This week's release of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood means two things: First, we've got a new, city-sized playground in which to run around and stab hapless guards to death. Second, there's a new galaxy of collectibles to ferret out and claim. starting with the 101 Borgia flags and 10 feathers that have been scattered around Rome. Finding these may seem a little daunting in a city as big as Rome, but it's necessary if you want to claim some of the game's best Achievements/Trophies, as well as this awesome wardrobe piece:
Above: Find them all, and the diabolically stylish (and Notoriety-eliminating) Borgia Cape will be yours!
To help you find every last scrap of bull-printed cloth and eagle detritus in the city, we've put together this guide, with videos and locations for every key collectible hiding throughout the game. Granted, you could just buy maps to this stuff in the game, but if you'd rather save your florins AND get step-by-step instructions on how to grab the trickier items and secret-location flags, we're here to help. Meanwhile, if you're having trouble with Cluster locations and solutions, or if you want to find all five 2012 Artifacts, our aptly named Clusters and 2012 Artifacts guide can help with that, too. And if you're still not sure whether the game is even worth your attention, be sure to check out our super review.
• Flags and feathers map
• Flags 1-8 (northeastern area)
• Flags 9-13 (central western area)
• Flags 14-19 (central eastern/southern area)
• Flags 20-26 (Tiber Island and southwest)
• Feathers 1-4
• Flags and feathers map
• Flags 1-6 (northwest of Colosseum)
• Flags 7-11 (Aventino/Thieves Guild area)
• Flags 12-18 (east of Colosseum)
• Flags 19-26 (southeast/southern "locked" areas)
• Feathers 1-3
• Terme di Traiano: The Halls of Nero
• Il Colosseo: Thrown to the Wolves
• Catacombe di Roma: Wolves Among the Dead
• Palazzo Laterano: The Sixth Day
• Cloaca Maxima: Leader of the Pack
• Basilica di San Pietro: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
You'll find your first flag a short distance east of where Ezio first comes to, atop an easy-to-reach pillar.
The next one's at the top of a ruined set of columns towering over an elevated courtyard.
On top of another set of ruined columns, this time due southeast from the church.
Get used to looking at the tops of weathered columns; that's where most of the hidden stuff likes to hide. This one's next to a farmhouse, just south of a conspicuous pigeon coop.
You'll find the next flag immediately southeast of flag 4, on top of yet another column.
From where you found Flag 5, head straight west until you hit the border with the Centro district. The next flag-hiding pillar is on a terraced, low-set farm plot some distance south of the church. .
On top of another set of columns overlooking terraced farmland, this time drectly southwest of the church.
Just south of the house where you assassinated Il Carnefice, you'll see an acqueduct. The next flag is sitting on its western edge.
After you've climbed up and grabbed Flag 8, drop back down and look down and to the west of the acqueduct. The next flag is in plain view.
Next page: Flags in the southwestern and eastern areas of Campagna, and all three of Campagna's hidden feathers!
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