How to lock on in God of War Ragnarok

Kratos and an enemy in God of War Ragnarok

If you're wondering how to lock on in God of War Ragnarok, you're in the right place. Being one of the game's main ways of keeping up the pressure in combat, you'll definitely need it to get through most of the game's big fights.

As well as going over how the lock on works and how to activate it, this God of War Ragnarok guide will detail when you should use the lock on system, and if it can be used with ranged weapons. It can be a pretty great mechanic when used right.

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How to lock on in God of War Ragnarok

If you're looking to lock on to enemies, simply press the right analogue stick in when looking at an enemy. This will make it so that, when you move, the camera will always follow them. Any swings you make or special moves you do will hit them. Luckily, as Kratos' swings are quite large, you can hit multiple enemies when aiming at one.

If you want to move the cursor away and onto someone else, you can flick the right analogue stick across, or just click it again. This should bring you out of the mode. Unfortunately, it is not always the best choice for your combat encounter.

Kratos attack an enemy in God of War Ragnarok
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Does the lock on work with ranged attacks in God of War Ragnarok?

No, you have to manually aim if you wish to hit enemies with the ranged attack. This being said, locking onto an enemy gives you a good place to start from when aiming.

All this being said, the game is pretty generous in regard to its hitboxes. If you fire your axe in the general direction of an enemy, there's a good chance it will connect anyway. Combat is supposed to be fluid in God of War Ragnarok, and that assistance goes a long way in helping that come true. You don't need to worry too much about your aim.

When should you lock on in God of War Ragnarok?

Generally speaking, you should aim to lock on with only the biggest enemies and bosses. It often isn't worth locking on with crowds of enemies, as you should be more focused on survival than damage.

With bosses, it's a great way of keeping you on track and aiming in the right places. So much of the game is focused on hitting the right spots in combat, and this should help you out somewhat.

Now that you know how the lock-on system works, there are plenty more things to check out in God of War Ragnarok. Here's how the Chaos Flame and Frozen Flame work. If you want something a little different, here's how to level up fast in God of War Ragnarok, as well as what we know about the game's length.

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