Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok DLC

Dawn of Ragnarok is the third expansion DLC for the incredibly fun 2020 Viking adventure Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and, rather than just limiting you to the mortal realms, this adventure thrusts you headlong into a fantastical world of myth and legend.

Taking on the quests of Dawn of Ragnarok, sees Eivor once again treading the pathways of the mystical and embodying the spirit of Odin (called Havi in the world of this game) on a quest across the dwarven realm of Svartalfahemir to rescue your son Baldur, who’s been captured by the fire giant Surtr. On the way you’ll encounter fire giants, frost giants and more wolves than you can point a sharpened stick at, with a satisfying number of other enemy types. The combat is fun and fluid and can provide some slightly challenging moments as you learn the new attack movements.

While you can undertake this mystical journey, there is still much to do in the regular game, already stuffed to the gills with two previous DLCs (The Siege of Paris and Wrath of the Druids), the recently included ‘River Raids’ mode and an entire map to plunder. If you haven’t done so already, there are a number of excellent side quests which add some of the best-looking gear in the game.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok DLC

The world of the Dwarves, while not as big as merry old England, is still large enough to get lost in and brings a new sense of wonder and scale to the game. Giant mountains of pure gold, floating boulders, expansive Dwarven fortresses, oversized glowing cabbages and synchronisation points resting on the top of towering dwarven statues are all part of a strangely familiar setting. It all adds a pop of colour that can be lacking at times in the mostly green landscape of England.

You’ll also gain access to some fresh godly powers, via a new piece of gear called the Hugr-Rip, which allows you to walk on lava (complete with a fiery new appearance), turn into a raven to easily cut a few traversal corners, or raise defeated foes to fight alongside you in battle. They’re fun new functions, however as you can only access two of these at a time, they can be slightly limiting.

There’s also a stack of new animations making combat a blast, especially when combined with the new god powers. Turning enemies into ice and shattering them to tiny pieces, or exploding them into fiery chunks never gets old.

“The world of the Dwarves, while not as big as merry old England, is still large enough to get lost in…”

Some of the new weapons and armour can be a bit underwhelming, especially if you have some of the top tier gear from the original game, although you will be able to upgrade it to a new level of awesomeness with ‘Divine’ upgrades. There are also some cool new tattoo and hair customisation options which look particularly badass.

As a standalone DLC, Dawn of Ragnarok adds an extra 15-20 hours of story, on top of the endless hours of exploration and adventure, which is more than enough to warrant adding the experience to your library. While not changing the gameplay too much, this gives a new way to experience ACV and explore the mythology of the universe even further.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok DLC is available now on PS5, Xbox and PS4.

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