the right to find and smash the first seal jar.
  • Head back and across the bridge, but pause halfway and look to your right to see the second seal jar.
  • Raise the bridge up so it forms a ramp to the higher lever, and freeze the disc to hold it in place.
  • Go up the partially raised bridge, and smash the final seal jar.
God of War Idunn Apple Locations

God of War Tyr’s Vault Idunn Apple

This Idunn Apple Nornir chest can be found after you’ve made it through the death traps with the spike blocks that move horizontally.

  • The first seal jar is found on top of the falling and rising spike blocks, if you’re facing them from the room with the wheel.
  • Turn around, and you can find the second sal jar in the wall of the room with the wheel.
  • Head through the spike blocks that move horizontally, and turn around to see the final seal jar in the block furthest away from you.

God of War Light Elf Outpost Idunn Apple

The final Nornir chest containing the Idunn Apple can be found on Light Elf Outpost, on the Lake of Nine just north of Tyr’s Tower.

  • Turn around from the chest, hop over the gap, and head round the corner to see the Idunn Apple on the tower in front of you.
  • Head back over the gap, under the raised gate, over the light bridge, and down the slope on your right, to find the second seal jar under the light bridge.
  • Head back up the slope, turn right, head over the light bridge and hop over a gap, and you can find the final seal jar ahead of the second chain, sticking out from the side of the cliff.

That concludes our complete God of War guide for all the various Idunn Apples you can find around the map, but head over to our Niflheim Cipher Piece guide for if you want to access a brand new realm, or our Horn of Blood Mead locations to raise Kratos’ Rage meter.

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  • Avatar for delanothomas08 #1 delanothomas08 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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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    @davidbenavent31 The game marks every Valkyrie location on your map after you complete the main story.
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    I have a problem !! The first blades dont move so i can pass bay them !! I dont know why
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  • Avatar for derekeamgnisalb80 #9 derekeamgnisalb80 4 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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