Abilities – Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Wiki Guide


Abilities, or skills, in Assassins Creed: Odyssey are unlocked by leveling up your character, and by upgrading the Spear of Leonidas. Here, you’ll find every skill available and they’re descriptions, tips, and how to combo a skills together for maximum effect.  Please read the Basics section to understand how Abilities are upgraded before moving on to the trees. 

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Abilities are categorized as Hunter, Warrior, or Assassin.

  • Hunter Abilities are usually ranged abilities that use the bow.
  • Warrior Abilities help with close-quarters combat, granting melee attacks and buffing armor.
  • Assassin Abilities make you a more efficient, well, assassin!

Below you can see a screenshot of what the abilities look like. They’re more like “tiers” than “trees.” Only six Abilties require a prerequisites, noted by a white line to an Ability below it. The rest can be acquired at will as long as a certain character level is reached.

Abilities can be upgraded with Ability Points to level 2 once the Spear of Leonidas is upgraded to Level 3, and again Abilities can be upgraded to level 3 once the Spear of Leonidas is upgraded to Level 5. Abilities can be reset at any time for a few hundred drachmae. 

A second melee Ability Wheel is unlocked when the Spear of Leonidas is upgraded to Level 4. The Spear of Leonidas is first upgraded by progressing through the story.

Keep these tips in mind as you choose Abilities.

The kick can seem underwhelming at first, but use it against a foe at the top of a tall cliff to see a rewarding, huge spike of damage when they hit the ground below. It’s an easy way to take out difficult Bounty Hunters or groups of foes. Just remember, the kick won’t create knock back against enemies more than two levels above you.

Because of how Armor perks and Engravements work, it’s generally better to focus on one type of damage to get the job done. This way, you can one-shot with an arrow as a Hunter, or an assassination with ease as an Assassin,, or survive easily in melee combat as a Warrior.

As you level up and progress, you will eventually unlock the ability to upgrade Abilities to Level 2, and then to Level 3. Consider resetting to upgrade your most used Abilities.

If you have the drachmae for it, you can reset Abilities indefinitely. About to go into a Conquest Battle? Respec to a Warrior build. Need to take out a target from afar? Respec to do maximum damage with a Hunter’s Predator Shot.

Check out these Ability combos – and, cancellations – to build the most efficient set.

1. Flaming Attacks + Ring of Chaos = Ring of Flaming Chaos

Use Flaming Attacks the catch your weapon on fire, then use Ring of Chaos to not only send stunning warrior damage, but also fire damage. 

2. Vanish + Rush Assassination = Instant Assassination

That Assassin damage, next to Warrior and Hunter, looks incredible Unfortunately, this damage number only applies when performing an assassination or Assassin Ability, which can be difficult when thrust into combat. Use Vanish to blind your enemies and quickly duck into a bush. From there, you can easily use Rush Assassination to assassinate them! Upgrade the ability to chain it to up to three additional enemies. 

Skills That DON’T Stack

  • Flaming Attacks (Burning) and Venomous Attacks (Intoxication). The newest infliction will override the old one. No, we also don’t understand why someone on fire can’t also be intoxicated.

See the Hunter, Warrior, and Assassin ability tiers below. 

The following abilities are divided by tiers. Each tier is unlocked after a certain level is reached.

Unlocked: Immediately

Time slows for up to 5 seconds when you’re spotted by enemies. Aimed arrows lock onto the target’s torso and deal 150% Hunter damage.

  • Level 2: Time slows for 6 seconds, deals 175% Hunter damage.
  • Level 3: Time slows for 8 seconds, arrows lock onto the target’s head, deals 200% Hunter Damage.

Shoot a spread of 3 arrows at the same time that each deal 100% Hunter damage.

  • Level 2: Spread of 5 arrows, can use Special Arrows
  • Level 3: Spread of 7 arrows, Special Arrows can be used, Break enemy shields with multiple shots.

Zoom to shoot an arrow that deals 380% Hunter damage and travels 25% farther. Hold R2 to gain control of the arrow in the air instead of charging it.

  • Level 2: Deals 450%, travels 8% farther. Special Arrows can be used.
  • Level 3: Deals 550%, travels 150% farther. Special Arrows can be used.

Tips: This Ability is great for sniping people from afar with headshots.

Unlocked: Level 5

Gain the ability to craft Paralyzing Arrows in the Inventory Menu. (These deal Knock Out damage, allowing you to recruit enemies knocked out by these)

  • Level 2: Craft Fire and Poison Arrows
  • Level 3: Craft Explosive Arrows.

Target up to 4 enemies at the same time and shoot an arrow that deals 150% Hunter damage to each target.

