Assassin's Creed Odyssey RPG-all

To echo what others said, if you just want to mainline the story, then the xp boost is useful. If you want to make this an Odyssey, with all its meanderings and dead ends, then you don't need it. I only had to do quest from a message board once, and that was way back at level 10. Otherwise, there has been plenty to do.

I'm around level 40, and really feeling powerful. Last night I completed all the objectives in a huge fort without ever being spotted. (Pro-tip - you can throw bodies my holding L2 and tapping R2.). Today, I stumbled into a leader house, got into a fight, and still managed to take out multiple captains and a wandering mercenary (Also, Spartan Kick is your friend!).

iaintgotnopants wrote:
BadKen wrote:

The only thing that's really bugging me is the grindiness of gathering crap for upgrades.

The only mat I've run into issues with is wood. I'm currently sitting on over 400k moneys, around 9k for iron and leather, and between 3-5k for obsidian and gems. I've run out of wood several times but, aside from trees, you get some from arrow racks and a ton from naval combat.

I would suggest dismantling every piece of gear you don't need. The stuff the blacksmith sells is always garbage so there's really no point to money.

Just to piggyback on this, this game throws so much gear at you through questing and killing that I really don't recommend upgrading your gear until you hit level 50. Use your materials to upgrade your ship - starting with armor - and save the rest for end game. Otherwise, you just end up spending 20x the amount of material to upgrade and re-upgrade an item you might end up replacing in 10 minutes.

It's also super easy and cheap to change your perk assignments, so once you get enough ability points to play around a little, you might find out your current and/or favorite skills/build are better suited to some other style (Hunter/Warrior/Assassin) gear.

I've been sitting on unspent ability points because the stuff I want to spend them on is gated behind level or story progression. You'd think that would make me get a move on with the story, but no.

I might do some upgrading soon. Half my gear is five levels under me because I keep getting hunter and warrior stuff. Dammit, I only want assassin gear!

Chaz wrote:

I've been sitting on unspent ability points because the stuff I want to spend them on is gated behind level or story progression. You'd think that would make me get a move on with the story, but no.

I might do some upgrading soon. Half my gear is five levels under me because I keep getting hunter and warrior stuff. Dammit, I only want assassin gear!

That gate is VERY early in the story so a little progress will probably take you a long way.

It’s super cheap to respec. I think it costs me just a little over 1,000 gold at level 44. I’d use the time to play around with different skills.

How do you respec?

The correct button to hold is displayed in the lower right corner of the Abilities page. On PS4, I think it's R3.

Is this to make the climb of Zeus a little bit longer?

Heheh

Today at level 42, I completed the 1st main quest, with two others to go. I have enjoyed this game much more than Origins, which was one of my top games last year. Kassandra is great, and the story has pulled me through.

Spoiler if you haven't seen the Cultists menu option:

Spoiler:

It's fascinating that they put your sibling as a main antagonist. It's clear that character is better animated than any other character besides yourself. The other bad guys seem wooden compared to him.

I just hit level 10 shortly after getting the Adrestia and clearing every last thing from the starting isles. I think the xp+drachmae boost was a mistake. Playing on nightmare keeps enemies at my level but also gives them ludicrous health and damage.

Kinda wish I could turn off the boost, but Binging the interwebs was no help.

The feeling when you clear an entire fort without being detected is nice.

The feeling when you clear an entire fort, basically dropping in like Obi Wan (Hello there!), killing every MFer there in an adrenaline fueled frenzy, including several mercenaries is AWESOME!

The side quests (the ones with the exclamation icon, not the board quests) actually provide good xp and gear rewards; not to mention, they all - or nearly all - tie into the main story. You don't even have to do them all while working through the main story, but if you do the ones that are in your path as you go, you stay pretty close to the main quest level requirements without much need for grinding or other side activities (unless you're inclined to do so). By following the main story, you'll end up at level 42 or 43 by the time you finish, but there will still be a TON of other stuff to do and finish at that point. The people online complaining about the xp and using the boosters are those that aren't doing ANY side quests or other activities and there's a lot of story-supporting context they're missing out on.

I'm not having too much problem staying leveled for the main quests. Other than the main quests I'm completing all the "?" areas; knocking off cultists as I level up to them; and opportunistically ganking mercenaries. I haven't been pursuing the "gold quests", though it sounds like I should for additional story and flavor.

Some of the gold quests are also needed to complete the main story. To get some cultists to appear, you need to complete side quests in their area.

True, but a number of the cultists are level 50 and finishing them is not a requirement for the main story. More than likely, most people will complete the story before they encounter all of the cultists.

I finished my story Thursday and plan to jump back in tonight. I hope to at least a gain a few more levels so I won't have too much trouble taking out the two remaining mercenaries above me. After that, Ill start knocking out the remaining cultists and odyssey quests.

Here's a cool item, the "Spear of Enemy Flight".

Took top mercenary tier last night and knocked out all but 4 of my remaining cultists. I won't spoil it for everyone, but the reward for becoming the #1 mercenary is AWESOME!!!

I also picked up a pretty badass spear that increased my assassin damage by like 40-50k points. The one downside, it also cuts your health bar by 75%. I put the 40% backstab damage buff on it and use it for assassinations. The top tier mercenary was 6 levels above me (50 versus my 44) and I took him out with a single critical assassinate. Anything that survives the first stab always dies with a follow-up Hero Strike; I just have to make sure I swap the spear out when I get into any sort of group fight or chances are I'll end up dying with the first or second hit from a Lieutenant, Captain, Polemarch, etc.

