The Ubisoft+ subscription cost €1 again for a month and it was time to go back toAssassin's Creed Valhalla, which finally received the latest update to its story late last year. And surely a lot of content has been added in the two years that the game has had active support after launch. In total, Valhalla has received three paid expansions and around five free additions that can be considered separate core features. I finished the full game with 270 hours played.
I had serious trouble figuring out what order I should do things in. I ended up getting some kind of release order, albeit not a very strict one. For example,river attacksthey were updated twice after an expansion was released, so you may end up visiting expansion-related areas early in the mode. He knew when there were features that were likely to be introduced correctly in the actual expansions. But it doesn't really matter.
However, before I got to any of the added stuff, I had to finish all the fishing missions I hadn't done. It turned out to be quite an undertaking, chasing fishing spots all over England and Norway to find specific sizes of different fish. This was a good opportunity to readjust the controls and game mechanics. I tried all of Valhalla's weapons this time, but in the end I went back to double daggers. Your special quick attacks return the adrenaline so fast that you can stun all enemies that aren't immune to Tyr's Kick. This includes most humanoid bosses.
Then I did the River Raids that I had already started before. While raiding in the main game is a fun activity, in this mode it becomes tedious even if you only play a little to get only some of the available rewards. I feel like whenever a Ubisoft game wants you to do a replay activity, it's always immediately boring on the first replay. Clearing out a monastery for a unique skill or item is fun; doing the same thing over and over again with generic resources is not.
Your Jomsviking mercenaries could also end up injured in a river raid and unable to participate in the next raid or two. You can help a downed viking before he leaves, but you need a ration to do it. And the Vikings go down so easily that you soon run out of rations anyway, and raids start even without rations. I do not know whatUbisoft MontréalI was thinking of making you take care of your team like this. The natural conclusion is to leave the Vikings on your ship and clear the outpost on your own before launching an attack so you can open the supply chests.
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a bit of work
Sufficient Grinding mode allows you to upgrade your jomsviking hall to hire vikings up to level 5. Max rank ones are definitely more durable, but also hardly invincible. There are places on river maps where two enemy crossbowmen can easily take out your entire crew if you're not there to do something about it.
Jomsvikings are custom lieutenants of other players and can have some pretty fancy looking gear, especially if the player has endgame/money shop gear skins to choose from. I'm not sure if the re-customization of the lieutenant was a thing before or I just missed it, but at least now you can edit your appearance after creation. I liked that because I created mine when I only had very basic stuff. I think people would rather recruit a viking in flaming armor than a generic looking one. You are unlikely to get rich from other players hiring your lieutenant, regardless.
I feel like AC Valhalla had more problems with morality than other Assassin's Creed games. Raiding settlements didn't make the Vikings the good guys in history. Maybe that's why Ubisoft decided to keep desync when attacking civilians like in games where you play as a real assassin. But it sure is ridiculous for the game to say that the Vikings didn't do this. I think Ubisoft would have done better if their attacks didn't connect with neutral NPCs and didn't show such a stupid statement.
After completing the River Raid quest chain, I started makingmastery challenges. There are quite a few of them now after all the updates. Doing them side by side can be exhausting, especially if you're trying to get the gold medal on each one.
Each challenge location has a bear, crow, and wolf challenge: melee, stealth, and ranged, respectively. You play with certain skills and equipment active, but your passive perk points count as is. Getting gold requires a perfect run most of the time. Based on your medal, you get tokens to buy mode-related quest character items.
Initially I reattempted the challenges until I got the gold, but then realized (as they were getting tired) that I didn't really need to do this as I didn't care about the achievements in this non-Steam game and the related. Ubi Connect challenges. does not require 100% completion. In the end, I still managed to get enough gold medals to buy the full set of armor, which seemed to be the main reward.
I'm not sure, but I think the name of the mode implies that you should have passed max character level with points in all three passive domains. I originally had this, but an update widened the passive tree and I no longer had things maxed out when I got back into the game. I think this could have made some of the challenges a bit more difficult.
