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God of War Armor Guide – Atreus Armor, Kratos Armor, Where To Find (Waist, Wrist, Chest)

In this God of War Armor Guide, we have detailed all there is to know about Kratos’s and Atreus’s armor. Both Kratos and Atreus wear armor in the game, which keeps them safe from harm. They start the game with basic armor sets but as well as progress in the game, we unlock new and better armor sets that not only give stats boosts but also different bonuses.

Below you will find all details relating to Kratos and Atreus’s armor. We have detailed which different types of armor are found in the game, how can you unlock them, resources required for them, and at which part of the story you will get access to them. With the help of this God of War Armor Guide, you will know everything there is about armor in God of War.

God of War Armor

Kratos has a three-piece armor while Atreus has a single piece armor set. At the start of the game, they will have their default armors equipped. Although you can play the entire story with the default armor set we will not recommend that.

The default armor set will only be good for early parts of the game. For later stages, you must be very good at dodging and evading attacks if you are still sticking with the default armor set.

You should also know that both Kratos and Atreus’s armors have multiple pieces to them that then come together to form the complete armors for the two of them. The three parts of Kratos’s armor are the Chest, Waist and Wrist. While Atreus has a single piece armor. If you do not want to be constantly dodging and evading attacks, then you must find and equip new armor sets.

There are also levels in rarity of the armors. These are color-coded for the players to easily identify which level of rarity their respective armor pieces belong to. These are as given below:

The common armor pieces that can easily be found across the maps or bought with very little currency are color-coded green. The blue armor pieces are a bit rarer. They cost more than the common ones and bestow a better class of stats upon Kratos. The purple-colored armor pieces are of a Legendary rarity. And the ones colored gold are of an epic rarity.

The best way of unlocking new armor sets is to progress in the story. You will unlock new armor sets once you have reached a vital story point. After that, you can craft them in the in-game stores using resources. Some of the more rare armor sets will require you to complete special missions and tasks. So without further ado, let us start with different armor types and their upgrades.

Atreus’s Armor

When the game starts, Atreus is wearing Tunic of Hope, which his mother made for him. His armor consists of a single piece, however; there are three different types of armor, which you can equip.

These are Vestment, Garb or Tunic. Each type of armor specializes in a certain thing and provide boosts to specific stats. Vestment Armor is best suited for being a support character. Garb is suited for ranged combat while Tunic favors close combat.

These three types of armor give you the flexibility to assign whatever role you want to Atreus. You can also change the armor on the go to change his roles on the go allowing great flexibility.

Furthermore, Atreus’s armor comes in three tiers. As you advanced in tiers, the armor gets better and better. You can check different types of Atreus’s armor in the table below.

 

Armor Type Cost How to Unlock
Tunic of Hope: Default armor. Cannot be sold in the shops. 500 Equipped right from the start
Tier 1
Basic Sharpshooter Garb: This armor has the ability to lower the Talon Bow’s arrow recharge time. Aimed shot when fired at enemies in the air will deal extra damage to them. 7500 Hacksilver + 2 Soft Svartalfheim Steel Buy it from the shop.
Basic Fighter Tunic: Boosts melee damage and exposes enemy weaknesses. Choked enemies take increased damage. 7500 Hacksilver + 2 Soft Svartalfheim Steel Buy it from the shop
Basic Runic Vestment: Grants increased recovery speed from enemy attacks and provides Healthstone Assist. When Kratos is injured, Atrues might find Healthstones. 7500 Hacksilver + 2 Soft Svartalfheim Steel Buy it from the shop
Tier 2
Superior Sharpshooter Garb: Has the same bonuses as the basic one but has the ability to lower the talon Bow’s arrow recharge ability by even further. 18000 Hacksilver + 2 Soft Svartalfheim Steel Buy it from the shop.
Superior Fighter Tunic: Has the same bonuses as the bonus one with even more melee damage increase. Also increases stun damage by melee combat and allows enhanced strikes. 18000 Hacksilver + 2 Soft Svartalfheim Steel Buy it from the shop
Superior Runic Vestment: Has the same bonuses as the basic one along with increased Healthstone potency and Healthstone Assist. 18000 Hacksilver + 2 Soft Svartalfheim Steel Buy it from the shop
Tier 3
Legendary Sharpshooter Garb: Has the same bonuses as the previous one but has massively reduced recharge time for Talon Bow’s arrows. The last arrow in a volley has increased damage and it allows to fire improved aimed shot and barrage. 45000 Hacksilver + 2 Soft Svartalfheim Steel Buy it from the shop
Legendary Fighter Tunic: Melee combat damage is increased to the maximum and unlocks Iron grip using which Atreus can choke enemies much longer. Also improves Expose Weakness skill and Enhanced strikes. 45000 Hacksilver + 2 Soft Svartalfheim Steel Buy it from the shop
Legendary Runic Vestment: Recovery speed from enemy attacks is increased to the maximum. Runic Attunement is unlocked which allows Atreus to deal additional status damage after every runic summon for eight seconds. Healthstone assist and Healthstone Enhancement is also unlocked. 60000 Hacksilver Buy it from the shop

