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"As you write your odyssey... across the mountains and the seas, remember, the fate of Greece journeys with you."
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey is the eleventh major title in the Assassin's Creed series, set in and around 431 BCE during the Archidamian Phase of The Peloponnesian War. You play as either Alexios or Kassandra, Spartan mercenaries who get embroiled in the events of the growing war between Sparta and Athens. As their involvement grows, they come to be embroiled in a conflict with forces behind the war, and the plans said forces have for them and their family.

It was released on October 5, 2018 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Concurrently, a novelization written by Gordon Doherty was released featuring Kassandra as the canonical misthios.

Free DLC includes the Lost Tales of Greece, a series of quest chains centered around several locales in the Greek world.

The Season Pass involves two episodic stories starting with "Legacy of the First Blade," which features the first person to use the Hidden Blade, Darius. The second story, "The Fate of Atlantis," is about the titular city and what led to its disappearance. Season pass owners also get Updated Re-release versions of Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed III: Liberation.

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The base game features examples of:

  • 20 Bear Asses:
    • Fetch Quests are a rarity, but it can't be a coincidence that one of the few that do exist tasks the Misthios with procuring a bear scrotum, among other items, for a Love Potion.
    • Another fetch quest requires the player to hunt some bears which are only found on one specific island (Chios). On the plus side, the reward is a suit of armor which is apparently very snuggly.
    • A quest in Messara requires one shark fang. That doesn't sound so bad until it turns out that shark teeth are a rare item, sharks are far from an easy kill, and you can kill twenty sharks or more without getting one fang - in Real Life sharks not only have hundreds of teeth but regrow any teeth they lose all through life.
  • 100% Completion: There isn't a Completion Meter like in previous titles but achievements are awarded for reaching major milestones. Notably you don't have to complete the majority of side-quests or conquer all the enemy-outposts to earn every achievement
    • Completing the main-storyline.
    • Reaching the Level Cap of 50 (99 as of 1.14).
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    • Become the Rank 1 Mercenary (with four tiers above that being added through updates).
    • Fully-upgrading the Adrestria.
    • Defeating the five Arena challenges.
    • Defeating the Cult of Kosmos and fully-upgrading the Spear of Leonidas.
    • Defeating the four major bonus bosses and returning their artifacts.
    • Completing the questlines involving Hippokrates, Markos, Xenia, and the Daughters of Artemis.
    • Setting foot in every region in Greece and exploring all the underwater ruins.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Atlantean Blade, a legendary dagger, provides +30% armor penetration as its unique perk, making it particularly powerful against heavily armored opponents. It also looks a lot like a modern, albeit somewhat oversized combat knife, which in combination with its name implies at least a partial Isu origin.
  • Abusive Parents: Both times overlapping with Offing the Offspring:
    • The game starts with the Player Character's father sacrificing his younger child (the PC's sibling) to the gods to fulfil an oracle's prophecy. When the PC intervenes, killing a Spartan elder in the process, he throws them off the same cliff to their death as well. He does seem quite conflicted about it, but he still qualifies since he eventually goes through with it instead of doing the right thing.
    • In the Valley of Olympia, the Misthios can agree to help the patriarchs of two feuding families track down and kill whoever broke into their shared treasure vault. Turns out the culprits were said patriarchs' young adult children who're in love and wanted to elope and start a new life elsewhere. The patriarchs' reaction? Fly in a rage and order the Misthios to kill the two lovebirds anyway, topped off with the particularly heartless argument that they have other children to continue their bloodlines. Worse, no matter how diplomatically the Misthios tries to resolves the situation, two people will be dead by the end of it - the lovers or the fathers, depending on player input.
    • An optional side-quest the player can get has a Spartan woman sending the Misthios out to find and kill her son for deserting.
  • Ace Custom: A number of the Legendary Armor sets are shinier, more powerful versions of more common armor sets. For instance: Assassin set -> Athenian Hero set, Ares set -> Spartan Hero set, Persian Warrior set -> Immortal set, Mercenary set -> Pirate set, etc.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: A few are sprinkled in throughout the various campaigns, but the most notable has to come near the end when the misthios finds Sokrates in the cemetery outside Athens and they quietly reflect on the lives lost in the shadow war against the Cult; Phoibe, Perikles, and Brasidas before joining the rest of their True Companions for a small victory celebration.
  • Action Girl:
    • Kassandra, as the playable female protagonist.
    • Several of the love interests like Daphnae (head of the Daughters of Artemis), Kyra (Rebel Leader), Odessa (Adventurer), Roxanna (Gladiator) & Xenia (Pirate Leader).
    • Many of the Mercenaries, both custom-made and randomly generated, are women.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Many mercenary contract titles on the notice board have this going on.
  • A God Am I: A sidequest deals with a guy who sincerely thinks he's a god, evidently thanks to finding an Isu artifact, which he believes is the key to Olympos itself. Brontes the Thunderer... "disabuses" him of this notion in a decidedly fatal way.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Almost. There's only a single punishment for the handful of crimes the Misthios can commit: death by mercenary. The only difference is how often you can commit them before the first merc goes on the hunt for you. Thieving is the most minor offence (20% bounty), followed by murder (33%), sinking a non-pirate ship (50%), assaulting a fort (200%) and finally, killing a nation leader in plain sight (500%, an instant full bar). However, one major exception exists: the Valley of Olympia in the Elis region. Any crime committed there is punished five times as harshly as elsewhere in Greece because of the Olympic Truce, so a single witnessed murder is worth almost two bounty levels.
  • All for Nothing: One quest-line in Boetia has the Misthios assisting an archaeologist in recovering stelae from ruins to uncover some kind of message. When they do, the archaeologist is unable to see it, but the Misthios can (because of their Uneven Hybrid status). The guy is understandably upset at the thought of all his hard work being for nothing.
  • All Myths Are True: While this has applied to a certain extent throughout the franchise, in Odyssey the misthios can encounter several Isu remnants that are direct inspirations for the myths of cyclopses, gorgons and more, which also lend direct credence to figures such as Theseus. Many of the other Isu elements feel "fresher" simply because the game's time period is so much closer to the Isu backstory than before, and many of the Greek populace's beliefs in the existance of Gods is more justifiable as they did exist relatively recently.
  • A Load of Bull: The mythological Minotaur is fought as a secret boss. Appropriately, it's fought in a labyrinth ruin fitted with Theseus' string, which the hero used in order to find his way around.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Of the three independent yet relentlessly aggressive factions in the world, only the Daughters of Artemis can be reasoned with at all, and that requires completing a lengthy quest chain that spans the entire level range up to 49. Bandits/pirates and the Followers of Ares, however, invariably attack anything that isn't them on sight.
  • Anachronism Stew: The Abstergo gear pack allows you to equip a misthios of Ancient Greece with 21st century arms and armor. The item descriptions are Layla snarking about how blatantly anachronistic it all is, and how Abstergo apparently added it to the Animus just 'cuz.
  • An Aesop: The Hippokrates arc takes a brief, unobtrusive moment to espouse the benefits of a healthy diet. Not really surprising when you're dealing with the father of medical science himself.
  • Ancient Greece: The game takes place in Ancient Greece, to be more exact during the Peloponnesian War.
  • Ancient Grome: While the game avoids this in the names of most characters names, i.e. using K and pronouncing names with that sound rather than the C in the Latinized Greek names (i.e. Sokrates instead of Socrates), it plays it straight with the fact that most characters still call the land Greece instead of Hellas. Both Kassandra and Alexios frequently refer to the "Greek world" or Greece.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The Heir of Memory quest momentarily has the player play as Deimos.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Aside from a 50:50 chance to receive armor pieces as rewards from questing or looting, you can also unlock additional skins for your Cool Horse, Cool Boat, or the latter's crew through various means.
    • Reaching certain level milestones unlocks new color schemes for common armor pieces.
    • The Transmog system turns obtaining weapons and armors into a Collection Sidequest, allowing you to use one item's appearance over an another without changing its stats.
  • Animal Motifs: A predator/prey juxtaposition. The Cult of Kosmos uses serpentine imagery. The Misthios is known by the moniker "The Eagle Bearer" due to their animal familiar, Ikaros the eagle, and the Misthios eventually will prey on the Cult's higher-ranking members and agents. A snake's natural predator is the Eagle. The default sail pattern on the Adrestia depicts an eagle swooping in on a snake, in fact.
    • The Greek Hero armour set is based on Jason and the Argonauts, naturally, it has a ram motif. As shown by the various horn designs on the shoulder guards and gauntlets. There's also a ram head design on the chest piece.
  • Amazon Brigade:
    • The Daughters of Artemis are an all-female tribe of warriors that may be fought as enemies in the game - they're some of the toughest enemies around since they're all great archers and many are accompanied by wolves and bears, making them tough to assassinate.
    • You can build your own by recruiting female mercenaries as lieutenants for your ship. And your ship's crew (the rowers and archers) can also be all-female as well. You even get the "Wrath of the Amazons" achievement for cleaving a ship in half while having an all-woman crew.
    • The Cult of Kosmos' elite guards have a branch called Scions, all-female Lightning Bruisers that can wipe the floor with anyone and anything including the Misthios in shockingly short order if you fail to block or evade their extremely fast attacks.
    • All of the spear-wielding Elysian Wardens are female.
  • Anti-Armor: The Venomous Attacks ability from the Assassin tree weakens the target's armor significantly for as long as the effect lasts.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • Legendary and pre-order items are impossible to disassemble or sell to prevent players from accidentally destroying irreplaceable gear. A storage box was added to the Adrestia soon after the game's release to prevent these items from clogging up the player's inventory.
    • Speaking of legendaries: finding the last piece of a legendary armor set automatically upgrades all other pieces to the level of the last one you got, which is invariably the highest-leveled one, which in turn makes the set competitive with your current gear in an instant without having to drop a crapton of cash and resources at a blacksmith first. Post-release updates will also make it so that the prices will be adjusted.
    • In response to player feedback, the devs will be implementing auto-crafting arrows so you don't need to go into your inventory menu to craft new ones and break the action, alongside a "Buy All" button for materials.
    • If you assassinate a target with the Death Veil ability active (thus making their body disappear), you can still confirm the kill on the spot they fell. The spot will also have the usual "loot glow" and objective marker (when applicable) so you know where to look.
    • As a loot-based game, the player has to switch their appearance constantly... until you start using the transmog system, which allows you to reskin any item into an another item of the same class giving the player more control over their character's looks without sacrificing stat bonuses.
    • Mercenaries way above the player's level will ignore the misthios even if you have a bounty or they see you commit crimes. This means that running into a bounty hunter 30 levels above you doesn't immediately end in a Curb-Stomp Battle. However, they will still retaliate if attacked.
    • If you start a new game (even if it isn't NG+), you don't need to uncover the map again; the areas you've visited stay uncovered. You also don't need to climb every viewpoint, as they are automatically synchronized when you get near them.
  • Anti-Magic: Elysian troops have multiple abilities that freeze or outright sap the misthios' adrenaline bar, making it considerably more challenging for the player to use special abilities in combat.
  • Arc Symbol: In what turns out to be a fruitful coincidence, the capital lambda (Λ), the symbol of the ancient city-state of Sparta, just happens to look almost exactly like the Assassins' sigil, and a version of it appears in the game's logo in place of the traditional sigil. Lambda actually corresponds to L, and it refers to the founder of the Spartans, Lakaedaemon, with the Spartans also being commonly called Lakaedaemonians. More subtly, the Assassin's symbol is also present on the upgraded forms of the Spear of Leonidas, as well as on the Mercenary Helmet, implying the Assassin's connection with the Isu as established in this game.
  • Artistic License – Geography: Comes with the territory regarding the Space Compression of Greece. Ignoring that however, a mountain range is added in the north to prevent the player from leaving Greece, and the land of Thrace (now the country of Turkey) is pushed very eastward to make it look like the player shouldn't sail there at all. The Macedonian area is shifted south, The island of Kriti moved north into the game map, and many of the smaller islands in the Agean Sea are removed.
  • Artistic License – History: Ancient Greece is far enough away with very few written sources that Odyssey takes more license than usual (for instance, the character of Aspasia, an actual historical figure, has nothing known about her other than being Perikles' mistress and being smart). The inaccuracies are justified in-universe by the DNA sample used for the Animus being too corrupted over time to produce a cohesive simulation, so Layla and Victoria supplemented the data with information from historical information of varying quality, primarily the works of Herodotos.
    • The Battle of Thermopylai in the prologue is more or less a rehash of 300 without any of the 700 Thespians and 400 Thebans who also stood against Persia. According to Herodotus in the game, Leonidas sent the latter soldiers away when he saw they were afraid of the coming battle, as he only wanted soldiers with the appropriate amount of resolve.
      • The cut-scene before the battle shows the Spartans in their phalanx, albeit with much shorter spears than was typical, and held at the waist instead of at their shoulders so they could stab over their locked shields. When you can take control of Leonidas, they appear to have completely abandoned the phalanx formation that they were famous for never abandoning, ironic since this formation, coupled with the battle taking place in a narrow gorge, was indeed the primary reason 300 Spartans killed 10,000 Persians (and some historians speculate that without the treachery, the Spartans would have made a successful defence or the gorge).
    • Practically nothing survived from Ancient Sparta. The few ruins that survive tell little about the social life and all written records about the Spartans were written by non-Spartan Greek historians (mostly Athenians, notably Xenophon, but also Hellenic Greeks). The game's depiction of Lakonia as such is entirely based on current conjecture. The battle sequences however are entirely different from the Spartans use of phalanxes and formation.
    • The art direction provides a more colorful portrayal of Greece than other works, but there are still white marble statues alongside many painted ones as well as a mix of history and mythology, though it might be justified given that even in the ancient times, many believed that the myths were real events or based on reality. For instance, stuff like Odysseus' Palace being a well known ruin on Ithaca is not recorded but it's likely that a location believed to have been such did exist then, since many cities would advertise or fabricate such connections if they had ruins nearby.
    • The armor, weapon, and costume designs also take creative license, with some soldiers' panoplies being nothing more than a loincloth, helmet, and shoulder pads. Granted, this is largely done to emphasize the fantastical and mythological elements intertwined with the main historical narrative; in Ancient Greek mythology, wacky suits of armor and weapons were all over the place.
    • The game portrays the Pythia at Delphi as someone who can be freely consulted at any time; one only needs to stand in line. In reality she was only available on a single day per month, and only for nine months per year because Apollo wasn't at Delphi during the winter months. There were also many sacred rites involved, such as throwing cold water on a goat to see if it shivered — if it didn't, it was a sign Apollo wasn't available and people had to wait another month. Oracle readings weren't free — quite the contrary, in fact — and the Pythia herself was supposedly seated on a tripod during readings.
    • The Athenian ostracism seen in one mission takes dramatic liberties, and gets several details incorrect. For starters, the number of "ostraka" (broken pieces of shells used for voting) tallied for one person had to exceed 6,000 in order for the ostracism to take place; if no one received 6,000 or more votes, then no ostracism took place that year. The building in which the vote seems to take place doesn't even seem to contain fifty. It would also be exceedingly hard to fake, since the votes were tallied via each citizen participant etching their vote on their ostraka, meaning that the fake ostraka had to be individually etched with the proper fake vote.
    • One mission involves the player taking the place of a pankratiast at the Olympic Games, and all the competitors are shown wearing loincloths. In reality, athletes at all of the Panhellenic Games competed entirely nude. If playing as Kassandra, this crosses over with Politically Correct History, as women were banned from the Olympic sanctuary entirely during the Games, under penalty of death. This is actually noted by one of the loading screen hints, and even mentions the Heraean Games (essentially the female version of the Olympics) but the actual game proper does not make any mention of this at all, even when playing as Kassandra.
    • The pankration bouts also take place in a designated "ring" (a marked circle on the ground), but this was not the case for any of the actual ancient combat events besides wrestling (which took place in a shallow pit dug into the stadium track).
    • The giant statues seen in the game are not only ahistorical, but also physically impossible; the tensile strength of stone is not enough to prevent such large constructs, like the statue of Zeus in the starting area of the game, from falling under their own weight.
