Grenadiers were specialized units in the British and Continental armies during the American Revolutionary War. They were roughly comparable to the Italian Brutes and Byzantine Almogavars, being slower but tougher than other soldiers, and primarily wielded heavy weapons.
Grenadiers were recognizable by their narrow, tall mitre-shaped headgear, which were designed not to obstruct vision or fall off while throwing grenades. Grenadiers were selected based upon their stature and physical prowess; many grenadiers were surprisingly from farming families, rather than the depicted highland warriors, due to the strength gained through manual labor. The traits on which they were chosen were to ensure that grenadiers could throw grenades further and from higher, as well as remaining steadfast under fire, as naturally grenadiers were deployed in the front lines.
Grenadiers were tougher than Regulars, could not be directly countered or executed, and could counterattack Connor if he struck them repeatedly. However, they could have their defense broken easily and could be tripped, leaving them vulnerable to further attacks. They could also be disarmed with a weapon swipe. As their name suggests, they carried grenades, though used them occasionally.
- Grenadiers replaced Brutes from previous games.
- British Grenadiers appeared to be modeled on the Scottish 42nd Royal Highlanders, as indicated by their kilts. In actuality, however, British grenadiers were deployed in many different regiments.
- Historically, Grenadiers were not armed with battle axes nor they have a very large stature. Such tools were deployed with sappers and pioneers. A grenadier would be armed with a musket, bayonet and hand grenades, hence the name "grenadier".
- Grenadiers were noted for their stature, which could demoralize enemy troops, and boost the morale of the British troops.
- The Gangs during the Seven Years War have their own variant of Grenadiers that are recognizable with their orange clothes and have top hats. The design of the hats, however, was anachronistic since top hats were not in fashion until the 1850's.
- French Grenadiers in Rogue share a similar design of British Grenadiers in Black Flag, albeit with a different color scheme while those of the British resemble those of Assassin's Creed.
- In-game, all Grenadiers, both British and Patriot, seemingly have strong Scottish accents. Whenever one counters an attack, they usually insult the player with statements such as "You mad? Ye great stupid git!"
- The grenadiers resemble pioneers, a military unit whose tasks are specifically for construction and engineering, rather than actual grenadiers, who were used as elite troops to storm enemy battlements and fortifications. Each regiment in the British army contained at least one company of grenadiers who were often issued with tall caps so that they could throw grenades. Inevitably, larger men could throw grenades further, so grenadiers were usually very large. However, as grenades fell out of fashion, grenadiers simply became shock troops, equipped like any other soldier.
- Assassin's Creed III (first appearance)
- Assassin's Creed III: Liberation
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
- Assassin's Creed: Rogue