Abilities are a type of Collectible in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (ACV). This guide shows where to find all Ability Locations in AC Valhalla. They are needed for the Completionist All the Way trophy or achievement (100% Completion).
Ability Runes count as Wealth Collectibles. On the world map they are marked by this icon: . You can still access all regions after the story to find them.
Abilities are collected as ability runes in the open world. They unlock new usable abilities. You can assign up to 8 abilities total (4 ranged, 4 melee). Knowing where they are is very useful to get the abilities you’re looking for. Try to get these early on for more variety in combat. Using abilities requires adrenalin, the golden bar above your health. You can recharge adrenalin by eating certain mushrooms. You can unlock more adrenalin bars from the skill tree with skill points.
For a region by region guide of all Wealth refer to this guide: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla All Wealth Locations
Ability #1: Throwing Axe Fury Melee Ability
This Book of Knowledge is located underground. Enter through the cave entrance and then jump over the railing to bypass the barred door.
Ability #2: Thorn Of Slumber Ranged Ability
At the bottom of the watchtower. Climb in, then look for a breakable section of the floor. Hit it with an arrow and drop down to claim this.
Ability #3: Rage of Helheim Melee Ability
Head up the rock face to the waterfall and the secret entrance which is a cave, Head on through, break the ice wall and claim the chest.
Ability #4: Mark of Death Ranged Ability
This ability can be found in the town of Alrekstad in the East of the region. One at this location, you will see the waypoint in underneath a house. If you look outside the house you will find a a bunch of rocks being held up by a chain. Shoot the piece of metal connecting the rocks to the hook to open up the gap in the rock and wooden boards.
Before you head down, look to your left to find a pigpen, sitting in this pen, you will find a key. Turn around and drop back into the hole, follow the path and unlock the door to find the Book of Knowledge, with the Ranged Ability ‘Mark of Death’ inside the room.
Ability #5: Harpoon Impalement Melee Ability
Right next to the Wealth icon, there is a secret entrance which is a ladder going down a hole. Climb down, go round the corner and destroy the wooden board you can see next to the gate which the Book of Knowledge is behind. Jump down into the water, siwm round, destroy the wall by shooting the oil jar and claim the chest.
Ability #6: Raven Distraction Ranged Ability
Firstly, you’ll need to pick up the key from the longhouse (shown in the screenshots below). Then, unlock the door signified by a secret passage icon, then head through the linear path to a piece of Gear Wealth. In the room next to the gear wealth you find the ability rune.
Ability #7: Piercing Shot Ranged Ability
In Templebrough Fort, climb in the room through the window and take out the guards.
Ability #8: Focus Of The Nornir Ranged Ability
In Offchurch, on the main story path as you go through the crypt. You can still return here later by entering the catacombs through the church in the middle of the enemy camp.
Ability #9: Rush & Bash Melee Ability
Inside a house in Ravensburg.
Ability #10: Incendiary Power Trap Ranged Ability
In the monastery at Walden.
Ability #11: Mark of Death Ranged Ability Upgrade
Inside a guard tower at Meldeburne. Obtain the door key from the guard stood next to the door overlooking a cage of prisoners.
Ability #12: Dive Of The Valkyries Melee Ability
In the Isle of Ely Monastery during the raid. This one is a touch trickier to find. From the large open-air courtyard surrounded by verandas, head to the south-east corner and go through the door. Head down the stairs and you’ll come to a room with the Wealth. This is also the room where you can unbar the door which leads out of the secret entrance of the monastery.
Ability #13: Blinding Rush Melee Ability
Head into the Ruined Tower and shoot the boarded up floor and drop down. Destroy the wall by shooting the oil jars for this chest.
Ability #14: Axe Blizzard Ranged Ability
Inside the ruined church, climb up to the second level.
Ability #15: Rush And Bash Melee Ability Upgrade
Standing directly above the Wealth icon there’s a room in Dunwic with a Master-At-Arms. Kill him and loot his key, then grab a nearby oil jar and destroy the breakable floor. Drop down, move a shelf and use the key to reach this.
Ability #16: Feign Death Melee Ability
This wealth is in the Leah Villa Garrison in a locked room.
Find the key on a table in the large building on the east side of the courtyard.
