Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Beginner’s Guide – Ikaros, Fast Travel, Abilities

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Beginner's Guide

In this Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Beginner’s Guide, we will guide you on some basic mechanics of the game so that you can easily start your journey across the vast opens of Greece. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a very big game and is a little different from previous titles in the franchise. If you have played the Assassin’s Creed Origins, then you must be in for a treat since the game has been given a major overhaul since then.

Our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Beginner’s Guide will ensure that you are aware of all different mechanics of the game when you start the game. These mechanics include the health, combat, levelling up, scouting areas, using your horse, using the map, spending ability points and many other mechanics of the game. Become the ultimate assassin in Ancient Greece with our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Beginner’s Guide.

Beginner’s Guide – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Beginner’s Guide details everything that you need to know before you start on your journey in Ancient Greece.


Your health is displayed on the screen, as this is dependent on your level. As you level up in the game, your maximum health will increase allowing you to tackle enemies that are more difficult and take more punishment before you die. Always keep an eye on your health, as this is only indication of how much more damage you can take before you die in combat.

Equipping engravings is another way of increasing your health. As you journey the huge world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you will find a large number of Engravings that you can equip and some of them will increase your health by a specific percent. Always look for better Engravings and equip them. They are always worth the trouble.

Armor also plays a vital role in your health and defence. As you level up, you must find and equip better armor found around the world. Using armor of lower level than yours will only make you more vulnerable in combat. It is vital that you keep an eye on your Armor’s level and keep switching to higher level Armor as you find it.

During combat, if you take damage, the health will not regenerate so you must use dodge and blocking effectively. Once you are out of combat, your health will automatically regenerate to maximum.


Another important aspect of combat in Assassin’s Creed is combat. The game allows you total flexibility about how you approach your enemies. You can be a Warrior, Hunter or an Assassin. Pick your style whether you like hunting enemies from the shadows or prefer taking them down face to face, you can pick any option and complete encounters.

For a detailed guide on combat, check out our Assassin’s Creed Combat Guide here.

Earning Experience

You need experience to level up and you will earn experience by plenty of ways in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Defeat enemies; discover the world of Ancient Greece by exploring and finding new locations and complete tons of side quests spread across the map. Each activity you complete will grant your with experience or XP and you will be able to level up.

Each time you level up, you will gain boost in stats and health. You will also be able to wear higher level armor and weapons. Certain Engravings can only be equipped after you have attained a specific level in the game and these Engravings are extremely useful in the game. The maximum level in the game is 50.

Purchase Abilities

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features three distinct ability trees from where you can purchase many different abilities. Every time you level up, you will be rewarded with one ability point. As you explore the world, find tombs, and explore them to find Ancient Stele hidden in them, you will earn additional ability points. Apart from earning 50 ability points from leveling up, you can earn up to 22 additional ability points from these tombs.

The three ability trees are unique and you can opt for any abilities to create the perfect build. You can choose from Hunter, Warrior and Assassin skills, which allow you to create a character focusing on a specific skillset or you, can even create a character, which specializes in all three disciplines.

If you want to redistribute all points if you want to opt for different skills after purchasing them, you can pay drachmae and get all ability points back to relocated them and create a different skilled character.

For a detailed guide on abilities, check out our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Abilities Guide here.

Using Phobos

Your horse will be always by your side throughout your journey. You will explore the world with it and fight your enemies on it as well as the game offers horse combat in the game. Your horse’s name is Phobos and you can use it for various purposes in the game. Since the map is huge and if you do not want to use fast travel, you can set a location and set Phobos to auto-move to that location or any other location as well.

You will be the safest while you are on your horseback as it allows you great movement and some animals or enemies will hesitate before attacking you, as they will not be able to target you that easily while you are on Phobos. You can also stand on Phobos and jump on enemies for a jump-start to the encounter.

