On the path to find his son, Odin is challenged by Hjalmgunnar, the Unforgiver in the Dokkerland realm of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s newest DLC, Forgotten Saga. Perhaps one of the more creative boss fights is seen in this DLC; the fire giant carries a massive fiery eyeball that rains a firestorm down upon attackers. The final boss of Dokkerland was betrayed by Odin long before and now seeks revenge, but there are plenty of ways to help the Allfather defeat Hjalmgunnar.
Dokkerland is the second region to be explored in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Forgotten Saga DLC. The land of fire and brimstone is inhabited by Muspels, fiery creatures who do not take kindly to trespassers. Veteran players will recognize these enemies from AC Valhalla‘s Dawn of Ragnarok DLC, which came out earlier this year. Along with Muspels, players will have to contend with a timer signifying how much time is left before they start taking fire damage. This is important to keep in mind, as upon Odin’s death, players will restart back at camp.
Like most enemies in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Hjalmgunnar has a specific weakness. In this case, the fire giant’s weakness is electricity. Therefore, players will want to collect armor with fire resistance, a weapon that deals electric damage, and permanent favors like Summoned Courage. Understanding the basics of the Niflheim skill tree and leveling up accordingly is equally important as collecting weapons and researching the game mechanics behind AC Valhalla‘s Forgotten Saga DLC. Once the basics are covered, Odin will be ready to face Hjalmgunnar.
Defeating Hjalmgunnar in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Forgotten Saga
The battle is divided into two phases where the first phase will consist of close-range combat. Hjalmgunnar will attempt to strike Odin with his scythe. Do not attempt to parry, as most of the fire giant’s attacks cannot be countered; simply duck and roll, then prepare to strike during Hjalmgunnar’s cooldown. Odin should be able to get a few hits in before the fire giant continues his attacks. Continue striking during the vulnerable moments after the fire giant’s heavy attacks; eventually, his health will drop to the halfway point and trigger the next phase.
Like Sutr, the final boss of Dawn of Ragnarok, Hjalmgunnar has reason to hate the Allfather. After making a deal that would have raised Hjalmgunnar’s rank, Odin betrayed him and sent him down to Niflheim, where he reconstructed his body and plotted revenge. The orb on Hjalmgunnar’s back is a significant part of the battle. The orb will open up to reveal a fiery iris and shoot balls of fire at the Allfather. Odin will have to deal with the close-range attacks from the first phase as well as ranged fire attacks. A red wave will roll out during Hjalmgunnar’s heavy attack, signifying a firestorm. Players must dodge and get close to the giant before the fire is unleashed. Once in the inner circle, more fireballs will fall, and players can simply dodge these attacks and strike Hjalmgunnar. The eye, as powerful as it might be, also makes for an excellent target. A few arrows and well-timed attacks should have Hjalmgunnar on his knees.
It might take a few tries, but that is the beauty of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s rogue-like setting. Multiple runs are to be expected and encouraged. However, if the Allfather seems to be struggling a bit too much, consider changing weapon types. Now that Dokkerland is done and Hjalmgunnar is defeated, players will need to prepare for the poisonous region of Nidheim and its ruler, Nidhogg, in the next section of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Forgotten Saga.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
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