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      Weapons, Items, and Skills FAQ
         Sec 1:  Version History________[ACACS1]
         Sec 2:  Introduction___________[ACACS2]
         Sec 3:  Weapons and Items______[ACACS3]
               3A:  Weapons_____________[ACACS3A]
               3B:  Items_______________[ACACS3B]
         Sec 4:  Skills_________________[ACACS4]
               4A:  Sword Skills________[ACACS4A]
               4B:  Miscellanous Skills_[ACACS4B]
         Sec 5:  Unlocking list_________[ACACS5]
         Sec 6:  Miscellanous Info______[ACACS6]
         Sec 7:  Legal/Thanks___________[ACACS7]
               7A:  Legal Info__________[ACACS7A]
               7B:  Acknowledgements____[ACACS7B]
         Sec 8:  Contact Me_____________[ACACS8]
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    Section 1:  Version History
    Ver. 0.5 
    My first FAQ for GameFAQs, WOO HOO 
    Listed all weapons/skills/items, and basic description
    Also the necessary legal blab
    Ver. 0.9
    Fixed some minor errors
    Added unlocking list/Misc info
    Expanded upon descriptions
    Quick find guide added
     ~~> Submitted and Accepted! <~~
    Ver. 1.0
    Added the "Sword Skills (Techniques)" info.
    Finished Unlock List.
    Woo Hoo!  I now have all of the stuff needed to make this
    guide complete!
    Ver. 1.1
    Finished my ASCII art!
    Fixed some spelling/grammar errors.
    Fixed some inconsistancies.
    Added stuff to the Misc Info section.
    For all intents and purposes, this guide is finished.  I may
    add more later or fix some errors if they are brought to my 
    attention though.
     ~~> Some more sites wanted my FAQs! <~~
    ver. 1.15
    fixed some spelling grammar.
    updated formatting
    Ver. 1.25
    Fixed a controls error pointed out to me.
    Some Spelling/Grammar, LOTS of formatting.
    Section 2:  Introduction
      In the year 1190 AD, an assassin by the name of Altaïr Ibn La-Ahad returns 
    home to find chaos.  He must seek out the Chalice to, well, save the world.  
    As any good assassin would know, he must use a wide array of acrobatic skills,
    deadly weapons, and mysterious items to make his mission a success.
      This guide is here to help you get to know all of your options while fighting
    the templars, and what to use where, when, and how.  This is NOT meant to be a 
    walkthrough to the game, and you should look to those by DBM11085's and 
    stuntman_hy's FAQ for full walkthrough information.  This is here simply to 
    expand upon all of the tricks of the trade used by you, as an assassin, in 
    Altaïr's Chronicles.
      I wrote this FAQ simply because everyone who I told about this game wanted to
    know in-depth about all of the weapons and abilities you had, and I finally 
    told someone that I'd just make a stupid FAQ so they can look there, so here it
    is!  ... uhh ... minus the stupid part, =P
      I hope you enjoy this guide, and it is helpful!
    Section 3:  Weapons and Items
      Throughout the game, you will "acquire" many weapons and items you will need 
    to complete your quest.  These are all listed here, along with descriptions of 
    what they are, do, and when best to use them.
      Each weapon/item's details are organized as follows:
              Item Name
         -Quote from In-Game:
      What I have to say about it.
      When/Where/How you use this item.
    Section 3A:  Weapons
              Hidden Blade
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A small hidden blade, replacing your ring finger.  Used
    for assassinations"
      The hidden blade is an assassin's favorite.  It fits just in the place of 
    your ring finger (you remove your finger for this blade?), and is used for 
    assassinations.  Small, deadly, and it looks kinda cool too!  What's not to 
      You do not actually get to use this item at your leisure, as it is only used
    in game as a tool for assassinations that are usually predetermined.  However, 
    you can sometimes approach lazy, sleeping guards and slip this blade under 
    their throat.  Best to use when trying to enter a heavily defended area 
         -Quote from In-Game:
      None.  How sad.  =(
      Your main item for combat, the sword is an upgradable piece of fighting 
    equipment you carry everywhere.  You mix in your deadly skills with the razor 
    sharp edge of a fine weapon, and you have yourself a fine killing tool!