Although the horse back provides many bonuses, keep in mind that you cannot use your abilities while you are riding a horse. You can also control Ikaros while staying on Phobos which allows you to mark enemies, explore the nearby areas for treasure and marking other important locations.

Using Ikaros

Another trusty friend for your journey is Ikaros, your scout eagle. You will be able to control Ikaros while on ground or directly from the back of Phobos. Ikaros can be used for a variety of things such as marking enemies, scouting unknown areas, finding other points of interests such as treasure chests and entrances to tombs.

You can also pause the game while flying Ikaros to look around the area, which gives you great flexibility. You can also tag enemies using Ikaros and other quest items or locations while controlling Ikaros. You can also tag objects inside structures, which is extremely useful because you cannot use Ikaros inside buildings and tombs.

You can also use Ikaros to scout ships in the ocean. This will reveal their level, type and rewards that you will get for destroying them. It also reveals enemy archetypes which comes handy while you are completing quests or side quests requiring you to kill a certain type of enemies.

While in combat, you can use Ikaros as support as well. Ikaros will swoop in and attack or harass enemies while you are fighting them. It can also distract enemies, which are difficult to tackle head on. It will also help you find people that you can recruit for your ship.

Using Adrestia

Ancient Greece is full of different islands and to go there, you will need Adrestia, your ship. You will unlock Adrestia soon in the main story campaign. You can command your ship and go anywhere using it. You can also upgrade your ship and take part in different battles around the seas.

For a detailed guide on your ship, check out our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Ship Guide here. (In progress)

Detecting Nearby Objectives and Items

You can easily detect and identify nearby objectives and items by using an ability called The Revelation. You can purchase this handy ability from the Assassin ability tree. We recommend that you purchase this ability as soon as you can because while exploring the world, you will need this ability more than ever.

This ability will help you find loot and objectives in all areas of the game. It has no cooldown as well so you can use it repeatedly. It is very useful in areas such as caves, tombs and ruins where visibility is low. This will help you find useful items around the world so we recommend that you purchase this ability as quickly as possible.

Pick Your Own Battle

Since the game is set during Peloponnesian War, the Spartans and Athenians are always fighting with each other. You can pick any of the sides, take part in battles, and try to weaken the opposing side. These conquest battles are important and they will help you unlock rewards based on the faction you choose to side with.

For more information on these battles, you can check our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Region Battle Guide. (In Progress)

Fast Travel

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s map is huge and you will be required to travel a lot between different islands. When travelling physically is not an option, you can always fast travel to that location. However, you will be required to synchronize the area by going there and climbing on a viewpoint location once before you can fast travel there.

Open up the world map, which will show you the entire area of the game. It will also show you the information about each region such as the strength of enemies and animals in that region which is a good thing to know before you travel there. Below the name of the region, you will see a shield with two numbers written on either side.

The number written on the left side shows the minimum level of enemies while the number on the right side shows the maximum level of enemies so you can know how difficult an area will be for you before you head there. Once an area is safe for to visit, head there, unlock some fast travel points such as viewpoints or mysterious sites and you can later fast travel to these locations easily.

Manage your Inventory

Your inventory is where you can sort out your items and gear. Here you can change your weapons, armor and other items equipped.  You can view, inspect and equip different items here. You can check a weapon’s type, damage, craft new arrows, and manage your equipped items. It is vital that you manage your items here regularly so you always have the best item equipped.

For a detailed guide on inventory, you can check out our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Inventory Guide, Armor Guide and Weapons Guide.

Taming Animals

If you purchase the Beast Master ability once you reach level 10, you will be able to tame wild animals as well. You will be allowed to tame one wild animal at one time. This ability has different tiers so you can easily upgrade it later, which will allow you to tame bigger and more dangerous wild animals such as lions and bears.

Many animal can be tamed in the game including wolves, leopards, lions, lynx and bears too. You cannot tame elite or legendary animals so do not waste your time on them. Simply kill them for rewards.

This concludes our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Beginner’s Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use the comments section below.

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