Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gear: Weapons, Armor & Upgrades
Ahhh, the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gear! Which includes both the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla weapons and the AC Valhalla armor! Now, this is a topic worth discussing friends and we are going to do this below because I have a lot of info to share with you.
As I promised in my previous breakdown about the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Loot Boxes, next we will focus on the gear in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
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Good then. So let’s begin with our Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay trailer breakdown in which we will identify all the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla weapons we’ll get to use in the game.
However, in order to better understand the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gear and what we can expect to see in the upcoming game, we will start with the latest information we’ve got from developers.
Darby McDevitt’s Interview
And this information can be found in Darby McDevitt’s interview for the Official PlayStation Magazine.
As you can see, in the said interview Darby McDevitt outlines that every piece of gear is unique in the game and can be upgraded extensively so we can use it for a long time. From this statement, we can understand two things.
First, that all weapons and gear pieces are unique, and if let’ say we find an epic or legendary weapon early in the game; we can upgrade it so it can match our character’s level.
Furthermore, we can finish the game with the same weapon we have used when we started our journey as Eivor if we wish to do that.
The second important fact that we can understand is that generic weapons will not be available, and by that, I mean the weapons dropped by our enemies. Simply because the weapons are unique and it would be impossible.
However, keep in mind that we are talking about weapons dropped by enemies while fighting; not weapons you can loot after killing an enemy.
Regarding the level of our gear and how we will upgrade the weapons; I am not going into detail here because we are going to cover this topic another time.
So right now, we are going to focus on the weapons we can expect to see in the game. And the first type of weapon is the spear.
Why the spear? Because it was the cheapest weapon used by Vikings. The price of a weapon is very important for the Viking Age, and we need to understand that the iron or other metals were not only rare but also very expensive.
Simply put the less metal a weapon had, the cheaper it was.
And since a spear had only the tip made of metal, it was a very cheap and common weapon. The Viking spear was used by the common class and it was also used both as a throwing weapon and as a thrusting weapon. Multiple variations existed, but again we will not go into details.
In the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla trailers revealed by Ubisoft, we can see the spears appearing multiple times and it is also used as a throwing weapon.
Another type of weapon that appears in the trailers and was inexpensive for Vikings is the bow. Used both for hunting and during their raids, the bow is the ranged weapon we will rely on the most in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla video game.
At the beginning of the first trailer we can spot Eivor’s quiver, and this weapon is also confirmed by the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla hunting activity, we have discussed in one of my videos. If you missed it you can watch it here.
The bows were made of yew, ash, or elm while the arrowheads were made of iron; although history tells us that Vikings also used bones or antlers for arrowheads, simply because as I said iron was rare and very expensive.
Moving on, we have the axe which was the most common hand weapon among Vikings. A little more expensive than the spear, the Viking axe had three variations all of them being featured in Ubisoft’s trailers.
First, we have the bearded axe which is both a tool and a weapon. It is the one that Eivor uses as his main weapon.
Next, we have the Dane axe, also known as the English long axe we can spot on Eivor’s companion.
It is notably larger as you can see.
Finally, we have the throwing axe which is the smallest variation.
Again, it appears several times in both trailers.
Vikings used axes a lot during the Viking age because unlike swords they required fewer metals to be produced since axes had the handles made of wood.
This doesn’t mean, however, that swords will not be available in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
They will, but we need to understand that the swords which required a lot of iron and other metals, were very costly to make, and a sign of high status.
Owning a sword was a matter of high honor. Furthermore, the Viking Age swords were for single-handed use to be combined with a shield; although I am pretty sure we will see double-handed swords as well.
The last two Assassin’s Creed Valhalla weapons that have been confirmed by Ubisoft appear in this screenshot and as you can see both of them are blunt weapons: a flail and a hammer.
And no, that is not Thor’s hammer as many people falsely claim.
Now, along with the weapons we’ve talked about so far, we can also expect to see knives. These can be throwing knives, the single edge knives known as knifr and the machete-like knife known as seax.
Finally, slings may be included as silent ranged weapons as they were heavily used by Vikings; the Viking polearm known as atgeir which was similar to a glaive; and obviously the hidden blade that we will discuss in another breakdown.
Before moving forward to the shields it’s worth mentioning that although it’s not confirmed yet, the rope dart may return and if you want to know how this is possible you will find the answer in this video I have uploaded on Youtube.
Last but not least dual wielding will be available as confirmed by Ubisoft which means we will be able to use most of the weapons we saw, in various combinations; such as axe plus sword, double swords, and even double shields. Which brings us the next topic.
When talking about the shields in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla things are a bit easier; because we can expect only two types.
First, we have the common round shields we can spot everywhere in the trailers. These were made of wood because obviously they were inexpensive.
Then we have the kite shield which appears in the picture above. One thing we need to keep in mind is that Ubisoft tells us that we will be able to equip Eivor with two shields.
I believe because of their size, only common round shields can be equipped; because the kite shields were not only bigger but also heavier.
How we will be able to fight using two rounded shields, well this is a question I don’t have an answer for right now. Maybe you do and I can’t wait to read your opinions in the comments section.
Moving to the final topic, or the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla armor; so far we know that all gear is unique in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and this gear is upgradable at the blacksmith in the settlement. Upgrading the gear will also give new visuals. We can choose to interchange the visuals of all armors and weapons that we have obtained.
This bit of info comes from Ubisoft, but if we take a closer look at the picture above; we can see that there are different sets of gear Eivor is wearing.
The first one on the left shows that Eivor is wearing light leather armor, while in the middle we can see our Viking wearing a medium armor with pieces of metal on the chest plate.
Finally, we have a heavy armor set with a metal helmet, which looks quite awesome if you ask me.
But if we connect this picture with the info we have from history, it is also the most expensive one.
So, let’s see what we can expect from AC Valhalla. Well, I believe the gear will remain as it is in Odyssey; meaning that we will be able to equip Eivor with a hood or headgear if you want; then we will be able to use various gauntlets, garments, belts, and boots.
These will be fully upgradable according to Darby McDevitt; and once we upgrade a piece of gear; it will not only become more efficient, but the visuals will also change.
Hence, I believe that the set we see in the picture above is the same one; but after several development phases.
Ok, so I think this is the majority of weapons we will be able to use in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and how the gear will actually look like. Keep in mind though that I will have new videos ready for you this week; in which we will analyze how upgrading weapons and gear work, and also a lot of cool info about our settlements.
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