 

Kratos’s Armor

Kratos comes equipped with a three-piece armor set. At the start of the game, he will have the default armor set equipped which is pretty good on its own but as you progress in the game and come against tougher enemies, you will need some new heavy armor sets to keep you safe.

Kratos’s armor consists of Chest, Wrist and Waist armor. Each armor piece is unique and provides different sorts of benefits when it comes to defense.

You can not only unlock new armor pieces but you can also upgrade the armor pieces with resources that you collect on your journey.

You can purchase or upgrade armor by visiting Brok’s or Sindri’s shops in the game. You can also sell old armor to them for a part of Hacksilver. Kratos’s armor is divided into six tiers and as tiers advance in numbers, the armor gets better. The table below will tell you the story points where you unlock each armor tier.

 

Story Point Armor Tier Unlocked
Meet Brok Tier 1 Chest Armor
Unlock Mystic gateway access to Brok Tier 1 Wrist Armor
Tier 1 Waist Armor
After your first mountain visit, return to Tyr’s Temple Tier 2 Chest Armor
Tier 2 Wrist Armor
Tier 2 Waist Armor
Return to Midgard after Alfheim Tier 3 Chest Armor
Tier 3 Wrist Armor
Tier 3 Waist Armor
Lake of Nine after 2nd water drop Tier 4 Chest Armor
Tier 4 Wrist Armor
Tier 4 Waist Armor
Heal Atreus Tier 5 Chest Armor
Tier 5 Wrist Armor
Tier 5 Waist Armor
Escape Helheim Tier 6 Chest Armor
Tier 6 Wrist Armor
Tier 6 Waist Armor

 

For any special armor sets, you must complete their required tasks, as they will not be earned when you unlock these tiered armored sets. Below you will find the detailed list of all armor pieces found in the game for Kratos.

Chest Armor

The following table shows all available chest armor pieces and how you can unlock them.

 

