The Obsidian Islands are a curious location in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Here’s all you need to get done there.
By Beau Low
Published Mar 30, 2021
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is a game that earns its subtitle, with an expansive map consisting of a vast archipelago?for players to forge their own epic journey across Ancient Greece. Once players have unlocked their ship, there are a plethora of side-quests and rare items to find on the clustered islands that surround the mainland.
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The Obsidian Islands are located to the southeast of Hydrea, and players are recommended to visit them around level 18. Here Kassandra, or Alexios, can compete in a tournament called the Battle of One Hundred Hands. During the course of their journey through the Obsidian islands, players can find unique items, recruitable lieutenants for their ship, and even a potential romance.
Players will be initially drawn to the Obsidian Islands by a quest called ‘Call to Arms’. This quest takes the Eagle Bearer to Melos where they can compete in the legendary Battle of One Hundred Hands.
To enter this tournament, players will either need to convince Roxana, a certified champion of the tournament, to vouch for them or pay Drakios a fee of 4500 drachmae. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is a game filled with branching paths and side quests, some of which are harder to find than others. As such, it is recommended to not pay the drachmae on the first playthrough as doing this will cause the player to miss a recruitable lieutenant, among other rewards.
After speaking to Drakios, players can choose to sail to Hydrea where they will earn Roxana’s patronage for the tournament by training with her. This training will require the player to complete three challenges, including a sparring match with Roxana, archery practice, and a foot race.
These missions aren’t difficult if the player has put some time into quickly leveling up certain abilities. Hero strike and Sparta kick are a useful combo for sparring with Roxana and the archery practice?is much easier with multi-shot.
The last test Roxana gives the player is a footrace to the top of a hill. Thankfully the result of the race is not important and Roxana will help the player enter the tournament even if they don’t beat her to the top.
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After the race, a cutscene will begin and players will get the option to romance Roxana should they wish to. This isn’t the most satisfying romance in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, as the missions to unlock it are too short and simple for the Eagle Bearer to build sufficient chemistry with their trainer.
After completing their training, the player can return to Melos and enter the tournament by speaking to Drakios.?Before entering the arena there is a blacksmith which should be used as a last chance to upgrade weapons and armor before beginning the fight.
After talking to Drakios, the player will be locked into a long fight against multiple enemies. Using second wind is great for getting health back and surviving long enough to win. Players will also want to overpower their attack and use hero strike to kill the other champions as quickly and efficiently as possible.
After the arena battle, only the Eagle Bearer and Roxana will remain. Drakios will then take the two remaining champions to Typhons Revenge for a fight to the death, insisting that there can be only one champion.
Players can choose to play this however they wish but should bear in mind that sparing Roxana will make her available to recruit as a legendary lieutenant. As well as helping in the subsequent fight against Drakios, Roxana offers extra javelin damage and a speed boost when drifting in the ship.
After the player has killed or spared Roxana it will be revealed that the entire tournament was organized as a trap, laid by the Kosmos cult to capture the Eagle Bearer. This will lead to the conclusion of the quest where players must fight and kill Drakios.
This fight isn’t difficult as long as the player remembers to run away when Drakios creates a cloud of smoke; this move makes him impossible to see and allows him to surprise the player with a dangerous attack. Killing Drakios will conclude the ‘Legend No More’ quest and reward the player with a large sum of drachmae and strong weapons. Completing this quest will also contribute to unlocking the island hopper achievement.
After completing the main questline for the Obsidian Islands, players may want to turn their attention to hidden collectibles. The Ainigmata Ostraka are riddles hidden throughout the world that reveal the location of special weapons and items.
After clearing out the leader’s house in the northern region of Melos, players will find an Ainigmata Ostraka called ‘Upon Typhon’s Crown’. This riddle leads the player to the island Typhon’s Revenge, located to the northeast of Melos. To find the item players must climb the volcano on this island and stand by the lava flows which, while not the most beautiful area in the game, makes for a spectacular sight. Near the volcano’s rim, the player will find a helmet that adds +8% heavy weapon damage.
There are five mercenaries players will encounter on the Obsidian islands. Mercenaries in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey can be killed or recruited as lieutenants for the player’s ship. The easiest way to hire mercenaries is to use Sparta kick when their health is low to knock them out without killing them.
In order to begin the conquest battle for the islands, players will also need to kill the leader Itylor, Ruler of the Pits, who can be found in Trypiti fort. Killing this leader and the mercenaries shouldn’t be difficult if the player is at the right level or has been lucky enough to find an overpowered weapon.
The Kosmos cult replaces the Templars from previous games as the story’s primary antagonists. Throughout Odyssey, players will find clues to help them identify and eventually defeat the cult leaders one by one.
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The cultist for the Obsidian Islands is called Sokos and players will first learn of him after killing Asterion. In order to track him down, players will need to eliminate the island’s leader and initiate the conquest battle.? During the ensuing naval skirmish, Sokos will appear and the player will be able to kill him.
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Beau Low is a writer, gamer, painter and tabletop strategist from the Highlands of Scotland. He enjoys a variety of games, from Xcom to Dark Souls, and challenging himself by trying new things.
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