Explosive Retreat is a new ability that you can acquire in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok. As the name implies, it allows you to avoid frantic moments in melee while also aiding in crowd control. Here’s our Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok guide to help you get the Explosive Retreat ability.
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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok guide – How to get the Explosive Retreat ability
The Explosive Retreat ability in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok has the following effects:
- Base – Jump backwards and cause lightning to strike the ground, dealing damage to all in range.
- Upgrade – Gain a protective electric shield for 10 seconds, halving damage sustained for that duration.
You can find Explosive Retreat in two locations. In this guide, we’ll primarily talk about the puzzle in So-lok Mani Vault, as the other tome was already discussed in our Hreidmar Palace/Legacy of Ivaldi guide.
So-lok Mani Vault
As you can see in the image above, So-lok Mani Vault can be found in the eastern section of Svaladal. Just keep going north from Jordber Shelter and you should spot a path that leads to a chasm. Down below, you’ll see the light beam puzzle: one pedestal is on solid ground, while the other is on molten lava. That means we’re going to need the Power of Muspelheim.
If you have it already, then you can skip this part. If not, you’ll want to make sure that it’s daytime (hold “K” to rest). Then, interact with the pedestal on your left and aim it at the hanging receiver. Shoot the panes of the receiver so that the laser hits the large stone door at the back. Inside this chamber is a corpse with the Power of Muspelheim.
With that Hugr-Rip skill, hold “K” to rest to switch to nighttime. Activate your stone form and aim the pedestal on the right so that the beam is hitting the opposite receiver.
As usual, snipe the pane to make the laser blast the receiver of the other large doorway.
Note: There’s a shrine at the center so you can replenish your Hugr-Rip energy at the cost of HP.
Hop and skip past the lava flows to reach the tome. This nets you the Explosive Retreat ability in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok. You can pick up the Helheim Scheme (Head) tattoo as well.