How long does it take to beat God of War: Ragnarok?
Depending on whether you just want to play the story, do a normal playthrough, or get 100% Completion and the Platinum Trophy, you might spend anywhere from 25 hours to well over twice that long in the Nine Realms.
God of War Ragnarok is full of content, like side quests, favors, treasure maps, collectibles, secrets, extra bosses, and more, but not all of it is necessary.
With so many things to find in the Nine Realms, we’ll go over how long and how long it takes to beat God of War: Ragnarok, no matter how much you want to play.
How long to beat God of War Ragnarok?
God of War Ragnarok will take about 30 hours to finish for the average player on the standard hard setting. This takes into account some exploring, completing a few Favors or side tasks, and a little bit of collecting.
If you want to do all of the Favors, your game time will go up to about 50 hours, and it could go as high as 60 hours if you want to do everything.
If you hurry and play the main story on a lower hard setting, you can get to the end credits in about 25 hours. You can check your progress by looking at our list of All Quests.
- Just story: If you power through just the main story, God of War Ragnarok will take 25-30 hours
- Standard playthrough: Completing the main story while dabbling in a few extras and more along the way takes about 30-35 hours
- 100% completion: Doing everything in the game will take around 55-60 hours+
If you want to get to 100% faster, we also have checklists for All Collectibles that can help you quickly find any things you’re missing across the Nine Realms.
|Main Story||758||26h 35m||25h 31m||21h 31m||35h 53m|
|Main + Extras||1.4K||39h 46m||39h 10m||28h 43m||61h 14m|
|Completionist||1.6K||54h 6m||52h||44h 1m||85h 48m|
|All PlayStyles||3.7K||43h 5m||42h 30m||29h 53m||80h 41m|
Main story missions
In God of War Ragnarok, there are 11 main parts to the story. All of these together are called “The Path,” and your map shows them as gold task icons.
We don’t list the exact names of these parts yet so as not to give anything away. There is a 12th main story mission that encourages you to do the rest of the open-world stuff.
So, yes, you can go back to it after the story is over, but after you finish the 11th story mission, the credits will start to roll.
In addition to the main story, there is a lot of other stuff that you can choose to do or not do.
- Favors: Major side quests with and/or for secondary and tertiary characters
- Labors: Open-world activities, such as Nornir chest puzzles, as well as milestones, such as number of times using a Sparta kick
- Treasure Maps: Cryptic drawings that hint at loot caches hidden in the open world
- Artifacts: Valuable collectibles that can be sold to Brok and Sindri
If you’re wondering if the second game has anything like the Valkyrie missions from the first game, which were super-hard mini-bosses that served as post-game material, you may be happy to hear that there are.
In Ragnarok, you’ll fight 12 Berserker Souls, but only one of them will stop you from moving forward in the game.
These tough fighting battles are the closest thing to the Valkyries, since you won’t be strong enough to fight them yet if you try to do so too soon.
You’ll also have to clear out six Draugr Pits and fight another mini-boss battle late in the game, but we won’t tell you more about that one.
Even though these aren’t meant to be as hard as Berserker Souls, they still give you a good task and a lot of loot.
Make time for the arena in Muspelheim, which you can’t get into until you find both Muspelheim seeds, and the Favors that show up after the game is over, but we won’t say more here so as not to give away too much.
Overall, it’s clear that God of War: Ragnarok isn’t meant to be a sprint but a marathon, which we think is perfect for a guy from Greece.
Our gamers who play God of War Ragnarok says that if you want to, you can fight gods, monsters, and people for dozens of hours before you finish one of the best games of the year.