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AC1 Short Blade

A 12th century Levantine short blade

Short blades are a class of bladed weapons that trade power and reach for speed.

History

12th century

Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad's short blade was returned to him after he had reached the third rank in the Assassin Order, following his demotion. Like the sword, his skill with the short blade increased as he progressed higher through the Order's ranks.[1]

The first short blade he obtained had a wooden handle, though he received an all metal variation at a later rank. In both instances, he carried the short blade in a sheath strapped across his back, with the handle facing down.[1]

In battle, Altaïr wielded a short blade with an icepick grip, and often used it in conjunction with throwing knives.[1]

Renaissance

In a similar fashion to Altaïr, Ezio Auditore da Firenze was equipped with both a medium weapon and a short blade, though they were sheathed together at his side. He could purchase various types of short blades from blacksmiths, each with unique speed, damage and deflection properties.[2]

In battle, he would wield the short blade much as Altaïr did, utilizing the same icepick grip, though he did not learn to use it alongside throwing knives until he became a Master Assassin.[2][3]

Several of his allies, such as thieves and courtesans, also used short blades in battle. Certain guards and assassination targets, such as agiles and Rodrigo Borgia, made use of short blades as well. However, none of these held their weapons in an icepick grip.[2]

Combat

Ezio Kill Knife

Ezio dual-wielding the short blade and a throwing knife

Short blades strike more quickly than medium weapons, which made them ideal for dispatching large numbers of low-ranked enemies. However, as an enemy's rank increases, the short blade's effectiveness diminished, due to the higher quality armor they wore.[1][2]

For Altaïr, the special, close-ranged attack of most short blades could only be performed from behind – slitting an enemy's throat, or stabbing them in the shoulder or back – which would always result in an instant kill.[1]

When used with the short blade, Altaïr could throw a single throwing knife mid-combat. Similarly, Ezio could dual-wield the short blade with throwing knives, and could throw multiple throwing knives at once.[1][3]

Weapon statistics

Peloponnesian War (5th century BCE)

Name Rarity DPS (Max Level 99) Default Engravings Availability
A Helot's Dagger Rare 7469

+23% Assassin Damage

+10% All Damage

Complete Command and Control
Aconite-Bathed Blade Epic ??  ?? Complete Popular
Arachne's Stingers Legendary 8257 +25% Assassin Damage
+40% Poison Damage
Weapon Damage becomes Poison Damage
Defeat a mercenary with the epithet "the Weaver"
Assassin's Dagger Rare ?? (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829
Atlantean Blade Legendary 8257

+25% Hunter Damage

+50% CRIT Damage

+30% Armor Penetration

Complete The Message, the Stick, and the Artist
Barnabas' Dagger Epic 7829

+24% Hunter Damage

+20% Damage with Overpower Abilities

+10% All Damage

Complete Retribution
Champion's Dagger Rare ?? +13% Assassin Damage
+9% Damage with Daggers
??
Combat Blade Rare 7469 (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829
Dagger of Kronus Legendary 8257

+25% Warrior Damage

+30% Damage with Daggers

+40% Damage when Attacking from Behind

Eliminate Nyx the Shadow
Dagger of Messara Rare ?? +13% Assassin Damage
+5% All Damage
Complete It's Complicated
Dionysos' Tears Legendary ?? +19% Assassin Damage
+30% Adrenaline per CRIT
2% Chance to Deal +25% of Assassin Damage on Melee Hit
Purchase the Dionysos Pack DLC
Edge of Time Legendary 8257

+25% Assassin Damage

+30% Adrenaline per Hit

Reduces all Cooldowns by 10% on successful Parry

Complete Protector of Persia
Elixir Knife Rare ??  ?? Complete The Elixir
Expert's Blade Rare 7469 (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829 (Randomized)
Forged Dagger of the Isu Rare ?? (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic ?? (Randomized)
Hunting Knife Rare 7469 (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829
Huntress Blade Epic ?? (Randomized) Defeat Aegea
Hyrkanos' Dagger Rare 7469

+23% Warrior Damage

+40% Adrenaline per CRIT

Defeat Hyrkanos
Kephallonian Dagger Epic ??  ?? Complete Undoing What's Been Done
Nymph's Blade Rare ?? +13% Assassin Damage
+8% Poison Damage
Complete Age is Just a Number
Okaleia's Lotus Dagger Epic 7829

