You cross swords with enemies of every type in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and it goes without saying the ‘mini-bosses’ are a foregone concept in the game and that’s what the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Mercenaries can be considered as, mini-bosses. In my professional opinion, the mercenaries are not strong enough to be actual bosses, but have just enough strength and put up a decent fight to be considered mini-bosses. Incidentally, I’ve fought and killed at least 12 mercenaries, roughly.
There are 26 mercenaries in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, you’ll have to face each one of them and while they might not seem as tough or as hard, they can present quite the challenge especially if they are WAY above your level like Delphinia the Proudmane and Kosmas the Deal Breaker (levels 39 and 47 respectively) to name a few.
Most mercenaries in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be on the same level when they come for you but many of them are usually making their way to your locale after a certain amount of time, don’t underestimate the mercenaries you encounter because some of them are smarter than they appear even if they are AI controlled. But, more on that and more about mercenaries which I’ll discuss in this post.
Now, if you’ve been looting and stealing drachmae or invading forts or just killing a mercenary to defend yourself, 10x out of 10 you’re going to get the attention of sponsors that reside in towns in which you do this and there’ll be a bounty on your head which mercenaries paid by the sponsors will try to collect by killing you.
However, Assassin’s Creed Mercenaries work a little different than your average run of the mill mercenaries. For one, many of the mercenaries that are hired by the sponsors usually track you based on where you are at present so even if you managed to stay one step ahead, it doesn’t matter, the mercenary will know where to find you.
Incidentally, most mercenaries you fight will be the same level or at least 2 above you which isn’t a hardship for the latter because they’re just as easy to take down as the ones that are on your level or the same level as you. I want it to go on the record that many of the mercenaries that you fight have their strengths and weaknesses which you can exploit.
When you encounter a mercenary with a traveling animal (you’ll know when the time comes), kill the animal first because they’ll cause problems for you during the battle if you don’t. Consider yourself warned!
Moves for dealing with Mercenaries
When you’re fighting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Mercenaries, it can become quite a headache trying to figure out which move will deal the most damage to the mercenaries but I’ve come up with a little strategy for that. Check out my video on Youtube by clicking on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkp35uwQl9c
One of the moves I used to quickly and easily deal lethal damage to mercenaries is to lure them onto a building or house at a really high altitude, I’d say where you’re about 30 feet off the ground. Fight them using moves like Hero Strike or your regular combo move, if they’re right on the edge, the force from the combos will push them back, they’ll stumble and fall backwards off the roof. You can also try using the Spartan Kick as well.
The mercenaries will hit the concrete below, in so doing, they’ll sustain lethal damage and doing this same thing again will ultimately kill them. Now I want to take this time and make it known that not every mercenary can be staggered to the point of being pushed off the roof. So if that is the case then beat them down naturally but go with the A-game if you’re looking to get them out of the way sooner.
Tips for dealing with more than one mercenary
One of the biggest headaches that you’ll encounter in your endless pursuit of ending the lives of all of the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Mercenaries is that you’ll encounter more than just one of them in town. To put a fine point on this, you’ll be dealing say, Hemera the Marksman (a low level mercenary) and all of a sudden just before you kill her, Kosmas the Deal Breaker shows up. There’s no way you’re a match for Kosmas if you’re level is below 46 but you need to kill Hemera before she kills you and collect the bounty.
So what you want to do is to divide the two mercenaries up. For example, if Hemera and Kosmas are in the same zone then shoot an arrow at Hemera at a distance and lead her away from Kosmas. In so doing, she’ll be easier to take out without Kosmas’ interference which will allow you to kill Hemera in peace. By going about it this way, you won’t take as much damage from Hemera especially if her attacks are doing a pin prick worth of damage.
Ultimately, you’ll want to take on one mercenary at a time because things can go from decently challenging to crazy difficult in under 60 seconds, you know from me to you.
Let them come to you, additional tip, don’t pay off your bounties
A general rule of thumb when dealing with the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Mercenaries and that is, let them come to you, don’t ever chase a mercenary down because the headache involved is not worth it by no means. From time to time, you’ll see down at the bottom right hand corner, a little meter telling you about the status of the mercenary come after you. Check out my video by clicking on this link to see what I mean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz6EkevVXQU
It is also at the bottom of that very screen where you’ll be given the option of paying off your bounties, don’t do it and here’s why. If you pay off your bounty, you’ll be stalling for time, at least an hour or so, delaying the mercenary’s point of contact so to speak.
However, if you don’t pay off the bounty and the mercenary comes after you then you can kill them and a different mercenary will be sent after you so it’s a double-edged sword that cuts both ways. What I usually do, kill the mercenary coming after me then kill the others when they do but I also know when to flee and put distance between that mercenary and me.
Dealing with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Mercenaries can be done in quite a few different ways but one thing is for certain is that dealing with more than one mercenary can require a bit of wit, dividing them up is the best way to finish what you started with one and remember that rooftops are your friend if you’re looking to deal a crushing blow and end mercenaries.
Not paying off the bounties and paying it off is a double sword so pick your poison wisely. Hero Strike and Spartan Kick are ideal in dealing with mercenaries.So what do you think of my post In properly dealing with mercenaries, do you think its great or do you think there’s another way? Leave me a message and I’ll get back to you. Thank you and Happy gaming.