Unlock the door and you’ll find the Tome of Knowledge straight ahead of you, and the door to get Oxenefordscire Wealth #12 (Ingot) on your right.
Ability #17: Vengeance of Thor Melee Ability
Immediately below Oxenefordscire Wealth #16 (Gear), you’ll find another barricade that you can move to reveal a hole leading to the room below.
In this room you’ll find a key. Pick it up, then smash the lock on the barred door to go outside.
Head north of the tower to find a locked building that you can now open. Inside will bee the Book of Knowledge.
Ability #18: Man’s Best Friend Ranged Ability
This Wealth is right on the outskirts of Lunden, in Crepelgate Fort.
Ability #19: Throwing Axe Fury (Melee Ability)
This is only accessible after advancing the Sciropescire story arc to the point where you raid the castle. To the left of the throne room is the ability room, but it’s a locked room that has 2 barred doors. The only way to access it is to detonate the breakable wall in the corridor on the left. But first we need to go to the opposite hall on the right to grab 2 oil jars, see below.
Carry the oil jar back to the breakable wall on the side of the ability rune room and throw it at the wall to detonate. Then the ability can be picked up.
Ability #20: Dive of The Valkyries Melee Ability
Also inside the Lolingestone Bandit Camp. Find the Book of Knowledge hanging overhead in the building on a platform.
Ability #21: Thorn of Slumber Ranged Ability
Part of the Dover Fortress “Raid”. Climb the steps to the building attached to the large ruined tower that sits above the fort. The building at the base of the tower will be locked, but the key is not far away.
Using your raven you will be able to find the key above you near the top of the ruined tower. Climb up and grab it.
A leap of faith makes for a short trip back to the locked door, which you can now open to grab the Book of Knowledge.
Ability #22: Piercing Shot Upgrade
This Book of Knowledge is locked behind a door. Climb the floor and shoot the wooden barricade. Then, blow up the wall in the room with an oil jar or an Incendiary Arrow (using Explosive Powder Trap ability) to enter a hidden area with a moving platform. Move it and then grab the key that unlocks the door.
Ability #23: Focus of the Nornir Upgrade
Inside Bolingbroc Castle, in an enemy guarded area, in plain sight.
Ability #24: Harpoon Impalement Upgrade
Enter the church to find a locked door. The key is on the other side of the church, but to get to it you need to move a platform left of the bar entrance to the church. Enter from the window and grab they and now go unlock the door. In the unlocked room, move the platform to easily access the ladder and climb up. Then, shoot the lock from the next ladder and climb up.
Ability #25: Raven Distraction Upgrade
Go to the back of the church and shoot the wooden barricade down. From here shoot the door lock down and enter the room from the other side.
Ability #26: Blinding Rush Upgrade
For this Book of Knowledge, we must first shoot a load. Climb the church from the entrance side and reach the highest window. From here, you can shoot the load. Now, enter the church and shoot the lock from the ladder. Climb up the crates, the wall and up the ladder.
Ability #27: Incendiary Powder Trap
At the very top of the tower where this piece of Wealth is, is an obstacle you can move. That gives you access to the Book of Knowledge.
Ability #28: Kick of Tyr Upgrade
In an enemy camp. First, use the camp’s zipline to access the structure with the key. Them head towards the Book of Knowledge’s marker. You should enter a house with an underground access point. Head downstairs, unlock the door and collect this piece of Wealth.
Ability #29: Poisonous Powder Trap Upgrade
Inside the ruins you should find a wooden barricade on the ground. Destroy it and head all the way downstairs. Next, blow up the wall, continue on and grab an oil jar from one of the rooms here. Retrace your steps to the ladder area and slide down the wall crevice. Throw your oil jar next at the wall to blow it up. Move the platform.
Ability #30: Rage of Helheim Upgrade
Climb the scaffolding and from the window shoot the load as shown in the screenshots below. Then, enter the building and shoot the ladder lock to climb up and collect this Book of Knowledge.
Ability #31: Vengeance Of Thor (Melee)
From Glowecestrescire Wealth #1 (Ingot) head outside to find a central hut with a path leading underneath it. Head through that path and turn to your left, climbing up into the hut. The Ability can be found in the Book of Knowledge on the bench.
