Hello, and welcome to this new series we’ll be doing here on our website. Can you 100%? The answer to that question is yes, you can. Any game can be easily 100%ed; it’s just a matter of how much patience you have and how much time you are willing to invest in the game. Some luck is always required for certain games and certain achievements, but in most cases, with patience and perseverance, any game can be easily 100% completed. My fellow achievement hunters will love this series, and I’d like to know how many games you have completed personally; mine is somewhere in the ballpark of 200, with a 75% completion rate on my profile.
Some ground rules before we start:
- 1- We’ll only be taking into account the metrics of all achievements unlocked/trophies earned, so in-game completion is a non-factor.
- 2- We’ll describe the game a little before we get to the achievements, and then divide them into groups of the ones you’ll get automatically, the hidden or missable ones, and then the tough/grindy ones. Since we’ll be talking about the achievements here, expect spoilers.
- 3- I’ll only talk about the games that I have personally completed 100% or am just one step away from doing so, and at the end, I’ll give my personal completion difficulty score.
- 4- I won’t be guiding you through how to unlock each and every achievement but will just tell you what it’ll take to get it. I know multiplayer achievements stink, so that’ll fully depend on your skill level and luck.
- 5- Finally, I know this isn’t an original idea, I just wanted to add my spin to it, and I feel like this’ll be a lot of fun, so let’s get started!
- 6- Finally, these articles will assume that you know the basics and the language of the games in question and will not be explaining every single thing in detail. The reviews will do that, and if we don’t have one for the game in question, don’t worry; it’ll be coming sometime in the near future!
Today, we’ll be talking about “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.” The latest installment in this long-running, critically acclaimed, and beloved series by Ubisoft. These games have seen many iterations of themselves with gameplay and mechanics that were changed over the years, and now these games are full-blown RPGs. Set in England during the Dark Ages, you’ll take charge of Eivor, a Viking from the Raven Clan of Norway. There is a vast world for you to explore out there with tons to see, do and find, a story to follow that is long, sometimes boring, but often very interesting, loot and gear to find and equip as you make your character the most powerful Viking that ever walked these lands. Being an “Assassin’s Creed” game, you can expect to do tons of parkour and assassinations, duh, all the while learning more about the modern-day plot, which this time is surprisingly good! You’ll meet tons of characters and make loads of difficult decisions along your journey, where you make alliances all over England, install puppet kings, fight against King Arthur and his forces, and call this new land “home.” The base game itself is really fun and long, but there are also 3 DLC expansions that take you to different locations and add even more content to this mind-numbingly huge game. There’s also tons of free content that was added over the course of its life-cycle, which is always welcomed, and now that the game has finally received its final update, it’s as good a time as any to see what it’ll take to 100% this game.
Story And Easy Achievements
There are a total of 50 achievements in the base game, none of which are missable, difficult, or heavily rely on RNG. You’ll get 14/50 of these just by playing through the story. One for leaving Norway and one for finishing your first raid in England, while most of the others are progressing through the story and completing a number of its arcs. There’s also one where you’ll have to reach settlement level 3, which is necessary as it’ll unlock multiple story quests for you and is not difficult as you’ll come across tons of resources during your raids across the monasteries of England. The story itself is very long and will roughly take you 50-60 hours easily. Along the way, you’ll also more than likely complete some miscellaneous achievements like your first standing stone puzzle, destroying a handful of curse symbols, completing a handful of world events, and so on. By the time you are done with this section, you should have upwards of 20–25 achievements in your bag, with a lot more to go. We don’t need a hidden/missable section here since none of the achievements in this game are missable, and all of them can be acquired in any order at any time.
The Miscellaneous Achievements
We do need a miscellaneous section here, as there are a handful of achievements that ask you to do something you otherwise wouldn’t. For starters, there’s an achievement called “Skadi’s Hobby,” which asks you to perform a 150-meter slide in the snow and can be done in Norway. Then you have an achievement called “Equine Attack,” which asks you to assassinate an enemy from your horse, and “Seahorse,” which wants you to swim for 3km with your horse. Then you have stuff like “Overdesign II,” which wants you to kill three hard-difficulty soldiers without breaking their shield while on fire. Sounds complicated and difficult but really isn’t. “Not The Norse You Are Looking For” wants you to use your cloak to blend into the crowd and pass close to a guard. “Twinkle Twinkle” wants you to catch and release a firefly in your settlement. “A Picture of Grace” wants you to run into 30 breakable objects and destroy them. “Is Anybody Out There?” asks you to light all the braziers on Hadrian’s Wall. “Home Decor,” asks you to place decoration items all over your settlement. “Silent Viking” wants you to get ten stealth kills in a row without alerting anyone. “Row Rage” wants you to ram and destroy five boats in under two minutes, and “Flying Eivor,” asks you to get thrown by a destroyer enemy for over 30 meters. These have been the weird and miscellaneous things the game wants you to do to unlock the achievements tied to them. Some of them sound really weird and complex, but trust me, if you have the right skills and go to the right places on the map, you’ll unlock these in quick succession! By the time you are done with all this, you should be close to having 40 or 50 achievements, and all that’ll be left is to grind the rest of the game.