So is it worth upgrading equipment? I've gotten to about level 15, and there are a few pieces that have good boosts for my build (Assassin damage, crouch speed). But it seems so expensive to upgrade (expensive in materials that are tedious to get, not money). And the equipment drops seem plentiful. But it's not often that the new stuff fits my build.

Trying to work out the cost/benefit when there are so many "currencies" involved is overwhelming.

And I'm starting to think it's not worth selling old equipment. Dismantling seems to be better?

Personally, I say 'no'. You get so much gear as you go along, I wouldn't upgrade anything until you hit level 50. I haven't hit 50 yet, so I don't know for sure, but I've read it's far cheaper to upgrade a piece of equipment one time at level 50 than it is to upgrade it every few levels as you go. At that point, you can do a real comparison of fully upgraded equipment to get a definitive answer on what is better for your particular build and use.

I am currently level 45. I have occasionally upgraded equipment when it is more than 10 levels below me. Sometimes you do get a perfect roll. I dismantle lower level equipment (except for some epics and all legendaries), and I'm sitting on a ton of materials, except for wood. Ship upgrades take a lot of wood, and when I swing by a blacksmith I always buy up all the wood.

Don't forget about engraving gear! It is relatively cheap and you are constantly unlocking new or upgraded perks as you play.

I’m at about level 36 I think and I have one legendary melee weapon and a legendary bow that I top up every other level or so to make sure my base damage doesn’t fall behind, but I haven’t been bothering with the armor pieces.

Alright, according to Steam, it took 135 hours to get all of the achievements. Oddly enough, I wasn't really trying to do that. I finished all the story lines and the only achievements left were all underwater locations (of which, I had two to do) and reveal all subregions (make sure you sail under Crete). I still have a ton of question marks left in Makedonia, Achaia, Arkadia, Elis, Messenia and Lesbos. I would say probably close to fifty. That's with doing everything as I went along until the last two chapters of the main story. Honestly, there's too many locations in this game. I'm not sure I'm going to finish that stuff any time soon. Obviously, I really liked the game but I need to play something else.

Just to revisit what I posted earlier about how horses still take fall damage even when you don't. Even if your horse is made entirely of fire, it can die. Lame.

I'm trying an experiment. I decided to do everything possible in each area before continuing the story. After about 16 hours, Kassandra is level 18 and I am mostly done with Megaris. That's the first area after the introductory islands. Mission board missions keep showing up, though! I need to clear the few remaining areas and move on. Phokis is next. Its default level range is 9-13, and I'll probably be level 20 when I land there.

Mind, this is using the 50% permanent XP boost. I asked Ubisoft support if there was a way to turn it off, but there's not. I'm playing on Hard difficulty, so most enemies I see are one level below me, which is as low as they get on Hard.

I'm pretty sure mission board quests are randomly generated, so they'll keep coming back. I've been ignoring them since I'm mostly doing all the side stuff too. I'm a chunk of the way through the region with Athens, and I'm only 18 now. Feeling pretty good about not getting the xp boost.

iaintgotnopants wrote:

Just to revisit what I posted earlier about how horses still take fall damage even when you don't. Even if your horse is made entirely of fire, it can die. Lame.

What about Pegasos? I haven't gone far enough for my horse to die - what happens exactly? Unavailable for a couple of minutes or something?

I still struggle with when to dismantle and when to sell my ill-gotten loot. Right now I follow this strategy:

- all normals get dismantled
- all epics get sold
- rares are either sold or dismantled dependent on whether I need money or materials for an upgrade or engraving.

I'm focusing on assassin, so just switching to the latest acquired purple doesn't always work. I'm also using quite a few legendary items - I go after the cultists as soon as I can - and they need to be continually leveled. I'm not good at keeping my gear leveled with me (I'm level 21 atm) but seem to do pretty well nonetheless.

vypre wrote:
iaintgotnopants wrote:

Just to revisit what I posted earlier about how horses still take fall damage even when you don't. Even if your horse is made entirely of fire, it can die. Lame.

What about Pegasos? I haven't gone far enough for my horse to die - what happens exactly? Unavailable for a couple of minutes or something?

No idea. The first time, I wasn't able to spawn him before I got to the ship dock I was going to (about a quarter of the width of Crete, so quite a long distance). The second time, I was able to spawn him about five seconds later. So, I'm not sure what dictates it.

The funny thing is, I very rarely used the horse. So, in two of the maybe five times I used him to go long distances in 135 hours, I killed him.

Tonight I hit level 50. I'm wrapping up the two major quests designed as endgame content. Earlier I got to the top of the mercenary ladder, mostly by warping around the world and stabbing dudes form behind. Kinda silly.

Right now, the resource keeping me from finishing upgrading my ship is ancient tablets. They are just found in ancient ruins, so keep an eye out for them as you explore.

I have RDR2, but I have promised myself to finish up this game, because I know they play so differently. I have the season pass, so I may be coming back to it later, but other members of my family may play it too. Odyssey is definitely in my top 5 games this year and may be my favorite Assassin's Creed game.

Aristophan wrote:

Tonight I hit level 50. I'm wrapping up the two major quests designed as endgame content. Earlier I got to the top of the mercenary ladder, mostly by warping around the world and stabbing dudes form behind. Kinda silly.

Right now, the resource keeping me from finishing upgrading my ship is ancient tablets. They are just found in ancient ruins, so keep an eye out for them as you explore.

I have RDR2, but I have promised myself to finish up this game, because I know they play so differently. I have the season pass, so I may be coming back to it later, but other members of my family may play it too. Odyssey is definitely in my top 5 games this year and may be my favorite Assassin's Creed game.

I have bought ancient tablets from blacksmiths. It's probably worth checking them if thats what you need.