How to find and solve the Forbidden Sands Nornir Chests in Alfheim

The Forbidden Sands area in the Alfaheim rich or God of War Ragnarok is an in-game location that leads to the Vanaheim Empire. This particular region has a few Nornir Chests for players to discover and unlock.

Unlocking Nornir chests rewards Kratos with an Idunn Apple or a Horn of Blood Mead, both rare items scattered across the nine realms within War god Ragnarok. While the Idunn apple provides Kratos with health-boosting benefits, the Horn of Blood Mead increases Kratos’ rage meter by a good amount.

Due to the unique nature of the items they contain, Nornir Chests are guarded by special puzzles. These puzzles come in many forms, but can be broadly divided into three basic types. These can be time trials, lighting the hidden flares, or destroying environmental barriers guarding the Nornir chests.

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The Alfheim Empire has seven Nornir Chests scattered across the sub-regions, while the Forbidden Sands area has two Nornir Chests. They’re also not easy to spot, and finding and solving the puzzle of the second Nornir Chest can be a bit tricky. This article walks you through both the Nornir Chest locations and how to solve their puzzles.


God of War Ragnarok: Forbidden Sands Nornir Chest Locations and Puzzles

The Forbidden Sands area has two Nornir chests for players to unlock. Both chests feature the hidden torch challenges, requiring Kratos to light all three braziers with his Blades of ChaosPurple Arrows and also the Leviathan Ax.

First Nornir Chest

Follow the little red marker on the map to find the first Nornir chest in the Forbidden Sands area (Image via Santa Monica Studio)
Follow the little red marker on the map to find the first Nornir chest in the Forbidden Sands area (Image via Santa Monica Studio)

The first Nornir Chest in the Forbidden Sands area is on the northeast edge of the Burrows. Eventually, players will encounter a stone wall with cracks in it. Break open the cracked section of the wall to reveal the Nornir chest.

How to solve the puzzle

Break open the cracked stone wall in the Burrows to reveal the first Nornir Chest (Image via Santa Monica Studio)
Break open the cracked stone wall in the Burrows to reveal the first Nornir Chest (Image via Santa Monica Studio)

Nornir Chest will be inaccessible and protected by juices. Kratos will have to throw his leviathan axe at the purple stone on the left side of the Nornir chest to destroy the juices.

Now players must light all three torches to unlock the first Nornir Chest:

Flashlight 1

The first torch is on the left side of the Nornir chest. Kratos must throw purple arrows between the torch and the campfire. After this, players must hit the campfire with purple arrows to make it explode. The torch will burn.

Flashlight 2

The second torch is on the right side of the chest. Repeat the same process to explode the campfire using purple arrows to light the torch.

Flashlight 3

The third and final torch is hidden behind a locked door just above the second torch. Once again, Kratos must throw purple arrows between the closed door and the second torch, before shooting arrows to blow the door open.

The third torch is finally revealed and players can now light it to unlock the first Nornir chest in the Forbidden Sands region.


Second Nornir Chest

Go to the red horseshoe marker on the map to find the second Nornir chest (Image via Santa Monica Studio)
Go to the red horseshoe marker on the map to find the second Nornir chest (Image via Santa Monica Studio)

The second Nornir Chest in the Forbidden Sands area is located in the southwest end of the region. Once you get to this area, keep an eye out for a broken pillar. Kratos must crawl under the pillar to find the second Nornir chest.

How to solve the puzzle

Use a combination of Blades of Chaos and Purple Arrows to light up the braziers of the second Nornir chest (Image via Santa Monica Studio)
Use a combination of Blades of Chaos and Purple Arrows to light up the braziers of the second Nornir chest (Image via Santa Monica Studio)

Like the previous Nornir chest, this one also has a challenge to light the torch. Here you can find all three torches:

Flashlight 1

The first torch is immediately to the right of the Nornir Chest above a slightly raised platform. Players must light it with their Blades of Chaos.

Flashlight 2

Move a little in front of the chest to find a freestanding rock, with the second torch on top. To light it up, players must shoot purple arrows between the torch and the base of the rock. Once that’s done, Kratos needs to use his Blades of Chaos to generate an explosion and light the torch.

Flashlight 3

Now turn right to see the rocky formation that forms an arch. The third flare can be seen right up there under the curve of the rocky formation.

Using the Blades of Chaos and purple arrows, players must light it up and place the second Nornir chest in the Forbidden sand area of ​​God of War Ragnarok.

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