Ability #32: Feign Death (Melee)
The third Wealth in Aelfwood is an ability, which can be found in the cave entrance between the last two Wealth items. It is denoted by two banners with skulls on them. Head inside and go through the banner on the wall to your left, to find a hidden room with the chest in.
Ability #33: Poisonous Powder Trap (Ranged)
This Wealth can be found in the North of the region, just by the Odin Mine Hideout. Once at the top of the hill, you will see a large drop. Jump down and follow the cave through until you reach the main inside section of the enemy camp. Along the right side of the cave you can find a stack of junk that you should move out of the way.
Just next to there is an exploding vase, pick that vase up and carry it along the path which you just opened up. When close to the blocked door, throw it at the door to clear the way. Head into the next part of the cave and use the raft and scaffolding to reach the ice wall. Break it with your weapon to find the Book of Knowledge on the other side.
Ability #34: Kick of Tyr (Melee)
Head back down to the bottom of the fort and climb up to the open window on the left side of the building. Inside you will find the ability.
Ability #35: Axe Blizzard Upgrade
From Wincestre Wealth #6 (Gear) location, enter the nearby garrison. Get inside the fortress and go to the first floor. You should be near this Book of Knowledge’s location. From here, shoot an arrow through the opening to destroy the door lock of one of the doors inside the other room. Now go back out and climb up the right side of the fortress to enter the unlocked room and pick up the Book of Knowledge.
Ability Rewards from Hidden Ones Bureau
You also earn 8 Abilities as rewards from bringing Order of the Ancients Medallions back to Hytham at your settlement’s Hidden Ones Bureau. See Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Order of the Ancients Locations for where to find the members.
The following Abilities come from this:
- Poison Strike (Melee)
- Poison Strike Level 2 Upgrade (Melee)
- Ranged Poison Strike (Ranged)
- Ranged Poison Strike Level 2 Upgrade (Ranged)
- Fire Strike (Melee)
- Fire Strike Level 2 Upgrade (Melee)
- Ranged Fire Strike (Ranged)
- Ranged Fire Strike Level 2 Upgrade (Ranged)
Other Ability Rewards
- Man’s Best Friend – At your settlement (Ravensthorpe in England), talk to Knud. He’s the little boy, usually hanging around the inside of the longhouse. He will give you a quest and wants you to come with him. You have to free a wolf for him near the settlement. After the quest you unlock the “Man’s Best Friend Ability” from him.
Ireland – Dublin
Ability #36: Smoke Bomb Arrow
Inside the main church, next to a piece of wealth in Lambay Abbey.
Ireland – Meath
Ability #37: Vikingr Salute
Next to a Wealth Chest in a church, there is a barred door. Exit the church and shoot the lock from the other side.
Ireland – Connacht
Ability #38: Irish Wolfhound
Firstly, you’ll need to dive into the sinkhole located about 35m southwest of the Wealth symbol. Climb out, squeeze through the gap and make your way through the tunnel. Watch out because there is a spike trap on the floor when you drop down the ledge, so quickly jump up the other side and carry on. Just after this, there’s another spike trap to jump across and then you have to kill a grizzly bear who attacks you. Go through a door to find that the next door is barred. Fear not, to the left of it is a crate which you can climb on and then jump up to the hole in the wooden wall. Climb through then defeat the Druids you find in this cave. When they’re dead, go through the open iron gate to find this Ability.
Ireland – Ulster
Ability #39: Irish Wolfhound
Use your Incendiary Powder Trap Ranged Ability to break the floor in the house, then drop down to find this Ability.
Ability #40: Vikingr Salute
Firstly, you’ll need to get access to the room containing the ability. Directly above the map symbol you’ll be in a tower with a bag of blocks hanging from a hook above a breakable floor. Shoot the hook then drop through the hole it made, and you’ll find the Ability at the bottom.
Ability #41: Smoke Bomb Arrow
Firstly, you need to get access to the underground area. 35m due west of the Ability symbol, you’ll find a destructible wall you can destroy with the Incendiary Powder Trap Ranged Ability. Head through the tunnel, then pull the block towards you and then to the left to access the cave behind it which houses the Ability.
That’s all Ability Locations in AC Valhalla.
For all other Collectible Types check out the complete Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Collectibles Guide.