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May this weapon strike true; may it be wielded with wisdom; may it be put down when its job is done.

–Brok blesses the completed Draupnir Spear

The Draupnir Spear is a weapon in God of War Ragnarök and the third one to be possessed by the Greek God of War, Kratos after his coming to Midgard alongside the Blades of Chaos and the Leviathan Axe.

Norse Mythology[]

In Norse mythology, Draupnir (Old Norse: [ˈdrɔupnez̠], "the dripper") is a gold ring or arm-ring possessed by the god Odin with the ability to multiply itself: Every ninth night, eight new rings 'drip' from Draupnir, each one of the same size and weight as the original.

Draupnir was forged by the dwarven brothers Brokkr and Eitri (or Sindri). the two made this ring as one of a set of three gifts which included Mjöllnir and Gullinbursti. They made these gifts in accordance with a bet Loki made saying that Brokkr and Eitri could not make better gifts than those made by the Sons of Ivaldi. In the end, Mjöllnir, Thor's hammer, won the contest for Brokkr and Eitri. Loki then cleverly used a loophole to get out of the wager for his head (the wager was for Loki's head only, but he argued that, to remove his head, they would have to injure his neck, which was not in the bargain) and Brokkr punished him by sealing his lips shut.

The ring was placed by Odin on the funeral pyre of his son Baldr:

Odin laid upon the pyre the gold ring called Draupnir; this quality attended it: that every ninth night there fell from it eight gold rings of equal weight. (from the Gylfaginning).

The ring was subsequently retrieved by Hermóðr. and was offered as a gift by Freyr's servant Skírnir in the wooing of Gerðr, which is described in the poem Skírnismál.

In God of War Series[]

God of War Ragnarök[]

Draupnir Spear

The Lady of the Forge crafting the Draupnir Spear

When Kratos sought a weapon to defeat the Aesir god Heimdall, as he was fated to kill his son Atreus during Ragnarök, the Huldra Brothers Brok and Sindri devised using the enchanted ring Draupnir. Rather than the ring itself, they suggested bringing it to The Lady of the Forge. Once Sindri had retrieved the ring from the basement where its power to duplicate into eight copies had resulted in a gargantuan volume of them the Brothers had been using for forging material ever since "un-gifting" the ring from Odin years ago, Brok insisted that he go with Kratos to visit the Lady, to Sindri's reluctance, but he ultimately could not stop it.

During the journey to the Lady's forge in Svartalfheim, Brok brought along a disembodied spearhead as a component of the weapon he had designs for her to make, and later on, opted to collect the sound of the wind blowing through the realm as another, offering sage advice on appreciating the nature of a thing rather than its form. After resolving some issues with the lift to take them to the forge, Kratos and Brok descended into a lake where they finally met The Lady, a mermaid. She accepted the components and using her mystical powers, created the Draupnir Spear, then used a drop of Kratos' godly blood to sanctify it as a tool only fit for him alone.

The weapon soon became an integral part of Kratos' arsenal during the leadup to Ragnarök. Notably, the Spear fulfilled its intended purpose when Kratos and Freya were ambushed by Heimdall in Vanaheim during their mission to rescue her brother Freyr. The Spear's command over powerful wind magic, coupled with the ingrained enchantment of Draupnir to duplicate itself allowed Kratos to overwhelm Heimdall's power of foresight several times and ultimately kill him, preventing his fate of killing Atreus even though it worsened tensions with Asgard. Later, as Kratos regrouped with his allies to discuss gathering the armies of the Realms against Asgard, Týr attempted to convince them to take a secret route into Asgard to surprise Odin, but Brok pointed out the flaws of his plan, only to end up being fatally stabbed by the god who was revealed as Odin in disguise. Before he could escape with the Mask of Creation taken from Atreus, Kratos threw the Spear and impaled it into the wall, denying the Mask to Odin.

During the climactic battle of Ragnarök, Kratos used the Spear to fight through Odin's army of einherjar to breach Asgard's walls and it was notably used during his second fight with the Thunder God, Thor.

God of War Ragnarök: Valhalla[]

The Spear remained in Kratos' possession when he was drawn to the blessed realm of Valhalla by the real Týr to help Kratos overcome his trauma and accept his position as a member of Freya's inter-realm council.

Gameplay[]

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The Draupnir Spear has dual purposes as both a melee weapon for both light and heavy attacks and a ranged weapon for hitting from afar. Due to being attuned to the element of wind and its ever-multiplying nature, it has several unique abilities. The first is that it can be thrown an infinite number of times, with the ring creating a new spear with every throw. The copies can then be detonated by Kratos by slamming the butt of the spear into the ground. Another ability it has is that its wind elemental powers can draw in opponents before blasting them back, such as over a cliff or into a pool of lava for a quick finish to enemies. Additionally, the spear can be used to siphon off an enemy's magical power and use it for a short time. For traversal, Kratos can create ziplines from various elevated positions by copying the spear after launching it to a safe platform or surface. It can also be used to create poles from which Kratos can swing and cross various gaps.

