Ubisoft has urged players to "sharpen your axe and prepare for war" with the latest festival in Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Sigrblot.
It's time for some fun in the (digital) Sun with the latest free update to Assassin's Creed Valhalla: the Sigrblot festival. Players will be able to enjoy all the rewards they've come to expect from celebrations in Ravensthorpe such as cosmetics for Eivor and the town, games, prizes, and—for the first time ever—the official introduction of the one-handed sword weapon category.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 'Sigrblot' Festival Explained
The festival will run from July 29 through Aug. 19. The title update patch 1.3.0 launches on July 27, so don't be surprised if clan members start talking up a storm about the new event. However, in order to participate, players will need to have founded Ravensthorpe, leveled it to Rank 2, and made pacts in either Grantebridgescire or Ledecestrescire.
How to Get the One-Handed Sword
We know what you're really after. Without further ado, here's how to get that one-handed sword: participate in Test Your Metal and purchase it using tokens.
Yep, that's it. According to the event details, Norvid has one such weapon in his festival shop--meaning it can only be added to Eivor's artillery using tokens earned by participating in the Sigrblot games. A price point has yet to be revealed at the time of writing.
There are three games players can partake in during Sigrblot: Test Your Metal, Fight or Flyte, and War Games.
Test Your Metal is a game of dueling. Players enter the ring with their best armor and all the rations they can carry to face off against a series of powerful opponents. The catch is that they'll only be able to use the weapons provided to them: dual-daggers, dual-shields, or the coveted one-handed sword.
Fight or Flyte is also a duel, just not the kind with swords. Eivor will have to go head to head with Ake in a flyting battle for double the tokens.
War Games has Eivor sit down with Alwin for a special game of Orlog. We aren't exactly sure what sets this version of the game apart from those players would find in any other tavern, but we recommend gathering god tokens beforehand just in case.
Support the War Effort
Players will also have the opportunity to begin stockpiling supplies for the upcoming battles against Francia. Collect the items needed to make offerings to Freyja, Thor, and Baldr or help Braun prepare a sacrifice to the gods to earn extra festival tokens while preparing for the coming siege.
The Siege of Paris launches on Aug. 12.
More information about the festival can be found on Ubisoft's website.
Traditionally, Sigrblot is known as the first day of Summer. The festival is usually held in early April to coincide with the return of warmer weather. It was first mentioned as one of the "three greatest blessings of the year" in the Ynglinga saga—the first part of Snorri Sturluson's Heimskringla. The other two blessings, of course, are Vetrnætr (Winter Nights) in mid-to-late October and Yule in December.
Neo-pagans may identify this holiday with Gerald Gardner's "Ostara" as a celebration of the vernal equinox.