The Assassin’s Creed franchise has had quite an interesting history with the healing system. While the first game in the franchise, Assassin’s Creed, had automatic health regeneration. In the popular Ezio trilogy and many other titles, players needed to rely on medicines or potion to heal. The last two titles, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Origins, had automatic health regeneration, but Ubisoft has brought back the manual healing in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla once again.
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, you can heal Eivor by eating wild berries, mushrooms, and food from pots. Berries and food are usually abundant near populated places, although you might find a few in the wild as well. Depending on the item you consume, the amount of health you gain will vary.
Once you have refilled your health by consuming items, any extra items you collect will be added to your pouch as ration. As you keep you collecting items, your ration pouch will start filling up, and when you have, at least, 1 ration is available. Additionally, you can also heal yourself completely by sleeping on your bed.
At the start of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the ration pouch can hold one ration. It can be upgraded to carry a total of six, with the help of upgrades. Ration pouches can be upgraded by accessing the inventory. When you have sufficient materials, highlight the ration pouch and hold the upgrade button to upgrade your ration pouch.
Since the ration can’t be used partially, it is recommended to save it until you are really low on health. For gaining back a bit of health, it is not recommended to use rations, and consuming items directly should suffice. The rations should be saved for difficult encounters and boss fights.