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Decoding Da Vinci was a virtual representation of one of Ezio Auditore's genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus 2.01.


Ezio Auditore returned to Leonardo's workshop after obtaining the final painting. Salaì searched every painting, but found nothing until Ezio used his gift to search the paintings. Ezio found several invisible drawings on the paintings and drew them out on paper, seeing them as pieces of a map. Ezio properly aligned the pieces and found the location to the vault.


Ezio entered Leonardo's workshop, where Salaì was examining one of the recovered paintings.

  • Ezio: Have you found anything?
  • Salaì: Nothing is there, no pages, nothing.
  • Ezio: That cannot be. Something must be special about them. Think.
  • Salaì: I am done thinking. These paintings are a blank slate.
  • Ezio: Salaì, doesn't Leonardo conceal his research?
  • Salaì: He frequently writes backwards... Ezio, he also experimented with inks, including an ink that vanishes! But we can't see invisible ink... can we? Ezio, use your gift!
  • Ezio: You know about that too?

Ezio by Annunciation

Ezio spoke to Salaì as he sat by the fireplace.

  • Ezio: I am going to solve this.
  • Salaì: I hope so. I cannot take much more.
  • Salaì: Do you think they would hurt him? Leonardo is terrified of violence.
  • Ezio: Unfortunately, this world is a violent place.
  • Salaì: Don't look at me, I cannot see them.

Ezio began to search the paintings for clues.

  • Ezio: There are drawings on the paintings!
  • Salaì: We were right!

He continued to scan the remaining paintings for more clues.

  • Ezio: Found another!
    This one has been searched entirely.
    I see a drawing.
    Everything found.
    I found one.
    I found two drawings.
    There were two in this one as well.
    Got one!

Ezio with the pieces of the map

  • Salaì: You have finished with that one, I see.
  • Ezio: I've found all the images. They seem to fit together.
  • Salaì: Draw them already!
  • Ezio: Bring me paper and ink.

Ezio drew the images on sheets of paper.

  • Salaì: Is that a map? Show me the entrance.
  • Ezio: I must first position its pieces.
  • Salaì: Wait! What about the burned paintings?
  • Ezio: It is likely the missing parts will not be needed.
  • Salaì: Care to bet on that?
  • Ezio: No.

Ezio put together the recovered pieces of the map.

  • Ezio: Here! The entrance to the catacombs!
  • Salaì: Go. Bring him back to me.
  • Ezio: Hang on, old friend. I am coming.


Ezio discovered the entrance to the catacombs and departed for them in search of his closest friend.


  • The title of this memory, "Decoding Da Vinci", is most likely a reference to the famous novel by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code.
  • This memory is one of the few instances in the series where Eagle Vision is mentioned, albeit indirectly, by another character in the game.



Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood memories
Main memories
Sequence 1: Peace at Last
Mass Exodus - Homecoming - R & R - Horsing Around - Target Practice - Reunion - Vilified - Emergency Exit
Sequence 2: A Wilderness of Tigers
As Good As New - Well Executed - New Man in Town - Easy Come, Easy Go - Who's Got Mail? - Crepi il Lupo - The Halls of Nero - Roman Underground
Sequence 3: The Fighter, the Lover and the Thief
Double Agent - Between a Rock and a Hard Place - High-Stakes Negotiation - Collective Intelligence
Sequence 4: Den of Thieves
Castello Crasher - Femme Fatale - The Burdens We Carry - Guardian of Forlì - Man of the People - Serial Offender - Human Cargo - An Unexpected Visitor - War Plans - Outgunned - The Plan
Sequence 5: The Banker
Escape From Debt - Follow the Money - When in Rome... - In and Out - Paper Trail
Sequence 6: The Baron de Valois
Gatekeeper - French Kiss - Trojan Horse - Au Revoir
Sequence 7: The Key to the Castello
Patching the Leak - Calling All Stand-Ins - Exit Stage Right - Intervention - Ascension
Sequence 8: The Borgia
Requiem - An Apple a Day - The Apple of Eden - Demilitarization - Seeing Red - All Roads Lead To...
Sequence 9: The Fall
Pax Romana - A Seed
Secret locations
Wolves Among the Dead - Thrown to the Wolves - Leader of the Pack - The Sixth Day - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Shopaholic - Liquid Gold
War machines
War Plans - Loose Cannon - War Plans - Flying Machine 2.0 - War Plans - Hell on Wheels
Templar agents
Down to Earth - Counter-Propaganda - Excommunication - Firing Line - Red-Handed - The Ringer
Cristina memories
A Second Chance - Last Rites - Best Man - Persona Non Grata - Love's Labour's Lost
Assassination contracts
Two's Company - Tactical Correction - ...And Three's a Crowd - Serf's Turf - The Three Amici - Red Letter Day - The Merchant of Rome - Bearers of Bad News - Cardinal Sin - Turning the Tables - Graduation - Brutes and Brutality
Thief assignments
Lost Pup - A Clash of Interests - Up to Speed - Class Warfare - Pointing Fingers - Eye on the Prize - Young at Heart - Downsizing - A Blanket Finish - For the Fans
Courtesan assignments
Property Dispute - Old Habits Die Hard - The Morning After - Running Scared - Live Bait - Malpractice - Closing In - Bad Politics - Troublemakers - Ghostwriting
The Da Vinci Disappearance
A Roll of the Dice - The One Who Got Away - Memento Mori - Bon Voyage - Last Minute Invite - The Ezio Auditore Affair - Decoding Da Vinci - The Temple of Pythagoras
Copernicus Conspiracy
False Censorship - Out of Orbit - Intelligentsia - Honorary Degree - Expedited Post - Man in Red - Sitting Ducks - Close the Book