The design of what would eventually become the default armor from the first Assassin’s Creed game is something special. Whether it’s the hood, the vambraces hiding the iconic Hidden Blade, or the integration of the Assassin’s Symbol into the hood and belt, this design is just so memorable.
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With every new entry into the franchise, Ubisoft would use that basic Altair-style armor as a base and redesign it in some pretty unique ways. So, with that in mind, let’s look at some of the most visually appealing Armor Sets in the franchise, from the first game to the newest, and from Ezio to Eivor.
Assassin’s Creed II – Armor Of Altair
First up is the Armor of Altair that Ezio finds in the Sanctuary beneath the Auditore Villa. To get this, you have to complete all six hidden assassin tombs spread throughout the game. It may be called the Armor of Altair, but this isn’t the classic Altair Armor that we all saw him wearing in the OG game.
Rather, this is one that he apparently built using a new type of metal he learned about with the Piece of Eden. It was the first example of a “secret” armor set that you’d unlock by completing a bunch of optional side content, and we’re still not entirely sure it’s ever been beaten by any other unlockable Armor Set, in terms of how “special” it feels or how amazing it looks.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Armor of Brutus
Moving on to the next AC game, Brotherhood, which had the Armor of Brutus, a set that looks nothing like the Armor of Altair, but has a very similar origin. This is another Armor Set that can only be obtained after completing a bunch of side activities. The name of it comes from Roman historical figure Marcus Brutus.
Like the Armor of Altair, this set is considered unbreakable and seems to be made from the same mysterious metal. While the Armor of Altair added some flair and class to the original Assassin’s Robes, the Armor of Brutus feels entirely regal in nature, especially with that fancy bit of wolf’s fur around the collar.
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations: Armor Of Ishak Pasha
Last up on our list of supernatural Armor Sets collected by Ezio is the Armor of Ishak Pasha. Like the previous two sets, this Armor is only available after finishing some side stuff, namely collecting all 10 Memoirs of Ishak Pasha.
Visually, this one is a lot less loud than the other two and comes with a full-face mask Ezio wears as part of the “cursed” theme of the armor. The contrast between the bulkiness and the slim-fit but flowing fabric of the classic Assassin Armor does wonders to make it feel unique, and the mask adds a whole other level of memorability as well.
Assassin’s Creed III – Colonial & Animal Spirit Armor Sets
Finally moving past the Ezio games, we’ve arrived at the first of the AC games that allow you to wear multiple sets of Armor that aren’t just slight variations or recolors. First is the Animal Spirit Set, a culmination of Assassin Armor made from bearskin, eagle feathers, and wolf pelt. This set looks great on Ratonhnhaké:ton (otherwise known as Connor), especially with that wolf-head hood.
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Then there’s the Colonial Assassin Set, which feels like the other end of the spectrum in comparison to the Animal Spirit set. It’s simplistic, compact, and a bit less unique, but still incredibly memorable. Plus, it’s neat that both sets played around with the “Assassin hood” part of the design in new ways.
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag – Mayan & Templar Armor Sets
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag was a big step in a new direction for the AC franchise and is what eventually led to Ubisoft’s insanely addicting open-world formula. In it, you take control of Edward Kenway. Kenway wears a whole bunch of different outfits throughout the game, but the Mayan and Templar Armor are by far his best looks.
The Mayan Armor is the equivalent of the Armor of Altair, Brutus, or Ishak Pasha, since it provides a supernatural resistance to bullets. It isn’t too loud visually or too over-designed but looks just “alien” enough to be believably Isu-made. Similarly, the Templar Armor requires a pile of keys taken from defeated Templars, and gives Kenway a nice defense buff as well as making him look the part of a Templar elite, which is ironic considering what his son, Haythem, eventually becomes.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity – Napoleonic & Phantom Armor Sets
Up next is AC: Unity, a game that isn’t beloved by most, though is remembered fondly by a few. But, none of the criticism for the game has to do with the Armor Designs. One such particularly amazing Armor Set was the Napoleonic Set Dorian wore, clothes that were obviously inspired by Bonaparte and his Bicorn hat.
