The wolf is arguably the most significant animal central to both Assassin's Creed Valhalla's story and gameplay. Not only is Eivor plagued by visions of wolves throughout the game, but they are also attacked by numerous packs of wild wolves throughout the open world. It seems only fitting that a protagonist named "Eivor The Wolf kissed" has a four-legged companion to accompany them on their quest to conquer England.
To gain access to the wolf companion, players must first complete Assassin's Creed Valhalla's prologue in Norway and have established the "Ravensthorpe" settlement in England. To begin the sidequest to unlock the wolf, speak with the child named "Knud" located just outside Eivor's bedroom in the longhouse. Knud will say that his friends are in danger after wandering into the woods and asks Eivor to follow him. After a long trek into the woods, Knud will eventually lead the player to a hunter's house. Here he reveals that his friends are not actually in danger and that the reason he brought Eivor there was to aid his friends in freeing a wolf they heard trapped inside the house.
After a bit of exploring, it will appear that the previous owner of the hunter's house was eaten by a wild boar that subsequently swallowed the key to the home. The boar is located in a field next to the house and will have a "key" icon displayed over it. After killing the boar, interact with the carcass to add the key to Eivor's inventory.
Once inside the hunter's house, head to the basement where the wolf is located inside a locked cage. The hunter's journal located next to the cage will reveal that the wolf's previous owner had adopted it as a puppy and trained it as a hunting dog. Interact with the cage to open it and free the wolf who will then exit the house and run off into the wilderness. It is important to note that the cage should be opened by interacting with it, not by breaking it with a weapon. If the cage is broken open with a weapon there is a chance that the wolf will take damage and trigger a bug that prevents further progression in the side quest.
Once the wolf is freed Eivor must now escort the children back to Ravensthorpe before the quest is complete. Along the way, a pack of wolves will ambush the group and must be defeated before progressing. During the battle, the hunter's wolf will appear and fight alongside Eivor. After defeating the wolves, the children will ask Eivor for permission to keep the wolf at Ravensthorpe and allow the player to choose one of three names for the companion.
After naming the wolf, simply return to Ravensthorpe where players will unlock the "Man's Best Friend" ability. From the abilities menu, select "Mans Best Friend" from the "ranged abilities" and map it to a specific input. When in battle, Eivor is now able to use an adrenaline bar charge to call the wolf and have it attack the enemy of their choosing. Because the ability is used to sic the wolf on an individual enemy, it is significantly more effective to have the wolf target harder enemies in battle to conserve adrenaline bars.
Additionally, the player can also upgrade the ability by obtaining the book of knowledge located at Grepelgate Fort in the Oxenefordscire region. When upgraded to level 2, Eivor's wolf will now attack multiple enemies during a fight.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.