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How Old Kratos Is In God Of War Ragnarök

Kratos and Atreus will be returning in God Of War Ragnarök soon, but how old is Kratos going to be in the game? Gamers were first introduced to the Ghost of Sparta in God Of War in 2005, as the loyal Spartan discovers how he has been betrayed by the Greek Gods he serves as he searches for Pandora’s Box. God Of War 2 followed in 2007 as the new god of war joined with the Titans to stop Zeus. God of War 3 launched in 2010 on the PS3 and wrapped up the Greek storyline for Kratos, as he seeks revenge against both the Gods and Titans for all he has endured.

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Eight years later, Kratos returned in God of War for the PS4, but in a new mythological setting centered around Norse mythology. In God of War 2018, Kratos has abandoned his past and has started a new life in the realm of Midgard with Faye, who is the mother of his son Atreus. After Faye passes away from an unknown cause, Kratos and Atreus set out to fulfill her wish of spreading her ashes at the highest point of the nine realms. Now, with that quest completed, Ragnarök is coming.

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A lot has happened in Kratos’ life since God of War 3 and the original trilogy, so gauging how old he is can be a bit tricky. There are two ways to think about how old Kratos is in God of War: how long he has existed between his life in Ancient Greece and arriving in the Norse realms, and how long he has lived in Midgard. In God of War (2018), there is a moment in Tyr’s temple where we learn it has been asleep for 150 winters. Later in the game in the temple, we see a Greek vase with Kratos on it, meaning that Kratos must have been in Midgard for at least 150 years. Kratos is not immortal, but the power he has from the gods means he is nearly impossible to kill and ages far slower than any normal person, which makes Kratos’ age difficult to determine.


God of War’s Kratos Is Over 1000 Years Old

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that in God of War Kratos’ age is around 150 years old, but it wouldn’t be right either. By matching the events of the games with real-life events, we can work out how old Kratos is. The end of God of War 3 focuses on the destruction of Sparta, which happened in 464 BC, God of War takes place before Fimbulwinter, the event that signals Ragnarök, which occurred in 535 AD. Based on those two dates, and assuming that Kratos is in his 30’s at the time of God Of War I, then it can be estimated that Kratos age is ~1050 years old by the start of God of War (2018).

His son Atreus can help with the answer to finding out how old Kratos is in God of War Ragnarök. In the God Of War official novel, it is confirmed that Atreus is 11 years old in the game. Fimbulwinter lasts three years, so by the time Ragnarök takes place, which is when the game will be set, Atreus will be 14 years old. So if 14 is then added to the Ghost of Sparta’s age, Kratos is ~1064 years old in God of War Ragnarök. Atreus does look visibly older in the official trailers (below) so this seems to be the most accurate guess.

Being over 1000 years old hasn’t stopped Kratos from being one of the most powerful video game characters ever seen, but Ragnarök might finally see the Ghost of Sparta really feel his age. Hints were made in God of War that Kratos is not as strong as he was in Ancient Greece, but God of War Ragnarök might take it even further and force him to put down his axe and blades, as it is heavily implied that Kratos may die in Ragnarök. Kratos and Atreus will need all the strength they have to face the end of the world, and players don’t have to wait long for God of War Ragnarök to arrive and find out what happens next.

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  • God of War Ragnarok Poster

    God of War Ragnarok

    Original Release Date:
    2022-11-09

    Developer:
    Santa Monica Studio

    Franchise:
    God of War

    Genre:
    Adventure, Action

    Platform:
    PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

    Publisher:
    Sony Interactive Entertainment

    ESRB:
    M

    Summary:
    Ragnarok has arrived in God of War Ragnarok, the sequel to the 2018 game of the year released on PlayStation 4. Three years have passed since Kratos and his son, Atreus completed their quest across the realms while facing off with a small handful of Norse gods. However, their actions come with consequences. The Allfather, Odin, is ready for vengeance, and his son, Thor, is leading the charge. Atreus, looking to find more answers to the questions of his lineage bestowed to him by his mother, embarks on another quest with his father to discover the truth while contending with the wrath of Odin’s realm. New friends and allies will help them on their journey, but some allies turned foes will seek to end them before Fimbulwinter comes to a close. God of War Ragnarok will conclude the Norse saga of God of War and launch on November 9 2022.

    Prequel:
    God of War


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