  • Level 2: Target 6 enemies,, deals 200% damage, special arrows can be used.
  • Level 3: Target 8 enemies, deals 250% damage, special arrows can be used.

Unleash an arrow that deals 290% Hunter damage (up to double when fully charged.) Fire and Poison Arrow elemental buildup is increased by 150%. Special Arrows can be used.

  • Level 2: 350% Hunter damage, Fire/Poison arrow elemental buildup is increased by 175%.
  • Level 3: 400% Hunter Damage, Fire/Poison arrow elemental damage buildup is increased by 200%.

Unlocked: Level 10

Tame knocked out wolves. Only one wild animal can be tamed at a time. Elite animals cannot be tamed.

  • Level 2: Tame lynx, leopard, and lions as well.
  • Level 3: Tame bears as well.

Tip: If you have to reload into a save after you have tamed an animal, that animal will no longer be tamed, but will most likely still be right next to you and proceed to maul you.

Rain down a volley of arrows in an area of 3 meters, dealing 300% Hunter damage.

  • Level 2: Area of 5 meters, dealing 350% Hunter damage. Special Arrows can be used.
  • Level 3: area of 5 meters, dealing 450% Hunter damage. Special Arrows can be used.

Increase Hunter damage by 20%. No longer consume Standard Arrows when using Hunter Abilities.

  • Level 2: Increase Hunter damage by 30%, Headshot damage by 20%. If an Adrenaline segment is partially drained, it will refill outside of combat.
  • Level 3: Increase Hunter damage by 40%, Headshot damage by 40%. If an Adrenaline segment is partially drained, it will refill outside of combat.Slow down time while aiming with a bow in midiar.

Unlocked: Level 16

Requires Archery Master. Shoot a charged arrow that deals 1000% Hunter damage and explodes on impact. Uses 3 Adrenaline segments.

  • Level 2: Shoot a charged arrow that deals 1200% Hunter damage and explodes on impact. Uses 3 Adrenaline segments.
  • Level 3: Shoot a charged arrow that deals 1500% Hunter damage and explodes on impact. Uses 3 Adrenaline segments.

Unlocked: Level 23

Requires Overpower Bow Strike. Shoot a ghostly arrow that can slip through shield, enemies, and even walls. Deals 260% Hunter damage.

The following abilities are divided by tiers. Each tier is unlocked after a certain level is reached.

Unlocked: Immediately

Quickly rush through enemies, knock them down, and deal 250% Warrior damage.

  • Level 2: 300% Warrior Damage
  • Level 3: 400% Warrior Damage, finished with a heavy smash attack.

Knocks a target back and deals 160% Warrior damage. The target won’t be killed and can be recruited afterward. Tip: This will push people off ledges, giving you easy kills if used on top of a cliff!

  • Level 2: Deals 200% warrior damage.
  • Level 3: Deals 250% warrior damage. The kick is so powerful that multiple targets can be hit by the shockwave.

Focus inner strength to unleash a powerful attack that varies depending on weapon type. Knocks enemies away or breaks their guard.

  • Level 2: Increase damage by 150%.
  • Level 3: Charge duration reduced by 25%.

Unlocked: Level 5

Refills 25% of max Health.

  • Level 2: 35% of max health
  • Level 3: 50% of max health. Removes effects of Fire and Poison.

Tip: This ability is basically mandatory. It lets you survive drawn-out fights.

Increase Warrior damage by 20%.

  • Level 2: Increase Warrior damage by 30%. Increase CRIT Chance with all weapons by 5%.
  • Level 3: Increase Warrior damage by 40%. Increase CRIT Chance by 10%. Combo finishers deal more damage when the combos contain both Light and Heavy Attacks.

Break Small shield and deal 150% Warrior damage.

  • Level 2: Break ALL shields, stun the target, and deal 160% Warrior damage.
  • Level 3: Break ALL shields, stun the target, and deal 250% Warrior damage. The shield explodes into fragments that damage surrounding enemies.

Unlocked: Level 10

A sudden shocking blast Stuns surrounding enemies within 3 meters and deals 150% warrior damage.

  • Level 2: A sudden shocking blast Stuns surrounding enemies within 5 meters and deals 180% warrior damage.
  • Level 3: A sudden shocking blast Stuns surrounding enemies within 7 meters and deals 250% warrior damage.

Increase Armor by 30%

  • Level 2: Increase Armor by 60%. Reduce ranged damage received by 10%.
  • Level 3: Increase Armor by 90%. Reduce ranged damage received by 20%. There is a 10% chance that an attacking enemy will stagger.