    • Historically, Sokrates served as a hoplite in the war, even saving Alkibiades during the Battle of Potidaea. Both went unmentioned in the game.
  • Artistic License – Military: Battlefields are simply chaotic melees of small groups or one-on-one fighting. No attempt is made at showing the famous phalanx formation or other infantry tactics of any kind.
    • Downplayed with the Spartan navy: while modern historians believed that Sparta had a functional navy, portraying it as being on par with the Athenian fleet is an overcorrection.
  • Artificial Stupidity: The game's AI has clearly been programmed with Can't Get Away with Nuthin' in mind; helping a soldier defend themselves against an aggressive animal — indeed, defending yourself against an animal in their eyesight — will cause them to immediately become hostile to you. Just being in their line of sight after a fight that had nothing to do with you can evoke a violent response, as if the player is being held responsible for anything that happens in the game world. Sometimes even random civilians join in the fray, rabidly attacking the protagonist until killed because they were clipped by the enemy! On the positive side, it's extremely easy for NP Cs to end up fighting each other, as well, even ones ostensibly on the same side.
    • This can have hilarious, if unfortunate results. Accidentally getting increasing swarms of citizens involved in a fight in a town will simultaneously bring every single available Mercenary in the region in for a friendly visit.
  • Ass Shove: Done by the player with the Cyclops' obsidian eye to an unfortunate goat, in order to spite said mercenary. After slaying him, the player can seek out that same goat and retrieve the eye for an achievement.
  • As You Know: When you first arrive in Sparta, Myrinne will give the misthios a run down of Sparta's society and customs. This, despite the fact that the misthios lived in Sparta for years as a child and should have already been familiar with such basic facts.
  • A Taste of Power: The game starts with you playing as Leonidas I in the Battle of Thermopylae, who is a powerful warrior with skills you won't be seeing for a while.
  • Athens and Sparta: The real deal. The game deals with the battle between Athens and Sparta during the Peloponnesian War. In fact, your character interacts with and collaborates with both sides at various points of the conflict, since the Cult of Kosmos you target are also on both sides. You can however lend your sword to specifically back one side or another during particular quests. True to history, Athens is a bustling city-state, whereas Sparta is a drab mountainous land that looks like a giant barracks, run on slave labor.
  • Atlantis: The "Fate of Atlantis" DLC will be about the fabled city. Atlantis is also the MacGuffin of one of the three main storylines in the base game.
  • Attack Reflector: Parrying an Elysian Colossus' Hand Blast sends the energy beam right back to sender, staggers the Living Statue and deals a nice amount of damage.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Followers of Ares are a deranged cult of murderers seeking only to torture and kill in the name of the War God. If you see one, prepare for a fight and don't feel bad about killing them.
  • Badass Bystander: If you're caught doing something illegal in a settlement, civilians in the area are quite likely to draw steel and go after you, and they deal just as much damage as the professional soldiers you're used to dealing with. Their only problem is that they're, well, unarmored civilians attacking a One-Man Army, so their vigilante career tends to be rather short-lived.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": The "competitors" in the Trials of the Minotaur Strength Trial, who all lie around clutching their non-existent wounds, declaring things like "my bones, they are incredibly broken!" Stand around long enough, and it's possible to hear them asking when they'll be paid.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Olympos, the mythological beasts of yore, are humans corrupted by a Piece of Eden.
  • Bare Your Midriff: A few torso pieces do this regardless of gender, with the Spartan Renegade set being one of the most prominent examples.
  • Bat Scare: Sometimes upon entering a cave or tomb, a startled flock of bats streams past the Misthios, which may provide a mild Jump Scare.
  • Betty and Veronica: Played with in one side-quest. A wealthy man in Keos has two suitors but it's the elitist and manipulative Jerk Ass who has loved him for years while the lovestruck impoverished girl has a more shallow physical attraction based relationship, and possibly other motives. As the witch points out, both were just as willing to cheat. She just did it better.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: How the Cult of Kosmos is organized, in stark contrast to the Big Bad-centric Templar Order of past games. Its nine leaders operate autonomously for the most part, with each 'sage' assigned various roles in the overall agenda. The closest position they have to a central figure is really more of an organizer and she has already become disillusioned in the entire group by the time you track her down. The main storyline only unveils three of the Cult's leaders, which forces the player to track down five more as a separate arc before finally confronting the ninth figure. Even then, this final cultist will only appear after all the other 43 cultists have been dealt with.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: Bioluminescent algae, corals and jellyfish provide most of the illumination in the Hollywood Darkness at underwater locations.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending:
    • The "worst" ending of the Family Arc. You've saved Greece from Deimos and the Cult and are regaled by the surviving characters as a hero, but you've lost your entire family in the process.
    • The Family ending where some survive is also very bittersweet. Yes, your character has made peace with their father but their mother and sibling are dead. Or maybe you lost everyone but your mother. Whatever the outcome, they are clearly happy to have some of their family back but wary over those absent.
    • Regardless of how much of the Cult of Kosmos you dismantle or how much you try to help others, the Order of Ancients still rises in Origins, necessitating the creation of the Assassins and ensuring much suffering and death in the future.
  • Bleak Level: Athens, when it's afflicted by the plague. The streets are filled with the sick and dying, the Followers of Ares are everywhere, and the sky is constantly grey. There's also the town of Aipeia in the Messenia region, which is engulfed in fog and has children forced into slavery, among other delights.
  • Bling of War:
    • Many of the available armor sets are absolutely gorgeous to look at, and it's not difficult to walk around covered head to toe in gilded plating even with non-legendary gear. One particularly noteworthy example is the Pegasos armor set, easily the most finely detailed and generally flashiest piece of equipment in the game.
    • As the Adrestia gets more upgrades, she'll start getting gold paint added to her.
  • Blown Across the Room: There are several attacks that can launch human enemies for quite a distance, and even further if the hit dealt the killing blow. Highlights include some melee chain finishers, Overpower finishers, the Devastating Shot ability, and of course the always-popular Spartan Kick.
  • Boarding Party: Once a ship has lost all its health, you can choose to board it instead of ramming it, in which case the misthios, their lieutenants, and some of the crew will board the ship to fight the enemy crew. This also has the added benefit of restoring the Adrestia's health.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • A nice and varied selection of them in the base game. Eight legendary animals, four mythical monsters, six arena champions and an unknown number of legendary ships can be fought for fun and powerful equipment without any of them tying into the main plot.
    • Elysian Colossi serve as optional minibosses of sorts to stealthy players. Colossi are always encountered just standing around on pedestals, and they stay that way until you either start combat in their vicinity, do something special (destroying a Marble Maiden statue, interacting with Keeper's Secrets, etc.), or actively attack them first. Stealthing around them is usually not difficult to do, so most battles with them will only happen because the player triggered them on purpose.
  • Book-Ends: The Family plot begins and ends on the cliff where the siblings nearly met their deaths by the hands of Nikolaos.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Bow headhots always deal critical damage (before Patch 1.12) in addition to their considerable bonus damage from, well, being headshots, making them the most reliably powerful and versatile attacks at your disposal. There's even a dedicated engraving that increases headshot damage by up to 25%. Specialized archer builds that focus on Hunter damage and crit damage are the most broken builds in the game, capable of killing any basic mook with one headshot, elite mooks with two, and bosses with one to two Devastating Shots to the head. Even Jack-of-All-Stats builds can get a lot of mileage out of this mechanic by softening up tough targets from a distance. Even the most powerful mercs lose most of their threat potential when they engage you in melee with but a sliver of their health left.
  • Boring, but Practical: As mentioned above, sniping your enemies at range may not look very cool (unless using Predator Shot), but it gets the job done quickly. Just as well when sniping isn't an option, walking up behind your target and just backstabbing them is equally painless, at least for you. Quick, quiet, easy. Bosses with just a sliver of health left after a Critical Assassination or a Hero Strike aren't very scary either.
  • Bragging Rights Reward:
    • The Demigod armour set and Sword of Damokles, aka the armour and weapon of Deimos are a fairly powerful set of Warrior-focused gear that will turn you into an absolute close-combat monster, even before you get into engravings and the like, but as it is the reward for completing the Family questline, odds are good by the time you get them there's not going to be a lot of game left for you to use them in.
    • The same can be said of the potential Legendary-level Lieutenants you are capable of getting for the Adrestia after the completion of the questline as well depending on your actions taken, the rest of the player character's family, Myrrine, Nikolaos, Stentor, and possibly even Deimos. Deimos alone makes boarding actions a complete joke as none of their prowess or abilities from their boss fight have been lost, but once you have them, there's probably not much incentive left to upgrade the Adrestia if it isn't already completely upgraded, making having access to them little more than being able to put your family on deck with you. This can be somewhat mitigated by saving the cultists from the "Gods of the Aegean Sea" branch for last.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory:
    • The downloadable legendary weapons and armor sets play with it but ultimately avert it. They spawn in your inventory with your current character level when you unlock them, so they can give you a temporary edge until you level up again. However, they aren't more powerful overall than any of the other legendaries in the base game, and the usefulness of their unique perks, as well as the buffs they offer, comes down to player preference.
    • Played straight with the downloadable legendary ship lieutenants. While the usefulness of the buffs they offer depend on player preference, the buffs do continue to improve as you level, which meant that they will never become obsolete.
    • Parodied in the minotaur questline on Pephka. The whole thing is a scam, and all three of the "Pre-Trials" can be bypassed by bribing the trainers. The trainers themselves try their best to convince and/or intimidate the misthios into bribing them instead of completing the trials, which aren't actually that hard.
    • One quest in the Legacy of the First Blade's second episode lets you skip a simple Fetch Quest by paying the recipient 50,000 drachmae instead. This is a huge amount of cash even in the late game, so you must be really lazy to even consider taking this path of action.
  • Bullet Time: Quite a few mechanics exist that slow down time during combat for a few precious seconds.
    • Performing a perfect dodge almost freezes not only the dodged enemy but the entire battlefield, allowing you to get some good hits in with impunity or beat a quick retreat. At least one legendary weapon utilizes this mechanic for its unique perk.
    • Being fully spotted by an enemy while hidden. This window can be extended to a very generous six seconds with the Sixth Sense ability, which is enough to loose at least two charged arrows in the spotter's face before they can react.
    • The imaginatively-named Slow Time ability from the Assassin tree allows you to go into bullet time at your leisure with the press of a button.
  • Bury Your Gays: Especially painful as you get the quest in Lesbos of all places, which the title card even explicitly states is the "Land of Sapphic Love." The protagonist can step in and stop the execution of a woman accused of sacrificing her female lover to a monster. She begs you to please save her, and after the character has two unavoidable fights with some city guards then an old mercenary, and the option of slaughtering a tribe of female huntresses as you steal their sacred artifact, the woman you saved ends up being killed by her lover, who was transformed into a Medusa.
  • The Bus Came Back: For the questline added to foreshadow the Fate of Atlanis DLC, Otso Berg returns, in the form of voice mail.
  • But Thou Must!:
    • Many quests force you to kill certain characters to progress even if you knock them out, despite the fact that there's no real reason why simply knocking them out wouldn't let you complete your task, and not killing them would make things less complicated later on. One example of this is the quest Family Values on Lokris, in which you are tasked with retrieving a man's sword and shield to give to his parents for protection. You have no choice but to kill the bandit who stole his shield — the quest won't progress until you do, even if you knock her out — even though the man only told you to get his shield back, and it would be just as easy to take a shield from someone who's unconscious as someone who's dead. The bandit turns out to be his biological mother, and being required to kill her means that there's no way to get a truly good ending to the quest.
    • The Heir of Memories questline, when playing as Deimos, both in and out of universe. If Layla tries to opt out, the Animus forces her into repeating the choice, which is Deimos continuing to inflict violence on their target.
  • Butt-Monkey: Nobody likes Brutes, if the war contracts are anything to go by. Repeatable side quests to kill ten Brutes of either side show up more often than any other on the job boards.
  • Cain and Abel: The player can potentially kill Deimos and their adopted brother Stentor depending on your choices.
  • Call-Back: The fact that an Animus user can have difficulty, both mental and physical, with it if they try to go against the ancestor's memories, something established in the Titan comics, comes up in a big way when Layla has to relive Deimos violently killing an innocent man.
  • Cap: The Misthios' level is capped at 50, but reaching it doesn't help all that much due to the game's rampant Level Scaling. The 1.06 update increased the level cap to 70 while keeping it at 50 note . Later updates changed it so that the level continues to increase until 99, with the level scaling following suit.
  • Cash Gate: Xenia will only agree to help out the Misthios if they pay her 15,000 drachmae.
  • Central Theme: "Survival" comes up quite often, especially in impossible and pragmatic contexts. The Misthios of course survived getting thrown off a cliff, so did their sibling, slaves will often defend their situation by saying they do what they had to in order to survive, and the Misthios can use the exact same justification whenever someone questions their choices.
    • "Family" comes up pretty often as well: apart from their own family issues, the Misthios often encounters people who have issues (usually big ones) with their family members. Examples in the base game include Dolops and his mother Chrysis, Kyra and her father Podarkes; in episode 2 of Legacy, Kleta's issues with her daughter the Tempest and the resolution form the climax of the episode.
  • Chainmail Bikini: The downloadable Spartan Renegade armor set consists of little more than a bra, a short skirt, sandals and a few straps made from leather, with a red hood and Badass Cape for added flavor. Since it's a legendary set, it provides just as much protection as any full-metal plate armor you can don instead.
  • Character Customization: In addition to being able to play as a male or female character, Odyssey has a more robust version of the customization seen in Origins.
    • The gear system is more like Unity's, with armor slots for your head, chest, waist, legs, and arms.
    • The transmogrification system lets you change the look of your equipment to any you have looted in the past while retaining its stats.
  • Clucking Funny: Under the right conditions, the Misthios may come under attack from roosters. Mercifully, they're exactly as strong as you'd expect them to be, faced with an armed human. One location even requires the player to face an Alpha Rooster, for the unique Chicken Mace.
  • Collection Sidequest: With the transmog system, all weapons and armors are also added into a list of weapon/armor skins that can be applied over any other item. Getting rid of the item doesn't remove the reskin option.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • Athenian soldiers, ships, flags and supplies are blue, while Spartan soldiers, ships and supplies are red. When a country switches hands the flags in forts change colour. This even extends to story-based NP Cs - many Athenian politicians dress in blue while many Spartan politicians are red.
    • Equipment comes in four color-coded tiers of increasing power: common (grey), rare (blue), epic (purple), and legendary (golden).
    • Iron ore nuggets work similarly. Grey/brown ones give a bit of iron and very rarely some obsidian. Blue ones give more iron and often some obsidian or precious gems. Finally, the sparkly purple ones give significant amounts of all three resources.
  • The Conspiracy: Wouldn't be an Assassin's Creed game without it. Since neither the Assassins nor the Templars exist yet, the Misthios gets to fight the sinister Cult of Kosmos instead. Tracking down and eliminating their numerous agents all over the Greek world constitutes one of the game's major story arcs. It is implied that the Cult will be replaced by the Templars.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • While going over the abilities of Staff of Eden, Victoria Bibeau references the time Nikola Tesla blew up a Staff of Eden in Assassin's Creed: The Fall.
    • Layla compares Atlantis with the Isu vaults she saw in Egypt.
    • The modern day segments have a lot of characters recounting the events of Assassin's Creed: Uprising (specifically, the finale, and Charlotte de la Cruz's apparent death).
    • The Eye from Assassin's Creed III gets mentioned in the modern day stuff, and the Assassins figure it's (going to be) the cause of the unspecified disaster the Isu vaults from Origins were talking about.
    • At the beginning of Fate of Atlantis, in the modern day section, the Altair II crew note Berg's following them, figuring he must've gotten bored "playing Black Cross" and hunting Juno's worshipers, as he was doing in Uprising.
    • One of Layla's notes on the Staff of Hermes Trigemestus notes with its power that it's a damn lucky thing for everyone that Alistair Crowley's attempt to find it, from Project Legacy, never panned out.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: Most of the areas where you fight legendary animals are surrounded by high cliffs or foilage to hide in, the perfect spots from where to snipe them to death... if the beasts weren't immune to ranged damage from outside their boss arena.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Greece is a volcanically active region, and some locations contain lava flows as an environmental hazard for the player to navigate. However, unless you get close enough to touch the stuff, none of it has any effect on the Misthios aside from occasional complaints about the heat. In reality, conditions like these would be unsurvivable for anyone without specialized protective equipment.
