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How to change difficulty in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Published: 10/Nov/2020 14:15 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 11:25

by Andrew Highton


No matter what game you play, there will always be some element of difficulty. Trying to find that balance can always be tricky. However, Ubisoft’s newest game has multiple settings that can drastically alter the way in which you play. So here is how to change the difficulty in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and what option might be best for you.

The default difficulty in the Assassin’s Creed games has risen a bit in recent years. External influences like the Souls games seem to be having a noticeable effect on certain titles and the way they handle. Assassin’s Creed is just one of the many games that have taken inspiration from FromSoftware’s combat-heavy series.

As such, more combat means more enemies, and more enemies means more chance of being maimed. Not to mention the legendary fights against rare animals and mythical beasts too.

So with difficulty being a more prominent factor in the gameplay, we thought we would single this aspect out. We will walk you through how to change the difficulty settings in AC Valhalla, and perhaps identify the most suitable ones.

Difficulties and sub-difficulties

Needless to say, the way in which Ubisoft is presenting difficulty in their new game is innovative for the series. Instead of having several standard, default levels that indicate their severity, there are now sub-options too.

They are now split up into Combat, Stealth, and Exploration. Here is what you’ll find under each of these sub-categories.


combat difficult settings in assassin's creed valhalla
Possibly the most important modifier as you don’t want it too easy, or too tough.
  • Skald (Easy)
  • Vikingr (Default)
  • Berserkr (Hard)
  • Drengr (Very Hard)


combat difficult settings in assassin's creed valhalla
If stealth is not your forte, then these adjustments will improve your fleet of foot.
  • Apprentice (Easy)
  • Assassin (Default)
  • Master Assassin (Hard)


exploration difficult settings in assassin's creed valhalla
A great way to change how much aid you need in exploring the land.
  • Adventurer
  • Explorer (Default)
  • Pathfinder

How to change the difficulty

different difficult settings in assassin's creed valhalla
The game’s difficulty settings are very easy to change.

Not all games make it clear from the outset how to change its settings. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a lot more forgiving and guides the player almost immediately.

  1. Start a new campaign
  2. Select your difficulty levels

It really is that simple to start things off. However, as the game progresses, you may find yourself struggling to cope with the demands AC Valhalla asks of you. So if you fancy lowering the difficulty, or maybe increasing it because it’s too easy, then that’s also quite straightforward.

  1. Pause the game.
  2. Go to Options.
  3. Go to the Gameplay tab.
  4. Change the difficulty to suit your preferences.

What difficulty affects?

Each setting will come with its own personal circumstances and varying gameplay modifiers. These measures ensure that your experience is optimal and tailored to the way you want to experience Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

This is what the difficulty settings will affect.


  • The damage of enemy attacks, taking more health away from you.
  • The power of your attacks, taking less health from the enemy.
  • Aim assist can be altered to be snappy and automatically lock-on or turned off altogether.


  • The range at which enemies can see you.
  • How quickly they will detect you.
  • You can make it so every assassination attempt with the hidden blade is a guaranteed kill – regardless of the strength of the enemy.


  • Adjust the number of icons you can see on your heads-up display (HUD).
  • Changes how much information you receive with regards to the distance of landmarks and POIs.
  • A custom option will allow you to manually fine-tune the settings yourself.

That pretty much covers everything you need to know about how to change the difficulty settings in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Plus, which options may suit your playstyle the best.

For more news and guides on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, then check out our Assassin’s Creed hub for all your information.

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Drinking too much in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla can make you rich

Published: 17/Nov/2020 14:59

by David Purcell


One of the biggest money making methods discovered in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla so far allows players to rack up thousands of silver, simply from taking on drinking competitions. 

The game has a number of different characters you can choose to interact with, whether it be taking part in a game of Orlog, take on side quests, or more relevant to racking up some coin – drinking yourself into a drunken mess.

Racking up money fast is all good and well, but you are going to have to gulp down alcohol just as quickly to have a chance. As YouTuber Idicus found out in a video posted to his channel on November 11, it can be a particularly effective method for increasing your net worth.

eivor in assassin's creed valhalla
Progressing through Valhalla is much easier with a load of silver in your pockets.

How to get silver fast in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

The player first claimed that they thought this may be a glitch, though it looks to be an intentional feature Ubisoft have added in-game.

Speaking of the trick, they said: “It is definitely meant to be in the game, it’s just insanely broken if you repeat it over and over. It will net you thousands and thousands of silver in no time.”

This cash is obviously good to have for those looking to get their hands on better armor, weapons, arrows, and other things along your journey.

The method is explained in the vide below. 

Essentially, to do this all you have to do is locate your nearest drinking game. These are dotted around the world and are signposted with a symbol of two locking horns, where players drink from.

Once you arrive there, the YouTuber suggests you should bet the maximum amount – 200 silver – to kick things off. Then, it’s all about doubling your money.

The content creator suggests that up to 8,000 silver could be made every single hour in continuous play, which will free up the resources for a number of exciting purchases.

How to win drinking games in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Valhalla drinking game location
Here’s how the horn symbol looks in Valhalla. Approach it to start the game.

The guide video from Idicus is handy in terms of knowing how the exploit, or method, works in Valhalla. However, it might not be immediately clear how the drinking game works. To help you out, we’ve created a short step-by-step guide to help you gulp down the ale.

  1. Load up the game and visit a drinking location, found with the locked horns symbol.
  2. Enter the drinking games in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
  3. Hit A/X every time the the white circle hits the inside of the orange inner circle.
  4. Continue this process with accurate timing to outdrink your opponent.
  5. Collect your winnings, which if you place a high stake, will allow you to make thousands in a matter of hours.

Now that you know what you know, you should be able to sit down and rack up thousands of silver in no time! Good luck, Eivor.