Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids Review

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla brought the Viking Age to the Ubisoft video game series, letting players experience the life of a vĂ­kingr. As the main protagonist, Eivor, you can drink alcohol out of cattle horns, expand your settlement, raid monasteries, sail around England and Norway, and fight with your battle-ax. There’s a lot of content in the main game, and I was able to log in around 80 hours, completing the main missions and the Order of the Ancients assassinations. Ubisoft has added more content with the first expansion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids, which has a new storyline set in Ireland. It brings back the formula as seen in the recent Assassin’s Creed games but in a smaller package, and there are new weapons, armor, missions, side missions, abilities, skills, and characters.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids’ Story

Credit: Ubisoft

The adventures of Eivor have expanded to 9th century Ireland where the rulers are dealing with a power struggle and the mystical cult, The Children of Danu. Players will be meeting their long-lost cousin Barid, who is trying to win favors with High-King Flann Sinna. You’re tasked with helping cement Flann as the ruler of all Ireland, and you’ll have the aid from Ciara, Flann’s bard and poetess.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids’ story is solid with interesting figures based on Ireland’s history. There is a romance option, and this can lead to some delicious drama. Although it’s not as long as the main campaign, the story has plenty of ups and downs and big epic action.

Gameplay

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids
Credit: Ubisoft via Nerd Reactor

The core gameplay of the expansion is the same as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. You can call on your mount, raid monasteries, sneak and infiltrate areas, assassinate, fight, parry, parkour, sail, maintain and upgrade a settlement, and many more. Fans of the fighting mechanics and the world of Valhalla will feel at home with Wrath of the Druids.

To begin the expansion, players will need to complete 1 of the 2 Arcs in England after leaving Norway. They will get to access The Wrath of the Druids via the dock at Ravensthorpe, where they will meet Azar, Dublin’s economic Chief. A new building will be made available called The Irish Tradepost, which acts as the access point to Wrath of the Druids. (You can also fast travel to Ireland via the map menu after unlocking it.)

When playing the main story, I was able to finish the game in around 10 hours. Continuing with hunting down The Children of Danu bumps that up to around 13 hours. Side activities are back where you can uncover mysteries like completing trials, stacking stones, and meeting NPCs to fulfill their wish. The trials will have you fighting the druids, and they will use hallucinations to make you see magical creatures like werewolves. Other side missions include Royal Demands where you help out kings on their missions and fighting legendary characters and creatures.

Credit: Ubisoft via Nerd Reactor

Additionally, Eivor will get to unlock even more skills and abilities by leveling up or discovering new Books of Knowledge. New abilities include summoning an Irish Wolfhound to help fend off enemies, Smoke Bomb Arrow for disorientating enemies, and the Vikingr salute for headbutting. New skills include sliding under enemies, Leap Attack Damage, starting a fight with an adrenaline slot filled, carry a body after assassination and more.

Graphics and Performance

If you like the look of the world in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you can expect the same thing here with the expansion, which isn’t a bad thing. The world of Ireland is gorgeous, and the lighting and design are breathtaking as you can see the shadows from the clouds crossing the lands, god rays, rainbows, detailed forests and more.

We’ve tested this on an RTX 3080 GPU and AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, and I was able to get an average of 112 fps on Ultra High settings in 1080p and 102 fps on Ultra High settings in 1440p. The performance has been really smooth from our experience, and I have only encountered one crash during the entirety of my playthrough.

Final Reaction

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids is a fun, action-packed expansion that is perfect for those wanting to return to the Vikings Age world. Running, climbing and riding across Ireland is as lovely as its England counterpart, and the combat and stealth mechanics are engaging and intense.

Final Score: 4/5 Atoms

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