  • Cool Boat:
    • The light trireme Adrestia, the mercenary war galley you use to get around the Aegean. At the outset, she's not in the best shape, but capability upgrade options exist to enhance her to the point where she can punch above her weight against elite heavy triremes. Exploring underwater locations and completing certain quest chains unlocks dozens of customization options to make it look even cooler, and of course there also exists a whole upgrade tree to make it more powerful in combat. Episode 2 of the Legacy DLC makes her even cooler, (somewhat ironically) by adding a flamethrower at her bow.
    • One type of Bonus Boss are the twelve so-called Alpha Ships, unique warships with distinct looks and fighting styles that can be encountered all over the Aegean. Though not quite as awesome as the legendary ships from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag or Assassin's Creed: Rogue, they still put up a fight and look pretty cool.
  • Cool, But Inefficient:
    • Legendary gear is a tad more powerful than lower tier equipment, usually looks awesome, comes with unique perks, and complete armor sets confer a set bonus of varying usefulness when all five pieces are equipped. Unfortunately, legendaries lose their edge just as quickly as anything else as you level up. Even a difference of one or two levels is enough to make them fall behind epic and sometimes even rare gear, but upgrading legendaries is so hideously expensive that you'll have a hard time keeping up until well into the late game where resources become a lot more abundant. Chances are you'll be slumming it with a ragtag mix of non-uniques most of the time until you hit the level cap of 99.
    • Both the Warrior tree and the Assassin tree offer skills to buff your weapons with fire or poison, respectively. While slashing about with a Flaming Sword sure looks badass as all hell, the poison skill is much more useful overall because in addition to dealing damage over time, it weakens the target's own attacks and their armor significantly. Most enemies aren't tough because of an absurd health pool but because they have massive armor ratings, which makes poisoned weapons dish out much more damage than if you set them on fire instead. The fact that burning enemies don't panic or suffer similar drawbacks aside from DOT doesn't help the Flaming Weapons skill much.
  • Cool Horse: Phobos, your faithful steed, starts out as your everyday horse but can be changed into a Unicorn, a Pegasus or a Hellish Horse with the appropriate, purely cosmetic skins.
  • Copy-and-Paste Environments: While the environment itself is mostly unique, military camps only come in two or three vaguely different layouts. Even the treasure chests and war supply crates are always at the exact same position, with the exact same looks. There's about a hundred of these camps scattered all over Greece, so if you happen to be a completionist who doesn't leave any location uncleared, you're liable to start groaning very soon every time you discover that a new location is yet another army camp. Even military standardization can't explain this level of identity, especially not in an era where modular prefab equipment didn't exist yet.
    • On a smaller scale, many of the bandit camps (that is, the smaller ones not marked on the map) are also placed in spots
  • The Corruption: A problem with the Staff of Hermes Trigemestus is that it corrupts anyone not sufficiently braced enough to hold it. Pythagoras becomes selfishly obsessed with keeping it, and may well try and kill his own child rather than part with it. Fate of Atlantis is about the Misthios and Layla building up a resistance to this.
  • Cosmetically Different Sides: A big deal is made of the Peleponnesian War between Sparta and Athens for control of Greece, but which side controls which region, or how many of them, means precisely squat. Spartan and Athenian troops do have some minor variations in their equipment, but nowhere near enough to require adapted tactics to fight them effectively - what works for one works usually just as well for the other, assuming you have a reliable method to deal with shield-bearing enemies. There's also nothing to be gained nor lost when a region switches sides (apart from rulers and military strongholds resetting), so the whole thing essentially boils down to a plot vehicle for providing the player with an endless supply of mooks to murderize in creative ways.
  • Covers Always Lie: The exact location depicted on the cover art is a composite of at least four different locations and thus doesn't exist in-game. For example, the Statue of Athena stands on its own in the background rather than accompanying the Parthenon in Athens, the statue of Poseidon is transposed from its spot on a small island in the middle of the ocean, and Mount Taygetos is visible in the distance, which is in Sparta.
  • Crippling the Competition: A side-quest on Keos has a "witch" doing this in regards to a childhood friend. She tells a potential suitor that she can make a love potion from bad mushrooms and strong wine. The end result is all the unfortunate sap's hair falls out (which the rival hadn't actually intended, merely a nasty rash, but she's not about to complain with the results).
  • Critical Hit Class: The game doesn't have classes per se, but the abundance of crit-boosting engravings allows you to build a character that can one-shot basic infantry and deal with anything stronger in hilariously short order. It's easiest to do with Hunter builds because bow headshots always crit note , enabling you to pick off entire fort garrisons from a distance without ever being discovered. Doing the whole thing wearing a Hunter-centric legendary armor set and wielding a legendary bow with buffs to your favorite ranged ability breaks most of the game's difficulty in half.
  • Crosshair Aware: You get very visible indicators for incoming arrows, melee strikes and throwables that give you plenty of opportunity to avoid them. Best of all, this is actually an In-Universe example, too. It's revealed early on that the Spear of Leonidas gives its wielder brief visions of what their enemies are about to do next in combat, which in gameplay translates into the HUD indicators the player sees.
  • Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: This is the first thing bound captives do when you free them.
  • Cycle of Hurting: Boars are powerful enough when they just take a swipe at you, but what really makes them so reviled among the player community is their charge attack that knocks the victim down in addition to dealing heavy damage. They have almost no cooldown on this ability, so even one boar can stunlock the Misthios to death in a matter of seconds. Needless to say, it gets a whole lot worse when several boars are present, and they almost never come alone.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Bandits and especially the Followers of Ares have quite the visceral taste in interior and exterior decoration.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Non-lethally dispatching enemies allows you to recruit them as mercenaries.
  • Deal with the Devil: In Fate of Atlantis's "A Life for a Life" quest, the Misthios is told by Persephone she will revive one of their loved ones (either Phoibe or Brasidas) if they kill Leonidas, their grandfather. If the Misthios tries to take another option, Persephone reneges on her end of the deal.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • The Aversion of Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil - especially when opposing slavery has a been a common trait of all protagonists of the franchise so far. As slavery is a huge part of Greek culture and the backbone of the Athenian and Spartan economies, there's precious few places for the main character to oppose slavery. At best you can express that slaves deserve to be treated fairly, because treating slaves badly means they can't work, and should have the right to earn their freedom, because it's an incentive to work harder. You can also express that if there's a problem, it's the master and not the slaves' fault, because the master is responsible for the slaves.
      • Two characters who are unambiguously heroic and allies of the Misthios, as Spartans, vehemently and vocally support Sparta's intensive slavery and the repression of the Helotes. Brasidas will even charge the main character with suppressing a Helot rebellion (admittedly it is being provoked by Cultists).
    • While the rampant sexism of the time generally goes unmentioned, there is one quest in the Olympics where the Misthios has to save a woman from being executed for the crime of... trying to watch the Games while being a woman. There were no Women's Olympics back then.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: When you pick up a metal nugget, you don't get "iron" but "iron metal", which is about as redundant as it gets. "Iron ore" would've been much more appropriate instead.
  • Developers' Foresight:
    • Should the player accidentally complete part of a quest without ever having actually begun it, such as killing a weekly quest target while just wandering around Greece, the game will still count the quest, and allow the Misthios to continue with.
    • Certain quests play out differently depending on the order taken. For example, completing the Minotaur quest before doing the Pre-Trials of the Minotaur one will result in the addition of the Misthios trying to claim they've killed a minotaur already, which no-one believes.
  • Dirty Coward: The Misthios has this low regard of the city of Thebes, as they surrendered to King Xerxes during his invasion a generation ago.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Markos, the protagonists' caretaker and boss, is fond of this. Him sending you out to collect the money he owes you from a different merchant isn't him giving you more work, it's your money "waiting for you" in that town!
  • Dolphins, Dolphins Everywhere: You can see dolphins jumping through the waves when you sail on your ship.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even mercenaries significantly under your current tier will talk down to you as if you're a scrub.
  • Dungeon Bypass:
    • Most forts and similar large strongholds have hidden side entrances that can get you close to the important assets inside (nation treasure chests, commanders, prisoners, quest items, whatever) without having to sneak past dozens of guards first.
    • The Ghost Arrows of Artemis ability is an insanely useful weaponized example for any situation that involves killing something. Most high-value targets are difficult to get a bead on when they're hiding behind fortress walls or deep inside cave systems. Once you have Ghost Arrows, all you need to do is tag the target, get in range and shoot them for massive damage. Nation leaders in particular are hilariously easy to kill this way no matter where they are or how many elite bodyguards they might have.
  • Easily Forgiven: Even with a max level bounty on their heads, the Misthios can receive a waiver when they win a conquest battle. Presumably, one side thinks their assistance is enough to offset the bounty, while the other side decided that the bounty was not worth the trouble after the display of might in the battle.
  • Easy Level Trick: Six of the eight legendary beasts can be slain safely and easily by dodging their charge attacks and pelting them with arrows while they recover. Arrows on Fire make it even easier and faster to pull off, assuming you have access to them. The tactic can also be used on the two remaining beasts, but their Flunky Boss status tends to make it a tad more challenging, although definitely not impossible (and it's still safer than trying to get into melee, especially with the Kalydonian Boar).
  • Eldritch Location: All of the legendary monster fights from the Atlantis questline take place in one of these, but the Petrified Temple where Medusa dwells takes the cake; situated in the wilds of the Island of Lesbos, the entire area is covered in a thick mist that obscures most of the land when viewed from Ikaros' perspective. As you enter the forest, the colour becomes more and more desaturated and gray, and that's before you begin walking through the enormous, twisted, stone trees and winding paths through the mist. It's also eerily silent and devoid of any animal life. When you reach the temple itself, you find an enormous, alien-looking precursor structure with numerous "statues" of men and women fleeing from the entrance. It's one of the spookiest places in the game, and even killing Medusa does nothing to alleviate the area; the mist, trees, statues, and temple all remain afterward.
  • Elite Mooks:
    • Both Greek factions eventually deploy Strategoi and Marksmen, the undisputed masters of melee and ranged combat, respectively. The Strategoi in particular easily turn into a Boss in Mook Clothing when they spawn as elites due to combining the best traits of all other melee units, with heavy armor, tons of health, a shield, a spear or heavy polearm, powerful abilities and the agility to follow you everywhere. And woe betide you when they spawn as Polemarchsnote , which they will once you reach a high level. Marksmen? They shoot no mere Annoying Arrows, and will use special ability shots on you as well.
    • Persephone's forces in Elysium universally combine the resilience of mortal elite troops with a whole array of special abilities that even most bosses don't have, including Teleport Spam, Fricking Laser Beams, Stuff Blowing Up and Anti-Magic. There's not a single enemy type in Elysium that could be considered harmless.
  • Enemy Mine: You're capable of getting members of the Cult of Kosmos to crew the Adrestia if you recover them from shipwrecks; in addition to the masked and hooded Cultists, you can also get a crew of their Guards, as well as the all-female Scions. The descriptions of each invoke the idea of them teaming up with the misthios as a matter of desperation, or a matter of profit, though they're purely cosmetic anyway and has no bearing on the plot.
  • Epic Fail:
    • One randomly generated quest has a sailor request the Misthios's help sinking ships, because they lied to get a job about how many ships they've sunk, the grand total of which is one. And it was their own. While they were on it.
    • Near-everything the Misthios does in the "One Really, Really Bad Day" quest-line ends in death and misery. Clear out some pirates? Those weren't pirates. Try to help a blacksmith? He gets crushed by his own tools. Rescue a horse? Its breeder rides it off a cliff. Try to get a man who'll rally the local villagers? He insists you set him on fire (and if you don't, picks a fight with you).
  • Everybody Lives: Depending on your choices, you can avoid the usual Greek Tragedy trope of people dying from personal character flaws, or forces outside of their control, from ship lieutenants to your family—your younger sibling "Deimos," your mother Myrrine, your adopted step-brother Stentor, and even your Archnemesis Dad Nikolaos himself.
  • Everyone Is Bi: All of the above mentioned romances are available regardless of who you're playing as.
  • Evil Wears Black: Pirate ships are easily recognized by their black sails adorned with a whitish serpent symbol.
  • Evolving Weapon: The Spear of Leonidas stands in as this game's Hidden Blade for assassination kills. It's the only weapon that can't be switched out for another one, but it grows more powerful with every level you gain, so it never becomes obsolete. Once you reach a certain point in the story, you can also take it to a secret location and use special items to upgrade it up to five times. Each time you do so, the Misthios gains an additional adrenaline segment, regains more health by using adrenaline abilities, and eventually unlocks the final tier for all their abilities (hidden inner potential, anyone?). The spear itself visually changes as well, going from a plain iron spearhead with a broken wooden handle to a shiny blade of gold and silver with an actual, finely wrought metal handle.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: The Misthios hears this in one of the Lost Tales of Greece missions. Bear in mind, both Kassandra and Alexios are easily six feet tall.
  • The Extremist Was Right: An early-game quest deals with a priest who had burned down a village infected with a plague and is in the process of killing the last of the plague victims, who are a family that includes two children. If you choose to kill the priest and save the family the island of Kephallonia will later be devastated by the plague.
  • Fall Damage: This is the one damage type that consistently works in the player's favor. Enemies take massive damage from falling even moderate heights (kicking a healthy mercenary down a slope can be enough to kill them) while the Misthios first becomes unkillable through fall damage, then outright immune to it fairly quickly. Since it's a passive skill that's acquired automatically, you don't even need to invest any ability points in it.
  • Fantastic Nuke: In a game (and historical era) almost completely lacking in explosive ordnance, the Overpower Bow Strike ability effectively turns your bow into a rocket launcher. It has a huge AoE and deals up to 1500% Hunter damage at maximum level, the highest multiplier in the game, enough to wipe out whole squads of mooks instantly and seriously wound elites and bosses. Fun fact: it's still considered a normal bow shot for detection purposes, so as long as nobody saw what you did, you can gleefully blow up shit while the guy on the other side of the thin wooden wall right next to the impact point remains blissfully unaware.
  • Fartillery: The Erymanthian boar farts clouds of poison gas. If the battle extends for too long, it can turn the entire arena poisonous. Of course, it's immune to its own poison.
  • Fed to Pigs: Nearly happens to the Misthios in one quest, provided the player falls for some Schmuck Bait. Fortunately, the baiter is stupid (or crazy) enough to not relieve them of their weapons beforehand.
  • Field Promotion: Seems to happen all the time in conquest battles. Every time you kill an enemy captain, a random mook in the area gets promoted a few seconds later, presumably taking over as the closest ranking officer.
  • Final Boss: Odyssey has three major storylines and therefore multiple encounters worthy of the title. They are also all quite optional.
    • Family arc: Your own sibling, brainwashed by the Cult of Kosmos.
    • Cult arc: The former leader of the cult herself, who turns out to be Aspasia. While a great thinker and manipulator, she is not at all prepared to face you directly and is really an Anticlimax Boss if you choose to kill her.
    • The final arc: Your true father, Pythagoras himself, and an immortal wielding powers from Those Who Came Before. He is by far the most difficult of the three Final Bosses, being able to Teleport Spam and shoot Frickin' Laser Beams.
  • Fishing for Mooks:
    • The whole point of the "Whistle" button is to hide in a safe spot, wait for an enemy to walk by and lure them away from their buddies for a stealth kill. If you do it right, whole forts can be cleared out without any mook being the wiser. No matter how many are in the group, only one will come at a time. If you whistle a Daughter of Artemis, she will leave her wolf behind. Remain in the bush and you can remain hidden even as the mook screams and gurgles around. Even with the tough mooks, upgrade your skills right and you can even turn a Critical Stealth into a kill.
    • This technique is borderline mandatory in naval combat. The Adrestia isn't nearly as powerful and resilient as the Jackdaw or the Morrigan, so charging straight at an enemy fleet usually ends in disaster. It's much safer to aggro only one or two ships, then turn around and lure them away from the rest of the fleet until they can be engaged individually.
