The 1.1.2 title update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is here and it brings a brand new game mode for players to get stuck into: River Raids. But how do you access the river raids, and what are they all about? That’s what we’re answering in this quick guide.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s 1.1.2 update brings more than the usual slew of tweaks and fixes – it’s bringing a brand new game mode called River Raids and it’s a really neat new addition to the open-world Viking adventure. There’s more, mind you, and you can find all the details on the latest patch here, but we’re going to be looking at how to access the River Raids and what they’re all about.
How to access River Raids
The first thing you are going to want to do is make sure that you’ve got the latest update applied to your game. The update for River Raids is 1.1.2, and you can check this from your game’s main menu at the bottom right side of the screen. If it says 1.1.2, you’re ready to raid. Skal!
Once you’re in the game you need to head back to your Ravensthorpe settlement. This is where the raids begin.
A new marker will appear towards the bottom of your camp, and this is where you’ll go to start the raids.
Before you go on your first raid, you’ll be introduced to a new character, Vagn, who will offer his services to help you get started on raiding new, undiscovered, and uncharted territories.
There are a couple of short cut-scenes to sit through and then you’re returned to the open world.
From here, you just need to go back to Vagn and press triangle (or Y on Xbox) to start the mission.
What are River Raids?
River raids take you on new missions along undiscovered and unmapped riverways where you can raid different settlements.
It’s up to you where you actually stop to do a raid; you can completely skip a location if you want to. Some locations only offer minimal supplies or health points (Big Ration Chests) to your warriors. It may make sense to skip certain settlements if they only offer health boosts and the like, especially if you don’t need them.
Each time you raid a location, the reinforcements along the river grows. This is the River Alert Status. The more raid you do, the harder each subsequent raid will become as each location ups the ante with more soldiers.
That’s worth bearing in mind, too, because if you and your troops are killed, you lose everything you’ve gathered up to that point. You can leave the River Raids and return to Ravensthorpe to “bank” your goodies. But, continue on and you’ll get bigger and better rewards. So it’s a risk vs reward situation and it’s up to you to weigh the outcome.