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A Syrian Sabre

Swords are mêlée weapons which consist of a long blade attached to a handle called a hilt.

Until the advent of firearms, swords were ubiquitous throughout the world and were among the main weapons employed by humans in warfare. Standard guards of cities and fortresses commonly equipped swords, as did members of the Assassin Brotherhood and the Templar Order, and it was their primary means of engaging in open combat. Advances in firearm technology led to swords or other mêlée weapons becoming obsolete from the late 18th century onward. Nevertheless, they continued to see limited service with militaries until as late as the early 20th century. For Assassin and Templars, however, who fought their shadow war not on traditional battlefields, swords persisted as standard equipment for a longer period of time. During the Industrial Revolution in Britain, they even adapted to the changing norms by developing cane-swords, canes or walking sticks with concealed blades.

While, for army infantry and cavalry, swords were sometimes relegated as side-arms, for the Assassins and Templars, they usually acted as primary weapons with a short blade or pistol as their supporting weapon. This owed to the fact that swords have a relatively long reach, great power, and quick attack rate, though not as much as long weapons, heavy weapons or short blades, respectively. As such, among mêlée weapons, they can be seen as the most balanced and versatile weapons available.

Description

Forged from metal, swords are designed to inflict injury primarily through slashing and thrusting. A diverse variety of swords have existed throughout history, with variances in the applications of techniques. Basic distinctions between types of swords include whether the blade is sharpened only on a single edge or on both edges and whether the blade is straight or curved, with the latter dichotomy determining the sword's affinity for thrusting or slashing respectively. They can also either require one hand or two hands to wield although the latter are generally classified as heavy weapons instead. Conversely, shorter variants of swords are called daggers or short blades.

History

Third Crusade

Altair sword evolution

The swords used by Altaïr in 1191

In the High Middle Ages, guards used no other melee weapon but swords, and the guards of Masyaf regularly practiced swordplay in the courtyard, stressing how important it was to wield a blade. Maces were uncommon at the time, and the sword was a mainstay in any arsenal, even for archers.[1]

The sword became available to an Assassin upon reaching the second rank, with more powerful, better quality swords being presented to him as he progressed. Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad began with a dull-gray sword that lacked a guard and had a curved hilt. His second sword resembled the first, though it possessed a silvery sheen and a distinct pommel.[1]

The third sword was his personal weapon, which was constructed of a hand guard that was shaped like an eagle's wings, along with an eagle's head at the pommel. Altaïr's final sword was the Syrian Sabre. It had a curved blade, a characteristic of Arabic swords, and indicated a very high status, as the hilt and sheath were covered in gold.[1]

Renaissance

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Weapon room in the Villa Auditore

Come the Renaissance, maces had become equally as popular as the sword, and matched them in use and availability. The first sword Ezio Auditore da Firenze obtained came from his father, and was stored in a chest hidden in the Palazzo Auditore. However, he quickly lost it when he was disarmed in his attempt to save his father and brothers from execution.[2]

Ezio was later equipped with a similar sword, courtesy of his uncle, Mario Auditore, when he arrived at Monteriggioni. Following this, he could buy a variety of swords or maces from blacksmiths. Any unequipped weapons he later purchased were stored at the Villa Auditore's armory.[2]

Swords and maces continued to be a central part of combat in Rome. Around this time, Ezio was more aggressive in his fights, and used a variety of new attacks against his enemies. Additionally, Ezio learned to dual-wield his Hidden Gun with his primary weapon, in order to kill an enemy from a distance, or perform an instant double kill with both his sword and gun during a kill-streak.[3]

Age of Discovery

During the Golden Age of Piracy, the Assassin Edward Kenway used a variety of swords. He typically kept a pair on his person, dual-wielding them in combat. Despite the widespread of firearms among the militaries and other factions, various individuals also typically carried a sword for close combat.[4]

Age of Revolution

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Haytham Kenway's shortsword

Haytham Kenway, Edward's son, utilized a short-sword in combat during his early life, though it was ultimately lost in a in a duel with the Assassin Miko in Corsica.[5] Years later, upon his arrival in the American colonies, Haytham used a saber during the Seven Years' War and the American Revolutionary War.[6][7]

The Assassin-turned-Templar, Shay Cormac, dual-wielded a sword and a parrying dagger,[6] similar to the pair of 12th century Templar brothers, Shalim and Shahar.[8]

Haytham's son, the Colonial Assassin Connor, was known to simultaneously utilize swords and his Hidden Blades in combat. Around this time, the practice of sword-wielding amongst common soldiers had declined, with greater focus being placed on flintlock muskets with attached bayonets. Only the high-ranked officers were known to carry a sword on their person.[7]

