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AC1 Short Blade

A short blade used by Altaïr

Short blades were short bladed weapons that traded power and reach for a faster swing rate.


12th century

Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's short blade was returned to him after he had reached the third rank in the Assassin Order, following his demotion. Like the sword, his skill with the short blade increased as he progressed higher through the Order's ranks.[1]

The first short blade he obtained had a wooden handle, though he received an all metal variation at a later rank. In both instances, he carried the short blade in a sheath strapped across his back, with the handle facing down.[1]

In battle, Altaïr wielded a short blade with an icepick grip, and often used it in conjunction with throwing knives.[1]


In a similar fashion to Altaïr, Ezio Auditore da Firenze was equipped with both a medium weapon and a short blade, though they were sheathed together at his side. He could purchase various types of short blades from blacksmiths, each with unique speed, damage and deflection properties.[2]

In battle, he would wield the short blade much as Altaïr did, utilizing the same icepick grip, though he did not learn to use it alongside throwing knives until he became a Master Assassin.[2][3]

Several of his allies, such as thieves and courtesans, also used short blades in battle. Certain guards and assassination targets, such as agiles and Rodrigo Borgia, made use of short blades as well. However, none of these held their weapons in an icepick grip.[2]


Ezio Kill Knife

Ezio dual-wielding the short blade and a throwing knife

Short blades strike more quickly than medium weapons, which made them ideal for dispatching large numbers of low-ranked enemies. However, as an enemy's rank increases, the short blade's effectiveness diminished, due to the higher quality armor they wore.[1][2]

For Altaïr, the special, close-ranged attack of most short blades could only be performed from behind – slitting an enemy's throat, or stabbing them in the shoulder or back – which would always result in an instant kill.[1]

When used with the short blade, Altaïr could throw a single throwing knife mid-combat. Similarly, Ezio could dual-wield the short blade with throwing knives, and could throw multiple throwing knives at once.[1][3]


15th century


Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Dagger 1 1 2 500ƒ Sequence 3
Knife 1 2 3 1300ƒ Sequence 3
Stiletto 2 4 1 2200ƒ Sequence 3
Channeled Cinquedea 3 3 4 4100ƒ Sequence 5
Sultan's Knife 3 5 3 4300ƒ Sequence 6
Butcher Knife 4 3 5 6400ƒ Sequence 7
Notched Cinquedea 5 5 4 9500ƒ Sequence 8

16th century


Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Stiletto 1 1 2 300ƒ Sequence 2
Channeled Cinquedea 5 2 4 N/A Sequence 3
Knife 1 2 3 700ƒ Sequence 3
Bone Dagger of Romulus 2 4 4 1900ƒ Sequence 4
Dagger 2 4 1 6250ƒ Sequence 6
Notched Cinquedea 4 4 2 8600ƒ Sequence 7
Butcher Knife 3 5 3 5000ƒ Renovate 5 blacksmiths
Maria's Dagger 5 3 4 N/A Complete all Courtesan challenges
Dagger of Brutus 5 5 5 N/A Retrieval of Romulus' treasure

Constantinople and Derinkuyu

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Kurdish Jambiya 1 2 2 345 Akce Sequence 2
Macedonian Dagger 2 2 2 518 Akce Sequence 3
Standard Stiletto 1 3 2 805 Akce Sequence 3
Arabian Dagger 2 4 1 1848 Akce Sequence 4
Butcher Knife 3 5 3 5750 Akce Sequence 5
Afghani Khyber Blade 4 4 2 11040 Akce Sequence 6
Bayezid's Knife 5 3 4 13248 Akce Sequence 6
Romani Stiletto 5 3 4 N/A Complete all Romani challenges
Mehmet's Dagger 5 5 5 N/A Complete The Trickster, Part 1

18th century

British Colonial America

Name Damage Speed Combo Cost Availability
Stone Dagger 1 3 5 £450 Sequence 6
Iron Dagger 3 4 4 £2450 Sequence 6
Dirk 2 5 3 £3750 Sequence 6
"Broken Sword" Knife 5 5 4 N/A Crafted

French Colonial America

Name Damage Speed Combo kill Chain-kill Cost Persona
Kuba 3 5 3 4 25000 écu Assassin, Slave

19th Century

Victorian London

The Kukri is a short, bladed weapon of Nepalese origin, similar to a machete. These weapons are available to Jacob and Evie Frye in London . They are also used by the leader of the Assassins in London, Henry Green .

They are the most lethal melee weapon availabile in Victorian London but have lower impact for stunning than the cane-swords also available.

There are 16 available Kukris.

Name Level Attack Stun Lethality Availability Upgrade
Ivory 2 2 1 4 Complete Sequence 3, Somewhere That's Green £500 | +1 all stats
Adept 3 3 1 3 Buy for £3000 -
Ruby 4 4 1 4 Reach Loyalty Level 1 with Henry Green £2000 | +1 all stats
Iron 4 4 1 4 Craft: £2000 and 80 Metal -
Bold Eagle 5 5 2 5 Complete Sequence 5, Friendly Competition £2500 | +1 A, +1 L
Guard 5 5 2 5 Buy for £4000 -
Jade 6 6 3 6 Complete Sequence 6, A Case of Identity £3500 | +2 A, +1 L
Master Ruby 6 6 3 6 Reach Loyalty Level 2 with Henry Green £3500 | +2 A, +1 L
Henry's 6 6 3 6 Craft: £3000 and 120 Metal -
Assassin 7 7 3 7 Craft: £3750 and 140 Metal £4500 | +2 A, +1 L
Gold Blessing 7 7 3 7 Conquer the borough of The Thames £4500 | +2 A, +1 L
Ancient 8 8 4 8 Buy for £10000 -
Master Assassin 8 8 4 8 Reach Loyalty Level 4 with Henry Green £5000 | +2 A, +1 L
Serrated Death 9 9 4 9 Reach Loyalty Level 4 with Ned Wynert -
Eagle's Splendor 9 9 4 9 Craft: £6000, 160 Metal and 50 Chemical -
Legendary Assassin 10 10 5 11 Reach Loyalty Level 5 with Henry Green £10000 | +3 A, +1 S, +2 L


  • In Assassin's Creed, Altaïr was the only person to use a short blade, other than Malik Al-Sayf and his brother Kadar, until Malik lost his arm and Kadar, his life.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, once all throwing knives had been used up, Ezio would throw sand to momentarily blind and incapacitate his target, although Ezio could also do this when in unarmed combat.
  • In the blacksmith shops in Brotherhood, the Notched Cinquedea had the store image of the Channeled Cinquedea, and vice versa.
  • Unlike in Assassin's Creed II, in Brotherhood, the Channeled Cinquedea was a weapon that could not be purchased, and was only available through disarming guards that wielded it.
  • Only very few individuals held the short blade with an icepick grip. These included Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Tamir, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Francesco de' Pazzi, Bernardo Baroncelli, Claudia Auditore da Firenze, Ratonhnhaké:ton, Kanen'tó:kon and Desmond Miles. However, Ratonhnhaké:ton held only his Pivot Blade in an icepick grip, while Desmond also held only a bowie knife in an icepick grip with his left hand.
  • An unusable Notched Cinquedea could be seen stuck in the table in Ezio's room at the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni.
  • Stephane Chapheau uses a unique short blade in Assassin's Creed III: his meat cleaver. It cannot be used by the player or acquired by any means.


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