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.

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Game modes in AC Valhalla

Before you start the game, you have a few options. There are three game modes to choose from.

Assassins Creed: Difficulty exploring Valhalla

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.

Explore (default)
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 lucky enough to own the Ultimate Edition, the Berserker set and the weapons will help a LOT in the early stages if you decide to go for the higher difficulty levels.

Throughout the game, you’ll find tons of cool gear in chests like this or by completing quests

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.

assassin's creed valhalla HUD Background

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.

assassin's creed valhalla mini quest log

Turn the compass on or off. The compass is 100% accurate and shows you exactly where you need to go.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Compass

The Celebration panel shows your character celebrating a victory. It keeps morale up during the game. Highly recommended!

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Celebrations

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.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Loot

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.

assassin's creed valhalla abilities and adrenaline

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.

assassin's creed valhalla Fight damage

Aiming reticle
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.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla aiming the reticle

To shiver
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.

assassin's creed valhalla quiver

Enemy information
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.

assassin's creed valhalla enemy info

Target lock
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.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Target Lock

Enemy detection
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.

assassin's creed valhalla enemy detection

Enemy proximity
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.

Nearby enemy assassin's creed valhalla

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.

assassin's creed valhalla ranged attack warning

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.

Assassin's creed valhalla tips and messages

Contextual actions
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.

assassin's creed valhalla context actions

Order advice
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.