During the French Revolution, swords were commonly used by soldiers of the French Army, as well as other organizations such as the Jacobins and Royalists. Common soldiers usually utilized sabres, while officers wielded rapiers. The French Assassin Arno Dorian and Templar Élise de la Serre each wielded a sabre.[9]

Cane Sword

Evie Frye's cane-sword

Due to limitations and regulations regarding weaponry in London during the Victorian era, Assassins such as Jacob and Evie Frye used cane-swords, which were blades disguised with the appearance of a walking cane.[10]

Weapon statistics

Italian Renaissance (15th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Common Sword 1 2 2 N/A Sequence 3
Venetian Falchion 1 3 1 1,900ƒ Sequence 3
Old Syrian Sword 1 2 3 2,300ƒ Sequence 3
Captain's Sword 2 4 3 5,200ƒ Sequence 5
Florentine Falchion 2 3 4 5,200ƒ Sequence 5
Scimitar 3 3 5 11,300ƒ Sequence 6
Milanese Sword 3 5 3 11,300ƒ Sequence 7
Schiavona 4 5 4 25,000ƒ Sequence 8
Sword of Altaïr 5 5 5 45,000ƒ Sequence 9 in Monteriggioni

Italian Renaissance (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Common Sword 1 2 2 N/A Sequence 1
Florentine Falchion 4 5 5 N/A Sequence 3
Scimitar 3 3 5 N/A Sequence 3
Roman Longsword 1 3 3 1,400ƒ Sequence 3
Sicilian Rapier 1 4 3 2,600ƒ Sequence 4
Venetian Falchion 1 5 5 5,700ƒ Sequence 5
Old Syrian Sword 3 4 1 8,800ƒ Sequence 6
Schiavona 4 2 2 10,400ƒ Sequence 7
Milanese Sword 4 4 2 15,700ƒ Sequence 8
La Volpe's Bite 3 5 5 N/A Complete Thieves' guild challenges
Sword of Altaïr 5 5 5 N/A Complete Assassin's guild challenges
Captain's Sword 2 4 3 N/A Complete Blacksmith shop quest

Ottoman Empire (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Assassin Yataghan Sword 1 2 1 N/A Sequence 1
Captain's Sword 2 3 3 N/A Sequence 2
Milanese Sword 3 3 2 N/A Sequence 2
Schiavona 3 2 3 N/A Sequence 2
Persian Shamshir 1 4 3 3,163 Akce Sequence 2
Florentine Falchion 1 3 5 6,555 Akce Sequence 3
Syrian Sabre 2 4 3 11,960 Akce Sequence 5
Sicilian Rapier 3 5 5 23,736 Akce Sequence 6
Janissary Kijil 4 2 2 28,290 Akce Sequence 6
Byzantine Arming Sword 1 2 2 1,610 Akce Sequence 7
Altaïr's Sword 5 3 4 N/A Complete Assassin guild challenges
Yusuf's Turkish Kijil 5 5 5 N/A Complete The Deacon, Part 1
Vlad Tepes' Sword 4 4 4 N/A Complete The Impaler's Tomb

Golden Age of Piracy

Name Speed Combo Damage Cost Availability
Officer's Smallswords 1 2 1 N/A Sequence 1
British Cutlasses 2 3 2 800 R Sequence 2
Spanish Cup-hilt Rapiers 2 3 2 1,200 R Sequence 2
French Dress Swords 3 3 1 3,000 R Sequence 2
Espada Ancha 2 3 3 5,000 R Sequence 2
Privateer's Cutlasses 3 3 3 6,500 R Sequence 2
British Colonial Cutlasses 2 4 3 8,000 R Sequence 2
Pirate Scimitars 2 3 5 10,000 R Sequence 2
French Court Swords 4 3 4 12,500 R Sequence 2
Officer's Rapiers 5 4 3 14,000 R Sequence 2
Scottish Broadswords 3 5 3 N/A Find 3 social treasures
Matched Golden Swords 3 2 2 N/A ULC Chest
Captain Drake's Swords 2 2 3 N/A Complete the Sacrifice Island mission
German Rapiers 2 3 2 N/A ULC Chest
Persian Scimitars 2 2 3 N/A Complete community challenges
Dual Cleavers 1 3 3 N/A Enter code from purchase of Dr. Pepper
Pistol Swords 5 4 3 N/A Complete all Assassin contracts
Blades of Toledo 4 3 3 N/A Unlocked through Uplay
Edward Kenway's Unique Swords 3 2 2 N/A Enter code found with action figure
Altaïr's Swords 4 3 3 N/A Purchase the Crusader & Florentine Pack
Ezio's Swords 3 3 4 N/A Purchase the Crusader & Florentine Pack

