Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Tips and Tricks – Scenery, Stealth, and Spartan Kicks
If you’re looking for a few Assassin’s Creed Odyssey tips and tricks to help you stab your way through Ancient Greece, we have you covered.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey marks the eleventh release of Ubisoft’s storied franchise (not counting remasters, mobile games, and the Chronicles releases), and the series is as strong as it’s ever been. Exploring the classical Hellenistic world popularly known as Ancient Greece is a massive undertaking. Don’t be surprised if it takes you over 100 hours to complete the game, and that’s where this Assassin’s Creed Odyssey tips and tricks guide comes in.
In Odyssey, you’ll control one of two characters, proto-assassins working hundreds of years before the Order was founded or the Templars began to organize. Regardless of which non-assassin assassin you choose, you’ll follow a story that will take you through the height of the Peloponnesian War, watching as the concept of democracy is born, following in the footsteps of legends – and helping a few of them on their way.
It’s a big game, and it can be overwhelming at first. With that in mind, we have a few tips to help you get going, some shortcuts to help you advance, and some Easter eggs.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC – What’s to Come
In news that should surprise no one, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has DLC already confirmed. What may surprise you is how much of it you can expect.
Along with several pieces of content for Odyssey, Ubisoft is planning on releasing remastered versions of two full games. Both Assassin’s Creed III Remastered and Assassin’s Creed III Liberation Remastered will be available to purchase separately, but Odyssey Season Pass holders will receive both as part of the $39.99 price tag.
Along with the two remastered games, Odyssey will also receive a huge amount of content, both free and as part of the pass. The paid content currently includes two complete stories, both of which will be released in episodic format with new episodes coming at six-week intervals. Each story contains three episodes.
The first piece is titled “Story Arc 1 – Legacy of the First Blade,” and features the first hero ever to wield the hidden blade. The first episode will be released in December. The second piece, “Story Arc II – The Fate of Atlantis,” will pit players against godly creatures as they uncover the secrets of the sunken city and learn more about the First Civilization. It will be released in spring 2019.
The free content will include recurring in-game events that appear daily and weekly, and include major battles against powerful enemies including epic ships and mercenaries. The “Discovery Tour” will allow players to explore real-world historical locations from the Hellenistic era, and new mythical monsters will be added as well.
Odyssey will also feature a steady stream of new content known under the banner of “The Lost Tales of Greece,” offering free episodic questlines.
- Assassin’s Creed III will be released in March 2019. The remastered game will feature all of the original DLC.
- The Season Pass will be sold separately or as part of the Gold, Collectors, and Ultimate Editions.
- A New Game Plus will be released soon, for free.
Alexios or Kassandra – Choose Wisely (but Choose Kassandra)
The first major choice you will need to make in Odyssey is whether you play as Alexios or his sister Kassandra. The story plays out mostly the same (with a few minor exceptions), but the performances are different, as is the dialogue.
There’s no right or wrong choice, but of the two, Kassandra is the more original character. Alexios is a traditional hero and he is more than worthy of joining the assassin’s pantheon, but Kassandra is an exceptional character for any game series. This veers a bit into opinion, but Kassandra is also much funnier, and her character conveys depth where Alexios is a little more one-dimensional.
Don’t let that scare you away though, and you can always replay and try the other character while making new choices.
- Ubisoft has not confirmed who the canon assassin is or if there is one.
- Oddly, the promotional materials (including official image assets) tend to focus on Alexios.
- The official novelization focuses on Kassandra.
- There will be a New Game Plus added as DLC, giving you a good excuse to play both with both characters.
Choosing Sides – You’re Not Here to Make Friends
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey puts you in the sandals of a mercenary during the Peloponnesian War, as Sparta and its allies faced off against Athens and its partners. Throughout the game, you’ll find yourself both friends and enemies with both sides, but for the most part you don’t really need to worry too much about it.
The game is designed so that the consequences of your actions don’t necessarily blow back on you. If you’re tasked with destabilizing a region and killing its leader it won’t necessarily hurt your standing with the opposite side, so don’t stress too much about making or losing friends.
A major feature of Odyssey includes a Conquest Battle feature. To complete these, you’ll need to enter an area that can be conquered, then go about completing missions in that are meant to shift the balance of power. Once you’ve done enough damage, the area’s boss will come out of hiding. Fight and kill him and you may find yourself in battle with up to 150 v 150. You’ll have the option of being on the attacking team (signified by a red icon) or defending (blue). Unless you are being pushed to one side by the story, the choice is yours.
