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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has some brilliant Harry Potter easter eggs

Published: 17/Nov/2020 12:36

by Daniel Megarry


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is finally here, and it comes with some pretty sweet references to the world of Harry Potter – if you can find them.

Ubisoft’s latest entry into the hugely popular role-playing video game series takes players back in time to 873 AD, as they become Norwegian warrior Eivor and lead a group of Vikings on their mission to conquer the broken kingdoms of Britain.

As with previous Assassin’s Creed games, players have been discovering easter eggs that exist throughout the game’s expansive open world, including some surprising references to big entertainment franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings, and even Harry Potter.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla contains plenty of easter eggs for players to discover

How to find Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Harry Potter easter egg

In the London area of the game, the player can stumble across a cabin guarded by a snake. If you kill the snake, you can enter the cabin and discover a ‘strange list’ that has seven items on it: Diary, Ring, Locket, Cup, Diadem, Snake, and a final mysterious item simply labeled ‘???’.

The items are clearly references to the Horcruxes in Harry Potter, seven items that contained parts of Voldemort’s soul and had to be destroyed. The seventh item was Potter himself, although it’s listed here as three question marks as it could be considered a spoiler if you never finished the movies or books.

Players can also find a cup, a necklace, a book, a tiara, and a wand inside the cabin, adding further to the Horcrux references. The easter egg has been screenshotted by members of the Harry Potter subreddit, which you can see below.

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And the details don’t end there. On the wall of the cabin are four banners, each of which represents a color of the four houses at Hogwarts: blue for Ravenclaw, red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, and yellow for Hufflepuff.

There’s a Fantastic Beasts easter egg as well

That’s not the only Harry Potter-related easter egg to be found in the game: When browsing through the general stores, players can purchase multiple volumes of a book that unlocks the locations of different fish.

The name of those books? Fantastic Fishes and Where to Find Them. It’s a small but humorous nod to J.K. Rowling’s spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which began as a standalone book and has now become a major Hollywood franchise.

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Valhalla features a fun nod to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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3 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla easter eggs you need to see

Published: 25/Nov/2020 18:07

by Alex Garton


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla might not strike you as a game that blends the worlds of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but if you look in the right place, these easter eggs can be found. 

Ubisoft’s game released alongside the Xbox Series X|S and since launch players have searched every inch of the game’s expansive world. In doing so, a number of exciting crossovers to other major franchises have been found.

Although the world of Valhalla may be set in the age of the Vikings, which is nothing remotely like the grounds of Hogwarts, there are some things you can find that blur the lines.

Valhalla’s easter eggs are spread across various regions of the game’s world.

Best easter eggs in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Harry Potter easter egg

This easter egg is located in Lunden, south-east of St Paul’s Cathedral in a small thatched building.

The building is guarded by a snake and a key is required to unlock the door. Use your Odin Sight and you’ll see a white indicator that marks the location of the key on the balcony of a nearby building.

Players will enter what looks to be Voldemort’s hideout.

Once inside, players will find an eerily dark lit room filled with strange objects. On the table directly opposite the door, there’s a readable note for players that lists each of Voldemort’s Horcruxes from the Harry Potter films. These were, of course, the powerful objects in the Deathly Hallows, which contained a hidden fragment of a wizard or witch’s soul.

Despite the room only containing the ‘Strange list’, it’s a great easter egg to discover. For any fans of the Harry Potter franchise, this is one you can’t afford to skip.

Dark Souls easter egg

It’s hard to find an open-world RPG that doesn’t have a reference to From Software’s legendary franchise. There are no complaints from fans, though, as it’s always exciting to discover a Dark Souls easter egg, especially if it’s the iconic bonfire.

Here’s exactly where to find the Dark Souls easter egg.

The bonfire is located in east Ledecestrescire in the ruins of a building. We’ve seen the same bonfire reference in countless titles and it still never gets boring. Luckily, as long as you remember to save regularly, you won’t be spawning back at the bonfire when you die.

Lord of the Rings easter egg

It would have been a missed opportunity to not include a reference to Tolkien’s Middle-Earth in the world of Valhalla. Lucky for us, Ubisoft didn’t disappoint and even added one of the Rings of Power into the game.

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Here’s exactly where to find the Lord of the Rings easter egg.

The easter egg is located west of Glowecestre on the edge of the river in a small house. Players will need to locate the nearby hidden key with their Odin Sight and enter the building.

Inside there’s a readable note that reads “One of the little folk asked me to make the door smaller, as he wants to keep unruly houseguests from his house.” This is a clear reference to Tolkien’s character Bilbo Baggins.

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It’s amazing Ubisoft actually added a Ring of Power to the game.

Next to the note, the developers have even added a small ring in reference to the Rings of Power. It’s unfortunate that players can’t equip the ring, but honestly that’s probably for the best.