Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer strategy guide – How to be a cheating bastard


(Unlocked at Lvl 24)

What is it?
The Decoy ability transforms a selected NPC into your character model and then sends them off running for the hills.

Technique: The Black Sheep

So, you’ve taken to chilling out in the blend crowds and you’re a massive fan of the Morph ability. Decoy is the veritable cherry on top for morphing enthusiasts. While you’re moving about in your group, take notice of the surrounding area. In particular, take note of lone NPCs that are fast walking near you. News flash: those aren’t NPCs. Select a single NPC from your group that’s the same character model as you and activate Decoy to send them running. Watch your half-wit pursuer break cover and go sprinting after the wrong target.




(Unlocked at Lvl 26)

What is it?
The Mute ability ... pretty much sucks. Once activated, all players within the area of effect cannot use abilities, stun or kill for a whopping 1.5 seconds.

Technique: The Poor Man’s Knuckle Sandwich

This strategy is exactly the same as the Knuckle Sandwich with Smokey Bacon strat verbatim. The only difference is that you need to be exceptionally sure that the person following you is, in fact, your pursuer. Likewise, you need to react even more quickly to stun them since you’ve only got 1.5 freaking seconds to get to them before they murder you.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, you could use this ability as a counter-measure against receiving a smoky bacon knuckle sandwich yourself; however, if you were doing your job right, the target would never see you coming. In the end, Mute is like a crappy smoke bomb that doesn’t stun its victims. You’d be better off avoiding this ability altogether.




(Unlocked at Lvl 29)

What is it?
The Poison ability is awesome for three reasons. First, the ability tacks a +200 Poison Bonus to your kill score no matter how good or crappy it was. Second, the poisoning animation is so subtle that it doesn’t give you away to pursuers (think of the gentle push only the person dies five seconds afterwards). Third, you’ll get points for the kill even if you’re killed before the poison takes effect or if the target stuns you after the poison was delivered.

Technique: The Focused Arsenic Smoothie

This strategy requires that you have Smoke Bomb as your second ability. Move in on your target without being seen. Toss down a smoke bomb when you’re close enough to stun them and then focus on the target for a full three seconds. Once the focus meter has filled, poison your target and then laugh to yourself maniacally as the poor sap starts to run away only to fall down dead five seconds later.

Regardless of what poisoning method you choose to engage in, make sure to keep your eye on how many pursuers the target already has. Using poison on somebody who already has multiple people gunning for them runs the risk of getting your kill poached. Sufficed to say, going through all that trouble of subtly poisoning your target only to watch them immediately get stabbed in the face by someone else is pretty balls out infuriating. 

Dec 10, 2010


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  • karel - November 23, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    anyone know how to trow a weapon in ACB like in the pic???
  • JBizFoShiz - February 17, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    I've revisted this article multiple times during my AC:B phase. Once not owning it. Once, after the single-player and before the multiplayer. And now, here I am again, at level 39, commenting on it. A lot of skills are more useful in one game mode than the other. Personally, I LOVE using mute (in Wanted) and use my smoke bombs as a backup while my mute recharges. Also, anybody who has tried to get the focus bonus KNOWS how long a second can feel like. I never use Sprint Boost as an offensive ability, but it comes in handy when somebody tries rushing behind me for a 150-point kill. Combine it with a Smoke Bomb, and street corners can become saviors. I never use the Hidden Gun. I am a rooftop runner myself, so I know how annoying it can be chasing people down. Once you get assigned a runner, KILL A CIVILIAN! You get a new contract and waste only 5 seconds, instead of 2 minutes. If playing on Wanted, a balanced profile usually has 1 offensive ability and 1 defensive. On Manhunt, making 2 purely defensive profiles and 2-3 purely offensive ones has brought me success. It is the most frustrating, fun and addicting multiplayer in years.
  • 1RacerXvprKlr - February 14, 2011 4:20 a.m.

    this game just keeps on giving in so many nasty ways...note to self must play more often.....
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 21, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    It might be because I'm a blonde, but I never knew that using templar vision made you all sparkly! Damn, if I had known that... Anyway, I'll try poison since I just unlocked it.
  • casXey - December 27, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    Does anyone else notice that all doctors like to perch on rooftops like big dumb birds?
  • bl00dyvalen7ine - December 13, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    Not sure about anyone else but once poisoned I can't stun my puruer even though I'm standing right next to him.Is that suppose to happen or is it a bug cuz if it's ment to be that way thats really stupid.
  • Limbo - December 13, 2010 8:12 a.m.

    Might have to pick this up. It's definitely a different take on multiplayer.
  • ACIIisgreat - December 12, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    Reading this has gotten me REALLY excited for Brotherhood, cant wait to jump in, though I was gonna get it anyways. (Though my name and pic may have given that away...)
  • Rane - December 12, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    I find mute useful in Manhunt by running up to pursuers and mute-stunning them... they never see it coming, haha. Even better if someone is covering you, multiple stuns.
  • SirManguydude - December 11, 2010 9:44 p.m.

    Here is a nice little hint. If your target is blending with a group of NPCs, just walk in holding B for a Gentle Push. The one that does move right is your target.
  • Corsair89 - December 11, 2010 5:32 p.m.

    I haven't had this much fun in a multiplayer game in a long time.
  • Markstone - December 11, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    What they didn't mention was disguise is great for manhunt, as you can approach the targets without them realizing you are one of the hunter characters.
  • Jamahl - December 11, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    The reason why they used a poison bomb was so they could get the focus bonus. REAL pros can get the focus bonus anyway. : P
  • Unoriginal - December 11, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    Going into multiplayer once I get enough of the single player. There are some pretty mean strategies here that I am sure will com in handy. What do you get on level 1? Just a hiddenblade or something more?
  • cyclone306 - December 11, 2010 11:49 a.m.

    pretty amazing article though
  • Midgetman377 - December 11, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    This article was helpful but i'd just like to point out that using a smoke bomb before poisoning someone isn't very subtle.
  • HankVenture - December 11, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    I always use that morph trick is more than one person is following me and I'm near the top scores. I sat in the same hay bale stack for the last 2 minutes of a game doing that and staying in first place
  • slapdatass - December 11, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    Cool, thank you. Multiplayer can be frustrating as hell when you're starting and everyone else seems to be level 40+. Just wish the locking mechanism wasn't so iffy :\
  • WrathLord03 - December 11, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    I'd recommend using Templar Vision in a hay bale or the like, as no one can see you glowing. Of course, someone might see you jump inside the hay bale so try and be discreet anyway.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - December 11, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    A guide to being a cheating bastard for a multiplayer game about trying to be the biggest cheating bastard. And I'm loving every single second of it.

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