God of War Ragnarok contains 38 Artifact Locations. Finding all Artifacts (Artefacts) unlocks The Curator trophy. They are purple-glowing objects, divided into different artifact sets. The “Casualties of War” favors in the Crater area of Vanaheim count as both a favor and an Artifact (counting those as Artifacts there are technically 48 Artifacts, 5 Casualties of War with 2 Favor Items each for 10 Favor Items total).
None of the Artifacts are missable. You can still get all of them after the story in free-roam. They are all in areas you can return to. During the story you will be missing the required skills for some of them so you must backtrack later after making enough story progress.
This guide is intended for use after the story!
General Note: The American version of the game uses American English by default and calls them “Artifacts”. The version for the rest of the world uses British English by default and calls them “Artefacts”. This is just a British English / American English difference but they are the same thing.
For more Collectible Categories see » God of War Ragnarok Collectible Guide. The Artifacts are also included in the guides by region.
- Favor Items (count as Artifact + Favor)
#1 – Aurvangar Wetlands (Things Left Behind – Hreidmar’s Brassard)
Row the boat until you reach a water wheel. To the right of the water wheel, throw your axe at the geyser to freeze it. Jump over it and turn right to find another geyser. Freeze this one too, then grapple up the wall behind it to reach the top of a rock. There pick up the purple-glowing artifact from a corpse.
#2 – Aurvangar Wetlands (Kvasir’s Poems – The Sunrise of Nothingness)
On the last island, after freezing the geysers to go up an elevator, it’s on a small table next to a chain you must pull for story purposes. Basically on your story path and hard to miss. The artifact glows purple.
#3 – The Applecore (Kvasir’s Poems – Sanguinity)
When accessing The Applecore via the elevator from Sverd Sands, at the end of the first area where you can throw your spear in a wall to climb up. After climbing up, turn left and blow up the rubble with the spear, behind it is the Artifact on the floor (purple item).
#4 – The Applecore (Things Left Behind – Durinn’s Stone Statue)
Continue through The Applecore until after the troll boss Miklimunnr. Crouch through the tunnel, climb along the path on the right, open the gate, then drop down straight ahead. Shoot a green arrow at the soundstone to find the purple-glowing artifact.
#5 – The Applecore (Things Left Behind – Althjof’s Statue)
Progress through to the spiral mine path. At the top, go across the bridge (if it’s blocked by rubble, climb up and throw a spear at the red explosive vase). At the end of the bridge you can squeeze under a gap to enter the next area. Then swing left, climb up, exit via the big gate (if enemies spawn, defeat them first). After going through the gate, turn left for a purple-glowing artifact. This is also the path you have to take to get back to Jarnsmida Pitmines.
#6 – Jarnsmida Pitmines (Kvasir’s Poems – Tool and Bang)
Go left of the Berserker Gravestone (coming from The Applecore), use your blades to pull the waterway towards you (see 2nd image below). This reroutes the water to power the crane, wait a few seconds for the crane to lift a big stone block to you. Climb the stone block, then throw your axe at the end of the waterway to freeze the water (3rd image below). This will turn off the crane and it rotates back, stay on top of the stone block. At the end you can hang down the stone block and jump over to the hill behind the crane. An Artifact and Legendary Chest are here.
#7 – Jarnsmida Pitmines (Things Left Behind – Lofnheid’s Whetstone)
While standing in front of the Nornir Chest, jump over the gap to the right, drop down a little ledge, then immediately turn left to see a rope. Interact with it ( ), then slide down the rope (requires Spear, automatic story unlock). After the rope slide you land at a beach, the Artifact is on the ground, glowing purple. You can also burn the red vines here, shoot a purple arrow at them and then use Chaos Blades to light them up, they reveal a hidden Mystic Gateway.
#8 – Nidavellir (Kvasir’s Poems – Large Society Ground Orb, The Performance)
After docking your boat and arriving at the town, there is a green blockade on the left docks. Shoot a green arrow at it to blow it up (aim and press ), thus revealing the artifact behind. If this is your first story visit you must talk to the blacksmith first, he’s the next story objective just up the path, you get the green arrows from him.
