STORIES THAT ENCHANT THE MIND
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a big game with a lot to do and explore. Outside of having an outstanding narrative to follow, the game has an engaging combat system to master, a settlement to build and expand, as well as a host of other smaller activities to do as you trek around England.
In this guide, we’ve collected all of the best tips and tricks to help make your Viking adventure a bit easier so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.
Let The Story Guide
You Valhalla’s main narrative is what comprises the lion’s share of quests within the game. While there still is a decent amount of side-quests, you’ll want to primarily let the story guide you before you go off exploring for more missions to take on. By following the story, you’ll slowly uncover all of the areas where more adventure awaits so there’s no need to just go off riding into the horizon to hunt more quests down.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla makes a pretty big deal out of hunting. For starters, by hunting regularly, you’ll gain much-needed resources for your settlement as well as materials to upgrade your gear. Once you’ve unlocked the hunting hut, you’ll also be able to trade drops from animals for a variety of cool rewards. One thing that the game doesn’t tell you about hunting, though, is that it also builds up your rations gauge. In fact, animal meat does so faster than other food. Make sure you go hunting before you hit up that next story quest so you’re nicely topped up.
Sigurd, Assassin Creed Valhalla
“It Is A Wise Leader Who Considers The Needs Of Others.”
Enjoy Some Socializing
Ravensthorpe, the settlement you build in Valhalla is home to a lively bunch of characters, each with his or her own story to tell. By interacting with them, you’ll be able to open up a whole host of new facilities for your settlement, from tattoo parlors to item shops. What’s more, some of these conversations can eventually lead to new side-quests that in turn can earn you some great rewards. Some may even lead to romance options that could otherwise be missed if you don’t stop and have a chat every once in a while.
Try Your Hand at Flyting
Did you know that Vikings can rap? Well, not exactly, but if you were to describe the old social pastime of flyting in a simple way, then rap battles would be an apt comparison. In essence, you use your words to embarrass your “opponent” in a much more impactful way than they can. By besting characters scattered around England, Eivor’s charisma will improve which will eventually lead to new dialogue options opening up. These options can have a big impact on the outcome of the story.
Switch It Up
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gives you a lot of freedom to experiment with its combat. The primary way is through its skills tree which you can reset at any time to re-spec your Eivor. For instance, if you feel like trying out a more stealth-focused build, then you can reset your points and invest more into the Raven Skills path. Because of this level of freedom, you can try out builds until your heart’s content and I recommend doing so because there are a lot of interesting skill combinations to try out which is half the fun with this game’s brilliant combat.
I must admit I went ham with my button mashing in my first few encounters in Valhalla. I didn’t expect I needed to be methodical until I was completely wiped out by the lowest of enemies in the early stages of the game. The reality is that you’ll need to be quite patient with your battle approach in this game. You have a stamina bar which will deplete as fast as it fills up. Every action you can take during combat, including dodging and defending need stamina. Once you’re out, you’ll be helpless. Be sure to keep an eye on your bar and save some energy for defensive maneuver.
Master the Parry
Directly related to the above tip, another important aspect of the combat to master is the parry. This is an invaluable technique that takes a bit of time to get under your belt. Parrying will give you a lot of advantages during combat, especially when you’re fighting multiple opponents. The best way to get the timing down is to watch for when your enemies have their attack cocked and ready to strike. Once you’ve got the parry down, you’ll want to take a few abilities that enhance its effectiveness and you’ll be unstoppable.
Yannis is a veteran gamer with over 25 years of experience across the spectrum of genres. He enjoys spending time with his family, livestreaming on Twitch and occasionally dishing out unsolicited dad advice. Also catch him on IG.
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