Seekers were guards who were trained in long weapons and were so named because it was their practice to conduct thorough searches of hiding places, such as wells and haystacks, for intruders and enemies, relying on their polearms to probe these spots from a safer distance.
Aside from their standard equipment of spears and halberds, Seekers were more heavily armored than regular guards, though less so than Brutes. They often served in defensive capacities, posted at strategic checkpoints or doors and gates to secure entrances. However, they were also regularly deployed in patrols, traveling with other lower ranked soldiers, usually as a pair, or in groups of four.
A Seeker's regular attacks could be deflected using any weapon, however, they could not be countered with a medium weapon or a short blade. Instead, they could only be countered lethally with a heavy weapon, another long weapon such as those carried by themselves, or a Hidden Blade. The timing for the latter was rather difficult though, due to the much smaller window of opportunity for the counter.
Their attacks could also be evaded, or the Seeker could be disarmed, which would in turn allow for a lethal counter-attack using their own weapon.
For a Seeker's armed special attack, the Sweep, it would knock a target to the ground by tripping their feet out from underneath them. While this did no damage, it opened up the target to subsequent attacks as they lay on the ground. The Sweep could not be countered, requiring it to be either interrupted or dodged. When Seekers prepared to perform a Sweep, they would raise their weapon above their heads at approximately a 45 degree angle.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze could also perform the Sweep attack, after he learned it from the fighting instructor at Monteriggioni. Using the maneuver, he was capable of tripping up multiple guards in one swing. In Rome, Ezio could use the sweep technique to slit the throats of nearby guards instead of sweeping them off their feet.
Accompanying this, Seekers could also throw sand at their enemies, blinding them momentarily and opening them up for an attack. Similarly to the Sweep technique, the sand could be evaded but not countered.
- Special seekers
- The Farmer, a lieutenant of Girolamo Savonarola during the Bonfire of the Vanities, wields a pitchfork and fights like a Seeker.
- During the final fight with Rodrigo Borgia in the Sistine Chapel, Rodrigo wields the Papal Staff as a pole-arm and therefore fights with the move-set of a Seeker
- Certain Papal Guards from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood are armed similarly to Seekers and share their move-set.
- The Byzantines in Assassin's Creed: Revelations possess a variation of Seekers, the Varangians.
- Seekers are much more common in Brotherhood than in Assassin's Creed II, with many of them leading patrol groups.
- In the mission "Infrequent Flier", during the cutscene where Ezio abandons the burning Flying Machine, a Seeker and a Brute can be seen on the roof of the Palazzo Ducale. Strangely, these are the only two guards archetypes that cannot free-run or climb.
- In the E3 Trailer for Brotherhood, two Seekers can be seen wielding swords. Also, the appearance of the Seeker is virtually the same as those of Assassin's Creed II.
- The Borgia Seekers wear Burgonet helmets, but this is anachronistic as this type of helmets did not arise until the mid-16th century.
- When disarmed, a Seeker has roughly the same mobility as an Agile guard.
- When attempting to escape from a battle, Seekers will not be the only guards to search nearby hiding spots; all guards will search for Ezio until he has returned to anonymity.
- In Assassin's Creed II, if engaged in a fight with several other guards and a disarmed Seeker, the Seeker will rarely attempt to grab Ezio from behind and hold him for the others to attack. In Brotherhood, this can be performed by any guard.
- In Assassin's Creed II, if Ezio dodges a Seeker's Sweep attack, he will use his bracer to break the spear, forcing the Seeker to use one of the improvised weapons.
- In Brotherhood, Seekers cannot be counter-killed with a heavy weapon except during a kill streak.
- The Seeker is capable of defeating the lowest ranked apprentice should they be locked in open battle.
- The only weapon that can counter a Seeker's attack outside kill streaks is the Hidden Blade, and only if Ezio had obtained the second blade from Leonardo.
- On PlayStation Home, the design of a Seeker can be purchased as an avatar.