Assassin's Creed Valhalla has a whole bunch of different side quests and points of interests known as Mysteries some are short mini quests, others are puzzles, and some are challenging fights. Today we will be looking at the different types of Mysteries and how they rank from worst to best.
11) Animus Anomalies
I don't know if it's just me, but the Animus anomalies really don't do it for me. They are glitches in the Animus and you turn back into the modern day protagonist, Layla (Most of the time I forget about the modern day parts completely) to complete the challenge. You have to traverse a series of 'anomaly' platforms to reach the video fragment at the end. The biggest issue I had with these puzzles is that they just felt so long and tedious to complete. I feel a big reason for this is that the platforms are translucent blocks so there's nothing particularly visually exciting about them when compared to other areas of the game when you have to navigate platforms.
Altars are honestly something I ended up forgetting about for the most part as some of them are hard to complete early on. Essentially, you make a specific offering to the altar and can unlock a skill point. So, if for whatever reason you desperately want to rank up a level or two, these can be useful if you have the correct items in your inventory. Otherwise they certainly don't pack as much of a punch as some of the other mysteries on this list.
Cairn mysteries essentially task you with stacking stones to reach a certain height. Unlike a lot of the other puzzles, this is strictly a physics based task as the stones need to be manoeuvred and put in the right order so they don't topple. I found this kind of puzzle to be quite different as it challenged you to think more logically. They were nothing particularly revolutionary but they were fun and didn't drag, plus you could just exit the puzzle at any time.
8) Standing Stone
Standing Stone mysteries involve you positioning yourself in the right place around stone circles to piece together sections of illuminated runes. These also come with a tale or some lesson to be taken away from the puzzle. These were quite simple but challenged you to find the exact right spot.
7) Fly Agaric
Fly Agaric mysteries involve ingesting some funny looking mushrooms and going into a psychedelic trance, during which, you must solve a puzzle by going through the doors in the right order based on clues. These are fun and do mix up the setting and how to complete the task without seeming overly repetitive.
6) The Treasures of Britain
Much like the purpose of the Daughter of Lerion mysteries in a way, the purpose of The Treasures of Britain is to find the legendary Arthurian sword, Excalibur. For folklore fans, this is sure to get your adventurous spirit going. The process is a treasure hunt where you must try to find tablets located all over Britain, it's quite Tomb Raider-y in a way. Although a treasure hunt isn't exactly anything new, the reward is undoubtedly worth it.
5) Lost Drengr
The Lost Drengr mysteries pit you against fellow warriors wanting to fight you to the death. Where this gets interesting is that they are all remnants of Ragnar Lothbrok's team of warriors. The drengr all seek an honourable death so that they can die a warrior's death and go to Valhalla. These are all essentially little boss fights which challenge you to work to different strengths and weaknesses. I love a boss fight, so these are always welcome!
Flyting essentially reminds me of a Shakespearean rap battle. You are literally destroying your opponent with words. Flyting initially left me scratching my head, but maybe its just the literature lover in me, but I absolutely love the Flyting missions I think they're hilarious. Flyting is certainly not everyone's cup of tea though.
3) Legendary Animals
Legendary Animal mysteries are exactly as the title suggests, you must fight a legendary animal to earn a trophy which you can use to unlock rare rewards at the Hunter's Hut in your Ravensthorpe settlement. These are thrilling as each legendary animal is unique and has it's own fighting style, so you are constantly kept on your toes to take down these formidable foes!
2) The Daughters of Lerion
The Daughters of Lerion mirror The Lost Drengr and Legendary Animals as they are essentially boss fights. The goal of this? Unlock Thor's gear! Each of the daughters pose a genuine threat with each having different abilities. Some of their abilities are easy to read, whereas some do catch you off guard. This is absolutely an endurance task too, one bad move and you will be heavily punished by their brutal attacks. These are great fights to keep you alert and on your guard!
1) World Events
Valhalla's World Events are essentially quirky side quests where you can encounter all the strange and wonderful NPCs littered across the land. These are by far my favourite type of quests as they remind me strongly of Red Dead Redemption 2's Stranger missions because of the range of weird and eccentric characters you can find.