God of War Ragnarök: Battle Guide for the Alva Boss

GOD of War Ragnarok is filled with tense boss fights and Alva is one of the harder ones to defeat.

She can be found in the Temple of Light just after you complete the statue puzzle.

Blue rings mean it's time for a shield slam.


Blue rings mean it’s time for a shield slam.Photo credit: Sony Santa Monica
Choose the timing of the attack wisely.


Choose the timing of the attack wisely.Photo credit: Sony Santa Monica

In the Temple of Light you can also find the Grip of Gram, a powerful relic that stuns enemies.

If you’re having trouble taking them down, here’s our guide to Alva in God of War Ragnarök.

How to defeat Alva in God of War Ragnarok

This boss fight requires you to master shield slams, which is performed by double-tapping L1.

These interrupt enemy attacks and can be cast when you see a blue ring around your attacker.

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Shield bashes are essential to getting through this fight, and here are our tips on how to take them down:

  • Whenever the blue ring appears around Alva, double-tap L1 to perform a shield slam and interrupt her attack.
  • Alva will do a big wind up before doing a two slash combo. These can either be blocked, parried, or dodged if you look for the sign.
  • She later switches to a much longer combo that ends in an unblockable ground pound. This is the fourth attack in the combo, so roll away as it damages a large area.
  • When she starts throwing blades at you, the easiest way is to roll under it. If you’re confident in your skills, you can still parry them.
  • The cross energy blasts she performs cannot be parried and must be dodged.

Once her health is critical, she begins healing herself with the Light of Alfheim.

This needs to be prevented or you’ll end up in an endless loop of attacks and heals.

To do this, you need to perform a shield slam by tapping the L1 button.

This interrupts her healing and allows her to perform a finisher attack.

Once this is done, Alva is defeated and the fight ends.

Alva is just one of the first tough boss fights you’ll have to face, so make sure you master shield slam, parry, and dodge before you face them.

Written by Kirk McKeand and Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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