God of War Ragnarok: Why did Kratos say no to Odin

Kratos declined Odin’s peace treaty in God of War: Ragnarok, as he had a history with the gods and did not want a truce with a god.

In God of War: Ragnarӧk, players primarily control Kratos, a character, in combo-based combat and puzzle game elements.

The gameplay of Ragnarӧk is quite similar to that of the previous instalment in the God of War series, God of War, as it is also a single-player video game.

Throughout the game, you have to battle Norse mythological foes, with more enemy types than in the previous game. The developers, Santa Monica Studio, added additional mini-bosses to give the game more variety.

As you advance in the main story arc, you will discover that Kratos declined Odin’s peace agreement, which has left many players curious.

Who is Odin?

Odin, otherwise referred to as the Allfather, is the Norse God of the Sky, War, Death, Wisdom, Poetry, and Magic. He is also the King of Asgard, the ruler of Valhalla, the King of the Aesir gods, and an essential character in the Norse era of God of War.

He is the father of Thor, Tyr, Heimdall, and Baldur, who plays a significant part in the story of Ragnarӧk. Odin is the main antagonist of Ragnarӧk and is therefore considered the villain of the game.

Although Odin is not always present in the story, every character knows him, and their conversation gives players insight into his personality.

God of War Ragnarok: Why did Kratos say no to Odin

The main speculation about the narrative in Ragnarӧk is the conclusion of Fimbulwinter, and the dreaded arrival of the eschatological event, Ragnarӧk.

In the last game, Kratos and Atreus killed Magni, Modi, and Baldur, which triggered Fimbulwinter – the predecessor of Ragnarӧk.

Being aware of the widespread consequences of Fimbulwinter and Ragnarӧk, Kratos decides to retire with his son, Atreus in their safehouse.

God of War Ragnarӧk: Why did Kratos say no to Odin
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Unfortunately, a series of events led to their cover being blown. Thor and Odin then decided to offer Kratos and Atreus peace and a truce . Before offering peace, Odin accused Kratos of being guilty of the murder of Baldur, Modi, and Magni.

Much to players’ surprise, Odin asked Kratos not to get in his way, and in return, Odin would not bother him. From the looks of it, many players expected Kratos to accept this offer, as his main priority was to protect his son.

Kratos is also trying to stay away from the impending threat of the gods and making peace with Odin is the best way to achieve that. However, Kratos declined Odin’s offer.

For the veterans of the God of War franchise, Kratos’ decision did not come as a surprise at all. Kratos  allegedly has quite a complicated history with the gods, which was highlighted in the previous game.

Kratos’ initial aggression towards Freya after learning that she was a goddess was a mere testament to the same. Furthermore, Mimir warned Kratos repeatedly about Odin’s treachery.

He thus decided that it was in their best interests not to get into any kind of truce with a god after he had his fair share of bad experiences with them.

Is Odin afraid of Kratos?

According to Mimir, Odin is terrified of anything and everything that he believed possessed even the slightest probability of threatening his rule. This includes the Giants, the Vanir, and even his own son, Tyr.

Mimir also said that Odin is extremely clever, as he figured out that Kratos and Atreus has play an important role in the coming of Ragnarӧk, due to Gróa’s prophecy.

It is implied that Odin has an intense fear of Kratos, similarly to what that Zeus had. However, the Olympian Odin knew nothing about Kratos, except that he is extremely powerful, as he faced and killed Modi, Magni, and Baldur.

Can Kratos defeat Odin?

In the final scenes of Ragnarӧk, players witness a battle between Odin and Kratos along with their allies. Although Kratos is not powerful enough to defeat Odin alone, his allies and his son, Atreus collaborated, and they successfully defeated Odin.

Before he died, Odin asked Atreus to please look into a mask and use it as he would have. Atreus decides to destroy the mask and trap Odin’s soul in a marble instead.

Even though Atreus told Freya that she can decide what happens to Odin’s soul, Sindri destroyed the marble to get revenge for Brok’s death.

What happens after Odin’s death?

After Odin’s death, Angrboda took Kratos and Atreus to a final shrine that depicted Faye destroying the first shrine that they found in Jotunheim to keep them from discovering their fate, which was unsuccessful.

Atreus informs his father that he needs to go off on his own to find the rest of the giants’ soul marbles. The back side of Faye’s shrine turns out to be Kratos’ shrine, and we discover that by repairing the realms, he will one day be worshiped like a real god.

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