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Assassin's Creed Odyssey guide: which gameplay mode to choose, exploring Ancient Greece

Homer would be pleased

Featured post A beautiful scene with boats sailing in the ocean off the coast of Ancient Greece.

Your next journey into the Animus is set during the conflict between Athens and Sparta, and to say that the Ancient Greek world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is colossal would be a massive understatement. Many few returning features are complemented by the big changes that were brought with Assassin’s Creed Origins. There’s a slew of new features too, with multiple endings and the ability to seduce a fair number of the Ancient Greek population. In this collection of guides, we will cover everything you need to know: from which gameplay mode to choose, the multiple side quests, getting the best weapons and armour, how to hunt the Cult of Kosmos, explain the new skills, and how to deal with those relentless mercenaries.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey guide

Taking place during the Peloponnesian war, some time between 431-404 BC, this was the war that had wide consequences with the outlook on Ancient Greece, with Athens taking on Sparta. There was a treaty signed in 421 BC, but this was soon rendered void by ongoing conflicts in Peloponnesus. But with the realistic setting that includes large scale battles, there are also plenty of side quests, mythological beasts to slaughter, and even buried treasure to uncover.

Guides

Side Quests by region

  • Kephallonia – The island where the odyssey begins.
  • Megaris – Meet with the Spartans trying to take this Athenian territory.
  • Phokis – An Athenian stronghold with high mountains and mythical beasts.
  • Attika – Home to Athens – the centre of democracy in Ancient Greece.
  • Pirate Islands – A lawless island filled with treasure.
  • Naxos and Paros – Two islands constantly at odds.
  • Obsidian Islands – A battle royale awaits, together with the perfect partner.
  • Silver Islands – A rebellion needs your assistance.
  • Messara – A desert island under the tyranny of a secretive leader.
  • Pephka – Home to the arena and many scammers.
  • Lakonia – Return from your exile to Sparta.
  • Kythera – This island is home to a coup.
  • Lokris – A man has heard a prophecy and wants to defy it.
  • Abantis Islands – An island full of slaves and thugs.

Side Quests by person

  • Demonsthenes – An Athenian general wants Spartan Polemarch blood.
  • Lysander – This Spartan general wants you to kill Athenian Polemarchs.
  • Alkibiades – A master manipulator that wants more than your body.
  • Sokrates – The reason that everyone hates moral philosophy professors.
  • Olympics – Take on the Pankration tournament at the Olympic Games.
  • Hippokrates – A physician who has many moral dilemmas.
  • Markos – Your adoptive father is trying to settle in Kos.
  • Leiandros – A swindler with an ulterior motive.

Choice between Guided or Exploration modes in Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Choosing your gameplay mode

When you begin the game, you’re given a choice of difficulty for combat, but you are also given the between guided and exploration mode. Exploration mode is the intended way to play the game, providing players with clues, as well as any interesting places that are marked with a question mark for you to discover yourself. When you approach your target, you will be able to scout ahead with your eagle – Ikaros before heading into a new area. Summon Ikaros with V (PC), or pressing up on the d-pad (Xbox and PS4 controllers). You’ll be able to zoom in and look at enemies and treasure, as well as any objectives in the area. Anything flagged will stay up until either dead or you’re too far away.

Guided is much the same, though quests have waypoint markers and it is a lot more generous with the hints, usually telling players the location of where to go in a lot more detail. The guided mode is more like Assassin’s Creed games of old in many respects, though some things are still obscured until you either find them using Ikaros or somehow find it by getting close enough.

Kassandra on a horse.

Exploring Ancient Greece

Exploration is rather self explanatory, but there’s one thing I feel I need to emphasise. I know this is the most utterly boring thing in Ubisoft games, but climbing stuff to get to viewpoints reveals a lot of information, such as settlements and quests. At least this time however there’s some rather… interesting things to climb. That giant statue of Zeus you see in the beginning of the game, you can climb that. Yes, you can climb around all of it, you dirty scamp!

Finally, when travelling long distance on foot, ride your horse. You can customise your steed to a particular skin with the help of our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey horse skins guide, but the horse itself is always the same slightly dumb animal. There’s a cheeky little trick for getting on a horse quickly, as Matt explained in our Everything That’s Right with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey feature, which he describes with the following: “The best way to quickly mount up is to briefly look away from where you’re going while whistling for Phobos.” You can also run away from it to automatically mount it in the direction you are running when it gets close.

Auto-travelling is done by setting it to automatically follow roads, then pressing the objective/way point prompt on screen. It can go to any quest markers or way points that you place on a map, but keep an eye out for enemies. You can fire arrows while travelling this way, independent of your horse.

General tips for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Before I go, I’ll leave you with some tips and tricks that you can use on your odyssey:

  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the number of enemies attacking you, run far enough away for them to lose you and hide in a bush. Should someone get too close, you could use this opportunity to thin their numbers by whistling to get their attention before assassinating them.
  • Use Ikaros more than once if you think that you should be seeing more enemies. Chances are that they weren’t able to be seen on his first pass.
  • Patience is a virtue, so make sure you exercise it when infiltrating a base or camp. It can take a while for the enemy placement to align in just the way you need to, but whistling lone guards for easy kills can mitigate the risk of getting caught.
  • If you’ve unlocked the Sparta Kick ability, you can use it to kick anyone off anything high to instantly kill them. It won’t be a quiet kill as they land with a thud, but it could deal with a troublesome foe.
  • No bushes nearby to hide a body? Not to worry, you can throw them off high walls or hide them in a place where the guards won’t patrol to keep them off your scent. Just be sure to deal with them if they ever come close to finding them.

That’s everything I have for you so far. I’m still working my way through this massive open-world to have as many guides for you as is physically possible, so keep an eye out for constant updates to our guides, such as the one for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey side quests for example.

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