Nightmares, or Mares are floating eye-like fiends that appear in God of War (2018).

Germanic Mythology

In Germanic folklore, a Mare is a malicious entity that rides on people's chests while they sleep, bringing on bad dreams (or "nightmares").

God of War (2018)

Nightmares are pest creatures that can float and shoot magic projectiles, a wide variety of them can be found. While weak, they can inflict a number of status ailments depending on their element can apply effects such as fire, poison, or freeze.

They don't seem to present a big threat to travelers, but they are annoying creatures which shoot projectiles and can be accompanied by Revenants , Draugrs , Dark Elves , or Walkers which can command them to attack Kratos and make them more strategic in battle.

Some can even possess Draugr and other enemies to make stronger and regenerate their health unless expelled out with a strong attack.


  • The Nightmares were originally conceived as monstrous imitations of the eye that Odin sacrified in his search of knowledge. During the course of the development of God of War, the team gave them their name and deeper identity.[1]


  1. The Art of God of War
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