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X Marks the Spot was a virtual representation of one of Ezio Auditore da Firenze's genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus 2.0.


After collecting all of the Codex pages in Italy and having them decoded by Leonardo da Vinci, Ezio met with his uncle Mario Auditore and the other Assassins at the Villa Auditore to find the vault.

Memory Animus Feedback System[]

  • Put the Codex pages in their proper place in the wall


X marks 1

Ezio placing the Apple on the pedestal

Ezio, Mario, Niccolò Machiavelli, Teodora, Antonio de Magianis, Bartolomeo d'Alviano and Paola reunited at the Villa's study in front of the Codex Wall.

  • Mario: Ezio!
  • Ezio: It is time, uncle. Let us finish what you and my father started all those years ago...
  • Mario: Indeed. Perhaps now we can finally make sense of this prophecy – and put a stop to whatever it is the Spaniard is plotting.
  • Ezio: We should start by locating the Vault. The Codex pages will lead us to it. Let's take a look.

Ezio stared at the wall and used his Eagle Vision to place the pages in the correct order, assembling a world map made of curious red markings. He then placed the Apple of Eden on the pedestal in front of the wall, causing the artifact to activate and project several golden light beems, which pointed to five locations of the globe. Ezio used his special gift again to examine the locations pointed in the invisible drawings.

  • Ezio: It... It is a map of the entire world... But... there are lands shown here that do not exist...
  • Machiavelli: Apparently they do exist. I imagine they've yet to be discovered. Or rediscovered...
  • Ezio: How is this possible?
  • Machiavelli: Perhaps the Vault will hold the answer.
  • Paola: Do you see where it is then?

Ezio slowly approached the map and noticed that two of the beems converged right in the middle of the Italian Peninsula.

  • Ezio: No! It can't be! The Vault... It looks like the Vault is in Roma. Then the Spaniard... This is why he became Pope!
  • Mario: Now I understand! It's not the Vault alone he's gained access to – but the staff as well!
X marks 3

The Assassins gazing at the Codex wall

The Assassins gathered in a circle.

  • Teodora: What staff?
  • Mario: The Codex always spoke of two keys... two Pieces of Eden needed to open the Vault. One is the Apple...
  • Ezio: And the other is the staff... The Papal Staff is the second Piece of Eden.
  • Mario: For years... No, decades... We have sought these answers.
  • Paola: And now, at last, we have them...
  • Antonio: But so too could the Spaniard... And if he does... if he finds a way into the Vault... Its contents will make the Apple seem a trifling thing.
  • Ezio: I must go to Roma and find the Vault. What of the rest of you?
  • Bartolomeo: We'll do what we do best, cause some trouble in the city, giving you the freedom to conduct your search.
  • Mario: Just let me know when you are ready, nipote (nephew).

The group was dismissed.


The Assassins discovered the location of the Vatican Vault, prompting Ezio to go to Rome in order to assassinate Rodrigo Borgia.


  • The "undiscovered lands" that Ezio and Machiavelli discussed were the Americas, which had unknowingly been rediscovered in 1492 through Christoffa Corombo's voyage, whom Ezio had met years earlier.



  1. According to Ezio Auditore da Firenze's database entry, "In Bocca al Lupo", the memory in which Ezio goes to assassinate Rodrigo Borgia, takes place on 28 December 1499. Given this memory's proximity in time to the following one, and that the latter is placed at the end of December, this one must take place in the same month.


Assassin's Creed II memories
Main memories
The Birth of an Assassin
Sequence 1: Ignorance is Bliss
Boys Will Be Boys - You Should See the Other Guy - Sibling Rivalry - Nightcap - Paperboy - Beat a Cheat - Petruccio's Secret - Friend of the Family - Special Delivery - Jailbird - Family Heirloom - Last Man Standing
Sequence 2: Escape Plans
Fitting In - Ace Up My Sleeve - Judge, Jury, Executioner - Laying Low - Arrivederci
Sequence 3: Requiescat in Pace
Roadside Assistance - Casa Dolce Casa - Practice Makes Perfect - What Goes Around - A Change of Plans
Sequence 4: The Pazzi Conspiracy
Practice What You Preach - Fox Hunt - See You There - Novella's Secret - Wolves in Sheep's Clothing - Farewell Francesco
Sequence 5: Loose Ends
Four to the Floor - A Blade With Bite - Evasive Maneuvers - Town Crier - Behind Closed Doors - Come Out and Play - The Cowl Does Not Make the Monk - With Friends Like These
Sequence 6: Rocky Road
Road Trip - Romagna Holiday - Tutti a Bordo
Sequence 7: The Merchant of Venice
Benvenuto - That's Gonna Leave a Mark - Building Blocks - Breakout - Clothes Make the Man - Cleaning House - Monkey See, Monkey Do - By Leaps and Bounds - Everything Must Go
Sequence 8: Necessity, Mother of Invention
Birds of a Feather - If At First You Don't Succeed... - Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained - Well Begun Is Half Done - Infrequent Flier
Sequence 9: Carnevale
Knowledge Is Power - Damsels in Distress - Nun the Wiser - And They're Off - CTF - Ribbon Round-Up - Cheaters Never Prosper - Having a Blast
Sequence 10: Force Majeure
An Unpleasant Turn of Events - Caged Fighter - Leave No Man Behind - Assume the Position - Two Birds, One Blade
Sequence 11: Alter Egos
All Things Come to He Who Waits - Play Along
Sequence 12: Forlì Under Attack
A Warm Welcome - Bodyguard - Holding the Fort - Godfather - Checcomate - Far From the Tree
Sequence 13: Bonfire of the Vanities
Florentine Fiasco - Still Life - Climbing the Ranks - Upward Mobility - Last Rites - Port Authority - Surgical Strike - Hitting the Hay - Arch Nemesis - Doomsday - Power to the People - Mob Justice
Sequence 14: Veni, Vidi, Vici
X Marks the Spot - In Bocca al Lupo
Secret locations
Il Duomo's Secret - Torre Grossa's Secret - Ravaldino's Secret - San Marco's Secret - Visitazione's Secret - Home Invasion - Over Beams, Under Stone - Shipwrecked - Paying Respects
Beat up events
A Woman Scorned - Wanton Hubby - Philanderer on the Roof - Promiscuity Knocks - Spear of Infidelity
San Gimignano Dash - Florentine Sprint - Romagna Hustle - Venetian Rush - San Marco Scuttle - Horseplay
Assassination contracts
Day at the Market - Fallen Archers - Political Suicide - Reap What You Sow - Flee Market - Supply in Demand - Beginnings of a Conspiracy - Arch Enemies - Wet Work - Blade in the Crowd - Thicker than Water - Zero Tolerance - Honorable Thief - No Laughing Matter - False Legacy - Don't Get Your Hands Dirty - Showtime - Thin the Ranks - Go Towards the Light - Meeting Adjourned - Needle in a Haystack - Leader of the Pack - Peacekeeper - Caveat Emptor - Vertical Slice - No Camping - Dead on Arrival - Mark and Execute - Crash a Party - Hunting the Hunter
Courier assignments
Wedding Bells are Ringing - The Messenger's Burden - Speedy Delivery - The Perfect Marriage - Casanova