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God of War Ragnarök Nornir chest locations and puzzle solutions

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Nornir Chests, also known as rune chests, offer some of the best rewards in God of War Ragnarök, raising Kratos’ health and Rage for finding Apples of Idunn and Horns of the Blood Meads.

All Nornir Chests have a different type of puzzle involving three rune symbols that you must solve in order to unlock it and claim its reward.

These can be difficult to work out a lot of the time, so we’ve got Nornir Chest puzzle solutions in God of War Ragnarok detailed below, including Nornir Chest locations for Svartalfheim, Alfheim, Vanaheim, and Midgard with more to come very soon!

For more Ragnarök help, check out our Raven locations, and Muspelheim Seed locations pages.

Please note: this is a guide in progress that will be updated every day with new Nornir Chest locations and puzzle solutions for more Realms.

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God of War Ragnarök Nornir Chests and rewards explained

There are 34 Nornir Chests in God of War Ragnarök, with 30 containing either an Apple of Idunn or a Horn of the Blood Mead. Finding apples will increase Kratos’ maximum health, and finding horns increases Kratos’ maximum Rage. Each upgrade costs more each time, however, costing five apples or horns to improve health and Rage by the end of the game.

These rewards alternate every chest you open. So you’ll get an Idunn Apple the first time you open any Nornir Chest, then a Horn of the Blood Mead for the next one, then an apple, and so on until you open 30 Nornir Chests.


When you open the remaining four chests, you’ll get other rewards, such as Hacksilver, Shattered Rune materials, and weapon Enchantments. However, if you only want to get the ‘Full Belly’ Trophy, then you just need to find the 30 Runic Chests containing the apples and horns.

Every Nornir Chest can only be opened once the three runes surrounding it have been destroyed, lit on fire, spun, or had their bell rung. Finding the runes is sometimes the hardest part, but it’s usually working out how to destroy, light, or ring the runes that makes the puzzles so difficult.


For these Nornir Chest puzzles, you need to light all three torches.

It’s important to remember that you won’t be able to unlock every Nornir Chest you find the first time you visit a Realm, as you’ll need to get special equipment or abilities that let you solve the puzzles first. These are all obtained during the story, so don’t worry about not being able to open them straight away.

We recommend solving the puzzles you can when you come across them, but waiting until after – or close to – the end of the game to go hunting for all the Nornir Chests in Ragnarök.

God of War Ragnarök Svartalfheim Nornir chest locations explained

There are 10 Nornir Chests in Svartalfheim, with five accessible the first time you visit the dwarven Realm.

Check back later for the other chests you can open when you revisit the Realm, but for now here’s where to find all five of these first Nornir Chests in Svartalfheim:

Svartalfheim Aurvangar Wetlands Nornir Chest puzzle solution 1

The first Nornir Chest in Svartalfheim is located in the Aurvangar Wetlands, in the area with the geysers you need to freeze in order to cross and find a way to turn the large wooden wheel in the water to get past it in the boat.





Go right when you freeze the first geyser after docking the boat to locate the Nornir Chest. To open it, you need to destroy the three runes by throwing your axe at them.

The first rune you need to destroy is directly to the right of the chest.


The second rune is on an inaccessible island behind and to the left of the chest. Throw your axe to reach it.


To get to the third rune, go back and freeze the geyser under the platform above the chest.


You can now jump up and destroy the last rune, which is located under a tree.


Svartalfheim Aurvangar Wetlands Nornir Chest puzzle solution 2

The second Runic Chest in the Aurvangar Wetlands of Svartalfheim is located on the island you find by going under the small wooden bridge in the boat near the Legendary Chest on a ledge, accessed before solving the puzzle to open the door into the next area.





Go right once you dock the boat to find the chest. To open it, you need to spin the golden circles above the three runes by hitting them with your axe until the correct one is displayed.

The first spinner is located to the right of the Nornir Chest, but you’ll need to freeze the geyser by throwing your axe at it first to see what symbol is currently displayed. For this spinner, we want the ‘P’ symbol to display. Hit the paddles with the axe, then freeze the geyser to make sure it’s the ‘P’ rune, then move on.


