Boss Fight: Count Odo
The fight with Count Odo will be one of the most challenging during the Siege of Paris DLC so far, at least if you’re playing on the highest difficulty and scaling settings. Count Odo can kill you with just a few swipes of his sword if you’re caught off guard, so it’s important to know how to counter his attacks. However, the first thing you should be aware of is Count Odo’s weak points, which are located on his right leg, and on his back. Hitting these will briefly stun Count Odo, and make him vulnerable to a stun attack. The weak point on his right leg is easy enough to hit by waiting for him to initiate an attack, leaving his leg open while his shield is no longer protecting his front. The weak point on his back can be more tricky to hit, but the easiest way to do it is by dodging an attack to slow time (requires Brush with Death skill), then shooting the weak point while time is slowed and Odo is stationary.
Count Odo has a number of special red rune aura attacks, the most common of which comes in the form of a quick charge and stabbing attack. This cannot be blocked or parried, but you can easily dodge or roll out of the way if you react quickly and move as soon as you see the red rune aura above his head. You’ll also be able to tell when this attack is incoming when Odo raises his sword backwards and in the air. Aside from dodging or rolling away, you can actually stop this attack and briefly stun Odo by shooting at him as he charges, but this will be difficult to pull off while his shield blocks most of his front body.
Another red rune aura attack to look out for comes in the form of Odo throwing projectiles at Eivor. This will happen if you maintain your distance from Odo for too long, and the projectiles will stun Eivor if they hit. You can easily avoid these projectiles by moving out of the way with a dodge or roll as soon as you see the red rune aura appear, but don’t dodge or roll directly toward Odo, as this will put you in his line of fire. The third red rune aura attack is a retaliatory blow which Odo will use if you corner him or chain too many attacks in a row. The attack consists of Odo smashing you with his shield, which will knock you over and stun Eivor for a brief time. This one is difficult to avoid once initiated, as the strike is swift, but it can be done if you’re fast enough.
Aside from the red rune aura attacks, Odo will spam chain attacks with his sword. If you’re playing on high difficulty settings, it will only take 2 - 4 hits of these basic attacks to completely deplete Eivor’s health, so it’s worth avoiding them at all costs. The most effective way to counter these attacks is by parrying or blocking them, which will in turn stun Odo for a brief moment, allowing you to counter. This won’t always be possible however, and if you’re not too confident with your timing of parries and blocks, you’ll find it easier to dodge or roll away from the chain attacks. However, you should also be careful using this method, as you can quickly run out of stamina if you dodge or roll too much, leaving you vulnerable to attack with no way out for a few seconds.
Count Odo’s shield provides him with excellent defence, so you’ll need to flank him frequently if you want to strike with a few light attacks. Heavy attacks will be sufficient to break through Odo’s shield defences, but these can leave you vulnerable to a depletion of stamina, so try not to spam these too much. Another way to eat away at Odo’s health is to aim for his head with your arrows, inflicting maximum damage with projectiles (at least after you’ve hit all of his weak points). Finally, you’ll want to utilize all your high damage special abilities whenever you can, which should provide you with some breathing space as they stun Count Odo, while also inflicting significant damage.
Once Odo loses around half of his health, he’ll begin to drink healing potions to replenish it. You’ll need to pay close attention to when this occurs, indicated by a white rune aura above his head, since he can heal a great deal of health in a short amount of time if you don’t interrupt him. A shot with the bow won’t be sufficient to interrupt the heal, so you’ll need to charge him with melee attacks instead. Alternatively, you can quickly use a special attack such as Throwing Axe Fury or Harpoon Impalement, which will swiftly interrupt Odo and stun him for a brief moment.
So long as you’re aware of what Odo is capable of in terms of the combat mechanics noted above, you should be prepared to take him out first try. The key is to be patient with your attacks and time them at the right moment to avoid swift retaliation, which can be punishing at high difficulty settings. By maintaining your stamina and countering Odo’s special attacks, you’ll always have the upper hand.
Should You Encourage Sigfred to Take King Charles’ Silver?
After the fight with Count Odo, a cutscene will begin during which you’ll need to make a decision with Sigfred and Toka. You can choose from the following dialogue options:
“Take the King’s money.”
“Charles cannot be trusted.”
“You lead this army.”
Regardless of your own choice preference, the scene will result in Sigfred accepting Charles’ offer and taking the silver in exchange for a truce.
Should You Give the Boy (Bernard) to King Charles?
Once you’ve dealt with the matter of the silver from Charles, he will ask Eivor to hand over Bernard, the king’s only heir. At this point you’ll need to decide between the following dialogue choices:
“You may have the boy.”
If you choose to give the boy to Charles, Bernard will be happy enough about it, since he doesn’t know the true nature of his father yet. Charles will welcome him into his arms and all will seem well, for now.
“I will not hand over the boy.”
If you choose not to hand over the boy to King Charles, Charles will become infuriated and begin a fit of rage, before Sigfred interferes and forces Charles into silence. However, Charles will state that the matter is not over between him and Eivor.
If you want to find out what happens as a consequence of your choice at a later stage in the story, see the spoiler below.
Ultimately, whether you give Bernard to Charles or not doesn’t impact the story in any lasting significant way, as Bernard will quickly run back to his mother, Richardis, once he sees the true nature of his father. However, Bernard will be less trusting of Eivor later in the story if he was given to the king, and Count Odo will not approve of the decision either. Toka will also thank Eivor if they didn’t hand Bernard to Charles. If you want to maintain good relations with them for roleplaying preferences, we recommend that you don’t give the boy to Charles.