When first starting out in the Viking world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the skill tree employed can look a little daunting. It’s mostly covered by fog, being revealed as you progress and unlock more points on the constellation styled layout.
Within the skill tree resides three sections with 13 skill clusters per section. Each cluster is packed with stat boosters and a specialised skill to add to Eivor’s arsenal of tricks, increasing your power level with each point.
Each path of the tree has a designated colour with its own specific focus:
- The blue section represents the Way of the Wolf, focusing on ranged abilities;
- The yellow section represents the Way of the Raven, focusing on stealth abilities;
- The red section represents the Way of the Bear, focusing on combat abilities.
In each of these sections also lies one adrenaline upgrade, granting you an extra slot of adrenaline for any abilities that you find within the Books of Knowledge.
In this article, we’ll be showcasing all of the skills available and highlighting which ones we think give you the best advantages in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
How to get skill points in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Skill points are awarded in a few ways during your epic journey through Norway and England, mainly as you earn experience points while playing. Instead of a standard level-up system, each time you fill the XP meter, you will be given two skill points to spend. Spending these points increases your stats or unlocks new skills as you complete each skill cluster.
Completing missions or the various mysteries around the massive open world can also gift you with skill points, giving you a much-needed boost as you advance into tougher territories.
If you’re stuck for choice and can’t decide what to spend your hard-earned points on, there is an auto-assign option labelled ‘Fate’ which lets the gods decide where your skill points are spent. Don’t worry if the fates spend them where you don’t want them, as you can reassign individual or all skill points at any time.
Once you complete the skill tree, your power level will sit at a pretty 400, making enemies quiver at the mere sight of you. Skill points then become Mastery points to spend on enhancing stats in each given path, specialising in melee, ranged, and stealth attributes.
Below, you can find all of the top skills to learn in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, as well as how to find them, followed by tables depicting every skill in each section of the skill tree.
Best skills to unlock in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
With so many different skills on offer, and most shrouded by fog, it can be difficult to determine which will skills will best assist you in your quests.
This list isn’t in any particular order and will be affected by your play style, with your selections being based on how you want to approach Eivor’s journey.
From stealth and ranged to melee skills, the following highlights the most useful skills to unlock from the Way of the Raven, Way of the Wolf, and Way of the Bear in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Way of the Raven: Brush with Death
Dodging just before an attack lands slows enemy movements for a time.
This skill is extremely useful in combat situations, slowing enemy movements so that you can get the upper-hand on your enemies via precise counter strikes, healing, repositioning, or by letting your stamina recharge.
You can find the Brush with Death skill to the upper-left of the first skill cluster from the centre.
Way of the Raven: Counter Roll
Dodge towards enemy Rune attacks just before it lands to vault directly behind them.
This skill comes in very handy when evading heavy attacks, keeping you in close proximity to deal damage in the opening that this skill creates. It’s especially lethal when paired with the Backstab skill.
The Counter Roll skill is located on the top-left edge of the Raven section.
Way of the Raven: Advanced Assassination
Ability to assassinate high-level targets with a timing-based attack.
You can use this skill to assassinate elite enemies in one shot by simply timing your strike, keeping yourself undetected while traversing forbidden areas.
The Advanced Assassination skill is found underneath the first skill cluster of the Raven section.
Way of the Raven: Chain Assassination
After performing a successful assassination, throw an axe at a second target standing nearby.
The one-hit throwing axe kills, which follow up assassinations, look incredible and keep you hidden, removing the need to get up close to the next enemy. The Chain Assassination skill cluster is also home to an Adrenaline Upgrade, giving you one more slot of adrenaline to use and add even more value to the skill cluster.
The Chain Assassination skill is found at the bottom left of the two paths from the Advanced Assassination skill cluster.
Way of the Raven: Breakfall
Eivor automatically rolls when landing from a dangerous height, reducing the amount of damage taken.
Maybe one of the most vital skills to pick-up, Breakfall negates a severe amount of fall damage, saving endless amounts of time climbing down from tall places or surviving misplaced Leaps of Faith.
