As a new player, everyone sometimes feels overloaded with information and wants to be able to step back and check something or wonder if they made the right choice or made an irreversible mistake. This guide will help you get a bit ahead of the game with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s gameplay features and the top choices you’ll need to make (unrelated to the story, of course)
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (or AC Valhalla for short) is the latest installment in the Assassins Creed series. In the previous two games we traveled through ancient Egypt and ancient Greece where we met historical figures like Testikles (yes I couldn’t help myself) and Socrates and in ancient Egypt we met Cleopatra. But what can you expect in Valhalla? I’m not going to spoil this for you, but I will help you start the game with an advantage, knowing a little more about its mechanics and systems.
The name is self-explanatory, the game revolves around the ancient world when the Vikings ruled. This time we are not sticking to one part like we did in previous versions, but we are moving from Norway to all of Europe. Which makes the variety of the game much greater than in previous installments where you’ve mostly seen arid lands and deserts. This time we have snow, water and a lot of greenery.
The intro of the game takes place in Norway and this is where you get to know the game.
Game modes in AC Valhalla
Before you start the game, you have a few options. There are three game modes to choose from.
More icons will guide you to your rewards. The opportunities are visible from afar. If you’re only playing for the story or are new to the franchise, choose this option. The map is fully revealed and you won’t have to explore much.
Commentary on world map opportunities and regular compass information. This is the option to go if you are familiar with the franchise and the game. Exploring basically lets you see some information about the map but also lets you explore the map without knowing what to expect.
Minimal HUD and world map information for a more immersive experience. The Pathfinder option is for those who are very familiar with the game and undertake the most difficult way to play the game in exchange for full immersion.
You should probably choose the Explore option. This allows you to play the game the way the developers wanted it to be played. And with the Explore option you can see the usual options and legends, but at the same time be surprised by the game when encountering camps for a raid or mysteries or resources that are not displayed on the map.
It makes you curious to further explore this wonderful game and its content. And believe me, there is a LOT of content in the base game. Maybe on a second run you should play the game in Pathfinder mode and see if you are up to the challenge.
There is also the custom setting where you can customize according to your own preferences. It’s fun to play with.
Combat difficulty settings:
- Skald (easy)
- Vikingr (default)
- Berserkr (hard)
- Drengr (very hard)
Stealth difficulty settings
- Apprentice (easy)
- Assassin (default)
- Master Assassin (difficult)
Enabling all three on the hardest difficulty setting is no joke! You will be running without a proper HUD or compass. So figuring out where to go without any help is like driving in your car in the pre-google maps era.
The fight will be even deadlier, and there’s a good chance you’ll get shot very frequently. And with the Master Assassin difficulty setting, your opponents will be much more perceptive and on high alert all the time.
If you are unsure of which difficulty level to choose, pay attention to the following:
It is completely based on you. So, figure out what type of player you are and what you expect from the game. For example: if you want to play the story quickly or if you are new, change the above settings to make the game easier. If you are looking for a challenge, change the settings accordingly and so on.
My advice would be: Start the game with the default difficulty settings. You can always change them during your game, but the default setting is a good mix of adventure, exploration, and combat.
Assassins Creed Valhalla HUD
The HUD in Assassins Creed Valhalla is fully customizable. No less than 17 options are available to you when you start the game and choose a game mode. But even after choosing a game mode, you can still tailor the HUD to your specific gameplay. To help you and get you on the right track, the 17 options are listed below.
You can adjust your HUD by pressing the ESCAPE button on your keyboard, go to Options then find Interface on the tabs which is the fifth if you count from left to right.
The HUD – Context
Enable additional backgrounds for HUD elements and adjust their opacity. This will help you if you are having trouble seeing semi-transparent images.
The mini quest diary
| Activate or deactivate the mini quest log. This option is useful so you don’t lose sight of what you are doing.
Turn the compass on or off. The compass is 100% accurate and shows you exactly where you need to go.
The Celebration panel shows your character celebrating a victory. It keeps morale up during the game. Highly recommended!
Toggle the in-game loot icons on or off. If you’re a hardcore gamer, it makes sense to turn it off. If you are new to the game or if you are a casual gamer, activate it. By turning it on, you will never forget a piece of money again. Using Odin’s Sight will show you loot icons like chests for example.
Abilities and adrenaline
Activate the quick action wheel and the adrenaline bar. This is especially useful for tracking the adrenaline stacks you have. The Quick Action Wheel shows you what abilities are available and ready to use.
Fight damage numbers
Toggle the combat damage numbers that appear on enemies on or off. This option basically shows the damage you deal to your enemy. But also the damage an enemy does to you.
