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Altaïr pickpocketing a thug

Thug was a civilian that carried throwing knives, and was one of the few types to not back down from a brawl if provoked.

They could be found in the major cities of Damascus, Acre, Jerusalem and Masyaf, during the Third Crusade.[1]


Thugs were burlier and tougher-looking than most civilians, and were most notable for carrying throwing knives, which Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad could pickpocket. However, if a thug caught him pickpocketing, they – as well as any within the area – would proceed to fistfight the Assassin.[1]

Thugs would never flee from a scuffle, instead choosing to fight until they collapsed. If their opponent drew a blade, however, they would run off immediately.[1]


  • There is an achievement in Assassin's Creed for pickpocketing forty throwing knives successfully from thugs.
  • Whereas thugs in the cities of Damascus, Acre and Jerusalem wore identical clothing, thugs in Masyaf had their own outfit.