Firearms are a class of long-ranged weapons that launch projectiles at a high velocity through the confined burning of propellants. They were used as early as the late Middle Ages.
- "The knowledge of projectile combat is not new to us, having been observed amongst our Eastern neighbors. But their weapons were much larger – and insufficient for our needs."
- ―Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's Codex, page 28.[src]
As such, upon obtaining the Apple of Eden, he successfully utilized the knowledge it held to condense the design, "embedding their fiery weapon into a form that can be worn on the wrist".
Along with the formulation of a combustible powder that could be made from common ingredients, Altaïr kept the schematics for the Hidden Gun a secret, available to only the Brotherhood's most trusted allies. Sometime afterwards, he recorded all details of these in his personal journal.
In Italy during the Renaissance, another Assassin, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, came into possession of Altaïr's Codex and showed the pages to Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo deciphered the instructions, and as a result was able to construct the Hidden Gun for Ezio's use.
Though firearms were uncommon until the early 16th century, after Cesare Borgia forcibly recruited Leonardo into his employ around 1499, the engineer was made to design a wheel-lock firearm for use by the Borgia armies.
Cesare's ally, the French baron Octavian de Valois, received a personalized, golden wheel-lock firearm from Leonardo, and kept it with him at all times. During the Fall of Monteriggioni, Cesare used this pistol to kill Mario Auditore.
During Ezio's travels to Constantinople, he encountered Turkish soldiers using Ottoman flintlock muskets, as well as Janissaries who used short pistols. The Assassins of the local guild also made use of firearms to guard nearby dens, ranging from simple muskets to cannons.
Meanwhile, the Byzantines forces had designed an early version of a flamethrower, which they used to deliver Greek Fire. They also had a form of a machine gun, which was similar in construct to Leonardo da Vinci's prototype. Both of these were then later adapted by the Assassins, in order to aid them in defending their dens.
Age of DiscoveryEdit
After the discovery of the Americas, and as European powers entered an age of colonization, firearms became much more common. By the early 1700s, muskets with bayonets had become standard equipment for armies and navies, while high-ranking soldiers like officers and Jägers wielded flintlock pistols.
As it still took time to reload and clean firearms, pirates were usually accustomed to carrying multiple pistols at any one time. Edward Kenway and Edward Thatch, for example, carried up to four pistols on their person. Kenway also utilized a custom-made set of pistol swords - deadly blades with small, smoothbore pistols built into their hilts. These were fired by squeezing a trigger built into the sword's pommel, and could be used for finishing moves in combat.
Notably, the Assassin Adéwalé used powerful blunderbusses during his alliance with the Maroon rebellion of Saint Domingue. These weapons used tightly-crowded packets of lead shot and featured a wide spread of fire, able to wound or kill several guards at a time. Once, while chasing the island's governor, Marquis de Fayet, Adéwalé used the firearm to kill five of the governor's guards with a single blast.
Age of RevolutionEdit
The French-African Assassin Aveline de Grandpré was able to wield muskets, as well as two Queen Anne pistols. Similar to the flintlock pistols, these were single shot weapons and took time to reload. Other firearms, some of which were capable of firing multiple times before reloading, could also be bought at weapon shops.
Much like Aveline, the Colonial Assassin Connor could make use of various firearms. By the time of American Revolutionary War, he too was able to purchase some pistols that were advanced enough to carry two or more shots at a time.
In 2012, Assassins continued to wield firearms in combat, and once used them on a direct assault on Abstergo Industries, in an attempt to rescue Desmond Miles; though Desmond overheard exchanged automatic gunfire through the facility's intercom, Dr. Warren Vidic eventually told him that the rescue attempt had failed, and that most of the team had been killed. Firearms were also, at this point, standard equipment for Abstergo Industries' guards in the Rome facility.
Once during a night-time infiltration of a Manhattan office building, Desmond Miles came across a power source for the Grand Temple and aimed to retrieve it from its case. Despite his acquisition of the cube, Daniel Cross surprised and threatened Desmond with a pistol; undeterred, Desmond clobbered Cross to unconsciousness with the power source and left. Subsequently, when Desmond searched for the second source at a mixed martial arts tournament in Brazil, Cross killed its owner and proceeded to shoot after Desmond, with Abstergo guards also doing so. However, this did not prevent Desmond from fighting Cross and taking the second power source.