Hide or show your bow aiming reticles. Hiding it makes the game more and more difficult and you will have to be an expert archer to hit enemies or animals. Superior hand / eye coordination is therefore recommended if you hide the reticle. The reticle is not editable. So there is only one option, which is the default.
The quiver shows you how many arrows you have left. This is handy if you are a stealth player who relies a lot on the bow and arrows.
Toggle the Enemy Info Panel on or off for regular and unique NPCs. The option shows you the health and adrenaline of your enemy. You can use it to time certain abilities.
Hide or show the reticles locked on the target. You can use them, while using a mouse and keyboard, by clicking the middle mouse button and Eivor will only hit that enemy until he / she or you are dead. It is highly recommended if you are fighting multiple enemies.
Enable or disable enemy detection feedback. Especially useful if you’re stealthy and determining your strategy. Comments show how aware your enemies are of you.
Turn the Enemy Proximity effect on or off. By using Odin’s Sight, you can detect enemies within a radius and even use it through walls or other objects. Disabling means you won’t know about potential threats until you see them.
Remote attack warning
Hide or show the remote attack warning. If you turn it off, it will be more difficult to see where the arrows are coming from.
Tips and messages
Hide different tips and messages. Does not affect critical or platform messages. This is very handy to activate if you are a new player or someone who is new to the whole franchise.
Toggle all contextual action tips on or off. This is used for example to take command of the rowboat or to break down a door.
Toggle the pop-up control tips on or off at the bottom of the screen. This is particularly useful for sailing on the Longboat or on your mount.
Quick action wheel
The quick action wheel lets you unlock skills that you may be using the most. The quick action wheel lets you open: a torch, your disguise, your mount, your fishing line, your mediator, your rowboat, and your horn. This is another new addition to Assassin’s Creed and has never been made before. Use it to your advantage!
Choose gender and character customization
Depending on your preference, you can play as a male Eivor or a female Eivor. The great thing about it is that they have changed everything from the previous installments.
In AC Odyssey you were linked for the whole game if you chose Kassandra for example. There was no change of sex because the choice was final. What they did Assassins Creed Valhalla At some point in the middle of the game you can swap the gender roles and that option will still be available after that.
Customization of the character is not possible. I mean you can’t change the way your character’s body is slim, taller, or smaller. But what is possible is that the character has different tattoos. The areas of the body that you can ink are as follows:
The parts of this body that you can ink in the game are as follows:
- Head – You can tattoo Eivor’s face and hairstyle. You have several choices to do this.
- Chest – You can tattoo Eivor’s chest.
- Back – You can tattoo Eivor’s back
- Arm – You can tattoo Eivor’s left arm and right arm, which means both arms can have the same tattoo or two completely different.
- Beard – For the male version of Eivor only, you can have a beard in multiple styles.
To get the tattoos, you must have completed the quest “Honor Bound”, which is one of the very first quests. So before heading out to sea and setting out on a Viking adventure, please visit Svends and Tove’s Tattoo Shop in Fornburg. So you will at least look a bit like a viking.
While tattoos are a nice addition, don’t expect major customization. And one more thing: most of the time, your tattoos will be hidden by your viking outfits. except the face, of course.
I am the proud owner of Assassins Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition and have to say it is a bit of a letdown that there are no bonus hairstyles or tattoos included.
In order to change your gender in Assassins Creed: Valhalla, you will first need to progress through the game. To the point where you will embark for England. After you set sail you will leave the Animus and you will become Layla and this is where you can choose the sex you want. There are three ways to do this: you choose a male or female or let the Animus do it. There are no consequences for the rest of the game or what happened previously in the game and it doesn’t change the gameplay in any way.
What changes are the tattoos and other customization options that you can choose from.
Charisma in Assassins Creed: Valhalla
Charisma is a new mechanic in Assassins Creed: Valhalla. And this is also a fairly important question. With Charisma, you can unlock additional dialogue options and thereby add new dimensions to the story, making it even more immersive.
The faster you unlock charisma, the better.
In order to unlock more dialogues, you will need to participate in a new feature called Flyting. If you win your charisma will increase, if you answer incorrectly you will come home the loser.
So what exactly is Flyting. Flyting is pretty much the Viking equivalent of a rap battle. Which is pretty awesome, especially if you like rap like me. If you complete all the Flyting Battles you will get a small reward and the Flyting Battles count towards your completion obsessions!
To win you will have to listen to what is being said and you will have three options from which you will have to choose. There is a time limit, so don’t waste time answering. So free your interior
Tupac viking rapper and win these viking rap battles and earn your honorary trophy which will be in the Valhalla Hall of Fame alongside your honorary ghetto viking name.
