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Designed to provide protection to the wearer, armor was composed of metal plating or leather pieces, and was available for purchase at blacksmiths. As a benefit, armor fortified the health and damage resistance of the wearer, however, armor could also be broken if it took too much damage, causing a temporary loss in the wearer's maximum health until it was repaired.[1][2][3]

Peloponnesian War (5th century BCE)

Head Armor

Name Rarity Required Level Armor Attributes Availability
Black Hood Common 18 109 Armor +3 Assassin Damage
+10 Adrenaline on Assassination Kill
Mercenary Helmet Common 109 353 DPS +3 Assassin Damage
+3 CRIT chance

Wrist Armor

Name Rarity Required Level Armor Attributes Availability
Mercenary Gloves Common 18 78 Armor +2% Assassin Damage
+6 Adrenaline per Hit

Torso Armor

Name Rarity Required Level Armor Attributes Availability
Mercenary Breastplate Common 18 109 Armor +3 Warrior Damage
+4 Health

Waist Armor

Name Rarity Required Level Armor Attributes Availability
Mercenary Belt Common 18 141 Armor +2 Hunter Damage
+8 Headshot Damage
Athenian Waistband Rare 18 148 Armor +4 Assassins Damage
+6 Melee Resistance

High Middle Ages


Altaïr's plain robes

During the Third Crusade, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad wore a standard Assassin combat uniform that primarily consisted of vambraces, greaves, shoes and a protective belt, all made in leather. The main vambrace, which was always worn on an Assassin's left forearm, concealed the Hidden Blade with a series of metal plating arranged in formation for combat protection.

As an Assassin was promoted through the ranks of the Brotherhood, their waist belt would also be upgraded to reflect the new-found status. Altaïr and Malik Al-Sayf both bore the highest level of combat uniform in the Assassin Order, with the most prestigious three-layer waist belts.[1]


Using an Apple of Eden, Altaïr created a personal Codex, as well as a new suit of armor for himself – one that was almost impervious to damage. This new armor would be passed down to each of his descendants, eventually being hidden away in the Sanctuary beneath the Villa Auditore.[1][2]


Armor did appear on other individuals, and there were differences in the styles worn by guards in each city.

The guards in Damascus could be found in either lamellar, leather, or ringmail armor. Guards in Acre could be seen in brigantine armor and chain mail, some complete with coifs, while guards in Jerusalem were often found wearing scale or splintmail. Each of these guard types could be found in the Kingdom, near to their respective cities.[1]

The Knights Templar uniformly wore full suits of chainmail, covered in a white tabard with a red steel helm covering their face. Accompanying this, they wore their signature red cross openly, possibly due to their public image, whereas future Templars wore the symbol more subtly, as the Templar Order faded into obscurity.[1]




Ezio's plain robes

Ezio Auditore da Firenze could purchase different types of armor from blacksmiths found throughout the various cities of Italy, with there being four sets of armor to purchase, and a fifth – the Armor of Altaïr – which could be gained through acquiring all of the Assassin seals. Each set contained four individual pieces: chest plates, greaves, spaulders, pauldrons, and vambraces.[2]


Armor name Availability Cost
Leather Greaves Sequence 03 1,200ƒ
Leather Vambraces Sequence 04 1,100ƒ
Leather Chest Guard Sequence 03 4,370ƒ
Leather Spaulders Sequence 01 2,185ƒ
Helmschmied Greaves Sequence 03 4,940ƒ
Helmschmied Vambraces Sequence 05 2,900ƒ
Helmschmied Chest Guard Sequence 05 10,800ƒ
Helmschmied Spaulders Sequence 04 6,200ƒ
Metal Greaves Sequence 06 7,200ƒ
Metal Vambraces Sequence 06 6,300ƒ
Metal Chest Guard Sequence 07 17,200ƒ
Metal Pauldrons Sequence 07 12,000ƒ
Missaglias Greaves Sequence 08 14,600ƒ
Missaglias Vambraces Sequence 09 12,000ƒ
Missaglias Chest Guard Sequence 09 27,900ƒ
Missaglias Pauldrons Sequence 10 21,300ƒ
Vambraces of Altaïr Complete all 6 Assassin Tombs N/A
Greaves of Altaïr Complete all 6 Assassin Tombs N/A
Pauldrons of Altaïr Complete all 6 Assassin Tombs N/A
Chest Guard of Altaïr Complete all 6 Assassin Tombs N/A

