The Norse gods are the main pantheon of deities in God of War (2018), most of them are the overarching antagonists. They are one of most powerful races to inhabit the Nine Realms and are viewed as protectors of Midgard and humankind. Despite being the same race, the Norse gods are divided into two tribes, the warlike Aesir and the pacifistic Vanir.
The Aesir gods are more aggressive and warlike than the Vanir, representing the brute strength and raw power of nature. They also believe that the only way for someone to achieve an honored death is to die in battle.
- Odin: God of War, Death, Knowledge, Wisdom, The Gallows, Poetry, Battle, Sky, Wind, Crafts, Healing, Royalty, Frenzy, Divination, Runic Alphabet and Magic/Sorcery. The All-Father and king of Asgard.
- Thor: God of Thunder, Strength, Storms, Fertility, Lightning, Oak trees, Consecration, Bravery and Hallowing.
- Týr: (Deceased) God of War, Victory, Law, Justice, Single Combat, Trial, Heroic Glory, Honor, Courage, Oaths, Authority and Duels.
- Baldur: (Deceased) God of Light, Joy, Purity, Peace, Spring, Forgiveness, Prophecy, Beauty and the summer sun.
- Modi: (Deceased) Son of Thor, God of Bravery.
- Magni: (Deceased) Son of Thor, God of Might.
- Hoenir: God of Silence.
- Heimdall: God of Foresight.
The Vanir gods represent more peaceful aspects of nature and possess far more magic knowledge than the Aesir. Instead of focusing on war, the Vanir try to keep peace and order on the nine realms.
- Njordr: God of the Seas, Winds, Seafaring, Crop Fertility, Wealth, and Fishing. King of the Vanir.
- Freya: Goddess of Sorcery, Love, Lust, Beauty, Gold, War, Death, Witchcraft, Fertility, Warmth and Foreknowledge. The former wife of Odin and Queen of the Valkyries.
- Freyr: God of Sacral Kingship, Virility, Prosperity, Sunshine, and Fair Weather.
- Atreus / Loki: Future God of Mischief, Evil, Deception, Artifice, Magic, Lies and trickery.
- Kratos: Formerly the Greek God of War.
- Mimir: Ex-Aesir. God of Wisdom and Knowledge. Former Ambassador for Odin; Guardian of the Well of Knowledge.
- Sol: Goddess of the sun.
- Mani: God of the moon.
Powers & Abilities
In addition to being immortal, the gods are supernatural beings. It's assumed that most of the Norse Gods share many if not all the abilities of the Greek Gods have such as:
- Superhuman condition
- Super agility
- Super durability
- Super speed
- Super stamina
- Super strength
- Super Senses
- Enhanced Skills
- Energy manipulation
- Illusion Casting
- Reality Warping
- Elemental manipulation
- Power granting/bestowal
- Illusion creation
- Mind manipulation
- Dimensional manipulation
- Advanced regeneration
- Sensory enhancement
- Sound manipulation
- Time Control
- Amokinesis or Love Magic
- Mind Control
- Animal Manipulation
- In mythology Norse gods are said to only possess longevity instead of true immortality thus making them able to die of old age or die by non-divine means, however, they can extend their lifespan and stay eternally young thanks to Idunn’s Apples of Eternal Youth. Unlike the mythology, Norse gods in God of War universe are immortal to begin with. With the golden apples being made to be their favored food instead of their source of immortality. This is similar to how certain sources, credit the immortality of the Greek gods to be achieved by Ambrosia the divine food/drink of the gods.
- Norse gods do not seem as powerful as their Greek counterparts, as they lack certain abilities such as size alteration, omniscience and projecting themselves through statues depicting them. For example, Baldur never finds out Kratos' true identity as a foreign god and the infamous Ghost of Sparta, not to mention his real name. He mistakenly believes Kratos is the jötunn Guardian. However, the most powerful among them have perform impressive feats comparable, if not rival the Greeks'. For example, Freya’s mastery over her seiðr magic allowed her to control the corpse of the jötunn Thamur.
- Unlike the Greek Gods, the death of a Norse god doesn’t have a chain reaction to the world. The deaths of Magni and Modi didn’t cause an explosion or negative influence on the world. It could be argued that Fimbulwinter the three long winter preluding to Ragnarök was the consequence of killing Baldur, whereas the two sons of Thor were only Demi-gods.