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ACU Spear

Spear

A spear is a basic polearm that consists of a shaft with a pointed head. This design ensures that it is primarily suited for thrusting.[1]

History

Spears were virtually ubiquitous throughout human history, adopted by cultures around the world as a basic weapon. In 221 BCE, the Chinese Assassin Wei Yu slew the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, with a spear. Until the advent of firearms, spears saw regular service with militaries, such as that of the Saracens during their assault on the Assassin citadel of Masyaf in 1176.[2]

During the Renaissance, guards which employed pole weapons such as spears and halberds were commonly called Seekers for their tendency to use them to probe hiding spots.[3][4] While the Italian Brotherhood of Assassins tended to forsake polearms for their impediment to freerunning, spears were favored by many prominent Templars of this era, with infamous examples being the Turkmen renegade Shahkulu, Odai Dunqas, and Samila Khadim.[5]

Though spears were gradually phased out in militaries by firearms like other melee weapons, as late as the French Revolution, they continued to see use among the Assassins such as those of the Parisian Brotherhood.[1]

Weapon statistics

Ptolemaic Egypt

Name Rarity Quality (Max Level 40) Damage (Max Level 40) Attributes Availability
Adamant Reed Rare 86 337 Bleeding on Hit II

Critical Hit Damage I

Unlocked through Twitch Prime Pack DLC
Cyrene's Spear Legendary Critical Hit Damage III

Adrenaline on Kill II

Health for Critical

Complete One Bad Apple
Golden Feather Legendary

Critical Hit Damage III

Critical Hit Rate II

Sleep on Hit

Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar
Handy Spear Common 85 340 Critical Hit Damage I Blacksmith, Loot
Iron Spear Common Critical Hit Damage I Blacksmith, Loot
Lance of Anhur Legendary 91 337

Critical Hit Damage II

Adrenaline Regeneration III

Health on Hit

Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar
Leaf-shaped Impaler Common 85 334 Critical Hit Damage III Blacksmith, Loot
Light Spear Common 84 334 Critical Hit Damage II Blacksmith, Loot
Needle Rare 88 344

Bleeding on Hit

Critical Hit Damage

Blacksmith, Loot, Nomad's Bazaar
The Phoenix Legendary 91 340

Critical Hit Rate I

Critical Hit Damage III

Health on Kill

Nomad's Bazaar
Pilum Rare 87 340

Critical Hit II

Adrenaline on Hurt I

Blacksmith, Loot
Sarissa Legendary

Critical Hit Damage

Adrenaline on Kill

Cursed

Blacksmith, Loot
Sekhmet’s Spear Legendary Critical Hit Damage II

Critical Hit Rate I

Health on Kill

Blacksmith, Loot
The Serpent of Serapis Rare Critical Hit Rate II

Critical Hit Damage II

Helix Store
Shooting Star Rare Critical Hit Damage II

Critical Hit Rate II

Complete Fair Trade
The Trial Rare Critical Hit Damage II

Adrenaline on Hurt I

Unlocked through Uplay
Was Scepter Legendary 94 282 Combo Multiplier IV

Critical Hit Rate II

Health for Critical

Helix Store

Italian Renaissance

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Spear 3 3 5 N/A N/A

French Revolution

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Spear * * * 3 3 3 4 1,000₣ Additional damage: +25% N/A

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Trivia

  • In Assassin's Creed: Official Game Guide, under the entry for the Crusaders, the Knights Hospitalier Soldier unit is depicted with a spear and a shield, but this unit never appears with this weapon in the actual game.
  • In Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, spears and halberds are classified as long weapons and cannot be purchased from any blacksmith shop. They can only be used by disarming them from Seekers or picking them up from the ground after killing a Seeker. Should the player character, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, break into a full sprint or freerun at any time, he will automatically drop the spear as he cannot equip a long weapon.
  • Spears are absent from Assassin's Creed, but in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, some Templar knights who uses the weapon are fought in the memory "The Mentor's Keeper", which chronologically takes place before Assassin's Creed.
  • It is possible for some guards to use the spear, including militia and Borgia captains. If they are disarmed, and the closest weapon on the ground is a spear, they will pick that up provided that no Seeker is alive nearby to take it as well.
    • Borgia captains who used the spear has the running and action animations of the Seekers. Additionally, they can put the spear or halberd in their empty sheaths, but the spear will appear to be broken.
  • In the non-canonical mobile version of Assassin's Creed II, a polearm called a "spear" by the game is part of the player's equipment, but it is technically a glaive, not a spear. Ezio Auditore uses it to assassinate the Templar Emilio Barbarigo.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Unity, the spear features as a weapon that can be purchased and fully equipped for the first time.

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