Leather Armor was the first available armor which fortified health, but offered no resistance bonuses. Later, Ezio could purchase Helmschmied armor, which was a variant of leather with metal inlays. Some time after, Ezio could also buy Metal and Missaglias armor, both composed mainly of metal, with Missaglias sporting stylized decoration.

Every armor after the leather set offered both health fortification and resistance bonuses, but considering that armor could be damaged through combat or by falling from large heights, it was necessary to repair it at blacksmiths regularly.

Each armor was represented with set number of circles, displaying the level that it could resist becoming damaged. In general, when twenty squares of damage was inflicted to the synchronization bar, it would remove one circle of resistance from every piece of armor one had equipped.[2]

Armor of Altaïr

After collecting the seals from the tombs of six legendary Assassins, Ezio could unlock Altaïr's improved armor from behind a gate in the Sanctuary. It consisted of black cloth with specially made armor integrated into it, akin to the mythical properties of the Golden Fleece.

As such, the armor never required any repairs to be made to it. In page 19 of Altaïr's Codex, it revealed that the armor was the only suit made by Altaïr, who destroyed the written formula out of fear of the armor becoming widely used by either friend or foe alike.[2]


All types of soldiers in Italy were armour to varying degrees, with archers as the lightest units, followed by Agiles, regular soldiers, Seekers, and Brutes. Elite soldiers wore heavier armor than regular soldiers, making them more resistant to Ezio's attacks and counter-attacks.[2]



Ezio's plain robes in Rome

During the siege of Monteriggioni, Ezio lost the Armor of Altaïr underneath the rubble caused by a cannonball striking the Villa, forcing him to run into battle clothed in a simple shirt, trousers and boots. Later on in Rome, Ezio's new robes and armor were anonymously given to him by Niccolò Machiavelli, through the woman that nursed his wounds from the bullets fired by arquebusiers during the siege, Margherita dei Campi.

Ezio's newer attire resembled the clothes of Altaïr, with longer robes and a longer hood, while his new armor came only with a spaulder and a single vambrace.

Just like in previously visited cities, Ezio was able to purchase armor upgrades from a blacksmith shop, though it was also possible for him to complete specific quests for the blacksmith shop on Tiber Island, in order to unlock parts of the Seusenhofer armor.

The only set that could not be purchased was the Helmschmied Drachen Armor.[3]


Armor name Availability Cost
Roman Greaves Sequence 03 1,100ƒ
Roman Vambraces Sequence 04 1,000ƒ
Roman Chest Guard Sequence 05 2,500ƒ
Roman Spaulders Sequence 02 900ƒ
Rondelle Greaves Sequence 05 3,200ƒ
Rondelle Vambraces Sequence 05 2,900ƒ
Rondelle Chest Guard Sequence 06 5,100ƒ
Rondelle Spaulders Sequence 06 5,900ƒ
Plate Greaves Sequence 06 6,500ƒ
Plate Vambraces Sequence 06 6,000ƒ
Plate Chest Guard Sequence 07 9,200ƒ
Plate Pauldrons Sequence 07 9,900ƒ
Seusenhofer Greaves Sequence 08 12,000ƒ
Seusenhofer Vambraces Sequence 08 11,200ƒ
Seusenhofer Chest Guard Complete the shop quest "Exotica" N/A
Seusenhofer Pauldrons Complete the shop quest "Exotica" N/A
Greaves of Brutus Complete all 6 Lairs of Romulus N/A
Vambraces of Brutus Complete all 6 Lairs of Romulus N/A
Chest Guard of Brutus Complete all 6 Lairs of Romulus N/A
Pauldrons of Brutus Complete all 6 Lairs of Romulus N/A

In Rome, armor designs had changed to the degree that they were given metal inlays during the second and last set of purchasable armors. The Roman armor set was made of leather, while the Rondelle armor set had the same design with metal inlays.

