Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Side Quests Walkthrough: Phokis
Detailed walkthrough of side quests in the third region of the ancient Greek Odyssey from Ubisoft
In this article, we will analyze secondary tasks that can be found on the Phokis territory in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. The quests are listed in order of the recommended completion sequence.
A Pirate’s Life
- Given by: Tekton
- Reward: experience points
On the way to Megaris, you sailed past the so-called forgotten island on the outskirts of the Phokis region. A broken ship is located on the shore of this small piece of the land. On board, a carpenter named Tekton stands waiting for a miracle. The pirates kidnapped his brother and do not let him go. It’s high time to help him.
Head to the south-east – Tekton will go with you – to find a small island occupied by pirates (it is called Pirate Island) to the west of Boeotia. Once on the shore, call Icarus to mark all enemies in the nearby and find your target.
Before you release Tekton’s brother from the cage, we advise you to deal with his kidnappers. If you want to do it quietly, we recommend investing skill points in upgrading your surprise attack and buying a more powerful version – for some bandits, one secretive blow won’t be sufficient enough.
Having killed all pirates, loot the treasure chest in the nearby – resources always come in handy – and release the nameless prisoner. Unfortunately, the time that he spent in the cage had a negative effect on his health. You can cheer him up, but he will not survive until the end of your conversation.
Return to Tekton and tell him about his brother’s fate. If you decide to lie, the carpenter will get angry and leave. Tell the truth to get a new member of your ship crew. Regardless of the choice that you make, the quest will be completed, and you will get your well-deserved reward.
- Given by: captain Gelon
- Reward: experience points, epic belt
On the shore near the pier of Khirra in the south of Phokis, you’ll find Gelon – a captain of the missing ship Shark’s Tooth. Your task is to find the missing vessel and Gyke, a team member who is very important for Gelon. They were last seen in the bay near the Hill of the Sacred War.
Move to the east until you find the Bulis Military Camp – you will return here so remember the place. The wreckage of Gelon’s ship will be scattered along the nearby coast. Call Ikaros to inspect the crash site – apparently, the team was eaten by sharks.
Swim towards aggressive fish. In case you don’t want to face them on their territory, we advise climbing on a boat that drifts in the middle of the bay and using your bow to shoot the sharks from a safe distance. There’s an additional argument in favor of this approach – later, you’ll be able to safely collect treasures that are scattered across the seabed.
Dive into the water and swim towards the algae growing below. Gyke’s body lies among them. The hero will take Gyke’s armband and the contents of both chests in the nearby (part of the loot that was collected by the Shark’s Tooth team was taken by the residents of Bulis Military Camp).
There are not so many enemies out there (just six), but the territory of the fortification is so small that there’s almost no place to hide except for the grass behind some tents. Nevertheless, you will likely be able to lure a couple of enemies in the bush. However, you may encounter problems later.
In this regard, we advise you to get rid of ordinary opponents from afar – a combination of a good bow and a skill Devastating Shot works flawlessly – and then deal with the captain in an open fight. This opponent is too powerful to be neutralized by a stealth attack.
When all enemies are dead, unlock both chests that are marked by a quest indicator (one big, one small) and get back to Gelon with the sad news. Left without ship and crew, she’ll be able to join Adrestia’s crew.
Helping the Healer
- Given by: Lykaon
- Reward: experience points, money, rare gauntlets
Not far from Pythia’s house in the Chora of Delphi there is a local healer named Lykaon. His patients need leaves of mandrake that grows by the creek to the east. The hero asks a reasonable question regarding the healer’s failure to go for the medicines himself. The healer says that he is afraid of wolves that live in that region.
Indeed, there are many predators near the creek (about six wolves). If you do not want to descend to them and find yourself within wolves’ range of action, we advise you to get a good bow and put some skill points in the Hunter branch of abilities’ tree: theoretically, you can shoot all wolves from the nearby rocks.
When there are no hostile enemies in the nearby, start collecting mandrake – this is a small gray-green plant on the coast of the creek. Look below and watch out for tips regarding the interaction with the herbs. Having collected a sufficient number of leaves, return to Lykaon.
The doctor will crush the herbs and pack them in sacks that you will need to bring to three patients. They will all be marked on the map, and you won’t have to go far this time. Once your return to Lykaon, the hero will note that the patients are more concerned with the well-being of their doctor than their own health.
Lykaon will dismiss the praise and will ask to take a portion of the medicine to his grandmother. However, this is a story for another quest. You’ll get about 4000 experience points for the completion of this quest.
Sins of the Past
- Given by: Lykaon
- Reward: experience points, money, epic belt
Once you finish the quest Helping the Healer, you’ll be given a new one, provided that you agree to Lykaon’s request to accompany him to the house of his grandmother Praxithea. On the road to her home, the healer will tell you that she was not a completely honest oracle. It is possible that she was the one who doomed the protagonist’s family to suffering.
