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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Guide - Beginner’s Tips and Tricks, Controls Layout

In this Assassin's Creed Odyssey guide, we'll be walking you through ship combat, recruiting new crew members, the full controls layout, Exploration versus Guided mode, and more.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey is undoubtedly the biggest game in Ubisoft's series to date, spanning across Ancient Greece, with multiple protagonists. In this Assassin's Creed Odyssey guide, we'll be putting together a complete Assassin's Creed Odyssey beginner's guide, including a full list of tips and tricks that you can help you along in your adventure.

Now that we’ve put hours upon hours into the latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed series, we’ve published our full thoughts on the game. For all that and more, head over to our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey review.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Guide

Just below, you can check out our individual Assassin's Creed Odyssey guides on various areas of the game. We've got guides on combat, stealth, unmasking the Cultists of Kosmos, and many other areas of the huge game.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Tips and Tricks

So, you've just picked up your copy of Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Check out our introductory tips and tricks for the game just below, which include all the details on mechanical changes that have been made for this iteration in the series.

  • Firstly, Assassin’s Creed now has a full parrying combat system, making outright fighting a viable option outside sneaking around.
  • To parry on opponent’s attack, press both bumpers on the controller, when your opponent initiates an attack.
  • When you’re spotted while sneaking around, you’ll get a short reflex window to react where time is slowed down. You can assassinate and shoot arrows to silence enemies in this reflex time.
  • Keep in mind that you won’t always be able to assassinate someone in a single hit. To raise the damage of your assassination attempts, you’ll have to find gear that raises your Assassin Damage meter.
  • There are often times when the next story quest of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be a few levels higher than your character currently is. Don’t be afraid to grind out side quests for XP, if you need to level up quickly.
  • On the map, you can see side quests and quests that are waiting to be uncovered, marked by a bright gold exclamation mark.
  • Remember that you can only fast travel to discovered Synchronized Locations on the map. These are marked on the map by eagle wings, and you need to climb to the top of them to ‘discover’ them.
  • Before you head into an enemy camp or fort, don’t forget to use Ikaros from above, hovering with the left trigger and scanning the ground below to pinpoint enemies.
  • Don’t forget to scavenge around the battlefield after a fight, for recover any dropped items from corpses. You can take these back to a Blacksmith and sell them on for Drachmae.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Controls Layout

Just below, you can see the complete layout of controls, for whether you’re playing on PS4, or Xbox One, courtesy of Ubisoft.

For now, we’re all wrapped up with this Assassin’s Creed Odyssey guide. However, we’ll be sure to update this guide, as well as our other, mode detailed guides, whenever we uncover anything new or interesting in the latest entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

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