Detailing how players can initiate and complete Royal Demands and King’s Pleas missions in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla‘s first expansion, Wrath of the Druids, whisks Viking protagonist Eivor to Ireland for a series of new adventures. The DLC provides several new open-world activities to pursue and complete, one of which are the new Royal Demands. Unlocked via the early story mission “War Efforts,” Royal Demands are sent to Eivor from the local region’s king through pigeon coop locations (marked with an appropriate birdhouse icon on the map) spread throughout Ireland. These requests charge the player with one of four objectives to be carried out in a marked restricted location; kill one specific target, kill multiple targets, kill all enemies, or retrieve stolen gemstones.
While each Royal Demand type has its own standard objectives, King’s Pleas introduce secondary bonus goals designed to provide an additional layer of challenge for the player, and can significantly complicate the player’s approach. These can range from completing the Royal Demand undetected, avoiding any non-target casualties, taking no damage, and so on. Incentivized by offering additional rewards upon completion, King’s Pleas offer an interesting wrinkle to the standard open-world proceedings and require an extra step of planning from the player. While Valhalla already offers robust difficulty options, King’s Pleas more organically escalate the stakes for the player.
How to Complete Royal Demands in Assassin’s Creed: Wrath of the Druids
The most straightforward Royal Demands are the ones tasking Eivor with taking out targets in a designated area. One, multiple, or all enemies in the zone must be defeated depending on the criteria. This can be done either stealthily or in open combat, but either way the player must leave the area once completed to claim their reward(s). The other Royal Demand type, gemstone retrieval, is precisely what is sounds like and tasks the player with recovering royal jewelry from within a restricted area. The stones are always being carried by an enemy in the area, who must be dispatched and looted. As with the other Royal Demands, the mission will only complete when leaving the restricted area with the gems in tow.
Relatively simple on paper, Wrath of the Druid‘s Royal Demands can require keen planning and patience when observing the King’s Pleas objectives as well. To avoid frustrating failures and to promote experimentation, it is recommended the player manually saves their game upon arrival to a Royal Demands location. This way, if Eivor is detected, damaged, or otherwise fails the given bonus objective (or main objective for that matter), the player can simply reload the game to lose minimal progress. Note, reloading may result in some enemies changing location within the target zone, but they tend to follow similar paths regardless of the player’s approach. While these missions don’t include the choice-driven narrative experience of Valhalla’s main story beats, Royal Demands paired with King’s Pleas will certainly test the player. However, with a careful plan of attack and the ability to improvise and think on one’s feet, victory is well within grasp.
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Assassins Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X.
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