Assassin’s Creed Origins: Top 10 Easter Eggs
There’s no doubt that developers love weaving in little references, Easter eggs, and secrets throughout their games, and with a world as large as the Egyptian wonderland in Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft had plenty of room to play. So, we scoured the desert and the web, to find every known Easter egg in Assassin’s Creed Origins and bring them to you.
Final Fantasy XV Quest and Hieroglyphics
Location: Saqqara Nome
A few months back Ubisoft and Square Enix announced they were going to collaborate to bring a batch of crossover content from Final Fantasy XV into Assassin’s Creed Origins and vice versa. Final Fantasy already had a massive Assassin’s Creed themed festival, and as soon as AC Origins released fans found a strange hieroglyph depicting Noctis and Ardyn locked in conflict in southwestern Saqqara Nome.
Fast forward a bit from release, and Ubisoft added a new quest to the desert that leads you to a fallen star and the entrance to a set of ruins.
Once you complete the quest, and the puzzle attached to it you’ll trigger a cutscene with some familiar faces as well as a sword, shield, and mount straight out of Final Fantasy XV.
Moses and the Burning Bush
Location: Anywhere in the Desert where you can Experience a Mirage
This Easter egg takes things down a more biblical branch, and can only be found at random while traveling the desert. Spend enough time wandering out under the hot desert sun and Bayek will begin to see strange images and symbols that disappear almost as soon as they appear
These mirages cover everything from phantom riders, flopping fish in the sand, to this Easter egg, which manifests as a burning bush that whispers to Bayek as he approaches before blooming a healthy green when the mirage fades. This is a reference to the burning bush in the Bible, which God uses to communicate with Moses to save his people from the pharaoh.
This isn’t the only mirage that features a reference to Moses. We also managed to find another mirage that features a robed man in the desert with a staff that transforms into a snake when the player approaches. This is likely a reference to when God transforms Moses’ staff into a snake to convince the Pharaoh to release the Jews from their indentured slavery.
Doctor Who’s Tardis
Location: Ka-Khem Nome
One of the more surprising Easter eggs you can find in Origins is nestled on the bottom of a river in Ka-Khem Nome. Do a little diving in the river east of Letopolis and you’ll find yourself a very familiar looking police box, rendered in Stone rather than its standard blue paint.
It’s possible that it’s just a random stone box that just happens to mirror the shape of the Tardis perfectly, but it bares a little too much resemblance to the Doctor’s faithful time machine to be anything else. There’s also a set of legs sticking out the front door, which could imply that the Doctor took a wrong turn and ended up underwater and out of options in Egypt.
This one can be a little difficult to find on your own, so here’s a slightly more zoomed in picture we snagged of the exact location.
Dark Souls Campfire
The iconic campfire from Dark Souls has made more than a few appearances in popular titles both indie and AAA so it’s no big surprise to see it in Assassin’s Creed Origins. To find Ubisoft’s homage to From Software’s iconic series you’ll need to make your way to the Paraitonion to Keno, a small set of ruins west of Lake Mareotis.
The campfire itself is hidden inside a small room on the northeastern corner of the ruins, and when activated it’ll reveal a message that sounds a lot like a reference to Dark Souls’ themes of warriors, punishment, and the afterlife.
Egypt’s Lost Whales (Wadi El Hitan)
This next Easter egg is a bit obscure, but directly references the fact that researchers have recently found a series of fossilized whales throughout Egypt. To find it, you’ll need to make your way to the far western border of Faiyum. Climb the westernmost mountain, and you should see a small body of water nestled in a crater at the top.
Dive down into the crater and you’ll find the skeleton of a whale just waiting for a group of scientists to come across it in a few centuries.
Location: Random Weapon Reward
Eagle-eyed Game of Thrones fans rejoiced when they noticed that you can get your hands on Arya Stark’s sword as a rare spear in Assassin’s Creed Origins. The name alone might have been enough for most fans as far as references go, but the flavor text which reads, “stick ‘em with the pointy end.” Which mirrors Jon Snows famous line to Arya when he gave her Needle in the first place.
Stat-wise Needle is nothing special, but you can find it at pretty much any point in time as a random drop throughout the game and it’s worth keeping around just for the fan service.
The One Ring
Location: Giza, Precious Bonds Side Quest
This Easter egg is part of the Precious Bonds side quest in Giza, which involves chasing down a valuable ring for a group of obsessed tomb robbers. The quest itself doesn’t hint at much of an Easter egg, and the fascination with the ring could just be a coincidence because it doesn’t seem to have any special powers like Frodo and Bilbo’s legendary tier trinket.
On their lonesome these details are a little too obscure to call it a full blown reference. That is until you watch the final cutscene of the quest where Bayek tosses the ring in the air, at which point the scene is almost a direct callback to the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring when Frodo accidentally puts on the ring in the tavern while waiting for Gandalf.
Indiana Jones and Bayek aren’t a fan Snakes
Location: Faiyum, Curse of Wadjet Side Quest
This Easter egg is a direct reference to Indiana Jones’ iconic quote and can only be found while exploring the crypts as part of the Curse of Wadjet side quest in Faiyum. We weren’t able to grab screenshots of this one because we already completed the quest in our playthrough, but you can watch the video below by YouTuber ACVideos to hear Bayek reference Jones’ iconic fear of snakes.
Location: Layla’s Computer (outside of the animus)
This Easter egg can be found in Layla Hassan’s computer after exiting the animus, mouse over to the Gone Files section and click on the Olivier Garneau folder and you’ll find two files. The first is a receipt proving that Olivier was at a café in Chicago, and the second is a picture from a security camera showing a man in a long coat, baseball cap, and mask shooting Olivier in the street outside the café.
It’s possible this man is just a random nobody that just happens to be assassinating the lead developer at Abstergo games from Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. Yet his appearance matches Aiden Pearce, the main protagonist from the original Watch Dogs so closely that it’s undeniably a reference to Ubisoft’s first foray into the world of vigilante hackers.
Ubisoft has hinted that many of their games might be part of a shared universe, which would be undeniably cool. This picture alone could very well be hard evidence that Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs are at least on the save wavelength. Of course, at this point there’s been no official statement on the matter, but I’ll continue to live in a world where Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and Assassin’s Creed will someday have a killer crossover trilogy and be happy in my padded room and straight jacket in the meantime.
Assassin’s Creed Movie
Location: Layla’s Computer (outside of the animus)
There are actually quite a few references to the Assassin’s Creed movie in Layla’s laptop outside of the animus. Specifically, most of these are between Layla and Sofia Rikkin (one of the key characters in the movie) that suggest that Layla was the source of the idea to suspend Animus subjects in mid-air in order to maximize their ability to benefit from the bleeding effect.
What’s more, you can even find several documents discussing Alan Rikkin’s death in the movie (carried out by Fassbender) and the subsequent cover up, as well as an email from Layla offering Sofia her condolences. One way or another, this makes the Assassin’s Creed movie and everything we saw in it canon, at least for now, which is a good sign for the future of the movie as a whole.