AC Valhalla Exploration Difficulty Explained: What the Three Options Mean?

Assasin’s Creed Valhalla was recently released by Ubisoft with a lot of changes to the in-game mechanics. This time the story follows the land of Vikings between the Islands of England and Norway.

There are also additional locations including Asgard and Jotunheim which is bound to enhance the gameplay as you progress through the game. Ubisoft is also trying another in-game mechanic with AC Valhalla which seems to be quite intriguing. Let’s take a quick look at it.

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Difficulty in Assasin’s Creed Valhalla

Unlike previous iterations of the Assasin’s Creed franchise, Valhalla allows you to individually adjust your in-game difficulty for a more refined gameplay. Instead of overall difficulty settings that dictate all the mechanics of the gameplay, you can individually choose the difficulty for Stealth, Exploration, and Combat. This allows you to tweak and refine your difficulty settings to create a more immersive experience.

If you are an RPG fan, then you can reduce your combat settings for a more immersive storyline experience. Additionally, if you are more into combat and exploration then you can increase your difficulty to experience the best combat. Stealth can also help you get through the game either as an unseen Assassin or a force to be reckoned with, the choice is completely up to you.

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Exploration Difficulty Settings in Assasin’s Creed Valhalla

The new iteration ie: Valhalla comes with 3 different settings for Exploration activities on the map. These settings will dictate how easy it is to find items around you. Adjusting these settings will allow for a more immersive experience when you are exploring the wild. If you are new to the franchise, then you can opt for the lowest difficulty to find everything you can on the map around you.

If you are a veteran player then you might want to increase the difficulty settings so that you can explore each nook and cranny while dealing with random events for a more immersive experience in Valhalla. Let’s take a look at the 3 different difficulty settings for exploration in Assasin’s Creed Valhalla.

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This is the lowest difficulty setting for exploration in Valhalla. Every item around you will become easily visible on your minimap with this setting making it easier for you to locate rewards and loot chests.

Additionally, you will also get dedicated icons that will point you in the direction of available loot and rewards. Moreover, opportunities and new interactions on the map will be visible from further away making it easier for you to locate side quests.


This is the default exploration setting for Valhalla. This setting will make rewards and items visible on your map as you discover new locations in the game. Additionally, icons for opportunities and loot chests will be available on your map once you have explored the area.

This setting also sets the compass to its default settings making it a bit harder to pinpoint the exact location of certain items. This will force you to explore the area around you making it the perfect setting for returning RPG players that do not wish to spend extra hours exploring their map.

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Do you want to find and define your own path? Explore England and Norway on your own terms? Then Pathfinder might be the perfect exploration difficulty setting for you. Pathfinder minimizes the number of nearby icons available on your map forcing you to look around and explore.

Once in the vicinity of certain items, they will become available on your mini-map. Pathfinder will allow you to explore each part of the map for loot chests and rewards and make it difficult for you to find the ones that are quite well hidden in the world of Assasin’s Creed Valhalla.

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