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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Guide Book to the Best Skills

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a big game with lots to see and do. The Viking-themed open-world game also features a large and robust set of core skills. 38, to be exact. Naturally, not all of these skills are created equal, with some being stronger and more useful than others.

In this guide, we will review the most appraised skills in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, that will turn your game into a lot of fun. We will break down all the best core skills in the game and how you can unlock them.

How to Use Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Guide Book

The skill tree in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla contains stat boost nodes and core skill nodes. These nodes are further divided into three colors: red, blue, and yellow. Unfortunately, a significant portion of the skill tree is hidden, so planning ahead turns out to be a challenging task. This guide will be running you through where the best skills are and how to get to them.

How to Unlock Skills in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

The latest title in the Assassin’s Creed series hides nothing mystical about unlocking skills. As you go about your business killing foes, completing quests, and upgrading your base, you’ll gain XP and eventually level up. While leveling isn’t represented by a particular number, each time you do so will grant you two skill points. You can use these points on the game’s expansive skill tree.

Bear Skills (Red)

If it’s red, it’s dead, as the saying goes. Bear Skills (colored red) are all about skills directly related to melee combat. 

  1. One of the best skills to grab from this part of the skill tree is Heavy Dual Wield because of the sheer amount of equipment loadouts it affords you. 

To get to this skill, you’ll need to first take Stomp, then make your way to Dual Swap – a great QoL pick – followed by Berserker’s Mettle.

  1. The other two excellent skills to shoot in this part of the skill tree are Perfect Attack and Light Bow Combo

Perfect Attack tacks on bonus damage for timing your combo strikes. Light Bow Combo adds more damage for repeatedly landing hits with your light bow. These skills can be acquired by unlocking the upwards path of the Bear Skills tree.

  1. You can follow up these skills with a few more honorable mentions that live down the right-hand path of the red skill tree. 

Parry Damage will add a small amount of damage to your parrying. At the same time, Warrior Takedown allows you to beat the snot out of unsuspecting enemies instead of silently killing them. While this alerts others to your presence, it fills your Adrenaline completely, which gives you plenty of juice to play around with. Then synergy comes to play, with the Adrenaline Fiend granting you more attack power for each Adrenaline bar you fill.

Raven Skills (Yellow)

This skill tree is what puts the “assassin” into the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla title. Acquiring Raven Skills means enhancing your capabilities as a master of stealth and assassination. If you like mixing some trickery into your play style, then you’ll surely want the goods this side of the skill tree has to offer.

  1. Let’s start with what is hands down the best skill in the entire game, Brush With Death.

You’ll spiral into this fantastic ability by taking the downward path from Dual Swap (Bear Skills tree), making you much more than a fearsome adversary. This skill adds a slight slow effect whenever you successfully dodge an enemy attack. Therefore, giving you more time to counterattack or go for another dodge if you’re being swarmed. It’s handy when you’re low on health and need an opening to flee. Even if you don’t want to invest in more Raven Skills, we highly recommend putting some points into getting this one.

  1. Counter Roll finds itself in second place only because it’s fair.

This fantastic skill can be found by branching down from the Heavy Dual Wield (Bear Skills tree). By acquiring it, you can counter unblockable attacks by rolling behind your opponent. The problem is that some powerful enemy attacks may still hit you even when you successfully use this skill. Still, it’s a great way to invest your points.

  1. Finally, Guided Arrow lets you control Predator Bow shots.

You can grab this skill by moving down from where you got Brush With Death.

Wolf Skills (Blue)

The Wolf Skills tree is about increasing your survivability and the effectiveness of your ranged attacks. Admittedly, there aren’t many exciting abilities here, but the best ones can complement any type of build.

  1. For starters, you’ll definitely want to pick up Hunter Bow Combo.

This skill can be found through the northeast path from the skill tree starting point. It enables you to draw your next arrow much quicker when you time your shots with a Hunter Bow. To accomplish this, you need to release your hand as soon as your bowstring is fully pulled.

  1. Next, Battleground Bolt is quite fun and devastating.

You can pick it up by heading southeast from the start of the skill tree. This skill will allow you to pick up enemy weapons from the ground and chuck them back at them for immense damage.

  1. Other honorable mentions for this skill tree are Charged Shot for bigger ranged damage and Sprint Attack, which allows you to take a swipe at enemies while you dash.

One thing to remember is that you can change your build at any time without the need to spend resources. So to summarize, you can experiment with different setups to your heart’s content. And this concludes our guide to the best skills in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

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