The lands of the North and the Nordic Realms you explore in God of War are vast indeed, and span many of the Nine Realms of Nordic Mythology.
Over the course of your main Journey, and exploring off the beaten path you will discover many Regions – some big, and some small. Many of these Regions are filled with Enemies, Side Quests (Favors), and treasure that include collectibles like Legendary Chests, Nornir Chests, Odin’s Ravens and more.
Below you’ll find a list of all the regions you can explore, and the summary of things to find in each region at a glance. Click on each region to learn more about it with in-depth guides on what you can expect to encounter, and where collectibles are hiding. This is listed in general order of when you’ll be able to access the area.
Midgard is one of the Nine Realms and is the realm Kratos currently calls home. It’s also the main area you will explore in God of War. The following summary encompasses all of the regions found in Midgard.
|12 Favors||34 Artifacts||30 Mystic Gateways|
|13 Shops||37 Lore Markers||43 Odin’s Ravens|
|4 Valkyries||1 Valkyrie Queen||17 Nornir Chests|
|26 Legendary Chests||9 Realm Tears||–|
The Wildwoods is where you begin God of War, and include a few places that you can’t explore until much later in the game.
|4 Artifacts||1 Odin’s Raven||1 Realm Tear|
|1 Nornir Chests||2 Mystic Gateways||–|
EditThe River Pass
|9 Artifacts||3 Mystic Gateways||1 Valkyrie|
|1 Shop||6 Lore Markers||6 Odin’s Ravens|
|5 Legendary Chests||5 Nornir Chests||–|
EditShores of Nine
The Shores of Nine is part of the Lake of Nine, basically a large hub area. Many towers are a part of this region, but most of the actual shores accessible from this lake lead to other optional named regions. Note that some collectibles like Lore Markers are technically found in the surrounding regions.
|1 Favor||7 Lore Markers||4 Realm Tears|
|1 Odin’s Raven||1 Legendary Chest||4 Artifacts|
|10 Mystic Gateways||–||–|
The Lookout Tower is an optional area that can be docked from the Lake of Nine on the South side, to the West of the Vanaheim Tower.
|1 Nornir Chest||1 Artifact||1 Odin’s Raven|
The Iron Cove is an optional area that can be docked from the Lake of Nine, located on the far West side of the lake.
|1 Legendary Chest||1 Odin’s Raven||–|
EditIsle of Death
The Isle of Death is an optional area that can be docked from the Lake of Nine, found on a small island in the Western reaches of the lake before the Iron Cove – and eventually connects to the cove.
|2 Legendary Chests||1 Odin’s Raven||1 Artifact|
The Forgotten Caverns is an optional area that can be docked from the Lake of Nine, located up in the Northwestern section of the lake.
|1 Mystic Gateway||1 Nornir Chest||2 Odin’s Raven|
|1 Favor||1 Artifact||2 Legendary Chests|
|1 Odin’s Raven||–||–|
EditCliffs of the Raven
The Cliffs of the Raven is an optional area that can be docked from the Lake of Nine, located in the Southeast portion of the Lake.
|1 Artifact||1 Odin’s Raven||1 Legendary Chest|
|1 Nornir Chest||–||–|
|1 Favor||1 Shop||3 Odin’s Ravens|
|6 Lore Markers||1 Nornir Chest||6 Artifacts|
|1 Mystic Gateway||1 Legendary Chest||–|
The Foothills are a region you must travel through frequently on your main journey to reach the Mountain beyond, and connects the Vanaheim Tower to the base of the mountain.
|1 Valkyrie||1 Mystic Gateway||1 Shop|
|2 Odin’s Ravens||2 Legendary Chests||1 Nornir Chest|
Alfheim is the realm of the Elves, and one of the first of the other nine realms you can visit besides Midgard, as it is vital to your main journey. The realm of Alfheim has no sub-regions, though it does have side areas to explore.
|6 Artifacts||1 Mystic Gateway||2 Shops|
|2 Lore Markers||2 Odin’s Ravens||1 Valkyrie|
|4 Nornir Chests||5 Legendary Chests||2 Realm Tears|
Fafnir’s Storeroom is an optional region located off the Shores of Nine, and only accessible after gaining a key from the Dwarves to investigate a favor – once the World Serpent have moved away from the Northwest side of the Shore of Nine.
|4 Artifacts||1 Odin’s Raven||1 Realm Tear|
|1 Nornir Chests||2 Mystic Gateways||–|
The Mountain is a region that is one of your primary goals of your journey, and encompasses both the interior and Heart of the Mountain, as well as its summit.
