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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Secrets – Legend of Zelda, Black Panther, Easter Eggs

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is out now and, if you’re playing it, you’ll have noticed that it’s one gigantic game. The playing area consists of the entire Ancient Greek world, including the entire country of Greece, all its islands, and a large chunk of the Mediterranean. It’s truly huge and you can explore all of it, from the highest peaks to the depths of the sea, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Ubisoft has packed the game full of secrets and Easter eggs. We’ve gone through and found all the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey secrets we could. Can you get them all?

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Legend of Zelda Easter Egg

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Ubisoft has made no secret of the fact that Nintendo’s recent open-world masterpiece The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was a direct influence on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The new Exploration Mode, the default way to play Odyssey where you have to make the way in the world without direct guidance and no immediate quest markers, is loosely based on Breath of the Wild. Consequently, the Odyssey team obviously wanted to pay homage to Link’s epic adventure, even if it’s just in a small way.

A few hours into the game, as you get your ship back at Thermopylai and sail out into the world proper, the closest new area of Malis (just North of Thermopylai) holds a Zelda Easter egg. If you look on the map, there’s a rather suspicious swirl to the landscape in Pandora’s Cove, a curve that in a video game like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would probably hide a secret. There’s a small island at the end of the swirl, and on it is a circle of rocks with a miniature statue, who has a leaf for a face. This is a direct reference to the Koroks in Zelda, who hide little secrets around the map in Breath of the Wild, and yes, they also have a leaf for a face. Cute.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Black Panther Easter Egg

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On the island of Crete, the home of the Minoan civilization and the legendary Minotaur, you’d expect a few references to Greek legends, but maybe not to a popular Marvel Studios movie. Just next to the Gortyn Waterfall synchronization point, in the Minos’s Legacy part of Messara, fans of the movie Black Panther may notice how familiar the waterfalls here seem.

They’re taken directly from the scene in the movie when King T’challa fights M’Baku and then Killmonger. At the top of the waterfall, there are two men fighting while a crowd cheers on, which matches the movie entirely. It’s a rather cool reference, it’s just a shame that the movie has to be so recent, as a Black Panther Easter egg would have made more sense in Origins, which was set in Africa.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Splinter Cell Easter Egg

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There are a number of references to other Ubisoft games in the present day portions of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The biggest, at least in terms of lore-breaking, is the Splinter Cell Easter egg. We’ve covered it in detail before, but basically it’s a pair of Sam Fisher’s iconic goggles sat on top of a box. Layla Hassan comments that the goggles could be “Third Echelon… or is it Fourth?” referencing the organization Fisher spies for in the original Splinter Cell games, as well as the new Fourth Echelon from the most recent title Blacklist.

This secret is particularly lore-breaking as it suggests that all of Ubisoft’s games are interconnected. All of the Tom Clancy games (Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon) have crossed over fairly recently, and Watch Dogs has made clear references that it’s in the Assassin’s Creed universe. If Sam Fisher exists in Odyssey, then all these games share a universe. They’ve got quite the Ubiverse going.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Rabbids Easter Egg

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Don’t forget the Rabbids too, since there’s a Rabbid statue in the present day safehouse too. Fortunately this can at least be explained that Rabbids are cartoon or video game characters, and not actual creatures running around the world. That would make Rayman part of the same universe as Rainbow Six Siege, and that’s a crossover we don’t want to think about.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Syndicate Easter Egg

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If you look at the window in the present-day safehouse, you’ll see that it’s set in London, the home of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Layla Hassan even makes a comment wondering if the Frye twins (the protagonists of Syndicate) would recognize the city. Of course you can always ask Evie Frye yourself, since you can recruit her to be on your crew as a Lieutenant. That’s more DLC than Easter egg, but it’s still fun.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Sword In The Stone Easter Egg

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On the highest point in the game, on the very tallest peak of Mount Taygetos in Lakonia, there’s a single sword buried deep in the mountain. In all honesty, we don’t know if this is a reference to The Sword in the Stone and the tales of King Arthur, whether there’s a more specific reference, or if Ubisoft is simply marking the highest point of the mountain. Leave a comment if you have any idea.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Prince of Persia Easter Egg

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It’s a small reference, but it’s here nonetheless. If you pre-ordered the game, you’ll get a special questline called The Blind King. No spoilers, but the first mission in The Blind King is called “The Prince of Persia.” This is clearly a reference to the series of platformers, the last couple of which (Prince of Persia and The Forgotten Sands) were actually built using the Assassin’s Creed game engine.

Considering it’s likely that Assassin’s Creed basically supplanted the need for Prince of Persia, it’s fitting that Ubisoft at least gives a nod to their other series. Fun fact: both franchises have had film adaptations.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Pegasus and Unicorn Easter Eggs

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There are references to two famous horses in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Some are DLC, the other can be found in-game. The DLC turns your horse Phobos into the legendary Pegasus, which can be bought for 750 Helix Credits, complete with wings. Sadly, however, he can’t fly, but does land a bit more gracefully.

The Unicorn skin for Phobos is a bit more impressive, and comes in two forms. One is in-game and can be picked up at a blacksmith, although unfortunately it’s randomized so it could turn up at any one. It costs 6,400 drachmae for the Epic Unicorn skin, although it’s certainly worth it to see the purple horn and the rainbow trails coming off its hooves. There’s also the more classy Black Unicorn skin, which comes with a silver horn and white trails instead. It costs 500 Helix Credits in the Ubisoft store.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Hephaestus Easter Egg

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Secrets - Legend of Zelda, Black Panther, Easter Eggs

Now this is a weird one. In the Northern hills of Malis (the same region as the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Easter egg above), just above the Ruins of Artemis synchronization point, there’s an area called the Myson Cave. You’ll also spot on your map the icon for a Blacksmith. What’s a Blacksmith doing all the way up here?

The Myson Cave is accessed between a crack in the mountain, through which no tools could be passed. Yet in this cave, surrounded by Isu architecture and a nearby chest, is a lone blacksmith toiling away in the cave. Some fans believe this is actually Hephaestus, the Greek god of blacksmiths, fire and forges. Could a Greek god be anonymously hiding in Odyssey? Are the rest of the Greek pantheon somewhere to be found in the game? It’ll be very cool if true….