God of War Ragnarok has some sweet new weapon signature moves

By Sean Lawson,

The PS5 and PS4 title God Of War Ragnarok has incorporated a new mechanic for your weapons. Players will be able to take advantage of the elements and unleash stylish attacks to best their foes.

God of War Ragnarok is barreling toward us with a new weapon mechanic — now when you press the triangle button Kratos can imbue his Leviathan Axe and other weapons with fire and ice elements. The mechanic is called Weapon Signature Moves and will allow you to devastate your foes in a sea of carnage and over-the-top action when it arrives on PS5 and PS4 consoles.

God of War Ragnarok is aiming straight towards us!God of War Ragnarok is coming straight at us!

God of War Ragnarok is about ready to release on PS5 and PS4
As reported by GameInformer, this new mechanic makes use of the triangle button, something that wasn't really utilised in the original God of War game. Previously, the button would recall your axe if you had thrown it, or it would swap your Blades of Chaos for your axe — but that was all.

In the issue from GameInformer, lead combat designers Mihir Sheth and Denny Yeh discussed their decisions behind incorporating this new mechanic and how the overall idea came to be, with Sheth saying: “If you pressed triangle, you recalled the axe, but if you already had the axe, nothing happened. If you had the Blades of Chaos and you pressed triangle, you just went back to the axe. We looked at that concept and wondered, ‘What if you could do something a little bit different with that button — a whole new suite of moves.’”

god of war ragnarok release dateTime to do some demolishing

These new elemental moves called 'Frost Awaken' and 'Whiplash,' do extra damage by freezing or incinerating anyone who dares stand against you. While this alone is exciting, there are also two new shields called 'Dauntless' and 'Stonewall,' both of which come with their own unique capabilities. The Dauntless Shield rewards players who parry at the last possible second, causing the shield to glow an intimidating red, informing players they can now unleash a powerful attack that topples and stuns their enemies.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Stonewall Shield is for all you tank-lovers out there. Kratos is unable to parry when using this shield, but you will be able to block all incoming attacks — unless the enemy is able to break through your defences. The more damage Stonewall Shield takes, the more power it absorbs, and once it’s fully charged, players can slam the shield into the ground, emitting a pulse that knocks any enemies around you to their knees.

god of war ragnarokAre you excited to see Kratos annihilate his foes?

It's not long to go now — God of War Ragnarok will land on PS5 and PS4 consoles on November 9th, 2023. We have had a lot of leaks in the past months and drama surrounding the above release date. At this point, we just can't wait to jump back into the iconic God of War series and explore more of this vast world. Are you guys excited? Have any of you preordered the game now? Let us know in the comments below!
Sean Lawson
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer with a focus on the geekiest Sony news. He writes stories about PlayStation exclusives such as Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Wolverine, as well as RPGs. Sean’s favourite games include Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, Tekken, and Persona.