Here, you’ll find all the tips you need to conquer Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and links to every how-to guide in the wiki.
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Video: Developer tips for the first 10 hours of Odyssey.
EditExploration & Misc. Tips
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- Those bird symbols on the map denote synchronization locations. Head to the top of those points and synchronize to unlock a fast travel point. The more points you synchronize with, the faster Ikaros gets at identifying points, and at a wider range.
- You can actually fast travel to a synchronization point by aiming at it with Ikaros.
- Get trapped in an underwater cavern or just know you won’t be able to reach the surface in time? Providing you aren’t in conflict (i.e. fighting sharks) or too close to the ship, you can open the map screen and fast-travel back to the helm of your boat.
- Sometimes, you’ll have to light war supplies on fire, or light a dark cave. Hold right on the D-pad to take out your torch. Attack with it – or throw it with L2 then R2 – to light things on fire.
- Don’t forget that you can loot War Supplies before lighting them on fire to gain lots of resources like wood and ore at once.
- Ainigmata Ostraka are tablets that can be found while completing some Location Objections, and following the clues they provide to the treasure will grant you awesome, unique Engravings for your Weapons and Armor.; Make sure to pick them up, and to check out our Ainigmata Ostraka Locations guide.
- To upgrade your ship, you’ll need Ancient Tablets, a pretty rare commodity. Make sure to stop by underwater Ruins to find these!
- Tombs are occasionally inhabited by intimidating alpha animals, but they’re still definitely worth the trouble. Completing the Location Objectives at a Tomb will unlock an extra Ability Point!
- You’ll regret not picking up all that wood later when you have an awesome Legendary Bow you’ve out-leveled and no wood to make it better. Tsk. Make sure to pick everything up as you explore.
- You can pick up wood and iron ore from your horse as you ride around. Especially when riding through dense terrain, tap the interact button repeatedly to snatch resources even before you spot them.
- Speaking of wood, you can salvage quite of a bit of it and other upgrade materials by looting war supplies inside forts and picking up salvage while sailing. Cleave into a boat to get even more materials from it.
- Some of the most profitable loot containers in Odyssey are weapon stands. You’ll find lots of them in forts and enemy encampments. Each one gives you a weapon, and at higher levels, you can sell those weapons for thousands of drachmae – even the common ones.
- You can find new skins for your horse, Phobos, at various vendors around the Greek world. There’s even a Unicorn skin out there you can buy with drachmae.
- Daily quest are available at message boards and on your ship mast. At least one of them, every day, will be a daily quest that rewards a special blue currency called Orichalcum you can use at special vendors to buy Rare or better items and cosmetics.
- Orichalcum can also be found as glowing blue ore in out-of-the-way spots in the world, like on top of mountain peaks, along lonely beaches or small tiny islands. See our Interactive Map for known Orichalcum locations!
- Prioritize upgrading your Spear of Leonidas as soon as you have the necessary materials. Each time you upgrade the spear it provides more adrenaline bars and opens up higher levels in your ability trees among other perks. Upgrading your spear will make your life much easier.
- When you call your horse, you simply need to run in the same direction as it approaches you from behind and you will automatically mount it.
- You can stand up and jump off your horse while riding by holding L1.
- Your horse can jump off of some pretty large cliffs and absorb fall damage. If you take the horse off too tall of a cliff, it will crumple, but can be respawned after a bit.
- Those little numbers on every island and land mass on the map screen show the range of enemy levels in that region. Once you outlevel a region, you may find that the numbers will slowly grow to trail your own level – which means you’ll always find a challenge when returning to places you’ve already explored.
- When infiltrating forts and other guarded locations, look around them with Ikaros first to identify every enemy there. Then, you will be able to see them clearly-even through walls.
- You can also locate secret entrances at forts and similar with Ikaros. Look for the little arch with stairs symbol.
