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How to use photo mode in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Published: 10/Nov/2020 12:35 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 11:26

by Ava Thompson-Powell


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is finally out for fans of the series to live like a viking, and with it comes the hotly anticipated photo-mode feature! If you want to know how to take the perfect shot, you’ve come to the right place. 

Wanting to share your Eivor adventures with your friends and fellow players? Jumping into the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla photo mode and showing off your photography skills is a great way to do just that.

All screenshots here have been captured on a PC using an RTX 2070 Super, but we’ve included the appropriate button prompts for consoles, too.

Launching photo mode

Photo showing the Assassin's Creed Valhalla options menu, where players can turn on photo mode.Navigate to the gameplay tab in the options menu to enable photo mode.

Bring up the options menu via the Esc key on PC, or by pressing the options/menu button on PlayStation/Xbox. From here, navigate across to the ‘Gameplay’ tab.

There, you’ll be able to toggle on photo mode for in-game use. Players can also enable this option right from the Title Screen upon launching by scrolling to the options tab.

Title screen with the options menu tab highlightedPhoto mode can also be turned on directly through the Title Screen.

Taking a photo

In Valhalla, taking a photo is easy. Once photo mode has been enabled, simply press F3 on PC, or click the L+R sticks together on consoles. Note that this mode works during gameplay, but not cutscenes.

Screenshot of Valhalla's photo mode option showing the UI and a beautiful snowy mountain alongside a settlement.After pressing the corresponding keys, photo mode will activate.

With photo mode enabled, in-game action will freeze, allowing you to capture that perfect mid-combat shot or breathtaking vista. Ubisoft have also provided players with ample ways to take an already beautiful image even further, so let’s detail some of them here.

Options to move the camera, rotate, offset, tilt and orbit allow you to quickly and precisely set up that perfect shot just how you want it. Once you’ve set up that shot, it’s time to move into Edit Mode to further fine-tune options such as filter, color correction, depth of field, and more.

Editing your photo

Valhalla’s in-game photo editor allows you to tweak your image exactly to what you’re looking for. Want a highly contrasted grayscale portrait of Eivor in battle? This is where you take the shot to that next level.

Edit mode of Valhalla's photo mode, showing how different filters and options.Switch between different filters to set the perfect mood.

Fine-tuning your image is easy, with the ability to focus on a subject, adjust depth of field, or control the weather and bring in some fog for a perfectly moody shot.

Exposure, contrast, temperature, tint, saturation, noise, vignetting, bloom and fog are all the options available to edit your photo. Once you’ve set up your shot, you can preview and then take your image. On PC, you can preview your shot by pressing down the middle mouse button, or Triangle or Y on PlayStation/Xbox.

Grayscale photo of settlement in ValhallaFancy a broodier image? Try out a grayscale filter.

Accessing your shots

Once you’re happy, go ahead and press the spacebar, A or X, to take and save the shot. Once you’ve done this, you can view your photos either through the map, or externally through your hardware’s storage.

On PC, photos are saved under Documents/Assassin’s Creed Valhalla/Photos. On consoles, it’s slightly different.

  • For PlayStation, navigate to Settings/System Storage Management/Capture Gallery
  • On Xbox, press the Xbox button. Scroll to Capture & Share, then Recent Captures.
  • To view your images through the map, press M on PC, the view button on Xbox, or hold the central pad on PlayStation.
Screenshot showing the image located on the map.Check out your, and other players’ photos on the Valhalla map.

That’s it! You’re well on your way to becoming one of Valhalla’s best photographers.

Make sure to tweet us @Dexerto and share your perfect snaps. Enjoy Valhalla, and enjoy the fantastic photo mode feature.

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How to get legendary Excalibur sword in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Published: 24/Nov/2020 11:02

by James Busby


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is home to plenty of iconic weapons from both Norse and English legends, so it was only a matter of time before players discovered the legendary Excalibur sword. 

Eivor is no stranger to wielding some incredibly powerful weapons – in fact, during your Viking adventure, you’ll encounter everything from flaming axes to Thor’s very own hammer. There’s certainly a lot of variety when it comes to choosing the perfect tool to dismember your enemies with.

While the game’s two-handed axes and razor-sharp swords prove lethal in their own right, the very best weapons are often those from legends. 

Of course, obtaining these rare items can be a little tricky, especially when they are safely tucked away in secret locations. Not only does Excalibur look incredibly cool, but it’s also devastatingly powerful. If you wish to add this legendary sword to your arsenal, then follow our guide below. 

How to find Excalibur

Excalibur Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Excalibur is one of the coolest looking weapons in the game.

In order to wield this mighty sword, you’ll first need to locate all 11 tablets that are scattered across England. The 11 tablets can be found in the following locations:

  • Red Lichen Cavern (Hamtunscire)
  • Cavern of Trials (Cent)
  • Wicean’s Cave (Eurvicscire)
  • Grime’s Graves (East Anglia)
  • Deoraby Spar Cavern (Snotinghamscire)
  • Wocig (Hamtunscire)
  • Old Cellar (Essexe)
  • Santlache Mine (Suthsexe)

Once you’ve solved each cavern’s puzzle and obtained the above tablets, you’ll need to hunt down the following three Zealots:

  • Heike (southwest of Agnitum Tower in Essexe)
  • Woden (roaming around Tonbridge Monastery in Cent)
  • Hrothgar (northeast of the High Rocks in Suthsexe)
Myrddin's Cave location

    Myrddin’s Cave can be found in the following location.

Defeating the above Zealots will reward you with the final three stone tablets. Take your stony collection over to Myrddin’s Cave in Hamtunscire (northeast of Egbert’s Stone). Simply run to the end of the cave and insert each tablet into the stone pillars. 

This will then enable you to pull Excalibur from its resting place and claim the legendary sword as your own. Excalibur has the following stats: 

  • Atk: 123
  • Stun: 133
  • Wgt: 14
  • Spd: 41
  • Crit-Pre: 86

Heavy finishers and critical hits blind all enemies around you, making it a great weapon for those looking to deliver a lot of crowd control and damage. Pair this with any armor set that boosts your crit chance to constantly blind your enemies with flashes of brilliant light. 

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