In December of that year, once Desmond had assassinated Cross at Abstergo's Rome facility in his attempts to rescue his father, Warren Vidic authorized guards to use deadly force on contact with Desmond. However, he took Cross' pistol – an MK23 – and could use it in the latter half of his assault, which worked similarly to his ancestor Connor's flintlocks, only that it had a much larger magazine, a higher rate of fire, and had a suppressor attached.
The following year, when the Sage John Standish attempted to kill a research analyst working with Abstergo Entertainment, the facility's guards shot through the Bunker's glass door and killed John when he produced a handgun of his own.
18th century CaribbeanEdit
|Captain Drake's Flintlocks||3||1||3||N/A||Sacrifice Island reward|
|Captain's Wheellock Pistols||3||1||3||N/A||Community challenge reward|
|Golden Flintlock Pistols||5||5||3||N/A||Complete all naval contracts|
|Common Flintlock Pistols||1||1||3||N/A||Sequence 1|
|Captain Morgan's Pistols||3||1||3||N/A||Black Island reward|
|Pirate Blunderbusses||3||3||1||800R||Sequence 2|
|Standard Wheellock Pistols||1||1||5||2500R||Sequence 2|
|Spanish Officer Pistols||3||3||3||7000R||Sequence 2|
|Smoothbore Gun||5||3||3||N/A||Sequence 1|
|Precision Shooter||5||1||5||N/A||Explore the Caribbean sea|
|Portable Cannon||5||5||1||N/A||Liberate 400 slaves|
|The Dragoon||5||5||3||N/A||Achieve full synchronization|
18th century British Colonial AmericaEdit
|Name||Rate of fire||Short range||Long range||Cost||Availability|
|Flintlock Pistol||2||3||1||N/A||Sequence 2|
|Scottish Flintlock||2||2||3||N/A||Sequence 6|
|Duckfoot Pistol||1||3||1||£5999||Sequence 6|
|Double-Barrel Pistol||3||3||1||£8250||Sequence 9|
|Pirate Flintlock||2||4||1||N/A||Complete Sinking a Secret|
|French Coat Pistol||3||4||1||N/A||Level 2 Blacksmith|
Flints + Iron Ore + Special Iron Ingot
|English Flintlock Pistol||3||4||1||N/A||Level 2 Blacksmith - Level 2 Woodworker|
Flints + Oak Lumber + Special Iron Ingot
|Royal Pistol||3||3||3||N/A||Level 3 Blacksmith|
Flints + Silver Ore + Special Iron Ingot
|Naval Duckfoot||1||4||2||N/A||Level 3 Blacksmith|
Flints + Lead Ore + Special Iron Ingot
|Italian Flintlock||2||3||3||N/A||Level 3 Blacksmith and Woodworker|
Flints + Maple Lumber + Special Iron Ingot
|Royal Navy Sea Service Flintlock||2||4||2||N/A||Level 4 Blacksmith|
Flints + Gold Ore + Special Iron Ingot
|Pitcairn-Putnam Pistols||2||4||3||N/A||Sequence 8|
18th century French Colonial AmericaEdit
|Name||Magazine||Short range damage||Long range damage||Cost||Persona|
|Queen Anne Pistol||1||4||2||N/A||Assassin|
|Dual Pistols||2||4||2||10000 écu||Assassin|
|Pocket Pistol||1||3||1||10000 écu||Lady, Slave|
|Double-Barreled Pistol||2||4||2||5000 écu||Assassin|
|Pepperbox Pistol||4||4||2||50000 écu||Assassin|
- A number of firearms are available in Assassin's Creed: Project Legacy, including the arquebus, .303 SMLE, and M1917 revolver.
- Owning two M1917 revolvers in Project Legacy grants the Akimbo achievement.
- In Assassin's Creed III, the Pirate Flintlock is awarded upon the completion of the memory "Sinking a Secret".
- In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, pistols holstered on Edward's chest have shortened barrels.
- In several pieces of promotional media, Edward Kenway makes use of what seem to be Flintlock Pistols from Assassin's Creed III. However, no pistols matching their appearance can be used in the final game.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed II
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- ↑ Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Rogue
- ↑ Assassin's Creed III: Liberation
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Assassin's Creed III
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Unity
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: The Fall
- ↑ Assassin's Creed