- Atreus and Angrboda’s growing relationship suggests she might join him as his companion in a solo spin-off that picks up where God of War Ragnarok left off.
- The ending of God of War Ragnarok sets up the possibility of Angrboda’s return in a future game, as Atreus now possesses her marble and she has ownership of Fenrir, who can seemingly open rifts that go anywhere.
- Angrboda joining Atreus in his journey would provide gameplay benefits, such as unique combat abilities via her paint, and she could also deliver fun dialogue while guiding the game’s progression with her knowledge of the Giants.
The ending of God of War Ragnarok did more than just set up Atreus for a solo spin-off, as his growing relationship with Angrboda suggests that she might join Atreus as his companion. Kratos’ story explored his coming to terms with his past, and Atreus’ coming-of-age journey paralleled this, with Atreus and Kratos parting ways after God of War Ragnarok: Valhalla so the former can set off on his own. But while many are hopeful that Kratos will return in a future God of War game, it seems that Atreus could lead his own game as he searches for the lost Giants.
Since the recent God of War games have focused on a single-player approach, with at least one accompanying character so that there can be conversations during gameplay, it’s very likely that Atreus won’t be alone in a solo game, even if he has left Kratos’ side. Though this role could be fulfilled by any character, just as Mimir gave Kratos someone to talk to, it makes sense for Angrboda to take on this role due to her bond with Atreus and their shared Giant heritage. Further, God of War Ragnarok‘s ending already appears to have laid the groundwork for her return in the rumored God of War half-sequel.
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God of War Ragnarok Ties Atreus and Angrboda Together
The revelation that Atreus is Loki and one of the surviving Giants in 2018’s God of War meant it would be inevitable that players learn more about his newfound heritage in God of War Ragnarok. But it also ensured that Atreus would have an immediate connection to any Giant characters encountered throughout the sequel and its story, something which his relationship with Angrboda best reflects. However, this relationship grows beyond their shared heritage and follows the boy-meets-girl trope, with Atreus gifting Angrboda a flower and Angrboda bestowing her marble to Atreus during God of War Ragnarok‘s ending, so that they can see each other.
God of War Ragnarok Sets Up Atreus’ and Angrboda’s Reunion
While dialogue between other characters like Kratos, Mimir, and Freya all hint toward the pair’s burgeoning love story, it is details like Atreus now being in possession of Angrboda’s marble that really suggest she will return in a future game. In addition to Atreus’ ability to use the Giants’ marbles to travel between locations, Fenrir can similarly create and rifts to travel through and, during God of War Ragnarok‘s ending, he was left in Angrboda’s care. As a result, a new God of War game within the Norse saga led by Atreus has multiple options to choose from should Angrboda need to return.
Reasons Why Atreus’ Journey Should Be Joined By Angrboda
Between the gameplay benefits of Atreus being joined by a companion and his search for Giants innately linked to his fellow Giantess, there are multiple reasons why Angrboda should join Atreus for a standalone God of War spin-off. For instance, while Angrboda claimed that her role in Atreus’ story was over once he had learned about his prophecy and legacy, God of War Ragnarok‘s continuing theme of defying fate hints that Angrboda could be proved wrong. Alongside her own independent motivations for joining Atreus on his journey, below are several reasons why she might return as his companion.
- Angrboda wants to be with Atreus and make their relationship official.
- Angrboda wants to learn more or find out what happened to the Giants.
- Angrboda wants or needs to help Atreus, especially if he ends up in danger.
- Angrboda wants to prove herself to her grandmother, Gryla.
- Angrboda wants to defy Atreus’ or her own destiny or fate.
In addition to why Angrboda should join Atreus for this proposed spin-off game’s story, her presence could also benefit its combat and gameplay. Her use of paint during a few of God of War Ragnarok‘s fights is both creative and visually distinctive, and it could be a unique balance to the weapons-based combat Kratos and Atreus share throughout both God of War games. Moreover, when not in combat, Angrboda’s existing relationship with Atreus could provide background dialogue in-game, while her knowledge of the Giants could guide the game’s progression by adding new lore, addressing any gaps, or leading Atreus to the next goal on his journey.
God of War: Ragnarok
- November 9, 2022
- M For Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
- How Long To Beat
- 26 Hours
- PS Plus Availability