What is River Raiding?
River Raids were added to Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla in the 1.1.1 Title Update, released on the 16th of February, 2021. During the River Raids, players will be able to engage in the raiding of local farms, camps and monasteries.
Although raiding has been a core component of the game since its release, this new update allows players to raid for new wealth and abilities, including new unique gear, as well as materials to build new settlement buildings in Ravensthorpe.
During your raids of new and unexplored areas, you’ll need to discover that certain raiding areas hold different types of treasure that vary in their value and function:
Farms can be raided for rations that keep your crew alive. Small military camps will hold foreign supplies that you can use to upgrade your ship and construct new settlement buildings. Larger military camps and fortresses can be raided for new armor and weapons, and monasteries hold books of knowledge that reveal new abilities.
As you raid, you’ll become more notorious and the raiding locations will become harder to beat as they fortify their defenses. You’ll encounter lots of elite enemies and barricades that’ll block your ship’s path and you’ll need to stick with your crew to ensure they don’t get picked off by archers and arbalists.
Don’t push your luck either! If you die during a raid, you’ll lose all progress and rewards and have to raid the areas all over again!
How to Start the River Raids
Once you’ve downloaded the new update, the River Raids quests will be available right away within your quests log. You can then choose to activate it and it’ll tell you to go and greet the raiders on the dock. The new raiders will actually be slightly to the east of the dock, and once you speak to them, they’ll tell you of their special maps that have led them to untold riches on the shores of England’s rivers.
Once you’ve spoken to them, a River Raiding Dock will be built, and you’ll need to speak to Vagn, who’s waiting just outside. He will then take you on a tutorial raid on the River Exe, and you’ll tag along with his crew of raiders. For more information on how to complete the tutorial quest, head over to A River to Raid.