+24% Assassin Damage

+30% Damage with Daggers

+40% Poison Damage

Defeat Okaleia the Lotus Eater
Ornate Dagger Rare ?? (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829 (Randomized)
Penitant's Blade Rare ?? +13% Hunter Damage
+20% Adrenaline per CRIT
Complete A God Among Men
Petrified Blade Rare ?? +13% Assassin Damage
+20% Damage on Spartan Soldiers
Complete Love's Long Shadow
Pirate's Blade Rare 7469

+23% Warrior Damage

+40% Fire Damage

Complete Recruitment Drive
Poisoner's Dagger Epic 7829 +24% Hunter Damage
+40% Poison Damage
+40% Adrenaline per CRIT
Defeat The Poisoner
Rogue Dagger Rare 7469 (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829
Shapur's Crooked Dagger Epic ?? +18% Warrior Damage
+28% Damage on Spartan Soldiers
+28% Damage on Athenian Soldiers
Defeat Shapur the Unforgiving
Skinning Knife Rare ?? (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829 (Randomized)
Stylets of the Sly Slayer Epic 7829

+24% Assassin Damage

+20% Warrior Damage

+30% Damage with Daggers

Loot a chest in the Abandoned Mine
Surgical Blade Epic 7829

+24% Warrior Damage

+10% All Damage

+50% CRIT Damage

Complete The Hunting Party
Swift Dagger Rare ?? (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829
Talon Dagger Legendary ??  ?? Purchase the Athena Pack DLC
Theatrical Blade Rare ?? +13% Hunter Damage
+6% Damage with Daggers
??
Tiny Blade Epic 7829

+24% Assassin Damage

+50% CRIT Damage

+20% Damage with Overpower Abilities

Complete Across the Border

Ptolemaic Egypt (1st century BCE)

Dual Swords

Name Rarity Quality (Max Level 40) Damage (Max Level 40) Attributes Availability
Blades of Thoth Legendary 103 (Lvl 45) 494 (Lvl 45)

Adrenaline Regeneration IV

Combo Multiplier I

Health on Kill

Complete Shards From The Star.
Courage and Justice Legendary 102 (Lvl 45) 494 (Lvl 45)

Adrenaline Regeneration II

Combo Multiplier III

Health for Critical

Purchase the Eastern Dynasties Pack.
Eye of Horus Legendary 93 400

Adrenaline Regeneration II

Critical Hit Rate IV

Health on Kill

Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar
Fatal Duet Legendary 92 407

Adrenaline Regeneration III

Adrenaline on Kill I

Health on Hit

Blacksmith, Loot
Hash and Slash Rare 97 (Lvl 45) 487 (Lvl 45)

Adrenaline Regeneration II

Critical Hit Damage II

Blacksmith, Loot
Jutes & Cimbri Common 95 (Lvl 45) 484 (Lvl 45) Adrenaline Regeneration III Blacksmith, Loot
Mirror Blades Rare 94 (Lvl 45) 484 (Lvl 45)

Adrenaline Regeneration I

Combo Multiplier I

Blacksmith, Loot
Motivational Duet Common 85 400 Adrenaline I Blacksmith, Loot
Scissor Blades Common 84 390 Adrenaline Regeneration II Blacksmith, Loot
Storm Blades Legendary 92 464

Adrenaline Regeneration III

Critical Hit Rate II

Instant Charging

Blacksmith, Loot
Twin Blades Common Adrenaline Regeneration I Blacksmith, Loot
Wadjet's Knives Legendary 92 400

Adrenaline Regeneration IV

Critical Hit Damage I

Poison on Hit

Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar

Italian Renaissance (15th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Dagger 1 1 2 500ƒ Sequence 3
Knife 1 2 3 1300ƒ Sequence 3
Stiletto 2 4 1 2200ƒ Sequence 3
Channeled Cinquedea 3 3 4 4100ƒ Sequence 5
Sultan's Knife 3 5 3 4300ƒ Sequence 6
Butcher Knife 4 3 5 6400ƒ Sequence 7
Notched Cinquedea 5 5 4 9500ƒ Sequence 8

Italian Renaissance (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Stiletto 1 1 2 300ƒ Sequence 2
Channeled Cinquedea 5 2 4 N/A Sequence 3
Knife 1 2 3 700ƒ Sequence 3
Bone Dagger of Romulus 2 4 4 1900ƒ Sequence 4
Dagger 2 4 1 6250ƒ Sequence 6
Notched Cinquedea 4 4 2 8600ƒ Sequence 7
Butcher Knife 3 5 3 5000ƒ Renovate 5 blacksmiths
Maria's Dagger 5 3 4 N/A Complete all Courtesan challenges
Dagger of Brutus 5 5 5 N/A Retrieval of Romulus' treasure

Ottoman Empire (16th century)

Name Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
Kurdish Jambiya 1 2 2 345 Akce