Armor How to Unlock
Woven Shoulder Guard of Exile: Thick, sturdy strips of leather and fur provide light protection from the dangers of the forest. Cannot be sold. Starting Armor
Tier 1 Armor
Reaver Tunic: Cheaply made, but sturdy. Commonly used within Reaver clans. Favors Defense. Buy it from the shop
Arcane Shoulder Wraps: Runic symbols on this simple armor increase Cooldown. Get it from the Coffin in Foothills
Boar Hide Shoulder Guard: Reinforced, boiled leather armor. Not very comfortable, but slightly increases Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 2 Armor
Viken Tunic: Basic defensive armor that increases Vitality. Buy it from the shop
Runic Scaled Spaulders: Basic offensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from the Coffin in Alfheim
Wolfskin Shoulder Guard: Hardened leather armor designed for a large range of movement. Favors Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 3 Armor
Defender’s Cuirass: Sturdy defensive armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
Plated Pauldrons of Focus: Sturdy armor favoring Cooldown. Get it from the Coffin in The Mountain
Metal-Plated Shoulder Guard: Sturdy offensive armor that increases Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 4 Armor
Plated Völunder Cuirass: Sturdy defensive armor favoring Vitality. Buy it from the shop
Runic WyrmSkin Pauldrons: Girded defensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from the Coffin in Thamur’s Corpse
Dwarven Runic Pauldron: Armor reinforced with Dwarven metal favoring Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 5 Armor
Mythic Pauldrons of Protection: Heavily reinforced armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
Mythic Pauldrons of Clarity: Pauldrons reinforced with layered steel of unknown origin, favoring Cooldown. Get it from the Coffin in The Mountain once you revisit it.
Pauldron of the True Warrior: Dwarven-forged metal embedded with Ogre teeth, favoring Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 6 Armor
Ornate Pauldrons of Vigor: Heavily fortified armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
Pauldrons of the World Serpent: Masterfully crafted offensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from the Coffin in Hall of Tyr
Pauldron of Arcane Might: Fortified steel from a Dwarven forge imbues this offensive armor with increases to Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Special Armor
Týr’s Lost Unity Cuirass: It has Týr’s Luck which grants 6% chance (also increased by Luck) to activate perk when damage taken. Unlocked after completing the ‘Dead Freight’ favor
Pauldron of the Ancients: It has Elemental Shielding, which grants 15% resistance against Frost, Fire, and Seiðr attacks. (stacks up to 45%) Unlocked after completing the ‘Hearts of Stone’ labor
Breastplate of the Traveler: It grants Protection of the Traveler which slowly regenerates a protective barrier that absorbs a single attack. Unlocked after completing the ‘The Road Less Traveled’ labor
Brok’s Royal Dwarven Breastplate: It grants Raging Fury, which increases the rate at which Rage is gained by 10%. (stacks up to 30% max) Unlocked after completing the ‘Hail to the King’ favor
Sindri’s Royal Dwarven Breastplate: It grants Protective Barrier which features moderate perk activation chance to grant Protective Barrier, preventing damage from enemy attacks, when using a Runic Attack. Unlocked after completing the ‘Hail to the King’ favor
Cuirass of the Valkyrie: It grants Warrior’s Unstoppable Aura which features low perk activation chance to grant Unstoppable Aura, preventing interruptions by enemy attacks, on any successful hit. Obtain it from Valkyrie Hildr in Niflheim
Breastplate of Fallen Ash: It grants Retaliation of Fire, which features moderate perk activation chance to inflict concussive burn damage to nearby enemies when damage is taken. Equip the complete Fallen Ash set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Blazing Magma Pauldrons: It grants Magma Shield, which features moderate perk activation chance to create a fiery shield that inflicts Burn damage to enemies and prevents interruptions by attacks when damage is taken. Equip the complete Blazing Magma set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Smoldering Brimstone Pauldron: It grants Aura of Fire, which features moderate perk activation chance to grant Aura of Fire, increasing Strength and restoring a small amount of Health, when damage is taken. Equip the complete Smoldering Brimstone set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Ivaldi’s Cuirass of Endless Mist –It grants Regenerating Essence which adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’ favor
Ivaldi’s Spaulders of Cursed Mist –It grants Regenerating Essence which adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’ favor
Ivaldi’s Pauldron of Deadly Mist: It grants Regenerating Essence which adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’ favor

 

Wrist Armor

The second armor piece in Kratos’s armor set is the wrist armor. Below you will find all different types of wrist armor pieces in the game and how you can unlock them.

 

