Skill List and Guide | God of War PS4 (GoW 4)

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This is a list of all weapon skills available in God of War (2018) for the PS4. Learn about the effects of each skill, how to unlock them, additional bonuses, and more!

List of Skills

Leviathan Axe Skills

Ranged Combat

Skill Weapon Lv. Effect
Freezing Throw 1 Aim and Press R2 for a powerful attack that freezes smaller enemies for a short duration and inflicts heavy damage to all enemies.
Freezing Burst 2 Aim and Hold R2 to charge up the Leviathan Axe and cause an explosion on impact that inflicts FROST damage.
Precision Throw Combo 2 After landing a precision axe throw (weak points and headshots), Press △ during the flash to recall the Leviathan Axe and cause the next throw or melee attack to explode on contact, inflicting FROST damage.
Precision Frost Burst 3 Precision Throw Combo now creates a massive explosion on impact.
Hunter-Killer I 3 Aim and Hold R1 to select 3 targets on a single enemy or across 3 separate enemies.
Hunter-Killer II 4 Increases the maximum number of targets to 5.
Hunter-Killer III 5 Increases the maximum number of targets to 8.
Returning Whirlwind 4 While Bare-Handed, aim and Press R1 to instantly recall the Leviathan Axe and perform a powerful spinning attack.
Returning Storm 5 While Bare-Handed, aim and Press R2 to instantly recall the Leviathan Axe and perform a powerful slam attack.

Close Combat

Skill Weapon Lv. Effect
Executioner's Cleave 1 Hold R2 for a brutal cleaving axe attack that deals massive damage.
Grinding Storm 1 Hold R1 for an axe attack that hits enemies multiple times and locks them down.
Pride of the Frost 1 A Heavy Attack Finisher at the end of the Light Attack Combo. Press R1, R1, R1, R2 to perform.
Permafrost 2 Perform attacks in quick succession without sustaining damage to power up the Leviathan Axe and inflict FROST damage on every hit.
Whirling Storm 2 While evading, Hold L forward and Press R1 to perform a quick axe attack.
Frost Rush 2 While sprinting, Press R1 to perform a leaping attack.
Glacial Permafrost 3 Increases the amount of Permafrost gained on every successful axe hit.
Evasive Storm 3 While evading, Hold L back and Press R1 to perform a quick boomerang throw.
Leviathan's Fury 3 While sprinting, Press R2 to perform a massive leaping attack.
Whirlwind Sweep 4 Switch stances by pausing momentarily after any Leviathan Axe attack. Once in new stance, Press R1 to perform a sweeping attack.
Double Whirlwind 4 Unlock a second, follow-up R1 combo attack while in the switched stance.
Whirlwind Throw 4 Switch stances by pausing momentarily after any Leviathan Axe attack. Once in new stance, Press R2 to perform a ranged attack.
Raging Whirlwind 5 Unlock a third and final R1 attack while in the switched stance.
Whirlwind Fury 5 Switch stances by pausing momentarily after any Leviathan Axe attack. Once in new stance, Press R2, R2 to perform a heavy ranged combo.

List of Leviathan Axe Skills

Guardian Shield Skills

Shield Combat

Skill Weapon Lv. Effect
Block Break - Double Tap L1 to break an enemy's block.
Guardian Sweep - While Bare-Handed, Hold R1 to sweep enemies off their feet and inflict a moderate amount of STUN damage.
Agile Strike - While Bare-Handed and evading, Hold L forward and Press R1 to perform a quick attack.
Guardian's Justice - While Bare-Handed, Hold R2 to perform a shield slam and inflict a moderate amount of STUN damage.
Countering Strike - Press R1 after a last-second block to counter the attack with a powerful shield strike.
Haymaker Crush - While sprinting Bare-Handed, Press R1 to perform a powerful running haymaker attack that sends enemies tumbling along the ground.
Guardian's Judgement - Press R2 after performing the Guardian's Justice shield slam to add a concussive blast to the attack that inflicts a massive amount of STUN damage on enemies.
Countering Crush - Press R2 after a last-second block to counter the attack with a shield slam.
Shoulder Barrage - While sprinting Bare-Handed, Press R2 to perform a powerful shoulder-ram attack that sends enemies flying back.
Guardian's Revenge - Switch stances by pausing momentarily after any Bare-Handed attack. Once in new stance, Press R1 to perform a powerful uppercut. Press R1 again to perform a follow-up slam attack.
Countering Blast - Blocking a projectile attack at the last second absorbs the impact and redirects a projectile back towards the attacker.
Guardian's Fury - Switch stances by pausing momentarily after any Bare-Handed attack. Once in new stance, Press R2 to perform a leaping shield attack. After the shield attack, Press R1 to perform a follow-up slam attack.

