Nodens' Arc Bow
Our fifth and final weapon is one of the Isu legendary weapons found in the game called Nodens' Arc Bow. This is the only Isu bow in the game and holds some excellent stats to complement it. This bow is perfect for those looking to have a hunter or an assassin build focused primarily on ranged attacks. The damage on your bow increases the further you are from your target.
The Assassin's Creed community first found Nodens' Arc Bow via an exploit that involved hitting an unbreakable rock, saving the game while hitting it, and then reloading the same game to acquire the bow. This was achieved by a Youtuber named JorRaptor.
The developers of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla noticed this, and Darby McDevitt, Narrative Director of Assassin's Creed Valhalla at Ubisoft Montreal, tweeted in response to the exploit confirming that there is indeed a legit method to obtain this legendary bow.
FYI this is a clever brute force hack, not the "proper” way to get this bow. There is an “in world” way to achieve it. But I suppose this works for an Any% Speedrun. 😎
— Darby McDevitt (@DarbyMcDevitt) January 24, 2021
To get this Isu bow, the players had to decipher some of the Isu text and puzzles written on the items that came with the Collector's Edition of the game. We highly recommend the video showcasing the deciphering details by Access the Animus on Youtube. This is useful for those who do not have the collector's edition of the game.
First, the location of the sword was discovered thanks to the Isu numbers on the box of the collector's edition. These numbers refer to the coordinates of a location that leads to the location of the lake located in the northern part of the Eurviscire. The lake is just south of the Brunton Turret.
Now, to narrow down the specific location of the bow, it was observed by the community that the lake resembles the map of Singapore. Interestingly enough, when we compare the in-game map with the real-life map of Singapore, it represents the same shape. Another cool thing to notice is that if we search for Ubisoft's Singapore Headquarters, it corresponds to a small rocky island on the in-game map. And that is where the unbreakable rock containing the Nodens' Arc Bow is located.
The next part of the mystery was obtaining the bow. The ore wasn't breaking, except when done through the previously mentioned exploit. This is where the collector's edition once again came in handy. If you look at the top of the box of the collector's edition you will see a regular Assassin's Creed: Valhalla symbol.
If you look at the logo closely, you will notice a sword in the middle of the symbol/logo.
This, along with a phrase translated from one of the Isu texts found on the covers of the collector's edition, confirmed that we need a special sword to break the ore in order to acquire the Isu bow. The translated Isu phase was "The Tool To Unlock Is The Sword." Now, you might be wondering what sword is powerful enough to break that ore containing the Nodens' Arc Bow. Well, if you haven't guessed already, it is indeed the legendary Excalibur that you should have by now if you've been following our guide.
If you want to get this bow, you must have the Excalibur, or else it won't be possible to acquire the Isu bow. Interestingly enough, the description of the sword also states that "Legends say it can break anything."
Finally, even using the Excalibur on the ore didn't break it. That is because there was one last piece to the puzzle and that was the "when?." You have to hit the ore with the Excalibur at a specific time and that was also discovered through the lithographs found in the collector's edition box.
If you look at the back of the three lithographs that come with the collector's edition, you will notice that two of them have an Assassin's Creed: Valhalla logo and one of them is having a sun logo.
When you bring the top and bottom lithograph together, the sun disappears and a new Isu word forms that translates to "Now." This indicates sunset time. This means that you need to hit the ore during sunset in the game.
When you're back in-game, ready your Excalibur and stand by the ore while you patiently wait for the sun to set in the west. Once the sun has gone beyond the mountains and cannot be seen, start hitting the ore.
That concludes our in-depth guide on the unique and legendary weapons you can find in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Looking for the best armor sets to pair with these unique weapons? Then feel free to check out our top 5 armor sets guide as well.
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