Part of the joy of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is in commanding your ship the Adrestia and manning it with the finest crew around. To improve the odds in a sea battle, Kassandra and Alexios can recruit Special Lieutenants from across the land who grant a range of different bonuses and join the fight when boarding of other vessels.
Special Lieutenants fall into different ranks, starting at Common, then Rare, Epic and finally Legendary. Common and Rare only have one skill to offer, Epic Lieutenants grant two, while Legendary Lieutenants provide three, including certain skills unique to the Legendary tier. In this article you’ll learn all of the unique Special Lieutenants available for hire in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, as well as all the potential skills lieutenants you recruit can have.
All recruitable Special Lieutenant characters and how to hire them
Most Special Lieutenants are recruited from enemy NPCs, knocking out and hiring those with the skills you want instead of killing them. However, a select few unique characters in Odyssey’s world (or the Assassin’s Creed universe) require specific missions to be completed before you can hire them. Others, like Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s Evie Frye appear as bonus characters you can buy from the Helix store. We’re sure more will be added over time, but these are all of the unique names lieutenants as of the game’s launch:
Complete the Crewless side quest
Complete the A Pirate’s Life side quest
Complete Odessa’s quest line starting with A Small Odyssey then invite her to join the crew
Evie Frye can be purchased as a Ubisoft Club reward from the Helix Store
You’ll have the chance to recruit other characters from notice boards quests, though they may not choose to join you.
All Special Lieutenant Skills
There are a great number of skills that Special Lieutenants can come with, and as ever some are more useful than others. When you’re on the hunt for a new lieutenant to hire, scout out enemy groups with Ikaros first, as he’ll be able to see the type of skills an NPC has and mark the ones you’re after.
While you can adjust the skills you use based on your playstyle, we recommend hiring a Special Lieutenant with the Ship Armor or Ship Health skill, as these will keep you alive longer during a heated battle. Skills offer a percentage buff to a particular ability, so make sure you keep an eye on both the buff type and the number when choosing who to keep on the Adrestia.
The following skills can be found on Special Lieutenants of any rank:
- Arrow Damage
- Ramming Damage
- Fire Damage
- Fire Arrow Damage
- Decreased Damage taken while Boosting
- Fire Power per Arrow Hits
- Fire Buildup with Javelins
- Fire Buildup with Arrows
- Increase Fire Buildup with Arrows
- Increase Fire Power while Bracing
- Increase Fire Power when Ramming
- Rower Stamina Refill Rate
- Ship Armor
- Ship Health
- Weak Point Creation with Arrows
- Weak Point Creation with Javelins
Certain skills are only available to Legendary rank Special Lieutenants. They typically take the third skill slot and appear gold in the list. These are all the Legendary skills known so far:
- Health Restored when Cleaving
- Increased Damage when Low Health
- Rower Stamina Refill Rate when Cleaving
- Speed Boost after Drifting
Those are all the Unique Special Lieutenants and Special Lieutenant skills we know of in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey so far, but we have plenty more guides available for the game here on AllGamers. Have you taken on The Eyes of Kronos yet? Our guide will help you uncover every member’s location. Out hunting riddles? Check out our guide for the Fatal Attraction Ainigmata Ostraka treasure location.