The second spinner is found around the corner from the first spinner, above the drop. Throw your axe at one of the paddles until the ‘B’ rune is displayed.


The third spinner is located near the Legendary Chest in the upper left-hand corner of this area. Go up the wall on the left and turn around to see the spinner, then hit the paddles until the ‘N’ rune appears.


Svartalfheim Dragon Beach Nornir Chest puzzle solution

You’ll find the Dragon Beach Nornir Chest at the back of the area, under a geyser. For this puzzle, you need to find the three runes and destroy them with your axe.


The first rune is behind the geyser by the Nornir Chest. You’ll have to freeze the geyser with your axe first to see exactly where to throw it through the water to destroy it.


The second rune is behind the gate near a crane you can use Sonic Arrows to damage. You’ll have to go around the rocks on its right to hit from behind, though.





The third rune is behind another geyser, located beside the other crane you can damage with Sonic Arrows, near the coast. Freeze the geyser to see exactly where it is, then recall and hit the rune behind the water.


Svartalfheim Radsvinn’s Rig Nornir Chest puzzle solution

You’ll find the Radsvinn’s Rig Nornir Chest on top of the rig itself, where the forge you have to destroy for the ‘In Service of Asgard’ Favour is. For this puzzle, you need to light three torches with your Blades of Chaos above where the runes are displayed.


The first torch is just beside the chest, to the left. Aim with your Chaos Blades and use a heavy attack when close enough to light it.


The second torch is located behind a metal fence to the right of the furnace in the middle. You’ll have to go up a level on the rig and hit the red jar with your axe to destroy it and light the torch in the resulting explosion.


The third torch is found behind the furnace, but you’ll have to use Sonic Arrows to destroy the barrels in front of it before you can light it.





Svartalfheim Alberich Island Nornir Chest puzzle solution

You’ll find the Alberich Island Nornir Chest on your right as soon as you dock on the island.


This is a bell ringing rune puzzle, which means you need to hit all three bells with your axe very quickly in order to unlock the chest.

The first bell is behind a gate to the left of the chest, and this should be the first one you ring, as to access it you have to hit the wooden board to its left twice and then quickly throw your axe at the bell before it drops again.


The second bell is found opposite the chest, but you’ll have to use Sonic Arrows on the crane glowing green that holds the bell in order to lower it.


The third bell is located just above the chest.


Ring the bells in this exact order and you’ll be able to hit them all before you run out of time.

The rest of the Nornir Chests in Svartalfheim, including the ones in The Applecore and Jarnsmida Pitmines, aren’t accessible until you return to Svartalfheim as part of the story to visit The Forge.

We’ll add these locations and solutions soon, so check back here when you return to the dwarven Realm as part of the story.

God of War Ragnarök Alfheim Nornir chest locations explained

There are seven Nornir Chests in Alfheim, with four accessible the first time you visit the Elven Realm, and another available when you gain access to The Forbidden Sands with a new tool.

Check back later for the other chests you can open when you revisit the Realm, but for now here’s where to find all five of these Nornir Chests in Alfheim:

Alfheim The Strond Nornir Chest puzzle solution

You’ll find The Strond Nornir Chest down a drop after crawling through a wallspace, just ahead of the Mystic Gateway.





This is a torch lighting rune puzzle, which means you need to light all three torches with your Chaos Blades to unlock the chest.

The first torch is to the left of the Nornir Chest, on the cliff’s edge behind some rocks.


The second torch is located at the back of this chest area, under the path on the left, near the cliff edge.


The third torch is found in the same area as the second, but above the path. Climb up the wall on the right to reach it and light it, or light it from the higher path accessible on the main path towards the Temple of Light.


The next Nornir Chest on The Strond is inaccessible until you get a specific tool later in the game, so ignore it for now.

Alfheim Temple of Light Nornir Chest puzzle solution

You’ll find the Temple of Light Nornir Chest in the room accessible by the wide light bridge Tyr helped Kratos and Atreus cross during the story inside the temple. This is past the white marble Legendary Chest puzzle, and the fights involving mobs of Light Elves and purple mirrors.





