Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — How Skills And Abilities Work

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla brings the familiar series trappings into a new, icy landscape set in the Viking age. But while it is fairly similar to the two most recent Assassin’s Creed games, Origins and Odyssey, it makes a big change to how you obtain skills, stat boosts, and special abilities. In fact, Skills and Abilities are entirely distinct from each other this time around and are developed in different ways. Here’s a primer on how the two systems work and how to get the most out of both of them.

Eivor’s Skills

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Skills in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla become available soon after a brief tutorial, and you’re awarded more skill points both early and often. The familiar leveling system from previous Assassin’s Creed games has been streamlined to award you skill points for each time you fill your EXP meter. That’s in part because there are many more skills to buy in Valhalla than in the prior games, thanks to a broader skill tree that’s full of stat buffs and new moves. To start, you’ll have a choice to invest in one of three directions.

Way of the Bear (melee)

Way of the Bear is the big aggressive brawler type, and awards you with skills to make you a fearsome and front-facing warrior. You get benefits toward melee combat like duel-wielding two-handed weapons, the ability to scare away weaker enemies with your attacks, along with damage resistance and fire resistance. You’ll also get combat counters that let you do more damage at different points during combat, like knocking over enemies while running or dealing damage during a parry.

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