Over the weekend, players from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla discovered a secret arc (the ridiculously powerful Noden’s Arc) by … repeatedly striking a stone in the middle of a lake. The trick jumped around the web. Ubisoft’s Darby McDevitt even interferedand described it as a “clever brute force hack” before mentioning that some gamers were on the verge of deciphering the official method. Today the people are on the fansite Access the Animus published an in-depth Video that seems to show how you actually unlock this thing. And yes, they are all kinds of fools.
Slight spoilers follow for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
To understand how to formally earn Noden’s Arc, we have to turn the clock back a few weeks. Recall how you accessed the Animus earlier this year cracked
From the text on the box, Access the Animus was able to decipher the sentence “The tool for unlocking is the sword” – or, as rephrased in the video: “The tool for unlocking is the sword”. There are tons of swords in there Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, but only one weapon provides text from a distance like a hint. The in-game description for Excalibur says it can “break anything,” including presumably boulders in the midst of nondescript frozen lakes. If you look closely at the raven motif on the collector’s edition box, you can also see the silhouette of Excalibur.
Oh yes, in case you didn’t already know, Excalibur can be found in Valhalla. It’s a two-handed sword that gives you the chance to blind nearby enemies with every kill.
Access the Animus wasn’t the first to gain this particular insight. As the video shows, other players put two and two together and tried to hit the stone with Excalibur – to no avail. It turns out that you have to swing Excalibur right at sunset, a realization Access the Animus came to after analyzing the lithographs included in the collector’s edition.
This entire discovery is based on the earlier discovery – detailed in a Video by YouTuber JorRaptor – that the rock that hides Noden’s Arc is in a lake in Eurvicscire. But do you imagine that such knowledge wasn’t out there? Blow out your aluminum foil hat for a second.
Access the Animus pointed out a series of numbers on the back of the steel case ValhallaCollector’s edition. Some of these numbers were written horizontally. Others vertical. Access the Animus assumed that this may indicate a number of real-world coordinates. As in a Video On YouTuber Jayvee, the coast of Lake Eurvicscire has a rough resemblance to the borders of Singapore. According to Ubisoft Singapore’s websitethe studio developed ValhallaNorthumbria region where Eurvicscire is located. Entering the coordinates from the steel case IRL will give you the approximate location of Ubisoft Singapore address. And Ubisoft’s Antoine Henry, the worked is in the development of the Isu language based from Singapore. Wild coincidences, right?
Okay, tin foil hats can come off now.
These are just the broad lines. Anyone interested in the depths Access the Animus went into to solve this puzzle should watch the video in full:
Access Animus / Ubisoft (Youtube)
Really cool stuff. Next someone has to figure out how to use Mjolnir to uncover the Philosopher’s Stone.