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God Of War Ragnarok: The 3 Best Skills To Get Early In The Game

"God of War Ragnarok" has finally arrived, concluding Kratos and Atreus' story in Norse mythology. Like its predecessor, "God of War Ragnarok" sports light RPG features within its narrative adventure. Players will spend plenty of time finding and upgrading gear or improving combat prowess via a skill tree. While most players will unlock the majority of skills over the 40 or so hours it takes to finish "God of War Ragnarok," early on in the game, players might have to be more selective about which skills are unlocked first. While there are many options early on, plenty of skills are must-haves — especially at the start of Kratos and Atreus' journey.

It's important to note a few things about how skills work in "God of War Ragnarok." First, after combat encounters, both Kratos and Atreus get their own XP, which can be spent on individual skill trees. Additionally, some skills cannot be unlocked until players' weapons have been upgraded to a certain point. With that said, here are the three best skills to get early on in "God of War Ragnarok."

First choices depend on weapon preferences

Before determining which three skills to grab for Kratos early on in "God of War Ragnarok," players must decide which weapon they prefer: the Leviathan Axe or the Blades of Chaos Blades. The best three skills to grab for the Leviathan Axe are the Extinguish Flames, Vengeful Sickle, and Glacial Rake. The second two skills are combat abilities, which offer more options in a fight, but Extinguish Flames provides a damage boost against enemies on fire, presenting an advantage in early battles. Vengeful Sickle will spin the Leviathan Axe, dealing extra damage, and Glacial Rake is a line attack that inflicts significant frost damage.

If players prefer the Blades of Chaos, Chaotic Rampage, Vaporize Frost, and Scorched Earth 1. Vaporize Frost provides extra damage against Frosted enemies, while the other two skills provide more combat abilities. Scorched Earth 1 spikes the ground with one of the Chaos Blades, dealing fire damage, and Chaotic Rampage unleashes a flurry of attacks on a single target.

As for Atreus, his abilities should assist Kratos in combat — so good picks are Breaching Bash, Rushing Ascent, and Youthful Independence. Breaching Bash opens enemies up for stuns as Atreus hits them with a shield, Rushing Ascent has Atreus rush an enemy and throw them into the air with a heavy attack, and Youthful Independence lets Atreus jump in to help during one of Kratos' combos if both are targeting the same enemy.