While doing masteries (and looking for help on Youtube), I found out that the mythical Excalibur and Mjölnir are in AC Valhalla. I had done the necessary pre-work to be able to collect them, but the game doesn't offer quests for any of them, and therefore I lost them.
wrath of the druids
The first big expansion is basically more of the same stuff as the main game, just set in Ireland. Druids weren't as prominent in the story as I would have expected based on the title. The writing for the expansion also struggled a bit. It also brought back the space limited coin chest feature that was missing from these later games.Syndicategames.
Eivor's connection to the island is another cousin of hers. I knew instantly that things were not going to go well for the boy because he issued suchdragon ageis it Alistair orGuardians of the GalaxyStar-Lord vibes. This type of character always seems to end up dead in AC Valhalla.
The stone stacking puzzle from the main game also appears in this expansion, but I think it was much easier. I remember seeing several frustrated comments about the originals, and having problems with some of them as well.
the siege of paris
In the second expansion, Eivor travels to France: even more familiar Vikings there (to Eivor), but also a possible future Frankish invasion of England. Eivor wants Carlos III el Gordo to promise that there will be no attacks. The expansion's narrative felt oddly convoluted, as if the writers had a hard time wrapping everything around historical events.
The murders were more complicated than usual and required a proper investigation. Scouting the locations beforehand can spoil the fun of discovery.
I think the mice in the expansion were a failed puzzle feature. I think the developers were inspired byplague talegames, but the creature implementation in this game was just annoying.
Also, I did the GPU replacement on my desktop PC that I mentioned thinking of myfar away 6post. With the latest card, AC Valhalla ran at 60fps at 1080p on high settings. However, in this and subsequent expansions, I noticed that my PC often had trouble transmitting assets when I was traveling the world, resulting in Eivor's mount slowing down or the game stopping outright to load. All that monster 150GB of game really needs to be installed on an SSD (like all new titles these days). Reducing the world details and clutter settings to medium helped considerably with the loading issue.
a fated meeting
AC Valhalla's crossover story has a different actual crossover thanAC Odyssey. On the Isle of Skye, Eivor meets Kassandra, who is searching for Isu's artifacts. For once it wasn't Eivor, but me who found a familiar face. And for the first time in this game I cared about an NPC.
Kassandra has become a recluse for the 1300(?) years she has already lived by the time Eivor meets her. It's understandable that she's keeping a low profile, but I think she could have been less shy around Eivor, who's already run into all kinds of weird stuff. I liked the detail of how Kassandra becomes glowing when you use Eivor's Odin visor.
Isle of Skye is a great free upgrade and I quite enjoyed it. You also get some easter egg gear pieces, like the Spear of Leonidas. I was excited when I saw the name on the loot because I thought it would look amazing like the broken spearhead did at the end of Odyssey. But it turned out to be more like the modest appearance of the entire spear in the prologue when it was in Leonidas' hands, and a non-canon thing, anyway.
It's funny how in Odyssey I originally never considered the fact that Leyla has the actual spearhead in modern times. Why did Cassandra leave him? What happened to your powers? I blame the length of the game for making me forget about the spear. But if you were wondering, the crossover story in Odyssey would have answered that mystery. Also a pro tip: don't rush to progress through the main cross story quest in Odyssey until you've fully explored the island. Clearing outposts without any of Kassandra's powers is a pain. (You still have all the island powers so the rest of the game doesn't become unplayable later.)
graves of the fallen
Another free content update (or two) wasgraves of the fallenwhich add puzzle locations across England. They're not as fun as the dungeons (which occasionally had combat as well) in earlier titles in the series, but they were still reasonably enjoyable. They do not take long to receive the welcome, although the last one is quite long.
the dawn of ragnarok
The final expansion has Eivor once again dreaming of Havi (Odin), essentially depicting more of the Isu's final moments in Norse mythology disguise. This time I changed Eivor's gender to male, which was a good decision. Havi is clearly a different character. Not having Eivor's female voice made things feel less like a weird recreation than in the main game to me when doing the other dreams.
the dawn of ragnarokIt takes place in Svartalfheim, which is inhabited by dwarves (and not dark elves, which I think svartalf is based on the word alone). Havi tries to save her son Baldr, who has been captured by the fire giants of Muspelheim.