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- Combat relies on three things: Gear, Abilities, and your own personal skill. These Combat tips focus on how to excel in the middle of a fight – but the next two sections,Armor and Weapons Tips and Abilities Tips, that help with builds behind the scenes.
- If you’re on fire, stop what you’re doing and hold Square(X) to do a long roll to put it out.
- Every weapon has different attack patterns and reach. Test them out to see which is more your style.
- Poison and Fire build up with each strike, so it makes sense that fast hitting weapons like daggers are the best weapons to apply the effect.
- When you’ve successfully parried an attack, follow it up with a Heavy Attack to knock the enemy back for good crowd control, or with a Light Attack to start a single-target combo if you’re not afraid of being overwhelmed my multiple enemies.
- If all else fails, lure your opponent up a high cliff or roof and kick them down to their demise. The only downfall of this method is that you’ll have to climb down to loot their body. Just remember, the kick won’t create knock back against enemies more than two levels above you.
- Don’t mess with sharks underwater. Just head to a nearby ledge, or wade at the top of the water, and shoot arrows at them. Seriously. They won’t attack you.
- If you have to engage sharks underwater, remember you can still perform dodge maneuvers to evade their lunging bites, then follow up with attacks. Spears and two-handed weapons have better reach here.
- The Overpower Attack changes depending on which weapon you’re using. If you’re fighting a lot of medium to weak enemies, using the Axe’s Overpower attack will let you chain devastating overhead smashes and clear them out. If you want to apply burning or intoxication status affects to a strong target, the Sword or Daggers Overpower attack is a flurry of hits, and each one counts toward building up the status effect. Experiment to find the right weapon to use when you pop your Overpower.
- Use the Spartan Kick, or a Paralyzing Arrow, to knock out a target instead of killing it. You can then recruit them to join your ship as a lieutenant by pressing L3 over their body.
- If you’re not sure whether you want to recruit an enemy or not, call Ikaros before engaging in combat with them. Hover over them to see if they’re common, rare, epic, or legendary by their color, and to see what kind of skills they’ll bring to the table on your ship.
- If you shoot an arrow through a brazier or any other source of fire, the arrow will catch flame en route to the target and act like a fire arrow when it hits. Pay attention to those angles!
- You can light almost any flammable surface on fire (tents, wood platforms, oil slicks, etc.) to burn for a short time and draw the attention of enemies.
- Light attacks with Heavy Weapons like Axes or Maces will break the guards of shielded opponents, opening them up to attack on the next hit. You can swing with a light attack at a shielded enemy to start your chain and follow up with any combination of strikes to guarantee the rest of them will find their mark.
- The Sparta Kick is a great way to knock enemies off ledges, but it’s not the only way. Using the the Shield Breaker ability will actually push enemies backward.
- The same goes for most Overpower attacks, and Heavy Attacks with Heavy Weapons will usually end an attack chain with a swing that knocks enemies backward or in the air, knocking them off ledges if their backs are to the wall.
- Fire works both ways! Standing too close to enemies you light on fire for too long will ignite you as well.
- Mercenaries sometimes come with pets ranging from wolves to lions. Use your bow to kill these with headshots from a distance before you start the fight. Pets tend to run around and annoyingly strike you from odd angles that are hard to predict as you’re focusing on the mercenary.
- There are two types of shields: normal small shields that are round, and larger tower shields that are angular in shape. The tower shields can’t be disarmed as easily as the round ones and will require you to upgrade your Shield Break to level 2 to break them.
- Many NPCs sleep at night, especially in enemy camps, which means meditating until night before and infiltration can be helpful.
- If you’re having trouble assassinating targets in one shot – especially leaders – look into skills that allow you to use Adrenaline to increase damage output, and build your Adrenaline up by picking off grunts before focusing extra damage on the tougher enemies.
- Don’t get too complacent when clearing out camps using stealth. Many guards will automatically pick up the slack and take over patrol routes or guard posts if their friends go missing – and they may stumble across the bodies you leave behind.
