The Swan Road Home is the eighth main story quest in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It starts right after you finish The Seas of Fate.
While The Seas of Fate is mostly tied to cutscenes and the modern day narrative, The Swan Road Home drops you right back into the action. This is also one of the toughest quests you’ll have come across so far and could leave you a bit stumped — it left me that way, anyway. That’s why we’ve put together this detailed The Swan Road Home guide as part of our complete Assassin’s Creed Valhalla walkthrough.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla The Swan Road Home Guide
After a series of lengthy cutscenes in the previous quest, you will eventually resume control of Eivor as you approach England. However, your progress will soon be halted by a large chain spanning the river, preventing passage for all inbound ships. In order to remove the chain, you’ll need to get off the longboat and sneak into the camp on your right. Make sure not to enter the camp yet, as you’ll need a plan of attack — these enemies are stronger than the ones you went up against in the fjords of Norway.
This is good practice for getting into the habit of using Odin’s sight to survey enemy encampments later on, so be sure to scout out the area before making your move. The best route to take, in my experience, is as follows: wrap around to the left of the camp, wading through the shallow water right next to the river bank. You can crouch in the small grass here — as you press forward, you’ll see a little gap in the fence to your right. There’s only one guard here, and although he’s facing the gap, he can’t see you if you’re crouched. Whistle and assassinate him without leaving the tall grass to quickly and quietly take him out. Although other enemies can hear the whistle, none of them will actually see you, so whistle again to bring another one over, and another one, and so on. Eventually all of the guards within earshot will have fallen victim to your hidden blade. Pick off the last few with arrow headshots — you can easily spot their locations by using Odin’s sight, which will make them glow red.
Once you’ve safely taken everyone out, head into the building adjacent to the chain and climb the ladder. There’s plenty of basic loot here — nothing too special, mind, but it’s obviously worth picking up given that you’ve already cleared the camp. Once you’re at the top of this small tower, you’ll notice that the chain is being suspended by two golden valves on either side of it. The aim here is to take them out with arrows — if you’re all out, there should be some on the top of the tower Shoot the two valves and the chain will come loose, opening up a path for you and your crew to pass through. Head back down to the boat, climb aboard, and take command of the helm.
Setting sail after dismantling the chain ends The Seas of Fate and starts the next main story quest, Unwelcome.
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