Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Giant Boar Is A Pain In The Arse

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Giant Boar Is A Pain In The Arse

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s early adventures are easy enough: beat off bandits, dive into a cave, tackle a tough mercenary. But one early game challenge provides a surprising roadblock packed with death and snorting. The legendary Kalydonian Boar is surprisingly hard to defeat. We have some tips and some choice curse words for this perilous pig.

Phokis is one of the earliest region’s you explore in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and it’s pretty forgiving. Enemies drop tons of loot and missions are brisk. That all changes when you meet Daphnae, a Daughter of Artemis praying at one of the region’s temples.

After some flirting, she gives you a quest that lasts throughout the entire game: hunt and kill a variety of legendary beasts. If you’re eager to get started, the first one, the Kalydonian Boar, is only a small hike away.

This was the first and maybe even only time I felt like I hit a wall playing Odyssey, and it was against a friggin’ pig. The boar hits like a Mack truck and can move incredibly fast. Worse, it repeatedly summons a swarm of piglets that can basically stampede you to death. I must have fought this thing for at least three hours. Judging from my conversations with co-workers and folks on social media, everyone’s pissed off at this pig.

So, here’s what you should know if you want to survive.

First, if you’ve not embraced the power of a good spear—something I recommended in my general tips post—now is the time. It gives you extra space to dodge and can hit multiple piglets at once. My co-worker Paul also had luck with daggers. They’re trickier, but if you can get the right timing down on your dodge, you can land a lot of attacks.

Arrows are a good way of quickly disposing of piglets and doing big damage as well. Having a solid kit is crucial for this fight.


More importantly, you should have the “Second Wind” ability. Honestly, you should have it on your ability bar for the entire game.) It allows you to refill a percentage of your health at the cost of some adrenaline. At higher levels, it will restore up to 33%, so it’s a good investment in general.

For the Boar fight, if you’re dodging and attacking, you’ll always have chances to regain your health with this ability. Use it and love it.

Alternatively, just leave and come back later. Legendary animals don’t scale heavily with your own level. Leave Phokis in the rear-view mirror for a bit and come back later with the most legendary of gear and just Spartan Kick the Boar to death or whatever. Lord knows this terrifying beast deserves a good beatdown. 


  • Yes This pig was a roadblock for me too. I spent three hours as well stressing and trying to learn its timings and those damn extra boars that come running at you. Second wind is a must. I tell you what though it set me up well in the combat stakes as now I am pretty confident going into most battles. Playing it on hard difficulty. I think in a way they put it in early as a combat dodging tutorial. Worth mastering early on. To deal with the piglets i found it easier to head shot them while running when they are charging you. there is quick second where they flash a little orange circle when they start to charge. I found that if you quick scoped them with your bow you could almost one shot them. loving this game.

  • Fire is your friend.
    I beat the “little piggy” at level 14 with not too much trouble (using a spear). The adds are more a nuisance than a real threat. Just keep moving, and cast Second Window when needed.

  • “Alternatively, just leave and come back later.”

    For some reason in open-world games, some people think that they should be able to beat any mission at any time…

    I’m playing Ass Creed Unity at the moment, and it tells me when I’m taking on a mission that’s too difficult. Does Odyssey not do that?

    • Odyssey tells you it’s hard either by the mission’s level, or in this case by the fact it says ‘legendary beast’ in the quest objective.

      Odyssey also scales low level content to keep it relevant, so +2 levels is the max you can get over the encounter. After that, any level you gain raises the level of the encounter too, so it’s always two levels below at worst.

      Of course, the legendary animal fights are meant to be challenging. They’re side content of a sort, there to push your understanding of the game’s combat mechanics to overcome a tougher fight. They’re not part of the main quests so it’s fine to just not do them.

        • Yeah. The legendary animals aren’t quite as tough as the legendary ships from Black Flag, but they’re definitely a tier or two above the usual enemies. Probably a tier above mercs even.

    • Well Origins certainly warned you but had a nasty habit of going, “Well done on completing this level 3 mission, here’s a level 40!”

    • There were so many ways of cheesing through high level content in Unity though.

      I remember that I wanted to get all the revenue generating side missions out of the way right at the start, and there were some missions that had enemies that could kill be in one or two hits. They were no match for smoke bombs and my hidden blade though.

      I guess that’s why they stopped making the hidden blade an instant kill when out of combat in later games.

        • They changed that in Origins with the new combat system. Assassination does a lot of damage, but it might not be enough. In Origins you had to upgrade the hidden blade, in Odyssey you need to get +assassin damage traits on items and take assassination damage boosts in the skill tree.

  • Boars are the deadliest enemy in the game. I’m not even kidding… Only enemy I’ve seen that will repeatedly charge you even while you’re still falling to the ground from the first hit, meaning you may not even be able to get up or dodge away before the next charge hits.

    I’d rather deal with multiple bounty hunters at once than risk a pack of boars chain charging me into oblivion.

    • yep boars, followed by the Lynx. All other animals are extremely forgiving. bears are slow and hit hard but are very predictable. Wolves in packs can be tough but they are rather weak. Boars however are extremely unpredictable and do a lot of damage very quickly

  • Your strategy sucks.
    I lured 3 bounty hunters up there when I was a level below the quest and they did the brunt of the work. The boar aggro’d them and I just had to stay out of the way. by the end the boar was dead and the bounty hunters had next to no health.

    Got them to follow me back down the cliff then I took them out on horseback, then went back for the loot from the boar.

      • started on hard, went down to normal to get through the first couple of levels, then back up to hard once I had my eye in for the combat style I’d need.

    • Your strategy sucks too. I knocked out the four small boars with paralyzing arrows instead of killing them so the rest of the fight was one on one with the Kalydonian Boar.

  • I guess my other comment is never getting moderated so I’ll try again. The easiest way to kill the Kalydonian boar is to use paralyzing arrows on the four small boars. This will knock them out instead of killing them. Now since there can only ever be four small boars in the area at any time no more will ever turn up, allowing you to fight the Kalydonian boar one on one. If you do accidentally hit one of the unconscious boars during the fight then only one would turn up next time the KB backs off.

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