God of War Guardian Shield Guide – Spartan Rage Skills, Close Combat Skills

God of War Guardian Shield Guide

In this God of War Guardian Shield Guide, we will guide you on the Guardian Shield, which is one of Kratos’s primary defense weapon in God of War and serves as an offensive weapon as well if you unlock some skills for it. Guardian Shield plays a very important role during combat and it is vital for your survival in the game. As you play the game, you unlock more and better skills for it, which can really change how you use it in the battle.

Below we will share all the details that you need to know about the Guardian Shield. Given how the combat of God of War is designed, the new Guardian Shield sits perfectly well in the mix and makes defense looks easy. Our Guardian Shield will save you more times than you can swing your Leviathan Axe so it is recommended that you buy more skills to make it even better.

Guardian Shield Guide – God of War

Guardian Shield is a multi-purpose weapon that does not only let you block enemy attacks but can also help you to parry enemy attacks, throw projectiles back at them or perform special shield attacks that can break enemy defenses, throw them around or even kill them. We have curated this detailed God of War Guardian Shield Guide for you in which we have detailed everything that you will need to know about the Guardian Shield.

Guardian Shield Skills List – God of War

The Guardian Shield has two separate skills trees. One of them focuses on normal combat skills while the other one focuses on Spartan Rage Combat-specific skills. We have detailed both types of skills below for your ease separately.

God of War - Guardian Shield Guide

Guardian Shield Normal Combat Skills

This section of the guide focuses on skills that can be performed without entering Spartan Rage mode.

Block Break

This costs 500 XP. This is a very important skill and we recommend that you get it as early as possible. Double tapping L1 will allow you to break an enemy’s block. This will send smaller enemies flying in the air. You can then follow up with some punches using your fists. This also works against enemies who block with a two-handed weapon. If your Defense is 300, a huge concussion blast will be added which will send smaller enemies flying.

Countering Strike

This costs 1000 XP. This is also an essential skill. Press R1 on the last second before being hit to counter the attack. This attack is a powerful shield strike that sends smaller enemies backward and if they hit a wall, they sustain extra damage.

Countering Crush

This costs 1500 XP. Block right before being hit and press R2 to have Kratos smash the shield in the ground with a powerful slam. This has splash damage and sends smaller enemies flying in the air.

Countering Blast

This costs 3000 XP. Block as soon a projectile is about to hit you to send it back to its sender. You can also aim it another enemy if you want to. You can also aim it at a different enemy as the time slows down to allow you to do so.

Guardian Sweep

It costs 1500 XP. While in barehanded stance, pressing R1 will make Kratos land a powerful fist attack on the enemies and then sweep them off their feet using the shield. If your Defense is 250, a medium-range concussive blast will be added, which deals additional stun damage.

Guardian’s Justice

This costs 2000 XP. Holding R2 during the barehanded stance will allow Kratos to spin and lunge towards the enemy putting all his energy in the shield for a powerful shield bash. If your Defense is 250, a medium-range concussive blast will be added, which deals additional stun damage.

Guardian’s Judgement

It costs 3000 XP. After successfully performing Guardian’s Justice, press R2 again to add a powerful concussive blast at the end of the move.

Agile Strike

It costs 1500 XP. While evading during the barehanded stance, press R1 and hold the left stick forward to perform a quick agile strike against enemies. If your Defense is 250, a medium-range concussive blast will be added as well.

Haymaker’s Crush

This costs 1500 P. While sprinting during the barehanded stance, press R1 to perform a powerful haymaker attack on the enemies making them stumble. Might not work against powerful enemies. If your Vitality is 75, this attack will get increased resistance to interruption.

Shoulder Barrage

This costs 2000 XP. While sprinting during the barehanded stance, press R2 to run into enemies shoulder first for a powerful shoulder base sending them back flying.

Guardian’s Revenge

This costs 3000 XP. After a barehanded attack, you can switch your stance quickly to perform a powerful attack. In the new stance, pressing R1 will allow Kratos to launch an uppercut attack. If your Vitality is 200, this attack will get increased resistance to interruption.

Guardian’s Fury

This skill costs 2000 XP. During the same stance, pressing R2 will allow Kratos to perform a leaping shield attack. If your Vitality is 200, this attack will get increased resistance to interruption.

Guardian Shield Spartan Rage Mode Skills

This section of the guide focuses on skills that can only be used while Spartan Rage is activated. You cannot use these skills in normal combat mode.

Fury Strike

You start the game with this skill. In Spartan rage, perform a powerful fist attack with R1 and then press it repeatedly to land more punches.

Fury Drive

This costs 500 XP. Hold R1 in Spartan Rage to land a powerful haymaker attack that pins enemies to walls for added damage.

Fury Beatdown

It will cost you 1500 XP. This skill increases the duration of the punches you can land after a Fury Strike attack.

Spartan Stomp

This costs 1000 XP. In Spartan Rage, pressing L1 will make Kratos stomp the ground pushing enemies back and dealing them damage at the same time.

Spartan Surge

This costs 3000 XP. During Spartan Rage, hold L1 to land a powerful stomp attack that makes enemies airborne.

Raging Smash

You start the game with this skill so you do not have to purchase it. Pressing R2 while in Spartan Rage allows Kratos to jump in the air and slam an enemy to the ground in more enemies to deal damage to them.

Raging Ultimatum

This costs 4500 XP. Pressing R2 while in Spartan rage causes Kratos to land an even more powerful raging smash attack.

Seething Earth

This skill costs 10,000 XP and is the most expensive skill in the game. In Spartan Rage, press L2 to pick up a large boulder and throw it on enemies to cause great amounts of damage to multiple enemies.

Check out more God of War guides below:

Leviathan Axe Guide

This concludes our God of War Guardian Shield Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use the comments section below.

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