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Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

Trial of the Raven - How to Get Highest Mastery Points

Scott Peers

This page details how to get the highest mastery points for the gold medal during the Trial of the Raven at the Lincolnscire - Saint Guthlac’s Point Mastery Challenge.

How to Get the Gold Medal

Trial of the Raven Objectives

Objectives Mastery Points
Air Assassinations 703
Remain Anonymous 197
Eliminate all the guards 100

Take some time to review the gear and description for the ability available to you.

Use Thorn of Slumber

As with other Trials of the Raven, this will likely be one of the more difficult and potentially frustrating trials for you to complete. However, once you get the basic principles of how to use the Thorn of Slumber ability effectively, you’ll find it much easier to consistently knockout groups of enemies, and then assassinate them from the air.

If you’ve never used the Thorn of Slumber ability before, it essentially works as a method of putting enemies to sleep when you fire at them. You don’t need to fire directly at the body of an enemy for them to be put to sleep. Instead, you can fire in the general area of where they’re standing. This means that you can put multiple enemies to sleep at the same time, so long as they’re close enough together.

Once you’ve put an enemy (or group of enemies) to sleep, you’ll see an icon appear above their head, with a white bar slowly receding in a circle. This represents the amount of time that you have before the enemy wakes up again, so you’ll need to make sure that you assassinate them before it runs out. You can see the screenshot below for an example of what the icon looks like.

How to Perform Air Assassinations

The path you take during the trial is entirely up to you, and there’s no right or wrong path. You will find that most of the enemies are positioned in places where you have the ability to assassinate them from a rope, ledge, or wooden plank, allowing you to perform air assassinations. You will need to keep climbing back on top of these for each new air assassination, so make sure that you don’t accidentally perform a chain assassination on the ground.

The main area where you might be finding it difficult to perform air assassinations is with the group of enemies gathered around a fire. It’s not entirely obvious how you can reach these for air assassinations at first, especially since two of the enemies nearby are patrolling. You’ll need to wait for one of the enemies to walk close to the fire, joining the two stationary enemies there, then use Thorn of Slumber to put them all to sleep next to each other. You can then walk over the nearby rope and wait for the other patrol to come out to investigate. Perform an air assassination on this one as soon as you’re able to, then go to the fire and climb on top of it. You can actually jump off this and perform an air assassination on each of the sleeping enemies, as shown in the gif below.

The rest of the air assassinations should be fairly simple to perform. You’ll just need to make sure that you keep using Odin’s Sight to scan for enemies in the area, and remain aware of their movements so you’re not detected. If you come across an area where it seems like you can’t perform an air assassination without one of the nearby enemies seeing it first, you can put them to sleep with Thorn of Slumber and come back to them later. Another thing to keep in mind here is that you can use the bushes on the ground to hide in as you put enemies to sleep or move around them, so you have multiple options for dealing with groups of enemies.

If you follow the above steps and take your time with each group, a potentially frustrating trial can be made much easier with a bit of patience and proper use of the Thorn of Slumber ability.

(1 of 2) The icon circled in red here indicates how much time there is left before the enemy wakes up.

The icon circled in red here indicates how much time there is left before the enemy wakes up. (left), You’ll know when you’re about to use the Thorn of Slumber by checking for the purple mist on your arrow tip. If it’s not there, don’t fire! (right)

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    PC, PS4, PS5, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    10 November 2020
  • Last Updated
    11 November 2023
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