Lykaon wants to punish his grandmother but, having arrived at the site, finds his disgruntled sister – Praxithea has been recently kidnapped by bandits. To settle the grandson’s conflict of interests, you need to find the old woman.
A bracelet of the kidnapped woman is lying on the floor of the narrow veranda of the house. Simple thieves would not have left such a jewel unattended. In addition, the remains of a contract that tells about delivery of a ‘’cargo’’ lie under the tree. It is likely that Praxithea is the cargo mentioned in the contract.
Finally, talk to the peasant that stands on the side of the nearby road. His sister’s house was captured by bandits who settled in a camp to the west of this location. Having collected all three clues, return to Lykaon and report on your findings – the old woman was kidnapped, and she is kept alive.
However, her grandson intends to kill the old woman. You can try to dissuade him or try the romantic line in presence of his sister – there is no difference as in any case Lykaon will ask you to deal with the kidnappers. At this point, this quest will end, and a new one will begin.
The Unkindest Cut
- Given by: Lykaon
- Reward: experience points, money, legendary helmet
If you have agreed to help Lykaon find his grandmother in the end of the previous quest Sins of the Past, you will now have to search for her. The woman is held in a hut that is located in the central part of the Sacred Lands of Apollo.
Having arrived at the site, evaluate the situation with the help of Icarus – Praxithea is kept in the cage near the house that is guarded by four bandits and a dog. Theoretically, you can release the old woman without killing anyone, but, in this case, she will attract excessive attention on her way to freedom.
On the territory of the farm, enemies are walking at a significant distance from each other, so you can stealthily kill them one by one using the skill Rush Assassination. The man with the dog presents the only problem – kill the master stealthily and then deal with the animal in an open fight.
Having released Praxithea, run to the safe place and ask the old woman about her past sins – it was she who condemned the protagonist’s sister/brother to death. When you run out of questions, Lykaon will join the conversation, and you will have to make an important choice.
Here are the options:
- ‘’You must be the one to kill her’’. Alexios/Kassandra pushes the healer to murder, but he hesitates, and the characters proceed with each one’s plans.
- ‘’Violence won’t solve anything’’. Your character convinces the grandson to stop wishing death to his grandmother, he admires the protagonist’s determination and offers sex in front of his elderly relative.
- ‘’I’ll kill her’’. The hero won’t let Lykaon sully his status of the healer and kills the old woman by himself. You must control the process of the murder.
Regardless of the decision that you make, you will get your reward – a couple hundred drachmas, a legendary helmet and about 5000 experience points.
Age is Just a Number
- Given by: Auxesia
- Reward: experience points, money, rare dagger
Not far from the temple of Apollo in Delphi, a brisk old woman named Auxesia wanders the street. Her husband Koragos cannot satisfy her sexual needs. The old lady does not want to change her husband for a younger boyfriend, so she asks the hero to bring her ingredients for a love elixir – the bear’s scrotum and the deer’s tongue.
Luckily, you will not have to cut specific organs out of the poor animals – it will be enough to simply kill them. According to Auxesia, both can be found in the northern part of Grand Mount Parnassos. Icarus will facilitate your search – once you get close to the region where the animals can be found, release the eagle and let him inspect the area.
Don’t come close to the bear (he is too strong) and try to kill the predator with an accurate shot in the head. Use abilities Devastating Shot and Archery Master to increase the damage your bow deals to the bear.
The deer is an easier opponent. Initially, these animals don’t even attack the hero. However, in comparison with the clumsy grizzly, they are much more agile, and it is not easy to shoot them down. Wait until the animal slows down or stops and then shoot.
Take the necessary ingredients from both animals and return to Auxesia. Her husband is not happy with the news about the elixir – the hero can interrupt arguing spouses:
- ‘’Someone pay me’’. The protagonist receives a cash reward and leaves.
- ‘’Let me satisfy you’’. Alexios/Kassandra takes on the husband’s marital duties and gets the verbal and material gratitude from him.
- ‘’I’m glad I could help’’. The character shows his altruistic nature and leaves spouses alone without taking anything from them.
- Given by: Photios
- Reward: experience points, money, shiny bracelet
Not far from the temple of Apollo, an old friend of Alexios/Kassandra named Photios wanders around. After many years of being a mercenary he decided to become a guard. The problem is that the treasury that he guards was robbed by priests who stole the sapphires.
Before you take on the task, you need to talk about your future reward. If you wish, you can decline the reward – in this case, Photios will appreciate your dedication and will provide a rare breastplate in addition to above-mentioned perks.
However, you still need to earn the reward. Go to the cave on the outskirts of Delphi – its location is marked on your map. Inside, the protagonist will face two archers, two ordinary fighters and a captain. The platform at the entrance to the combat part of the location is great for throwing opponents from it.
