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The Sword of Altaïr

The Sword of Altaïr was the personal sword of significant power wielded by Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad through much of his life as an Assassin.

During the Renaissance in Italy and Constantinople, the Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze, also made use of the weapon.

Design

The sword was forged from a smooth, silver metal, with its cross guard shaped like an eagle's wings, and the pommel in the motif of an eagle's head. Along with this, the sword's hilt was wrapped in strong, dark brown leather for gripping, and it was also stored in a leather scabbard, although this was only used by Masyaf guards and Altaïr himself.

History

High Middle Ages

Altaïr wielding his sword in combat

Altaïr made good use of his sword throughout most of his early life as an Assassin. He wielded it with great skill and ease during missions such as the quest for the Chalice.[1]

By 1191, Altaïr had reached the rank of Master Assassin and he instead made use of a Syrian sword with a curved blade and a golden hilt. However, this sword was taken from him, along with his armor, other weapons and status after Al Mualim demoted him to the rank of novice for breaking all three tenets of the Creed.[2]

During his progression back into the higher ranks, Altaïr started with a basic sword similar to his personal one, though it lacked a cross guard. After he assassinated the first four of his nine assigned targets, another sword, this time with the cross guard shaped like an eagle's wings, was granted to him until finally, upon the seventh target, his personal sword was returned to him. The leather grip instead was replaced by a silver and light grey color with a tribal design. Altaïr used his sword once more in his battles until he finally rose again to the rank of Master Assassin, and the Syrian sword was awarded to him again.[2]

Renaissance

Ezio with the Armor and Sword of Altaïr

During the Renaissance, Ezio Auditore was able to purchase Altaïr's sword from the blacksmith in Monteriggioni for 45,000 florins. He made good use of the weapon in his battles, especially during his fight with Rodrigo Borgia in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.[3]

Ezio kept the sword with him and used it to fight off Borgia guards as he escaped the Vatican with his uncle Mario Auditore. After they returned to Monteriggioni, the Borgia attacked the town, and the sword was lost in the resulting turmoil, along with Altaïr's armor and Ezio's weapons that were fashioned from the Codex designs by Leonardo da Vinci.[4]

Some time after establishing the Assassins Guild in Rome, Ezio was able to recover the sword once again after completing all five Guild challenges, although it is possible his recruits retrieved it for him. Equipped with the sword, Ezio wielded it against Cesare Borgia and his forces during the siege of Viana.[4]

Although he did not bring it with him on his expedition to Masyaf, Ezio eventually acquired the weapon yet again some time after he had allied himself with the Ottoman Assassins in Constantinople. The sword became available once he had completed the third series of the Guild challenges, again, possibly due to him having his recruits retrieve it.[5]

18th century

In the early 18th century, Edward Kenway found a pair of identical swords at some point during his time sailing in the Caribbean.[6] One sword and a similarly styled dagger ended up in the hands of Templar Shay Cormac in mid 18th century. He recovered it from a chest in the North Atlantic after his fleet had successfully carried out all missions set by him.[7]

Weapon statistics

Third Crusade (Mobile Animus 4.38)

Tier Damage Speed Miss Chance Modifiers Requirements
★★★★★ 2.4k-2.5k 1.00 7% +180 Defense
+15% Critical Chance
+10% Critical Bonus
+5% Dodge
+90 Lethality
+35 Dexterity
+90 Agility
300,000 Coins
220 Damascus Steel
90 Gold ingots
1 Ancient tablet
Enhanced Skills
Skill Charge: These skills gain an additional charge.

Assassination Master: Discreetly kill an enemy with the Hidden Blade. Lethality impacts the chance of success.
Freerunning Master: Use Freerunning acrobatics to strategically navigate the environment. Agility impacts the chance of success.

Description
Altaïr's signature eagle-pommeled sword. Its thin blade and exceptional balance allow for nimble feats of swordplay.

Italian Renaissance (15th century)

Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
5 5 5 45,000ƒ Sequence 9

Italian Renaissance (16th century)

Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
5 5 5 N/A Complete Assassins guild challenges

Ottoman Empire (16th century)

Damage Speed Deflect Cost Availability
5 3 4 N/A Complete Assassins guild challenges

Golden Age of Piracy

Speed Combo Damage Cost Availability
4 3 3 N/A Purchase the Crusader & Florentine Pack
Description
A pair of swords once owned by the legendary Assassin mentor, Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad.

Seven Years' War

Speed Combo Damage Cost Availability
4 5 5 N/A Complete all fleet missions
Description
The favored sword of legendary Assassin Altaïr. Ultimate naval campaign reward.

Gallery

Trivia

Physical appearance
  • The sword possesses two appearances in Assassin's Creed, which changes as Altaïr rises through the ranks of the Brotherhood. The lower-ranked sword is wrapped in leather on the hilt while the higher-ranked version has black wrapping on the hilt and is ornately designed.
Usage
  • In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag a pair of swords identical to the Sword of Altaïr, called Altaïr's Swords, are unlockable after the purchase of the Crusader & Florentine Pack.
  • Similarly, in Assassin's Creed: Rogue a sword identical to the Sword of Altaïr and a very similar dagger, called "Altaïr's Sword", is available after completing all fleet missions.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines, many if not all of the enemy guards wields a blade similar to the Sword of Altaïr.
  • The Sword of Altaïr was an artifact recovered in Assassin's Creed Revelations: Path to Revelations and bore the description, "Holding his weapon in my hands is enough to make me relive adventures of this legendary grand master."
  • During the memory "Follow The Money" in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, a guard draws and raises a sword identical to Altaïr's in order to threaten Egidio Troche.
    • Later in the same memory, a Papal Guard is also seen with a similar sword.
  • Assassin apprentices in Rome gains a sword that resembles the Sword of Altaïr upon reaching the rank of Assassin.
Other
  • Although the Sword of Altaïr is the best sword in Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, the Syrian Sabre—which is among the weakest weapons in Assassin's Creed II—is the most powerful sword in Assassin's Creed.
  • The Sword of Altaïr is found in the "The Bull" stage of Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines, where it is an ornament in the Kantara Castle's Great Hall.
  • During the Cristina memories in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, for all the ones in which Ezio has a weapon, it displays him with the Sword of Altaïr. This contradicts the Assassin's Creed II timeline, where the sword is only available for purchase from Sequence 9 onward. However, the sword does not make an appearance in the third memory when it is being visited for the first time.
  • Upon completion of the third set of the Assassins Guild challenges in Assassin's Creed: Revelations and after the Sword of Altaïr had been acquired, it also appears during the Memory Seal memories and replaces the Syrian Sabre.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Revelations, the Sword of Altaïr is no longer the most powerful sword, being replaced in that function by Yusuf's Turkish Kijil, which is unlocked by completing the Master Assassin mission The Deacon, Part 1. With that in mind, Altaïr's sword is displayed as having 5 Damage, 3 Speed, and 4 Deflect.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Rogue, a replica of the sword can be seen on display in Melanie Lemay's office at Abstergo Entertainment.
  • In Assassin's Creed: Identity, the Sword of Altaïr can be purchased as a legendary type weapon in the Heroic shop, costing 7500 Hero tokens.

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References

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