Ability Trees[]

Technique:[]

  • Draupnir's Call 1:
    • Kratos can slam the held Spear onto the ground by pressing PS5 Triangle, detonating all thrown and embedded Spears into wind explosions.
  • Draupnir's Wail (1000 Kratos XP):
    • Holding PS5 Triangle will slam the Spear down even harder, causing the detonations to be stronger. Draupnir's Wail can also be activated by pressing PS5 Triangle briefly after any Draupnir Spear attack.
  • Spear Arsenal 1 (2000 Kratos XP):
    • The maximum number of spears that can be detonated at a time is increased to six.
  • Draupnir's Call 2 (Requires Spear Level 6 and Draupnir's Wail):
    • Spear detonations on enemies weaken them, reducing their resistance to being staggered for a short period of time. This effect increases when more spears are embedded.
  • Spear Arsenal 2 (Requires Spear Level 6 and Spear Arsenal 1):
    • The maximum number of spears that can be detonated at a time is increased to seven.
  • Draupnir's Call 3 (Requires Spear Level 6 and Draupnir's Call 2):
    • Draupnir's Call causes an additional detonation on every enemy embedded with a spear.
  • Spear Arsenal 3 (Requires Spear Level 7 and Spear Arsenal 2):
    • The maximum number of spears that can be detonated at a time is increased to eight.
  • Spear Swiftness (Requires Spear Level 7, Draupnir's Call 3, and Spear Arsenal 3):
    • Rapidly throwing several spears will increase the speed at which spears are thrown.
  • Maelstorm (500 Kratos XP):
    • Rapid melee attacks made without taking damage will power up the Draupnir Spear, significantly increasing the damage of its melee attacks. While Maelstorm is active, Luck and Runic stats gain a bonus.
  • Violent Maelstorm (Requires Maelstorm):
    • While the Maelstorm bar is full, pressing PS5 L1 and PS5 Triangle will consume the Maelstorm bar and activate Violent Maelstorm for a duration. While Violent Maelstorm is active, Draupnir melee attacks are enhanced with significantly increased stun and damage.

Ranged:[]

  • Spear Throw:
    • Aiming and pressing PS5 R1 will throw a Draupnir Spear, impaling the surface it hits. Impaled spears can be detonated with Draupnir's Call.
  • Gale Force 1:
    • Aiming and pressing PS5 R2 will fire a blast of wind that knocks enemies back. Siphoned elements within the spear are consumed, enhancing the blast of Gale Force.
  • Spear Drill (3000 Kratos XP):
    • Holding PS5 L2 and PS5 R1 charges a powerful spear toss that repeatedly strikes enemies and drives them backwards.
  • Gale Force 2 (1500 Kratos XP):
    • PS5 R2 can be held during Gale Force to pull in nearby enemies. Holding PS5 R2 will also keep launched enemies airborne.
  • Gale Force 3 (Requires Spear Level 6 and Gale Force 2):
    • Fully charging Gale Force before releasing PS5 R2 will significantly increase the power of Gale Force's blast and will launch enemies into the air.

Melee:[]

  • Hoplite Lunge 1 (500 Kratos XP):
    • Pressing PS5 R1 while sprinting will cause Kratos to leap forward and attack an enemy with a strong midair thrust.
  • General's Advance (750 Kratos XP):
    • While evading, hold PS5 Left Stick forward and press PS5 R1 to bash an enemy with the butt of the Spear. If the attack hits an enemy, this attack is automatically followed up with a downwards strike.
  • Impaling Thrust 1 (1000 Kratos XP):
    • Holding PS5 R1 will forcefully impale a Spear into an enemy with a downwards strike. Spears impaled with this attack can be detonated with Draupnir's Call.
  • General's Deception (750 Kratos XP):
    • While evading, hold the PS5 Left Stick down and press PS5 R1 to sweep a gust of wind forward, knocking enemies off of their feet.
  • Hoplite Lunge 2 (Requires Hoplite Lunge 1):
    • Using Hoplite Lunge will impale an enemy with a spear. This Spear can be detonated with Draupnir's Call.
  • Impaling Thrust 2 (Requires Impaling Thrust 1):
    • Continue holding PS5 R1 during Impaling Thrust to impale an additional Spear into an enemy.
  • Phalanx Breaker (Requires Spear Level 6):
    • Press PS5 R2 while sprinting to enact a powerful overhead strike, breaking an enemy's guard, that can be followed up with a rising strike that launches weaker enemies.
  • Impaling Thrust 3 (Requires Spear Level 6 and Impaling Thrust 2):
    • Continue holding PS5 R1 during Impaling Thrust to impale yet another Spear into an enemy.
  • Elemental Siphon 1 (500 Kratos XP):
    • Hold PS5 R2 to siphon an enemy's element into the Spear. Siphoned Spears do elemental damage and can be thrown, impaled, and detonated. The element is lost when combat ends or a Spear Runic Attack is used.
  • Rising Wind 1 (Requires Spear Level 6):
    • A Heavy Attack Finisher that launches enemies can be enacted at the end of a Light Attack Combo. To perform, press the buttons in the following order: PS5 R1, PS5 R1, PS5 R1, PS5 R1, PS5 R2.
  • Elemental Siphon 2 (Requires Spear Level 6 and Elemental Siphon 1):
    • Using Elemental Siphon also provides a resistance to the element siphoned.
  • Rising Wind 2 (Requires Spear Level 7 and Rising Wind 1):
    • When Rising Wind is performed, a whirlwind is summoned that hits and disrupts nearby enemies.