  • Flaming Sword: The Flaming Attacks skill from the Warrior tree allows any weapon to be set on fire for a limited time. There's also the unique perk carried by the legendary Mallet of Everlasting Flame that, once unlocked, can be applied to any weapon to make it Wreathed in Flames permanently. Fittingly, this is best done with the legendary Prometheus's Sika sword due to its inherent bonuses to fire damage.
  • Flash Forward: At the end of the Cult arc, the Pyramid shows the Misthios visions of how the cycle of violence will continue for thousands of years with Egypt, the Holy Land, Italy, America, the West Indies, France and England.
  • Flunky Boss:
    • The infamous Kalydonian Boar constantly summons smaller boars to its aid. If you kill these reinforcements, it immediately summons replacements.
    • The Lykaon Wolf also summons regular wolves. Unlike the boars, he will keep summoning wolves even if the previous batch is alive. And unlike the boar he does not hang back for a bit after summoning his wolves, immediately joining them in the attack.
    • The Nemean Lion has three normal lions by its side at the start and will summon more if you don't kill it quick enough.
    • The Medusa summons three waves of reanimated petrified victims of hers at 75%, 50% and 25% of her health bar, respectively.
    • Alpha Ships are almost always encountered with half a dozen pirate ships backing them up.
  • Forced Level-Grinding: Present in the game in the form of minimum level requirements for main story quests. In addition, enemy power scales up with level significantly, so enemies that are one or two levels above your character are extremely challenging to fight, while enemies three levels higher are down right impossible. This requires players to grind side content in order to reach the necessary level to progress.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: The game picks up the old tradition started in the second game of having characters occasionally shout profanity in their original languages with the protagonists being prone to saying maláka (which literally means "wanker" or "jerk").
  • Foreshadowing: Myrrine presses Aspasia a bit during the symposium on Naxos as to how she knows so much about a Cultist assassination threat to Myrrine. It's because Aspasia is actually the disillusioned and constrained leader of the Cult of Kosmos, trying to subtly thwart the organization she's secretly given up on. Aspasia can also curiously decipher the encoded orders that the Misthios pilfers from the Cult assassins' bodies. She can't outright say who the king is without blowing her own cover, but the contents of the deciphered orders are enough to send the Misthios and their mother to Sparta on the hunt for who she knows to be the Sage of the Peloponnesian League cell.
  • Forever War: The Real Life Peloponnesian War lasted for almost thirty years, from 431 BCE to 404 BCE, which in itself qualifies it for anyone forced to live through it. In-game it truly never ends even after you wrap up the story. You can continue to assassinate leaders, participate in conquest battles and bring down nations for as long as you feel like it.
  • Friendly Fireproof:
    • Thankfully, you cannot accidentally damage any of the hundred other soldiers on your side in a Conquest Battle, which is great, seeing as you're constantly surrounded by enemies and have a number of wide-reaching moves that also knock down or stagger (but not damage) your allies. Similarly, your crew on the Adrestia are also immune when engaging in boarding action against an enemy ship.
    • Unfortunately, in the rare case that civilians fight alongside the misthios, any Standard Status Effects you have on your weapons (mostly poison or fire) do affect them enough to turn them hostile, which tends to complicate things quite a lot.
  • From Bad to Worse: Played for Laughs in the "A Really, Really Bad Day" quest chain. The misthios arrives in a small town where someone else pretending to be the famous Eagle Bearer made a mess of the place while a band of pirates is inbound for some good ol' pillaging. Offering their help to set things right, they're tasked to procure weapons, horses and inspiration for the villagers to fight back. A couple hours later the misthios has accidentally sunk the ships bearing reinforcements and supplies because the local general failed to mention they even existed, and that they masqueraded as pirates to sneak past the bad guys. The town smith has had an unfortunate accident that resulted in him being squashed flat under his own tools. The horse breeder has ridden said local general's stallion off of a cliff because she thought it would magically turn into Pegasus (It Makes Sense in Context). Finally, the guy meant to galvanize the villagers - the self-proclaimed reincarnation of famed hero Ajax - is left a smoldering corpse after his proof of his invincibility went horribly wrong). The misthios is predictably disturbed by this weirdness but ultimately saves the town anyway and deals with their impersonator according to the player's mindset.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The plot of the game requires the protagonist to befriend leading figures in both Sparta and Athens and help bring a peaceful end to the Peloponnesian War. However, in actual practice, the game requires you to instigate massive battles between Spartan and Athenian forces, involving you killing countless Spartan and Athenian soldiers based on which side you decided to pick for that particular battle. Only one quest ever actually points this out, one unlocked after you complete two questlines where you kill high-ranking soldiers for the commander in the opposing army. You can choose which side to support in this final quest and the commander will call out you playing both sides, but that's as far as it goes.
    • Herodotos will mention how the island of Andros is famous for the marble it exports. In game, Andros has no city, quarry or port on the island to do said exporting.
    • Once you complete the game, you'll get your surviving family members as Lieutenants on the Adrestia, meaning they can assist in boarding crippled ships. While Deimos will have no problems considering his backstory, its very strange seeing Myrrine, Nikolaos and Stentor board Spartan vessels to kill the crew, especially given that My Country, Right or Wrong is a significant part of their characters.
  • Gang Up on the Human: Predatory animals of different species will attack each other on sight, but they'll drop everything to kill you instead if you happen to wander too close. Nothing like being mauled by an angry bear while a lynx is trying to eat your face off.
  • Game-Breaking Bug:
    • The PC version has an awful tendency to crash to desktop every time you do something that requires a Loading Screen, like fast-travelling or reloading a savegame after dying.
    • Naval conquest battles may occasionally fail to give you NPC ship support. While it's still possible to win the battle, it sure gets one hell of a lot more difficult. Reloading the autosave at the battle's start usually fixes this.
    • On the PS4 version, simply trying to go back to the main menu from the game can cause the game to crash. This was eventually patched.
  • Gender-Neutral Writing: Since the player character can be male or female, other characters usually refer to them as “misthios”, “mercenary”, “Eagle-Bearer,” or just “you” so the voice actors don’t have to record the same script twice.
  • Geo Effects: As usual, the availability and specific layout of foliage to hide in plays a huge role for stealth-centric approaches into enemy territory. In naval combat, taking waves head-on slows a ship down to a crawl, if it doesn't stop them outright, which can be devastating if it happens while a Rain of Arrows or a full-speed ram attack is incoming.
  • Get Out!: A mean old woman in Sparta can tell the Misthios this at the end of her questline, if the Misthios informs her that the problems her farm's been facing aren't the fault of the helots, but the local river being polluted.
  • Get Rich Quick Scheme: The Misthios runs into a guy trying to cross-breed animals into fantastical creatures as one of these. His efforts to breed cockatrices has only resulted in a farm of really angry roosters (and judging by what he says afterwards, he's learned nothing, and might be considering trying to breed goats and lions to make a manticore...)
  • Gladiator Subquest: There's an arena. Some mercenaries can only be fought there.
  • Glass Cannon:
    • Archers, and especially their elite versions, are the squishiest humans in the game aside from civilians, but even one of them can absolutely wreck you if they spot you at long range.
    • The legendary dagger The Greek Hello increases all your damage ratings by 15% while reducing your health by the same amount. Another weapon, the legendary spear Falx of Olympos, takes it even further with a 100% damage buff in return for capping your health at 25% for as long as it is equipped, which turns you into a terrifying murder machine that will die from one good hit.
  • Golden Ending: Although it's impossible to avoid a bunch of tragedies along the way, it is possible to end the game on a high note by limiting the casualties and keeping the Misthios' entire family alive to reunite them at the end. However, getting there requires making a lot of correct choices whose consequences you often can't predict at all until much later in the narrative.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: One of the Lost Tales of Greece has a group of priestesses tricking a town into worshipping the Misthios as a god, for their own reasons. They never expected the actual thing to show up on their doorstep.
  • Gratuitous Greek: Given the setting, is this really surprising? Greek letters can be seen carved into the walls of some buildings and ruins, and like all AC games since II, some words aren't translated to add to the ambiance, including chaire, a general greeting or farewell, and malakas, a curse word generally meaning idiot.
  • Graying Morality: This time, there's no good Assassins or evil Templars to make the lines clear, Athenians and Spartans are both gray entities, and the players' choices aren't that cut and dried. Many choices that seem unambigiuously "good" or "bad" can have quite the opposite consequences than what the player hoped.
    Alexios: In this world, there are no wrong paths, no wrong decisions, only who you choose to become.
  • Groin Attack: Half the stealth kill animations end with the victim Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, usually through the neck or the head. The other half shows the Misthios shanking the target in the crotch. Sleeping enemies are at particular risk because they often sleep in tight spaces with their legs pointing at the only entrance.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: As is the rule for the franchise.
    • Guards can't see the Misthios when they're hiding in foliage despite two thirds of their body clearly peeking out of cover.
    • Whistling only ever lures a single guard to your location even if there's half a dozen in earshot. The others merely turn around to look at the source of the sound, but even then they'll rarely notice you shanking their buddy from within a bush or something, and even if they do notice, they'll just come over to get shanked themselves.
    • They also never seem to notice the rapidly dwindling numbers of their buddies when you attack a military camp or fort, assuming you hide the dead bodies well enough.
    • Very rarely, shooting an arrow at a powerful guard (say, a captain) from outside the yellow/red zones they're guarding merely results in the guy shouting at you to cut it out and get lost.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • While skipping the final battles against Aspasia and Pythagoras in the Cult and Final arcs respectively is done via a simple moral choice, skipping the final battle with Deimos in the Family arc is much more convoluted. Instead of a simple choice at the very end, you instead have to choose very specific dialogue choices in your various interactions with Deimos throughout the arc and resolve with Myrinne to save Deimos. Make just one wrong choice, and not only will Deimos refuse to surrender, he/she will outright kill your mother when she tries to intervene in the fight. Fortunately, there are two verbal cues in Deimos's dialogues which inform you if you're on the right track.
    • The artifact hunt. The game gives you the region you need to look in for each artifact, but doesn't tell you that each artifact is tied to a specific side quest in the region, with no hint of which one it is.
    • On Thera, a fairly large island smack-bang in the middle of the Aegean, there's one of those rare glowing question marks that always indicate a very special location. You can go there at almost any time to find a large mirror puzzle, but you can't actually solve it (or even attempt it) until a certain late-game story chapter, which is mentioned absolutely nowhere.
    • The game never tells you how to switch arrow types when you unlock Trick Arrows one way or another, and if you aren't lucky enough to get the random Loading Screen tip that does contain the info by chance, all you can do is try out every button while aiming (easier done on consoles, natch) or look it up online.
    • For the victory party at the end of the Mykonos liberation quest chain, it is possible for the Misthios to find a partner for Barnabas. But, if the required quest is done out of order, said partner will be Lost Forever. She is Iola, the smuggler who asked the Misthios to kill the alpha bear on Delos. If she appears during the party, the Misthios can invite her to join the crew as a lieutenant.
    • Another one involving romance and Barnabas: If you romanced Roxanna, recruited her as an lieutenant for the Adrestia, didn't dismiss her later and advised Barnabas to go easy on his nephew Neleus, she'll be part of the crew rescuing Neleus from Cult guards. After the rescue, the Misthios can opt to have another round of sex with her, making her the only romance partner with this distinction.
    • Before getting the Death Veil ability from Legacy of the First Blade (which makes assassinated enemies disappear after death), Assassin players will spend a large amount of their stealth time hiding the bodies of their kills. Placing them in bushes and throwing them over walls is exceedingly difficult... unless you happen to see the random tool tip explaining how to throw them (it's just like using your bow). The game otherwise never tells you how to do this.
    • EVERYTHING to do with the Delos Islands quest chain. To whit, Podarkes is like any other leader and can be gone after immediately. Killing him in this way cuts off almost all of the related sidequests AND will pretty much lock you into the worst ending for the quest chain. Likewise, many of the quests have unexpected outcomes or consequences that won't come back to haunt you until much later in the quest chain - and some can't be predicted at all! For instance, who would have guessed that rescuing that random rebel extremist on the western island and letting him live would lead to him randomly murdering Thaletas during the celebration party...but ONLY if you opted to make a farewell speech? To be fair, Sokrates himself comments on that last one, regarding how the smallest actions can have unpredictable outcomes.
  • Happiness in Slavery:
    • In the "Once a Slave" quest, a slave will request from the protagonist that they blame him for the theft the slave's master has recently suffered. When asked why, the slave explains that his master plans to free him soon, and that the slave would rather live as a slave where he has purpose, shelter and food, than free where such things are uncertain. Ironically, if the misthios does as requested, the master banishes the slave in anger. If they refuse to lie for him, the protagonist can instead just bring the matter up to the master, who will talk to his slave and just decide to keep him in his service.
    • Agapios on Euboea. He tells you he is a slave at the end of the first quest you do for him. Answer that one needs to do what must be done to survive and he'll agree. He says he doesn't hate his late father for selling him into slavery as it provided him with food, shelter and a certain degree of protection from the corruption on the island. If he survives the quest chain, his master frees him and he has trouble accepting it, but is ultimately happy to be free — and continues working for the wellbeing of the island regardless of his status.
  • Heal Thyself: The Second Wind ability from the Warrior tree restores 25%, 33% or 50% of health, depending on its level, at the cost of one adrenaline segment. The third tier also removes any poison or fire effects on the Misthios on top of the healing. It's generally considered the must-have ability in the game and should be taken the moment it becomes available.
  • Heroic Lineage: The player character is on their mother's side, a descendant of Leonidas and their father is Pythagoras, the mathematician/philosopher/cult leader who in the game became an immortal living in the ruins of Atlantis.
  • Hired Guns:
    • Alexios and Kassandra work as mercenaries, or rather as they are called "Misthios" throughout the game. Message boards throughout the Greek world offer them work ranging from simple errands to subverting entire regions for Athens or Sparta.
    • Enemy mercenaries are a major threat in the game: they are out to collect on your bounty should you misbehave, or you might instead take a job to collect a kill bounty on another mercenary. You can also kill those ranked above you to increase your own mercenary ranking.
  • Historical-Domain Character: There are quite a few famous, and some obscure, figures from Ancient Greece featured in the game, such as Sokrates, Hippokrates, Herodotus, Alkibiades, Aspasia, Perikles, Sophokles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Phidias, Kleon, Brasidas, Pausanias, Archidamos. King Leonidas of Sparta is the (late) maternal grandfather of the protagonist and is playable in the prologue. And Pythagoras is the father of the protagonist.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Boars are absurdly difficult to hit with arrows while lynxes escape most melee attacks because their hitboxes seem to be much smaller than the actual model. Scoring a headshot on a boar even when it's standing still only a few meters away is quite the accomplishment.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: One of the options for dealing with the "witch" on Keos. The Misthios can yell at the guards that she's just called herself a witch, at which point they'll attack her, and even kill her. Notably, her new hubby isn't that surprised at this "news".
  • Hollywood Darkness:
    • Averted in caves and especially tombs. It's usually pitch-black down there without a torch in hand, and even the inhabited ones with braziers burning here and there are pretty gloomy outside the lit areas.
    • Played straight in underwater caves since you obviously can't just light a torch here. The devs did place some bioluminescent plants and animals to keep it from becoming completely unrealistic, but the lighting is still much brighter than it should be.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Likely due to the nature of the game engine, any large-scale conflict devolves quickly into a chaotic mess of one-on-one melee fights. This includes the "Conquest Battles" between the Delian League and the Peloponnesian League for control of a region, as well as the Battle of Thermopylai in the intro sequence. Particularly egregious given that possibly the most famous infantry formation in history, the phalanx, originated in Ancient Greece, and when that line broke, they fled, knowing it was all over.
  • Homing Boulders: Arrows have slight homing capabilities if they were aimed at someone's/something's head before they're loosed. Makes just as much sense as it sounds like, but is hilarious to watch and most definitely quite helpful for long-range sniping moving targets.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The game takes some jabs towards Microtransactions... While being a single-player game that allows purchasing them.note 
  • I Am Spartacus: The "The Show Must Go On" sidequest chain in the Elis region eventually sets the Misthios on the hunt for three missing actors. One has joined a cult where every member renounces their given name and takes on the name of Hedonenote  instead. After completing two simple tasks for their spokeswoman to get initiated into the cult themselves, the Misthios eventually has to pick out the actor from among five cult members with little to go on except for a few lines of dialogue.
