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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Wrath of the Druids DLC: Balor Boss Fight, Weaknesses and Strategies

The most challenging enemy in the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Wrath of the Druids DLC, Balor is a powerful boss fight who stands between you and a legendary spear used by Odin himself. We’ll show you how to beat the Balor boss fight, including weaknesses and strategies below, so you can walk away with the epic Gae Bolg weapon.

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How to Beat the Balor Boss Fight in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Wrath of the Druids DLC

To beat Balor in Wrath of the Druids, players will need to be ready for full-on combat against an enemy capable of doing huge damage in large, swinging blows. We’ll line out the best strategies to exploit its weaknesses below.

Preparing for the Balor Fight

  • Go in with full arrows and rations ready to go. This is a long fight and you’ll need all the resources you have.
  • We found that Bear and Wolf armour is the best option, something sturdy that can tank the worst blows, but at the end of the day it’s a matter of player preference.
  • Stun damage doesn’t do much against Balor. If you want to go that route, you’ll need to use arrows for targeting vulnerabilities. Pick weapons that can do high damage quickly, either with fast attacks or single, powerful blows.
  • Status-inflicting abilities that add fire or poison are a useful way to wear Balor down.
Assassins Creed Druids Balor Boss Fight
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Balor focuses on powerful, wide-ranging attacks.

Balor Weaknesses and Strategies

  • Balor’s power rating is 458, though this might scale with the player’s power. We’ll confirm this detail on release.
  • Balor focuses on large, sweeping attacks with a long sword. Dodging is difficult, but generally it’s safer to dodge backwards than strafe around.
  • When Balor jumps up in the air, get ready to dodge to the side to avoid a lunging attack.
  • There’s pillars of rock that Balor’s attacks can destroy. Some of them contain rations and arrows for you to use. If you’re running low, lure Balor into smashing them.
  • Balor has three arrow vulnerabilities - on his arm, knee and back. The third of these is hardest, but if you can get the slow-time dodge effect, you can pick it off.
  • If you’re struggling with the shot, it might just be easier to pepper Balor with a light bow rather than focusing on precision.
  • Hitting a vulnerable area for the first time will always interrupt Balor’s attack. It can sometimes be worth shooting them if you’re struggling and need a momentary break.
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Balor Second Phase

  • Once you reduce Balor to two-thirds health, he’ll take off his mask in a cinematic and enter phase two of the fight (don’t worry, there’s no phases after this).
  • Now Balor’s attacks do extra ice damage, and he also gets some area-of-effect attacks added to his pool. Any circles appearing on the battlefield will do big damage, but as mentioned, you can interrupt with vulnerability targeting.
  • Balor also has a powerful beam attack that shoots from his eyes. This one is difficult to avoid - basically strafe around him as fast as possible for any hope of evading. It chips damage away so getting hit won’t be an instant kill, but being caught in it for a while can be very bad indeed.
Valhalla Wrath of the Druids Balor Gae Bolg Spear reward
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The Gae Bolg Spear is basically the best spear in the game.

Balor Boss Fight Reward: Gae Bolg Legendary Spear

After having beaten Balor, you’ll come back around and Deirdre will reveal that you now have the Gae Bolg spear, Odin’s own weapon. It’s a powerful two-handed weapon that hits the target with a bolt of lightning on every third consecutive hit, even if they block it, essentially punching through their defenses for free damage. It’s easily the equal of Mjolnir or Excalibur, and proves as an incredibly powerful late-game weapon.

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