Also, the Plate armor was the unstylized version of the Seusenhofer armor with metal inlays, whereas the Seusenhofer was more decorated than its predecessor.

Later, when Ezio had obtained all six of the Keys of Romulus, he was given access to the Armor of Brutus, which was an unbreakable armor contained behind a gate underneath the Palatine Hill.[3]


Guards were armored similarly those stationed in other Italian regions, with the addition of the Papal Guard as the most heavily outfitted opponents. Of the new guard archetypes, the crossbowmen were equal in defense to archers, while arquebusiers matched standard guards.[3]



Ezio's plain robes in Constantinople

During Ezio's travels in Constantinople, he encountered a new variety of armor. From blacksmiths, he could acquire Azap leather armor, which was the weakest, followed by Mamluk metal armor and the Sepahi Riding armor in terms of strength.

Additionally, upon initiating the advanced training of seven Assassins into becoming Master Assassins, through the first part of their specialized mission, Ezio acquired the Master Assassin armor.

Also, after spending some time in the city and finding all ten of Ishak Pasha's memoir pages, Ezio then journeyed inside the Hagia Sophia and completed a harsh climb to a secret room within the mosque, in order to obtain the Armor of Ishak Pasha from the Assassin's tomb.[4]


Armor name Availability Cost
Azap Leather Spaulders Sequence 02 1,675 Akce
Azap Chest Guard Sequence 04 2,875 Akce
Azap Leather Bracers Sequence 03 1,150 Akce
Azap Leather Greaves Sequence 04 1,265 Akce
Mamluk Metal Spaulders Sequence 06 7,038 Akce
Mamluk Chest Plate Sequence 06 7,866 Akce
Mamluk Metal Bracers Sequence 05 4,002 Akce
Mamluk Metal Greaves Sequence 05 4,416 Akce
Sepahi Riding Spaulders Sequence 07 15,456 Akce
Sepahi Chest Guard Sequence 07 16,560 Akce
Sepahi Riding Bracers Sequence 06 12,696 Akce
Sepahi Riding Greaves Sequence 06 13,662 Akce
Ishak Pasha's Spaulders Complete the Hagia Sophia N/A
Ishak Pasha's Chest Guard Complete the Hagia Sophia N/A
Ishak Pasha's Bracers Complete the Hagia Sophia N/A
Ishak Pasha's Greaves Complete the Hagia Sophia N/A
Master Assassin's Spaulders Complete the first parts of the Master Assassin memories N/A
Master Assassin's Chest Guard Complete the first parts of the Master Assassin memories N/A
Master Assassin's Bracers Complete the first parts of the Master Assassin memories N/A
Master Assassin's Greaves Complete the first parts of the Master Assassin memories N/A


Ezio's Assassin apprentices in Rome and Constantinople could also wear armor, which was upgradeable as the apprentice progressed along the ranks of the Brotherhood.

At first, a recruit started with no armor, but could acquire leather pauldrons, leather greaves, a leather chest guard, and finally a full set of plate armor, which would replace their previous leather pieces.

Once they had obtained the plate armor, the recruits would be able to last very long in battle, and were less likely to get killed. On reaching the rank of Assassin however, they would gain new robes resembling that of Ezio's Master Assassin robes in Rome, with Assassin armor even stronger than plate armor.[3] In Constantinople, the recruits would gain robes similar to that of Yusuf Tazim, along with the armor of a fully-fledged Assassin.[4]

18th century Caribbean

During the Golden Age of Piracy, Edward Kenway could craft leather armor pieces for himself. New armor pieces became available for crafting after Edward obtained the hunting spoils required to craft a particular piece.

