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"The Hookblade helps you get around fast, surprise guards, and is not too bad in a fight."
―Yusuf Tazim.[src]
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Yusuf introducing Ezio to the Hookblade

The Hookblade was a modification to the Hidden Blade first adopted by the Assassin Brotherhood in Constantinople, from at least the time of the Ottoman Empire. It consisted of both a curved hook and a regular blade, allowing it to be used for freerunning and during combat.[1]

When he arrived in the city, the Mentor of the Italian Brotherhood, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, was introduced to this advancement by Yusuf Tazim, who instructed the former in its application towards both battle and travel.[1]

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"Let the Hookblade do the work. Iste boyle! (There you go!) Throw yourself into it."
―Yusuf describing the method of using the Hookblade.[src]
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Ezio using the Hookblade on a zipline

Used from as early as the 1480s, the Hookblade was designed to make travel quick and easy, specifically through the use of ziplines that were installed throughout Constantinople. From a zipline, an Assassin could also drop down and use the Hookblade in double assassinations on guards below.

The mechanism could be used in several acrobatic movements too, such as for quickly climbing up walls in a similar manner to the climb-leap maneuver, and for extending one's reach during a jump.

It could also be used for flipping over enemies to avoid a fight, a method the Assassins referred to as the "hook and run." However, on using the technique against a Janissary, it led to the Hookblade becoming caught on their armor, slowing the Assassin down slightly.

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Yusuf performing a hook and run

When climbing, the Hookblade allowed an Assassin to spring quickly onto a rooftop after grabbing the ledge, rather than spending extra time gaining a foothold and pulling themselves up. Similarly, one did not need a foothold when pulling a targeted guard from a rooftop in ledge assassinations.

Additionally, it could be used with corner chase-breakers, where the swinging support could be used as a trapeze to jump towards an adjacent rooftop, instead of turning around the corner.[1]

Combat

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Ezio using the Hookblade in combat

When engaged in battle, an Assassin could use the Hookblade to pull targets in for a close-range attack, or throw an enemy onto the ground with the "hook and throw," a method similar to the hook and run.

In combat itself, the Hookblade could be used in attacks, as well as to counter a weapon. During such instances, one could hook onto an enemy's armor and throw them to the ground, or hook onto an enemy's helmet to snap their neck.

An Assassin could also perform a counter-steal to tear off an enemy's purse with the Hookblade, provoking them further and leaving them open to an easy counterattack.

Following this, the Hookblade could also be used to pull down scaffolds, subsequently slowing down or eliminating pursuers. This was particularly useful when done in conjunction with caltrop bombs.[1]

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