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How to Beat Svartalqfurr in “God of War (2018)”

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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.

God of War is considered to be one of the most popular games of 2018. This action-adventure game is steeped in Norse mythology and it has stunning visuals, exciting gameplay, and a re-visit to Kratos, the highly celebrated protagonist of the earlier God of War games on the PlayStation 2 console. By charming critics and smashing debut sales figures, there is no doubt that this game has established itself as a huge success.

The battle gameplay is exciting, focusing on Kratos' axe and Atreus' bow. As a player, it is up to you to upgrade weapons and armour and unlock certain skills accordingly, using these to become a stronger and more effective fighter.

There are many mini-bosses in the game, some of which are upon you when you least expect it. One of these is Svartalqfurr, the Dark Elf King, who proves to be a tough rival. Here is how to beat him.

Before You Fight Him

Before heading to the bowl of sand that will trigger a cutscene with the Dark Elf King, explore the surrounding area for items. Artifacts and green health orbs are lying around, and you want to make sure that you have picked up everything before facing this mini-boss.


He will jump on you from above, so immediately mash the "O" button to shake him off.

Svartalqfurr is strong and fast, so at first keep your distance and throw your axe. This doesn't do much damage, but it maintains your health in the first part of the battle. Press the Square button to get Atreus to fire light arrows at him, which will distract him and slow him down.

Stay inside the open area. If he corners you, he can hit you with bombs and finish you off quickly. Don't be tempted to run into the corresponding rooms. From a distance, throw and reclaim your axe several times while dodging from bombs. Use your shield if you must, but often it is better to run.

You can use your shield in the event of a melee attack, but be sure to run and dodge from projectiles.

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Avoiding Svartalqfurr's Attacks

Svartalqfurr has some devastating moves that can K.O. you quite easily. Here is some advice on how to avoid being hit.

  • Dodge instead of blocking. If he attacks from the sky (his spear facing downwards), you can run or roll out of the way. This is one of his strongest attacks. If you can't see him, it is likely he is preparing to attack from above. Stay on your toes and run often!
  • Always dodge or run from bombs. They cannot be blocked.
  • When darkness falls, Atreus can still hit him with arrows. Run around in a large circle to avoid surprise attacks and press the Square button to fire arrows. The direction in which they fly will show you your enemy's location.
  • Speed is more important than power in this battle. Don't concern yourself about using hugely powerful attacks if they slow you down.

Using Rage

If you want to use Rage, do it in the second half of the battle when Svartalqfurr is at his weakest. You can get a couple of good shots in there and right after your Rage runs out, attack with a few of Atreus' arrows. This will keep the Dark Elf King at bay while you recover. Immediately reclaim your axe and throw it again while dodging any incoming attacks.

Finishing Him Off

When Svartalqfurr is at minimal health, darkness falls again. Quickly find him - if he is kneeling on the ground, now is the time to strike! Press R3 for an awesome finishing move.

Be sure to pick up any spoils he drops and top up your health with any dropped green orbs before you move on. Beating Svartalqfurr is incredibly satisfying and allows you to move on to face the Black Breath!

If you are still having trouble with this battle, check out the video below and see how the player deals with this mini-boss. His strategy is using a lot of power, but as you can see, he prioritises dodging.

In a nutshell, rely on speed rather than power on this battle, and get into the habit of dodging and rolling. Use Atreus and his light arrows to distract him, and use Rage if the gauge is full. Be sure to also brush up your knowledge with essential God of War tips and tricks to make the most of your playthrough. Good luck!

© 2018 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on May 14, 2018:

Thank you, Liz! God of War is a great game.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 13, 2018:

A set of great tips for gamers. This fits well into the series you are building up.

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