Comparatively, Arno has a lot more going on with his version than Napoleon did, though it is a shame that the Legendary variant looks a bit clunky. All-in-all, the Improved Version of this armor, at least, is one of the more memorable ones in the game.
Another memorable set from Unity has to be the Phantom Armor, as it was obviously inspired by the “gentleman/phantom thief” concept that has existed throughout fiction (you know, like Persona 5) for centuries. Plus, it’s one of the only Assassin’s Armor Sets that actually uses a partial mask to hide the wearer’s identity.
Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate – Master Assassin & Baron Armor Sets
Going from the French Revolution to London’s Industrial Revolution, it’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate with Jacob and Evie Frye. There’s a lot that Syndicate adds to the mix, but the way these two siblings played around with the Assassin’s robe designs is particularly memorable.
There are a lot of different outfits Jacob and Evie can wear, but the ones we thought fit each Frye best were the Master Assassin armor for the calm and collected Evie and the Baron Armor for the loud and quick-to-action Jacob. It’s a shame more recent games have leaned harder into the whole “heavy armor” aesthetic over sleek threads, because when it’s done right, it looks incredibly sleek.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins – Egyptian Gods & Isu Armor Sets
Say what you will about Ezio or Kassandra, Bayek (and by extension his wife Aya) are some of the most underrated yet insanely well-written Assassins in the series. And, the Egyptian setting works so perfectly for an AC game, though there will always be better options.
One of the most interesting parts of Bayek’s personality was his faith, as his religious views came across so prolific and mature in Origins. Typically, in video games at least, religious characters tend to make faith their whole identity and force it onto others, but Origins seemed to be dedicated to making Bayek historical accurate and interesting, which is likely why even teachers are using the game as a tool.
It got even more interesting once you found armor that was meant to represent Anubis, Sekhmet, or Sobek. Wearing these sets while carrying out Bayek’s revenge quest really made us feel like a man enacting the punishment of the gods.
Then, to contrast the ancient religious aesthetic, there was the Isu Armor that Bayek could unlock after visiting all the Stone Circles in Origins. This armor didn’t grant any additional effects like the other Isu-based Armors in previous games, unfortunately, but it is still one of the more memorable armor sets Ubisoft has ever designed.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Athenian War Hero & Artemis Armor Sets
Now that we’ve reached the newer age of AC games with Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla, Ubisoft has gone sort of crazy with purchasable Armor Skins (using Helix Credits) that you could deck Alexios/Kassandra in, so we’ve tried to stay away from including those.
That said, there are plenty of incredibly designed Armor Sets for Kassandra or Alexios to wear in the base game, our personal favorites being the Artemis Set and the Athenian War Hero Set. Though, some of the Armor from the incredible Fate of Atlantis DLC put up a tough fight. With the Artemis Set, and by extension the Hunter Sets, the whole ensemble just works so well for an Assassin skilled in hunting, especially those red markings.
While the Athenian War Hero set is anything but quiet. It’s gold, has a lot of jingly bits, and is meant to draw the eye. But, it also has a fantastic blend of all these different concepts from other armor sets. There’s the fabric from the Mercenary sets, the metallic chest-piece similar to actual armor from the time period, and the hood that these Assassins are so widely known for.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – Thor’s & Hidden Ones’ Armor Sets
Finally, let’s end things on the most recent game, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. In this one, you take control of Eivor (male or female), as they pillage their way through England. There are a ton of different Viking-themed armor sets to find in the game, all of which are tailored towards specific aesthetics for the Raven, Bear, and Wolf Skill Trees. For the Bear, Thors’ Armor has to be the winner. Thor is known as a brute of a Norse god, and his armor set matches that tone, with a bit of regal flair.
Then there’s the Armor of the Hidden Ones’ better known as the Assassin Brotherhood. Honestly, this set is also pretty loud and garish, but it’s leaps and bounds more assassin-like in its design. Quite honestly, it feels like a blend between Valhalla’s Viking aesthetic, the regal-ness of the Armor of Brutus, and the gold trimming from the Armor of Altair. Luckily, with the recently added Transmog system, you’re no longer restricted from certain looks based on your playstyle.
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