There are several favors in God of War Ragnarok, and while many are optional, they are also important. In particular, the Survival Boon scent leads Kratos and Atreus to a hidden area of Vanaheim – the Crater. You will get there via your Flying Boat, so you must first complete the Creatures of Prophecy quest.
It’s a pretty easy quest, but it will lead players to unlock several other favors and make some game unlocks much easier later on. Although optional, this is a very important boon in God of War Ragnarok, and players should take the time to do it after the main story quest in Creatures of Prophecy.
This means you’ll have to defeat Heimdall first, so put the boots on him, return to Freyr’s camp, and take care of that favor before continuing with the main story.
The scent of survival favor in God of War Ragnarok leads to the crater
Survival Perfume Rewards:
- Kratos EXP: 1,000
- Atreus EXP: 250
This boon unlocks fairly quickly in Freyr’s camp. You will see the boar Helka, and if you follow her, the quest will unlock. Helka has found something important, and it’s up to Kratos to follow her into God of War Ragnarok.
After going through a few Draupnir spears while following Helka, you’ll eventually end up near your canoe. Notice the glowing blue runs and hop into the canoe. You will sail north into the Northern Wilds. You’ll soon see a beach to land on, and Atreus will suggest you drop down and follow Helka.
You’ll quickly spot more blue runs, so interact with them and move on. It will take you to a place you can’t reach because branches and vines are blocking the way. Luckily, there’s a Celestial Altar nearby. Trigger it to change the time of day and return to where you were. You can now grab onto the ledge.
Keep following the path and you’ll eventually come to a cliff where you can’t go any further. You will summon the paper boat that Freyr gave you at the end of Creatures of Prophecy.
After you receive the Paper Boat, you might be disappointed that you can’t fly around Vanaheim at your leisure. However, you can use it here. This boon from God of War Ragnarok will complete while you are hovering in the air.
Traveling to the Crater unlocks three areas for God of War Ragnarok’s Vanaheim Realm: Plains, Chasms, and Jungle. There is so much to do here, so don’t neglect exploring this area. You can also do at least two other favors here.
Return of the River is next, followed by In The Dead of The Night. You can also unlock a mystical gateway here, so you don’t have to take that long trip every time you want to get to the crater, thankfully.
This adds so much more to explore in God of War Ragnarok, with tons of collectibles, challenges, and boons that require access to these areas. Completing this will be extremely important for those who want 100% of the game.