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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 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 7829 ?? 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 7469 (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 8257 +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 7469 ?? Complete The Elixir
Expert's Blade Rare 7469 (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829 (Randomized)
Forged Dagger of the Isu** Rare 7469 (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829 (Randomized)
The Greek Hello ?? ?? Helix Store, Oikos of the Olympians
Hunting Knife Rare 7469 (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829
Huntress Blade** Epic 7829 (Randomized) Defeat Aegea
Hyrkanos' Dagger Rare 7469 +23% Warrior Damage
+40% Adrenaline per CRIT
Defeat Hyrkanos
Isu-Forged Assassin's Blade** Legendary 8257 +25% Assassin Damage
+30% Damage with Daggers
Reduce all Cooldowns by 10% on Assassin Ability Kill
Use the Forge of Atlantis
Isu-Forged Hunter's Blade** Legendary 8257 +25% Hunter Damage
+30% Damage with Daggers
Reduce all Cooldowns by 10% on Hunter Ability Kill
Use the Forge of Atlantis
Isu-Forged Warrior's Blade** Legendary 8257 +25% Warrior Damage
+30% Damage with Daggers
Reduce all Cooldowns by 10% on Warrior Ability Kill
Use the Forge of Atlantis
Kephallonian Dagger Epic 7829 + % Assassin Damage
+ % Damage with Daggers
+ % Warrior Damage
Complete Undoing What's Been Done
Lyra's Dagger** Epic 7829 + % Assassin Damage
+ % CRIT Damage
+ % Damage on Animals
Complete In Dreams
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 7469 (Randomized) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829 (Randomized)
Penitent's Blade Rare 7469 +13% Hunter Damage
+20% Adrenaline per CRIT
Complete A God Among Men
Petrified Blade Rare 7469 +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 7829 +18% Warrior Damage
+28% Damage on Spartan Soldiers
+28% Damage on Athenian Soldiers
Defeat Shapur the Unforgiving
Skinning Knife Rare 7469 (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 7469 (Randomised) Blacksmith, Loot
Epic 7829
Talon Dagger Legendary 8257 +25% Assassin Damage
+10% All Damage
+10% CRIT Chance but -50% CRIT Damage
Purchase the Athena Pack DLC
Theatrical Blade Rare ?? +13% Hunter Damage
+6% Damage with Daggers

??

Thyia's Gift Epic ?? +18% Assassin Damage
+21% Damage with Daggers
+28% Adrenaline per CRIT
Complete Blood for Aphrodite (choose "Weapons")
Tiny Blade Epic 7829 +24% Assassin Damage
+50% CRIT Damage
+20% Damage with Overpower Abilities
Complete Across the Border

*Only available after downloading Legacy of the First Blade
**Only available after downloading The Fate of Atlantis

Ptolemaic Egypt (1st century BCE)

Dual Swords

Name Rarity Quality (Max Level 55) Damage (Max Level 55) Attributes Availability
Blades of Thoth* Legendary 123 527 Adrenaline Regeneration IV
Combo Multiplier I
Health on Kill
Complete Shards from a Star
Courage and Justice Legendary 122 524 Adrenaline Regeneration II
Combo Multiplier III
Health for Critical
Purchase the Eastern Dynasties Pack DLC
Daggers of Tutankhamun** Legendary 121 517 Adrenaline Regeneration II
Critical Hit Damage IV
Health for Critical
Complete National Treasures
Eyes of Horus Legendary Adrenaline Regeneration II Helix Store, Nomad’s Bazaar
Fatal Duet Legendary 122 527 Adrenaline Regeneration III
Adrenaline on Kill I
Health on Kill
Blacksmith, Loot
Flickering Daggers Legendary 123 524 Adrenaline Regeneration III
Adrenaline on Hurt III
Health on Hit
Purchase the First Civilization Pack DLC
Hash and Slash Rare 117 520 Adrenaline Regeneration II
Critical Hit Damage II
Blacksmith, Loot
Jutes & Cimbri Common 115 517 Adrenaline Regeneration III Blacksmith, Loot
Mirror Blades Rare 114 517 Adrenaline Regeneration I
Combo Multiplier I
Blacksmith, Loot
Motivational Duet Common 115 524 Adrenaline Regeneration I Blacksmith, Loot
Scissor Blades Common 114 517 Adrenaline Regeneration II Blacksmith, Loot
Storm Blades Legendary 122 524 Adrenaline Regeneration III
Critical Hit Rate II
Instant Charging
Blacksmith, Loot
Twin Blades Common 114 520 Adrenaline Regeneration I Blacksmith, Loot
Venomous Grace** Legendary 121 520 Adrenaline Regeneration II
Combo Multiplier III
Poison on Hit
Complete The Lady of Grace
Wadjet's Knives Legendary 122 524 Adrenaline Regeneration IV
Critical Hit Damage I
Poison on Hit
Helix Store, Nomad's Bazaar

