This week we’re taking a peek at the latest for the Viking beast of a game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The game’s next major update comes in the form of a DLC called The Siege of Paris. We’re going back to Paris, just like when we were here with Assassin’s Creed Unity all the way back in late 2014. Now we get to see how the scale of that monster lines up with this newest reveal – and to find the one-handed swords Durendal Sword, Ring-Sword, Engbert Sword, and the Joyeuse Sword!
The original Assassin’s Creed: Unity was a gigantic game, mapping the city of Paris in the 1790s (CE) during the French Revolution. The new game The Siege of Paris takes place approximately a thousand years earlier – during the siege of the year 845 CE.
Above you’ll see the Xbox-posted Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trainer for The Siege of Paris expansion. If you’ve not already dropped in on this DLC, you can do so this week! The Siege of Paris will be free for those users that purchased the Season Pass. Users will also be able to purchase the Siege of Paris DLC on its own for approximately $24.99 USD. This expansion can be purchased for any of the platforms on which the original game was released.
If you’re looking specifically for the one-handed swords new to this game with this expansion, take a peek at the video above. There you’ll find a Ubisoft Gameplan video that shows all the One-Handed Sword locations in this new DLC.
The video is split into four parts. At approximately 16 seconds in, you’ll find the Durendal sword. At 34 seconds in, you’ll find the Ring-Sword, then the Engbert sword at around 52 seconds. The Joyeuse sword appears at one minute and 14 seconds into the video. If you’ve found any other radical new weapons in this expansion, let us know!
Following leaks that apparently revealed the release date for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Siege of Paris, today Ubisoft revealed the actual date for the expansion. In addition to announcing the release date for The Siege of Paris – which is the second expansion for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – Ubisoft also detailed the more immediate Season 3 update, which is heading to the game later this week.
The Siege of Paris, as Ubisoft has announced, will be arriving in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on August 12th. Previously, leaks suggested an August 5th release date for The Siege of Paris, but it turns out those leaks were off by a week. In any case, The Siege of Paris will add new weapons, abilities, gear, and skills to the game, and it sounds like players will need those as they go up against brand new enemies as well.
The Siege of Paris is based on the real Viking invasion and siege of the area in 845. Ubisoft says that the expansion will “set Eivor on a dangerous path of full of gripping questlines across the Frankish countryside, towards one of the infamous conquest battles in Viking history.” The expansion will also serve up Infiltration missions, which are the successors to the Black Box missions from earlier in the franchise. The Siege of Paris will cost $24.99 as a standalone purchase, but it’s also included in the Season Pass.
Later this week, Ubisoft will launch the Season 3 update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which will kick off with the Sigrblot Festival on July 29th. The festival will run until August 19th and will offer various activities at the bonfire in the Ravensthorpe settlement, including three new quests, dice mini-games, fighting tournaments, and new rewards like settlement decorations and customization items.
Of note, one of the rewards you can get from participating in the festival is the one-handed sword Skrofnung, which can be purchased from the festival shop with the Sigrblot tokens you earn. To participate in the festival, you’ll need to have reached England and completed either Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire in the main narrative and have a settlement level of at least 2, which most players should have by now. Look for the season 3 update to drop on July 29th.
When Assassin’s Creed Valhalla new expansion comes out this summer, it will allow players to relieve the Siege of Paris, Ubisoft announced at its Forward E3 event on Saturday. Historically, the 845 CE event culminated with the Vikings occupying the city and doing what they did best, plundering it for all it was worth.
How the event will unfold in Valhalla, we’ll see, but Ubisoft promised the DLC will include new weapons, gear and abilities for players to discover. Additionally, The Siege of Paris will see the return of a fan favorite feature: black box infiltration missions. Leaning into the franchise’s sandbox roots, these will give you an objective to complete, but how you go about accomplishing it will be up to you.
Come this fall, Ubisoft will also release a new Discovery Tour for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The company said the educational software will be free for all Valhalla owners. The AC team redesigned the experience to allow you to play as people from the era so that you can get an idea of what life was like in the Early Middle Ages. For the first time, Ubisoft also plans to support an AC game beyond its first year of availability. The company said it’s working on more expansions it plans to release next year.
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April was set to be a big month for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, as the game was slated to receive its first DLC expansion, Wrath of the Druids, on April 29th. Now, just about two weeks out from that release date, Ubisoft has announced a delay for the expansion. The good news is that Valhalla players won’t have to wait too much longer before they get to play it.
Indeed, Ubisoft has only delayed Wrath of the Druids by two weeks on the nose – instead of its former April 29th release date, the expansion will now be launching on May 13th. As for why the expansion was delayed, Ubisoft only says that it needs the extra time in order to “deliver a more refined experience.”
To deliver a more refined experience, we’re sharing that:
⛰️Wrath of the Druids will now release on May 13 ????We’re working on an article to provide transparency and share insights on our dev process
We might actually find out more about the reason behind this delay at some point in the near future, as Ubisoft says that it’s also working on an article that will “provide transparency and share insights on our dev process.” What kind of insights we’ll find in that article are, of course, anyone’s guess at the moment, but it could be worth checking out for those who are interested in what goes into making an Assassin’s Creed game.