The expansion is one of the best that Ubisoft has done, although I don't like the three regions, the three stories that have been repeated over and over again. How about a great sequel for a change? I think this modular approach makes content production more efficient: split regions for different teams to work on simultaneously. I liked the location of the expansion and the new powerups. Being able to fly was particularly cool, even if it's a bit limited and weird: essentially the same as controlling the bird your character has in these new AC games.
It's hard to like Havi as the lead: so utterly arrogant and overconfident. Perhaps his past great deeds made him such a person, but the way he constantly exaggerates his greatness makes one wonder if the stories about him are only half true. It is not difficult to guess how things will go; you know that the search for him is doomed to failure. At least Loki isn't involved in this to make things annoying.
the forgotten saga
the forgotten sagait was a free update, but it's pretty much a continuation of the last expansion - another havi dream. The god chases Baldr to Helheim to resurrect him. Instead, Havi ends up stuck in a looping limbo, which fits perfectly with the roguelike-inspired premise. I liked the perception of the purpose of the thing.
It's a shame that the big studios rarely dabble in roguelike elements. In particular, I would like to see procedural map generation in a first or third person game with AAA quality assets. The Forgotten Saga doesn't do that either - the randomness is found in gear and abilities, and even those are easily removed. The mode is fun, another great addition. It's a shame it's not a deeper action roguelike.
The Forgotten Saga is also easy, and I don't think the overall difficulty will affect that. In my first run I got to the second boss, in the second to the final, which I beat in the third. But I still did a few more races because the mode was so much fun.
oh last chapter
The final story update in December was rather minor: only Eivor said goodbye and left for North America, where his body will be discovered in the present day. The update also ties AC Valhalla to the upcoming game,Assassin's Creed Mirage, which should be out later this year, developed byUbisoft Bordeaux. The protagonist of Mirage will be Basim, who was also in this game. I'm a bit conflicted on this because I think of him as a bad guy, Loki being reborn and all. I really didn't like how AC Valhalla ended with him surviving.
There was previously another update related to AC Valhalla, in which Basim's mentor Roshan briefly meets Eivor in England. Roshan is voiced byShohreh Aghdashloowhom he previously knew basically as a voice. (She was one of the quarian admirals onmass effect2mi3.) But after her role as Avasarala inThe expansionshow Now I also imagine how you look when I hear your voice. This is unfortunate because I'd rather not know what the voice actors look like, so I just see their characters, especially when the actor has such a recognizable voice.
Mirage will be something of a return to the roots of the series in terms of gameplay and setting, taking place in Baghdad and also featuring Alamut, the original stronghold of real-life assassins. I think the last one is a really cool inclusion. AC Mirage is also supposed to be smaller than previous AC games, which is surprising because you'd think longer games would be a better fit for Ubisoft+'s subscription service. Longer games make people pay for the service.
However, Mirage is not the only AC game in development: in fact, there are quite a few. I'm more interested, even a little excited, about how it's called Codename Red. It will be set in Japan and will be directed byUbisoft Quebecwhich is my favorite Ubisoft studio thanks to the hugely fun combat in AC Odyssey andImortais Fenyx Rising.
