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Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Goodwin decision: The consequences of dealing with Goodwin in Holy Day explained

How to deal with Goodwin in Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

During the Holy Day mission in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, you'll find yourself fighting against Goodwin.

At a certain point during this fight, you'll be given the option to either kill or spare Goodwin's life. Whichever option you choose will have a small effect on Valhalla's storyline, but it won't be as impressive as Sigurd's decision to return to England or stay in Norway.

Below you'll find the consequences for both killing and sparing Goodwin, but, if you do read this page, be prepared for spoilers!

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If you'd like to know more about Assassin's Creed Valhalla, we have pages on changing Eivor's appearance, Soma's traitor, returning to Norway with the Atlas and some flyting tips.

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How the Holy Day missions and killing or sparing Goodwin in Assassin's Crreed Valhalla

Now that Eivor is jarl of Ravensthorpe, it's time to confront King Aelfred. Guthrum has been at war with him almost the entire game, and now Eivor means to battle King Aelfred's army for all of England.

At Werham, Guthrum and Aelfred meet on tense terms. Things do not go as planned and Eivor and friends burn down the city (Kingdom's End).

Eivor and Guthrum devise a plan to attack Aelfred when he leasts expects it, but, first, Eivor must free the captured Danes being held by Aelfred at the Hamtun Blockade.

Calling on all the allies, Eivor brings them to Chepeham / Cippanhamm, where Aelfred is partaking in Holy Day celebrations (Holy Day).

Unfortunately, it was all a ruse, and Eivor and the allies are attacked by Aelfred's soldiers led by his reeve, Goodwin. Soma, Hunwald, and Hjorr all perish in the battle, but they are able to capture Chepaham.

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Kill or spare Goodwin in Assassin's Creed Valhalla explained

During the fight with Goodwin, Eivor is given a choice:

  • I will kill you.
  • I can still use you yet.

The consequences of killing or sparing Goodwin in Assassin's Creed Valhalla explained

It doesn't matter which choice Eivor chooses: Goodwin will either kill himself or be killed by you.

Eivor talks to Guthrum who decides that he no longer wants to wage war with Aelfred. This ends the campaign against King Aelfred.

When it comes to the other story choices in Assassin's Creed Valhalla, we also have pages on Soma's traitor, killing or sparing Leofrith, killing or sparing Reud, taking or leaving the resources in England, whether you should punch Basim, telling Ubba the truth about Ivarr's death, voting for the next Ealdorman of Lincolnscire, who the next Jarl of Snotinghamscire will be, whether Faravid is a traitor and if Sigurd returns to England or not.

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