Legendary Engravings in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey are primarily just perks for your character. Each legendary weapon automatically comes equipped with a specific Legendary Engraving. Once you’ve unlocked that weapon, you also unlock that perk to put on other weapons. Since each legendary weapon has an additional slot, you can actually have two Legendary Engravings on each weapon. This mechanic really lets players tailor their build to their liking.
Many of them are basic increases to specific skills, but then there are some that are truly unique. Some can turn you into a glass cannon, and others can turn you into a fiery warrior. Here are the 10 best Legendary Engravings you need to find and equip!
10 Breathe Underwater
Don’t you just hate doing any sort of underwater diving in a game where you need to worry about your breathing? Yes, people can’t breathe underwater, but that doesn’t make this mechanic any less annoying. Once you find the legendary Poseidon’s Trident, you unlock the Breathe Underwater engraving. Having this engraving equipped on any of your gear automatically lets you stay underwater as long as you want. No more rushing to the objective while constantly checking on that breath bar. This will also assist in the Child of Poseidon Trophy/Achievement, which requires you to do all underwater locations.
9 30% Armor Penetration
This engraving is found on the Atlantean Blade dagger. As its name suggests, it gives you a 30% increase in armor penetration. Now some may look at this engraving and not think much of it. In reality, though, this actually gives you a 30% damage increase on armored enemies. Elite enemies tend to have high armor, which makes this a very attractive engraving. Hunter builds can also benefit from this since your arrows can do more damage on an enemy's body, instead of having to always go for the head.
8 10% Damage Per Enemy Engaged (Up To 50%)
The only negative about this engraving is that it requires DLC to acquire. The Cursed Spear of Achilles is found in the Torment of Hades DLC, which contains this awesome engraving. Simply put, if you have at least five enemies engaging with you, you can automatically get a 50% damage increase. If you’re in a conquest battle, then you should have no problem using it. It also makes you play the game a little differently. You can be in a fort and start to draw in every enemy around you to get that 50% increase.
7 25% Damage on Elites and Bosses
In order to obtain this engraving, you will need to defeat the Cyclops boss. He will grant you the Polyphemos Cyclops Bludgeon. Luckily, this engraving is well worth the effort. The 25% damage increase to bosses and elites is always going to be helpful in any situation and build.
Elites can sometimes be a nuisance. This extra damage will bring down that frustration. Elites are also weaker than normal when you’re in a conquest battle. As a result, you can take them out quickly and make the battle much easier for your side.
6 Turns Basic Arrows Into Fire/Poison Arrows
Now this one is actually two engravings, but they are the exact same idea. These engravings will give all of your arrows an elemental effect. The fire engraving is from the Hades Bow, while the poison one is on the Fanged Bow. This makes things much more convenient. There are skills that allow you to turn your weapons elemental, but you constantly need to activate them and use your Adrenaline. The other, less convenient option, is to craft them. Both of these options are not desirable, so just go ahead and make your bow automatically do fire or poison. The damage over time effects will surely assist you with crowd control.
5 40% Damage When Attacking From Behind
This one is for the sneaky players out there. In any stealth game, the best course of action is to come up from behind to assassinate. This engraving will give you an extra amount of damage when you do attack from behind, or assassinate. For players who prefer the Assassin playstyle, there’s no reason to not have this equipped on your gear. Even a sneaky arrow shot to the back of the head will benefit from this engraving. You can find this Legendary Engraving on the Dagger of Kronus.
4 -1 Adrenaline Cost For Overpower Abilities
By the end of the game, you should have eight Adrenaline bars. The Overpowered Abilities require three Adrenaline bars, which means you’ll only get two uses out of it before you have to fill them up again. With this engraving from the Minotaur's Labrys, it will only cost two Adrenaline bars this time. Yes, you can now double the number of Overpowered Abilities this time around. This works great in boss battles specifically. If you’re quick enough, getting four Overpowered strikes will do an insane amount of damage.
3 -25% Cooldown Time For All Abilities
Abilities like Second Wind, Slow Time, and Hero Strike are amazing in Odyssey, but they do have a long cooldown time. Obviously, this is there to make players not too OP. Luckily, this engraving will help put players at ease. Found on the Harpes of Perseus weapon, this engraving decreases the cooldown time by 25%.
The best use of this engraving is usually found in conquest battles. The most effective ability to use on Elite enemies is Hero Strike. Due to its long cooldown, however, you can only use so many times within one battle. This engraving really cuts down on that time.
2 Rush Assassinate Ability Chains To 1 More Enemy
This is another engraving that can only be obtained from a DLC weapon. While doing the main quests in the first Legacy of the First Blade episode, you’ll eventually unlock the Pride of the Lion legendary sword. The engraving you get from it is absolutely awesome. Rush Assassination is one of the top skills to get in Odyssey. This ability can sometimes take out four enemies within seconds, depending on their Assassin damage. Why not take out an additional enemy as well? The more enemies you can take out immediately and silently, the easier it'll be when you get caught.
1 100% Damage But Health Capped To 25%
This is Odyssey’s version of the glass-cannon playstyle. You can find this engraving from the Falx of Olympos weapon. You will automatically do double damage, but your health is extremely low. You usually can only take one or two hits before you die. That being said, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Unless you’ve perfecting dodging and parrying, this engraving isn’t recommended for Warrior type players. Instead, this engraving gets the most potential for Assassin and Hunter players. Being stealthy or ranged means that you’re not likely to get too confrontational. Therefore, you'll be mostly be all offense and rarely any defense.