Edited 2023-03-24: Changed Isolated to Recluse
Will Assassin's Creed Valhalla get more content? ›
Ubisoft announced today at their Assassin's Creed Showcase that a new DLC, titled The Last Chapter, is coming to Valhalla. The upcoming add-on will be the final expansion for the massive action RPG, and will see Eivor setting out on a journey to “farther shores.”Is AC Valhalla still getting updates? ›
Ubisoft has now revealed the final update for Assassin's Creed Valhalla that will be going live this week. Near the end of 2022, Ubisoft announced that it would be winding down its support for Valhalla so that it could move on to working on other games in the Assassin's Creed series.What is the latest update for Assassin's Creed Valhalla? ›
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is set to receive its final update, 1.7. 0. The patch will launch today, 21st February, at 12pm UK time across PC, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, and brings a number of small bug fixes. Those fixes are across the River Raids, the inventory, and other miscellaneous tweaks.What has been added to AC Valhalla since launch? ›
Since its launch, Ubisoft has let players experience in-game seasonal festivals at Ravensthorpe, new skills and abilities for Eivor, the ability to change the look of armor, gear loadouts, and several new game modes and challenges. Attached to some of these updates are new quests, characters, and areas.How many expansions will there be for Valhalla? ›
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is getting one last expansion, with The Last Chapter set to conclude Eivor's story when it launches “in a few months time.” The Last Chapter follows Eivor as she grapples with Odin's memories, continuing on from a twist in the game's main story.How many expansions will Valhalla have? ›
Assassin's Creed Valhalla has two expansions: Wrath of the Druids and The Siege of Paris.How long will Valhalla be supported? ›
Now, it's been announced that support for the title will officially be coming to an end in 2022, according to a Ubisoft blog post. 6 December 2022 will see the release of the final content update, Title Update 1.6.Why did Eivor leave England? ›
And back on Earth, what made Eivor leave England, could be that Ravensthorpe was destroyed by the Order of Ancients because Eivor was hiding and that was another reason why Eivor left England and went back to Scandinavia and found the Norse Hidden-Ones which later became the Scandinavian Brotherhood of Assassins.Is AC Valhalla over? ›
The Last Chapter is the final story arc for Eivor in Assassin's Creed Valhalla.Do I get to keep my purchased armor and stuff if I start a new game in AC Valhalla? ›
Any armour you have purchased or collected in-game is available in your Inventory. Boosts are automatically applied once purchased.
What is new in Valhalla Ragnarok? ›
The biggest and best new feature of Dawn of Ragnarok is the new Hugr-Rip, a magical bracer that lets you steal powers from certain enemies and use them as your own.Which version of Valhalla to get? ›
The standard version of the game comes with the least amount of items, but it's the safest way to buy the game. You should buy the Standard Edition if: You're new to the Assassin's Creed series. You don't know how much time you'll be able to commit to the game.Is River Raids a main quest? ›
River Raids is a gameplay mode focused on the raiding mechanic in the main story. It is free content introduced in update 1.1.What has changed on Valhalla? ›
A bigger focus has been made on the main story of Valhalla, involving the journey from Norway to England and taking over the kingdoms that lie within by forging alliances. Because of this, Valhalla will not feature the same kind of open-ended side quest arcs and miscellaneous quests present in Odyssey.Will Valhalla get a 4th DLC? ›
Two years of post-game support is coming to an end. Assassin's Creed Valhalla will get its final DLC - The Last Chapter - on December 6, but it will unfortunately not be getting the "highly requested" New Game+ feature.Is Ragnarok the last DLC for Valhalla? ›
Dawn of Ragnarok is the third and final DLC (downloadable content) title for Valhalla, and I could sum up its review with everything I've said for the last three — great visuals, lots to do, but a disappointing story.What's next after Dawn of Ragnarok? ›
Rumors indicate that Assassin's Creed Valhalla won't be receiving any more DLC after Dawn of Ragnarok and that a new game starring Basim will be next.Are Valhalla expansions free? ›
Ubisoft Offers Free 'Valhalla' DLC If You Watch 'Assassin's Creed Mirage' Reveal.Which version of Valhalla has all DLC? ›
Includes the game and Ultimate Pack digital content.How does Eivor end up in America? ›
This is because Vinland was the name given to North America by Leif Erikson, the first recorded explorer to discover the region in around 1000 CE. This was over a century before Eivor's death, meaning she was the first person to travel to this region and ended up passing there.