Raid in Assassins Creed: Valhalla
So you have reached the ocean and you are on your way to England where great challenges await you. When you first arrive in England and check your map, you will notice two red axes on it. These are settlements that you can loot for resources.
You can’t just go in and start a raid. Before doing this, you must have your own camp. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be asked to gather materials and resources to begin the job. You will need materials, for example for a blacksmith’s forge or a stable for top-notch animals. But your desk will also need to have a place to start part of the main story: The Order of the Elders.
A viking without a raid, that just wouldn’t happen. The raid is also new in Assassins Creed: Valhalla. And the raid is essential in the game because it gives you various resources that you will need to improve your camp, weapons and equipment. The resources you can get during a raid are Carbon Ingot, Opal, Leather, Iron Ore, Cloth, Nickel Ingot, and more.
The raid proceeds as follows; Open your map by pressing M on your keyboard or Return on your XboX controller and you should see two red axes on the map. You can click on it, then go to your Longboat. You can access it on your own or press Z then E on your keyboard and you will get there automatically. I searched for the XboX controller option but it doesn’t seem to be there. You can also go there on horseback or on foot, but you can’t start the raid that way. It really has to be done by Longboat.
Once triggered, Eivor will blow the longhorn and your men will run to shore and fight, kill, maim everyone on sight and don’t forget to loot because that’s why you’re raiding. And it’s basically a raid done in Assassins Creed: Valhalla.
Once the fight is over, check your HUD and you’ll see a bunch of golden icons appear. Sometimes you need a key, scan the area and get the key. Open these doors for your personal enrichment, sorry for the sake of the people in your base camp.
Health Regeneration – A New Mechanism
A new mechanic in Assassins Creed: Valhalla is the way healing is performed. In Assassins Creed: Odyssey, you would instantly regenerate out of combat. You can no longer do this in Assassins Creed: Valhalla.
There are different new ways to heal in the game.
Healing in the Assassins Creed series has always been a tear in my eyes. Low health during a fight when you still had to fight a mob essentially gave you no chance of winning. If you won, you would simply regenerate out of combat.
However, with the new healing mechanics of not being able to heal out of combat (until you unlock the skill “Grit” in your skill tree), it gives you consequences. This means that if you don’t heal using any of the newer methods, you will be going with a low health bar. Which I think is a great addition.
There are different ways to heal in-game:
- Sleep – You can now return to camp and sleep in your bed, regardless of the severity of your injuries. Be careful, you can only regenerate in YOUR bed. Nowhere else. So cancel the AirBnB you booked across the aisle.
- Food – Throughout the game you will see various berries and mushrooms which you can harvest to regenerate some health. However, that won’t get you back to 100%. You can also forage for food for your ration bag so that you can regenerate outside of combat.
- Fishing – Fishing is a new addition to the game. But you need your camp building to do this. You can eat the fish and regenerate health, but you can also store it in your ration bag for later consumption. You can use a fishing rod or do it Viking style by simply diving into the water and killing them with your ax!
- the Grit skill, which you can unlock after progressing, will allow you to recover some of your health outside of combat.
- Special Weapons – Weapons like the Death Speaker arc will give you some HP regeneration if you do certain things a certain way during combat.
As I wrote before, this completely changes the Assassins Creed franchise and it’s also for the best in my opinion. We finally have consequences for what we do in the game. And that also forces you to keep the ration bag full because you never know what or who you might meet.
Ingots in AC Valhalla
Ingots are the materials you will need to move from fine level to higher. There are different ways to get them.
You can explore the land and meet them all around the ground. But until you break them with your melee weapons, you won’t know what you are getting. The other way to get them is by raiding.
Ingots are really important in the game, you will need them to upgrade your weapons as early as possible and as early as possible in the game. Don’t run around and think you will get the next one at the start, stop for a second and collect the ingots. Ingots are an essential part throughout the game and so is unlocking a higher level for your weapons. You can’t expect to kill high level bandits while your weapon is still at first level.
Benchmarks are the easiest way to get them, but they’re also the most unpredictable. Sometimes it’s a knowledge book, sometimes it’s equipment or something completely different. You won’t know what you are getting until you open it. Much like a Kinder Surprise egg, it’s still a mystery.
There is, however, an additional rule here. Progressing through regions of England often directly reflects the types of resources you receive from chests. For example, you won’t get Tungsten Ingots in power level 20 areas. The same goes for rarer crafting materials like Cloth and Titanium.
Raiding is the other way to get ingots, but you need to find a location with the wealth aspect. But you will receive the guaranteed resources during a raid.
So start with Norway, just get on your mount and explore the monuments and when you leave for England you will have some to help you. And as you explore, fill your ration bag as well, you never know who or what you are going to encounter. Whether it’s a wolf pack or a bandit camp, with your ration bag full, it could be the difference between life or death.
