A Cruel Destiny: How To Beat Kjotve | Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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This page is a walkthrough for the Quest: A Cruel Destiny in Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Read on to learn more about the quest objectives, stealth routes, notables, and more!

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Starting Location

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The starting location is at Kjotve's forward base in Florli where Sigurd and the rest of the raiding party have successfully captured and secured after the events at Nottfall.

Quest Walkthrough

No. Objectives Guide
1 A Cruel Destiny - Speak to Sigurd.pngEnlarge Speak to Sigurd - The quest starts in the forward base of Florli.
- Talk to Sigurd atop a watchtower inside the base.
2 A Cruel Destiny - Kill Kjotve The Cruel.pngEnlarge Kill Kjotve The Cruel - Players will challenge Kjotve to a Holmgang.
- The Assault on Kjotve's fortress will begin once Kjotve is killed.
Click here to see boss fight strategies for Kjotve!
3 A Cruel Destiny - Unlock the outer gate.pngEnlarge Unlock the outer gate - Use the ladders that the raid party has set up across the outer wall.
- Once you've scaled the wall, head to the gate and hit the locks with melee attacks.
4 A Cruel Destiny - Unlock the final gate.pngEnlarge Unlock the final gate - Players will need to scale the inner wall and break the locks to open the gate, similar to the first gate.
- The way to the final gate is guarded by a Woe-Breaker. Be mindful of its heavy attacks.
Click here to see the route to the Final Gate.
5 A Cruel Destiny - Confront Gorm.pngEnlarge Confront Gorm - Gorm will be hiding at the temple in the innermost area of Kjotve's Fortress.
- Climb the scaffolding inside the temple to reach the higher floor and chase Gorm.
- The assault ends once Gorm is seen fleeing the fortress on horseback.
6 A Cruel Destiny - Talk to Sigurd after the assault.pngEnlarge Speak to Sigurd - Sigurd will be somewhere outside the temple.
- Talk to him to trigger a cutscene, completing the quest afterwards.

Final Gate Path

A Cruel Destiny - Final Gate Path 1.pngEnlarge Jump to the right of the gate's bridge
A Cruel Destiny - Final Gate Path 2.pngEnlarge Follow the river up-stream.
A Cruel Destiny Final Gate Path 3.pngEnlarge Scale the wall via the opening at the end of the river.

Boss Strategies: How To Beat Kjotve

Phase One

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  • Kjotve can deal very high damage with great speed. Be mindful of your stamina during the fight.
  • Do NOT over-commit when attacking. Back off after two to three hits to bait his counters and grapples.
  • Kjotve starts the fight with his bare hands. He will have devastating quick grapples during this phase so be always ready to dodge at a moment's notice.
  • Kjotve will wield his axes once he drops to 65% OR if the player's health drops to zero for the first time.
  • A cutscene involving Odin will play out once the player's health drops to zero. This will restore the player's HP to full and resume the fight. Kjotve will wield his axes after the cutscene regardless of his current HP.
  • Odin will only save players from dying ONCE during this phase.
  • Kjotve will drag the player to another area once his health drops to about 35%. This will start Phase Two of the fight.

Phase Two

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  • The fight resumes in the pit after the cutscene where Hytham attempts to assassinate Kjotve.
  • Kjotve may use the nearby corpses as weapons during this phase. Be mindful of his position in the pit to figure out when he'll use a corpse.
  • A cutscene depicting Kjotve's final moments will play out as soon as his health drops to zero, marking the end of the boss fight.

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Quest Walkthroughs

Prologue
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Prologue
Battle For The Northern Way
Honor Bound A Seer's Solace Family Matters
The Prodigal Prince Rude Awakening A Cruel Destiny
Birthrights The Seas of Fate The Swan-Road Home
Unwelcome Settling Down The Alliance Map
Ravensthorpe Quests
To Serve The Light The Thousand Eyes Uninvited Guests
Mane and Tail A Wise Friend In Dreams
Going Deeper Bound To Fate
The Kingmaker's Saga
The Sons of Ragnar Bartering Rumors of Ledecestre
The Walls of Templebrough Tilting The Balance Heavy Is The Head
Hunted
The Song of Soma
The Great Scattered Army Orphans of The Fens Glory Regained
Razing Earnningstone Unholy Father Storming Ravensburg
The Stench of Treachery An Island of Eels
The City of War
Walls and Shadows Firing The Arrow Bleeding The Leech
Smashing The Compass
The Tale of Thegn Oswald
Kingmaker The Measure of a Norseman A Triumphant Return
Raising Iron A Fury from the Sea Wedding Horns
The Fate of The High One
View Above All Well-Traveled Defensive Measures
Extended Family Forging a Bond A Feline's Footfall
Taking Root The Big Finish Binding Fate
Cheating Fate
The Saga of The Snows
Mistress of The Iron Wood The Lost Cauldron A Gift From The Past
A Feast to Remember The Price of Wisdom
The Paladin's Stone
Brewing Rebellion Pilgrimage to St. Albanes Chipping Away
Blood From a Stone Fiery Ambush Ringing Cyne Belle
The Saga Stone
The Book of Dragons
War Weary The Supply Line Ransacking Wenlocan
Bloody Path to Peace King Killer
The Instrument of The Ancients
The Abbot's Gambit Puppets and Prisoners The Man Behind The Man
A Bloody Welcome

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