The Black Rune Quest Walkthrough | God of War PS4 (GoW 4)

GoW The Black Rune - Exit Tyr

This is a walkthrough for The Black Rune in God of War (2018) for the PS4. Learn more about the objectives of this quest, quest rewards, tips for completion, as well as boss fight strategies!

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The Black Rune Basic Information

How to Unlock The Black Rune

After retrieving the heart of the Bridge Keeper, you enlist the help of Freya in curing Atreus. From here, you can now proceed with your quest to get into Jotunheim.

The Black Rune Quest Rewards

Rewards
6750 XP - -

The Black Rune Quest Walkthrough

Return to Tyr's Vault

GoW The Black Rune - Return to Tyr

Objectives
1
Return to your boat.
Use the elevator to get down to the dock.
2
Dock with the bridge and enter Tyr's Vault.
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Use the sand bowl.
Interact with the runes on the wall to progress.

Retrieve the Black Rune

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4
Exit through the door at the bottom of where the platform takes you.
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Remove the Winds of Hel from the edge of the first rotating ring.
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Deposit the Winds of Hel into a pillar inside a chamber to the right of the vault.
7
Use the wheel.
Cross the hallway with the traps.
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Lift the closed gate to the side of the chamber.
8
Take the Winds of Hel from the second ring.
Deposit it into the pillar from the chamber you exited from.
9
Use the wheel and cross the opened hallway.
10
Open the closed gate in the other chamber.
11
Climb up the walls of the main chamber.
On the edge of the second landing, retrieve the Winds of Hel from the last ring and deposit it back into the outer ring.
12
Take the Winds of Hel from the last ring and deposit it into the pillar of the chamber you exited.
13
Use the wheel to bring down the rings.
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Move the Sun to where the Moon is to escape the trap.
15
Open the locked gate.
16
Head down to the Black Rune.
17
Defeat Grendel of the Ashes and Grendel of the Frost.
6
Exit Tyr's Vault.

Boss Strategy: Grendel of the Ashes and Frost

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Both Grendel of the Ashes and Grendel of the Frost are fire and ice based elemental Trolls respectively. You must use either the Leviathan Axe or the Blades of Chaos on either Troll to quickly reduce their health.

If you damage either one enough, they will reduce the health of the other to make up for the health that you've taken away from them.

Nornir Chest Locations

Return to the Boat

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Map Location
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Seal Locations
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Reward
GoW - Idunn Apple IconIdunn Apple

GoW - The Black Rune Chest 1 Golden Chain
At the start of The Black Rune quest, climb up the well and head down the path. Look for a golden chain in the area and climb up to find a Nornir Chest with no visible runes.

GoW - The Black Rune Chest 1 Sand Bowl

Climb down the golden chain and head left to find a sand bowl.

GoW - The Black Rune Chest 1 Cliffside Sand Bowl Solution

Climb up the golden chain again and head to the cliff overlooking the runes. Head back to the sand bowl to solve the puzzle. Loot the chest to obtain a Storm of the Elks Runic Summon.

GoW - The Black Rune Chest 1 Winds of Hel Arch

Head to the right side of the arch and grab the Winds of Hel and transfer it to the left side.

GoW - The Black Rune Chest 1 Winds of Hel Fallen Mechanism

Head back to the cliff and grab the Winds of Hel and transfer it to the fallen mechanism.

GoW - The Black Rune Chest 1 Correct Seals

Hit the spinning mechanism above so that it shows a flipped ᛒ rune rune above and a ˄˄ rune below.

GoW - The Black Rune Chest 1 Fallen Mechanism Correct Rune

Grab the Winds of Hel on the fallen mechanism, while it's showing a ⌄⌄ rune, and transfer it to the orb above the Nornir Chest.

Deactivate the Vault's Defenses

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Map Location
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Seal Locations
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Reward
GoW - Idunn Apple IconIdunn Apple

Head to the main room with the three spiked hallways. Find the hallway with the two spike blocks moving vertically. Freeze the second spike block and find the Nornir Chest at the end of the hallway.

Turn around from the chest to find the C rune on the first spike block.

Head back to the main room and find the R rune on the shelf.

Enter the hallway with the three spike blocks moving horizontally. Wait for the first spike block to move down and find the N rune on the top-right side of the block.

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