#9 – Nidavellir (Things Left Behind – Griep’s Firebomb)
Crawl through the tunnel past the smithing shop to enter the next area. After exiting the tunnel, turn left to walk into another tunnel. There’s a purple-shining artifact on the floor.
#10 – The Forge (Things Left Behind – Bari’s Grenade)
To get back to The Forge after the story, fast travel to the Mystic Gateway Svartalfheim > Nidavellir Beach (automatic story unlock). From there take the little train up the hill, leading to the Forge area. After the train ride, take the first exit on the right, then immediately climb the first wall on the left and drop down. The purple-glowing artifact is behind a wooden crate on the ground.
#11 – Lyngbakr Island (Kvasir’s Poems – We Who Remain, Part the Second)
After stepping on Lyngbakr Island, row your boat to The Watchtower to summon the Lyngbakr which changes the layout of the island. After returning to Lyngbakr Island climb to the very top of the area, the purple-glowing artifact is there. This is the very top of Lyngbakr Island.
#12 – Shores of Nine (Stolen Treasures – Fert)
From Lake of Nine, climb up into the Helheim Tower (with the green “H” on it), behind a Berserker Gravestone. The Artifact is found on the right of the tower, can swing to it via a grappling hook on the ceiling.
#13 – The Oarsmen (Stolen Treasures – Ankh)
After pulling the chain and going down the stairs, turn right and go under the stairs, the artifact is hidden behind the stairs.
#14 – The Oarsmen (Kvasir’s Poems – The Dead Do Not Ride)
After pulling the chain and opening the stairs, head back through to the starting area and climb up the wall you did previously and this will now lead to the artifact.
#15 – The Derelict Outpost (Stolen Treasures – Lyre)
After using the 4th grappling hook to swing across, immediately turn right and look back in the direction you came from, climb down the rocks here to see the artifact one floor below the grappling hook.
#16 – Lake of Nine (Stolen Treasures – Janbiya)
South of the golden helmet with smoke coming out of it, destroy the wall of icicles to reveal the artifact behind (to the right of Raider Stronghold entrance).
#17 – Lake of Nine (Stolen Treasures – Kila)
Up the stairs of some ruins. The wolves can’t go there, must get off the sled.
#18 – Lake of Nine (Stolen Treasures – Maya)
Under Tyr’s Temple Bridge, near Raider Stronghold entrance, can climb a rock to find it on a corpse.
#19 – The Strond (Kvasir’s Poems – Afterlife Abandonment)
Progress linearly through the area until you go through a little cave tunnel section, after leaving the cave drop down the ledge straight ahead. There’s an Artifact (glowing purple) and a Legendary Chest here on the left.
#20 – The Strond (Tributes to Freyr – Dream Charm)
Follow the linear path until you lift the big rock out of the way. Then turn right for a purple-glowing Artifact and a Nornir Chest.
#21 – Temple of Light (Kvasir’s Poems – Visions After Rest)
Go all the way up the spiral staircase. After exiting, before going through the archway, turn right and you can climb up a wall. There you find the artifact (glows purple).
#22 – Temple of Light (Kvasir’s Poems – Spirits Within Walls)
After Kratos pushes open a gate, there’s a wooden wheel on the left you can turn. After turning it climb back up, after the next archway the artifact is on the left.
#23 – The Barrens (Tributes to Freyr – Harp)
In the south-west of the region, must squeeze through a gap to find it in a little side area (glows purple).
#24 – The Barrens (Kvasir’s Poems – Celestial Construct)
Inside the dragon skull in the north-east of the area, climb the wall in the back.
#25 – The Barrens (Tributes to Freyr – Horn)
Next to a tower in the north-west of the area.
#26 – The Burrows (Tributes to Freyr – Pipe)
After destroying the 3 sets of glowing sacks around the Jellyfish, it will be on the linear path out of the area, basically a reward for finishing the area. It’s in plain sight and impossible to not see it.
#27 – The Forbidden Sands (Tributes to Freyr – Bracelet)
At the entrance gate to Elven Sanctum, to the right of the gate.
#28 – The Forbidden Sands (Tributes to Freyr – Token)
On the large platform in the north near the Desert Door, squeeze through the gap to find an Artifact and Yggdrasil Rift.
