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"We have many different kinds of bombs here. Some are used tactically to stop chasing guards or manipulate a crowd. Others are used to create diversions, a good way to handle guards before they attack."
―Yusuf Tazim, introducing Ezio to bombs in Constantinople.[src]
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A 16th-century smoke bomb

Bombs are explosive weapons used by Assassins from as early as the High Middle Ages. They can be employed for a variety of tactics, including escape, assault, and distraction.

HistoryEdit

The first known usage of bombs by an Assassin dates back to the late 12th century, when Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad wielded smoke and explosive bombs during his quest for the Chalice[1]. He used the latter to destroy weakened walls and structures.[1]

During the Renaissance, smoke bombs were commonly available to the Italian Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who could initially carry a maximum of three at once.[2]. During the liberation of Rome, Ezio had to buy a new pouch from one of the local tailors in order to equip smoke bombs once again.[3] Moreover, his Assassin recruits were able to use them to stun guards once they reached the rank of Veterano.[3] A notable usage of explosive bombs occurred during the Attack on Valencia: after Ezio, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci had sailed to Spain in their search for Cesare Borgia, they discovered their enemy had been amassing a sizeable military force in the city. Leonardo instantly devised and crafted ten hand-held bombs for his two companions; each was a small, steel ball filled with sulfur, charcoal and potassium nitrate, which possessed a small fuse requiring lighting before the device could be detonated. The two Assassins used them to break havoc against the Borgia fleet and military encampment, effectively scattering Cesare’s forces.[4]

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Piri Reis holding a Caltrop bomb

Upon traveling to Constantinople on his quest to open Altaïr's library, Ezio gained access to a far more extensive variety of bombs, as the city's Assassin guild had recently taken a keen interest in crafting the explosives after the Chinese had introduced them to the weapons.[5] In particular, Ezio was mentored in bomb crafting and techniques by the admiral Master Assassin Piri Reis, who had in turn been introduced to them through his uncle Kemal. Piri assigned Ezio easy tasks in order to understand the way every kind of bomb worked.[5] Bombs were such a common asset in the area that the Ottoman Army, as well as their counterparts of the Byzantine insurgency, were both able to field Bombmen, who deployed thunder bombs.[5]

Bombs were also available to Assassins and Templars operating in the Caribbean and Colonial America during the Age of Reason, such as Edward Kenway, Haytham, Ratonhnhaké:ton, and Shay Cormac; Edward crafted his own upgrades of his bomb pouch to increase its capacity[6], just as his grandson Ratonhnhaké:ton would later do. Moreover, Ratonhnhaké:ton possessed trip mines and was able to use them in combat, countering soldiers by sticking a trip mine on them before throwing them away, causing an explosion.[7]The Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Cormac could fire Berserk, Sleep, or Shrapnel grenades with his air rifle.[8]

Smoke bombs appeared as one of the abilities usable by Abstergo recruits in the primary[9] and secondary stage of their Animus Virtual Training Program, with tripwire bomb added to the secondary stage.[10] Smoke, tripwire, and money bombs could be used by players in the Abstergo Entertainment product set during the American Revolution,[11] while smoke and tripwire bombs were available to Animus Omega players.[12]

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Berg sustaining injury from Maestranzi's bomb

Assassins still wield bombs well into the modern era: when a Templar strike team led by Juhani Otso Berg attacked a hideout in Florence in late 2012, the elderly Assassin Adriano Maestranzi defused a bomb to blow up the hideout, killing himself alongside most of the Templar strike team, save for Berg himself, whose face was hence scarred.[13][14] In 2016, Owen Meyers destroyed two Abstergo helicopters sent to chase him down with an EMP granade.[15]

Craftable bombsEdit

"Crafting explosives is a new hobby, one we borrowed from the Chinese and have taken to with great passion."
―Yusuf Tazim, speaking of the Turkish Assassins' bomb-crafting.[src]
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Yusuf Tazim instructing Ezio in bomb crafting

Bombs held a special relevance to the Turkish Assassins in the early 16th century. Upon his arrival to Constantinople, Ezio learned from his fellow Assassin Yusuf Tazim how to create a wide range of bombs, with up to 120 variations. In general, they could be divided into three categories: lethal, tactical and diversionary. In order to craft bombs expeditiously whenever they acquired the needed ingredients, Assassins set up bomb-crafting stations throughout Constantinople and Cappadocia.[5]

The bombs could be customized based on their different components: casing, gunpowder layer, and effect layer. The casing affected the bomb's structure, while the gunpowder layer defined the properties of the explosion itself, with the effect layer determining the bomb's contents, such as a payload of caltrops.[5]

Throughout his time in the city, Ezio was able to collect different ingredients for each of these bombs, and could craft or purchase from black market dealers up to a maximum of five bombs per pouch. Ingredients could be bought from Piri Reis' workshop in the Grand Bazaar, doctors, and blacksmiths, but they were sometimes given to him as rewards from other cities liberated from the Templars.[5]

Type Effect
Caltrop Bombs Caltrop bombs impeded enemy movement by dispersing small, pointed metal spikes across the ground, rendering its victims vulnerable during combat. They could also be used for halting or slowing enemies during a chase.
Datura Bombs A lethal explosive designed to slowly poison anyone who breathed in its fumes, Datura bombs instilled a sense of delirium in its victims, due to the use of the petals from the datura plant.
Cherry Bombs Cherry bombs could lure guards towards a certain area through the use of a loud, high-pitched noise, produced from using sulfur.
Smoke Decoy Bombs Similar to Cherry bombs, these bombs lured guards to one point by creating the illusion of a fire, but only those who could see its activation. Smoke Decoys required the used of salt of Petra to be created.
Gold Bombs Filled with pyrite coins, these bombs were used to create distractions by attracting a crowd of civilians who mistook the coins for gold. This would distract guards and occasionally start a brawl when the guards attempted to clear the area.
Splinter Bombs Used to kill or injure targets upon impact, the Splinter Bomb could dispense with groups of enemies caught in its deadly radius with shrapnel, as well as blow away the cover on wells located around Constantinople.
Thunder Bombs These bombs were a non-lethal method, filled with coal dust, and used to cripple targets with the force of the explosion only, as well as allowing those wielding them to break apart covers on wells.
Blood Bombs Once detonated, this bomb released out a splatter of lamb's blood, making nearby individuals believe it to be their own, thereby scaring them away.
Smoke Screen Bomb A tactical smoke bomb which, when exploded, created a dense, black smoke from phosphorus to daze nearby guards and civilians and block their sight.
Stink Bombs When detonated, Stink Bombs released a foul odor, derived from skunk oil, that repelled any and all of those who came too close.

TriviaEdit

Assassin's Creed II
  • The smoke bomb pouch is labelled as "small", despite not having any upgrades available for it, where other pouches labelled the same way had medium and larger variants.
  • During one of the Carnevale challenges in Venice, the three guards and Dante Moro, whom Ezio fought, were immune to the effects of smoke bombs.
  • While looting Brutes, there was a high chance of obtaining smoke bombs.
  • Smoke bombs are helpful for earning the achievements "No Hitter", "Messer Sandman", and "Sweeper".
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  • Cesare Borgia and pickpockets were completely immune to smoke bombs' effects.
    • Papal Guards were immune to the effects of smoke bombs in combat. However, it was possible to stun them outside of combat.
Assassin's Creed Revelations
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