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10 Top Tips For Assassin's Creed: Revelations

I”ve been playing a lot of Assassin”s Creed: Revelations over the past week. It”s easily the hardest game in the series with much tougher enemies and memories everywhere. Here are my top tips for story mode to make you an awesome assassin.

Note: There are some mild gameplay spoilers in these tips.

  1. Steal from everyone, all the time – Right from the very start of the game pickpocket and steal everything. Don”t get rushed by the main plot. It can wait. Quickly rack up your cash by pickpocketing people during the walk and talk bits so you can buy some better armour as soon as possible. Go have a wander, explore the city and mug some people.
  2. Renovate banks and book shops first – The quicker you start renovating the city, the more money you”ll earn. Renovate the book shops first and buy all the treasure maps you can afford. Many of the maps are really cheap so you”ll redeem your money just by finding a couple of treasure chests. Then renovate the banks so you can get your money out to spend on armour and weapons.
  3. Aim for the nuts – As with Assassin”s Creed: Brotherhood, the kick is a ridiculously overpowered attack. There”s only one type of guard – who turns up a lot later in the game – that isn”t totally crippled by kicks to the groin. Especially when you”re outnumbered and cornered, start kicking. More armour = more kicking in the bollocks.
  4. Reset your Templar Awareness (formerly known as notoriety) – Find a memory start to push the main plot on a bit. This has the effect of resetting your awareness to zero. So all you need to worry about is making it to the memory start without annoying the highly alert Templars casino online in the meantime. That means no killing, renovating property or recklessly running about the city. Added bonus, it means you”ll spend less time in the game”s tedious version of Tower Defence.
  5. Forget about a lost den – If you lose a den back to the Templars, don”t worry about it. You”ll still retain the 2 assassin recruit spots you gained from reclaiming it the first time. Get on with training your team of assassins and making lots of cash.
  6. Don”t rush to a contested den – When one of your dens gets attacked, don”t rush to win it back. You have loads of time. Go search for treasure chests, Animus data fragments or organise/training your assassins. Take your time.
  7. You can bribe the same Herald twice – When you max out your Templar Awareness meter (i.e. top left logo on the HUD is completely red) all your dens are at risk of Templar attack and navigating the city is a real pain as everyone hates you. There are 2 ways to get your status back down to secret (white).
    • First way – Find a memory start (see tip 4).
    • Second way – Kill a Templar Official (eye shaped icon) and bribe two Heralds (person shaped icon). You can bribe the same Herald twice in quick succession by running away for about 15 seconds and then coming back. He will have mysteriously forgotten that you”d bribed him earlier and happily take another chunk off your awareness status.
  8. More cities equals lots more income – In the Mediterranean defence game use the easy difficulty missions to start off your assassins training. Once they are above level 6 start sending them in groups on the reclaim the city missions. Once you”ve got control over other European cities the money starts rolling in.
  9. Listen for the “twinkly” sound – As with all Assassin”s Creed games, the twinkly sound means that treasure or a collectable item is close by. In Revelations it”s either a treasure chest, a chest with bomb making ingredients or an Animus fragment. You can turn down the voice and music volumes (via Options>General) and leave SFX volume set on 10 to make this sound a lot easier to hear.
  10. Go for the Templar den captain – Forget about everyone else. Just focus on killing the Templar den captain(s), even if they”re surrounded by a million guards. Once you”ve killed the head honcho they”ll all run off like frightened rabbits, leaving you to climb the tower and set off the flare. Job done.

Check out my 9 top tips for Assassin”s Creed: Brotherhood if you haven”t finished that game. IF you haven”t, you probably shouldn”t start playing Revelations unless you don”t mind major plot spoilers.

Assassin”s Creed: Revelations is out now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.


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  2. Joe

    17th Nov, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Great tips. Thanks

    But as for #6, do you know about how much time we have?

    • Nick Silversides (CaptSkyRocket)

      18th Nov, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Thanks Joe. Not sure to be honest.
      I have left a contested den for a very long time whilst I’ve renovated the city, collected animus data fragments etc.

  3. Warren

    4th Dec, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    When sending assassins to reclaim the city and win, how do I gain 100% control of that city. I only got to 63%, kept sending assassins on more missions but it didn’t go any higher?

    Great advice too!!


    • David

      1st Jan, 2012 at 2:27 am

      Send more than 1 assassin to said city, or you won’t be able to go above 63%. I believe it’s 3 lvl 10 assassins to reach 97%

  4. Warren

    4th Dec, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    When sending assassins to reclaim the city and win, how do I gain 100% control of that city. I only got to 63%, kept sending assassins on more missions but it didn’t go any higher?

