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The British evacuating Fort Monmouth

Forts are military complexes engineered for the defense of territory.


Golden Age of Piracy[]

During the early 18th century, the pirate-turned-Assassin Edward Kenway assaulted and captured ten forts under the control of either the Royal Navy or Spanish Navy throughout the Caribbean. To capture a fort, Edward would first use his ship, the Jackdaw's, cannons and mortars to destroy all of the outer walls and towers, rendering the stronghold vulnerable. He would then infiltrate the fort itself, kill its officers, destroy gunpowder reserves, and break into the war room, where they would eliminate the commander.[1]

Following the successful capture of a fort, its flag would be lowered and replaced with a black one, and from that point on the stronghold served as an outpost for pirates in the nearby waters. By capturing forts in the Caribbean, Edward was able to exert his piratical influence over a much greater area, as the forts would attack any passing warships. In addition, capturing a fort would clear away a part of the map, detailing previously undiscovered locations.[1]

A decade later, while in the Philippines, Edward encountered another fort on Monkey Island, which had been occupied by a faction of native resistance warriors led by Rajah.[2] The Assassin, accompanied by several members of his Zhang Wei Union and a group of native villagers, later stormed the fort to rescue the prisoners held there, and escaped by jumping into the water after John Young planted explosives to destroy the stronghold.[3]

Seven Years' War[]

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The Morrigan attacking a fort

During the Seven Years' War, the Templar Shay Cormac captured forts controlled by the French Navy throughout the Northern Atlantic Ocean and River Valley. Shay's process of capturing a fort was similar to the one used by Edward, first weakening its defenses with his ship, the Morrigan, then infiltrating the stronghold itself to eliminate its commander.[4]

Unlike the forts captured by Edward, the strongholds captured by Shay became outposts for the Royal Navy, as the Templars supported the British crown throughout the war. To reflect this, the French flag of a captured fort would be replaced with the Union Jack.[4]

American Revolution[]

During the American Revolutionary War, Edward's grandson, the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton, captured several forts under the control of the British Army, located in Boston, New York, and the Frontier. Upon infiltrating a fort, Ratonhnhaké:ton would destroy its gunpowder reserves, eliminate its captain, and finally lower the British flag and replace it with a Colonial one. In doing so, control of the fort shifted from the British Army to that of the Continental Army.[5]

In addition to benefiting the Continental Army, capturing forts also made the trade routes in the Thirteen Colonies much safer, as previously there had been a higher risk of losing trade vessels, such as convoys, to bandits.[5]


  • Forts replace Borgia Towers from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin Dens from Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
  • Liberated forts in Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Assassin's Creed Rogue can be used as fast travel points.
  • In Assassin's Creed III, when used as a fast travel point by Connor, a liberated fort will occasionally spawn a single British soldier, who will then be killed by the fort's Continental soldiers.
  • When warships pass captured forts in Black Flag and Rogue, they will be fired upon by the fort's cannons although no military force will appear manning the cannons after the fort is captured. In Rogue, British soldiers could be hostile to Shay should he chose to attack them.
  • In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, forts captured by pirates would still appear to be damaged from the previous bombardment by the Jackdaw, but in Assassin's Creed: Rogue, captured forts would be in their normal state, as they are now administered by British forces.