This is a bell ringing rune puzzle, which means you need to hit all three bells with your axe very quickly in order to unlock the chest.

The first bell is down the path behind the Nornir Chest, but to access it you’ll need to use Sonic Arrows to destroy the grate blocking it. When throwing the axe at the purple Twilight Stone to ring the bell, stand as far back towards the chest as possible to give you more time to ring the others.





The second bell is right beside the chest, to the left.


The third bell is on its own platform, just above the second bell.


Ring the bells in this exact order, remembering the stand as close to the chest as you can when throwing your axe at the Twilight Stone to hit the first bell, and you’ll have enough time to ring them all and unlock the chest.

Alfheim The Below Nornir Chest puzzle solution

You’ll find The Below Nornir Chest behind the gate at the back of the cave with lots of purple Twilight Stone adorning the walls. You can’t actually get at it until you progress with the ‘Secret of the Sands’ Favour, however, so climb up the wall in the cave and follow the path past the rope zipline to get to it.





This is a bell ringing rune puzzle, so you need to hit all three bells with your axe very quickly in order to unlock the chest.

The first bell is a few floors above the actual chest, so follow the blue jumping points on the cliffs above to find a way up to its location, open the door on the right when you find it, then ring this bell first.





Run down and ring the second bell, opposite the chest.


Run into the door that leads back into the cave with all the Twilight Stone on its walls to find and hit the third bell found on the left, as soon as you go through the door.


If rung quickly enough in this order, the Nornir chest will now be unlocked.

Alfheim The Barrens Nornir Chest puzzle solution

You’ll find The Barrens Nornir Chest in the northwestern area of the desert, by the structure with the hive matter and red nodes covering it. For this puzzle, you need to light three torches with your Blades of Chaos above where the runes are displayed.


Before lighting any of the torches, you should clear the hive material away by throwing your axe through all of the red nodes at once.


The first torch is found to the left of the small wall you can climb.


The second torch is on the other side of the structure from the first torch, and you can access it by standing as close to it as possible by the rocks.


The third torch is located on the roof of the structure, and to light it you’ll have to use your Axe to blow up the red jug beside it.


Alfheim The Forbidden Sands Nornir Chest puzzle solution 1

The first Forbidden Sands Nornir Chest is located in the southwestern area of the desert, behind a fallen pillar. You need to have got the tool from a companion in Vanaheim to gain access to The Forbidden Sands first, however.


This is a torch lighting rune puzzle, in which you need to light all three torches with your Chaos Blades, with a little help from Sigil Arrows.

The first torch is in the area with the chest itself, right at the entrance. Use your Chaos Blades to light it.


The second torch is outside of the area with the chest, on the left at the top of a rock formation. Use Sigil Arrows to create a line up to it and then use Kratos’ blades to light it.





Do the same Sigil Arrow trick to light the third torch, which is opposite the second, tucked into the side of a very large rock formation.





The rest of the Nornir Chests in Alfheim are inaccessible until you get another weapon by progressing with the story.

Come back to this guide when you get this weapon, when we’ll have the rest of the Alfheim Nornir Chest locations and puzzle solutions detailed.

God of War Ragnarök Vanaheim Nornir chest locations explained

There are 11 Nornir Chests in Vanaheim, with five accessible the first time you visit the Vanir Realm.

Check back later for the other chests you can open in the jungle and the crater when you revisit the Realm, but for now, here’s where to find all five of these first Nornir Chests in Vanaheim:

Vanaheim The Southern Wilds Nornir Chest puzzle solution

The Southern Wilds Nornir Chest is located just south of Freyrs Camp, right before the river.


This is a spinner puzzle, which means you need to find all three spinners and hit their golden paddles until the symbols match those on the chest.

The first spinner is up and to the left of the chest, on a small cliff. Hit the panels until the ‘C’ rune is displayed.


The second spinner is up and to the right of the chest, on a small cliff, but it’s covered in bramble so you have to clear it with your Blades of Chaos first. Hit the panels until the ‘n’ rune is displayed.





The third spinner is opposite the chest, on the other side of the area on a cliff. It’s also covered in bramble, so follow where the bramble trail starts and then light it from the left side. When it’s gone, hit the paddles until the ‘R’ symbol is displayed.