Armor How to Unlock
Worn Wrappings of Exile: Stiff leather forearm wraps provide protection, and conceal a dark secret. You cannot sell the starting armor. Starting Armor
Tier 1 Armor
Reaver Forearm Bands: Cheaply made, but sturdy. Commonly used within Reaver clans. Favors Defense. Buy it from the shop
Arcane Bracers: Runic symbols on this simple armor increase Cooldown. Get it from the Foothills Coffin
Boar Hide Bracers: Reinforced, boiled leather armor. Not very comfortable, but slightly increases Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 2 Armor
Viken Bracers: Basic defensive armor that increases Vitality. Buy it from the shop
Runic Forearm Bracers: Basic offensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from the Alfheim Trench Coffin
Wolfskin Bracers: Hardened leather armor designed for a large range of movement. Favors Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 3 Armor
Defender’s Arm Guards: Sturdy defensive armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
Scaled Bracers of Focus: Sturdy armor favoring Cooldown. Get it from The Mountain Coffin
Metal-Plated Bracers: Sturdy offensive armor that increases Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 4 Armor
Plated Völunder Gauntlets: Sturdy defensive armor favoring Vitality. Buy it from the shop
Plated Runeweaver Bracers: Girded defensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from Thamur’s Corpse Coffin
Dwarven Runic Gauntlets: Armor reinforced with Dwarven metal favoring Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 5 Armor
Ornate Bracers of Protection: Heavily reinforced armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
Mythic Bracers of Clarity: Bracers reinforced with layered steel of unknown origin, favoring Cooldown. Get it from the Mountain Summit Coffin
Gauntlets of the True Warrior: Dwarven-forged metal embedded with Ogre teeth, favoring Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 6 Armor
Mythic Gauntlets of Vigor: Heavily fortified armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
Bracers of the World Serpent: Masterfully crafted offensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from The Hall of Tyr Coffin
Mythic Gauntlets of Arcane Might: Fortified steel from a Dwarven forge imbues this offensive armor with increases to Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Special Armor
Týr’s Lost Unity Gauntlets: Grants Týr’s Luck that has low perk activation chance to grant a short boost to Strength, Defense, or Runic when damage is taken. Complete the favor ‘Hammer Fall’
Gauntlet of the Ancients: Grants Elemental Shielding that offers 15% resistance against Frost, Fire, and Seiðr attacks (stacks up to 45%) Complete the labor ‘Hearts of Stone’
Gauntlets of the Traveler: Grants Bare-Handed Damage Increase that increases the damage inflicted from all barehanded attacks by 6% (stacks up to 18% max). Complete the labor ‘The Road Less Traveled’
Brok’s Royal Dwarven Gauntlets: Grants Raging Fury that increases the rate at which Rage is gained by 10% (stacks up to 30% max). Complete the favor ‘Hail to the King’
Sindri’s Royal Dwarven Gauntlets: Grants Fire Mastery that increases all Burn damage inflicted by 15% (stacks up to 50% max). Complete the favor ‘Hail to the King’
Gauntlets of the Valkyrie: Contains a Valkyrie’s essence that favors Runic and Strength. Get it from the Valkyrie Gondul in Muspehlheim
Gauntlets of Fallen Ash: Grants Retaliation of Fire that offers moderate perk activation chance to inflict concussive Burn damage to nearby enemies when damage is taken. Equip the complete Fallen Ash set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Blazing Magma Wrappings: Grants Magma Shield that offers moderate perk activation chance to create a fiery shield that inflicts Burn damage to enemies and prevents interruptions by attacks when damage is taken. Equip the complete Blazing Magma set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Smoldering Brimstone Gauntlets: Grants Aura of Fire that offers moderate perk activation chance to grant Aura of Fire, increasing Strength and restoring a small amount of Health, when damage is taken. Equip the complete Smoldering Brimstone set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Ivaldi’s Gauntlets of Endless Mist: Grants Regenerating Essence that adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the favor ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’
Ivaldi’s Bracers of Cursed Mist: Grants Regenerating Essence that adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the favor ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’
Ivaldi’s Gauntlets of Deadly Mist: Grants Regenerating Essence that adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the favor ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’

 

Waist Armor

The last armor piece in Kratos’s armor set is the waist armor. The table below lists all the armor types sorted according to the tiers.

 

