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God of War The Stranger Boss Fight - How to Defeat The Stranger in God of War

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

Guide by Hirun Cryer, Tom Orry, .

The Stranger is one mysterious figure in the new God of War, and marks the second overall boss fight in the game, although he’s an especially tough slog to get through. In this God of War The Stranger boss guide, we’ll be walking you through how to defeat the powerful foe as easily as possible, going through each stage of the complex and challenging fight one after the other.

If you instead need anything else to do with God of War, including a complete story primer heading into the events of the new game, as well as complete walkthrough of all the combat controls and combo moves, make sure to head over to our God of War walkthrough hub.

God of War The Stranger Boss Guide

You’re now in a boss fight with ‘The Stranger’, an unknown but incredibly powerful enemy. If you're in a hurry to get the fight over with, check out our few essential tips for overcoming the boss just below:

God of War The Stranger Boss Essential Tips

  • Keep your shield up, and lock onto the Stranger with the right stick.
  • The icy ground attack is telegraphed by the Stranger raising both fists into the air.
  • The boss can chain three quick attacks together, but you can block them all with your shield.
  • Remember that if you can block just before an attack hits you, Kratos will parry the blow.

Using your shield to block is key to overcoming this fight, as you’ll always want to be holding up your shield, and be locked on to the Stranger by pressing the right analog stick to keep track of where he is.

God of War The Stranger Boss

The fight isn’t too challenging in this first phase, but the one attack you need to look out for is when the Stranger sends an icy attack along the ground in your direction, which is given away by a small red ring emanating from the boss when he raises his fists in the air.

In the final fight with the Stranger, when Kratos has drawn his Leviathan Axe after dumping a gigantic stone monument onto the Stranger, you need to watch out for one new attack in particular. There are times where the Stranger will jump up into the air, slamming down on the ground shortly after with a massive blast of ice. You can tell where the Stranger is going to land by keeping track of the red directional marker near Kratos, which will let you know if the Stranger is going to slam down somewhere out of your line of sight.

God of War The Stranger Boss

The only other thing you need to be on guard for in the fight with the Stranger is his quick succession of three attack. You can either dodge these three attack, or you can block them using Kratos’ shield. If you choose the latter method, there’ll be a brief bit of slow-mo once the Stranger lands his final attack. During this, you can press the right bumper to attack the Stranger with the Leviathan Axe, sending him flying backwards. Once you’re done with the Stranger, return to the house and Atreus to conclude the Marked Trees quest of God of War, and continue onwards in the epic journey.

God of War The Stranger Boss

We might be all done with this God of War guide on how to defeat The Stranger, but why not continue ahead to our God of War Wildwoods guide, where we’ll be walking you through how to find every single collectible item in the region, including the Lost of Found toys, and the Idunn Apples.

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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 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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    Deleted May 2018 by steliozeimpekoglou59
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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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