The Grindy/Time-Consuming Achievements
This is the part where you’ll be spending most of your time playing “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” if you choose to complete it. You might be wondering what will you be doing? Let’s jump into that step by step.
“Disorder Of The Ancients” will be the first one here, which will ask you to find and kill every member of the Order of the Ancients. This is not difficult but will take you a lot of time as a lot of these members are tied behind the story, while for the others, you’ll have to find specific clues scattered around the map, follow up on those clues to find more clues which will reveal their location, and then you go for them and kill them. This isn’t the longest grind here and can be completed in under 10 hours, but it will take you all across the map of England so you can find and kill all 45 members of the Order.
Next up, we have “Orlog Champion,” which is simple but asks you to learn a new Viking game that is incredibly fun. There are 13 Orlog players scattered around the map, and you have to beat them all in a game of Orlog. It can be done in two-ish hours, and the only real obstacle will be understanding the game itself, but it’s not rocket science. It’s fairly straightforward and incredibly fun to play.
Finally, we have “Completionist All The Way!” which isn’t difficult but is the single longest and grindiest achievement in the game. In order to get this, you’ll have to run across the entire maps of England, Norway, Vinland, Asgard, and Jotunheim and complete every single marked point there, which means you’ll have to finish every single world event, find and uncover all the mysteries, and collect all the wealth spread across these five locations. Killing all legendary beasts, collecting all tattoo designs, completing every Flyting battle(Viking rap battle), destroying all curse symbols, finding every Roman artifact, getting all pieces of gear scattered across, and so much more that you’ll have to check off from the list for this single achievement. I am not going to lie, this isn’t difficult, but it is very annoying and time-consuming. Sure it takes you across all of the maps, but doing the same things over and over again can get taxing and boring, so try completing as many of these locations as you can along your way and for the rest. Just slap on some music and run across these maps to get what’s left; at least the game is very beautiful and varied, so the sights will never make your eyes sore or get repetitive. This will easily take you upwards of 20 hours if you are efficient, but realistically, I’d say you’ll be sinking 30+ hours easily. While doing this, you’ll also unlock the remaining achievements tied to catching all kinds of fish, completing stone puzzles, Animus anomalies, killing a daughter of Lerion, and more, while also getting two of my personal favorites. “Worthy” for wielding the Mjolnir and “Caledfwlch” for pulling out the Excalibur, the two most legendary and crazy weapons in this game.
Congratulations! This is how you’ll get 1000G on Xbox and unlock the Platinum Trophy on PlayStation in “Assassins’ Creed: Valhalla.” This process will take you roughly 100-150 hours, depending on how fast you can breeze through things, and while this is quite boring and unnecessary at times, that sweet 100% right next to your game is a sight that’s always worth the trouble.
The DLC Achievements
There’s more here with the 3 DLC expansions and the free DLC that they have added. My focus here is to only get you 100% for the base game, but if I can talk about the DLC a little, then why not?
The first expansion is called “The Wrath of the Druids,” which adds eight more achievements and takes you to Ireland. You’ll be doing pretty much everything as you did in England here—finish the story and complete all the locations, this time in Ireland. There’s only one miscellaneous achievement here that I can think of, and it’s called “The Legend of St. Patrick,” which asks you to find and kill the last snake in Ireland. This expansion’s achievements can be completed in 10–15 hours.
The second expansion is called The Siege of Paris, which adds nine more achievements and takes you to Francia (France) this time. Same as the base game and the previous expansion. Complete the story and all the territories to get all the achievements. For the miscellaneous ones here, 2 I can think of, with the first being “Pet The Cats,” for which you have to find and pet all the cats in Evreux, and the second one being “Vendange,” for which you have to kill an enemy with a scythe while wearing the full Reaper set. You can get all the achievements here in roughly 15 hours as well.
The final expansion is called Dawn of Ragnarok, which also adds nine more achievements; this is the only one that I haven’t played and completed yet, but I am assuming it will be the same as the last two expansions.
In terms of the free DLC achievements, you have three for The Tombs of the Fallen, which will take you 2-3 hours to complete. 3 for The Mastery Challenges, which should take you 6-ish hours depending on your skill, and finally, 9 for The Forgotten Saga, a massive free addition that is a roguelike experience and is very fun. The Forgotten Saga achievements can be completed in 6–8 hours as well and will ask you to go a little out of the way to get them, but the mode is so fun that you’ll breeze through it without even knowing or noticing.
I love completing games, and I know there are tons of achievement and trophy hunters out there who feel the same way. I have personally completed almost every single game in the “Assassin’s Creed” series, and Valhalla, although lengthy it was incredibly fun for me. You can get the base game done here in 100–150 hours and then add roughly another 100 hours on top of that to get all the DLCs done as well. This is a lot of time to invest, and the game asks you to do a lot of unnecessary things, but I don’t mind. I like checking things off and collecting very collectible items, especially in an open-world game. Below you’ll see my completion rating for the game. This metric will tell you how difficult it is to complete the game based on skill, grind, and time. Should you complete “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla”? The answer is neither yes nor no. I’d say complete the base game at least, but at the same time, Ubisoft games are not everyone’s cup of tea, so feel free to pick your poison here but remember, a completed game always looks better on your profile when compared to an incomplete game. The score below is not for the game but for its completion and is a mixture of difficulty, skill, and time consumption.
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