Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a pretty 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 far stronger and more useful than others.
In this two-part guide to the best skills in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, we break down all of the best core skills in the game and how to unlock them.
How to Unlock Skills in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
There’s nothing mystical about unlocking skills in the latest title in the Assassin’s Creed series. As you go about your business killing foes, completing quests and upgrading your base, you’ll gain XP and eventually level up. While levelling 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 games expansive skill tree.
How to Use This Guide
The skill tree in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla contains stat boost nodes and core skill nodes. Nodes are further divided into three colours: red, blue and yellow. A big portion of the skill tree is hidden so it’s difficult to plan ahead. This guide will be running you through where the best skills are and how to get to them.
Bear Skills (Red)
If it’s red, it’s dead, as the saying goes. Bear Skills (coloured red) are all about skills directly related to melee combat. 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 – great QoL pick – followed by Berserker’s Mettle.
The other two great 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. Both of these skills can be acquired by unlocking the upwards path of the Bear Skills tree.
You can follow up these skills with a few more honourable mentions that live down the right-hand path of the red skill tree. Parry Damage will add a small amount of damage to your parry and can be quite useful if you’re good at parrying. 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 to full which gives you plenty of juice to play around with. This synergizes excellently with Adrenaline Fiend which grants you more attack power for each Adrenaline bar you have filled.
We’ll be covering Raven Skills (yellow) and Wolf Skills (blue) in Part 2 of our guide to the best skills in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.