- If you plan on leveling up to make it easier to take down an enemy (that really tough pig, for example), you should know that all enemies will auto-level to two levels below your current level. You can make them easier, but not too easy.
- Gear is incredibly important and can mean the difference between landing that sweet one-shot assassination, or getting one-shot yourself when in battle. Pay attention!
- For some reason, Hunter damage does exceptional damage against animals. Wait, no, that definitely makes sense.
- All gear is randomly generated except Legendary (gold) Weapons and Armor. Legendary Weapons will unlock special Engravings, so work on collecting them.
- If you have a piece of Epic or Legendary gear with specifically great Engravings and buffs, remember you can always upgrade it to match your level.
- Once you find a weapon or armor with a Legendary Engraving, or complete a Legendary Set, that Legendary Engraving will also become available for any other applicable piece of weapon or armor!
- Obsidian Glass is needed to upgrade your equipment. Though not as rare as Ancient Tablets, it’s still pretty uncommon. The best way to find Obsidian Glass is by going through the cycle of bringing a nation to its knees. 1. Pillage Nation Chests – often in forts. 2. Assassinate nation Leaders. 3. Win Conquest Battles.
- Stacking the same buff on multiple pieces of equipment is a surefire way to build of some awesome damage. For example, combine the Flaming Attacks Ability at Level 3 with Engravings that increase Fire Damage, Elemental Buildup, and Burning Duration. Your fiery weapon attacks will EAT through enemies, passively, if you invest in it.
- The same goes for a variety of buffs. Invest in different Engravings, and you may find you can now one-shot someone with a Predator Shot, or deal enough Warrior damage to make basic attacks more than enough to cleave through enemies.
- Once you’ve lowered Nation Power enough to trigger a Conquest Battle, accept it immediately. If enough time passes, either by leaving the area on foot, or by fast traveling, Nation Power will increase again and you’ll be forced to complete more tasks to reduce it again.
- The most damaging arrows in the game are called Death Arrows, and while you can unlock all the rest of the special arrows through the Hunter ability tree, the Death Arrows are rewarded for completing the Hind quest as part of the Daughter’s of Artemis quest chain.
- You can dismantle any weapon by holding the ROLL button on the equipment menu screen for parts.
- Be careful about dismantling or selling off your gear. You’ll need both drachmae and supplies to upgrade your weapons and armor. If you need leather, dismantle your gear. If you need metal and wood, dismantle your weapons.
- The better the rarity of the item, the more supplies and drachmae you get for dismantling and selling. Rare and better gear also gives you obsidian and precious gems, both of which are needed for upgrading and engraving.
- Be wary of Legendary engravings that change the type of damage to an element. It’s super cool to make all your attacks do fire damage, but that doesn’t actually light the enemy on fire – it just does fire damage. You need an Ability or a specific Legendary weapon to light things on fire.
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- Abilities are so, so important, as they augment your play style the most. Forget trying to take a hoard head on if you haven’t invested in your passive Warrior Abilities, for example. Check out the Abilities page for full details, and the tips below to get started.
- Yeah, we’re mentioning it again. Get the Sparta Kick. Not only can it make quick work of enemies when strategically used, but it’s also one of the only methods of attack that deals non-lethal damage. You need this to Recruit Lieutenants.
- Make sure to invest in the passive abilities that enhance your damage output and armor. A 40% buff is huge!
- Because of how Armor perks and Engravings work, it’s generally better to focus on one type of damage to get the job done. This way, you can one-shot with an arrow as a Hunter, or perform an assassination with ease as an Assassin, or survive easily in melee combat as a Warrior.
- With that said, it’s always a good idea to get the Tier 2 Warrior Ability, Second Wind. It’s a simple healing ability that will save you with some needed HP when you most need it.
