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Rota is one of the nine corrupted Valkyries. She is located in Helheim, in the Hidden Chamber of Odin.

Norse Mythology

In Norse mythology, Róta is a valkyrie. Róta is attested in chapter 36 of the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, where she is mentioned alongside the valkyries Gunnr and Skuld, and the three are described as "always [riding] to choose who shall be slain and to govern the killings." Otherwise, Róta appears in two kennings, one by Egill Skallagrímsson and one by Hallfreðr vandræðaskáld. Theories have been proposed about the possible appearance of Róta in Gesta Danorum and the meaning of her name.

Combat

Rota is relatively easy to predict, but it is the difficulty of pulling well-timed dodges consistently in rapid succession that really makes her encounter arduous. Rota uses grappling attack frequently, which unless the player has stellar Defense and Health loadout, means easy defeat when hit. In GMGOW, her grapples inflict so much damage that applying loadout around health and defense against her becomes absurdly impractical. Rota's own health pool and stagger resistance is average.

Rota is able to use both Swooping and Plummeting grapple up to thrice in a sequence and all of her attacks usually leads to either one of these two grappling moves. Her plummeting grapple is often executed after a Cyclone wing attack, while her Swooping grapple usually follows up her aerial projectiles and she might even do without prior moves. If Rota somehow do not execute the grapple move thrice, she might stride backward and execute a quick thrusting attack which while not nearly as powerful, could kill Kratos at low health.

Rota's grapples bypass Spartan Rage armor, thus relying on that ability is ill-advised against her.

Rota can also do the 4-hit and blockable wing Slash, which she can follow up with the unblockable Mace swing (which leads to Plummeting grapple), or a Scythe slash that Kratos can counter with the Guardian Shield.

Rota can also do the blockable aerial homing energy attack, which she always follow up with Swooping grapples.

Trivia

  • In legend, Rota is a Chooser of the Slain, where like Gunnr and Skuld, she oversees judgement of the fallen, making sure that the worthy enter Vahalla and Hel doesn't overflow with souls.
  • Rota's repeated plummeting grab attack has a faster rhythm than Gondul.
  • Rota's armour design is based on a deer.[1]

Gallery

References

  1. The Art of God of War
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