Return to the Summit continues the journey of Atreus and Kratos and it seems to be nearing its end. However, that is not the case as you will soon discover. Moreover, you will also discover that you desperately need this God of War Return to the Summit Walkthrough.
This GoW Return to the Summit Walkthrough Guide will tell you all about the 12th chapter of The Journey in God of War in a step-by-step manner so that you can easily complete it and move on to the next chapter.
We would like to mention here that this walkthrough would strictly focus on the main story progression. There are many collectibles, hidden chambers, and chests found in each chapter but we have different guides especially focusing on each of these collectibles and side missions. You can visit our site and check out all other guides related to God of War posted there.
God of War Return to the Summit
As far as the story is concerned, it seems like all you need to do is to get back up the summit of the mountain and use your tools.
This will allow you to get a passage to Jötunheim. However, you have a lot of new places to visit since you have access to more tools.
To start off the chapter, you need to go visit Sindri in Vanaheim Tower and use your Muspelheim Language Ciphers to read the rune etched across the wall.
Once you have done that, you can move on and make your way to the mountain.
You will have a Chaos Flame after defeating the Grendels in Tyr’s Vault. Remember to upgrade them and then head into the area. You will face a Fierce Ogre and a Fierce Wulver at the start of the chapter. Focus on the Fierce Ogre first and then turn your attention to the Wulver.
The Sky Mover will be busted so you will have to take the long way. Head right towards the cliffs and search for a scorn pole-protected alcove.
You will have to use the axe to freeze the pole and move inside. You can find a coffin here. Head back along the path and stash the Wind after you look left towards the ledge for another trap and grab it again.
Keep spinning till you find a tomb with a Wind trap. Toss the wind towards the lock and you will reveal a Legendary chest, which will have the Blast of Hephaestus light runic attack inside it.
After continuing up the path towards the right, you will run into the Hidden Chamber before. Behind the lock you will see the Valkyrie Gierdriful. You can unlock the Mystic Gateway here as well.
You will be attacked by some Nightmares on the way, and you will see some Hel bramble on the side of a path near a coffin. Open the coffin to get hardened Svartalfheim steel.
Once you have found what you were looking for, you need to head to the courtyard to defeat some enemies before heading back to the mountain once again and beginning your ascent to the summit.
Keep on moving forward and jump across the gap that was made by the avalanche. When you get to the inside of the mountain, a scene will trigger.
Inside the Mountain
Start off by going down the left passage and blasting open the red sap barrier. You can now find a lore on the left side. After that, head back to the platform and take a crystal that you can install at the Lore Marker.
After that, you will be able to use the Mine Elevator at the chain that you had dropped to get to the top of the passage. You will have to defeat the Draugr guards on your way as you try to get to the Summit. Now, you can enter the Mining Cave.
When you get to the top of the shaft, you have to defeat a lot of enemies of different types. Do that and then smash a wooden door to access a wind trap. Use your blades to trap that wind and then carry it all the way to vault ahead.
When you get to the wall where you need to boost up Atreus, you will have to make him read a rune. As soon as you do that, an Ogre will charge you and you will need to deal with it before moving on. Defeating the Ogre will make you access the vault, which will have a Legendary Chest for you.
After that, follow the tracks made by the Mine Cart so that you can continue on your path to the Summit. When you get out of the tunnel, you will have to face the Frost Ancient.
In order to defeat him, consult our God of War Bosses Guide. Once you have defeated the Ancient, loot the area for as much gear as you can before moving to the narrow ledge and moving on it by sliding on your side. Go through the brambles on the other side and exit the area.
Now, you will have to climb over the ridgeline. You can find a Cipher Chest that has a Nilfheim Language Cipher on it (you will probably need to wait to unlock this).
Check out our God of War Favors Guide for more information on how to open this chest. You will have to defeat a ton of Hel-walkers in this area before you are able to move forward.
Now you are starting to get closer and closer to the Summit. When you are at the structure, go left and burn the bramble bush to access a coffin. After that, burn the brambles at the wall so that you can begin your climb to the plateau.
Get to the Chisel Plate and press R2 whenever the Chisel glows. When you are done, you will need to fight Baldur. Here, Baldur will take Atreus hostage and leap off the top of the mountain. Kratos will follow him and all of them will soon be riding a dragon.
Now, you will need to catch Baldur. There will be a lot of different cinematics and you will need to press the controls that you are prompted to on the screen. The moves are quite easy and simple but your timing needs to be perfect in order to defeat Baldur.
Most of the action here will be as a cinematic, and another cinematic will follow after that once you lift the ice block from Atreus to trigger the scene that ends the chapter.
That is all we have for our God of War Return to the Summit Walkthrough Guide. Let us know if we missed something using the comments section below!