Obviously, it isn’t as if delays are all that rare these days, as developers and publishers have been forced to adjust to working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic – something that has likely disrupted workflows and deadlines significantly. Whether or not that’s at play here is unknown, but the short delay makes it seem like Ubisoft only needs a little bit more time to put some finishing touches on the expansion.
Wrath of the Druids will be whisking us off to Ireland, where we’ll be investigating (and likely going toe-to-toe with, given the title) a druidic cult. This is the first of two confirmed DLC expansions for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, with the other being The Siege of Paris – a fairly self-explanatory expansion based on the title alone. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for that article Ubisoft promises in today’s tweet, along with more information about Wrath of the Druids.
As a Viking assassin raiding and rampaging your way across England, you’ll be met with more than a few people who will want to introduce you to the sharp end of their weapon while playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. While you’re certainly tough enough to shrug off more damage than any normal person ever could, you’ll still need protection if you hope to get far.
Aside from just, you know, saving your life, armor also comes in a bunch of different styles and designs that can give your character much more personality. As an RPG, though, it’s hard to resist those armor sets with bigger numbers and buffs. Let’s go over the best armor sets in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and how you can get them.
How armor works in Valhalla
Armor is broken down into five pieces in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. You have your hood, torso, helmet, bracers, and pants. You will collect different pieces of armor by looting the various chests placed around the open world, marked as gold symbols on your map. While there are fewer total armor sets than we saw in Odyssey, each one in Valhalla is more defined in what type of player it works best for. Whether you’re more interested in taking the stealthy approach or taking a mob of foes head-on, there’s an armor set that will help you out. Armor falls under in three different alignments that will give you different buffs:
Way of the Raven armor focuses on stealth.
Way of the Bear improves melee combat.
Way of the Wolf buffs your archery.
If you’re wearing at least two pieces that all align with one of these types, you will get an initial bonus — but wear all five for the full set bonus for an extra added buff. This means that there really isn’t one armor set that is objectively best, but rather sets that will be best for how you want to play the game.
This wouldn’t be a true RPG without an armor upgrade and tier system, would it? We have the base armor level, gray, followed by bronze for superior, blue for flawless, and gold being the best of the best: Mythical. Any piece of armor can be upgraded to new tiers if you bring them back to Gunnar, your resident blacksmith, back at the settlement, with the required resources. Not only does upgrading your armor improve their stats, but it also slightly alters their look and can add new rune slots.
You should make a decision about which armor set you want to invest in before actually spending any of your upgrade materials on them since they’re not all that easy to come by. You’re going to need a ton of the three ingots, carbide, nickel, and tungsten, plus leather and iron ore to get a full set all the way up to the Mythical tier you no doubt will want. The ingots will be picked up in chests either guarded by some random enemies or at the end of a small platforming section in the open world. Keep an eye out for their icon, three golden bars, while exploring, and take a detour whenever you spot them.
Leather and iron can both be bought from merchants if you would rather spend cash than time, but they can also be collected out in the world. Sharpen up a few arrows and spend some time hunting any animals you come across to gather up their leather, and bash on any glowing rocks you spot to pick up some loose iron.
Remember that you can hide armor
If you find a set that has all the bonuses and stats that you like, but you just can’t stand how those pants make your legs look or having a helmet cover your face, remember you have the option to hide any and all armor elements. Just head into the inventory menu, select which piece of gear you find ugly, and hit R3 on it to make it invisible. You’ll keep all the stats and bonuses associated with it, so there’s no need to worry about balancing fashion for function here.
The best Way of the Raven armor
If you’re leaning more into the stealth elements of Valhalla, the Raven Clan Set is a great set to keep your eye out for. Equip just two pieces from this set, and your armor will go up as your health goes down, which can be a lifesaver early on. Get the entire outfit, and your critical chance will be increased, making it that much easier to stealth assassinate high-level targets.
The Hidden Ones Set is ideal for those who are more interested in a strict stealth approach. This one requires you to find all the Hidden Ones Bureaus, so it takes a little while to unlock. But it’ll make you every bit as deadly as previous (or future) assassins in the series. The first set bonus gives you bonus damage to assassination strikes if you remain crouched and unseen for 10 seconds, and the full set makes your headshots with a bow deal more damage.
The best Way of the Bear armor
It would be impossible to pick anything besides the Berserker Set for a melee-focused armor. This set gives you a literal bear head hood, and its purpose is to keep you in the fight until you’re the last one standing. Your first bonus increases your speed as you take damage, at least until you heal that damage back. The full furry set gives you a straight increase to your attack and armor. It has everything you could want from an armor called the Berserker Set.
The best Way of the Wolf armor
Range is certainly useful, but it’s not typically what most players specialize in. If you want to give it a try, though, you’ll want to go for the Huntsman Set. You start out with a damage bonus for any target you hit that is over 20 meters away and end with a speed increase. It sounds underwhelming, we know, but being able to create that distance needed for the extra damage, plus making you that much harder to hit in return, is how you’ll want to play as a ranged character.