  • If Only You Knew: During the accusatory ranting between the two family patriarchs in the quest "The Drachmae of Romance", Makar (who's Dorian in ethnicity like the Spartans) may retort at the Misthios; "Spoken like a true Ionian!" when they give equal weight to the austere warrior ethic of Dorians and the philosophical and artistic tastes of Ionians. The Misthios is born Spartan and thus is Dorian... but only half-so. Pythagoras, their birth father, is Ionian, making the Misthios half-Ionian.
  • I Have No Son!: A woman in Sparta says as much on learning one of her sons would rather not be a warrior, and ran off.
  • Immortality Inducer: The Staff of Hermes Trismegistus grants its wielder immortality, as seen with Pythagoras and later the misthios.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Melee finishers with swords, daggers or spears often end in the Misthios goring the victim in some gruesome fashion.
    • Most stealth kills involve the Misthios not only shanking the target with the Spear of Leonidas, but pushing/ramming it through the body in its entirety, finished by ripping it out from the opposite side.
    • Disabling an enemy ship with javelins often triggers a short slow-motion cutscene of some hapless mook being impaled and torn off their feet by a javelin in a welter of blood.
    • Strongholds of bandits and Followers of Ares are generally decorated with lots of dead people impaled on spears and spikes.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: General Demosthenes voices his low opinion on Spartan intelligence, comparing them to dogs, and that some exhibit a "low cunning". The Misthios can point out that they were born Spartan in a moderately offended response.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison:
    • If you choose to lie to Sokrates about the result of the ostracism in Athens, you claim that even if you knew who rigged the vote, you wouldn't tell him. Socrates responds by saying he never mentioned anything about the vote being rigged.
    • While asking around for the Misthios' mother at the Sanctuary of Asklepios, one of the priests rudely brushes them off and says he was ordered not to talk to mercenaries, especially not ones that ask about Spartan women with a wounded baby. The Misthios immediately points out that they never mentioned a wounded baby.
  • Interface Spoiler:
    • Playing online litters the world map with screenshots taken by other players. Since most people tend to shoot particularly spectacular scenes, many of these shots spoil the surprise of what's at unexplored locations, like boss battles or story reveals.
    • After discovering the Cult of Kosmos, you may find random civilians with the prompt to Assassinate suddenly coming up over them. This means they are cultists, up to the Sage level. Similarly, if you beat up a random civilian and they happen to have an Elite's gold health bar...
    • Many quest names hint at, or outright spoil, what said quest is about or how it will play out.
    • Similarly, the achievement list spoils more or less every major twist in the game, like the fights against the mythical monsters, the existence of Atlantis and who resides there, and a whole bunch of main plot points.
    • The astute may match up the loot declared on the Sage of the Heroes of the Cult cell in the Cult of Kosmos gallery by matching it to the loot of the singular Tier 1 Mercenary in the Mercenary gallery: Exekias the Legend. Compounding this is that one of the Cultist Clues mentions that the sage is nicknamed "The Legend." Guess who is the only person in the game to carry that title.
    • Dedicated explorers and wreck-divers can discover higher-rarity crews for the Adrestia that are members of the Cult of Kosmos; one wreck off of Messara especially will flat out mention Kleon being a member of the Cult in its description, possibly hours before this is ever revealed in-game.
  • In the Hood: You can equip hoods if you're favoring a stealth oriented gameplay. Darius is shown wearing these in footage in "Legacy of the First Blade."
  • In the Past, Everyone Will Be Famous: Practically everyone the player character meets is a "who's who?" of the Ancient Greek world.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats:
    • While your basic damage rating scales equally as you gain levels, it's ultimately your equipment that determines your effectiveness at sneaking, archery or open combat. All three are equally important and useful, so spreading your damage buffs out evenly means you won't be able to deliver a lot of One-Hit Kills in the late game without some clever use of your abilities, but you'll never be caught off-guard either when the game puts you in a situation ill-suited for your preferred play style.
      • That being said, you only have a limited number of slots for active abilities, which make up a majority of the trees. While early levels will result in the above, later in the game, most builds will lean closer towards Master of All with a handful of preferred active abilities from amongst the three trees.
    • As far as weapons are concerned, spears generally combine the best traits of all other weapon classes without excelling in anything particular. They have good speed, good damage and excellent range, coupled with a devastating AoE Overpower attack. A good spear is almost always the best choice for fighting animals of any sort, especially the legendary ones, whenever archery isn't a more viable option.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Lysander, a really bad-tempered Spartan general, can accuse the Misthios of playing both sides of the war, and while he's not phrasing it very politely, it is true.
  • Joke Item: You may find the occasional sun hat in merchant inventories or as loot, a piece of headwear that offers absolutely no benefits at all. Ubisoft eventually doubled down on this by introducing epic-level sun hats that bear the legendary Sunscreen engraving (99% Sunburn Resistance), which does... absolutely nothing the player base has been able to determine at the time of writing.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Generally speaking, the game's open dialogue system enables a wide range of characterization for your Misthios, and more ruthless players have plenty of options to roleplay as a cynical, cold-hearted bastard that indulges in plenty of this.
    • There're a lot of dogs in Greece. There's also the famous Spartan Kick ability. Dogs are valid targets just like any other animal. You do the math. However, as the Loading Screen occasionally points out, Ancient Greeks were rabid dog fans, which means in gameplay terms that killing a dog carries the same punishment as murdering a human.
    • If the Misthios attempts to redeem Deimos but doesn't take the right dialogue paths, then she'll reject the proposed Heel–Face Turn at the end of the story by murdering their mother in cold blood.
  • Killer Rabbit: Greece's aggressive fauna includes all the usual lovely suspects like wolves, lynxes, sharks, bears and... roosters? There's even an alpha on a tiny island that'll probably make you think you just found an Easter Egg until the little bugger takes off half your health bar in a single hit.
  • Kill It with Fire: There are a lot of ways to do this: a Warrior skill that gives you a Flaming Sword, skills that unlock Arrows on Fire for the misthiosnote  and their ship, or simply hitting enemies with a torch. Then the Legacy of the First Blade DLC's second episode came along and added a bona-fide twin flamethrower, the Chimera's Breath, to the Adrestia's prow. All it takes to install the thing on your ship is completing a simple Fetch Quest, although the weapon's short range and rather meagre damage tends to put it squarely in Awesome, but Impractical territory.
  • Klingon Promotion: You improve your mercenary rank by murdering your way up the ladder.
  • Last Stand: The legendary Battle of Thermopylae serves as the Action Prologue, with you playing as Leonidas himself.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail: On the map are the regions of Makedonia, Achaia and Messenia. Aside from a brief story mission and a Season Pass-exclusive quest, these nations aren't used for anything in the story or have any side-quests, despite being as fully fleshed out as all the other regions. This is because they're used for each Part of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC. Each of these regions also have areas that invoke this: some cave ruins in Macedonia, a house on a hill overlooking a town and a fort filled with Cultists in Achaia, and the smoggy town of Aipeia and the nearby mines below the Temple of Zeus. Their uses range from being the location of the final battle of the DLC to where the mistios will raise their family.
    • In general, if you start exploring a region before tackling the story missions/quests, you'll often find yourself wandering into caves that are much more expansive than normal, so it comes as no surprise that these will have side-quests and missions that send you there.
  • Lethal Joke Item: You can find or loot a wooden sword on occasion, a common-rated weapon that, while lacking in special attributes, is otherwise just as deadly as any other sword of the same level.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Animal and patrol spawns are almost completely random, so it's not unheard of to reach a heavily defended location and find it already under attack by an enemy patrol or, even better, a pack of bears or a pride of lions. Pass the Popcorn while you watch them whittle each other down, then move in with minimal resistance; effective even against the legendary boars whose pelts you need to hunt. You'll also encounter randomly-spawned skirmishes between Athenians, Spartans and Bandits, which you can totally observe from the side-lines.
  • Living Statue: Most locations in Elysium have spear-wielding bronze statues standing around on plinths. Starting a fight near them may awaken them, which turns them into miniboss-level enemies with an impressive list of unique attacks. If they don't wake up on their own, attacking them deliberately works just as well (a critical assassination can often one-shot them), and the huge amount of XP, money and resources they drop makes it well worth the risk.
  • Loading Screen: Gives both gameplay hints, and after you discover and start assassinating the members of the Cult of Kosmos, their masks start appearing on the floor.
  • Loophole Abuse: Killing state soldiers in front of their comrades raises the notoriety bar... unless you knock them over a ledge, in which case gravity does all the work, and the notoriety bar doesn't go up.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac:
    • Auxesia, of the "Age is Just a Number" quest. She brags proudly and happily, to the protagonist's clear and audible protests, about her sexual exploits, and the entirety of the quest proper is attempting to make a virility potion for her husband, in order to satisfy her needs. He refuses, and should the protagonist choose to attempt to satisfy her themselves instead, days pass before they emerge.
    • The young Alkibiades, future Wild Card of the second phase of the Peloponnesian War, shows up in his early phase as Sokrates' student, where he more or less flirts with and has sex with women and men whenever he can. If the player is being a nice guy, taking him up on his offers of courtship is a fantastic way to land the misthios into this category as well.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Advancing through the mercenary ranks requires a certain amount of luck, especially once you reach the S1-S4 tiers. You can't advance just by killing any merc. Only the ones ranked above you count, and their spawning is almost completely randomized aside from a handful of scripted encounters. You can get hints to previously unknown mercs from the ones you defeated, but these are just as random and also don't pop up every time. Long story short: unless you obsessively murder every single merc you come across, reaching the highest mercenary rank can take a very long time if you're unlucky.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Shield-bearing enemies return with a vengeance from Assassin's Creed Origins, and they're at least as annoying as they were there. Strangely, Athenian forces put much more emphasis on shields than Sparta does despite Sparta's famous reliance on the phalanx formation. Made doubly strange by the Player Character's inability to even equip a shield, which - being Spartan themselves - should be a crucial part of their wargear (probably a case of Gameplay and Story Segregation, seeing how a shield would interfere with the Misthios Dual Wielding the Spear of Leonidas).
  • Mad Libs Dialogue: Utilized for all of the procedurally-generated side-quests, including those found in the open world or accepted via the bulletin board. It works... up until you do more than three of them and realize they follow the same structure and have a very small dialogue pool. They usually goes like this:
    Misthios: [Greeting], I saw you/do you need help?
    Quest Giver: [Mentions they have trouble]
    Misthios: Let me guess, you need me to [solution to trouble].
    Quest Giver: Yes, [solution must happen].
    *Misthios returns victorious*
    Quest Giver: [asks if they were successful]
    Misthios: [confirms that they were]
    Quest Giver: Thank you!
    Misthios: Charie.
  • Magikarp Power: The "+X% All Damage" engraving is leveled up by killing nation leaders, starts out at +1% and tops out at +5%. Doesn't sound like much, what with the specialized bonuses reaching +10% much more easily, but with up to eight equipment pieces capable of bearing this engraving simultaneously, maxing out its power results in a whopping +40% to all damage ratings (for a sum total of +120%) without any drawbacks. For reference: specialized bonuses can only amass up to +80% spread out across all three damage types, which makes the "to all damage" the perfect tool for Jack-of-All-Stats builds. Thing is, getting it to level 5 requires killing a total of 75 leaders, and although this can be cheesed to some extent, it's still a massive investment in time and effort.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: Once you complete a targeted hit (like, say, a Kosmos cultist you tracked down), the Misthios will be prompted to "Confirm Kill", which when carried out results in them plunging the Spear of Leonidas into the corpse.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The Cult of Kosmos, a mysterious group opposed to the protagonist. Much of the Cult arc is spent unmasking, then murdering them, especially once you learn that your character's younger sibling is working for them, under the name Deimos.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Several of the Legendary weapons and armor are possibly Isu artifacts, with their perks being a case of Gameplay and Story Integration, but only the Spear of Leonidas and the Staff of Hermes Trismegistus are explicitly stated as being so. Deimos' Sword of Damokles is the only one verifiably Isu in origin, as its forge socket is noted by the Misthios when visiting the Ancient Forge.
  • Meaningful Name: The Adrestia is named after the Greek goddess of (among other things) revolt and just retribution, fitting for one on a quest to avenge their family. Adrestia the goddess was also sister to the god Deimos, which is the alias of the Misthios's sibling.
  • Medusa: You fight the gorgon in a late-game sidequest. It turns out to be the lover of the quest-giver cursed by a corrupted Piece of Eden.
  • Metal Slime: Don't leave any of those spear-wielding bronze statues in Elysium standing. They're powerful and dangerous opponents for sure, but they drop obscene amounts of XP, money and other items upon destruction.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Characters in this game have very... enthusiastic body language that can feel sorely out of place when they gesture wildly during somber moments or while discussing serious topics. The gorgeously armored Athenian generals who act as your liaison for conquest battles may actually cut a caper when you agree to fight for them, right in the middle of their bombastic speech about how they'll kick the Spartans' asses down to Hades.
  • Min-Maxing: With three combat styles utilizing three principal damage types (Hunter, Warrior, Assassin), you're free to either play a Jack-of-All-Stats or focus on one play style instead while underperforming in the others. This mostly comes down to your choice in equipment since that's the only consistent option you have for putting on damage buffs, aside from one passive skill in each tree that works similarly but is of limited use. Legendary armor sets complement this mechanic - some provide balanced buffs to all three damage types while others revolve solely around a single one. In addition, the blacksmith's engraving service allows you to either alleviate the shortcomings of specialized sets or specialize them even more.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Greece is just barely, debatably part of the range of the Eurasian lynx, and even then it's restricted mostly to mountainous interior areas. It certainly isn't found in anywhere near the concentrations lynxes in the game spawn at, nor was it ever found in the southern parts of Greece (at least, not since the last ice age).
  • Money for Nothing: A franchise tradition in the late game, particularly once you've fully upgraded your ship and legendary gear. Selling high-level equipment nets several thousand drachmae apiece, so even one visit to the blacksmith after a bunch of battles is usually enough to fatten your purse by about 100,000 drachmae or more at a point in the game where there's nothing meaningful left to spend it on. On the upside, you'll never have to worry about bounty hunters again. However, see Money Sink below.
  • Money Sink:
    • Patch 1.12 introduced Hephaistos, a unique blacksmith who can teach you additional tiers for all weapon and armor perks that you already have at tier 5. It costs 30,000 drachmae to upgrade to tier 6 and 60,000 drachmae for tier 7. Granted, there're a lot more perks than you could ever utilize at once, but even upgrading only the most important ones can bankrupt an end-game character if you aren't careful.
    • The new ship upgrades added in 1.14 require almost colossal amounts of money and materials.
    • Unlocking the fourth and fifth gear set slots on the inventory screen takes a drastic jump in drachmae needed over the third.
  • Mook Chivalry: Like in the naval era games, initiating a boarding sequence will cause the enemy ships to stop attacking and politely hang back as you slaughter their buddies and steal their stuff. Averted for ground combat.
  • More Dakka: There are two upgrade paths to increase ranged damage in naval combat. One simply increases the damage of arrows and/or javelins. The other raises the number of salvoes the Adrestia can fire in a row before the archers need to "reload", with a maximum of four consecutive rains of arrows being at your disposal when fully upgraded.
  • Multiple Endings: Again, for the first time in the series, there are multiple storylines to choose from, each leading to a different ending.
  • Multi-Track Drifting: You can drift with your ship. Yes, you read that right: steering while holding down the deceleration button results in the Adrestia practically turning on the spot extremely quickly, which is invaluable for avoiding an incoming ram attack or getting yourself in the right position to initiate one yourself. This notably has some basis in reality. Ships of this era could perform quite rapid course changes by lowering the oars on one side while continuing to row on the other (similar to how a tank can turn by stopping only one track), although the game still takes some liberties in how effective it was, all for the Rule of Fun.
