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GoW Ragnarok Best Skills To Get First & Upgrade Early

Here are the best skills and gear you should unlock first in GoW Ragnarok.

There are a lot of options in skills and gears to choose from in God of War Ragnarok, so picking the best can be tough. due to the limited resources you get, there are only so many things that you can get. And you wouldn’t want to waste your XP and resources on something you rarely use. So in this guide check out the best early skills, armor, and weapons to unlock first in God of War Ragnarok.


Best Skills & Gear To Get First in God of War Ragnarok

best skills and gear to get first in god of war ragnarok

The 3 best skills you should unlock first are:

  • Glacial Rake
  • Hyperion Grapple
  • Permafrost and Immolation

The best armor to unlock first is the Nidavellir Finest Plackart set. And the best weapon to level up first should be the one you use most.


3 Best Early Skills To Unlock & Upgrade First in God of War Ragnarok

Not only are these skills the best ones in the game, but since you get them early, you can focus on upgrading them first, over some others.

  • Glacial Rake: If you use Leviathan Axe more then get this skill first, else go for Hyperion Grapple. This ability lets Kratos shoot a shockwave of ice toward the general direction of his enemies. Kratos begins this attack by plunging his axe into the ground and then launching this attack toward them. The best part is not only can this attack hit multiple enemies at the same time. But you also apply frost damage to them.
    • How to Unlock: Spend 750 XP to get this skill.
  • Hyperion Grapple: In case you prefer this weapon over the Leviathan axe then this should definitely be your first skill. Hyperion Grapple allows Kratos to hook onto an enemy and launch himself at them. Not only does this do a lot of stun damage you can use it to get out of a sticky situation. For example when you are getting outnumbered by a horde of enemies.
    • How to Unlock: Spend 750 XP to get this skill.
  • Permafrost and Immolation: Upgrading your Leviathan Axe to level 2 gives your Permafrost. While getting your Blades of Chaos to Level 2 gives you Immolation. These skills reward you to do successive damage as long as you don’t get hit by the enemy. When you hit them consecutively you will see a weapon icon and a circular bar filling around it. Once this is full your weapon does a lot more damage than usual for a small amount of time.
    • How to Unlock:
      • Permafrost – Level up your Leviathan Axe to level 2.
      • Immolation – Level up your Blades of Chaos to level 2.

Best Armor

The best Armor to get early is Nidavellir Finest Plackart. To begin with, it increase your Vitality. And its chest piece lets you restore your health for Stun Grabbing an enemy. While its waist piece reduces the decrease of the enemy Stun bar. I suggest you check our dedicated guide on the best armor.


Best Weapon

There is no better weapon both Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos work well on how you use them. So the one you use the most should be the one you level up. If you want to learn about the situations where one works better than the other, I suggest you check our guide on Blades of Chaos or Leviathan Axe guide.

That covers this guide on the best skills, weapons, and armor in God of War Ragnarok that you can get early and upgrade first. If you found this guide helpful and are looking to learn more on other such topics then be sure to check our GoW Ragnarok Wiki.