Located as the second skill cluster from the first cluster in the Raven section – directly below the Advanced Assassination skill cluster. Breakfall links to the Last Chance Healing skill cluster in the Wolf section.
Way of the Raven: Auto-Loot
Loot an enemy automatically after a melee kill or a stealth takedown.
Another time-saving skill, the Auto-Loot function doesn’t do anything fancy but will help you to rack up a fair amount of money from enemies that you kill, removing the need to loot mid-combat or run around once the dust settles.
Located to the left of the bottom skill cluster in the Raven section, Auto-Loot is just to the left of the Breakfall skill cluster.
Way of the Wolf: Arrow Reinforcement
Loosed arrows will never break and can be collected from fallen enemies.
More of a convenient skill to have than anything else, but being able to pick-up arrows from enemies or wayward shots will save plenty of time from looting or buying the consumable item.
Arrow Reinforcement is located in the top right skill cluster on the edge of the Wolf section.
Way of the Wolf: Last Chance Healing
When your health reaches a critical state in conflict, everything around you will appear to move slower, giving you time to heal or flee.
This skill is possibly the second-best skill to own in terms of survival; it’s incredibly handy to own and will see you through many more conflicts than you realise.
The Last Chance Healing skill is found in the third skill cluster down from the first skill cluster of the Wolf section. It links to the Breakfall skill cluster in the Raven section.
Way of the Wolf: Grit
Regain the red portion of your health bar when successfully landing melee hits on enemies.
The best survival skill in the game, Grit’s regenerative capabilities are outstanding, making it a must for seeing out lengthy battles against elite enemies. It also saves you from using your coveted ration packs to restore health.
Located to the right of the Last Chance Healing skill cluster, you can unlock Grit up to the right from the bottom skill cluster of the Wolf section.
Way of the Wolf: Adrenaline Upgrade
Unlock an additional Adrenaline slot.
Adrenaline is crucial in combat, not just to use your powerful abilities but to also restore your stamina. The more adrenaline that you possess, the easier the fights will become, taking you to a one-person-army level of brutality.
Located in the bottom skill cluster at the edge of the Wolf and Raven section, grabbing the Adrenaline Upgrade is a great choice.
Way of the Bear: Stomp
When an enemy falls to the ground, press R3 to stomp on their face.
The Stomp skill is pivotal in battle, dealing devastating damage to downed enemies, and giving you the ability to finish off almost all opponents with a boot to the face.
You can find Stomp in the first skill cluster from the centre of the Bear section.
Way of the Bear: Heavy Dual Wield
You can dual-wield heavy weapons. This alters the stats and handling of each weapon.
Having the Heavy Dual Wield skill unlocked increases your versatility in battle, enabling you to equip any weapon in both hands. Embrace your inner berserker and go wild with twin Dane Axes, but doing so will reduce your speed.
Located in the far-left skill cluster on the edge of the Bear and Raven section, the Heavy Dual Wield skill links to the Counter Roll skill cluster in the Raven section.
Way of the Bear: Parry Damage
Successful parries also deal damage to the attacker.
Defence is the best form of offence, and with this skill, you deal damage every time that you successfully parry an attack. The damage can also increase with certain runes that impact your Critical Damage and Critical Chance.
Parry Damage is located in the right-hand group of the first skill cluster in the Bear section.
Way of the Bear: Adrenaline Fiend
When one or more Adrenaline Slots are filled, you gain a damage boost and attack speed boost. This effect augments with each slot filled.
Offensive boosts are always useful for anyone who likes to get stuck into a good fight in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This skill grants a boost to two very important stats in that respect, making you hit harder and faster for each bar of adrenaline filled.
You can locate Adrenalie Fiend in the third skill cluster to the right from the first skill group of the Bear section, to the right of the Parry Damage skill cluster.
An honourable mention goes to the Berserker’s Mettle skill cluster as it hosts the third and final Adrenaline Upgrade of the skill tree. It’s a fairly useful set of skills as well, with Berserker’s Mettle granting you the perk of a partially filled Adrenaline Slot not being affected by an enemy’s first strike.
