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SATURDAY THEMEDAY: Weaponry – Ranged weapons

Assassin’s Creed initially started off with a tiny crossbow, one which Altair wore on his back. This feature was scrapped however and we ended up with long bows only. Not that this is a problem; as we had throwing knives to kill our targets from a distance. Let me introduce you to the ranged combat of the Assassin’s Creed series..

Throughout the series we have seen hundreds of different weapons, and while close quarter combat was the main combat function throughout the series, this is slowly starting to share this with the ranged feature. Be it bows, throwing knives, rifles or pistols.

Bows are present in almost any of the Assassin’s Creed games, but are only usable in a few games. Most noticeable are Assassin’s Creed III, in which Connor uses the bow for hunting, and Origins, where four different kinds of bows are usable by Bayek of Siwa. Each of these bows has a huge pro in comparison with rifles or pistols… they are completely silent! This is also the reason why bows have my preference.

Then we have the rifles. The first rifles make their introduction to the series in Assassin’s Creed III if I remember correctly, but black powder is present in the games from Assassin’s Creed II onward. Rifles are long ranged weapons, which over time have replaced bows as function of fighting and hunting weapon. While, in comparison with bows, they are not silent, their main pro is the speed of the bullet. While a skilled fighter could easily dodge an arrow, this is not the case for a rifle bullet. Assassin’s Creed Unity uses a different kind of ranged rifle, which is the blunderbuss. These weapons are the precursors of the shotgun and were stuffed with ammunition consisting from rocks to spoons.

Pistols have made their introduction quite early in the series and these deadly weapons can save you in the most dire situations. In the series we went from single shot pistols, which take quite a long time to reload, to the six shooter in Syndicate, which uses the first magazines for bullets. In Assassin’s Creed the pistols are present in almost any game and most cosplay’s of Assassin’s Creed characters use these weapons in their arsenal. Why? They are easy to wear, easy to find/make and look badass. Pistols in Assassin’s Creed do what they are intended for. Mark a target and shoot him or her. (S)he will most likely drop dead immediately or be severely wounded.

Last but not least in the ranged weaponry are the Throwing knives and the darts. These are quick to use last resort weapons to silently kill any of the enemies on your path. The throwing knives have been used for thousands of years and are still used by special forces today. In Assassin’s Creed I we get the option to buy them and use them in our advantage. The darts can be used as well in multiple Assassin’s Creed games, mostly to drive our enemies crazy, kill them over time or just put them to sleep. All in all, quite the handy weapon.