Trivia[]

  • As the Blades of Chaos had been forcefully bound to him by Ares and the Leviathan Axe was originally owned by Faye before being passed to him, it can be argued that the Draupnir Spear is the first Norse-era weapon Kratos wields that is truly and entirely his own, being made with the addition of his own blood in particular.
    • It is not however the first weapon ever crafted for Kratos, being that the Nemesis Whip created by Hephaestus during God of War III predates the Draupnir Spear's creation. That said, it was conceived as part of a ruse to kill the Spartan, and possibly was designed at the last minute because Kratos survived his journey to Tartarus, whereas Brok and Sindri had the idea for the Spear for some time before putting it into action.
  • Following a common theme among the weapons of Kratos in the Norse saga, the Draupnir Spear is associated with departed character(s) that Kratos had a positive relationship with; in the Spear's case, Brok who shortly after its creation, gave it his blessing as a great blacksmith.
  • The Draupnir Spear is wielded similarly to the Arms of Sparta, except it doesn't have a pairing shield and possesses additional magical property, such as limited control over Wind and the ability to siphon elemental power.
  • The Draupnir Spear can be seen as a subtle homage Kratos being the son of Zeus:
    • The Spear's duplicative enchantment allowing Kratos to continuously hurl a new copy of the spear is reminiscent of The Thunderbolts of Zeus, which also always manifest a new copy of itself every time it is hurled.
    • Both weapons are empowered with elemental properties affiliated with the sky: lightning for Zeus' Thunderbolts and wind for the Draupnir Spear.
  • Though not designed to counter its might just as was the purpose of the Leviathan Axe against Mjölnir, the Draupnir Spear is the antithesis to Odin's spear Gungnir in many ways;
    • Draupnir appears as a straight-up weapon with stern design, it could always generate a new copy of itself, and tough magical and imbued with the power of Wind, heavily relies on the conventional physical implementation of a spear as a physical weapon. This reflects Kratos’ more upfront and martial qualities, the ever-copious nature of the Spear itself matches his persistent nature of coming back several times despite his prior failures, defeats and even deaths. Its design as a shining gold spear, which symbolizes justice and nobility, surprisingly fits very well to what Kratos eventually become; a selfless god who truly cares to the well-being of others, mortals included — something his foes aren't.
    • Gungnir on the other hand focuses on the utilization of magic, much of which executed by attacking foes from afar with or affecting the space in which combat occur. In most of its appearance, it's disguised as a dignified, yet quite modest walking stick. This reflects Odin, in which he is a proficient magic user who prefer less direct means to deal with opposition, often causing more destruction than he ever cared for, and at most times, put on the guise of an approachable and harmless man, but is not beyond making his own hands bloody when cornered. This doesn't help by its cadaverous shade which symbolizes witchcraft and treachery, reflecting its owner's nature perfectly.
    • Overall, the Draupnir Spear can be considered as the "good" equivalent of Gungnir. The All-Father used his weapon to kill and curse many, even going as far as stabbing himself and impregnating the spear with his dark essence. On the contrary, Kratos created his spear for the sole purpose of protecting his son from Heimdall. When one thinks about it, absolutely everything opposes the two spears.
  • The Draupnir Spear is the first weapon within the main game series to have the particularity of vanishing into nothingness when not being wielded by Kratos being acknowledged in-story.
    • In the Greek saga games, Kratos came into temporary possessions of weapons besides his staple set of chained Blades that seemingly just disappear from him when not in use, with no known feasible storage ever explained in-game. This concept was abandoned in the 2018 game where both of Kratos' weapons are always physically visible.
      • Some of the Greek saga weapons seem to appear and disappear at will through magic. Many weapons make an effect when equipped or summoned. The Arms of Sparta's throwing moves always has the spear reappear to its user's hands. Kratos also summons and dismisses the Blade of Olympus even in the most compromised positions for a weapon of that length (like sandwiched between Cronos hands). The Bow of Apollo appears in a flaming effect. This is far from universal among all the Greek weapons but it can explain how some weapons are carried.
  • With the highest-leveled form of the weapon, the red cloth that wraps the spear became that of the same exact motif as the one Kratos wore on his lower body during his time in Greece, further symbolizing that the weapon was tailored for him.
    • Prior to updates, there was a glitch that prevented the Greek pattern from appearing on the Spear's cloth when fully upgraded, leaving it blank.
  • Both the Leviathan Axe and Blades of Chaos only have one accessory each that does not boost Strength while the Draupnir Spear has two accessories that boost Strength.
  • The brand mark of the Huldra Brothers can be seen on the spear head.
  • Upon seeing the spear, Odin expresses his interest in it, even trying to lay his hand on it.

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