How long does it take to 100% Valhalla? ›
When focusing on the main objectives, Assassin's Creed Valhalla is about 60½ Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 141 Hours to obtain 100% completion.How many hours is Valhalla full game? ›
On average, gamers can expect 59 hours and 39 minutes of playtime to finish the main story.How many years does AC Valhalla span? ›
Principally set in the years 872–878 AD, the game recounts a fictional story during the Viking expansions into the British Isles.How old is Kassandra in Valhalla? ›
As such, Kassandra is the one who passes the Staff of Hermes to Layla, living to be 2400+ years old to do so. SPOILERS AHEAD. With Assassin's Creed Valhalla taking place near the end of the ninth century and Kassandra being born 400+ years BC, the latter would have been roughly the ripe old age of 1300.Is Eivor canonically female? ›
The canon version of Eivor is the female version, as the male version of Eivor was only playable during the Asgard and Jotunheim story arcs that take place at specific times in the story.How old is Eivor? ›
Once Eivor finally goes to England, the year is 872 CE and she is a grown woman. Given that the main storyline of AC Valhalla takes place over a single year, Eivor is thus around 24 and 25 years old during the happenings of the game.How is Basim still alive? ›
He used the power of the Staff to regenerate his body, and was reunited with Aletheia.Is Basim a bad guy? ›
Type of Villain
Basim Ibn ishaq is one of the two overarching antagonists of Assassin's Creed franchise, alongside Alfred the Great. Serving as the main antagonist of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, and will return as the main protagonist of the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Mirage.
- Fully Upgrade Ravensthorpe. In order for Eivor's settlement, Ravensthorpe, to reach its final evolution, players will have to go "a-Viking," as they say. ...
- Get Rich. ...
- Complete World Events. ...
- Uncover the Whole Skill Tree. ...
- Deck Out the Museum. ...
- Annihilate the Order of the Ancients.
This armor set boosts Eivor's evasion and includes one of the strongest base modifiers in the game so far. You take 50% reduced damage, while also dealing an extra 40% damage when low on health. These effects are only active when wearing the full armor set.
Which cup should I drink from AC Valhalla? ›
The correct drink to pick in the Forgotten Saga
You must pick from one on the left, at the center, and to the right. In our experience, the cup on the left side has yielded the best experiences and rewards us with a Health Upgrade.
Starting a New Game
Anything from the Valhalla experience will not be carried over if players choose to start Dawn of Ragnarok before Valhalla.
You'll still be able to access all your armor, skills, mounts, and weapons that you're used to using when playing as Eivor, so there's no need to worry. Even though you won't be playing Eivor, you won't be missing them as much.Will Ragnarok destroy Valhalla? ›
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi reveals that his film was almost very different - with the final battle taking place on Valhalla. Director Taika Waititi has revealed that Thor: Ragnarok was almost very different - it almost destroyed Valhalla, not Asgard.Is Odyssey better than Valhalla? ›
Odyssey does feel more like a fantasy RPG, but Valhalla has an identity crisis after trying to satisfy old and new fans. Combat was better in Valhalla than in Odyssey but not by much.Who is best to play as in Valhalla? ›
Choosing a male or a female Eivor is equally valid with no major repercussions beyond the character model. Things were very different in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, where choosing one made the other one the villain. There's nothing of that level of importance with Eivor.Is Vikings better than Valhalla? ›
Is Valhalla's Story Better Than Vikings'? Neither Vikings nor Valhalla is quite historically accurate, but Vikings feels to have a better understanding of its characters and how to best make use of them. There is an element of emotionality exemplified in Vikings that seems to be missing from Valhalla.What happens when a Jomsviking dies? ›
Your hired hands, the Jomsvikings, can die in battle if they are not revived in time when struck down, leading to players having to recruit new Jomsvikings in the base game to bring into their crew.What happens if all your crew dies in River Raid? ›
It will be rebuilt, however, and new loot will be available. Gear and Books of Knowledge will not respawn, but Crew Rations and Foreign Supplies will.What is the max level in Jomsviking Hall? ›
Jomsviking Hall can be upgraded to Level 4-5, allowing players to hire Jomsviking of Level 4-5, respectively. Jomsviking of higher rank can carry more rations and do more damage to enemies.