  • Multishot: Multiple hunter skills allow various versions of this.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Explosive arrows are primarily a weapon of war, but they tend to be much more useful for hunting instead. A single arrow can slay an entire herd of deer or ibex as a quick and efficient source of soft leather.
    • The Staff of Hermes Trismegistus is an immensely powerful Isu artifact that plays an important role in the story. It's capable of making its wielder immortal and putting up Deflector Shields around them, but when you get it it's just another legendary weapon that the Misthios can use to bash some heads in.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution:
    • The Ancient Greek in this game live (and die) by this trope. Aside from delivery quests, most radiant Message Board quests come down to client explaining who has crossed them, the Misthios guessing they need that person dead, and the client heartily agreeing.
    • Also applies to the Misthios themselves. Have a bounty on your head? Just go kill the sponsor. The game helpfully marks him/them on the map, and although they always spawn in military installations, getting to them is rarely a problem. Becomes less pronounced in later game stages where you're so filthy rich that paying off the bounty doesn't affect your budget anymore, but even then some players prefer going after the sponsor as a form of Self-Imposed Challenge.
  • My Rules Are Not Your Rules:
    • Any fire or poison attacks the Misthios can use need anywhere from a few to several hits on the same target to take effect, depending on skill level and engraving bonuses. When an enemy uses poison or fire against you, a single hit is all it takes to poison the Misthios or set them on fire. Hostile DOT effects also deal significantly more damage to the Misthios than the other way around, to the point that player-inflicted burn damage is so insignificant it might as well be a purely cosmetic graphics effect.
    • An example that helps the player is being knocked off a boat in a naval battle. The Misthios can just climb back on board, but for any enemy, including elites and bosses, its a one hit kill.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "The Cyclops," one of the first major antagonists in the beginning of the game. Though not as strong nor as dangerous as the actual cyclops you can fight late in the game, he still very much is violent, brutal, and all too willing to kill humans who earn his ire.
  • Naval Blockade: The Athenian navy has blockaded the Megaris harbor when the misthios gets there, and they must break through it to dock. Along the way, the Misthios helps clear yet another blockade for the Spartan archon Phoenix. Near the end of the story, a desperate Kleon blockades Mykonos, and again it's up to the Adrestia to remove a bunch of ships from Poseidon's domain.
  • New Game+: Added in a February 2019 patch.
  • News Travels Fast: To an implausible level for the Misthios. Sunk a military ship? As the ship goes down, a sponsor has placed a bounty on them. Burnt down a silo even if with a fire arrow from far away and there are no witnesses? Bounty. Guards in forts investigating incidents like dead comrades or burnt supplies without spotting the Misthios? If someone lights the signal fire, that's a bounty on their heads.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Many decisions that seem clear-cut "good" choices tend to have some very unfortunate, unexpected consequences in reality. For example, sparing the last surviving family of a village being burnt down and slaughtered for plague will cause the disease to spread again, killing off most of the island.
  • No Cutscene Inventory Inertia:
    • Zig-Zagged. Armors and outfits will remain consistent, but some cutscenes such as Brasidas' introduction will give the misthios a kopis, even if they have none equipped at the time. Some cutscenes (such as the Misthios' reunion with Myrrine) also revert the Spear Of Leonidas to its non-upgraded form, regardless of how much the player has upgraded it.
    • Played very straight with headgear, which is always disabled during cutscenes. While it's understandable for bulky helmets that obscure the face, most hoods and in particular headbands don't cover the face at all, making it strange that they're turned off.
  • No Ending: The credits never roll in Ancient Greece. Even the main quest lines only receive slightly more elaborate ending cinematics than the lesser ones, and then it's right back to business in the Wide Open Sandbox. After all, there's still a Forever War going on between two factions that're always happy to enlist the Misthios' support.
  • No Fair Cheating: If you try to save-scum your way to legendary gear at the Oikos of the Olympos shop, you'll quickly come to notice that your orichalcum stash is bound to your account, not any specific savegame. The result? You lose the orichalcum and the item(s) you got before you reloaded, leaving you with absolutely nothing for your efforts.
  • No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Some of the melee finishers and stealth kills are spectacularly brutal. Case in point: the Misthios stabs the victim in the upper back with the Spear of Leonidas (which would already be fatal), then snaps their neck, then pushes the spear all the way through the torso to rip out of their chest.
    • Nothing's stopping you from unleashing your tier-3 Overpower attack with a sword on a basic mook. The poor dude usually dies after the first two or three hits, only for the Misthios to continue brutalizing them with at least a dozen more slashes long after their health bar has hit zero.
  • Noodle Incident: Should you ask Markos how to deal with an uncollected debt, he tells you to please not have a repeat of the olive oil venture.
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Kephallonia, the protagonist's starting home island, is far off enough from the rest of the Greek world that all the misthios has to worry about is the local small-time gangster and rather small odd jobs. No military locations and no allegiance to either Athens or Sparta. Then, they get sucked into the much bigger conflict of the Pelepponesian wars and the game is on. Subverted as, depending on your choices, it becomes ground zero for one of the deadliest and most destructive plague outbreaks in Greece's history.
  • Notice This: Orichalcum seams will hum gently, once the Misthios gets near them.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing:
    • The Misthios can end up doing many things which end up screwing them over (and the gameworld) later down the line—all for the best of reasons.
    • Saving the family about to be killed by the local priests to contain the plague they carry will result in it raging out of control all over the island of Kephallonia.
  • Not Worth Killing: Fortunately, high-level mercenaries ignore the misthios even if they see them committing crimes (unless they attack them).
  • The Oath-Breaker: In order to achieve the best ending for the Family storyline, the Misthios must promise their mother Myrrine that they will bring their sibling home from the cult. Should you choose to instead fight Deimos on the top of the mountain at the end of the plotline, Myrrine, shell-shocked from her youngest child's death, will call you out on breaking your promise. She'll then order you to leave Sparta, saying that all she sees is death when she looks at you. This is the only ending in the game where Myrrine survives to the end but does not remain part of the family.
  • Occupiers out of Our Country: A sidequest on one of the eastern islands has the Misthios run into someone who holds these opinions on Athenians, Spartans, and anyone who isn't actually from his island. Including the heavily armed mercenary who just rescued him. Should they mention this little detail, he will try to kill them.
  • Oh, Crap!: A late quest in the first Fields of Elysium episode requires the misthios to sneak what's basically an Isu bomb into the fortress that manufactures Persephone's Colossus armies. Succeeding triggers a cutscene that shows one of the inactive Colossi turn its head to look at the bomb right before it goes off, and its facial expression practically screams Oh, Crap!... which is an impressive feat for a Living Statue whose face is almost literally set in stone.
  • One-Hit Polykill: Ghost Arrows of Artemis are basically the Ancient Greek version of a railgun, capable of punching through any obstacle and damaging everything organic they pass through. This, coupled with the ability's obscene damage, makes it entirely possible to kill any number of enemies with a single shot, assuming they're lined up right.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. This is a given for Mooks like bandits and soldiers who have random names. While there is a big pool of names to draw from, the sheer amount of them will make it impossible to give everyone a unique name. It doesn't end there, however, as bandits and even mercenaries can have the same names as Cult of Kosmos members, like Zoisme, or even characters that are very important to the story, for example Nikolaos.
  • Optional Stealth: No mission can be failed by being spotted, and since the Misthios is a seasoned front-line warrior at home in open combat, skipping stealth in favor of just charging through the front door is always a viable option. However, you should get rid of those pesky archers before you do so; if charging into Athenian or Spartan soldiers, you should be prepared to deal with multiple bounty hunters very soon due to all the witnessed murders you're about to commit.
  • Order vs. Chaos: As always in Assassin's Creed, but the game promises to make the choices grey and more difficult rather than a simple morality system, and doesn't seem to favor one or the other, compared to previous games which almost unanimously chose freedom over order. Of course, the Assassins and Templars didn't exist at this point.
    • Layla Hassan, the new present-day protagonist, says to the immortal misthios in Atlantis she used to serve order but has since chosen chaos.
  • Pacifist Run: After several games without any restrictions on how to approach your targets, the Fields of Elysium DLC for Odyssey finally contained two quests with the optional target of not killing anyone, once even coupled with not getting spotted on top of that. It doesn't make much of a difference whether you pull it off nor not, but it's certainly a nice Call-Back to the franchise's roots.
  • Papa Wolf: A literal example serves as the subject of a sidequest that tasks the Misthios with finding a missing hunter and his friend. Turns out the hunters killed an alpha wolf's pregnant mate. By the time you find the guys, one has been torn to shreds by the rampaging alpha, and the other doesn't last long, either.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The Ghost Arrows of Artemis ability is an In-Universe example. Aside from the sheer paranoia factor of someone being able to shoot arrows through massive stone walls, enemy AI can't handle arrow bombardment that doesn't conform to the normal line-of-sight restrictions. They can't determine where the shot came from, so they'll gradually search the entire area, not just the one where you actually are, for a very long time before they return to an uneasy at-ease mode.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Twice by the Misthios with their mother, Myrinne.
    • The Misthios gets uncomfortable when General Timo gives Myrinne a traditional Spartan valediction before leaving for battle in front of them, given by a warrior's wife: "With your shield, or on it."
    • When arriving in port in Lakonia, they can bring up that their birth father Pythagoras is of an age where he should be ancient and decrepit looking and not even alive (instead of late-middle-age as he is), and gets squeamish about saying the words when inquiring about what he looked like when the Misthios's parents conceived them.
  • Parrying Bullets: You get an ominous red marker on screen for every archer about to turn you into a pincushion, but if you're quick enough, have the right timing and are facing the right direction, you can deflect the incoming arrow with your melee weapon(s). This is a lot harder than melee blocks to pull off consistently, so while it is possible to neutralize one or maybe two archers this way, it should be considered a last resort in case you overlooked an archer while clearing house before you launched an open assault.
  • Permanently Missable Content: By initiating a conquest battle early, or as a consequence of your earlier decisions, certain quests and rewards will be locked out.
  • Perpetual Molt: The Pegasos armor set has has a strong Feather Motif going on, so the devs went all out and also gave it a unique graphics effect that leaves a trail of white feathers in the air behind the Misthios while on the move. Phobos does the same if you give him the Pegasos skin.
  • Personal Space Invader: Lynxes are the smallest aggressive species in the game world, but they deal just as much damage as lions and have a devastating grab attack that sees them jump on the Misthios' back to try and bite their neck in half. This inflicts extreme damage in short ticks while you're trying to literally get the raging cat off your back.
  • Politically Correct History: On account of the choice system and mechanic, a given playthough can either play this straight or averted.
    • Averted in general with regards to Sparta. The game does emphasize and clarify that the Spartans were a brutal, casteist society of aristocrats who terrorized the helots. Even sympathetic Spartan characters (like Myrrine) are indifferent to the system, and Alexios/Kassandra can choose to aid the suppression of a slave revolt. Myrrine also chastizes Alexios/Kassandra for choosing to interrupt the agoge, the Spartan Training from Hell whereby a Spartan boy was about to be executed for failing the test.
    • When you play as Kassandra, the game more or less ignores the strictly enforced gender roles of Ancient Greece, especially Athens; by modern standards these would be considered nothing less than misogynistic. A woman was seen as more or less property of her “oikos” (family unit), and wouldn’t have been able to make any decisions for herself. Notably, there's also no difference between interacting with men in Athenian controlled regions vs Spartan controlled regions, even though the two city-state cultures differed significantly in their treatment of women. Sparta came the closest to modern standards of gender equality, with women being able to own land, receive education and physical training, and run businesses. However, Spartan society placed the heaviest importance on women bearing strong offspring, and aren't known to have ever sent them into battle. Similarly, both Alexios and Kassandra would have been maligned in Athens as foreigners, and would've had their movement and social standing heavily restricted.
    • The practice of pederasty, common among Greeks of the time, goes obviously unmentioned.
    • The Greek practices regarding prostitution are included in the game, but the game glosses them over by using the ancient Greek terms and never defining them for the audience. It will often use the term "hetaera(e)" for various female character of high societal standing - in particular for Aspasia (who was one in real life), but the game never goes into detail explaining that the term means to avoid offending audiences (or raising that ESRB rating). note 
  • Poor Communication Kills: During "One Really, Really Bad Day", the Misthios goes out to attack some pirate ships hanging around Lokris that the general Megakles has told them are about to attack. Only once they've destroyed the suspiciously weak ships and gotten back does Megakles inform them those weren't pirates, but merchants disguised as pirates, on his suggestion.
  • Prophetic Fallacy: May occur in the quest "Family Values", depending on dialogue choices and a few other factors. Supideo has locked himself up in a cage, after an oracle has told him that his "mother's blood will stain the earth, and his father will scream to the gods in agony. (Note that both parents are begging him to please come out, and get the silly prophecy out of his head.) He tasks the protagonist with acquiring a sword and shield with which his parents will protect themselves from his supposed wrath, and by the end of it, you learn that Supideo was adopted by his supposed parents, you killed his birth mother to get his shield, and you may or may not have had sex with his birth father to get his sword, who the protagonist notes was screaming to the gods, but not in agony. Supideo frees himself from his cage, runs to the beach screaming from the revelations, and proceeds to go blind, cursing the protagonist.
    • However, the quest can also be finished without ever learning any of that. It seems chancing upon the shield's current owner while exploring the island skips The Reveal, Supideo's parents quickly brush off any inconsistencies in their story and pay the Misthios when they return both items, Supideo comes out of his cage, and the quest gets a more or less happy ending. You can also get this ending by simply not sleeping with the blacksmith.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Every bounty level you gain sets an additional merc on your trail, and multiple bounty hunters usually travel in a single pack. Since every merc is a Mini-Boss in their own right, with random combinations of classes, abilities, strengths and weaknesses, weapons and potentially animal companions, having to fight several simultaneously tends to get nasty fast. It's not uncommon for such encounters to become the most difficult fights in the game, especially if you somehow managed to get to bounty level 5.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: Atlantis zig-zags it. It's definitely taken a beating after several thousand years, but most of the systems are still working when the Misthios passes through, despite being underneath an active volcano. Two thousand and four hundred years onward, it's still largely intact.
  • Ramming Always Works: This is one of the main ways to give and take damage in naval combat, and unlike 3-era naval battles, actually historically accurate to ancient naval warfare.
  • Rain of Arrows: One of the Hunter skills lets the player do this. It's also the primary means of dealing damage at range in naval combat.
  • Rare Candy: Ancient Tablets are required for most ship upgrades, but they're also the only resource you can't just pick up in the wild everywhere, or get from disassembling equipment. They're found in ancient ruins all over the Greek world instead, a measly four pieces at a time, and since most of them are locked behind a Beef Gate of some sort, you won't be able to fully upgrade the Adrestia until well into the late game no matter how much leather, wood or iron you've stockpiled. They can also very rarely be bought from blacksmiths in limited quantities.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • The game is NOT shy about subverting the expected tropes, particularly with some of the harshest decisions you can make. Some examples, sparing a family in a plague-ridden village from execution will cause the plague to spread again to other areas and cause more suffering, encouraging a woman to go save her lover when she does not have ANY combat experience whatsoever will lead to her death, and sparing the lives of mercenaries working for a ruthless boss will more than likely result in them ambushing you again down the road than thinking they owe you one back.
    • One sidequest in the Lakonia region can end with a Spartan checkpoint garrison going on a bender that lasts the whole night. When they wake up with a massive hangover the next morning, most of them die when the Athenians spring an ambush on the obviously intoxicated soldiers. It's still one of the funniest quests in the game, though.
  • Really Gets Around: The protagonists have the option of being this, alongside a woman named Ausexia bragging about it, during her sidequest "Age is Just a Number." You also have Alkibiades.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Brasidas, a Historical-Domain Character loyal to Sparta. He not once but twice acts as the rational discretionary option to someone else who wants to go off hot-loaded on the bad guys.
    • The nameless magistrate on Euboea who, unlike most other officials on the island, isn't a Corrupt Corporate Executive and instead tries to bring down the crime syndicate terrorizing the island. He even fights on the frontlines alongside his men when the final push against the syndicate is made.