*Only available after downloading The Hidden Ones
**Only available after downloading The Curse of the Pharaohs

Mobile Animus 4.38

Name Tier Damage Speed Miss Chance Modifiers Requirements
Fang of the Goddess ★★★★★ 1.5k-1.7k 0.75 6% +180 Defense
+30 Health
+2% Critical Chance
+12% Critical Bonus
+10% Dodge
+52 Lethality
+20 Agility
300,000 Coins
200 Gold ingots
50 Fine Silk
1 Ancient tablet

9th century Viking Expansion

Seaxes

Name Alignment Stats Attributes Availability
Yngling Seax Raven Increases Melee Damage after a dodge

Duration: 2.5

Bonus: +15.0 Melee Damage

Eikundarsund
Hundtoth Bear Increases Critical Chance when low Health

Health Threshold: 50%

Bonus: +10.0 Critical Chance.

Merchants
Suttungr's Claw Wolf Increase Critical Damage after each hit. [up to 10 times] Venta Belgarum bureau

Third Crusade

Name Tier Damage Speed Miss Chance Modifiers Requirements
Mirage Blade ★★★★★ 1.5k-1.7k 0.75 5% +170 Defense
+30 Health
+10% Critical Chance
+10% Critical Bonus
+10% Dodge
+80 Lethality
+35 Dexterity
+20 Agility
300,000 Coins
150 Damascus Steel
80 Gold Ingots
1 Ancient Tablet

Spanish Renaissance (15th century)

Name Tier Damage Speed Miss Chance Modifiers Requirements
Brisk Cinquedea ★★★★★ 1.3k-1.3k 0.75 5% +185 Defense
+145 Health
+5% Dodge
150,000 Coins
85 Damascus Steel
45 Gold Ingots
1 Soapstone
Nimble Poignard ★★★★★ 1.3k-1.3k 0.75 5% +5% Critical Chance
+65 Dexterity
+25 Agility
150,000 Coins
110 Damascus Steel
45 Gold Ingots
1 Coral
Concealed Dirk ★★★★★ 1.3k-1.4k 0.75 5% +50 Defense
+70 Health
+7% Critical Chance
+10% Critical Bonus
+10% Dodge
+70 Dexterity
+20 Agility
150,000 Coins
200 Damascus Steel
130 Fine Silk
1 Obsidian
Master Poignard ★★★★ 230-255 0.75 5% +4% Critical Chance
+18 Dexterity
21,000 Coins
200 Toledo Steel
200 Silver Ingot
1 Poignard
Cinquedea ★★★★ 225-245 0.75 5% +4% Critical Chance
+20 Dexterity
+8 Agility
28,000 Coins
225 Toledo Steel
225 Steel Ingot
Fine Dagger ★★★ 80-100 0.75 5% +15 Health
+3% Critical Chance
+3% Dodge
10,000 Coins
150 Steel Ingot
150 Hardened Leather
1 Dagger
Poignard ★★★ 85-95 0.75 5% +3% Critical Chance
+15 Dexterity
13,500 Coins
125 Steel Ingot
125 Silver Ingots
Fine Stiletto ★★ 30-34 0.75 5% +2% Critical Chance
+8 Agility
3,600 Coins
40 Iron Ore
40 Leather Scraps
1 Stiletto
Fine Knife ★★ 29-35 0.75 5% +2% Critical Chance
+8 Dexterity
4,000 Coins
50 Iron Ore
50 Leather Scraps
1 Knife
Dagger ★★ 30-40 0.75 5% +10 Health
+2% Critical Chance
+2% Dodge
6,000 Coins
75 Iron Ore
75 Tanned Leather
Stiletto 10-12 0.75 5% +5 Health
+1% Critical Chance
1,100 Coins
10 Copper Ore
10 Tin Ore
Knife 9-13 0.75 5% +1% Critical Chance
+5 Dexterity
1,200 Coins
15 Copper Ore
15 Tin Ore