Vanaheim The Abandoned Village Nornir Chest puzzle solution

The Abandoned Village Nornir Chest is located in the northwestern part of the area, accessible by climbing the northern cliffs of the village


This is a torch lighting rune puzzle, which usually means you need to light all three torches with your Chaos Blades to unlock the chest, but this time you’ll have to swing a flame to each torch to light it.

The first torch is under the path of the start of the puzzle. To light it, get rid of the bramble on the crane first, then hit the paddle to send the flame in the bucket to the right, then use your Chaos Blades to swing that flame towards you.





For the second torch, hit the paddle until you can swing to the left platform, then go over to it and hit the paddles to send the flame in front of you, facing the bridge. Use your Chaos Blades to swing the flame to the left and light the torch.


For the third flame, go back to the start of the puzzle and hit the paddles until you can swing across to the bridge, then go down the right-hand path to find the Abandoned Village Nornir Chest and the third torch opposite it. Use your blades to light it.


Vanaheim Cliffside Ruins Nornir Chest puzzle solution

The Cliffside Ruins Nornir Chest is on an island directly across from the shop and Mystic Gate.


This is a spinner puzzle, which means you need to find all three spinners and hit their golden paddles until the symbols match those on the chest.

For the first spinner, you’ll have to go to the small area with the shop and Mystic Gate across the way. Look over at the Cliffside Ruins and you’ll see the spinner near the water. Hit the paddles until the ‘P’ rune is displayed.


The second spinner is below the golden chain by the cliff, but you’ll have to climb up onto the columns in the middle of the area to be able to look down and see it. When you do have sight of it, hit the panels until the wonky ‘F’ rune is displayed.


The third spinner is to the right of the Nornir Chest, on top of a small incline, but you’ll have to use Sigil Arrows to make a path towards it first and then use Kratos’ Chaos Blades to burn the bramble off it. When you’ve done this, spin the paddles until the ‘R’ rune is displayed.





Vanaheim The Veiled Passage Nornir Chest puzzle solution

The Veiled Passage is found by taking a left on the river before heading to Goddess Falls. Dock the boat then head up the path to find the chest.


This is a bell ringing rune puzzle, which means you need to ring all three bells very quickly in order to unlock the chest. You’ll also need the help of Sigil Arrows and Fire Bombs to solve this one.

All three bells are located behind the runic chest on the stone wall, and need to be rung at the same time to open it. To do this you need to clear the red bramble on the right by firing a Sigil Arrow and then throwing a Fire Bomb at it.


All you have to do now is line up three Sigil Arrow bubbles between the bells, then throw a Fire Bomb at the middle – this triggers all of the purple bubbles to explode, ringing all the bells and unlocking the Veiled Passage Nornir chest.


Vanaheim Goddess Falls Nornir Chest puzzle solution

The Goddess Falls Nornir Chest is at the top of the cliff overlooking the triple waterfall that leads to the Vanir Shrine area.


This is a torch lighting rune puzzle in which you need to light all three torches with your Chaos Blades to unlock the chest, with a little help from Sigil Arrows this time round.

The first torch is located to the right of the chest, on a small cliff above two lone, moss-covered rocks. You need to use these rocks to make a line of Sigil Arrow bubbles towards the torch, then use your Chaos Blades on the closest one to light it.


The second torch is on the opposite cliffside to the first, to the left of the chest. Use the same method and create a line of Sigil Arrow bubbles to the torch and light the one nearest you with the Chaos Blades.


The third torch is in the waterfall to the left of the chest, and you’ll need to create a line with Sigil Arrows up to it as well. This is the hardest one to get accurate, but keep in mind that you can make the Sigil Arrow bubbles larger by hitting the exact same spot again. You can do this two times, but they run on a timer, so be quick!





Ragnarök is finally here and we’ve got pages on Nornir Chest locations and solutions, Raven locations and rewards, Muspelheim Seed locations, and Thor and Alva boss fight strategies to help you on your journey through the nine Realms. If you want to know how long Kratos’ epic adventure will take, we’ve also got a page on how long to beat and Platinum Trophy length.