- Attacking is generally tougher, but it will yield better rewards.
- During a battle, look for the captains and try to kill them as quickly as possible to gain the advantage.
- The outcome of the battle is minor, so feel free to choose whoever you prefer.
Combat – Attack and Attack Some More
The combat in Odyssey should be somewhat familiar to veterans of the series (especially those that played Origins), but there is enough to differentiate it and there are also personal preferences. The choice of weapons plays a big part in the way you fight, but ultimately your attack power is more dependent on your level and the weapon of your level than the type.
You’ll also need to pick fights with people near or below you in level – if they have a red number they are significantly higher than you. It’s not impossible to beat them, but it will be a pointlessly difficult fight.
Once you’ve earned a few different types of weapons, try them out to see which ones work for you. You may prefer slower but more powerful weapons, or you may choose to go with something quicker that takes more strikes. It’s a matter of preference, but it’s worth experimenting.
Once you start to unlock abilities, be sure to mix them into your combat – don’t leave them unused. To use them, you’ll first need to fill up your adrenaline bar, which is broken into segments. You’ll fill it through standard combat, but you’ll get there quicker with critical hits and parries.
- If an enemy is two levels or more above you, the fight will be extremely difficult.
- Enemies at the same level or higher that are equipped with unique attacks or heavy armor will be significantly harder than others at the same level.
- If you are having trouble with combat, try weapons that have reach, like a spear. It may prolong a fight, but it gives you a bit of space.
- A well-timed Spartan Kick can interrupt an enemies attack.
- The bow is a great way to kill enemies, but it is far better at a distance for stealth kills than in a brawl.
- Draw your bow and walk near an open flame to light the arrow on fire and deal extra damage.
- When you hit level 15, you will be able to switch between two primary weapons.
- Heavy attacks and special attacks are the best way to break through to an enemy with a shield, but parrying can also leave them open.
- If you are having trouble with an enemy, lure them to an elevated area, position them near a big drop, then use the Spartan Kick to send them flying off the edge to their death.
- Your health bar will refill over time, but if it is low and you are in trouble, run for it.
- Use the “Second Wind” ability to gain back a little health.
- If you are having trouble with enemies, meditate and wait for night to try sneaking up on them.
Combat – Bury Them at Sea
Full nautical combat returns to the Assassin’s Creed series after taking several years off, and it remains essentially the same despite some new/very old ships.
You’ll earn your ship and the barebones crew as soon as you leave your home island of Kephallonia – it’s part of the story progression, you can’t miss it. Once you take control of your ship, the world is yours to explore. You can instantly sail south then east around the Lakonian coast and into the Aegean Sea to unfog the map, or you can head right to your next objective and let things unfold over time. If you choose the former, be prepared to spend a lot of time sailing from one site to the other (the map is HUGE), and be prepared to run from enemies that are much tougher than you.
Your ship will match your personal level, but there are plenty of upgrades that need to be addressed. In total there are nine categories ranging from offensive to defensive capabilities, and they will require a combination of six types of materials – wood, iron, animal skins, precious stones, ancient tablets, and obsidian glass. These are the same resources you’ll need to upgrade your equipment, so plan accordingly.
You begin with the most basic armaments, including arrows, javelins, and the ability to ram. This should be fine early on, as long as you don’t take on multiple enemies at a time (at least not more than two), but eventually you’ll need more firepower and the only way to do that is through upgrades. You’ll also want to toughen your ship’s hull to increase its defense, which has the added benefit of unlocking spots for lieutenants.
Each lieutenant has their own bonus stats to help you out, and you can equip up to four at a time (once you’ve unlocked all four slots). To earn these lieutenants you’ll need to recruit them (or in some cases, earn them as bonuses through things like the Ubisoft Club). You can recruit a huge assortment of lieutenants, but the legendary characters are by far the best. Mercenaries tend to make good lieutenants, so too do captains and fort commanders. Recruit often and dismiss those you don’t need.