Rage Combat

Skill Weapon Lv. Effect
Fury Strike - (In Spartan Rage) Press R1 to perform a dashing punch to an enemy. Press again repeatedly to deliver a combo of rapid blows.
Raging Smash - (In Spartan Rage) Press R2 to jump into the air and slam back down with extreme force, blasting away enemies in front of you.
Fury Drive - (In Spartan Rage) Hold R1 to deliver a forceful haymaker that knocks enemies backward at great speed.
Spartan Stomp - (In Spartan Rage) Press L1 to do a quick stomp that damages and disrupts all nearby enemies.
Raging Ultimatum - (In Spartan Rage) Hold R2 to perform a more powerful Raging Smash attack with a much wider area-of-effect.
Fury Beatdown - (In Spartan Rage) Continue Pressing R1 to extend the length of punches after a Fury Strike.
Spartan Surge - (In Spartan Rage) Hold L1 to charge up a powerful stomp that can launch nearby enemeis airborne.
Seething Earth - (In Spartan Rage) Press L2 to pick up and hurl a large boulder from the ground that explodes on impact and deals massive damage.

List of Guardian Shield Skills

Talon Bow Skills

Magic Combat

Skill Weapon Lv. Effect
Weaken Potency 1 Light Arrows increase WEAKEN status effect on enemies.
Light Potency I 1 Light Arrows inflict more STUN damage to enemies.
Explosive Power 3 Light Arrows cause larger explosions.
Light Potency II 3 Light Arrows inflict a greater amount of STUN damage to enemies.
Shock Potency I 1 Shock Arrows inflict more SHOCK damage to enemies.
Lasting Shock 1 SHOCK duration increased.
Shock Potency II 3 Shock Arrows inflict a greater amount of SHOCK damage to enemies.
Shock Conduit 3 SHOCK damage can now be chained between multiple enemies.
Light Potency III 4 Light Arrows inflict a massive amount of STUN damage to enemies.
Shock Potency III 4 Shock Arrows inflict a massive amount of SHOCK damage to enemies.

Expert Combat

Skill Weapon Lv. Effect
Teamwork 1 Atreus will help Kratos when enemies are in certain vulnerable states, or when Kratos is attacked.
Acrobatics 1 While Atreus is choking an enemy, he can perform a a combo move if Kratos launches or hits the enemy far away.
Ferocity 1 Atreus can perform a variety of high STUN damage attacks when enemies are near.
Atreus Power I 2 Increases arrow damage and melee damage.
Dexterous Shot I 2 Increases the Talon Bow's firing rate.
Atreus Power II 3 Greatly increases arrow damage and melee damage.
Dexterous Shot II 3 Greatly increases the Talon Bow's firing rate.
Atreus Power III 4 Massively increases arrow damage and melee damage.
Dexterous Shot III 4 Massively increases the Talon Bow's firing rate.

List of Talon Bow Skills

Blades of Chaos Skills

Melee Combat

Skill Weapon Lv. Effect
Rushing Chaos 1 While sprinting, press R1 to execute a powerful doube-slash attack that staggers enemies.
Rising Fury 1 Hold R2 to perform a powerful attack that launches enemies into the air.
Plume of Chaos 2 Press R2 during the second-to-last light combo attack to add a Heavy Combo Finisher.
Whirling Chaos 2 Hold R1 to perform a powerful attack that strikes all enemies around Kratos.
Chaos Slam 3 While sprinting, press R2 to leap into the air and perform a powerful chain-slam attack.
Spinning Chaos Strike 3 While evading, hold L forward and press R1 to perform a leaping spin attack.
Retreating Slash 3 While evading, hold L back and press R1 to attack all enemies in a large radius.
Chaotic Rampage 4 Switch stances by pausing momentarily after any Blades of Chaos attack. Once in a new stance, press R1 to perform a flurry of close-range attacks.
Chaotic Frenzy 5 Increases the number of strikes in the Chaotic Rampage attack.
Chaotic Flurry 5 Switch stances by pausing momentarily after any Blades of Chaos attack. Once in a new stance, press R1 to perform an explosive triple-stab dash attack.
Chaotic Concussion 5 Press R2 after the Chaotic Flurry attack to perform a powerful follow-up stab that plants a detonating bomb on any enemies hit, inflicting additional BURN damage.

Elemental Combat

Skill Weapon Lv. Effect
Spear of Chaos 1 While aiming, press R1 to impale an enemy and yank them towards Kratos.
Immolation 1 Perform attacks in quick succession without sustaining damage to power up the Blades of Chaos and inflict BURN damage on every hit. Bonus to LUCK and RUNIC.
Elemental Slash 1 Aim and Press R2 to perform a powerful sweeping attack that inflicts heavy BURN damage.
Elemental Surge 3 After impaling an enemy with the Spear of Chaos attack, hold R1 to send an Elemental wave of energy down the chain, blasting and launching the enemy into the air.
Furious Immolation 2 Increases the amount of Immolation gained on every successful Blades hit.
Elemental Charge 3 Aim and hold R2 to charge up BURN damage that is inflicted on impact.
Elemental Explosion 3 Increases the size and damage caused by the Elemental Surge explosion, launching all enemies in range and inflicting additional BURN damage.
Engulfing Spear 4 The Spear of Chaos attack creates a minor fire explosion on contact, inflicting BURN damage.
Elemental Overcharge 4 While aiming, hold R2 to charge the Blades of Chaos even further and release a powerful Elemental Slash inflicting massive BURN damage in a wide area.
Essence of Athena 5 Permanently increases LUCK by 10.
Essence of Ares 5 Permanently increases STRENGTH by 10.
Essence of Zeus 5 Permanently increases RUNIC by 10.

List of Blades of Chaos Skills

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