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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]

High Middle Ages

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Altaïr's plain robes

During the Crusades, 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 both bore the highest level of combat uniform in the Assassin's Order, with the most prestigious three-layer waist belts.[1]

Desynchronization

Because Desmond lost synchronization every time Altaïr was hit during combat, it is implied that Altaïr was never wounded in armed conflicts or during assassinations. This would be feasible, given his reputation as a legendary Assassin of his time and his lineage.[1]

Codex

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.[1][2]

Other Characters

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 chain mail, covered in a white tabard with a red steel helm covering their face. All of the Knights Templar wore their signature red cross openly, possibly due to their public image, whereas future Templars wore the cross symbol more subtly, as the Templar Order faded into obscurity.[1]

Renaissance

Italy

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Ezio's plain robes.

Ezio Auditore could purchase different types of armor from blacksmiths found throughout the various cities of Italy. There were four sets of armor that could be purchased, 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, and vambraces.[2]

Statistics

Armor name Available 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 04 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 provided health bonuses, but 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 bonuses 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 had a set number of circles, representing the level that it could resist becoming damaged. In general, when twenty squares of combat or falling damage was inflicted to the synchronisation 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 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 either by friend or foe alike.[2]

Other characters

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.[2]

Rome

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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 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. 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 of armor that could not be purchased was the Helmschmied Drachen Armor, though it was available as an outfit with the purchase of The Da Vinci Disappearance DLC.[3]

Statistics

Armor Name Available 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 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.

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 some ruins in the city.[3]

Other characters

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.[3]

Constantinople

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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 Apprentices, with the rank of Assassin, 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.

Statistics

Armor Name Available 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

Recruits

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 robes in Rome, with Assassins Armor even stronger than Plate Armor. In Constantinople, they would gain robes similar to that of Yusuf, along with the armor of a fully-fledged Assassin.[3]

Trivia

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  • Assassin's Creed 2 is the only game where Armor takes on a damaged appearance when broken.
  • Ezio's initial spaulder in Rome is leather, while the cover art depicts him wearing a metal spaulder. His new hidden blade bracer was the same as it is on the cover, as well as his hidden blade. But, like the metal spaulder, Ezio's second hidden blade does not appear like the one on the cover. 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. The second blade was originally displayed as an identical blade and bracer as his primary blade and bracer.
  • The Armor of Altaïr's greaves have patterns similar to that of the Helmschmied Chest Guard and the Helmschmied Spaulders.
  • Vambraces for the second hidden blade can only be bought at a blacksmith when the second hidden blade is purchased from Leonardo, but none of the vambraces have the design of the bracer shown in the cover art.
  • The Armor of Altaïr and the Armor of Brutus both give 25 health squares without the need of repairs. However, in Revelations the Armor of Ishak Pasha and Master Assassin Armor only have a maximum of 20 health bars though they are still unbreakable.
  • There is a glitch in the second sequence of Brotherhood, where if the player visits a blacksmith before the memory "New Man In Town", the entire Seusenhofer armor set will be available for sale, although only the greaves are able to be bought since the gauntlets require the double hidden blade, and the pauldrons and chest guard are unlocked through a shop quest.
  • With the Master Assassin armor equipped, Ezio's clothing color is returned to the default, Original Grey. It will stay that way until you unequip the Master Assassin armor. It will still be possible to dye your clothes, however, this will not be noticeable until you unequip the armor. Additionally, like the Armor of Ishak Pasha, the hood will remain on in cutscenes.
  • Ezio's Master Assassin Armor in Constantinople has the hidden effect of not making any noise while running, which gives "Complete Stealth" as described in the game.

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