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Gunnr is one of the nine corrupted Valkyries and optional side bosses in God of War. Located in Thamur's Corpse, the game is guiding the player to fight this specific Valkyrie first and with good reason. Gunnr ranks as the easiest of all nine foes and is excellent practice for the difficult battles ahead.

Norse Mythology

Gunnr (alternatively guðr) is an Old Norse term meaning "battle". It is the name of a Valkyrie in Norse mythology, and was also used as a feminine given name. The modern forms Gun and Gunn remain in use as a feminine given name in Scandinavia. 

Gunnr is also mentioned in the Völuspá in a list of valkyries, Gunnr, Hildr, Göndul / ok Geirskögul. The Darraðarljóð gives Guðr as one of six names of Valkyries.

In the Prose Edda, Gunnr is one of three Valkyries who always ride out to choose the slain and decide the outcome of the battle. The others are Róta and Skuld.

God of War (2018)

When Kratos, Atreus and Mimir arrive in her chamber, she attacks the trio remorselessly. She is eventually killed by Kratos, who tears the wings from her back. This frees her spirit from her corrupted form, enabling her to communicate with the trio. Before passing on, she requests the trio free her sisters from their respective curses, offering her helm to aid Kratos in his task.

Combat

Gunnr is a fairly easy Valkyrie to take down, possibly due to the fact that she's likely the first of the 8 hidden Valkyries that players might find without prior extra challenge (Gondul being at the peak of Muspellheim gauntlet should have players anticipate a fight tougher than ususal). She has a relatively low health and stagger resistance.

Gunnr's strategy all comes to her closing in on Kratos and slicing him with her Scythe, be it on the ground or from the air, both of which are susceptible to Guardian Shield's counter. While her Scythe attacks wont exactly go through Block, it can break one, making Kratos vulnerable to follow up slashes.

She might occasionally attacks with her blockable Wing Slashes and finish the combo with a close-range and rather telegraphed Wing Thrust, which is the only attack from her that player should dodge.

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Trivia

  • In legend, Gunnr is the Mistress of War. She would appear during the aftermath of any conflict, big or small, as the first to arrive and search for worthy souls for a trip to Vahalla. It was considered a gruesome task but she did it with pride. Her judgement of the fallen was unparallaled and an invaluable resource to Odin, thus making her one of his favorites.
  • Gunnr's armour design is based on a crow.[1]

References

  1. The Art of God of War
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