Other currency in AC Valhalla
Much like the previous installments of the Assassins Creed franchise, money is an important part of the game. It is a good thing that the Ponzi scheme or pyramid was not yet invented until the 1900s.
Although important, money is not essential as in: it will not change the gameplay. It only allows you to progress faster throughout the game.
To start getting resources (including money) in Assassins Creed Valhalla, you can loot chests for example. Never leave a penny on a table as you pass.
As you explore the landmarks for the bullion, there will be a whole bunch of areas that are restricted. Fight your way through them and collect any boxes you come across. Chests will give you money, ingots, and items that you can sell to any vendor.
As I mentioned before; money is not that important in the game, but you can buy useful resources from a vendor with your currency. Like that ingot you need to upgrade any of your items. Or customize your appearance with a new hairstyle or tattoo.
Another way to make money is by raiding. The raid always gives you money among other items that you can earn by completing a raid.
Mounts in ACValhalla and the Berserker Wolf Pack
Assassins Creed Valhalla mounts are a good way to get from point A to point B. You can also use your fast travel by unlocking fast travel points or through ports, but going to a location where it does. there is no fast travel point available, you hop on your mount and cycle through the magnificent monuments.
In any version of the game, you will start with a dark horse. A black beauty. In order to get a different mount you will need to have progressed to the point where you are settled in England. There are several stables throughout the game, but the one in your camp is the best.
In order to build your stable you will need a lot of resources, so it’s a matter of patience and careful looting of the world around you or raiding to get the resources you need to build that stable. The stable master will keep his promise and give you any mounts you could want.
If you are the proud owner of Assasins Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition, you will get the Berserker Pack. The Beserker Pack will give you not only the armor and weapons, but also the wolf mount or the Vulkk mount. Vulkk translated into wolf in English;)
The items in the Berserker Pack that you will get once you reach your second quest, but for the wolf mount things are a little different.
Once in England, you will need to build the stables and keep improving them. As soon as the stables are ready, you can change the skin of your mount according to your preference.
Once unlocked, you will own it forever! It will be your true companion. But keep in mind: you want to look cool when you step onto the Wolf mount, so get your matching tattoos and hairstyles with all the armor that will be aesthetically pleasing while still retaining the bonus set including you need!
How to get your bonus items
If you own the Ultimate Edition of Assassins Creed: Valhalla, you will also receive the items from the Berserker Pack. To get them you will need to complete the Family Matters quest in the start area. Upon completion you will receive a pop-up telling you to check your inventory and when you do you will find the following.
- Bear Claw Ax (Superior).
- Ursine Guard Shield (Superior).
- Berserker torso (upper).
- Berserker’s Cloak (Superior).
- Berserker Helmet (Superior).
- Berserker’s Bracers (Superior).
- Berserker Pants (Superior).
The Berserker set has a set bonus and it will increase speed, armor, and attack after damage taken. And it lasts until you get well. Once you are fully healed, you will not gain any benefit from the bonus until you take damage again.
The second part of the Berserker Pack is the Berserker Settlement Pack which consists of a set of blueprints that you can use at a later stage of the game once you start building your colony. The third, the Berserker rowboat skin. You will not be able to use the skin at the start of the game because customization of the rowboat is not possible. But again, be patient, play the game and the option will unlock.
The third part of the Berserker Pack is the Rune Set. Runes are a big part of the game, and you’ll unlock more rune slots on your gear and weapons as you level up. You can apply the runes to any gear or weapon that has rune slots available. Once the Rune is set up, you will receive the bonus that is written in the description of that particular Rune. Runes are interchangeable, so you can remove one and put it in another piece of equipment or weapon. Generally, runes will increase your damage to weapons or your health to armor, or give your armor more armor.
When and how to explore the world at AC Valhalla
Don’t worry about missing out on an item or region. No matter where you go and how you progress in the story of the game, you will always be able to return to places that you have already visited.
There are places that are just too high for you to explore early on, but they are open and waiting for you if you dare.
Some places, like a few castles for example, will remain empty and / or locked up with all the treasures inside, until you reach a certain main story quest that will involve activities in that area.
If you want to optimize your build from the start, I suggest you check out the Weapons and shields location guide as well as all Armor Set Location Guides here on VULKK.com. Most of them can be recovered without having too high a power level.
use Synin to locate specific quest areas or items. Le Corbeau est extrêmement utile pour baliser des chemins ou découvrir des entrées secrètes de donjons, de cripts et pour vous donner une vue plus large de la zone que vous êtes sur le point d’envahir, par exemple.
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