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.png

345 Akce.png

345 Akce.png

Sequence 2
Macedonian Dagger 2 2 2 518 Akce.png

518 Akce.png

518 Akce.png

Sequence 3
Standard Stiletto 1 3 2 805 Akce.png

805 Akce.png

805 Akce.png

Sequence 3
Arabian Dagger 2 4 1 1848 Akce.png

1848 Akce.png

1848 Akce.png

Sequence 4
Butcher Knife 3 5 3 5750 Akce.png

5750 Akce.png

5750 Akce.png

Sequence 5
Afghani Khyber Blade 4 4 2 11040 Akce.png

11040 Akce.png

11040 Akce.png

Sequence 6
Bayezid's Knife 5 3 4 13248 Akce.png

13248 Akce.png

13248 Akce.png

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

American Revolution

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

Victorian era

The Kukri is a short, bladed weapon of Nepalese origin, similar to a machete. These weapons are available to Evie and Jacob 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 Kukri 2 2 1 4 Complete Somewhere That's Green £500
+1 all stats
Adept Kukri 3 3 1 3 Buy for £3,000 £1,000
+1 all stats
Ruby Kukri 4 4 1 4 Reach Loyalty Level 1 with Henry Green £2,000
+1 all stats
Iron Kukri 4 4 1 4 Craft: £2,000 and 80 Metal £2,000
+1 all stats
Bold Eagle Kukri 5 5 2 5 Complete Friendly Competition £2,500
+1 A, +1 L
Guard Kukri 5 5 2 5 Buy for £4,000 £2,500
+1 A, +1 L
Jade Kukri 6 6 3 6 Complete A Case of Identity £3,500
+2 A, +1 L
Master Ruby Kukri 6 6 3 6 Reach Loyalty Level 2 with Henry Green £3,500
+2 A, +1 L
Henry's Kukri 6 6 3 6 Craft: £3,000 and 120 Metal £3,500
+2 A, +1 L
Assassin Kukri 7 7 3 7 Craft: £3,750 and 140 Metal £4,500
+2 A, +1 L
Gold Blessing Kukri 7 7 3 7 Conquer the borough of The Thames £4,500
+2 A, +1 L
Ancient Kukri 8 8 4 8 Buy for £10,000 £5,000
+2 A, +1 L
Master Assassin's Kukri 8 8 4 8 Reach Loyalty Level 4 with Henry Green £5,000
+2 A, +1 L
Serrated Death 9 9 4 9 Reach Loyalty Level 4 with Ned Wynert £6,000
+2 A, +1 S,
+1 L
Eagle's Splendor Kukri 9 9 4 9 Craft: £6,000, 160 Metal and 50 Chemical £6,000
+2 A, +1 S,
+1 L
Legendary Assassin Kukri 10 10 5 11 Reach Loyalty Level 5 with Henry Green £10,000
+3 A, +1 S,
+2 L
Ceremonial Kukri 3 3 1 3 Purchase the Streets of London Pack £2,000
+2 A, +2 S
+1 L
Golden Kukri 3 3 1 3 Purchase the Streets of London Pack £2,000
+2 A, +2 S
+1 L
Ram's Kukri 3 3 1 3 Purchase the Streets of London Pack £2,000
+2 A, +2 S,
+1 L
Vorpal Kukri 7 9 4 10 Purchase the Victorian Legends Pack £7,000
+4 A, +2 S,
+3 L
Obsidian Kukri 10 10 7 11 Complete all The Last Maharaja missions £10,000
+3 A, +1 S,
+2 L

Behind the scenes

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.

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.

Assassin's Creed II

An unusable Notched Cinquedea could be seen stuck in the table in Ezio's room at the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni.

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.

At the blacksmiths in Brotherhood, the Notched Cinquedea had the store image of the Channeled Cinquedea, and vice versa. The Channeled Cinquedea was also a weapon that could not be purchased, and was only available through disarming guards that wielded it.

Assassin's Creed III

Stephane Chapheau's meat cleaver is a unique short blade. It cannot be used by the player or acquired by any means.

Appearances

References

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