Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Druids Wrath Expansion coming tomorrow - Here's what it brings | TechNeg

Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Druids Wrath Expansion coming tomorrow - Here's what it brings | TechNeg


Wrath of the Druids is the first major expansion of Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and it coming out tomorrow for all the available platforms. 

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Druids Wrath continues the journey of Eivor to the shores of Ireland where the newly-appointed High-King Flann Sinna seeks to unite four disparate regions under a single Irish banner.

This update will also introduce many more characters and places such as an ancient druidic cult, and some fearsome mythological creatures along the way. 


Assassin's Creed Valhalla Druids Wrath Trailer







This expansion will bring new monasteries to raid, alliances to forge, enemies to fight, and skills to learn. Eivor will get new abilities including smoke-bomb arrows and he will also get a new melee weapon the Sickles. 

Wrath of the Druids is included as part of the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Season Pass and is available as a separate purchase



Bárid mac Ímair

Bárid mac Ímair

Players will be introduced to Bárid as Eivor’s cousin, a fellow Norseman, who is now king of Dublin. At the time, Dublin had been invaded and controlled by Vikings, not Irishmen. Bárid was the son of Imar, a Viking raider who founded the Uí Ímair dynasty and helped establish Dublin as a Norse settlement. Some scholars believe Imar and Ivar the Boneless to be the same person, but in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla they are two very different people.

Bárid had close ties with Áed Finnliath, which may be why Flann Sinna hesitates to trust him in Wrath of the Druids.




Flann Sinna

Flann Sinna

Flann Sinna’s father, Máel Sechnaill, represented the Southern Uí Néill as High-King of Ireland until his death in 862. At that point, High-Kingship passed to the northerners and Áed Finnliath, Flann’s first cousin, took up the mantle and married Flann’s mother, becoming his stepfather as well as his cousin. As unusual as it may sound today, marrying your predecessor’s widow was a tradition at the time.

Flann wasn’t overly fond of his new stepfather, and as a result, the north and south were constantly at war with one another. Flann’s ascent to the throne of High-King was far from peaceful, as he murdered his second cousin – Donnchad mac Eochocain, the reigning king of Mide and head of the southern Ui Neill – to become king of Mide. When Áed Finnliath died in 879, Flann became Ireland’s new High-King. It’s here that Eivor enters the picture, helping Flann’s coronation go off without a hitch and aiding him in numerous battles.






Ninth Century Ireland




Ninth Century Ireland

Early medieval Ireland was a collection of small kingdoms, all frequently at war with one another. High Kingship of Ireland, also knows as Kingship of Tara, was a constant battle between northerners and southerners, with power changing hands between two branches of a dynastic family: the Northern Uí Néill and the Southern Uí Néill. When in power, northerners ruled from Ulster, while southerners ruled from the kingdom of Meath.

One thing that helped create some semblance of unity for the disparate kingdoms was the ninth-century invasion of the Danes, which caused many Christian Irish to unite against a common enemy. In 866, High-King Áed Finnliath led the Irish to successfully push the Vikings out of the northern region of Ulster, which resulted in the Irish fighting amongst themselves once again.




The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

Early on in Wrath of the Druids, Eivor is tasked with retrieving the Book of Kells from a mysterious cult. In reality, the Book of Kells was an illuminated manuscript containing the four gospels of the New Testament in Latin. In Eivor’s time, it would’ve been only a few decades old and incredibly important to Ireland’s Christian population, including High-King Flann Sinna. It is considered a masterful example of western calligraphy, is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest national treasures, and gets its name from the Abbey of Kells, where it lived for centuries.



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