That wraps up our most useful skills in each section of the Valhalla skill tree. Below, you can find the tables of all of the skills and their respective locations of the Raven, Bear, and Wolf paths.
All Way of the Raven skills
These are all of the Way of the Raven skills that you can unlock in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, including what they do and where to find them on the skill tree, as shown above.
|Skill||Skill Definition||Location on Skill Tree||Links to|
|Backstab||Blows directly on enemy backs inflict increased defence damage and cause them to stagger.||First skill cluster in the Raven path from the centre.|
|Brush with Death||Dodging just before an attack lands will slow enemy movement for a time.||Upper left from the Backstab skill cluster.||Way of the Bear, Dual Swap skill cluster|
|Predator Bow Combo||Consecutive headshots with a Predator Bow deal extra damage.||Left from the Brush with Death skill cluster.||Way of the Bear, Berserker’s Mettle skill cluster|
|Counter Roll||Dodge towards an enemy Rune attack just before it lands to vault directly behind them.||Left of the Predator Bow Combo skill cluster.||Way of the Bear, Heavy Dual Wield skill cluster|
|Guided Arrow||Shots with the Predator Bow can be adjusted mid-flight using R1/RB.||Left of the Backstab skill cluster.|
|Explosive Corpse||Booby-trap a dead body to damage anyone who investigates it, using R3.||Left of the Guided Arrow skill cluster.|
|Miasma||Enemies who die from your poison attacks release a toxic cloud around them, infecting those who enter.||Left of the Explosive Corpse skill cluster.|
|Advanced Assassination||Have the ability to assassinate high-level targets with a timing-based attack.||Directly below the Backstab skill cluster.||Way of the Wolf, Sprint Attack skill cluster|
|Chain Assassination||After performing a successful assassination, throw an axe at a second target standing nearby.||Bottom of the two left paths from the Advanced Assassination skill cluster.||Adrenaline Upgrade – included in skill cluster|
|Assassin’s Cantrip||Following a successful parry, quickly press Triangle/Y to throw a smoke bomb at your feet and disappear.||Left of the Chain Assassination skill cluster.|
|Breakfall||Eivor automatically rolls when landing from a dangerous height, reducing the amount of damage taken.||Directly below the Advanced Assassination skill cluster.||Way of the Wolf, Last Chance Healing skill cluster|
|Auto-Loot||Loot an enemy automatically after a melee kill or a stealth takedown.||Left of the Breakfall skill cluster.|
|Missile Reversal||Catch and throw back virtually any projectile to its sender by pressing L1/LB just before it hits you.||Directly below the Breakfall skill cluster.||Way of the Wolf, Adrenaline Upgrade|
All Way of the Wolf skills
Here are the Way of the Wolk skills that can be unlocked in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, including what their associated abilities and their skill tree location – which is also shown above.