- As you level up and progress, you will eventually unlock the ability to upgrade Abilities to Level 2, and then to Level 3. Consider resetting to upgrade your most used Abilities.
- You can reset or “respec” all of your abilities any time, but it will cost you. If you have the drachmae for it, you can reset Abilities indefinitely. About to go into a Conquest Battle? Respec to a Warrior build. Need to take out a target from afar? Respec to do maximum damage with a Hunter’s Predator Shot. Keep in mind these few hundred drachmae will stack up, so only do it when you really need it (Like fighting in a conquest battle or the arena.)
- Flaming Attacks + Ring of Chaos = Ring of Flaming Chaos – Use Flaming Attacks the catch your weapon on fire, then use Ring of Chaos to not only send stunning warrior damage, but also fire damage.
- Vanish + Rush Assassination = Instant Assassination Use Vanish to blind your enemies and quickly duck into a bush. From there, you can easily use Rush Assassination to assassinate them! Upgrade the ability to chain it to up to three additional enemies.
- Flaming Attacks (Burning) and Venomous Attacks (Intoxication) don’t play well together. The newest infliction will override the old one. No, we also don’t understand why someone on fire can’t also be intoxicated.
EditHow to Grind XP
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- Here are a few tips on how to earn XP efficiently, but for a full breakdown, go to How to Level Up Fast.
- Just straight killing will get you some XP, but doing it with a headshot, stealth attack, or overpowered attack will get you a bit more.
- Side Quests are convenient because they scale with your level, but some grant more XP than others. Check how much by looking at the rewards for them in your menu – the XP is graded just like Weapons and Armor are.
- Always check the Message Boards before doing just about anything. Many bounties you can accept there will task you to clear out areas or kill Spartans or Athens, leaders, or even take over a region – and can earn you much more experience and gold than if you did it normally.
- The Arena is part of a Side Quest – They Just Want Cruelty. It takes you all the way to the most southeastern part of the map in Pephka. Here, you’ll find five champions of different levels which you can repeatedly fight. Mercenaries will also show up there once you’ve visited it, granting the normal XP you’d get by killing them plus a huge bonus.
EditShip Combat Tips
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- Hitting Circle (PS4) or B (Xbox One) is basically a handbrake. If you’re turning when you hit the brakes you can drift, which is an excellent tactic to avoid a ramming ship to set up a close-range javelin or arrow volley or power sliding into a port to dock.
- If you’re trying to get out of a naval battle you can hit the afterburners by holding X (PS4) or A (Xbox One) to push your rowers into overdrive. Then right before you drain the rower bar, press Square (PS4) or X (Xbox One) to drop sails and maintain a constant speed while the rowers recharge, then repeat as needed. By alternating between these you can outpace almost any ship.
- Make one of your first upgrades on your ship the Fire brazier. It allows you to shoot flaming arrows and javelins as you build adrenaline in combat.
- If you have Lieutenants that increase Fire Damage and Buildup, equip them. You’re fire attacks – other than a perfectly aimed ram attack – are your most powerful weapons.
- Enemy ships on fire can’t move, or attack, so lighting a ship on fire can be devastating. But each volley of fire arrows or fire javelins only adds so much elemental buildup, which degrades over time, so try to save up your fire shots and unload them all at once to avoid losing the the fire buildup status.
- You can find unique skins for your ship by taking down Alpha boats on the open ocean. Look for the gold trim around their level icons, and when you’ve disabled them, board the ship, kill the captain, and loot the chests for a chance to get a new ship skin. Not all ships will reward a skin, but they’re definitely out there.
- Don’t worry about perfectly aiming every volley of arrows and javelins. Attack fast and furiously and you’ll get the enemy ship’s health down in no time.
- Aim to make the other ship the top line of your Capital T – as it, ram into it perpendicular to it for maximum damage.
- In order to get an ideal attack off, you have to be aware of your positioning. Try to predict where your opponent will go so you can time a perfect cleave attack.
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