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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla weapons list and combat guide

Published: 19/Oct/2020 10:49 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 11:29

by Andrew Highton

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The release of the next title in Ubisoft’s storied Assassin’s Creed franchise is now upon us. So, let’s run though some different tidbits you need to know about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla with our weapons and combat guide.

Ubisoft are remaining steadfast in their approach to refresh Assassin’s Creed, by maintaining the more action-orientated approach seen in Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Valhalla offers another vast, open-world – this time full of fearsome Vikings – and it’s only fitting that Eivor is kitted out with the most appropriate implements the 9th century has to offer.

In addition to this, the game also has some combat changes, in particular the Mortal Kombat-esque brutal kills, and featuring the biggest variety of enemies an Assassin’s Creed game has ever seen. Valhalla is sure to be a place that you will need some foresight to gain the advantage of going in.

So, these are all the confirmed weapons and combat changes for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Eivor holding a weapon in Assassin's Creed Valhalla
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Eivor has many weapons at their disposal in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Weapons

Now, it’s usual to expect weapon changes as we move from game to game. Some are short-range and others will be useful from a slightly greater distance, such as the spear.

The list of those we know about already can be seen below:

  • Bare Hands
  • Axes (Dane Axes, Bearded Axes )
  • Hammers
  • Bow (Light, Hunter & Predator)
  • Spear
  • Daggers
  • Greatswords
  • Flails
  • Sword
  • Shield (Heavy & Light)
  • Hidden Blade

The Hidden Blade has been overhauled in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, with the blade now appearing on top of Eivor’s wrist, as opposed to the blade living up to its moniker and being tucked away underneath. This is a deliberate design choice to compliment Eivor’s character.

Best early-game must have weapon

The Iron-Star weapon shown in Assassin's Creed Valhalla with its stats

Our weapon of choice for the early game is definitely the Iron-Star. This can be attained to the north-westerly area of Kjotve’s fortress in Rygjafylke. This weapon has great stats for a starting weapon, and increases your attack after a heavy finisher. Remember to use Odin’s Sight when in the area to locate your prize.

Map with a red blip showing the location of the Iron-Star weapon in ValhallaHead to the red blimp here to obtain this great early-game weapon.

Combined with a dagger weapon for extra speed and agility, the Iron-Star is sure to help you nimbly slash through your enemies on the raids with your crew.

Combat

Eivor is fighting a group of enemies in Assassin's Creed Valhalla
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The different ways in which you can experience combat in Assassin’s Creed have increased with Valhalla.

Weapons are not the only thing to have been shaken up for the November release, however. This will be the first Assassin’s Creed game on next-gen consoles, so with that comes a boatload of combat features we never saw last time out.

These include the following:

  • New, violent kills
  • Enemies can now be dismembered
  • Enemies can co-ordinate attacks against you
  • Fallen enemies can be used as a weapon against you
  • Gear can be constantly modified throughout the game to keep a piece that you like with you throughout
  • Animal companions that can help you, such as bears

Assassin’s Creed combat trailer

If you want to see even more of the gore and combat of the new AC game, the gameplay trailer is a good place to look.

Here, we see a lot of these new features in action.

Timestamp at 2:44. 

So, there you have it. Already an array of dangerous tools and mechanics are known with many more still to be revealed.

Rest assured that we’ll update you once we identify any new weapons and combat changes in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.

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

Published: 25/Nov/2020 18:07

by Alex Garton

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.