  • The Remnant: One of the Lost Tales of Greece deals with the Sons of Darius, a group of Persian warriors who stayed in Greece since the Battle of Thermopylae, apparently cruising around the countryside attacking anywhere they find. The Misthios has to help drive them away from a village.
  • Retcon: The modern day segments imply Layla was familiar with Charlotte de la Cruz, the protagonist of the Titan Assassin's Creed comics, despite never having been mentioned during them (due to the fact the comics began in 2016, and Layla didn't appear until Origins, which was released in 2017).
  • The Reveal: Plot twists and world-shaking revelations are abundant.
    • Barnabas reveals that the general Elpenor wants the protagonist to kill is Nikolaos, their father.
    • Nikolaos is not the protagonist's father. It's actually Pythagoras.
    • The mythological monsters are actually part of an Isu project that "got out of hand," called "Olympos."
    • Pythagoras is rendered effectively immortal by carrying around Hermes' Staff. Once he hands it to the protagonist, they too survive till the modern day, and meet Layla in person.
    • Skoura, the main quest giver for the Arena, is a Death Seeker, and his daughter has been dead for nine years. He's just been waiting for a new champion to duel one-on-one to the death, so he may go to her as a proud man.
    • The end of one of the Lost Tales has the Misthios find Leda, Barnabas' missing wife who he's apparently had a vision of. She turns out to be Barnabas' daughter.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: Absent in the base game except for one early-game quest, then turned Up to Eleven in the Fields of Elysium DLC where destroying the roughly two dozen Marble Maiden statues of Persephone rewards one very easy ability point. Apiece.
  • Riddling Sphinx: The Sphinx appears in the game, and you have the option of answering all three of her riddles rather than fighting her head-on.
  • Romance Sidequest: Alexios and Kassandra are allowed to romance male and female characters, regardless of their gender.
  • Rule of Three: The Seal of Atlantis quest requires the Misthios and Layla to find three symbols in hidden tombs across Greece.
  • Save Scumming: The game actually encourages this, suggesting the player use the Quick Save feature before conversations to try out different choices.
  • Scenery Gorn: Despite the overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes everywhere, you'll run into your fair share of gruesome vistas, not least of all the devastated, corpse-littered battlefields you'll be seeing by the dozens. And then there's the Valley of Aristomenes in the Messenia region, a perpetually gloomy, smog-choked hell where most of Sparta's war materiel is being manufactured.
  • Scenery Porn:
    • Go to Lakonia. Climb to the highest peak in the south of the Taygetos mountain range. Marvel at the sight of the whole of Greece stretching out at your feet for as far as your system can render the world. Don't forget to pick up your jaw before you leave. As Kassandra puts it: "The gods can keep Olympos. This is the best view in all of Greece". And it's not just this particular view. The entire game world is full of colors, life and awe-inspiring sights wherever your journey takes you. Well, everywhere but the Valley of Aristomenes in Messenia mentioned above.
    • As gorgeous as Greece is, it can't hold a candle to the Fields of Elysium. Justified, of course, by Elysium being the Greek version of paradise.
  • Schmuck Bait:
    • All settlements in the game have the same symbol on the HUD and the map, and most are home to harmless civilians, quest givers, blacksmiths and other helpful folks. "Most" being the operative word. You wouldn't be the first to ride into a newly discovered village, only for two dozen "incoming arrow" indicators to light up everywhere around you because you just waltzed into a large stronghold of the Daughters of Artemis.
    • Quest chains often have steep jumps in their level requirements between one quest and the next, but you won't know that unless you check your quest log every time you accept a new quest. While it can be tempting to keep the subplot rolling without interruption, it's quite likely to get you into conflict with seriously overleveled enemies that'll kill the Misthios in one to two hits. The mythical monster quest chains are particularly dangerous examples because there's no chance of escape once you're committed.
    • On meeting Hippokrate's assistant, he mentions that the Misthios not bring up his baldness (he's a little sensitive). They can do so anyway. And unlock a spare quest if they do so.
    • A mission for Markos has him make the Misthios take a jug of wine over to a person he owes money to. By this point, the player should definitely know not to drink it... doing so earns them a nasty poisoning.
    • During one of the Lost Tales of Greece, the Misthios runs into a woman named Circe, who lives alone in a ruined temple, surrounded by pigs... and is quite clearly out of her tree. If the player decides not to attack her, she'll offer them a drink. You can probably see where this is heading. It's drugged.
      • Falling for this bait is actually beneficial, at least to the player. If you attack Circe immediately, you fight her surrounded by a dozen boars and lions that can wreck you in short order. Accepting the drink instead results in the misthios waking up in a nearby cave from where they can sneak back to Circe to fight her on their own terms, like putting a Ghost Arrow in her head without alerting her animal companions.
    • A horse-breeder in the quest "A Horse, Of Course" believes the word of a person who made off with her prize horse, and feeds it some fruit she's been told will turn it into a pegasus. Her justification? "It has to work after I paid so much money for it!" She then proceeds to immediately ride it off a cliff.
  • Schrödinger's Gun: Both Alexios and Kassandra play key roles in the game's story, but which character is in which position depends entirely on whom the player chooses to play as.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: You can commit any number of crimes without consequences, as long as you have the funds to pay off the bounty. It doesn't take too long before you can openly murder your way through forts, shell out a negligible amount of cash and be on your merry way.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: The main character of the quest "Family Values" is named Supideo, which is Oedipus backwards. The quest parodies Oedipus's story.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: As befitting the tradition of Greek tragedies, Nikolaos attempts to murder both of his children in order to keep them from destroying Sparta, but his actions end up setting up its downfall.
  • Sequence Breaking: Encouraged. It's possible to complete quest objectives before accepting the quest from the quest giver, and doing so often results in completely different dialogue and resolutions.
    • Many of the Cultists in the open world can be killed without unveiling their identity first. Often you won't even realize you're fighting a cultist until you see the golden loot sparkle and the "Confirm Cultist Kill" prompt appears over the corpse.
    • In particular, sneaking into his home to kill Podarkes the Cruel will cause the player to instantly get 4 "Quest Completed" notices (and all the attached XP rewards) as this automatically finishes all but one of Kyra's quests.
      • It's important to note however that resolving the Delos Islands quest chain this way will lock you into the worst ending for it, since you never resolved Kyra or Thaleta's issues, and it's highly likely they'll both end up dead.
    • One example that can work against the player, specifically their immersion, is the fact that you can finish the three main story lines in any order. However, the ending of the Atlantis arc wraps up the Misthios' story for good and is therefore generally considered the true ending for the game at large, so if you finish that arc somewhere in between the others, the whole narrative gets thrown into disarray.
  • Set Bonus: Equipping all five pieces of a legendary armor set activates its unique perk, which is often a powerful buff tailored to the play style the set is meant to enhance.
  • Shockwave Stomp: The Ring of Chaos ability in the Warrior skill list. All three levels of it involve some forceful downward gesture, ranging from just clasping hands together and "throwing" the shockwave into the ground to momentarily stagger anyone immediately next to you, to the top tier's motion of stabbing the sky with the energized Spear of Leonidas and plunging it into the ground, sending foes a fair distance from you flying away.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the moves is a punt that sends enemies flying and can be used to knock them off ledges. It's called the Sparta Kick. A Contract to kill Spartans is also called Dining in Hell.
    • The achievement list gives us examples like:
    • A quest chain you get in Keos have the quests “We're Not Thieves” and “We're Treasure Hunters.”
    • One sidequest where you have to deal with snakes is titled "Enough is Enough"
    • Layla's base has a Rabbid doll and a pair of familiar night vision goggles.
    • Another side-quest has the protagonist explain the story of Perseus to children. They can tell it accurately...or they can use less accurate sources.
    • The Legendary Set "Amazon Armor", when worn by Kassandra, strongly resembles the armor of Wonder Woman, particularly the 2017 Film version. A shoulderless, sleeveless cuirass of leather and metal, short leather skirt, high plated boots, and bracers, topped with a tiara instead of a helmet. The top of the cuirass' breasts are even gold in a shape that evokes the classic eagle / W shape of Wonder Woman, in a non-copyright infringing manner. The tiara also features an inverted version of the V found on Wonder Woman's.
    • Also for Wonder Woman (2017), the "Ring of Chaos" ability resembles Wonder Woman's abilities from the end of the movie, as the misthios cross their wrists in front front of their head, and then uncross them, releasing a shockwave of light while doing so.
    • At least one of the riddles included in the Sphinx encounter will be familiar to Tolkien fans.
    • The icon displayed for the "Wrath of the Amazons" achievement is clearly based on feminist icon, Rosie the Riveter.
    • The Loading Screen tips are loaded with shout-outs in their titles. A few examples:
    • Mercenary names also contain shoutouts:
      • "The Knee Destroyer" is reference to the infamous Skyrim meme.
      • "The Fashion Soul" is likely a reference to the Dark Souls trend, Fashion Souls.
      • "Koravos the Bodyguard" is a big reference to Dishonored. Their name is similar to Corvo, the protagonist, and they have the same basic backstory.
    • There is a piece of ambient dialogue where the Misthios, Barnabus, and Herodotus have a discussion about the nature of stars which is almost identical to a scene from The Lion King.
    • A unique mace found in Boetia is named "Boetian Rhapsody". Feels like real life, hits like a fantasy...
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The Greek columns and some statues are actually painted as they would've been back then as opposed to the exposed white marble we see today.
    • The Adrestia's ability to perform Multi-Track Drifting is not just an entertaining gameplay gimmick. Greek triremes really were capable of performing a broadly similar stunt in battle, albeit not quite as efficiently.
    • Though there is some Rule of Cool at play, hammerfists are a large part of unarmed striking in the game, which were the main sorts of hand blows in ancient Greek combat sports.note 
    • Historically, Aristophanes did mock Kleon in his plays.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: The Sparta Kick is one of the first skills you can get, but it remains useful all throughout the game as a knockback, a cheap means to get an enemy out of the fight for a few seconds, or non-lethally take them down for recruitment; kill powerful enemies by kicking them off cliffs, high ledges, and into the sea, especially at lower levels; and all enemies are affected by it, with few exceptions—even then, it's only the dramatic knockback they're immune to. It also only costs one adrenaline bar with an extremely short cooldown, has long invincibility frames which is excellent in a crowded melee, and can interrupt unblockable attacks by enemies. And finally, it is visually and audibly impressive, and never really stops being entertaining.
  • Skull for a Head: The Followers of Ares wear white face paint that gives them this aesthetic. Just one more indicator that they're completely bonkers.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Surprisingly Zig-Zagged for the franchise. The protagonist can be opposed to slavery, though they will rarely condemn the entire system, more support individual slaves when the opportunity arises. Several heroic characters are ardent supporters of slavery, as it is seen as culturally acceptable by the ancient Greeks. It's entirely possible to play the main character as perfectly fine with slavery.
  • Sliding Scale of Gameplay and Story Integration: Should you retrieve the Cyclops' obsidian glass eye after dealing with him, you CAN in fact sell it for an astoundingly high price at a vendor. Markos really wasn't exaggerating.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Thespis, a playwright the Misthios befriends and assists, is convinced he's a brilliant writer, and gets huffy if the Misthios corrects his badly-written dialogue on stage.
  • Smarter Than You Look: In an easy to miss bit of ambient dialogue with Barnabas, the Misthios speculates that the stars might just be many faraway suns.
  • Something Completely Different: The game takes place 4 centuries before Assassin's Creed Origins, meaning that Assassins as we know them don't actually exist yet, and that even the grandparents of its founders haven't been born yet. The game focuses around a customizable mercenary, a load of equally grey moral choices, and features multiple endings based on those choices. That said, similar mechanics and storylines have been carried over from Origins, like using an actual eagle to scout locations, and the ''misthios'' hunting a cult that ruined their family.
  • Space Compression: The game map is the entire geographical area of Greece, but is much smaller to allow for fun gameplay and bearable travel times. For example, the three arms of Macedonia are 1km in-game but are 20-30km in real life (the entire world map in Odyssey is barely half that across).
  • Spot the Impostor: Occurs during the penultimate mission of the Kythera main quests, where the Misthios has to discern which of the twin sisters Diona and Eritha are the Cultist. You can try to guess which is which when you confront them, or use Ikaros to identify them before approaching.
  • Straight for the Commander: Subverted. Nothing lowers a nation's strength more than killing its leader, with a whopping -200 points when the dude bites it. However, assassinating the head of state alone is never enough to force a conquest battle, so unless the nation in question was already weakened by outside forces when you notched the kill, you'll still have to wreak some havoc before the region becomes vulnerable.
    • Enforced for Conquest Battles. While you can slaughter the Mooks all day, it won't be enough to swing the battle in your faction's favor unless you aim for the (conveniently indicated) enemy Captains.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: As a testament to its Guide Dang It! nature, the Delos Islands story arc can potentially end this way depending on the player's decisions. It can end with the Misthios, Kyra, and Thaletas celebrating their victory over Podarkes, with Kyra having found new purpose after fulfilling her vengeance and accepting her father's passing, and Thaletas being reunited with his father's helmet and having found the glory he was looking for. All is well, everyone is happy...and then Thaletas is murdered by a random rebel you happened to rescue in a sidequest earlier. While it can be prevented, the specific path to doing so is non-obvious and somewhat counter-intuitive (the rebel won't kill Thaletas if you choose to leave ASAP rather than stay and celebrate, or if you either killed the rebel or never rescued him in the first place.) Even worse if you romanced Thaletas and promised to meet him again someday.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Everyone who isn't the Misthios has this, meaning punting tough enemies into large bodies of water (especially on ship battles) is a quick, easy way to get rid of them. To compensate for this, most Elite enemies like Mercenaries and Cultists can No-Sell most (but not all) forms of knockback or ragdolling.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: The Misthios can hold their breath for an impressive time to explore underwater locations, and it only gets better with every level you gain. You can also find and equip the Trident of Poseidon, a legendary spear that lets you breathe underwater.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Predatory animals will give chase over huge distances for the grievous offence of coming vaguely near them. The gods have mercy on you if a lynx pack catches you on foot while you're ill-prepared to fight them. They'l' even follow you smack-dab into the middle of crowded, guarded settlements (and promptly get slaughtered by the soldiers there.))
  • Super Soldier: The Cult Guards are as close as something in this setting can get. "Recruited" from roofied Olympian athletes, then juiced up with a mysterious serum that pushes their physical attributes to their absolute limits, they're faster, stronger and more resilient than any other human opponent in the game. Even the most basic cult guard is roughly on par with Greek elite soldiers (with the added perk of being able to block anything with their oversized shields, including attacks enemies normally can't block), and the all-female Scions with their She-Fu are Lightning Bruisers that make even Greek army captains look like wimps in comparison.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The misthios's bow combines virtually the entire range of FPS-style weaponry in one compact package. Its base utility resembles a battle rifle (good damage, medium rate of fire), but the appropriate abilities turn it into a shotgun, a sniper rifle, a machine gun, a mortar, a rocket launcher, or a stun gun of sorts. And that's not even getting into the selection of Trick Arrows at their disposal.
  • Sword Beam: Elysian Wardens of all stripes have an ability that multiplies the reach of their melee weapons for a short time, which to the onlooker appears as beams of bright golden light extending from the blade/tip for a moment. Thankfully, these attacks can still be parried like regular melee swings.
  • Sword Sparks: Every successful parry in melee combat produces a spectacular lightshow of these, regardless of the weapons involved.
  • Take a Third Option: Sometimes there are other ways to deal with the Sadistic Choices the game likes to present you. An example is the theatre sidequest on Euboea. The quest concludes with the owners being threatened by a group of thugs. If you initiate the cutscene you're ultimately forced to choose who will die: the husband or the wife. But if you instead attack the thugs from afar, and keep the couple safe, another cutscene will trigger after the thugs' deaths with both husband and wife injured but alive. The game doesn't tell you about this option at any point, so it's up to the player to discover when and if this trope applies.
