Assassin’s Creed Odyssey introduces a host of new gameplay systems not seen in previous entries. With its shift to a full action RPG set in Ancient Greece, approaching this adventure requires a different strategy. After spending 50 hours in the game, we’ve learned valuable tips and tricks that will help you get started on the right foot. In this beginner’s guide, we’ll provide you with all the information you need to navigate this vast world more easily.
Choose Your Character
For the first time in the series, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey allows you to choose between two characters: Alexios and Kassandra. The good news is that the choice doesn’t impact gameplay significantly. Both characters share the same movesets, skill trees, dialogue options, and storylines. The only difference lies in the character portrayal, with Alexios being more aggressive and Kassandra more cunning.
Dismantle Unneeded Gear
As an RPG, weapons and armor have level requirements and point values. You’ll collect gear as you progress, but not all of it will be useful. Instead of selling unwanted gear to the blacksmith, it’s more beneficial to dismantle it. By doing so, you’ll obtain soft leather and iron metal, which are essential for upgrading your existing gear. Upgrading is crucial because, despite finding new gear frequently, it may not match your character’s level or boost your attack and defense effectively.
Upgrade Epic/Legendary Gear
Gear in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey falls into four categories: Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. Epic and Legendary gear offer three stat boosts, making them more desirable. It’s wise to equip Epic or Legendary gear whenever possible. Consequently, it’s not advisable to spend materials upgrading gear that falls below the Epic threshold. Legendary gear, especially, provides better boosts and higher point values, making it an excellent long-term investment.
Engrave Weapons and Armor
Enhance your weapons and armor by engraving them at the blacksmith. Engraving adds extra buffs to your gear and requires fewer materials compared to upgrades. For example, by engraving a legendary sword, we managed to boost damage against Spartan soldiers by an additional eight percent. If you’re struggling with enemies and don’t have the resources for upgrades, engraving can provide a temporary edge.
Unlock Skill Upgrades
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features a skill tree divided into three paths: bow, melee weapons, and stealth. Each skill has three tiers, offering a wide array of options. As you progress, you’ll acquire skill points to spend. However, in the early stages, it’s crucial to make smart choices. One skill we highly recommend acquiring early on is Second Wind in the Warrior class. This skill provides health regeneration, which proves invaluable as you embark on your journey. Focus on skills that align with your preferred play style, whether it’s stealth, melee combat, or ranged attacks.
Similar to Assassin’s Creed Origins, you have access to Ikaros to scout the environment from above. The game prompts you to call Ikaros for objective locations, but don’t limit yourself to just that. Use Ikaros to mark enemies, treasure chests, and war supplies in enemy bases. By freezing Ikaros and surveying the surroundings, you can save time and locate points of interest easily. This method is beneficial in fully completing locations, granting you experience points.
Watch for Mercenaries and Pay Bounties
Odyssey incorporates a morality system similar to Grand Theft Auto’s police system. Engaging in negative actions such as killing civilians or stealing items attracts bounties on your head. This leads to mercenaries pursuing you. Be aware of their locations, as they are marked on the map with helmets. If a red helmet is visible, it means a mercenary is coming after you. To avoid unnecessary trouble, it’s advisable to either pay off the mercenaries or eliminate them before they catch you in unfavorable situations. In case you encounter higher-level mercenaries, it’s best to retreat, hide, and pay them off later.
Combat in Odyssey follows the mechanics of Origins—methodical and less forgiving than previous games in the series. Pay particular attention to mastering parrying (LT + RT or L2 + R2). When an enemy is about to attack, their weapon glimmers, indicating the perfect moment to initiate a parry. Timing is forgiving, allowing you to pull off this move without difficulty. A successful parry opens up an opportunity for multiple attacks and often knocks enemies off balance. Parrying proves critical in boss battles and encounters with powerful enemies.
Loot, Loot, Loot
Opportunities for looting abound in Odyssey. From small bags of drachmae to chests and fallen enemies, there’s always something to collect. Don’t overlook these opportunities. You might find useful gear, additional resources like iron metal, or even new weapons. Killing high-value targets and looting chests in forts often yield substantial rewards, including weapons, currency, and materials. So, remember to grab the spoils of victory!
Seek Out Synchronization Spots
Synchronization points, represented by birds on the map, hold great significance. Unlocking a synchronization point allows you to fast travel to that location. Given the vastness of the map, you’ll appreciate the convenience of fast travel. Whenever you spot a synchronization point nearby, don’t hesitate to activate it, even if it requires a slight detour. You’ll thank yourself later when you need to cover large distances quickly.
Around the halfway mark, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey becomes more challenging, requiring you to complete sidequests in addition to the main story. When you encounter a nearby sidequest (marked with an exclamation point), consider taking it on. Sidequests typically require less time than main missions but provide similar amounts of experience points. Similarly, conquer enemy fortresses to complete location objectives. A fortress assault involves eliminating leaders, looting chests, and destroying war supplies. By accomplishing these objectives, you’ll gain experience points, acquire gear, and gather valuable materials.
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