      Use this weapon for any and all combat situations you find yourself in.  
    Press Y to execute quick, but somewhat weak, attacks.  Press X to execute 
    slightly slower, more deadly attacks.
        -Quote from In-Game:
      "Throw a poisoned dart that stuns an opponent for a certain period of time."
      Small, poison tipped daggers that you can throw at enemies from afar.  You 
    can carry up to fifteen at one time.  These are BEST used against the strongest
    templars, who can fair well against you in sword fights.
      Each one reduces an enemies health by a pre-determined ammount, and stuns 
    them for a moment.  Press Y to throw one straight ahead at your nearest 
    opponent.  Use that time wisely to slip away, or preform a deadly combo while 
    they are out of it.  Not good to use when facing large groups of enemies.
              Explosive Bombs
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Throw a hand-made bomb that will kill or destroy everything but the 
    thickest walls."
      Each bomb explodes around a small area, killing all enemies in it's range.  
    Unlike the in-game description though, there are only select few spots in game 
    where it will destroy anything that your sword will not.  You can hold 5 at a 
      Press Y to set a bomb with a timer, perfect for luring enemies into a trap.
    The timer lasts for about five seconds, and it will not hurt you when it 
    explodes.  Press Y while running to launch a bomb ahead of you, perfect for 
    taking out a group of enemies.  Don't waste these things against single enemies
    though, since their power is much greater than that, and they are too scarce to
    be wasted.  
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Use it to shoot arrows.  Allows you to deal with dangers from afar."
      First off, crossbows shoot bolts, not arrows.  Second, the in-game 
    description pretty much sums it up.  Select enemies on the mini-map, and shoot 
    with Y.  You can carry 15 ammo at a time.
      Stand on a good vantage point, and fire away.  One hit 
    instant kills most opponents.  Make sure you can see green 
    surronding them before you shoot, or you will miss.
    Section 3B:  Items
              Grappling Hook
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Throw a grappling hook with a rope attached, allowing you to grab and 
      Use a grappling hook to swing where you cannot jump, and also to drag enemies
    closer.  Basically, what every other hook in every other game has been used for
      When you see any type of beam with a green orby-glow, you can grapple-swing 
    from it.  Press A to hook it, and jump again at the apex of your swing for 
    maximum distance coverage
      When there is an enemy a short distance from you, you can press A to grapple 
    him closer to you, which also stuns him and knocks him to the ground.  Perfect 
    for preforming a deadly stab.
              Smoke Bombs
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Throw a device that explodes in a cloud of smoke, allowing you to leave the 
    area unseen."
      You can also set this on the ground for instant explosion, though this 
    results in no damage.  This, instead, leaves a cloud of smoke in your midst 
    that gags and blinds the enemies in the near vicinity, even if they are not in 
    the smoke cloud.  You can also carry 5 of these.
      Set it for an ignition with Y, or run and press Y to throw one at your foes.
    While they are disoriented, use it to make your escape, or get a good spot for
    picking them off!  The cloud lasts about 7 seconds.
    Section 4:  Skills
      Throughout the game, you will learn various skills that are essential to 
    achieving your goal (or just killing more effeciently).  This section lists 
    those skills, their description, and how, where, and when to use them.  
      Set up in the same way as the above section.
    Section 4A:  Sword Skills (Techniques)
              Quick Strikes
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A succesion of three fast strikes of medium damage."
      Your most basic sword attack, can (and most likely will) be used over and 
    over to kill countless templars.
      Pres Y Y Y to execute this combo.  You do one overhead attack, one underhand,
    followed by a spinning strike.
              Heavy Blows
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Two heavy strikes, slower but with more damage."
      Your second most basic sword combo.  You will use this one most likely all 
    the time, but less as it is less effective against groups of enemies.
      Press X X when your sword is equipped to preform this combo.  You will see 
    this does more damage than Quick Strikes, but at a loss of time.  Strong 
    overhead strike, followed by a stronger, jumping overhead strike.
              Face Backhand
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A counterattack, preformed during an enemy attack, that stuns the opponent."
      You defend his attack, and at the last second, reply in kind, knocking your 
    opponent unconcious, while still on his feet.
