If you spot a purple glowing item on the ground, you have just found an Artifact in God of War: Ragnarok. These are more collectibles that you can find across all nine realms and comprise either Kvasir’s Poems or Things Left Behind in Svartalfheim.
Collecting Artifacts in God of War: Ragnarok is a side activity. Due to the way the levels are designed, you will not be able to find all of them on your first playthrough. You will have to return later on to get the remaining Artifacts once new shortcuts and areas are unlocked.
- Aurvangar Wetlands
- Lyngbakr Island
- The Forge
- Jarnsmida Pitmines
- The Applecore
- SPOILER ALERT
- The Applecore
Things Left Behind #1 (Hreidmar’s Brassard)
You will see two geysers in your path after docking your boat at the marked location. Use your Leviathan Axe to freeze both geysers to access the wooden grappling point behind the second geyser.
Climb up to find your first Artifact besides the dead dwarf.
Kvasir’s Poem #1 (The Sunrise of Nothingness)
Follow the river until you come across a giant water wheel alongside a geyser in an elevator shaft.
Interact with the iron dome in front of the water wheel to release the geyser. Then use your Leviathan Axe to freeze the geyser in the elevator shaft to start spinning the water wheel.
When the elevator comes down, call back your axe to release the geyser again. Now, attack the elevator’s chain (the little circular winch) to bring the elevator down.
Climb up the elevator block and use your axe again to freeze the first geyser. This will cause the elevator to ascend. Find your next Artifact on a table.
Kvasir’s Poem #2 (Large Society Ground Orb, The Performance)
Head back to the docks to find the green barricade blocking the way forward. Command Atreus to use his Sonic Arrows to destroy the barricade and you will find an Artifact on the crates near the water.
Things Left Behind #2 (Griep’s Firebomb)
Crawl through the sewer passage next to Sindri’s shop. When you emerge, look to your left to see some crates and baskets blocking the way. Destroy them and head inside. Keep going and you will find an Artifact on the ground at the end of the path.
Kvasir’s Poem #3 (We Who Remain, Part II)
You need to complete The Weight of Chains quest for this Artifact. Climb the gold chain up and turn left to climb the wooden planks. Turn left again and start going straight. Jump across the platforms and you will reach the Artifact.
Things Left Behind #3 (Bari’s Grenade)
Follow the wooden walkway from the marked location on the map. Take a right from the fork and climb the ledge. Look to your left and destroy the wooden debris below the derailed train to find another Artifact in God of War: Ragnarok.
Things Left Behind #4 (Lofnheid’s Whetstone)
Head straight, down the wooden walkways to find a large water wheel. Use the chain on the right to climb down another level. The next Artifact will be on the right of some red vines.
Kvasir’s Poem #4 (Tool and Bang)
There is a fork at the marked location. The left path takes you to The Applecore mine. Take the right path and you will come across another puzzle to solve.
Change the direction of the water contraption with your blades. This will cause the large crane in the back to swing around. Destroy the yellow crystals on your left and climb the giant stone block.
Use your Levithan Axe to freeze the earlier water sprout to swing yourself around to a new area. Jump across and go straight to find another Artifact.
Things Left Behind #5 (Althjof’s Statues)
When Atreus finds the second door, you need to jump over the water trough and follow the path until you find a bridge across a gap.
Go under the bridge and swing left over the blue waters. Climb the ledge on the right and go through the double doors. Turn left immediately and climb up the wooden platform to find another Artifact.
Do note that you can easily miss this Artifact because the path mentioned above is purely optional.
Things Left Behind #6 (Durinn’s Stone Statue)
You will find this Artifact at the end of The Applecore. Destroy the Soundstone rock to swing yourself to the other side. Then follow the curving walkway before taking a left from the end.
Swing yourself across once again and you should see the large double door. There will be some Soundstone rocks on its left in a little niche. Destroy them to get the Artifact.
You need to complete the main Forging Destiny quest to advance any further from here. Hence, if you are yet to complete the main storyline, there might be potential spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
Kvasir’s Poem #5 (Sanguinity)
Enter the Mystic Gateway in the Aurvangar Wetlands to head back to The Applecore after completing the Forging Destiny quest.
Use the ferry to reach the elevator and make your way down to the mines. You will now be able to unlock a shortcut using the Rope Frame. Ride the zipline down and start following the tunnels ahead.
Use your spear to climb the ledge. Go straight and you will enter a large cavern. Destroy the boulder on the left using your spear and head straight.
The Artifact will be on the ground next to a dead Grim with a sword.