In Assassin's Creed Origins, earning money and levelling Bayek up quickly are everything, as significant portions of the map are locked out to all the lower level players until later in the game. In this Assassin's Creed Origins how to level up guide, we'll be walking you through the best ways possible to level up as fast as you can, detail the Best Abilities to Unlock in the skill tree, while also detailing how to earn money quickly in Assassin's Creed Origins.
Should you instead need anything else on Assassin's Creed Origins, including how to get to grips with the base mechanics of the game, as well as everything that's new in the latest iteration of the series, then head over to our Assassin's Creed Origins guides walkthrough hub.
Assassin's Creed Origins - How to Level Up Quickly
Assassin's Creed Origins employs a brand new levelling system, that hasn't been seen so far in the series. For the first time, you can level up protagonist Bayek based on the activities and quests you complete, not unlike in other open world games like The Witcher 3, or Horizon Zero Dawn. The level of Bayek governs what weapons and items he can equip, as well as which quests he can or can't undertake.
So, how can you level up quickly in Assassin's Creed Origins? For a start, every action you do actually earns Bayek some XP, albeit in varying amounts. Assassinating enemies, or taking them down via a headshot with your bow will earn Bayek a small amount of XP, but it's undertaking quests that really boosts your character level quickly.
To check on the current quests available to Bayek, you can either pause the game and scroll over to the quests tab of the main menu, or you can head over to the map tab and explore your nearby surroundings, to see if there are any quests that are near the current level of Bayek. Once the quest has been logged in your inventory, you can see how much XP Bayek will earn from completing the quest, so you can ultimately judge whether the quest is worth your time or not, if you're slightly pushed for time.
But, whenever you find yourself in any enemy camp or fort, you can press down the left analog stick to view the current objectives for the location. These may be to kill the Captain of the fort, or find and obtain the treasure in the area, but completing all the locations for any objectives can actually earn Bayek a decent amount of XP relatively quickly, especially if you're quick at finding and completing the objectives in a location.
But if there aren't any quests on the map that are near to the current level of Bayek, then you should make sure to visit your nearest Informant Table (pictured just below), which will be marked on the map by a normal Assassin's Creed Origins quest icon.
Once you've reached the Informant Table, you'll be able to accept a number of side quests that weren't previously available to Bayek. These are incredibly useful if you find you've hit a slight wall in Assassin's Creed Origins, and you're a few levels under the required amount for the next main quest. The Informant Table quests will stay roughly in line with the level of region in which they're located, so just head to the Informant Table in the region that closest matches Bayek's level.
Assassin's Creed Origins Money - How to Earn Money Quickly
Earning money quickly in Assassin's Creed Origins governs whether or not you can purchase any new gear items from the local blacksmith. You'll want all the best equipment in order to tackle the more difficult quests in the game, that can task you with taking down elite enemies that are sometimes many levels above Bayek.
In order to quickly earn money in Assassin's Creed Origins, you're going to want to loot every location possible in the game. We previously mentioned how you can complete location objectives to earn yourself XP for Bayek, and these location objectives will often task you with finding a treasure chest in the location.
Whereas other, more common items that Bayek can loot will provide you with a small amount of coins, these treasure chests will always give you weapons or other items that you can then sell to the nearest blacksmith for some decent coin. Therefore, we'd recommend that you always check the location objectives whenever you find yourself in an enemy camp or fort, and always use the Animus Scan ability to search your surroundings for any treasure chests.
You can also kill and loot animal corpses in Assassin's Creed Origins, and sell any materials you recover from them to the blacksmith, or weaver. Although these at first sell for a relatively small amount, you can purchase multiple abilities in the Seer skill tree so that your animal items sell for more. This method won't earn you tons of coins at first, but it's a solid method to remember while you explore.
Assassin's Creed Origins Skill Tree Guide - The Best Abilities to Unlock in AC Origins
We just mentioned the Assassin's Creed Origins skill tree, but what are the other useful abilities that you can unlock early on in the game? For a start, you'll want to decide whether you're more suited to stealth, or outright combat, and proceed down the Hunter or Warrior skill tree path accordingly.
Skills like increased XP gain for assassinating enemies are incredibly useful if you're a stealthy player, or increased XP gain for headshot killing enemies with your bow are useful if you're a little less stealthy. As you can see below, there are a whole host of options for you to choose from in either the Hunter, Warrior, or Seer skill tree path.
But, we'd actually recommend dividing the skill points you earn early on among all three skill tree paths. This is because the abilities that are at the base of each path are fairly essential in Assassin's Creed Origins, while the abilities that lie at the end of each path aren't entirely necessary for Bayek.
Just below, we've compiled a list of what we believe are some of the best Assassin's Creed Origins abilities, in no particular order:
- Regeneration (Warrior) - This passive ability lets Bayek slowly regenerate health even during the heat of combat, so long as he goes unharmed for merely a few seconds.
- Charge Heavy Attack (Warrior) - This combat ability lets you charge up your heavy attack, so you can actually stun an enemy carrying a shield, even if they are using it to block all your other attacks.
- Weapon Bearer (Warrior) - The Weapon Bearer ability allows Bayek to equip a second weapon, an excellent tactic for whenever you come up against a particularly difficult enemy that requires a change of tactic.
- Arrow Retriever (Hunter) - This passive ability will allow Bayek to recover any enemy arrows that are stuck in his shield, a great way for earning back arrows after combat is finished.
- Eagle Tagging (Hunter) - This ability for Senu allows the eagle to tag any enemies that he comes across while you scan the ground with him, also highlighting points of interest for Bayek to later uncover.
- Fire Bomb (Seer) - The Fire Bomb ability does exactly what it says on the tin: it lets Bayek throw a fire bomb that continually damaged any opponents caught in the initial blast radius.
- Salesman (Seer) - Although this might seem like a waste of an ability point early on, the ability to sell trinkets and goods at an increased price will benefit Bayek the more you explore.
- Sleep Darts (Seer) - The Sleep Darts ability is basically essential if you'd rather knock out an enemy rather than assassinate them.
These might be the best abilities in Assassin's Creed Origins to start off with, but as you find yourself progressing further and further into the game, you'll find yourself with more skill points than you know what to do with. At this point, we'd recommend putting the excess skill points into whichever skill tree you end up using more. For example, if you're more of a stealthy player by nature, then it's probably best to go with the Hunter skill tree.
This is all you need to know in order to level up, earn money quickly, and unlock the very best abilities early on in Assassin's Creed Origins.