      Hold R, and press Y when they swing at you.  You will block their attack, and
    throw it back so that you can knock them upside the head, perfect for executing
              Light Sting
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A finishing move that works on a stunned opponent, dealing heavy damage."
      You use this on any normal enemy that you managed to stun while keeping them 
      Press Y on a standing, stunned enemy to grab them and plunge your sword into 
    their chest, ensuring a kill!
              Heavy Sting
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A very powerful finishing move that works on opponents lying on the ground, 
    killing them instantly."
      You can use this on any normal enemy that you stunned while also knocking 
    them to the ground.
      Approach a downed, stunned enemy and press Y.  You dig your sword into their 
    chest, ensuring a kill!  Basically, the downed version of light sting.
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A combination of attacks that ends with a powerful kick in the face, 
    throwing the opponent to the ground."
      Do two fast, weaker hits, followed by a stronger kick.  Perfect for groups of
    enemies, and also knocking enemies off of edges and such to their death!
      Press Y Y X to preform the battery, a forehand strike, followed closely by a 
    backhand and a backflip kick to send your opponent sprawling!  Also has a 
    chance to stun an enemy on the ground.
              Leg Cutter
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A counterattack that throws the opponent to the ground."
      You use this just like you use the "Face Backhand", except it stuns and 
    enemy while throwing them to the ground, instead of leaving them standing.
      Hold R, and press X when your opponent swings.  You will counter his attack, 
    and then preform a sweeping leg attack, sending your opponent to the ground and
    stunning them.  Perfect for executing a finisher!
              Clean Cut
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A fast cut aimed at the neck of a stunned opponent."
      Aim a deadly cut at your enemies throat while he is stunned to kill him 
      Any time you stun an enemy, and he is still standing, use this to eleminate 
    him quickly and effeciently.  Get rid of him so you can get on with the rest of
    those templars!  Simply get close enough and press X.
              Lazy End
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A kick to the chest of a stunned opponent, sending him reeling."
      Approach a standing, stunned enemy to give him some damage, and send
    him flying away from you, towards the ground.
      Simply get close and press B to kick your opponent.  Not really useful,
    unless you wish to keep him alive longer than a light sting or clean cut will 
    do (if you want to have fun) or if there is a drop right behind your enemy.  
    Also will make any enemy directly behind him loose balance.
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A combination that ends with a roundhouse kick, useful when you are 
      In my opinion, the best combo in the game.  It is best described as an 
    upgraded version of the Battery, dealing more damage, and you are able to kick 
    more opponents in the last part of the combo.  However, you don't have enemies 
    getting that close to you in groups very often except in hard mode.
      Press Y X X with your sword out to deal one fast overhead hit, followed by 
    one slower, jumping one, and finish it off with a roundhouse kick to hit all 
    opponents in your immediate area.  Can we say, personal space?!  Also grants a 
    chance to stun.
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A series of heavy, slow attacks, dealing a considerable amount of damage."
      A great combo, the most useful when dealing with single enemies, or those 
    that are best with the sword.  It is very slow, so it sets you up to be hit if 
    you are surrounded.
      Press X X Y to send your sword flying in a pattern that can only be called 
    "The Stone" this move will kill most enemies with your sword, and ALL enemies 
    (besides area bosses, etc.) that don't block if you have your sword upgraded 
    completely.  A more powerful Heavy Blows, followed closely by a strong 
              Chest Breaker
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "A counterattack that ends with a vicious knee landing on the chest of the 
      The best counterattack in the game, too bad you learn it late.  You know the 
    drill, defend, and at the last second press your assigned button.  You will 
    sink your knee into the chest of your enemy, dealing a good ammount of damage 
    and knocking them away.
      Hold R, and when they attack, press B to knock their weapon away and pound 
    your knee into them.  Damage (and possibly kill) them, and knock them over to 
    buy yourself time, or prepare them for a kill strike!
    Section 4B:  Miscellanous Skills
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Run upwards on a wall to climb it"
      Basically, you run at a wall, not upwards, to climb it.  You use this almost 
    everywhere you go as a basic skill.
      Use this in virtually every step of the game.  You use this skill everywhere 
    you go to reach things to climb, hidden orbs, or whatever else pertains to your
    current goal.
