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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

Best Answer: Heal in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla by using restorative healing items, upgrading your health-specific abilities, and resting.


Learning how to heal in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla might take some getting used to, given how many times the mechanic to restore health has changed throughout the series. Some take items, while some take a regenerative approach. Here’s how to get health back in ACV as well as what items you’ll need to do so.

How to heal in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

To heal in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, players must use healing rations. The healing rations default to right on the D-pad. Pressing that at any time will restore health for Eivor.

The healing animation is subtle and can be done while doing other tasks, which is helpful during combat. Players can get rations by picking up food in the wild when they have full health. It takes a few pickups to restore a full ration and only full rations can be used. They can also be purchased at shops or found on corpses.

What are the healing items in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla?

Raspberries and Golden Raspberries

How to heal in Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Raspberries are one of the most common healing items. These are found in red bushes around the environment and have a little white dot on them to signal that they can be picked up with the Triangle or Y button, depending on the console. Eating one will heal any currently lost health and once the player is at full health, Eivor will save the rest as rations. These are found in England.

Cloudberries

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

Cloudberries are essentially raspberries but they are mostly found in Norway and the snowier areas of England. They behave and look similar to their raspberry counterparts.

Winter chanterelles

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

Winter chanterelles are another plant Eivor can eat to heal up. They’re yellow and found around England.

Elderberries

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

Elderberries, the final berry, are found out in the wild in Vinland, one of the smaller maps in the game. These are functionally similar to the other kinds of berry, but in a different place.

Hunting

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

This may seem basic but hunting regular animals can yield back some rations. Shoot and loot the nearest rabbit or wolf for some health back or a ration chunk.

Food

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

“Food” isn’t as vague as it appears as there are some lootable objects that are labeled as “Collect Food” that contain some grub Eivor can steal to heal. Pressing the Y or Triangle button will heal a little bit of health.

Birds

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

Shooting down birds and looting their corpse provides some health, too. These are good in a pinch. Chickens are also a part of this and they are usually found in raidable towns.

Fishing

How to fish in Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Attacking fish can also yield some health. This can be done through normal fishing using the fishing line, shooting them with a bow and arrow, or going in the water and hacking with a melee weapon. Explosives also do wonders but can be unwieldy. Just be sure to loot the fish. Find out more how to fish here.

Eating at base

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

Vikings love to hold big banquets so it is fitting that players can visit these banquet halls and stock up on health. Ring the bell outside the main entrance to the longhouse in the settlement to chow down, regain health, and get some buffs (if the right settlement options have been built).

Going to bed

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

Eivor has a bed in the longhouse at the Ravensthorpe base. Sleeping in it will restore their health. It’s rare that this will be used but it is an option when the player goes to accept a mission or build out the settlement.

Doing a stun attack

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

Stun attacks can be performed when the enemy’s stamina (the bar above their health) bar depletes. These are one-hit kills and they restore some health upon execution.

How to increase health in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin's Creed Valhalla | How to heal, restore, and increase health

To increase Eivor’s health in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, players can use a skill point on one of the many nodes on the skill tree with a little heart icon. Many of them increase Eivor’s total health around 5%. There are plenty around the skill tree, but for a more detailed look at the obfuscated skill tree, check out the full guide on the subject.