Assassins Creed 2 Feathers Locations Tips and Achievements Guide

3 June 2009
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Fast travel between cities:

While you originally start out riding horses between cities. You’ll quickly be able to unlock fast travel stations that appear on the map. When you shop at these fast travel stations, you’ll be transported to your distination city for a mere 100 florins.

Easy Medicine or Throwing Knife supplies:

Pick-pocketing civilians and looting corpses doesn’t bring in much money. But if you’re low on medicine or throwing knives supplies, an easy way to often find these is by getting them off corpses or from people walking around by pick-pocketing them. It may not be glamorous, but it’s free and it’ll save you the trip to a shop.

Unlock new abilities for Ezio:

  • Unlockable Disarm Combat Technique: Complete Mario’s mission “Evasive Maneuvers” in Sequence 5 to unlock the disarm technique. With it you’ll be able to counter incoming attacks from weapons — like axes — that are normally far too heavy to counter.
  • Unlockable Climb Leap Ability: Complete Rosa’s mission “Monkey See, Monkey Do” in Sequence 7 to earn the climb leap ability. With it you’ll be able to make longer jumps while climbing, letting you grab hand holds that would normally be out of reach.
  • Unlock new equipment for Ezio:

    Unlockable Condottiero War Hammer:

  • Collect 50 hidden feathers, then talk to uncle “Its-a me, Mario!” in Villa Monteriggioni, and you’ll be able to get the Condottiero War Hammer as a reward from the blacksmith’s shop in Villa Monteriggioni. See this video for location details:
  • Unlockable Auditore Cape:

  • Collect 100 hidden feathers, then talk to Ezio’s mother in Villa Monteriggioni, and she’ll give you the Auditore Cape as a reward. Wearing the Auditore Cape outside of Monteriggioni will cause you to become notorious immediately. Guards will investigate your actions as soon as they see you and notoriety-lowering tasks like ripping down posters and bribing heralds will not be available. However, when you change capes your notoriety level will return to its former level.
  • PS: How many years was Ezio’s mom praying for again? She hasn’t aged a day! πŸ˜›

    Recruit all 3 factions to gain the upper hand in each situation:

    This video shows you the various factions you can recruit to fight at Ezio’s side, and gives examples of what required assassin skills he’ll learn from them and how they can help him in-game. The factions are: Courtesans, Mercenaries, and Thieves.

    Antonio’s Looting Mission video walkthrough:

    Once again Assassin’s Creed 2 Production Manager Jean-Francois Boivin tells us of the different ways to achieve a successful mission. In this case he guides us through a Looting Mission that Antonio requested.

    Gameplay differences between Assassin’s Creed 1 & 2:

    Patrice Desilets, the creative director at Ubisoft for all things Assassin’s Creed, explains how the sequel plays differently from the original. Amongst the improvements like the dual-blades assassination, smoke bomb gadget and gun upgrade usage and other different play styles. He gives some good pointers on how to improve your flying with Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine as well.

    Take a look at this spoiler-free live demo with lots of tips for Assassin’s Creed 2

    The new features mentioned in the video include: More weapons, more gadgets (smoke bombs!), more mission types, better/faster climbing, you can swim, you can blend in to any group, and more enemies with different AI that require different strategies to beat. The new economic system lets you upgrade Ezio with armor, weapons, items and even dye your clothes. Other useful extras are upgrading your villa and collecting lore.

    How to make a grown man cry:

    More updated gameplay details are shown in the following preview video. It ends with a great tip on how to make a minstrel stop singing… by bitch-slapping him to make him cry. πŸ˜› Hey don’t look at me like that! At least this way your notoriety level will go down once he stops singing about your adventures around town. And running into him will have him drop his guitar!

    Find The Secret Giant Squid:

    In the last chamber of the Santa Maria Delle Visitazione, activate the lever on the right and approach the edge of the pool straight ahead. Stare into the pool for just under a minute and you’ll see an squid appear. Wait until you can activate the lever again, do that, and approach the water again to see something scary happen. At 1:28 minutes into this video you’ll see what to do. Don’t watch if you want to do it yourself in-game.

    Rumored cheats:

    Gain Eagle Vision to view more secrets:
    At the end of the original Assassin’s Creed, Desmond would unlock Eagle Vision from Altair, for use even after stepping out of the Animus. With Ezio learning an assassin’s skills anew in Assassin’s Creed 2, expect him to pass on the same/similar/new skill to Desmond, letting you find more secrets in this present.

    Killing people without losing health:
    Another secret that’s expected to be the same in the sequel is the ability to kill people without penalty, regardless of Synchronization levels in the Animus or the Memory Block you’re playing in. So after you beat Assassin’s Creed 2, try playing the Story Mode again and you might find you won’t lose life when you kill innocent people.

    Watch the Lineage prequel movie to the Assassin’s Creed 2 story:

    This 38-minutes-long free online Assassin’s Creed: Lineage film shows the prequel to the story in the Assassin’s Creed 2 game, revealing the machinations of 15th century Italy through the actions of Ezio’s father, Giovanni.

    When the Duke of Milan is brutally murdered, the Assassin Giovanni Auditore is dispatched to investigate. The answers he uncovers implicate Italy’s most powerful families reaching all the way back to the Vatican itself. As Giovanni draws closer to the truth, he becomes hunted himself. He must expose the conspirators before he joins their ever growing list of victims.

    Episode #1: “1476, Florence. Giovanni Auditore, an assassin, attempts to thwart a conspiracy against one of Lorenzo de Medicis allies. The ensuing inquiry will take him to Milan where he tries to prevent the worst from happening.”

    Episode #2: “Pursuing Sforzas assassins, Giovanni arrives in Venice where he intercepts a coded letter from the members of the conspiracy. Decoding this document in order to get to the top of the conspiracy becomes of imperial importance.”

    Episode #3: “Unable to decode the letter, Giovanni decides to deliver it to Rome in order to unmask the ringleaders. But there he discovers that the conspiracy is much more widespread and dangerous than he thought.”

    Thanks to Mike sending in the feather maps, to Ubisoft, Johnny, 007 & Zwoosh for the videos (subscribe to them), and to Frank for The Truth tips.

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