345 Akce

345 Akce

Sequence 2
Macedonian Dagger 2 2 2 518 Akce

518 Akce

518 Akce

Sequence 3
Standard Stiletto 1 3 2 805 Akce

805 Akce

805 Akce

Sequence 3
Arabian Dagger 2 4 1 1848 Akce

1848 Akce

1848 Akce

Sequence 4
Butcher Knife 3 5 3 5750 Akce

5750 Akce

5750 Akce

Sequence 5
Afghani Khyber Blade 4 4 2 11040 Akce

11040 Akce

11040 Akce

Sequence 6
Bayezid's Knife 5 3 4 13248 Akce

13248 Akce

13248 Akce

Sequence 6
Romani Stiletto 5 3 4 N/A Complete all Romani challenges
Mehmet's Dagger 5 5 5 N/A Complete The Trickster, Part 1

Seven Years' War

Name Damage Speed Combo Cost Availability
Stone Dagger 1 3 5 £450 Sequence 6
Iron Dagger 3 4 4 £2450 Sequence 6
Dirk 2 5 3 £3750 Sequence 6
"Broken Sword" Knife 5 5 4 N/A Crafted

Colonial Louisiana

Name Damage Speed Combo kill Chain-kill Cost Persona
Kuba 3 5 3 4 25000 écu Assassin, Slave

American Revolution

Victorian era

The Kukri is a short, bladed weapon of Nepalese origin, similar to a machete. These weapons are available to Jacob and Evie Frye in London . They are also used by the leader of the Assassins in London, Henry Green .

They are the most lethal melee weapon availabile in Victorian London but have lower impact for stunning than the cane-swords also available.

There are 16 available Kukris.

Name Level Attack Stun Lethality Availability Upgrade
Ivory 2 2 1 4 Complete Sequence 3, Somewhere That's Green £500 | +1 all stats
Adept 3 3 1 3 Buy for £3000 -
Ruby 4 4 1 4 Reach Loyalty Level 1 with Henry Green £2000 | +1 all stats
Iron 4 4 1 4 Craft: £2000 and 80 Metal -
Bold Eagle 5 5 2 5 Complete Sequence 5, Friendly Competition £2500 | +1 A, +1 L
Guard 5 5 2 5 Buy for £4000 -
Jade 6 6 3 6 Complete Sequence 6, A Case of Identity £3500 | +2 A, +1 L
Master Ruby 6 6 3 6 Reach Loyalty Level 2 with Henry Green £3500 | +2 A, +1 L
Henry's 6 6 3 6 Craft: £3000 and 120 Metal -
Assassin 7 7 3 7 Craft: £3750 and 140 Metal £4500 | +2 A, +1 L
Gold Blessing 7 7 3 7 Conquer the borough of The Thames £4500 | +2 A, +1 L
Ancient 8 8 4 8 Buy for £10000 -
Master Assassin 8 8 4 8 Reach Loyalty Level 4 with Henry Green £5000 | +2 A, +1 L
Serrated Death 9 9 4 9 Reach Loyalty Level 4 with Ned Wynert -
Eagle's Splendor 9 9 4 9 Craft: £6000, 160 Metal and 50 Chemical -
Legendary Assassin 10 10 5 11 Reach Loyalty Level 5 with Henry Green £10000 | +3 A, +1 S, +2 L

Trivia

  • In Assassin's Creed, Altaïr was the only person to use a short blade, other than Malik Al-Sayf and his brother Kadar, until Malik lost his arm and Kadar, his life.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, once all throwing knives had been used up, Ezio would throw sand to momentarily blind and incapacitate his target, although Ezio could also do this when in unarmed combat.
  • In the blacksmith shops in Brotherhood, the Notched Cinquedea had the store image of the Channeled Cinquedea, and vice versa.
  • Unlike in Assassin's Creed II, in Brotherhood, the Channeled Cinquedea was a weapon that could not be purchased, and was only available through disarming guards that wielded it.
  • Only very few individuals held the short blade with an icepick grip. These included Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, Tamir, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Francesco de' Pazzi, Bernardo Baroncelli, Claudia Auditore da Firenze, Ratonhnhaké:ton, Kanen'tó:kon and Desmond Miles. However, Ratonhnhaké:ton held only his Pivot Blade in an icepick grip, while Desmond also held only a bowie knife in an icepick grip with his left hand.
  • An unusable Notched Cinquedea could be seen stuck in the table in Ezio's room at the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni.
  • Stephane Chapheau uses a unique short blade in Assassin's Creed III: his meat cleaver. It cannot be used by the player or acquired by any means.

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