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Jump from one wall to another"
      You use this when a wall climb isn't enough to get where you need to go.  
    Run up one wall, jump off onto another, and back, and repeat over and over 
    again until you reach the top.
      There are few in-game areas where this skill is essential, however, you can 
    find many shortcuts using this, or places from which to shoot your crossbow, or
    even hidden orbs.  Any time you see a small space between two vertical 
    surfaces, try wall-to-walling to see where it gets you.  
    WARNING:  Some areas have nowhere to go, and a fall to your death may result.
              Triple Jump
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Use repeated jumps to jump higher and longer."
      You never really need to jump "higher," but jumping longer and farther sure 
    does help.  Besides, who wouldn't like to go around jumping and doing cool 
      Jump, then as soon as you land jump again, and repeat once more.  You use 
    this skill at many points in-game, whether you need to clear a large gap, or 
    just jump over a group of enemies.  Once you master this skill, you can even 
    clear some areas that have a grapple hook point, as you can just jump that huge
    of a gap anyway. (Though, you'll die most times.)
              Bash Shield/Door
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Bash your shoulder into a shield or door to destroy it."
      This is probably the most useless skill in the whole game. You get it late, 
    and only really use it once.  The uselessness is the door bash part, since you 
    never need to use that, nor have I found (or been e-mailed about) a single 
    door you can bash.
      When running toward a shield/door, press B to bash it.  You only really use 
    this RIGHT AFTER you get it to get past some shields blocking your way, then 
    you don't need to use it for the rest of the game.
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Pose as a scholar.  It allows you to blend in and pass some areas 
      You have to keep up with some scholars to sneak past gates with them.  
    However, you only use this skill a few times in-game.
      Press and hold A to walk like a scholar.  You must keep a uniform distance 
    and speed with the scholars to blend accurately.  Thankfully, you walk the same
    speed, if you make sure you don't run, so just turning at the correct times 
    will make this a success.
              Take Appearance
         -Quote from In-Game:
      "Take on anyone's appearance"
      Getting this skill late in-game, you do not get to use it to it's full 
    potential.  Still, it is pretty cool, though cliche, to ambush someone and take
    their clothes to blend.
    When given the prompt, use it to take the clothes (and life) of another enemy,
    and use that as a discuise to get farther.
    Section 5:  Unlock List
      This is basically a list of what you unlock when.  It is not a checklist, 
    since none of these are actually hidden, but rather given when you need them.
    However, this can be used as a spoiler-free progress chart of sorts.
         Level        What you Get!?
         1 - 2        Weapon:          Sword
         1 - 2        Technique:       Quick Strikes
         1 - 2        Technique:       Heavy Blows
         1 - 4        Skill:           Wall Climb
         1 - 4        Weapon:          Hidden Blade
         1 - 4        Technique:       Face Backhand
         2 - 1        Item:            Grapple Hook
         2 - 3        Skill:           Wall-to-Wall
         2 - 3        Technique:       Light Sting
         3 - 3        Technique:       Heavy Sting
         4 - 2        Weapon:          Daggers
         4 - 2        Technique:       Battery
         5 - 2        Weapon:          Explosive Bombs
         5 - 2        Technique:       Leg Cutter
         6 - 3        Technique:       Clean Cut
         7 - 1        Skill:           Triple Jump
         7 - 2        Technique:       Lazy End
         8 - 2        Weapon:          Crossbow
         8 - 4        Item:            Smoke Bombs
         8 - 4        Skill:           Bash
         8 - 4        Technique:       Dervish
         9 - 3        Skill:           Blend
         9 - 3        Skill:           Take Appearance
         9 - 4        Technique:       Stone
         10- 1        Technique:       Chest Breaker
         13- 1        End of Game!     Congratulations!
    Section 6:  Miscellanous Information
         There are actually three more skills you have as an assassin.  
    They are:
      1:  Assassination
         Sneak up behind an unknowing guard or pre-determined target and press A 
    when Prompted.  You will then jump on or grab your target and kill them 
      2:  Interrogation
         Your target has information he doesn't want to give you, but you have ways
    to make him talk.  Using your stylus and touch screen, press on pressure points
    of the victim's body in certain orders, then press and drag the man's arm 
    usually as a finality.
