What Difficulty Should You Play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla On?

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

So, you’re jumping into Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, eh? You’ll probably want to know what difficulty to play on. Read on.

Unlike most games, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla doesn’t have just one difficulty setting to choose from. There are three: you can set individual difficulties for exploration, combat and stealth.

The exploration difficulty dictates how much help you get when navigating Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s world. There are three settings to choose from:

  • Adventurer: more icons will guide you toward your reward. Opportunities are visible from further away
  • Explorer (default): feedback on world map opportunities and regular information on the compass
  • Pathfinder: minimal HUD and world map information for a more immersive experience

If you like to be guided fully in a game, choose Adventurer. But if you like the idea of free roaming and gathering information in order to find your next mission, then Pathfinder is for you. Stick with the default if you prefer something in the middle.

Combat difficulty, as you’d expect, dictates how difficult you’ll find combat in the game. There are four settings to choose from here:

  • Skald (easy): enemy damage and resistance reduced
  • Vikingr (default): balanced
  • Beserkr (hard): a solid but fair combat challenge
  • Drengr (very hard): intense combat for the ultimate warrior. Enemy health and damage increased.

Choose the setting that appeals most to you. If you like a challenge when it comes to fights, choose Beserke or Drengr. You can change Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s difficulty settings at any time in-game if you feel it’s too hard or too easy.

Finally, there’s a separate difficulty setting for stealth. Here, you have three options to choose from:

  • Apprentice (easy) – guards’ perception is reduced
  • Assassin (default) – regular guard perception and awareness
  • Master Assassin (hard) – guard perception is increased for enhanced realism.

Whichever stealth option you choose depends on how you like to play. If you enjoy stealth and like a challenge, go for Master Assassin. If you’re unsure, sticking with the default setting seems wise. Again, you can change the stealth difficulty of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in the game at any time.

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