    Great advice too!!


  5. Matt

    3rd Jan, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Good job, but I disagree with some of them. 5 & 6 aren’t that important. This game is great because it gives you the freedom to do things your own way. those two are mostly opinion on what is fun. I happen to like reclaiming dens, and playing the den defense game. Anyway nice job.

  6. Oliver

    5th Jan, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Also to note (regarding tip 9) is to always loot the body of the templar den’s captain. They all seem to carry approximately 1000 coins.

    Another tip I’ve got is to renovate as much as you can, and keep your game on for a few hours. And go eat dinner, sleep or just go for a late night stroll along the riverside. It’s pretty much cheating I’d say, but it works nicely to rack up a few extra coins!

  7. George wood

    10th Jan, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I can find the banks and all, but how in the hell do you take money out of it?

    • Nick Silversides (CaptSkyRocket)

      12th Jan, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      George> First renovate/buy the bank. Then you’ll be able to talk to the banker and withdraw any money in your account.

      I recommend renovating as many banks as possible as it makes it easier to withdraw cash when you want to buy some more weapons or ammo, rather than tramping all over the city to find the nearest branch.

      Don’t forget – The more of the city you buy/renovate the more money you earn.

  8. bojangles

    12th Jan, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Once you are attempting to take back the contested den how do you defeat the gargantous fire breathing machine thingy?

    • Nick Silversides (CaptSkyRocket)

      12th Jan, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Bonjangles> Hopefully one of our readers will know and post it here as I only played the tower defence game twice (see tip 5).

  9. Bossman

    16th Jan, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Keep building cheap barricades on the street.
    Call your assassin cannons on the Greek fire siege ASAP, they deal a lot of damage.
    Sell off your crossbow men and put in riflemen on the rooftops.
    Don’t reinforce or buy better barricades as they will get mowed down like grass.

  10. anuj upadhyay

    17th Jan, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    many a times even killing a templar official does not decrease my Awareness…. i feel Brotherhood was a better game ….you could ride horses from town to town

    • Cody

      10th Apr, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      I know right!

  11. Logan

    17th Jan, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I have renovated 13 of the 14 banks but cant find the 14th one on my map could someone send me a ingame pic of their map with all 14 banks

    • Sean

      23rd Jan, 2012 at 5:01 am

      Logan> I don’t have a picture for you, but I have a tip that may help you out. Go into your pause menu, then your map, after that press the “X” button or square for PS3. This will pop up the “set display” menu. Go into all of the options besides “economic markers”, and turn the “ALL” selection to off. Then go into the economic markers menu and disable everything besides the bank. The map will then display all of the banks and one will be dimmer than the rest, thats the bank you have left :). Hope that helped!!

      • robtje

        20th Oct, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        great advice THX

  12. Cody

    10th Apr, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Loot these easy to kill stalkers they carry over 1000 coins!

  13. Bobby

    6th May, 2012 at 6:58 am

    If you’re looking to make some extra alce as well… loot the janissaries as they carry over 80 alce on their person… you may also want to loot the witnesses you kill for they too carry lots of alce on them… Other than that… the rest of the game is easy… only making money is the most difficult…

  14. Aaron

    16th Jun, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Really? Hardest game in the series? Have you ever played AC 1? Revelations is a cakewalk compared to it. In AC 1, you have 3 weapons; sword, throwing knives, and hidden blade. In Revelations, you have more than 10, not to mention practically infinite bombs that every guard just magically has the ingredients for.

    • Bob

      2nd Oct, 2012 at 5:14 am

      Not to mention almost all the guards have medicine on them. I usually just run about and murder the hell out of the guards if I’m low on medicine to stock up (for the fights against actually difficult guys).

  15. lee

    5th Jul, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Does any one know how to get the induction leap of faith for your gamer score

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      14th Dec, 2012 at 11:50 am

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  16. robtje

    7th Oct, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    how do i know which banks / doctors blacksmids and such i have already bought/ renovated??

    i just dont know which ones still to buy and dont like to run aroud the entire game to find the last few

    • Steve

      2nd Nov, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      The ones you have renovated are bright white on the map whilst the unrenovated are a grey white.

  17. star12

    25th Dec, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Tip # 10.

    I found that even if you kill the head captain of a tower they guards will try to kill you if they see you climbing the tower. I made it a pretty hard climb while being shot at …lol

    • star12

      25th Dec, 2012 at 1:53 am

      Tip # 10.
      I found that even if you kill the head captain of a tower the* guards will try to kill you if they see you climbing the tower. It was* pretty hard to climb while being shot at …lol

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