|Skill||Skill Definition||Location on Skill Tree||Links to|
|Stealth Recon||Automatically highlight enemies when crouched and undetected.||First skill cluster in the Wolf path from the centre.|
|Emergency Aim||Holding L2/LT will snap your aim to an enemy as they detect you, giving you an opportunity to kill them and remain undetected.||Up and to the right of the Stealth Recon skill cluster.|
|Hunter Bow Combo||Release your arrow as you finish drawing it to make the next one draw faster.||Up and to the right of the Emergency Aim skill cluster.||Way of the Bear, Adrenaline Fiend skill cluster|
|Arrow Reinforcement||Loosed arrows will never break and can be collected from fallen enemies.||Up from the Hunter Bow Combo.||Way of the Bear, Arrow Volley skill cluster|
|Bow to Melee Link||Alternating between bow and melee attacks deals extra damage for a short time.||Right of the Stealth Recon skill cluster.|
|Stealth Adrenaline||While in stealth, gain adrenaline by looting a chest or pick-pocketing in a restricted area.||Up and to the right of the Bow to Melee Link skill cluster.|
|Bow Stun Finisher||Press R3 when aiming at a stunned enemy’s head to trigger a Bow Stun Finisher.||Right of the Stealth Adrenaline skill cluster.|
|Sprint Attack||Press R1/RB while sprinting to perform a sprint attack.||Directly below the Stealth Recon skill cluster.||Way of the Raven, Advanced Assassination skill cluster|
|Battleground Bolt||Press Triangle/Y to pick-up the nearest discarded weapon, and automatically throw it at an enemy in sight.||Right of the Sprint Attack skill cluster.|
|Charged Shot||Fire two fully charged arrows by pressing R1/RB with the Hunter Bow. This attack cannot be cancelled.||Right of the Battleground Bolt skill cluster.|
|Last Chance Healing||When your health reaches a critical state in conflict, everything around you will appear to move slower, giving you time to heal or flee.||Directly below the Sprint Attack skill cluster.||Way of the Raven, Breakfall skill cluster|
|Grit||Regain the red portion of your health bar when successfully landing melee hits on enemies.||Right of the Last Chance Healing skill cluster.|
|Adrenaline Upgrade||+1 Adrenaline slot.||Below Last Chance Healing skill cluster.||Way of the Raven, Missile Reversal skill cluster|
All Way of the Bear skills
Below, you’ll find all of the Way of the Bear skills in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, including what unlocking the skill grants you as well as where each upgrade sits on the skill tree, as shown above.
|Skill||Skill Definition||Location on Skill Tree||Links to|
|Stomp||When an enemy falls to the ground, press R3 to stomp on their face.||First skill cluster on the Bear path from the centre.|
|Dual Swap||When dual-wielding, hold R2/RT and press R3 to swap weapon hands.||Left of the Stomp skill cluster.||Way of the Raven, Brush with Death skill cluster|
|Berserker’s Mettle||A partially filled Adrenaline Slot will not be affected by an enemy’s first strike.||Left of the Dual Swap skill cluster.||Way of the Raven, Predator Bow Combo skill cluster. Adrenaline Upgrade included in the skill cluster.|
|Heavy Dual Wield||You can dual wield heavy weapons. This alters the stats and handling of each weapon.||Right of the Berserker’s Mettle skill cluster.||Way of the Raven, Counter Roll skill cluster|
|Perfect Attack||Press R1/RB again during a weapon swing to do more damage on the next swing.||Above the Stomp skill cluster.|
|Light Bow Combo||Consecutive shots with a Light Bow deal extra damage.||Left of the Perfect Attack skill cluster.|
|Terror||After a Stun Finisher, weak enemies nearby may cower in fear.||Left of the Light Bow Combo skill cluster.|
|Warrior Takedown||Attempt an R2/RT takedown on an unaware enemy with your melee weapon. It will alert all enemies around you but will fill your Adrenaline for every one of them.||Above the Perfect Attack skill cluster.|
|Battlefield Cremation||Enemies who perish from one of your fire attacks will continue to burn, dealing fire damage to enemies nearby.||Left of the Warrior Takedown skill cluster.|
|Sprint Bash||Unlocks the ability to bash through breakable objects and push NPCs to the ground while sprinting.||Above the Warrior Takedown skill cluster.|
|Parry Damage||Successful parries also deal damage to the attacker.||Right of the Stomp skill cluster.|
|Adrenaline Fiend||When one or more Adrenaline slots are filled, you gain a damage boost and attack speed boost. This effect augments with each slot filled.||Above the Parry Damage skill cluster.||Way of the Wolf, Hunter Bow Combo skill cluster|
|Arrow Volley||Discharge all loaded arrows at once by holding and releasing R1/RB with a Light Bow. Each Volley has a stamina cost.||Right of the Adrenaline Fiend skill cluster.||Way of the Wolf, Arrow Reinforcement skill cluster|
Now, you can plan ahead and get the skills that are best suited to your playstyle, enabling you to become the most famous Viking England’s ever seen, in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.