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Leviathan in its original form

The Leviathan is a two-handed war axe that is Kratos' main offensive weapon in God of War.

AboutEdit

Brok and Sindri's brand

Brok and Sindri's brand, cleaved in half

LeviathanAxeUpgraded

The axe with upgrades

It was forged by the Huldra Brothers, Sindri and Brok, who also forged Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, after feeling responsible for the destruction brought about by Thor. As a weapon made to oppose the power of Mjölnir and inspired by the epic size of Jörmungandr, Brok suggests the axe be named Leviathan.[1] According to Sindri when first meeting him, the blade was made for and given to Laufey who passed it on to her husband Kratos, before her death.

The axe has several runes inscribed on the blade that grants it different powers, among them the use of ice, and the ability to recall the weapon from any distance. It also has two slots for Runic Attacks to placed in, a heavy and light attack for each slot. The Axe Pommel is customizable with pommels found throughout the Realms or bought to Brok and Sindri.

During Kratos' journey to spread Faye's ashes, he encounters Brok and Sindri, who each upgrades the axe, improving its magic and attack strength. Upon bringing one of the brothers a Frozen Flame, the axe can be further upgraded, increasing the size of the blade and adding ornate gold to the blade and handle.

List of Axe PommelsEdit

CommonEdit

Name Description Location
Wooden Grip Family Heirloom: Crude wooden axe grip. It cannot be sold. Players start with this pommel
Curved Recovery Handle Marksman’s Cooldown: High Perk activation chance to grant a Blessing of Cooldown on any successful precision throw. Brok and Sindri’s Shops.
Curved Grip of Fury Marksman’s Rage Burst: Low Perk activation chance to grant a Rage Burst on any successful precision throw. Brok and Sindri’s Shops
Curved War Handle Marksman’s Strength: High Perk activation chance to grant a Gift of Strength on any successful precision throw. Brok and Sindri’s Shops
Curved Runic Handle Marksman’s Runic: Low Perk activation chance to grant a Blessing of Runic on any successful precision throw. Brok and Sindri’s Shops.
Weighted Recovery Handle Executioner’s Cooldown: High Perk activation chance to grant a Blessing of Cooldown on any successful Executioner’s Cleave. Brok and Sindri’s Shops
Weighted Runic Handle Executioner’s Runic: High Perk activation chance to grant a Blessing of Runic on any successful Executioner’s Cleave. Brok and Sindri’s Shops
Weighted War Handle Executioner’s Strength: High Perk activation chance to grant a Gift of Strength on any successful Executioner’s Cleave.. Brok and Sindri’s Shops
Versatile Warrior’s Handle Adept Warrior: Increases Strength, Defense, and Luck. Upgrade to increase additional Stats. Unlocked after completing favor ‘Unfinished Business’

RareEdit

Name Description Location
Grip of Völunder Warrior’s Protective Barrier: Very low Perk activation chance to grant Protective Barrier, preventing damage from enemy attacks, on any successful axe hit. Unlocked after completing favor ‘Second Hand Soul’
Ymir’s Breath Ymir’s Vengeance: Low Perk activation chance to create a Frost explosion on any successful axe hit. Obtain it from Isle of Death Legendary Chest.
Curved Grip of Restoration Marksman’s Health Burst: High Perk activation chance to grant a Health Burst on any successful precision throw.
Deadly Grip of Fury Slayer’s Rage Burst: Successful axe kills grant a Rage Burst. Obtain it from Stone Falls Legendary Chest.
Deadly Grip of Vitality Slayer’s Health Burst: Successful axe kills grant a Health Burst.
Light Grip of Protection Rising Protective Barrier: High Perk activation chance to grant Protective Barrier, preventing damage from enemy attacks, after launching an enemy into the air. Brok and Sindri’s Shops
Light War Handle Rising Strength: High Perk activation chance to grant a Gift of Strength after launching an enemy into the air. Brok and Sindri’s Shops.
Weighted Grip of Restoration Executioner’s Health Burst: High Perk activation chance to grant a Health Burst on any successful Executioner’s Cleave.

LegendaryEdit

Name Description Location
Surtr’s Grip of Flame Wrath of Flame: Low Perk activation chance to grant Wrath of Flame on any successful hit. Wrath of Flame greatly increases Strength, restores a small amount of Health, and fires a wave of energy on normal attacks. Get if from the Muspelheim Shop
Grip of Tanngiost Fist of Thor: Low Perk activation chance to strike with an explosion of lightning that inflicts Shock damage to all nearby enemies on any successful axe hit. Complete the Hammer Fall favor in Veithurgard
Hræzla Farmaðr’s Grip Warrior’s Health Burst: Low Perk activation chance to grant a Health Burst on any successful axe hit. Complete the Family Business favor.
Forbidden Grip of the Ages Word of Ages: An ancient relic that increases all of Kratos’ Stats. Adds a concussive wave to the end of the R1 combo. Obtain it after completing the Secret Caldera Realm Tear
Grip of the Maze Cleansing Light: Very high Perk activation chance to restore some protection against the Cursed Mist of Niflheim on any successful kill. Passively grants resistance to the Cursed Mist. Brok and Sindri’s Shops.

EpicEdit

Name Description Location
Retribution Queen’s Wrath: R1 axe throw and recall become incredibly powerful. Low Perk activation chance to strike with a massively damaging explosion on any successful hit.
Wing of the Fallen Power of the Valkyrie: Moderate Perk activation chance on any successful kill to grant Power of the Valkyrie, increasing RUNIC and STRENGTH. (Stacks up to 3 times)

TriviaEdit

  • The "Leviathan" is a sea monster mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and it has nothing to do with Nordic Mythology. According to Creative Director Cory Barlog, there's a reason why they chose that name.[2]
    • The name Leviathan is strictly tied to the Judeo-Christian religions, so its use to describe the World Serpent is unusual.
    • It is speculated that this is related to the original ending David Jaffe intended for God of War III, where monotheism is established. In Barlog's words, "it's a name that […] is carried through-out history, so it might have some intersections with later parts of history, perhaps".[2] This implies that monotheistic religions are actually inspired by the different mythological worlds.
  • Kratos can throw and call back the Leviathan similar to Thor's Mjölnir. This is not surprising considering both weapons were forged by Brok and Sindri.
  • The Leviathan is very rarely, if not never, mentioned by its name in the 2018 game. It is mostly referred simply as " axe" or "frost axe" by characters in the game. Similar case happens to the Blades of Chaos.
  • Cory Barlog said that he always wanted Kratos to wield an axe as his main weapon after the end of his Greek Era. He wanted him to be able to throw the axe, but during the alpha-stage it became a hassel for testers to have to pick up the axe from wherever they threw it to, creating the need to be able to recall it from anywhere like Thor could.
  • Brok and Sindri's brand bears resemblance to the Ingwaz rune (ᛝ).
  • While resting on Kratos' back, the Leviathan hangs from a hook that is shaped as the serpent-like Greek letter Omega, which has always been incorporated in the "God of War" titles' graphic.


References Edit

  1. The Lost Page "The Forging of Leviathan"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Game Informer Interview with Cory Barlog.