Additionally, during his time in the West Indies, Edward obtained a set of Templar and Mayan armors, by collecting Templar keys and Mayan keystones, respectively.[5]

Seven Years' War

During the French and Indian War, part of the larger the Seven Years' War, Shay Cormac learned to craft various pieces of leather armor after collecting various hunting spoils. Throughout his journeys, he obtained many other sets of armor. The Native Armor was a treasure of the Oneida indigenous peoples, which Shay claimed after collecting all of the Native totems. Shay also secured the 11th century Templar Armor sealed aboard the wrecked HMS Sapphire after gathering all the Templar relics needed to unlock the suit. In addition, Shay assembled an ancient set of Viking Armor,[6] and recovered the armor of legendary Templar Sir James Gunn from a storehouse in Fort de Sable.[7]

French Revolution

During the French Revolution, the Assassin Arno Dorian could wear different coats as part of greater gear sets, which provided varying degrees of melee or ranged damage protection.[8]

Victorian England

In Victorian London, the twin Assassins Jacob and Evie Frye could obtain different outfits, some of which offered greater resistance to melee or ranged weapon damage. The Blackguard, Creature's Rags and Maximum Dracula outfits for Jacob and the Defender's Garb, Lady Bloofer and Aegis outfits for Evie were all crafted in such a way to provide extra protection from damage and thus acted as a sort of armor.


  • Assassin's Creed II was the only game in which armor took on a damaged appearance when broken.
  • In Assassin's Creed II, a filler vambrace that offers no protection can be accessed in the memory "Practice What You Preach". If a vambrace is purchased during the memory it will be unequipped and replaced with the filler vambrace.
  • In Assassin's Creed II, the Missaglias Vambraces had 1 more health square than the Vambraces of Altaïr.
  • Ezio's initial spaulder in Rome was made out of leather, while the cover art of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood depicted him wearing a metal spaulder. His initial Hidden Blade bracer was the same as it was on the cover, however, like the metal spaulder, Ezio's second Hidden Blade appeared differently. Instead, it was a brown glove like his original second Hidden Blade used in the Assassin's Creed II E3 demo, and also on pre-release Assassin's Creed II pictures. Meanwhile, on the cover art for Brotherhood, the second blade was originally displayed as an identical blade and bracer to that of his primary Hidden Blade.
  • The Armor of Altaïr's greaves had patterns similar to that of the Helmschmied Chest Guard and the Helmschmied Spaulders.
  • Bracers for the second Hidden Blade could only be bought at a blacksmith once the Hidden Blade itself was purchased from Leonardo da Vinci.
  • The Armor of Altaïr and the Armor of Brutus both gave 25 health squares without the need of repairs. However, in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, the Armor of Ishak Pasha and Master Assassin Armor only had a maximum of 20 health bars, though they were still unbreakable.
  • There was a glitch in the second sequence of Brotherhood, where if Ezio visited a blacksmith before the memory "New Man in Town", the entire Seusenhofer armor set would be available for sale, although only the greaves were able to be bought since the bracers required the dual Hidden Blades, and the pauldrons and chest guard were unlocked through a shop quest.
  • With the Master Assassin armor equipped, Ezio's clothing color was returned to the default, "Original Grey", though it would stay that way until he unequipped the Master Assassin armor. It would still be possible to dye his clothes, however, but this would not be noticeable until he had removed the armor. Additionally, like the Armor of Ishak Pasha, the hood would remain on in cutscenes.
  • Ezio's Master Assassin Armor in Constantinople had the hidden effect of not causing any footstep noise while running, which gave "complete stealth" as described in the game.
    • Likewise, the Armor of Ishak Pasha had the hidden effect of extra projectile resistance and had a small chance to deflect the projectile back at the shooter.
  • In Assassin's Creed III, Achilles Davenport's outfit was said to be an armor, though it provided no extra health or protection to Connor, since the protection is included in the leather customization that his grandfather, Edward Kenway put on the old mantle before Achilles customizes it.
  • In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Assassin's Creed Rogue, Edward and Shay's crafted health upgrades take the appearance of pieces of armor in the crafting menu.
    • However, these pieces of armor will not actually alter their appearances. It is likely these leather pieces of armor are worn under their respective robes/outfits.


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