Seven Years' War

Name Speed Combo Damage Cost Availability
French Cutlass 1 2 1 N/A Sequence 1
Pirate Scimitar 2 2 1 £1,200 Sequence 1
Colonial American Cutlass 2 2 2 £3,000 Sequence 1
British Cutlass 3 2 2 £5,000 Sequence 1
Privateer Cutlass 3 2 3 £6,500 Sequence 1
Scottish Broadsword 3 3 3 £8,000 Sequence 1
Hanger sword 4 2 3 £12,500 Sequence 1
Cuttoe Sword 3 4 4 £10,000 Sequence 1
English Infantry Hanger Sword 4 3 4 £13,000 Sequence 1
Officer's Short Sword 3 5 4 £14,000 Sequence 1
Bastard Sword 4 3 5 £18,000 Complete "Armour and Sword"
Governor's Sword 5 4 3 N/A Carry out all renovations
Hunting Sabre 4 2 3 N/A Complete all hunting quests
Viking Sword 4 3 4 N/A Collect all Viking sword fragments
Admiral's Lion Sword 3 2 3 N/A Complete Gothenburg fleet mission
Spanish Sword 4 2 4 N/A Complete Gibraltar fleet mission
Altaïr's Sword 4 5 5 N/A Complete all fleet missions
Katana 2 3 4 N/A Unlocked through Uplay
French Cuttoe 2 2 3 N/A Purchase the Templar Legacy Pack
Templar Sword 2 3 4 N/A Purchase the Templar Legacy Pack
English Dragoon's Basket-hilted Sword 3 2 4 N/A Purchase the Templar Legacy Pack
Small-hilted Sword 3 3 3 N/A Purchase the Templar Legacy Pack
Sir James Gunn's Sword 3 4 4 N/A Purchase the Templar Legacy Pack

Colonial Louisiana

Name Damage Speed Combo Chain-kill Cost Persona
Sword 2 3 5 2 754 écu Assassin
Officer's Short Sword 3 4 3 3 15,700 écu Assassin
Cuttoe Sword 3 2 4 2 1,560 écu Assassin
Hanger Sword 3 4 2 3 27,900 écu Assassin
Cutlass 2 2 4 2 N/A Assassin
Pirate Scimitar 2 4 3 3 N/A Assassin
Colichemarde 1 4 3 3 9,020 écu Assassin
Heavy Cavalry Sword 5 4 4 2 26,000 écu Assassin
Ceremonial Blade 3 3 4 3 N/A Assassin

American Revolution

Name Damage Speed Combo Cost Availability
Normal Sword 1 2 3 £700 Sequence 6
French Rapier 2 1 4 £3,955 Sequence 6
Light Cavalry Saber 4 3 5 £3,500 Sequence 6
Hanger Sword 3 3 5 £1,250 Sequence 6
French Cutlass 3 4 5 £1,575 Sequence 6
Officer's Sword 4 1 4 £5,000 Sequence 6
Cuttoe Sword 2 2 4 £4,100 Sequence 9
Lincoln's Sword (Replica) 4 4 4 N/A Level 4 Blacksmith
Dyes + Special Iron Ingot
Washington's Battle Sword (Replica) 5 5 5 N/A Level 4 Blacksmith
Silver Ore + Special Iron Ingot
Captain Kidd's Sawtooth Cutlass 5 4 4 N/A Complete The Ruins at Cerros

French Revolution

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Dull Cavalry Saber * 1 1 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Back Sword * 1 1 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – Barber of Seville
Basket-Hilted Sword * * 2 2 4 2 250₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Warhammer * * 2 2 4 2 250₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Messer * * 2 2 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – The Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat
Heavy-Hilted Sword * * 3 3 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – Hot Chocolate to Die For
Saber of Honour * * 2 2 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Secrets of the Revolution Pack
Spanish Cup-Hilt Rapier * * 2 2 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25%
Pappenheimer Rapier * * 2 2 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25%
Arno's French Rapier * * 2 2 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Underground Armory Pack
The Fleur-de-Lys 2 2 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Season Pass exclusive
The Lion's Saber * * 2 2 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Revolutionary Armaments Pack
Light Cavalry Saber * * * 2 2 4 2 1,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Foil * * * 3 3 4 2 1,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Scimitar * * * 3 3 4 2 1,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Rapier * * * 3 3 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Play Assassin's Creed: Unity Companion
Officer's Saber * * * * 4 4 4 2 5,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Dented Falchion * * * * 4 4 4 2 5,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Gladius * * * * 4 4 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – The Decapitated Warden
Sword of the Convention * * * * 6 4 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Dead KingsLast Rites
Straight Falchion * * * * 4 4 4 2 5,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Royal Cutlass * * * * * 6 6 4 2 25,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Snake-Hilted Sword * * * * * 6 6 4 2 25,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Katana * * * * * 6 6 4 2 25,000₣ Additional damage: +25% N/A
Cutlass * * * * * 6 6 4 2 24,750₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Schiavona * * * * * 8 8 4 2 200,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A
Sword of Eden * * * * * 8 8 4 2 N/A Additional Damage: +25% The Temple
Cinquedeas * * * * * 8 8 4 2 125,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A

