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How to master your Raven in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Tips & tricks

Published: 16/Nov/2020 21:32 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 11:08

by Bill Cooney


Eivor’s Raven in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, named Synin, is one of the most useful tools available to players, and we’ve got everything you need to know to become an avian master.

If you’ve played AC Origins or Odyssey, then you will already be familiar with using a feathered sidekick to scout things out – but Valhalla does bring some nice updates to the feature.

There are also a ton of customization options available for your new best friend as well, so let’s dive right in and go over what you need to know.

Scouting Locations with Raven Mode

AC Valhalla Raven
Synin’s eyes are great for scouting out points of interest on the map.

To enter into Raven mode, all you have to do is hit up on the D-pad if you play on console, or by pressing V on the keyboard if you prefer PC. This will give you the perspective of Synin as she flies over the particular area of the map you’re playing on.

A new feature for Valhalla is ‘stationary’ mode, which gives you a detailed, overall view of your surroundings. While up in the air you can automatically bring up quests, resources, and areas of interest nearby.

You can throw down pins to keep track of where you want to go once you’re back on terra firma by pressing X/A for PlayStation/Xbox, and left-clicking with a mouse. Enemies can also be tracked, so you can get a grip on their type and weapons before you start pillaging away.

Raven Mode console & PC controls

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Land or sea, Synin will be there to show you the way in Valhalla.

To make things even easier, we’ve got the full list of Raven Mode controls for console and PC below:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Raven Mode Controls
Action PC PlayStation Xbox
Place Marker Left-click X A
Remove All Markers C Square X
Boost Space Bar R2 R-Trigger
Region Panel R Triangle Y
Stationary Mode Right-click L2 L-Trigger

How to customize your Raven

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The Aviary panel in Valhalla lets you change the look of your Raven, and yes, she can become a pigeon.

There are also different customization options and skins you can throw on your bird, including one that turns her into a pigeon — not exactly a feared messenger of the Norse gods, but hilarious nonetheless.

To change Synin’s look, first, you have to go to a stable and select the “Aviary” tab. After that simply choose the skin you want to equip, and you’re off to the races.

Now that you know everything there is to know about how to use Synin, there’s nothing stopping you from being the next Viking raven master.

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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.

Skull Busters
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.

Skull Busters
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.