Have you reached the point in God of War where you must free the imposing dragon Fafnir from his chains? This quest can be mystifying and frustrating for many players. But have no fear – freeing Fafnir and unleashing his fury is very achievable with the right preparation and knowledge.
In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through finding Fafnir in the wilds of Veithurgard and destroying the rune shrines confining him. I‘ll provide tips to conquer the enemies guarding the shrines, discuss the rewards for liberating Fafnir, and analyze what this iconic quest means for Kratos‘ deeper journey. Along the way, I‘ll share insights from my experience freeing Fafnir for the first time – it remains one of my most memorable gaming moments.
So ready your Leviathan Axe, strap on the best dragon-slaying gear, and let‘s get started on what will surely become your legendary dragon liberation story!
What Mythic Beast is Fafnir the Dragon?
Before we embark, it helps to understand who exactly Fafnir is beyond a boss to be slain. In Norse mythology, Fafnir was one of three brothers, including Regin and Ottr, who came upon a cursed treasure hoard in their youth.
Consumed by greed, Fafnir murdered his father to monopolize the gold. For this crime, the gods transformed him into a vicious dragon fated to guard the treasure for eternity. Fafnir embodied the concept of how unchecked avarice turns even men into monsters.
God of War incorporates this mythology. Fafnir appears as one of the Three Captive Dragons alongside Ottr and Reginn, all imprisoned by the Aesir gods. As we‘ll see, freeing Fafnir teaches Kratos much about the cruelty of Odin and the true nature of dragons.
So while a formidable foe awaits in God of War, remember Fafnir was once a mortal man, warped by greed. Now, let‘s journey to find this legendary beast and break his chains once and for all!
Tracking Down Fafnir‘s Location in Veithurgard
Our first task is pinpointing where the mythical Fafnir resides in God of War‘s vast world. He dwells in an isolated corner of the Lake of Nine called Veithurgard – specifically along the northern cliffs beyond the bridge from Tyr‘s Temple.
Reaching him takes a bit of legwork across this massive lake. Here are the steps:
- Return to Tyr‘s Temple from the central Lake of Nine hub
- Cross the bridge directly east towards Veithurgard
- Follow the path north, dealing with any wolves or Reavers you encounter
- Continue along the cliffs, using ledges and chains to climb higher
- Before crossing the last bridge, look left to spot Fafnir chained below on the island
Here is a handy map showing the route through Veithurgard to find Fafnir:
Map route to Fafnir‘s location in Veithurgard (Source: https://www.powerpyx.com/god-of-war-2018-walkthrough)
With Fafnir‘s locale revealed, we can move onto the battle itself. Just don‘t rush in blindly! As we‘ll see, some hidden obstacles must be overcome first when facing off against this legendary Norse dragon.
Destroying the Rune Shrines – Key to Freeing Fafnir
Upon reaching Fafnir, you‘ll see this colossal dragon chained up with mystical glowing locks. At first glance, you might think to just hack away at the chains binding him. But beware! This will only trigger Fafnir to blast you with lethal lightning.
To break these magical bonds, you must first destroy the three shrines scattered around Veithurgard that empower the lock. These carved stone shrines are hidden along the surrounding cliffs and beaches.
Here‘s exactly where to find and destroy them:
- Shrine #1: Left of Fafnir on the neighboring beach. Jump across the broken bridge and look below.
- Shrine #2: Continue right along the cliffs into a dark cave – the shrine is inside.
- Shrine #3: Behind the sealed rune door directly opposite the first shrine‘s direction.
Destroying each shrine may also trigger Reaver enemies. Take them out quickly before they overwhelm you. With all three shrines destroyed, Fafnir‘s chains will be vulnerable for you to finally free this captive beast.
Gearing Up to Face Fafnir‘s Guardians
As you seek the rune shrines, prepare for resistance from Veithurgard‘s forces. Reavers, Hel-Walkers and some trolls willtry thwarting your mission – don‘t let them!
Here are some recommendations on skills and gear to equip for success:
- Leviathan‘s Fury – Dashes and heavy air attacks to stun crowds
- Hyperion Slam – Burst damage to shrine defenders
- Spartan Charge – Mobility to close gaps on casters
- Valkyrie Armor – High resistance, especially to Fafnir‘s lightning
- Talisman of the Realms – Slow surrounding enemies
- Shattered Gauntlet of Ages – Chance to trigger protective claws
Stats to Boost
- Strength – Boosts axe damage against armored enemies
- Runic – Powers special attacks to demolish groups
- Luck – Better loot drops from the dangerous foes faced here
With these equipped, you‘ll carve a path to the shrines while withstanding enemy assaults. Don‘t get greedy against crowds – use Atreus and terrain for crowd control. Soon enough, all three shrines will crumble, paving the way to face Fafnir head-on.
