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.
High Middle AgesEdit
During the Third Crusade, Altaïr 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 Order, his 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's Order, with the most prestigious three-layer waist belts.
Using the Apple of Eden, Altaïr created the Codex pages, as well as a new suit of armor for himself, one that was almost impossible 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.
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.
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.
Ezio Auditore 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's seals. Each set contained four individual pieces: chest plates, greaves, spaulders, pauldrons, and vambraces.
|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.
Armor of AltaïrEdit
After collecting the seals from the tombs of six historic 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.
All types of soldiers in Italy were armored 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.
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 Machiavelli, through the woman that nursed his wounds from the bullets fired by arquebusiers during the siege.
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.
|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 07||12,000ƒ|
|Seusenhofer Vambraces||Sequence 07||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 Romulus Lairs||N/A|
|Vambraces of Brutus||Complete all 6 Romulus Lairs||N/A|
|Chest Guard of Brutus||Complete all 6 Romulus Lairs||N/A|
|Pauldrons of Brutus||Complete all 6 Romulus Lairs||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.
Guards were armored similarly those stationed in other Italian regions, with the addition of the Papal Guard as the most heavily armored opponents. Of the new guard archetypes, the Crossbowmen were equal in defense to Archers, while Arquebusiers matched standard guards.
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 specialised 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, he 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.
|Azap Leather Spaulders||Sequence 02||1,675|
|Azap Chest Guard||Sequence 04||2,875|
|Azap Leather Bracers||Sequence 03||1,150|
|Azap Leather Greaves||Sequence 04||1,265|
|Mamluk Metal Spaulders||Sequence 06||7,038|
|Mamluk Chest Plate||Sequence 06||7,866|
|Mamluk Metal Bracers||Sequence 05||4,002|
|Mamluk Metal Greaves||Sequence 05||4,416|
|Sepahi Riding Spaulders||Sequence 07||15,456|
|Sepahi Chest Guard||Sequence 07||16,560|
|Sepahi Riding Bracers||Sequence 06||12,696|
|Sepahi Riding Greaves||Sequence 06||13,662|
|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|
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 robes in Rome, with Assassin armor even stronger than plate armor. In Constantinople, the recruits would gain robes similar to that of Yusuf Tazim, along with the armor of a fully-fledged Assassin.
- Assassin's Creed II was the only game where armor took on a damaged appearance when broken.
- 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 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-released 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 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, 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.
- 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.