Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the latest entry into the classic Assassin’s Creed video game series and puts you in the shoes of Eivor, a brutal viking. Valhalla brought with it quite a few new mechanics and introduced some new systems into the Assassin’s Creed franchise. If you’re not careful, you could miss out on quite a bit of gameplay techniques and goodies; it’s actually very easy to make some of these mistakes – especially if you’re a beginner to the Assassin’s Creed game franchise. With the recent Assassin’s Creed Yule Festival holiday event, we thought it would be a perfect time to remind you of some of these tips that you should be using while you play through Assassin’s Creed Valhalla! As long as you follow these tips, you should be good to go around making the most of your game and utilizing all of Eivor’s abilities. So let’s get right into it and hopefully you will be right on your way to becoming the best viking legend you can possibly be!
10. Be wary of your level
Unlike Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s area-level system, Valhalla’s is based on power. This means that your player level will determine how many skill points you need to spend. However, due to this unique method of leveling up, it makes it harder to know when you are in a high-level area as the game gives no indication of it.
9. Upgrade your abilities
Be sure to remember to upgrade your abilities! Unfortunately, the game isn’t known for doing the greatest job at giving players much of a reminder to upgrade your abilities. While you may not notice it for a while, it could potentially make a bad in-game situation worse. There’s also the “books of power” that the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla doesn’t exactly detail very well. These “books of power” are the powers players can obtain that pairs well with Eivor’s fighting style. You could very easily play through the entire game and not even know what they are – or that they even exist – because the game doesn’t take the time to explain it to you.
8. Spend your skill points
Make sure you’re spending your hard-earned skill points! Spending your skill points to upgrade Eivor and his/her abilities is one of the most important things you can do within the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla! Again, the game doesn’t exactly make it known that you have even obtained skill points, which seems strange for a game that heavily relies on leveling up your character and unlocking new abilities that allow you to progress even further into the game and allow access to even more play-styles. While the game doesn’t put a whole lot of emphasis on when you receive skill points, you definitely won’t be short on them as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla practically hands them out non-stop.
7. Use your Odin Vision
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla sort of doubles as a detective game with the inclusion of investigation and searching around for hints. Players that are dedicated to playing the game to 100% completion will be required to utilize the Odin Vision ability to look around and search for certain clues known as Cultist Clues. Some of these cultists are actually included in the main story of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, while others will be found through clues located through Odin Vision. Definitely something to keep an eye out for!
6. Don’t raid alone
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla introduced a feature known as Raiding. Many players were hoping for this feature to be added and indeed it was. However, if you’re looking to get the best out of your Raiding experience, you’re going to want to bring some crew members along for the ride. While you can actually go through a Raid alone, there are certain chests that require more than one person to open. You can start a raid by selecting the “start raid” option on the quick menu wheel, but be careful you don’t accidentally use the normal horn option on the same side of the menu wheel!
5. Utilize social stealth
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey opted to remove the social stealth feature key to most Assassin’s Creed games. This feature has since been reinstated with the release of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and it’s a much needed change! Social stealth makes its return alongside the Hidden Blade and players that loved insta-kills and moving through crowds while tracking their targets will definitely be pleased to see that these abilities have returned to Assassin’s Creed. While in social stealth, you will also be able to not only disappear in the crowd, but also completely immerse yourself by interacting with the locals with actions such as gossiping, asking about recent news, and picking some poor soul’s pocket.
4. Go home
Another important thing to remember while playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is to go home! When you first set foot in 9th Century England, you’ll build a home for yourself known as Ravensthorpe. This will act as your homebase and headquarters of sorts and you’ll have to keep up with the maintenance of it all if you want to keep it in tip-top shape. This isn’t too hard, it’s just very easy to forget. So don’t forget about it!
3. Use your resources
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla offers players plenty of loot and gear throughout the game, but you might often find yourself ditching some decent shields or weapons. While it may seem easier to just keep your best current gear and trash anything that seems inferior, you may not want to do this all the time, but instead upgrade your gear with resources! Sometimes upgrading gear is better than finding new gear, the only difficult part may actually be obtaining the resources necessary to upgrade your gear.
2. Make sure to check the view
A staple of Assassin’s Creed games is the ability to “synchronize” at monuments in the game. This feature also returns in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and as easy as it may be to forget about it, you’ll definitely want to make sure you go back and check out the views from these points all over the map. There’s some truly beautiful scenery to be enjoyed!
1. Watch your stamina!
The most important tip we can give you is to watch your stamina! This reigns true in many games other than Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but is always especially important. It’s too easy to get lost in a high-speed chase and burn through your stamina just by running and have no stamina left for any combat. Keep an eye on your stamina and, if you can, go for a nice stroll rather than run a marathon.