Assassin's Creed: Valhalla - Orlog guide. How to play it?

In Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, players will always have something to do. Whether it's raiding the English countryside, gathering resources to build your settlement, or completing quests and finding rare equipment, there's no shortage of things to do in the game. Regardless, from time to time, players may feel the urge to take a break from it all and instead decide to roll the dice in the good old Orlog game. There are no significant rewards for this other than discovering more items in Orlog itself, but it also has a trophy attached to it, encouraging platinum trophy hunters to try it.


For those who may have missed the introductory game, Orlog is a simple game played in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla with a set of dice and stones. If it sounds boring, the developers must have thought so too, as they added cool animations and sound effects to make things more interesting. Basically, players have to deal damage to their opponent while protecting themselves from harm. The first one to lose all of their health loses the game, but it can be quite difficult at first.


Orlog - Basics

Orlog - Basics

To succeed in Orlog, it's important that players understand the basics of the Assassin's Creed: Valhalla premiere minigame. Each game consists of three sets, with the first player rolling all six of his dice. From here, the players have to choose which dice they want to keep and which ones to reroll. The player then rolls again, deciding to keep certain dice and re-roll the rest, and then rolls again to determine his last hand. The player and his opponent alternate during this process and can react to each other accordingly.


On the dice, players need to understand five basic symbols: an ax, an arrow, a helmet, a shield, and a hand. Ax and Arrow dice represent melee and ranged damage respectively, while helmet and shield block the corresponding type of damage. The hand allows players to steal tokens from an opponent, which can then be used to activate powerful God's favors. Finally, any side of the die surrounded by a dotted line also rewards the player with one token, so the player should prioritize them whenever possible. The main point of the game is to block damage with helmets and shields and deal damage with axes and arrows, using God Favors to help in this matter. Despite its simplicity, Orlog is surprisingly fascinating.


Orlog - God's Favor

Orlog - God's Favor


God Favors takes on different forms, but the player starts out with what is called Thor's Strike. To use this ability, players must collect a certain number of tokens and then activate them after completing the throwing phase. In the case of Thor's Strike, it inflicts additional, unblockable damage to the enemy with varying degrees of strength depending on how many tokens are spent. Since players only have fifteen hit points (indicated by small stones on the table), using 12 tokens to automatically inflict eight damage can sometimes be devastating.

To receive new favors from God, players must defeat opponents in the Orlog game. The Orlog player who introduces the game to the players rewards the Might of Vidar favor, which removes the helmets from the opponent's hand, but the player can collect a wide range of God's Favor. Knowing when and how to use them will be vital in defeating some of the most talented Orlog players that Eyvor and the player will encounter on their travels. Players should prioritize playing with a large number of NPCs in order to receive the mighty grace of God.

Strategy # 1 - Thorough Defense and Exhaustion


Strategy # 1 - Thorough Defense and Exhaustion


Players must use two basic strategies when playing Orlog, and the first, the most intuitive, involves careful planning of defense and victory in the battle of attrition. Basically, always try to keep enough shields and helmets to block incoming damage from opponents while chopping off your own health with axes and arrows. It's a somewhat slow process, but really good when done correctly. A strategic approach here will work with most enemies, although opponents with powerful God's grace can be tricky as they can breach defenses.

With this in mind, players will need to use their own favors from God in conjunction with this strategy. Prioritize dice with dotted lines whenever possible to get tokens, and if the player's defense is strong enough, it never hurts to roll a few dice. They cannot directly damage the opponent or strengthen the player's defense, but they will not allow him to use God's grace so often and will allow the player to do it more. Heimdall's Watch God Favor works especially well with this playstyle, as it heals the player for every point of damage they block. It can be obtained in the Ravenstorp settlement after building the barracks.

Strategy # 2 - Wrath of the Gods

Strategy # 2 - Wrath of the Gods

The second strategy in Orlog may seem counterintuitive at first glance, but players cannot argue with the results. The point is to simply ignore the faces on the dice of the player and opponents, instead just aiming for the maximum number of god tokens possible. With this strategy, most of the player's damage will be at God's mercy, and the dice act simply as a means of obtaining additional tokens. Players only need to keep dice with a dotted line around them, since they are the ones that give the tokens. In addition, hand dice that steal tokens from an opponent should always take precedence over all other dice, especially if they also provide tokens.

Using a Divine Grace like Gift of Freyr that increases the total value of any die that is in the majority is another great way to accumulate tokens or prevent an opponent from using them. The Gift of the God of Grace of Frey can be obtained by defeating Orlog players in Lunden, and it might be wise to head towards them right away to get this powerful item in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla early. The ultimate goal is to use the highest level of Thor's Strike twice to win the game. Of course, there are other strategies that players can use to win the Orlog, but these two should take players far into the mini-game.

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