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"This gift we call a Leap of Faith. It is one of our Brotherhood's most sacred rites. It is not a tool we use against our enemies, but an act we embrace to strengthen our resolve. Like your meditation, it centers our minds, steadies our hands, and purges fear from our hearts."
―Hytham, describing the Leap of Faith to Eivor Varinsdottir, 873 CE[src]-[m]

Altaïr, Rauf, and another Assassin performing Leaps of Faith in Masyaf

The Leap of Faith is an acrobatic freerunning maneuver in which the person performing it dives off of a high structure and lands, unharmed, into a cushioning material such as hay.

The move is integral for the members of the Assassin Brotherhood and served as a requirement for their initiation for many years, though the custom has fallen out of practice in modern times.


The acrobatic move itself traditionally consisted of a vertical leap with a completely straight stature, followed by a head-over-heels roll in mid-air to allow the one performing it to land on their back.[1]

The move could also be performed by simply walking off of a high ledge or beam, and leaning the entire body forward. This method was used by Roman Hidden One recruits after their initiation ceremony.[2]

An alternative Leap of Faith could be performed while hanging from a ledge, and dropping down backwards onto a safe landing spot that was directly below.[3] Areas from which a Leap could be performed were often marked by bird droppings with small hay patches, or with pigeons perched upon the respective ledge.[1]


Classical Antiquity

Aya performing a leap of faith

The Assassin tradition of the Leap of Faith evolved from an ancient practice that was performed by the Medjay of Egypt who were the only people who knew how to correctly perform the Leap and survive. As a protector of the Pharaoh, the identity of a Medjay was highly important, and so if a Medjay was ever required to prove their identity, they could do so by performing the Leap.[4]

In 48 BCE, a Medjay named Bayek of Siwa attempted to teach the Leap to his son, Khemu, but unfortunately Khemu was killed before he could learn it. Bayek and his wife would later go on to establish the Hidden Ones, a precursor to the Assassin Order. Bayek incorporated his Medjay teachings to the creed of his new organization, which included using the Leap as part of the initiation of a novice to the Hidden Ones.[5]

Middle Ages

In 873, Raven Clan shieldmaiden Eivor Varinsdottir learned how to perform a Leap of Faith from Hidden One Hytham. She successfully leaped from a cliff in Mercia.[6]

Altaïr performing a Leap of Faith in Damascus

In 1191, during the defense of Masyaf, Al Mualim ordered several Assassins to perform the Leap of Faith before the Knights Templar gathered before the fortress, both to proclaim that the Assassins did not fear death, and to trigger an ambush that would rout the attackers.[1]

In the field, the Leap of Faith was mostly used to descend from viewpoints, each of which always provided a suitable safe target for it. However, it could be used to descend from anywhere, provided a safe spot was situated underneath. The Leap could also be used to escape pursuing guards on rooftops, since they were unable to perform the maneuver.[1]


Ezio performing a Leap of Faith from a tower in San Gimignano

Though Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad only performed Leaps of Faith into piles of hay, Ezio Auditore da Firenze could make use of water and other sorts of soft material, such as spice carts or flower petals.[3]

Upon traveling to Rome, Ezio made use of the Leap of Faith to quickly escape from the Borgia towers he had climbed and set aflame.[2] As per tradition, whenever Assassin recruits were initiated, they performed a Leap of Faith, signifying their new rank. Ezio himself performed a Leap of Faith from atop a bell tower in Venice,[3] and his Roman recruits performed the act from atop the Tiber Island headquarters, into the Tiber below.[2]

Enlightenment Age

Edward Kenway performing a Leap of Faith

During the 18th century, the pirate Edward Kenway was also able to perform Leaps of Faith from high points. However, many of Edward's jumps were often directed into pools of water below - provided the water was deep enough - such as those he executed while defending Tulum or while chasing Charles Vane during their marooning on Isla Providencia. It was also possible for Edward to perform diving leaps from the crossmasts of ships, landing safely in the sea.[7]

Edward's grandson Connor was able to perform Leaps of Faith into moving carts of hay below. Notably, Connor also leapt from the seaside cliffs of a burning Fort Wolcott, and later into a giant cavern below Oak Island while searching for the treasure of William Kidd.[8] The French-African Assassin Aveline de Grandpré at one point used the Leap of Faith to enter the Sagrado Cenote in Chichen Itza while looking for the pieces of a Prophecy Disk.[9]

Industrial Revolution

In 1868, Jacob and Evie Frye, as part of their activities with the Ghost Club, chased down Spring-heeled Jack, who ultimately managed to escape by performing a Leap of Faith.[10]

Modern times

Desmond's first Leap of Faith

In 2000, Daniel Cross performed a Leap of Faith into the Persian Gulf to escape the Assassins' Dubai headquarters, shortly after instinctively murdering the Mentor with his newly acquired Hidden Blade.[11] Later on, in 2012, Desmond Miles performed his first Leap of Faith in Monteriggioni, after witnessing a vision of Ezio climbing to a View Point due to the Bleeding Effect.[2] A few months later, Desmond executed another, much higher Leap of Faith in New York City, jumping from the One World Trade Center, before deploying a parachute to glide to another rooftop. Several Abstergo recruits also performed Leaps of Faith during the simulations in the Animus, as a part of the Animi Training Program.[2] In 2015, Rebecca Crane and Shaun Hastings both performed Leaps of Faith to escape Isabelle Ardant and Sigma Team.[10]


Assassin's Creed
  • When Masyaf was attacked by Templars, three Assassins displayed their devotion by performing Leaps of Faith from a cliff. This was based on a historical incident involving the Hashshashin, in which their leader proclaimed that his followers were more devout than any and would follow all commands he gave.
  • There was nothing coincidental about the placement of the piles of hay in the Animus. It was explained that the bales of hay and the birds indicating them were programmed into memories by Lucy Stillman, as a way to help in navigation.
Assassin's Creed II
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • Vali cel Tradat performed a Leap of Faith, becoming the second Templar to ever use the move. However, he was a former Assassin.
Assassin's Creed III
  • In Assassin's Creed III, the Kanien'kehá:ka woman Kaniehtí:io performed a Leap of Faith, becoming the first person to perform this acrobatic move, who was not a member of the Assassins or Templars.
  • The Colonial Templar Grand Master Haytham Kenway also performed a Leap of Faith, becoming the third Templar to perform the move. However, he was raised as an Assassin during his childhood.
  • Crows indicated where a Leap of Faith could be performed, instead of pigeons.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue
  • During the memory "The Color of Right", a gang member can be seen performing a Leap of Faith.
Assassin's Creed: Unity
  • Arno Dorian employed a maneuver similar to the Leap of Faith, known as the "Base Jump", leaping from a high point and swinging on an object as he fell to the ground.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
  • A cult known as the Mysteries of Hedone required a Leap of Faith as part of their initiation ritual.
  • Both Kassandra and Darius somehow both learnt the Leap of Faith independently from each other before the Medjay had it as a tradition.