#29 – The Forbidden Sands (Kvasir’s Poems – Trip)
On top of a little tower in the north-east of the region.
#30 – The Southern Wilds (Kvasir’s Poems – Upon Pursuing a Place Not Marked On Maps)
In the area with the poisonous sacks that explode, you must climb up and jump to the tower in the middle. From there you can look down and smash through the floor with a blue mark on it. The artifact is below that floor.
#31 – Freyr’s Camp (Family Crests – Skirnir’s Crest)
In front of Freyr’s Camp mystic gateway is this artifact.
#32 – Noatun’s Garden (Family Crests – Hoenir’s Crest)
On the right side of the area, in the grass, just before a climbable wall. Look for a purple item.
#33 – The Veiled Passage (Family Crests – Kvasir’s Crest)
Land at the second beach and climb up. Follow the cave until you come to a flower that shoots at you. Under the flower is a wooden wall you can destroy, behind that is the purple artifact.
#34 – Vanir Shrine (Family Crests – Hylli’s Crest)
Lower the drawbridge on the right of the area, near the lore marker. To do this, place purple runic arrows on the wall and attack them with Chaos Blades to burn the vines. Then throw your axe at the two locks on the bridge. After passing the bridge, go through the two archways at the end of the area to find this purple-glowing artifact on the floor.
#35 – River Delta (Family Crests – Freya’s Crest)
Behind the Mystic Gateway on the right.
#36 – River Delta (Family Crests – Odin’s Crest)
Row your boat through the roots of the big tree in the middle of the Delta. You can dock your boat at a beach inside the big tree (when rowing near it, it gets marked by a grey boat dock icon on the map). On the left of the beach is this artifact.
#37 – The Jungle (Kvasir’s Poems – An Organisation: In The Future)
In the south-west of “The Crater” enter the tunnel that leads towards The Jungle (only open at night time), the artifact is on the path in plain sight, after a climbing section near a corpse. It glows purple.
#38 – The Sinkholes (Kvasir’s Poems – Eastern Spectre)
After defeating the drake burn the red vines, squeeze through the gap to find this on the path.
#1 – The Jungle – Favor Item – Casualty of War: The Stein
In the area where you turn the wheel to make the water flow again.
#2 – The Plains – Favor Item – Casualty of War: Stein
Same place as the Dreki dragon boss. To interact with this purple item you must first have started this favor via the above favor item in The Jungle.
#3 – The Jungle – Favor Item – Casualties of War: The Toy
On the island with the Mystic Gateway is a ghost with a quest item, on the right. Clear out the enemies first.
#4 – The Jungle – Favor Item – Casualties of War: The Toy
Row the boat to the island with 2 ogres throwing rocks, defeat them, then pick up the purple item.
#5 – The Sinkholes – Favor Item – Casualties of War: The Hourglass
Next to the Mystic Gateway climb up, blow up the yellow-glowing wall with spear, in the next area you encounter a dragon and must blow up the 2 pillars it sits on (again with spear). After the dragon flies away, pull the chain on the gate to the right, follow the path behind the gate and you will find this purple item on the path. It will spawn a ghost that gives you the favor.
#6 – The Sinkholes – Favor Item – Casualties of War: The Hourglass
In the tunnel near the end of The Sinkholes on your way to the dragon boss of this region.
#7 – The Plains – Favor Item – Casualty of War: The Brooch
Near the middle of The Plains.
#8 – The Plains – Favor Item – Casualty of War: The Brooch
On the cliffs, protected by a miniboss.
#9 – The Plains – Favor Item – Casualty of War: The Scroll
Inside a cave in the north-west of the Plains, talk to the spirit there.
#10 – The Plains – Favor Item – Casualty of War: The Scroll
From last location climb up, next to the Mystic Gateway you can throw a spear at the back of the yellow-glowing rock. Climb down next to the red chest and throw another 2 spears at the front of the yellow-glowing rocks. Then detonate all 3 weak spots at the same time (press with spear). This will blow up the rubble and you can find 2 collectibles behind, a casualty of war and legendary chest.
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That’s all of the Artifact Locations in GOW Ragnarok.
For more Collectible Categories see » God of War Ragnarok Collectible Guide.