Burnished Belt of Exile: A simple belt made from animal hide. Functional and versatile. This cannot be sold as this is your starting armor. You start the game with this armor piece
Tier 1 Armor
Reaver Belt: Cheaply made, but sturdy. Commonly used within Reaver clans. Favors Defense. Buy it from the shop
Arcane Waist Guard: Runic symbols on this simple armor increase Cooldown. Get it from the Foothills Coffin
Boar Hide Belt: Reinforced, boiled leather armor. Not very comfortable, but slightly increases Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 2 Armor
Viken Waist Guard: Basic defensive armor that increases Vitality. Buy it from the shop
Runic War Belt: Basic offensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from Alfheim Ringed Temple Coffin
Wolfskin Waist Guard: Hardened leather armor designed for a large range of movement. Favors Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 3 Armor
Defender’s Waist Guard: Sturdy defensive armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
Scaled Waist Guard of Focus: Sturdy armor favoring Cooldown Get it from The Mountain Coffin
Metal-Plated Waist Guard: Sturdy offensive armor that increases Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 4 Armor
Plated Völunder Waist Guard: Sturdy defensive armor favoring Vitality. Buy it from the shop
Runeweaver War Belt: Girded defensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from Thamur’s Corpse Coffin
Dwarven Runic War Belt: Armor reinforced with Dwarven metal favoring Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 5 Armor
Plated Waist Guard of Protection: Heavily reinforced armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
Mythic War Belt of Clarity: Belt reinforced with layered steel of unknown origin, favoring Cooldown. Get it from Mountain Coffin while you are revisiting the area
Waist Guard of the True Warrior: Reinforced offensive armor of Dwarven-forged steel, favoring Strength. Buy it from the shop
Tier 6 Armor
Mythic Battle Belt of Vigor: Heavily fortified armor favoring Defense. Buy it from the shop
War Belt of the World Serpent: Masterfully crafted offensive armor favoring Runic. Get it from hall of Tyr Coffin
Mythic War Belt of Arcane Might: Fortified steel from a Dwarven forge imbues this offensive armor with increases to Runic and Strength. Buy it from the shop
Special Armor
Týr’s Lost Unity Belt: Grants Týr’s Luck that offers low perk activation chance to grant a short boost to Strength, Defense, or Runic when damage is taken. Complete the favor ‘Anatomy of Hope’
Belt of the Ancients: Grants Elemental Shielding that offers 15% resistance against Frost, Fire, and Seiðr attacks (stacks up to 45%) Complete the labor ‘Hearts of Stone’
War Belt of the Traveler: Grants increased Vitality for warriors strong enough to wear it. Complete the labor ‘The Road less traveled’
Brok’s Royal Dwarven Waist Guard: Grants Raging Fury that increases the rate at which Rage is gained by 10% (stacks up to 30% max). Complete the favor ‘Hail to the King’
Sindri’s Royal Dwarven Waist Guard: Grants Frost Mastery that increases all Frost damage inflicted by 15% (stacks up to 50% max). Complete the favor ‘Hail to the King’
Waist Guard of the Valkyrie: Grants Striking Runic that has High Perk activation chance to grant a Blessing of Runic when using a Runic Attack. Get it from the Valkyrie Olrun in Alfheim
War Belt of Fallen Ash: Grants Retaliation of Fire that has moderate perk activation chance to inflict concussive Burn damage to nearby enemies when damage is taken. Equip the complete Fallen Ash set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Blazing Magma War Belt: Grants Magma Shield that has moderate perk activation chance to create a fiery shield that inflicts Burn damage to enemies and prevents interruptions by attacks when damage is taken. Equip the complete Blazing Magma set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Smoldering Brimstone Battle Belt: Grants Aura of Fire that has moderate perk activation chance to grant Aura of Fire, increasing Strength and restoring a small amount of Health, when damage is taken. Equip the complete Smoldering Brimstone set to increase chance. Get it from Muspelheim Shop
Ivaldi’s War Belt of Endless Mist: Grants Regenerating Essence that adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the favor ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’
Ivaldi’s War Belt of Cursed Mist: Grants Regenerating Essence that adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the favor ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’
Ivaldi’s War Belt of Deadly Mist: Grants Regenerating Essence that adds a very small amount of constant Health regeneration. (Stacks up to 5 times max.) Complete the favor ‘Ivaldi’s Protection’

 

Apart from these armor pieces, you can also find and equip different Talismans and Enchantments for more stat boosts and added bonuses. You can read about them in our Talismans Guide and Enchantments Guide.

As you progress in the game and you encounter harder enemies and stronger adversaries, you will find out that you require more sturdy and toughened armors to stand against their hefty attack damages.
You will also want to make use of the stat benefit these newer and better armors give Kratos to fight the even more hardened enemies towards the end of the game.

Upgrading Armor

Moreover, if you have developed a liking to one of the many armors for each Kratos and Atreus or the stat benefit availed from one of them suits your game style and you do not want to let go of it although it is continually getting under-leveled with each passing activity in the game then you should consider upgrading them to keep them on level with the game’s progress and your enemies’ strength.

In order to upgrade the armor pieces, you must take them to Brok’s or Sindri’s shop where these will be upgraded to increase your selected stats. But these upgrades make use of in-game currencies. You can spend any currency to upgrade the armor that you like. The following are a few tips for using armors and changing them:

  • Do not buy armor early on in the game. You will find tons of gear alongside armor pieces while you go around beating enemies and solving puzzles.
  • In the shop menu, you will be able to see the benefits of pending upgrades. Upgrade the armor in accordance to that. Make upgrades that give you benefits suitable to your position in the game at that moment.
  • Save up to make upgrades to the gear rather than purchasing new ones. You should not waste the currency on buying new armor piece, rather upgrade those found and unlocked in-game campaign.
  • Assess armors by their level and not the stats. When you will find new armors, they might seem weaker than the one you have equipped at that moment. This is because the old armor may be laced with upgrades and enchantments. The new armor may be better but might not seem as such.
  • Sell the armor pieces and armor sets that you no longer require. The armor pieces acquired towards the start of the game might render useless later on. Sell them to upgrade newer more useful armors.

This concludes our God of War Armor Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use the comments section below!