      3:  Pickpocketing
         Sneak up on a dumbwitted guard to steal their key. First, use your stylus 
    to reveal what is in their bag.  Then, locate the key and bring it to the 
    opening in the bag without disturbing the other items in the bag or the sides 
    of the bag.
      The Techniques "Face Backhand" "Light Sting" "Heavy Sting" "Leg Cutter" and 
    "Clean Cut" are avaliable from the time you learn to block, however, you are 
    never shown how to do them until you pass that particular point in-game.
      The sword can be upgraded for extra damage.  The first upgrade costs 100 
    orbs, and the second 200 orbs.  You can upgrade your life bar for 100 orbs at
    a time.  I personally recommend getting these upgrades before the life bar 
    upgrades.  These upgrades DO NOT give you new moves or techniques, however.  
    The main reason for this is those pesky crossbowmen.  One hit with any button 
    with the upgraded sword kills them, so it helps a LOT!
      The reason the sword has no Quote from In-Game is because
    it says "Basic knowledge for sword fighting." instead of a
    real description.  Just in case you were wondering, ;).
      This is my first REAL FAQ.  It is probably a little choppy, but thanks for 
    bearing through it.  If you have any suggestions on FAQ writing that you want 
    to send my way, feel free to do it, so my future FAQ's aren't as bad as I think
    this one is... :)
      Also, though there is several mentions of stuntman_hy's guide here, his guide
    is no longer on GameFAQs.  However, I left all mentions intact, as though it IS
    not there, it WAS there at the time of writing this guide.
    Section 7:  Legal/Thanks
      You know what this is all about.  Giving credit to the folks
    behind this game, and this FAQ.  It is only because of all the
    people listed below that this FAQ was possible, and you owe it
    to them to simply take thirty seconds out of your day and read
    this short section.
    Section 7A:  Legal Information
    Assassin's Creed: Altaïr's Chronicles is copyright (c) 2008 
    Ubisoft, all rights reserved.  Liscensed by Nintendo. 
    All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are
    owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders.
    This FAQ is copyright (c) 2009 Justin Castillo, all rights 
    You may only have one (1) copy of this saved to your 
    harddrive OR printed for personal, private use.  
    Currently, the only sites which may host this FAQ, or any of my other FAQ's, 
    GameFAQs      (www.gamefaqs.com)
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    Super Cheats  (www.supercheats.com)
    MyMedia       (www.mymedia.net.au)
    Each of these sites must have the most current update of my FAQ for it to be 
    legal.  If any site fails to maintain that priority, it shall be removed until 
    it becomes updated.  Also, each site must have all of my currently released 
    FAQs posted on their site.  If they fail to maintain any of my FAQs, they will 
    not be allowed to host any of them.
    I reserve the right to change this list at any time under my
    discretion, regardless of where this FAQ may appear at any 
    particular moment in time.
    If you see any work of mine on any other site, please contact 
    me at the below listed e-mail under the subject "Stolen Work"
    Section 7B:  Acknowledgements
      First off, thanks to Ubisoft for making this great game, with
    the manual that gave me lots of spelling and other info, and
    Nintendo for liscensing it.
      Second, thank YOU for reading this.
      Also thanks to all sites hosting this FAQ.
     ~~> Special Thanks <~~
      DBM11085 and stuntman_hy for their Walkthroughs/FAQs, a GREAT help in writing
    the unlock list/checking info.
      Many other FAQ's on GameFAQs, for ideas on what to put in my first FAQ.
      Wikipedia, for the correct spelling of Altair's full name.
      Michael Florian for pointing out that I had the wrong button down for smoke 
    Section 8:  Contact Information
    E-Mail me at justeazygames@yahoo.com under the subject like 
    "Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles ~~~" 
    where ~~~ is whatever you want it to be.
    Questions?  Comments?  Problems?  Suggestions?
    If you find anything wrong with this guide, something missplaced, need to be 
    added, or anything else deserving, which includes spelling, punctuation, 
    grammer, etc., you will be mentioned in the above section when it gets updated.

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