God of War Ragnarök Midgard Nornir chest locations explained

There are four Nornir Chests to find in the Midgard Realm, with all four available from the first time you visit as part of the story.

Here’s every Midgard Nornir Chest location and how to solve each puzzle:

Midgard Well of Urd Nornir Chest puzzle solution

The Well of Urd Nornir Chest is located near the cliff at the end of the path found north of the shop and Mystic Gateway in the northern area of Midgard.


This is a torch lighting rune puzzle in which you need to light all three torches with your Chaos Blades to unlock the chest. Sigil Arrows can help too.

The first torch is opposite the chest, to the left of the climbing spot in the mountain. You only need your blades for this, as it’s close enough.


Use that climbing spot to start making your way up the mountain and you’ll see the second torch. Climb up until you can’t go any further and look down to see the torch again on the left. You might be able to jump down from here and just light it with Kratos’ blades, but we used Sigil Arrows to make a line to light it, making the purple bubbles bigger by firing more Sigil arrows in the middle of them.





We used Sigil arrows so we didn’t have to jump down, as the third torch is just up and to the right of this spot at the top.


Midgard The Oarsman Nornir Chest puzzle solution

The Oarsman Nornir Chest is located inside the building near the statue itself, by the Mystic Gateway.


This is a bell ringing rune puzzle, which means you need to ring all three bells very quickly in order to unlock the chest.

To gain access to all three bells, however, you need to open a path. Climb up the wall to the left of the locked gate to start.


Keep following this path and you’ll eventually meet a Huntress sub-boss. Deal with her by aiming for her horns to stagger her. Once she’s killed, climb the golden chain, then interact with the large silver chain at the top to reveal a door back into the building.


Opening the door at the end of this corridor will bring you back to the room with the Nornir Chest. Clear the Sonic debris beside this door to clear a path to one of the bells.


Then, go back into the room with the chest and hit the bell inside the crack in the wall first.


Run and hit the bell by the door you just opened next.


Turn around and hit the bell across the cavern last.


Midgard The Lost Treasury Nornir Chest puzzle solution

This Nornir Chest is outside the Lost Treasury door, and to unlock it you’ll have to clear a path to the inside, which you’ll come to naturally as part of the ‘Sigrun’s Curse’ Favour.


The first step is to move the giant shield blocking the door all the way to the right and use it to climb up to the top of the treasury building. Then, clear the debris by throwing your axe.





Go through the door, and after you’ve dealt with the enemies, look up and to the right of where you entered to see the first torch. Use your Sigil Arrows to make a path and light it with your blades.





Go back down to where the Nornir Chest is and move the shield to the left, you’ll have uncovered the second torch, which you also need to make a line of Sigil Arrows to and light that way.





To get to the third torch, you have to find a way into the treasury, so make sure the shield is on the left and climb it to the top and move that column you unearthed by blowing up the debris previously to the left, blocking the shield’s path.


Go to the wheel in front of the gate and turn it all the way down, then fire a Sigil Arrow at both gears, throw your axe at one, recall it, and then throw it at the other gear. Quickly run into the treasury before the ice melts.





When inside, destroy the silver seal to open the treasury door and let your companion in, then use their Sigil Arrows to make a line to the third and final torch, to the right of the Legendary Chest.


Midgard Raider Hideout Nornir Chest puzzle solution

This Nornir Chest is located inside the Raider Hideout found under the path leading to the King’s Grave and Mystic Gateway.





Once the raiders are dealt with, pick up a Fire Bomb and throw it at the debris between the red tapestries to light the torch behind it.


The second torch is to the left of the first, tucked in the corner, and you’ll need to use your Sigil Arrows and blade to clear the red bramble first, then use the Sigil Arrows again to make a line to the torch. Light the line with the Blades of Chaos to reach the torch.





The third torch is near the entrance, at the end of the large cavern to the right. You’ll need to make a horizontal line with Sigil Arrows to the torch, then throw a fire bomb at the purple bubbles to light it.


That’s it for Midgard, but check back later for more Nornir chest locations and solutions, including a return to Svartalfheim, Vanaheim, and Alfheim.

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