Once you are ready, you can take on nearly any fully crewed naval ship you come across – just don’t expect an easy or fast fight. Make sure you are using the “brace” command to minimalize the damage of incoming attacks and keep an eye on how long it takes to recharge your own abilities. It’s tempting to instantly ram an enemy, but unless they are much lower than you in level, save that until closer to the end or be prepared to retreat quickly – you’ll take a lot of damage if you stay next to them. Feel free to board if you want a little more loot, or sink the enemy and loot the wreckage.
- You can unlock Evie Frye through the Ubisoft Club as a lieutenant on your ship. You’ll need to have the “Master Assassin” badge, which is earned by acquiring 7,500 XP from AC games – basically, you need to have played several of the games or complete every challenge in Origins.
- Don’t neglect upgrading your boat. There will come a point when you just can’t compete unless you are upgrading.
- If you upgrade your ship during a flight, it will also fill your health.
- Epic ship battles return. These battles will be introduced and rotated on a weekly basis. You’ll need to be at least level 30 to go after them. You’ll earn huge amounts of XP, money, resources, and new ship skins.
Mercenaries and Bounties – Come and Get it
When you roam the lands of Ancient Greece you have plenty of choices – that includes whether or not to break the law. To be fair, that choice is often as thin as whether or not you hit a button, and the rewards for things like stealing can be significant so it’s probably a matter of when you anger the locals rather than if. And when that happens, there are consequences.
The more crimes you commit in an area – including stealing, killing, trespassing, and sinking ships – the more you’ll begin to attract the attention of mercenaries and bounty hunters. Once they start to come for you, it’s sort of like a series of random boss battles that can strike suddenly, sometimes without warning. Winning these fights earns you big rewards, including XP, ship resources, and occasionally legendary gear. If you manage to knock them out rather than kill them, you’ll get the rewards and also have the option to recruit them as lieutenants.
There are five levels of alert. For each level you reach, a new mercenary is deployed, meaning you could have five of them converge on you at once.
When a mercenary is after you, you’ll need to deal with them one way or another. You can find them on your map as a red icon, and if you see them first, you can sneak up and score a critical assassination on them. It may not kill them, but it will take off a lot of health. You can also target mercenaries even if they aren’t after you – just look for them on the map as a gray icon. You can earn great loot, so it’s worth targeting them.
However you approach the mercenaries, it’s something you need to keep an eye on. If you’re on a mission that requires you to break some laws – and that’s very common – you could be in the middle of a mission and suddenly have a much tougher fight if mercenaries suddenly show up.
- If you are about to head into a mission where you know you’ll be killing and stealing, you may want to pay off any existing bounties from the menu to avoid surprises.
- If you want to cancel your wanted level without spending any money, open your map and look for the bounty “sponsors,” represented by red coin purses. Kill them to remove the bounty.
- You can use mercenaries to your advantage. If you are in a tough fight and one finds you, they will often attack your enemies before turning on you. You can even lure them into fights if you plan ahead.
- Mercenaries are smarter and more determined than other enemies. They can be fooled, but eventually they will get your scent.
- Mercenaries will attack you at sea.
- If you have identified the mercenary, read up about them in the menu. It can highlight specific weaknesses.
- Use the Spartan Kick, paralytic arrow, or fists to knock someone out when their health is low.
- Epic mercenaries will be rotated in an out on a weekly basis, offering legendary loot and huge amounts of XP.
- Clearing out an entire tier of mercenaries gives you rewards.
- Tier 2: The chance of finding better loot increases by 10-percent
- Tier 3: Equipment upgrades cost 10-percent less
- Tier 4: Ship upgrades cost 20-percent less
- Tier 5: Bounty removal costs 20-percent less
- Tier 6: Engraving costs 20-percent less
- Tier 7: Contract and bounty rewards are 20-percent more
- Tier 8: Blacksmith prices are 20-percent less
Microtransactions – To Pay or Not to Pay
There’s been a lot of talk online over the last week about the microtransactions in Odyssey. The good news is that you can ignore them if you choose; the bad news is that there is at least one that will be hard to pass up.
For the most part, the microtransactions are fairly minor in what they offer – things like new weapons and armor are nice, but you’ll earn plenty of those during the game. Shortcuts like revealing parts of the map might make sense, but they can take away from the fun of exploration. The one that stands out and has drawn a lot of heat, however, is the permanent XP boost.