Is AC Valhalla still being updated? ›
Back. Ubisoft has now revealed the final update for Assassin's Creed Valhalla that will be going live this week. Near the end of 2022, Ubisoft announced that it would be winding down its support for Valhalla so that it could move on to working on other games in the Assassin's Creed series.Is Valhalla realistic? ›
this is historical fiction, people. That means some plotlines and characters have been altered to make for a great show, but much of it is based in fact, including the minute details of costumes, sets and weapons.What was the last update for Assassin's Creed Valhalla? ›
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is set to receive its final update, 1.7. 0. The patch will launch today, 21st February, at 12pm UK time across PC, Xbox and PlayStation consoles, and brings a number of small bug fixes. Those fixes are across the River Raids, the inventory, and other miscellaneous tweaks.Will there be more content for Valhalla? ›
Ubisoft announced today at their Assassin's Creed Showcase that a new DLC, titled The Last Chapter, is coming to Valhalla. The upcoming add-on will be the final expansion for the massive action RPG, and will see Eivor setting out on a journey to “farther shores.”Is Assassin's Creed Valhalla better than origins? ›
After Origins, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and Valhalla continued the trend. In many ways, these titles improved upon the formula. On the other hand, though, Origins remains the best "new" Assassin's Creed game in a few very important areas.Will there be more DLC for AC Valhalla after dawn of Ragnarok? ›
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is coming to an end, with its next DLC marking the end of the story of Eivor. Yes, after almost two years of hacking, slashing, and pillaging, Ubisoft's long-running, open-world viking game will close out at the end of 2022, with a final chapter which players will get for free.Is AC Valhalla done? ›
Now, it's been announced that support for the title will officially be coming to an end in 2022, according to a Ubisoft blog post. 6 December 2022 will see the release of the final content update, Title Update 1.6.Is AC Valhalla final chapter out? ›
Conclude Eivor's epic saga with The Last Chapter, available from 6 December 2022.What happens after AC Valhalla Ragnarok? ›
Ragnarok Post Credits
After the credits, you'll receive the Muspel Spark mythical Atgeir— it's big and it's on fire! Havi will also mention meeting up with Ivaldi. There's a post-credit cutscene that'll occur when you visit the Hodda Shelter.
Ubisoft is set to shut down multiplayer and online services for 15 games on September 1, 2022, including five Assassin's Creed games, Far Cry 3, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and more.
Does Eivor have a child? ›
Raised alongside Styrbjorn's son Sigurd, Eivor spent much of her youth seeking to gain glory and eliminate Kjotve to avenge her parents.Can you play AC Valhalla after beating it? ›
Crossing the finish line doesn't mean the race is over. In fact, some of the biggest moments in the game have nothing to do with the main story arc, so for many who have already beaten the game, the fun is actually about to begin.How long is Valhalla full game? ›
It will take 108 hours and 34 minutes of playtime for speedrunners to complete the title. On average, a gamer should expect 138 hours and 19 minutes of game time for a completionist run.Is Eivor male or female? ›
The canon version of Eivor is the female version, as the male version of Eivor was only playable during the Asgard and Jotunheim story arcs that take place at specific times in the story.Is Odin an Eivor? ›
Previous story elements in AC Valhalla have uncovered that Eivor is not possessed by Odin as is common in myths about polytheistic religious systems. Rather, Eivor is a reincarnation of Odin, who instead of being a literal Norse deity is an Isu in the larger Assassin's Creed mythology.How many endings Valhalla has? ›
There are two vastly different Assassin's Creed Valhalla endings and we've got the details on how to get both of them and what choices affect them. Another spoiler warning. Do not scroll down any further if you do not want to read about the ending to Assassin's Creed Valhalla.