Assassin's Creed Valhalla's settlement is something we haven't seen from Ubisoft's adventure series for some time - a place to call home.
Similar to Connor's Homestead and Ezio's Monteriggioni, this is a central location from which your viking adventure resolves around.
From planning the moves throughout England's four kingdoms, to using the spoils from your many conquests to add new buildings, there's always a reason to come back to your settlement.
This page explains the essentials of how the settlement in Assassin's Creed Valhalla works, an in-progress list of settlement buildings you can unlock, and how to get supplies and raw materials.
On this page:
- How to upgrade your settlement in Assassin's Creed Valhalla explained
- How to get supplies and raw materials in Assassin's Creed Valhalla
- Assassin's Creed Valhalla settlement upgrades list
How to upgrade your settlement in Assassin's Creed Valhalla explained
To quote Ubisoft, the settlement is the "beating heart" of your adventure - a place where not only your plans for the conquest of England take shape, but also where you build alliances and forge friendships and certain romances.
You'll need to return often to the longhouse make new decisions as part of the story. Unlike more recent Assassin's Creed games, it's the central location for many peripheral activities too, such as customising your character, changing mounts to upgrading your weaponry with the blacksmith - essentially everything you need in one place.
However, not everything will be available right away. There are six stages of upgrades with the settlement, a process likely to take the duration of the main story to complete - depending on how much raiding you do on the side of course.
How to get supplies and raw materials in Assassin's Creed Valhalla
Upgrading the settlement in Assassin's Creed Valhalla requires two resources:
- Supplies - these are found by looting 'wealth' across the land. If you see a glowing gold icon on your map, chances are it's a chest which contains supplies.
- Raw materials - these are specifically found from raiding monasteries. Find the red axes icon on the map, which are monasteries you can raid by boat.
If you are in the need of upgrading your settlement quickly, it's worth raiding two to three monasteries. Not only are they the primary source of raw materials - the rarer of the two - but nearby wealth points in each location will also contain supplies. (Check your map to see which buildings these are in exactly.)
An important thing to note is to check the power level of each raid before you travel to each monastery location. You can find this by hovering over the region it's attached to. Though you can technically raid any location from the off, the higher the level, the more damage you will take with each attack, making some incredibly difficult to complete.
We'd recommend sticking to level 90 and below to begin with, which should be manageable for the start of the game.
For more help with Assassin's Creed Valhalla, we have pages on Soma's traitor, Eel locations, getting Excalibur, Thor gear and other armour sets, Power Level and how to get XP fast, unseal the well, an explainer on the Valhalla health system, changing gender, changing mounts and the wolf mount, settlement upgrades, Assassin's Creed Valhalla romance options, how to get to England and return to Norway, flyting tips and Order of the Ancients locations. If you're looking for things to collect and upgrade, we have lists on best skills, Book of Knowledge locations and Treasure Hoard maps.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla settlement upgrades list
The more buildings you unlock, the more buildings that will become available to you to build. Here is an in-progress list of buildings available in the game, and the settlement tier you need to unlock them.
As time goes on, you can add new buildings to the settlement. Here's a list of what becomes available, and how to unlock them:
Encampment (Tier 1)
- Hidden Ones Bureau
- Stable and Avery (unlocks changing mounts
- Trading Post
Colony (Tier 2) - unlocks after building three times in Tier 1
- Fishing Hut
- Hunter's Hut - unlocks romance option
- Tattoo shop
More coming soon!