Odyssey can be a tough game in the early hours, especially once you leave your home island and gain the freedom to explore Ancient Greece. You’ll quickly find yourself outmatched again and again, and there will always be something you want to upgrade or an ability you want to unlock. Even dozens of hours in, you’ll be striving for that next ability or advantage. The XP bonus significantly helps with that and it opens up the game much earlier than you would be able to do otherwise. It also makes exploration and completing side quests more beneficial, as the XP rewards are 10% better.
But with that said, it isn’t necessary. You can safely ignore it and play the game without the bonuses. It takes longer to earn certain abilities and power yourself up, but you won’t notice the difference – you may actually regret it if you plan to do most of the side quests as you may max your ability tree out before you’re done. Still, it’s a tempting offer, and ultimately it is up to you.
- The XP boost requires Helix (which you can earn through gameplay), but if you don’t have any it will cost you $10.
- The permanent drachma boost may seem like a decent bonus, but you won’t need it.
Stats and Restats – Never Settle
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is an action RPG, which means you’ll be leveling up as you go. And for each new level you’ll earn a point that you can use to purchase a new passive or active ability. It’s a familiar system, with a few minor twists.
To start with, the active abilities you can equip are limited in number – you can have up to four active archery-specific abilities and four general attacks. You can switch them out at will through the menu, but there’s another feature you should keep an eye on. Odyssey allows you to reset your ability points, so if you try one and you don’t like it, reset and assign the points elsewhere.
Ultimately, it really just depends on personal preference. Some abilities are better than others, but focusing on your personal style – mainly assassin versus combat-heavy – is up to you.
- While all the abilities have their benefits, the “Spartan Kick” is one that you can, and should use throughout the entire game.
- Being able to heal yourself during fights will be a huge help, so consider the “Second Wind” ability early.
- Several abilities have multiple tiers to power up.
Upgrading Equipment – Conservation
In many ways, Odyssey is a Diablo-like game, built on loot. You’ll find loot everywhere, and you’ll constantly be swapping out armor and weapons as you level up and find more powerful versions. They are all valid and simply based on preference and stats, so you’ll want to swap them often.
Each piece of equipment features at least one engraving, which gives it a slight bonus. Equipment that is rare or higher can have an engraving of your choice added, and these engravings can be swapped out – although it does cost you money and resources. Engravings can only be added/altered at a blacksmith.
If you have the resources, you can also upgrade weapons at the blacksmith. This will improve their damage and raise their overall level, but it’s not worth it to upgrade average or even rare equipment – you’ll find better replacements that don’t cost anything. Legendary equipment is a different story.
Legendary equipment tends to be significantly more powerful than comparable weapons and armor, and it also comes with more engravings. It’s worth keeping these legendary pieces even if you move on from them, then if you have a glut of resources and cash at some point, you can upgrade them.
- You may be tempted to upgrade your equipment every chance you get, but it is a huge waste of resources. Wait until you are having trouble with enemies to upgrade, and stick to a few pieces until you are much deeper into the game.
- Mercenaries are a great source for legendary equipment.
- You share resources between yourself and your ship, so don’t neglect one for the other.
- You can break down extra equipment for the component materials through the menu.
General Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Tips and Tricks
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- Save often – especially before you enter a major event.
- You can choose to play the new “Exploratory” or traditional “Guided” mode. Exploratory makes you use clues and environments to find objects, but it’s generally straightforward and it adds an interesting layer.
- If you are playing the “Guided” mode and can’t find your objective, just switch to “Exploratory.” You can switch back later.
- If you equip and then drop your torch, you can use it to light arrows on fire and use them against enemies and environments.
- Use your eagle Ikaros constantly – it will highlight enemies, loot, and more.
- Hold up on the d-pad and it will highlight objects in a circular area from you – this is especially useful in caves filled with objects.
- There’s a mountain peak in Lakonia where you’ll find a sword in a stone. You can’t do anything with it, but it’s an interesting little nod to King Arthur.
- On a small island in Pandora’s Cove, there a small circle of rocks with a leafy guardian in the middle, a clear reference to the Korok Seeds from The Legend of Zelda series.
- If you want to level up quickly early on, ignore missions and just run from question mark to question mark. Eventually, you’ll hit a point where you need more XP than it’s worth, but it helps in the early hours.
- You can farm drachma if you have the patientce. Just find two or three forts with multiple chests and travel from one to the other. They reset, so you can continually bounce between them to earn money and equipment to sell.