Having killed the bandits or having sneaked past them, descend to the lower tier of the cave. There, you’ll find a corpse of one of the priests. Search the body to get a note that tells about a meeting on the territory of Desphina Fort – it’s a fortress in the north-west of the Hill of Sacred War (see screenshot above).
Climb the fort’s wall and move counterclockwise (from the main gates to the left), stealthily eliminating patrolmen along your way. The sapphires lie in the three-storied building one tier below the chest with the local treasury. The building is well-guarded at the ground level but has no guards at the top – use this vulnerability.
Having obtained the gems that are soiled with priests’ blood, return to Delphi immediately or stay in the fortress to loot resources, money and complete optional tasks in the region. Photios will be pleased with your work and will give you a trinket from the treasury.
The Daughters Of Artemis
- Given by: Daphne
- Reward: experience points, money, Artemis’ bow
The last and the most difficult side task in the Phokis region involves killing a legendary animal. Go to the temple of Artemis that is located in the north of the Sacred Lands of Apollo. Daphne, one of the daughters of the goddess of hunting, is waiting for her champion next to the building.
The warrior has a mission for Alexios/Kassandra. You need to defeat the wild boar that lives in the region. This is the Kalydonian Boar – a famous pig from ancient Greek myths. This beast lives in a swamp in the northwest of the location.
Obviously, it is not easy to fight against such a beast, so you will have to prepare properly. One of the nastiest features of this animal is his ability to summon four smaller boars for help. They run around the arena, butt, distract you from the boss and generally slow down the whole process.
The Boar will use his summoning abilities three times in this fight – after losing a quarter of his health, half of his health and three quarters of his health – and each time he will be able to recover some health points which makes the fight longer. It is important to note that the boss can summon new pigs only after you have killed the previous ones.
- Tip: If you do not have enough points to buy Arrow Master, just redistribute them before engaging in a fight with this opponent.
Thus, the easiest way to facilitate the fight with the Kalydonian Boar is to stun the pigs that come out of nowhere. This is done by using paralyzing arrows that can be unlocked with the help of the Arrow Master ability in the Hunter branch of the skill tree.
Do not forget to get sufficient (read: maximum) ammo – the small boards run fast, and it is easy to miss a shot. Other useful long-range abilities for this fight are Devastating Shot and Archery Master. The first one increases damage from specific shots while the second one increases damage from all shots. The additional damage dealt by these skills sums up.
Having shot the pigs, you will stun them until the end of the battle – technically, they are not dead, so the main pig won’t be able to summon more opponents for you. Having dealt with the smaller animals, stay away from them to avoid killing them in the heat of the battle with the boss.
Speaking about the Kalydonian Boar, it is a huge (compared to ordinary animals) beast that can deal much damage in a short period of time. In this regard, be sure to have the Second Wind skill – one adrenaline slot allows you to instantly restore 25% of your health.
Among offensive skills, the most useful are Flaming Attacks/Venomous Attacks and corresponding skills that increase the effectiveness of the chosen ‘’element’’. The fire/poison will deal periodic damage to the enemy and prevent the boss from recovering health.
The choice of weapon for this battle does not play a big role – this is a matter of taste. The spear is good for attacking the beast from a relatively safe distance, daggers are better used in close proximity to the enemy, and so on. Choose the weapon you like and use it in the battle.
Anyway, we advise visiting blacksmith’s shop to bring your equipment in line with the level of the character and, if possible, to put engravings on. An increase of damage on all animals, including legendary, is among your engraving options.
As the beast can only attack with his head, we recommend staying at his sides. This will allow you to attack him without worrying about getting hit in the face and will provide you with a chance to jump away (hold the dodge button) from danger when it appears.
Do not parry attacks of the boar – he will kill you – so concentrate on dodging. If you avoid the attack at the last moment, the time will slow down for a few seconds, and you will be able to counterattack.
When the beast runs away from you, do not hesitate to use long-range skills like the above-mentioned Devastating Shot. After a few such hits, the boss will lose a significant part of his impressive health scale. Do not be greedy and dodge the animal rushing towards the hero.
If you still have problems with the Kalydonian Boar after reading this article, take a break to do some other work in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey world and accumulate experience. The legendary beast won’t run away from Odyssey’s hero.
When the boar is defeated, finish off the paralyzed pigs on the arena and collect crafting materials from the corpses. If you have killed the beast before meeting Daphne (for example, if you accidentally stumbled upon him), a hunter will come to congratulate the hero with the victory and will invite you to meet with the leader of the Daughters of Artemis.
Return to the temple of Artemis to get your reward – the bow of the goddess of hunting – and a quest to kill the remaining seven legendary creatures.