On this page of our guide for Assassin's Creed Valhalla you will find all the information about stealth and stealth kills. You will learn, among other things, how to avoid detection more effectively, how to easily kill your enemies silently, how to use useful assassination skills and how to lower the default difficulty level of stealth mechanics.
Stealth difficulty level
Assassin's Creed Valhalla enables you to set the difficulty level for stealth mechanics separately. You can do this for the first time when you start a new game. The three main difficulty levels are:
- Apprentice – easy difficulty
- Assassin – default normal difficulty
- Master Assassin – high difficulty
Changing the difficulty level affects how keen the opponents' senses are, i.e. at higher difficulty levels they can spot Eivor faster and react more effectively to events in their surrounding. This will make it harder to stay hidden.
You can also change the difficulty level after the game has started, from the options menu. The options also include a very big help in the form of Guaranteed Assassination. It enables you kill every opponent (except for bosses) with a single stealth attack. The game, however, treats this as cheating, because on all standard difficulty levels you have to try harder to kill elite enemies and a single hidden blade attack may be insufficient.
On our part, we recommend to play at normal stealth difficulty level and, if necessary, consider lowering it in locations where it is most difficult to stay hidden.
Basics of stealth
There are many mechanics available on Assassin's Creed Valhalla that can facilitate the use of stealth options. One of the most important is Odin's Sight, which you can use to "scan" an area. It is also an excellent ability to locate and track opponents. Thanks to it, you can reduce the risk of being spotted by someone.
If you are going to enter an unknown location where there are many opponents, using raven scouting is also a good idea. In this way you can easily know the location of your enemies, mark them in order to track them more easily while controlling Eivor, as well as locate the main target of the mission more effectively (e.g. if there is a specific person to be eliminated).
You main tool for stealth kills will probably be the hidden blade. The weapon is not available from the very beginning of the game, but you don't have to wait long to receive it - we described it on the page titled Hidden Blade - how to unlock it. The hidden blade can of course be used in various ways, not only when sneaking behind the opponent's back, but also, for example, by jumping down on them.
Another good way of quietly getting rid of enemies is to use the bow. When using the bow, we recommend:
- Make sure that your opponent's health bar, in which you aim, is fully marked in red, because only then will the hit guarantee a kill. Aim at your enemies' heads, if you can.
- Using the predator bow. You can use it to aim more precisely in FPP mode, deal more damage (especially critical damage), and after purchasing the Guided Arrow skill, control the flight of your arrows for even greater precision.
Hiding in high grass is most helpful in avoiding detection when traversing hostile locations. You can use the grass to avoid your enemies or to wait for patrols, as well as to drag away individual opponents. Eivor can whistle and get rid of the opponent who will come to investigate the noise.
Another very helpful gadget for staying hidden is a hood that can delay detection by enemies. This applies mainly to all kinds of urban locations where, apart from civilians, there may be opponents. The hood is put on from the drop-down menu and in addition to the aforementioned detection delay, it enables you to blend in with your surroundings - you can, for example, sit on a bench or start moving together with a group of monks. We recommend using the hood if you do not want to alert the entire location and, for example, sneak your way to the mission target in a public place without starting a fight.
There are three alert levels in the game. White color indicates that your actions may have been noticed by enemies, but they do not plan to take any steps yet. You can take advantage of this and try to quickly disappear from their field of vision.
Yellow color means that the opponents may be approach the suspicious area. Red color means your enemies have been alerted. They will go towards the hero with the intention of killing him/her, although in some locations someone may also run to ring the bell and alert the entire neighborhood (you can kill that person quickly enough or sabotage the bell earlier).
One of the skills that are very helpful in silently eliminating as many enemies as possible is Chained Assassination (left bottom of the tree). This skill enables you to kill 2 enemies standing side by side in a single action.
In order to use this skill you have to sneak up to the first opponent, initiate a stealth attack, turn the camera towards the second nearby opponent and press the stealth attack button (R1 / RB) again to throw the axe at the target. If you have done everything correctly, 2 enemies will die and you will not alert the rest of the area.
Stealth kills on elite opponents
Another skill that is extremely helpful in stealth actions is Advanced Assassination (lower part of the tree). Thanks to this skill you can attempt stealth killis on elite enemies, i.e. those over whose have names and unique health bars displayed above their heads. By default, an attack using the hidden blade will only deprive an elite enemy of some health and you will have to finish the fight the hard way. This skill can eliminate this risk.
You must start by launching a stealth attack by pressing R1 / RB after getting behind the back or above an elite opponent. However, you also have to pass a QTE sequence correctly, i.e. press R1 / RB again when the brackets are in the red fields. Only then will Eivor deal increased damage and manage to kill the elite enemy.
This skill will not enable to eliminate or weaken the bosses except in exceptional situations where you can sneak up to the boss before the beginning of proper battle.