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Master of Illusion achievement in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Master of Illusion

Defeat Valravn

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How to unlock the Master of Illusion achievement

  • JohnnyInterfnkJohnnyInterfnk
    29 Apr 2018 04 May 2018 04 May 2018
    Story Related achievement, unmissable.

    This achievement will be your second or third unlock, depending on what path you take first (Valravn on the left or Surtr on the right, you have to do both so the choice on which to do first doesn't matter). The achievement unlocks after Valravyn falls and after the ensuing cutscene triggers.

    Some tips for defeating Valravyn: The best strategy is to use a mix of Block/Parry (cn_RB) and Dodge (cn_A). Almost all of Valrayn's attacked can be parried, with one or two exception (the jump attack, the scream attack), but all can be dodged effectively. Parry however allows for counter damage and counterattacks so its best to parry when given the option.

    Here's my recommendationed responses to each of his attacks:

    Sickle throw: Valravyn will throw one sickle at you, followed by two sickles. These can be Blocked or Dodged, or if the Block is timed right, the sickles are Parried right back to Valravyn to allow for stun/counter-damaging. Parrying the first attack will cancel the second, so Parry is the way to go over.

    Melee attack: If in melee range, Valravyn will swing at you. Parry and counter-attack these.

    Charge: If Valravyn is at a distance, he'll bend towards you, then fly right at you, plowing through you. Blocking will get you knocked down, though a successful Parry will know Valravyn down; I however found Parry timing here to be tricky so I usually just used Dodge.

    Jump: Valravyn jumps in the air and slams down on where you were standing. If you see Valravyn jump up, Dodge (Block is ineffective here). If you Dodge properly, Valrayn will get stuck in the ground for a few seconds, allowing for heavy counter-attacks.

    Bellow: At short range, Valravyn will bellow at you. Dodge sideways.

    Gather Shadows: Periodically, Valravyn will summon shadows and cloak himself in them, which I think makes him invincible. If you see shadows on Valravyn, hit cn_RT to focus, removing the shadows and giving you a good chunk of free time to wail away on Valravyn. Charge in using cn_LB, and hack away.

    Summon Norsemen: finally, periodically during the fight, Valravyn will disappear and summon Norsemen adds. These are just like the Norsemen you've fought so far during the game, so keep killing them (and watch out for ones that summon in behind you) until Valravyn returns.
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    ChambeceI seem to have somehow missed this one!
    Posted by Chambece On 25 Jul 20 at 21:59
    JohnnyInterfnk@Chambece This is a common issue with Hellblade, see comments in other achievements with the exact same problem. Unfortunately, the only fix is to play the game again. The lone good news here is that Valravn is early in the game, and since you're practiced, it should take less than an hour to retry.
    Posted by JohnnyInterfnk On 27 Jul 20 at 00:27
    ChambeceI've completed it now anyway, missed a few of the collectables, and another achievement didn't pop too. Loved the game, so will have no problem doing it again!!
    Posted by Chambece On 28 Jul 20 at 06:18
    NxGen HybridPlayed through twice now still haven't got some cheevos it's certainly a buggy game for me.
    Posted by NxGen Hybrid On 28 Jan 21 at 21:56
    ZRedBaronGot credit on my 2nd playthrough; it popped right after the cutscene when you kill Valravn, right as I returned to the Surtr/Valravn doors.
    Posted by ZRedBaron On 03 Jul 21 at 18:46
    I ASK NO ONEI must really suck at this idk but easy setting is not easy. I can't imagine this boss on hard.
    Posted by I ASK NO ONE On 12 Aug 22 at 17:43
    I ASK NO ONEI finally beat that crap boss and no achievement. Great! This game is trash.

    Edit: I just started this game a few days ago sometime after they updated the game to add chapter select. I went into chapter select and chose the Valravn and fought it again. This time the achievement popped. So at least you can just go in and get the achievement and get out. It showed a message too that the main save isn't overwritten so the main game save stays while you jump around on chapters, if needed.
    Posted by I ASK NO ONE On 12 Aug 22 at 18:02
    JohnnyInterfnkI had two games not unlock achievements for me today. I think there is a problem with the Xbox Achievement servers
    Posted by JohnnyInterfnk On 12 Aug 22 at 18:47
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