Liberating Fafnir From His Cruel Imprisonment
The time has finally come to free the mythical dragon! With his rune shrines destroyed, you can safely approach Fafnir without fear of retaliation. Interact with the glowing tether to trigger a quicktime event where Kratos pulls apart the chains via sheer strength alone.
In my first playthrough, this was a jaw-dropping moment. Watching Kratos defiantly unshackle this massive, primordial dragon was incredibly cathartic after fighting through hordes of enemies to reach this point. The atmosphere and music during this scene captures the emotional payoff of this epic quest perfectly.
With Fafnir loose, the stoic dragon expresses his thanks through gifts rather than words. You‘ll receive the Dragon Scales chest armor for starters – handy for the Fafnir re-match coming up in Muspelheim. Fafnir also becomes a powerful summon you can call upon in future battles.
But more rewards await the warrior bold enough to free all three captive dragons…
Added Bonuses for Liberating the Three Dragons
Fafnir has company in his imprisonment – the other dragons Ottr and Reginn also reside captive in different realms. Seek them out and repeat the liberation process to reap further bonuses.
Here‘s what freeing all three captive dragons unlocks:
- Ottr (Veithurgard): Grants an upgrade to the Leviathan Axe
- Reginn (Konunsgard): Provides Steel of your Soul armor upgrade
- All Dragons Freed: Unseals a hidden chamber in the Lake of Nine containing the Heart of the Dragon enchantment for massive luck boosts!
With three epic dragons unleashed across the realms, you‘ll be mightier than ever thanks to their gifts of gratitude. Plus the journey will reveal more of the gods‘ dark history imprisoning these beasts.
What Does This Mean for Kratos and Atreus?
Beyond the material rewards, freeing Fafnir and his kin has great narrative significance for our heroes. It builds on the story‘s themes ofparents hiding dark secrets from their children – except this time, it is Odin and the gods whose true nature is being exposed through this quest.
The act of caging these majestic creatures solely for their benefit casts the Aesir in an increasingly sinister light. Just as Kratos once hid his violent past from Atreus, Odin has obscured the extent of his cruelty from the realms. This parallels the moral journey Kratos and Atreus find themselves on – what secrets must they still unravel about their world, and themselves?
The dragons also represent the forgotten old gods and magical forces that preceded the Aesir‘s rise. In Norse myths, the dragon Fafnir symbolized the last remnants of a more chaotic, elemental age. By freeing these beasts, Kratos and Atreus help restore a natural balance long distorted by Odin‘s machinations.
There are likely more revelations to come regarding the Aesir‘s shady history. But cutting Fafnir‘s chains shows our heroes are willing to defy the gods in pursuit of their own justice. And Fafnir‘s power will aid them in the battles destined to come.
How Does This Quest Compare to Other Iconic Dragon Encounters?
While a staple across fantasy games, few dragon confrontations reach the same epic scope as God of War. But a couple other standouts worth comparing are:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dragon Paarthurnax
After climbing the Throat of the World, you finally meet the elder dragon Paarthurnax, who teaches you the ways of the Voice. You can choose to spare or slay him.
Dragon‘s Dogma – The Dragon Grigori
This colossal dragon cursing the land can only be freed by destroying its heart, in an intense battle spanning the entire game.
Dragon Age: Inquisition – Fereldan Frostback
You lead an army in an epic siege against this High Dragon roosting atop the Bone Pit.
Like these classics, God of War leverages the emotional weight of dragon lore to make freeing Fafnir feel like a pivotal, heroic moment. It masterfully mixes Norse myth with original fantasy to craft an unforgettable quest.
Hopefully this guide has illuminated the path towards one of God of War‘s most iconic encounters – your predestined showdown with the legendary Fafnir. Follow the steps and strategies outlined here, and you‘ll soon watch Kratos flex his god-defying might to loose a primordial Norse dragon upon the realms once more.
Just remember patience and preparation are key. Study Fafnir and his guardians before rushing in blindly. Look for connections to Norse myth along your journey. And brace yourself when Fafnir‘s free at last – this grateful but unpredictable beast may appear again when you least expect!
Now destiny calls. More primordial secrets and ferocious dragons await across the realms should you choose to seek them out. Be the hero. Change your fate. And let the legend of your own dragon liberation begin!