Conjure the fires of Hephaistos. Melee weapons and Standard Arrows inflict Fire Damage for 15 seconds. When their Fire meter is full, enemies start Burning. Burning inflicts damage over time. Requires no Adrenaline.

  • Level 2: Melee weapons and Standard Arrows inflict Fire Damage for 20 seconds.
  • Level 3: Melee weapons and Standard Arrows inflict Fire Damage for 25 seconds. There is no cooldown!

Unlocked: Level 16

Massively powerful attacks that vary depending on weapon type. Requires 3 full Adrenaline segments.

  • Level 2: Damage and efficiency increased.
  • Level 3: Damage and efficiency increased significantly.

Prerequisite: Flaming Attacks
Fire buildup increased by 25%

  • Level 2: Fire buildup increased by 40% Burning duration is increased by 4 seconds.
  • Level 3: Fire buildup increased by 60% Burning duration is increased by 6 seconds. Burning damage is increased by 40%.

Unlocked: Level 23

In a fit of godly rage, all attacks inflict 20% more damage for 10 seconds. During this time, all enemy attacks are non-lethal. Requires no Adrenaline.

The following abilities are divided by tiers. Each tier is unlocked after a certain level is reached.

Unlocked: Immediately

EditShadow Assassin

Assassination and Knockout damage are increased by 20%. Automatically loot the enemy after Assassination. CRIT damage is increased by 15%.

  • Level 2: Assassination & knockout damage are increased by 30%. CRIT damage increased by 25%.
  • Level 3: Assassination & knockout damage are increased by 40%. Crit damage increased by 50%. Assassinations give 1 extra adrenaline segments.

Melee weapons and Standard Arrows inflict Poison damage for 15 seconds. When their Poison meter is full, enemies become intoxicated. Intoxication inflicts damage over time and weakens the damage and armor of the enemy. Requires no Adrenaline.

  • Level 2: Melee weapons and Standard Arrows inflict Poison damage for 20 seconds.
    • Level 3: Melee weapons and Standard Arrows inflict Poison damage for 25 seconds. No cooldown.

Summon Athena’s sight to reveal all secrets, including chests and hidden passages in a radius of 15 meters. All nearby enemies are tagged. Tip: This ability basically does what Ikaros can.

  • Level 2: reveal all secrets, including chests and hidden passages in a radius of 20 meters.
  • Level 3: reveal all secrets, including chests and hidden passages in a radius of 30 meters.

Unlocked: Level 5

Launch the Spear of Leonidas at a distant enemy to deal 110% Assassin damage up close. Can be chained 1 times.

  • Level 2: 130% Assassin damage, can be chained 2 times.
  • Level 3: 150% Assassin damage, can be chained 3 times.

Prerequisite: Venomous Attacks Poison buildup is increased by 25%

  • Level 2: Poison buildup increased by 40% Intoxication duration is increased by 4 seconds.
  • Level 3: Poison buildup increased by 60% Intoxication duration is increased by 6 seconds. Intoxication damage and weakening effect is increased by 25%.

With a burst of bright light, Stun nearby targets for 6 seconds. Attacking breaks the stun.

  • Level 2: 8 second duration
  • Level 3: 10 second duration

Unlocked: Level 10

Launch a Stealth attack with deadly precision, dealing 200% Assassin damage. Must be in range and out of conflict to perform it. Level 2: 250% damage. Level 3: 300% damage.

Single strike attack unleashing the full power of the Spear of Leonidas. Inflicts 60% Assassin damage.

  • Level 2: 80% Damage.
  • Level 3: 100% Damage.

Tip: This skill is incredibly valuable for those who primarily run Assassin damage enhancing armor. It can be used in the middle of battle!

Summon a Lieutenant to distract enemies for at least 30 seconds.

  • Level 2: Summon a Lieutenant to distract enemies for at least 30 seconds.
  • Level 3: Summon an enraged Lieutenant to distract enemies for at least 50 seconds.

Unlocked: Level 16

Become a silent killer. Noise from movement and Assassination is reduced.

  • Level 2: Noise from movement and Assassination is reduced further. Enemy detection distance is reduced in crouch.
  • Level 3: Noise from movement and Assassination is reduced further. Enemy detection distance is minimal in crouch. At night, Assassination and out of combat damage are increased.

Move faster than Hermes as time is slowed down for 5 seconds.

  • Level 2: Time is slowed down for 7 seconds.
  • Level 3: time is slowed down for 10 seconds.

Unlocked: Level 23

EditShadow of Nyx

Prerequisite: Stealth Master While out of conflict, become as invisible as a shadow. Moving will cause exposure. Adrenaline is consumed quickly over time.

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