It’s crazy to think that I have been reviewing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and its DLCs since November 2020. Dawn of Ragnarok is the third and last DLC in a game that has reached the end of its time. Will this reach the heights of the Irish expansion or just be run-of-the-mill like France. Let’s find out.
Let’s get Mythical
Dawn of Ragnarok takes place in the Norse myth side of Valhalla. Eivor returns as Odin and this time he has travelled to Svartalfheim to find his son, Baldr. To be honest, I didn’t enjoy the mythical part in the base game.
Don’t get me wrong I am a huge Norse myth nerd and have read a lot on the subject. Saying all that for some reason it just didn’t click. Maybe it’s the fact I just couldn’t take to Eivor being Odin (I know it’s part of the story). Or maybe the bastardization of the real myths, it just did nothing for me.
Svartalfheim itself looks amazing. It is everything I thought the Dwarven realm would be. With the edition of the Jotnar’s and the occupying Muspels and it just adds a little extra. The map itself isn’t too big so it makes the DLC manageable. There are the usual quests you can find in Valhalla. The funny thing is you are Odin and you are pretty much reduced to an errand boy for the Dwarf-lords.
Too little too late
There are the usual DLC additions, like new skills, armour, and weapons to find throughout the land. Weapons can now be upgraded to mythical. The best new feature hands down are the new Hugr-Rip. The Dwarves gift you with a new magic bracer that allows you to steal powers from certain dead foes. These new powers come in handy when solving certain puzzles or getting to a certain area. For a limited period, making you resistant to lava flows, for example. They also allow you to disguise yourself as the enemy to sneak into their camps.
I found myself losing my excitement really quickly though. Also, I was at such a high level that it didn’t really matter if I was disguised or not. It was a fine addition to the game but it really feels like they wanted to put it in from the start but just couldn’t make it fit. You need a material called silica to upgrade your new bracer. You can get this by raiding with your usual bunch of Vikingrs. This really takes you out of the whole myth element and is a weird edition.
Dawn of Ragnarok has an awesome new setting in Svartalfheim but that is it really. Yes, the Hugr-Rip is fun for a while but this DLC really should have been released earlier. Don’t get me wrong it is a good edition to Valhalla but it adds nothing really. I really thought that Ubisoft would let Valhalla go out with a bang but it was more of a disappointing parp.