Victorian era

Name Level Attack Stun Lethality Availability Upgrade
Initiate's Cane-sword 1 1 3 0 Evie's starting weapon £500
+1 A, +1 S
Noble Cane-sword 2 2 3 1 Buy for £2,500 £
+
Arbaaz Mir's Cane-sword 3 3 4 2 Uplay reward £2,000
+
Adept Cane-sword 3 3 4 3 Conquer the borough of Whitechapel £1,000
+1 A, +1 S
Goddess Cane-sword 4 4 5 3 Reach Loyalty Level 1 with Robert Topping £2,000
+1 A, +1 S
Mayan Cane-sword 4 4 5 3 Craft: £1,250, 60 Metal and complete the Whitechapel Gangwar £
+
Sir Lemay's Cane 5 5 6 4 Complete Research and Development £2,500
+1 A, +1 S
Charles Dickens' Cane-sword 5 5 6 4 Complete the Charles Dickens Memories £2,500
+1 all stats
Golden Lion Cane-sword 6 6 7 4 Buy for £3,500 after completing A Case of Identity £3,500
+2 A, +1 S
Lord Pearson's Cane-sword 6 6 7 4 Southwark Chest £
+
Obsidian Lion Cane-sword 6 6 7 4 Craft: £3,000 and 120 Metal £
+
Jade Dragon Cane-sword 7 7 8 5 Reach Loyalty Level 2 with Robert Topping £4,500
+2 A, +1 S
Runic Mayan Cane-sword 7 7 8 5 Complete The Darkest Hour £
+
Ivory and Jade Cane-sword 8 8 8 5 Craft: £4,500, 120 Leather and 40 Chemical £5,000
+
Light and Dark Cane-sword 8 8 8 5 Reach Loyalty Level 3 with Robert Topping £
+
Flame Dragon Cane-sword 9 9 9 6 Reach Loyalty Level 4 with Robert Topping £
+
Night Terror Cane-sword 9 9 9 6 Craft: £6,000, 160 Leather and 250 Chemical £
+
World's Greatest Cane-sword 10 10 11 8 Reach Loyalty Level 5 with Robert Topping £
+
Ocean Cane-Sword 3 3 2 2 Purchase the Streets of London Pack £
+
Copper Hammer Cane-Sword 3 3 4 5 Purchase the Streets of London Pack £
+
Dove Cane-sword 10 10 11 8 Complete Murder at the Palace £
+
Impaler Cane-sword 7 9 9 7 Purchase the Victorian Legends Pack £
+

Trivia

Assassin's Creed II
  • All weapons on the special weapons rack could be obtained after synchronizing with the PSP, upon completion of Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines.
  • The Sword of Altaïr could only be purchased from the blacksmith shop in Monteriggioni.
  • The Syrian sabre dealt less damage than the Sword of Altaïr, despite the Syrian sabre having been the best sword in Assassin's Creed.
  • The first sword that Ezio acquired was the common sword. However, when he was disarmed by a Brute during the execution of his family, it became the Syrian sabre.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • The Captain used a short-sword that resembled a shorter version of the Milanese Sword.
  • The Scimitar and Florentine Falchion were used by the guards, but were not purchasable from the blacksmiths. However, they could be acquired by disarming a guard while Ezio did not have a weapon equipped.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Several of Edward's counters and executions are alterations of Connor's, many of which omit Connor's jumping or spinning.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue

  • The weapons board displays the french cutlass as being removed, when the french cuttoe is equipped, and vice versa.
  • The small hilted sword comes with a dagger, but the dagger is missing from the weapons board.
  • James gunn's sword/dagger also does not appear on the board.
  • In total there are 24 board slots and 23 available swords/daggers. (including DLC content).
Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
  • Despite the fact the game has cane-swords, they actually do not contain swords at all, rather they use thin, sharp daggers, with the scabbards acting as scythes with a blade at its bottom.

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