|1 Valkyrie||6 Artifacts||2 Mystic Gateways|
|3 Shops||7 Lore Markers||4 Odin’s Ravens|
|1 Realm Tear||3 Legendary Chests||2 Nornir Chests|
The Volunder Mines is an optional area that can be docked from the Lake of Nine, though it is only accessible once you have started one of the Dwarves’ quests.
|1 Favor||1 Mystic Gateway||1 Shop|
|1 Odin’s Raven||3 Lore Markers||1 Legendary Chest|
EditThe Mason’s Channel
The Mason’s Channel is a small region North of the Shore of Nine on the way to Thamur’s Corpse, and while necessary to traverse, the contents of the region are optional. It can only be found once the waters of the Lake of Nine have receded a second time.
Thamur’s Corpse is one of the main regions of Midgard located in the far North, and a path only becomes available once the waters of the Lake of Nine have receded a second time.
|2 Mystic Gateways||1 Shop||1 Valkyrie|
|2 Odin’s Ravens||0(+1) Legendary Chests||–|
EditCouncil of Valkyries
Council of Valkyries is an optional region located before The Mason’s Channel on the North side of the Shore of Nine. It can be found near the Helheim Tower, and a path across the bridge leading to Thamur’s Corpse.
|1 Mystic Gateway||1 Lore Marker||1 Valkyrie Queen|
|1 Realm Tear||1 Odin’s Raven||1 Shop|
EditLight Elf Outpost
The Light Elf Outpost is a large ruined island located in the Northwest area of the Shores of Nine. The island only becomes visible once the lake has receded from the Lake of Nine the second time.
|1 Realm Tear||1 Legendary Chest||1 Nornir Chest|
EditRuins of the Ancient
The Ruins of the Ancient is a small island region in the far Northwest area of the Shore of Nine. Devoid of major collectibles, the region only becomes available when the waters of the Lake of Nine recede a second time.
|1 Treasure Map|
Buri’s Storeroom is an optional island region hidden in the Shore of Nine. It will only be revealed once the waters of the Lake of Nine have receded a second time – located near the Stone Falls.
|2 Legendary Chests||1 Odin’s Raven||–|
The Northri Stronghold is a hidden area found in the North and Northwest area of the Shore of Nine, after the water recedes a second time. It can be found through a long tunnel past the Forgotten Caverns to a locked gate, which can only be opened after completing Sindri’s first quest Fafnir’s Hoard, and taking on a second Favor.
|1 Favor||2 Mystic Gateways||1 Shop|
|2 Odin’s Ravens||2 Lore Markers||–|
The Landsuther Mines are an optional region located off to the South of the Shore of Nine. It’s located down a long tunnel near the Statue of Thor – but only once the waters of the Lake of Nine have gone down a second time, and once you have completed Brok’s first quest and started his second Favor.
|1 Favor||1 Mystic Gateway||2 Odin’s Ravens|
Helheim is one of the main Nine Realms, and a major region in the Nordic lands as part of your main journey. The frozen wastelands are home to many ice foes and collectibles alike.
|5 Artifacts||1 Mystic Gateway||6 Odin’s Ravens|
|1 Valkyrie||3(+1) Legendary Chests||0(+1) Nornir Chests|
Tyr’s Temple is one of the main regions in Midgard that is located in the center of the Shore of Nine, and includes lower secret rooms found below the Realm Travel Room.
|3 Lore Markers||2 Legendary Chests||1 Nornir Chest|
|1 Mystic Gateway||–||–|
Konunsgard an optional area located through a locked passage in the Northwest through King’s Hollow. The passage to the gate only opens when the waters in the Lake of Nine recede a second time, but the gate is sealed until you complete two quests for both Brok and Sindri, and take on a final Favor from the duo.
|2 Favors||2 Mystic Gateways||1 Shop|
|1 Realm Tear||1 Legendary Chest||2 Lore Markers|
|1 Nornir Chest||5 Odin’s Ravens||–|
Muspelheim is one of the main Nine Realms, and an optional region that can only be opened by obtaining all the Muspelheim Ciphers as part of The Realm of Fire Favor. The realm includes optional challenge arenas to gain legendary gear.
|6 Mystic Gateways||1 Valkyrie||–|
Niflheim is one of the main Nine realms, and an optional region that can only be opened by obtaining all of the Niflheim Ciphers as part of the Realm of Fog Favor. The realm includes optional challenges to gain legendary gear.
|3 Favors||1 Shop||1 Valkyrie|
Jotunheim is one of the main Nine realms, and one of the major quest objectives. It is the home of the Giants, and getting to this secret realm is no easy task.