  • Take That!: If the player tries to outright buy one of the challenge tokens for the Minotaur challenge, one of the challenge givers will outright admonish the Misthios for wanting to "Pay to Win", asking them where their "Sense of pride and accomplishment" is... and outright mocking some of the practices in the game itself.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: Provided that you choose the right dialog options in your interactions with them, it's possible to talk down Deimos in your final confrontation with them by convincing them to reject the Cult and rejoin your family.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Once again, an Isu addresses the Animus operator instead of the simulation subject. Alethia, the maverick Isu scientist speaking through time, addresses Layla directly through the Animus simulation in her final missive after the fourth Project Olympos artifact is delivered to Atlantis. It leaves the Misthios scratching their head over its meaning, and Pythagoras rants about the nonsense of it.
  • Techno Babble: Upgrading the Spear of Leonidas at the Ancient Forge is always preceded by the AI announcing "Forge activated. Synchronizing retransmission chronocitynote ... Contact engaged." One of the first things Aletheia does when the Misthios starts awakening Atlantis is to mock this sort of pretentious Isu lingo.
  • Tempting Fate: "Surely, he can swim." said by the Misthios after Sparta's Olypmic Pankration champion, Testikles, accidentally falls off a dock and into the sea. He ends up getting eaten by a shark.
  • That Man Is Dead: The sibling you don't choose for your avatar renames themselves as Deimos, and refuses to acknowledge their birth name.
    Deimos: You use that name as if it means something to me... The one you love is dead.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: Instead of a single campaign, there are three separate but deeply connected story arcs to complete in the game.
    • The Family arc is the primary campaign, but not the last one.
    • The Cult arc is stretched out all over Greece.
    • The final arc involves Atlantis and your true father as well as leading to the true ending of the main game.
  • Threatening Shark: Great white sharks are an enemy type you can encounter while swimming.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Your character can accuse a woman of this in one of the sidequests of Lesbos, after learning she and her lover were secretly meeting at the edge of a forbidden, petrified forest haunted by a dangerous monster, which has killed dozens if not hundreds of adventurers and mercenaries before, and that the allegedly combat-capable one of the pair got captured. Sure enough, she ends up dead by the end of the storyline, alongside her lover.
    • The Kosmos Cultist known as "The Master" takes the cake, however; first, he tells the Misthios to their face that he's a Cultist, then brags that they can't kill him because he's the only one with the authority to free a certain slave that the Misthios wants freed, all while acting like a complete jerkass and mistreating everyone within ten feet of him, including the Misthios themselves. And then he tries to use his authority to leverage the Misthios into killing someone for the Cult. Should the Misthios accept, he keeps to his word and frees the slave, but if the Misthios refuses, he cuts ties with them and, just to twist the knife, says he will have the slave in question beaten for even daring to request his freedom. Either way, however, the man literally wilfully gives up the one thing keeping a spear out of his chest and then turns his back on the Misthios. It doesn't even take three guesses to figure out what is meant to happen next.
    • Freed captives tend to celebrate their release by sprinting laps around the camp they were held, for no apparent reason other than to aggro all the remaining guards and get their unarmed selves killed.
  • Tournament Arc: The Battle of a Hundred Hands arc is a serious version. The Pre-Trials of the Minotaur is decidedly not.
  • Treasure Map: Xenia's quests involve the misthios hunting down a specific treasure for her from one of three possible locations that can be found by matching up treasure maps that she gives you with the correct part of the world map.
  • Trick Arrow: Odyssey takes a leaf out of the rebooted Tomb Raider series' book and gives you access to non-lethal paralyzing arrows, fire arrows, poison arrows, explosive arrows note  and death arrowsnote . All but the death arrows can be unlocked through a Hunter tree ability, and all special arrows must be crafted from the inventory menu if you don't want to rely on very rare drops from Elite Mooks or arrow racks. Additionally, you can also use the Fire or Poison Weapon skills to temporarily add the respective effect to ALL of your arrows for a short time.
  • True Companions: The misthios forms one with Barnabas, Herodotus, Sokrates, Hippokrates, Aristophanes, and Alkibiades. Not only do the others become some of the player character's biggest supporters and friends, they also work to help discredit Kleon in the eyes of Athens after he takes over following Perikles' death.
  • Turns Red: A lot of enemies become more dangerous once their health drops low enough, usually by activating special abilities or entering the "Enraged" mode that increases their speed and damage output. This includes not only Elite Mooks and bosses but also numerous types of Mooks, although it tends to be one hell of a lot more dangerous when a boss gets angry, naturally.
  • Unblockable Attack:
    • When you see an enemy glow red all of a sudden, get the hell out of the way before they finish - they're winding up a particularly powerful attack that can't be blocked, only dodged. Some enemies only do this rarely, others when they Turn Red, and a few do nothing but.
    • The ultimate Hunter ability, Ghost Arrows of Artemis, lets arrows slip clean through shields, other enemies and even walls. It doesn't matter how many obstacles are between you and your target - if you've tagged it and thus can see it, you can hit it, even if it means shooting through several meters worth of fortress walls. The legendary Athenian War Hero Armor set gives all arrows a weaker version of this ability that can "merely" pierce shields as its unique Set Bonus.
  • Unexpectedly Realistic Gameplay: If you're hiding in a bush and try to aim a bow with flaming arrows, you will catch the bush and yourself on fire, revealing your location to the enemies you wanted to shoot (this also happens if you equip flaming arrows and the misthios lowers the arrowhead to the ground). The same happens if you start a fire near them. This also occurs sometimes when you stealth kill an enemy and the torch they were carrying falls into the bushes, landing you in all sorts of trouble. Especially irritating because the Stealth Master ability means your Assassination damage is increased at night, which is when half the guards will be carrying torches.
  • Uriah Gambit: When the Misthios encounters Stentor in Boeotia, he blames them for the death of the Wolf of Spartanote , and makes no attempt to disguise that he’s sending them to eliminate the region’s most powerful warriors in the hopes that they’ll die in the attempt. He’s pretty miffed when the Misthios succeeds and decides to just kill them himself.
  • Videogame Caring Potential: The player has the option of going out of their way to be kind and helpful to other people, such as going through the trouble of sparing their own cash to buy medicine for someone's ill father, or choosing to do a mission with little to no violence and death, if they can help it. Though a mercenary through and through, and they have done more than their fair share of illegal acts, the protagonist has the potential to be quite classically heroic.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The player also has the option of going out of their way to be as cruel and evil as possible, such as outright murdering merchants for refusal to pay their debts or their exorbitant prices, kidnapping a doctor and letting their patient die, or going around rampaging and killing innocent civilians to attract mercenaries for loot and infamy.
  • Vocal Dissonance: King Leonidas of Sparta is one of the most badass warriors in the game. In fact, when he joins the misthios in their battle against Persephone in Elysium, Physical Goddess Persephone herself has a major Oh, Crap! moment. However, all this badass cred of his is undercut by his incredibly serene voice that makes him sound heavily sedated whenever he opens his mouth.
  • The War Sequence: As many as you want thanks to the Conquest Battle mechanic. Weaken a faction's hold on any region enough and a conquest battle becomes available, allowing you to partake in a massive battle for control of the region. Help your side win and you receive huge amounts of money and XP plus some epic gear for your assistance.
  • Wham Shot: The "Heir of Memory" questline begins with one - the Misthios travels to an isolated island to meet a contact, and sees Alethia, projecting herself so she can talk to them.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: One side quest involves the Misthios waking up on a beach with some Spartan soldiers after a night of wine and mushroon-fueled revels, and discovering a full-scale Trojan horse replica that they don't remember building. It turns out to be an Athenian ambush.
    Misthios: Surely this is the after effects of the mushrooms. I remember the chicken coop. I remember the farmer's field. I do not remember building a Trojan horse.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: One of Alethia's recorded messages in Atlanis mentions she has a group of Isu with her. But curiously, when she's met in "The Heir of Memory", these other Isu go unseen, unheard and unmentioned.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: With every shipyard in Greece churning out warships for the Peleponnesian War, the countless pirate fleets roaming around everywhere can make one wonder where the bad guys are getting their materiel from. Most higher-level pirate ships are top-of-the-line warships identical to the ones the official navies deploy, so there might be a number of deserter captains among them, but that alone can't account for their sheer numbers.
  • Where It All Began: The final confrontation with Deimos takes place at the very mountain where the Misthio's family was first sundered.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The Family arc, mainly where Alexios and Kassandra are concerned, bears a striking resemblance to the Andros/Karone arc of Power Rangers in Space. Against the backdrop of a war, two siblings, separated as children, find themselves on opposing sides after the main hero learns their sibling was abducted by the villains and brainwashed to serve evil. The hero faces the dilemma through both stories in trying to save their sibling or stopping them with lethal force.
  • Wide Open Sandbox: The whole of Greece plus the Aegean Sea is explorable, though compressed into 100 square miles.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In combat, enemies treat Kassandra no differently than they would Alexios. For instance, one of the first things to happen to either character in the game is to get slugged square in the face by one of Cyclops's goons.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • The protagonists' father, Nikolaos, and Podarkes, the cruel leader of Delos who murdered the sons of a family who was late on their tributes to the gods, and attempted to murder his own daughter, Kyra.
    • The Cult Guards waste no time murdering Phoibe when they run into each other.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Instead of a Hidden Blade, the main weapon is the Spear of Leonidas, an Isu artifact that has various powers. However, the spear only has its spearhead left, so it's used more like a knife or short spear as opposed to a full polearm. Averted after the first upgrade at the Ancient Forge, where a more proper short spear shaft is fashioned for it.
  • Wretched Hive:
    • Kephalonia, the island the player starts the game on, is described unfavorably by the protagonist (Barnabas, who is only visiting, agrees with the assessment). It's a poor island, filled to the brim with bandits, and under the iron fist of an Evil Debt Collector leading a band of goons. One of the two poor villages had to be burned down to stop the spread of a plague. And depending on your actions, said plague ends up wiping out nearly the entire island, leaving only small pockets of survivors as the plague ravages the island unchecked. The place is so backward that neither Athens nor Sparta is interested in running the place.
    • The general populace of Euboea is terrorized by a ruthless crime syndicate, who has (almost) all officials and guards on the island under their thumb. The central quest chain on the island has the Misthios do something about it. Also, before the Misthios comes along, the nation's leader is a Cultist.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: As to be expected from a work heavily influenced by Greek tragedies. Although the choice mechanic means that you can significantly alter and affect the outcome of some quests.

Legacy of the First Blade features examples of:

  • 20 Bear Asses: One quest in the first chapter requires you to bring five bear pelts to a blacksmith in Makedonia to find an Order member.
  • Adult Fear: Chapter 3 begins with every parent's worst nightmare - lunatics attacking your home, killing your partner and making off with your baby.
  • A God Am I: One side-quest has the Misthios do this to get an ungrateful jerk stop complaining about their being constantly saved by the Misthios, but for a good reason. Since the guy hates being in debt, which he feels obligated to repay regardless of how much his debtor insists it's unnecessary, the Misthios claims they're a god, and since gods can waive debt, they're waiving it for him.
  • Arc Villain: The Huntsman for Chapter 1, and the Tempest for chapter 2.
  • Badass Pacifist: The misthios can be this when facing a group of angry family members of people whom they have killed, by refusing to attack them. Even the Huntsman is impressed.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Sort of... by the end of Chapter 3, though the Misthios and Darius have killed off most of the Order, Amorges' efforts mean they've wormed their way into Sparta, and his eventual end goal of Sparta winning the Peloponnesian War will happen eventually.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Amorges and the Order are stopped, at least in Greece, but the Misthios has lost their partner, and must give up their child, because the Order will never stop hunting them.
  • But Thou Must!: Regardless of your relationship with Natakas/Neema and whether not not you chose to bid them and Darius farewell, the ending of episode 2 still has you forming a family and having a child with them.
  • Call-Back: The pre-fight dialogue with the Tempest is similar to the one with Deimos, complete with the same verbal cue indicating whether they are too far gone: "The X is my family." (Order for Phila, Cult for Deimos)
  • Call-Forward: Before sending their child off with Darius, the Misthios gives them a red rag. The montage at the end of chapter 3 shows the kid wears it all through their life, passing it through their kids, all the way to their eventual descendant, Aya.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The medallions the Misthios gathers from the Order members pay off in a post-story quest, when the blacksmith at the Oikos uses them to fix Amorges' blade.
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: Darius' murder of Xerxes I had him stab the man in broad daylight, in front of his guards (who were distracted by an ambush).
  • Continuity Nod: The Order repeat the same mantra as the ones Bayek encountered in Origins ("the Order is eternal."). Late in the game, the Misthios can find a note mentioning their origins in Ancient Egypt.
  • Cue the Sun: After finishing Episode 3, the sun finally starts to shine in Messania.
  • Due to the Dead: In chapter 3, the Misthios is led by one of the Order to a small site on the coast of Messania where they've set up a memorial to the Huntsman, the Tempest and the Immortals.
  • Evil Is One Big, Happy Family: In chapter 2, the Misthios finds evidence the Order and the Cult have worked together in the past. Dialogue in chapter 3 indicates they've been working together since at least the time of Xerxes, but the Cult causing the Peloponnesian War has strained the relationship.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Order believes any and all Tainted Ones (people with Isu DNA in them) are inherently destructive and violent, and have to be destroyed. Unless they can be brainwashed into serving the Order, of course.
  • Foreshadowing: Eagle-eyed players will note Orontas, a contact the player meets in chapter 2, has a bandage over his left hand, which turns out to be covering the scar Darius gave him when they last met.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Order likes burning villages down for the sake of drawing folk out. The Huntsman threatens to burn down all of Makedonia to get at the Misthios. Episode 3 begins with them burning down the village the Misthios has retired to.
  • More Dakka: The aptly named Rapid Fire ability, added with the Legacy of the First Blade DLC's second episode, lets you rapid-fire arrows at a rate of 4-5 shots per second. Naturally, this burns through ammo at an alarming rate, and it consumes adrenaline frighteningly fast, to boot. It's also fairly tricky to use effectively at anything beyond close range (which means, enemies will already be charging you in melee when you're that close), so while it's definitely fun to use, its combat value is dubious.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution:
    • A bad-tempered old lady asks the Misthios to kill some mercenaries simply because they were loitering near her favourite drinking spot, and ruining the view.
    • The reason Darius and Amorges came to blows. Darius felt murdering anyone associated with the Order was the better idea, while Amorges felt joining them was the way to go, rather than killing Xerxes' son. So he did.
  • No Body Left Behind: The Death Veil ability introduced alongside episode 1 makes the bodies of all enemies killed via assassination disappear completely, removing the need to hide your stealth kills. Needless to say this is a huge help whenever a sneaky approach is needed, especially since it only costs one single ability point.
  • Order Versus Chaos: The Order see themselves as order (fancy that) against the inherent chaos of the Tainted Ones. They're also not particularly crazy about the mess the Peloponnesian War is causing. And they're prepared to kill as many innocents as needed to bring about that order.
  • The Reveal:
    • Darius used to be friends with the Huntsman, and Amorges, current head of the Order of Ancients.
    • The mysterious man Amorges has guarding the Misthios's son turns out to be Darius, grandson of Xerxes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • One sidequest ends with the Misthios going after the mercenary who killed an old lady they'd met.
    • The entirety of chapter 3 is the Misthios and Darius going on one against the Order.
  • Rule of Three: A sidequest, "Thinning out the Competition" has the Misthios go after three mercenaries.
  • Secret Test of Character: Darius puts the Misthios through one of these, when sending them against the Recruiter.
  • Shoo the Dog: A quest in Messania has the Misthios try to persuade a mother to let her daughter go, rather than keep her in Messania, where her mother is a rebelling slave.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Darius likes pulling this on the Misthios, even managing to do one in the middle of a crowded symposium.
  • The Stinger: Orontas, one of the Misthios's allies in episode 2, is revealed to be Amorges. He then instructs a minion to send word back to Persia to bring in the metaphorical artillery to handle the misthios, setting up episode 3.
  • Time Skip: There's one of about a year at the end of the DLC's second episode. The misthios and their Designated Love Interest use the time to have a child and found a family.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: A side-quest has a man write a note to the Misthios complaining about their saving his life. A later side-quest has him then complain about them saving his brother's farm as well. And then there's a third quest, by which point the Misthios has gotten well and truly fed up of his complaining.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: Both the Herald and Amorges tell the Misthios they cannot truly kill off the Order because of this. And as Origins proves, they're right.

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