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Assassin's Creed Origins's Curse of the Pharaohs DLC brings new abilities

Published: 13:57, 26 February 2018
Bayek walking into a pyramid with a torch
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Curse of the Pharaohs is the title of an upcoming Assassin's Creed Origins DLC pack. The DLC will see Bayek visit Thebes and the Valley of the Kings while trying to obtain an ancient artifact and push back undead pharaohs.

Assassin's Creed Origins is getting a new piece of DLC. The third pack will send Bayek on a quest to obtain an artefact from Thebes. There, he'll find that he's been given yet another chance to go on a bloody rampage as the undead pharaohs have decided to go kill a bunch of civilians because someone has been stealing their stuff.

A bunch of fetch quests ensue, as the hero must go locate "key artefacts" in order to put the pharaohs down for another nap. Bayek will be given a new map to run around in. The map features the city Thebes complete with the temples of Karnak and Luxor.

Ubisoft Bayek walking up some stairs towards a golden throne Assassin's Creed Origins - Curse of the Pharaohs

Across the Nile, we have the Valley of the Kings, a prime piece of real estate housing the plundered tombs of Egyptian royalty. On top of this, Bayek will also visit each pharaoh's individual afterlife using portals in their tombs.

Enemies you'll encounter there span from Anubis-like guards to camel-sized scorpions. The areas of the afterlife will be accessible via fast travel as soon as you discover them. 

The DLC announcement did warn that sometimes the enemies from the afterlife may cross over into the world of the living and take the form of Shadows of the Pharaohs. The shadows will randomly appear as time-limited bosses, and you'll get a heads up every time that occurs. 

Ubisoft Bayek fighting a physical representation of an undead pharaoh Assassin's Creed Origins - Curse of the Pharaohs

If you manage to defeat the pharaohs before they decide to go back to the underworld on their own, you'll get some loot and the sense of pride you only get when you save a few NPCs in a video game. After you defeat them on your own turf, it'll be time to go visit theirs.

The catch is that the undead kings will be more powerful in the afterlife, and boast special attacks that can one-hit Bayek. Since this is a DLC and it has become customary to raise Bayek's level cap each time one deploys, your new ceiling is 55.

Seven new abilities have also been added. Some of these are buffs to other abilities, like Dash Boost, which rewards perfect dodges with a damage boost. There's also Overpower Fury, which heals Bayek and removes any status ailments when he unleashes an adrenaline-charged Overpower attack.

Ubisoft Bayek's eagle Senu flying over an ancient city Assassin's Creed Origins - Curse of the Pharaohs

In-game bows will become more versatile, as they can now infect Predator Bow kills with Flesh Decay, pierce shields with fully charged Hunter Bow shots, get more damage out of the Light Bows by scoring consecutive hits, or inflict bleed damage on any targets who survive the Warrior Bow blasts.

Curse of the Pharaohs launches on 13 March 2018 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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