Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood shop quests guide

Near your hideout there will be store markers that have a diamond around their symbol. These special shops will have Shop Quests that you can complete to grab some additional tools in your mission against the Borgia. While you don’t get any achievements for completing the quests, you do get to brag to whoever will listen that you completed them all. Each quest requires a certain set of items to craft the items out of –why you need Shrunken Heads to make armor, I don’t want to know- and they can be found and gathered in multiple locations. 

To save you from having to look in every nook and cranny, we have compiled this guide to show you exactly where to go to get what you need. While some items do show up randomly through looting bodies, the majority of them can be found at set spots throughout Rome in chests and through Assassination Missions. That Captain’s Sword isn’t going to craft itself, so get to it!




Shrunken Head x 2
Elephant Ivory x 3
Indian Diamond x 3

Reward: Seusenhofer Pauldrons and Seusenhofer Chest Guard

For the Exotica Quest, the tricky part is getting the Shrunken Heads. There are only two chests in the entire game that have them, one is #12 on the Antico Map and the other is in the “Sixth Day” Romulus Lair (read the description below to get the location)  The rest of the items can be gathered easily from Bandits and other chests.


Blood Money

Vlad the Impaler Coins x 7

Reward:  Spada Lunga (sword)

A rather simple quest, but takes a bit of time to grab 7 of the coins. There are several ways to get coins – assassination missions, chests, bandits- but given enough time and you willcollect enough of them to get you the monster sword.



Terracotta pot x 3
Totem x 2
Buddhist Prayer Beads x 2

Reward: Captain's Sword

This quest is the first one you get and probably the easiest. Simply use the maps provided to locate the closest chest with the goods you need.





Tomatoes X 5
Nutmeg x 3
Acontie x 1

Reward: Fast Poison

Tomatoes are plenty- there’s enough for this quest at the end of the first Romulus lair-  as in the Nutmeg needed for this quest. The Acontie can be a pain and I only found it from bandits. Keep taking down couriers and bandits till you find it and the other ingredients are easy enough to come by.


Art Merchant


Pomander x 2
Ambergris x 3
Papaver Silvaticum x 1

Reward: Vaticano Treasure Map

A few rare items to get the treasure map, but not impossible to find. The Papaver Silvaticum can be found in a few chests as well as from couriers. The Ambergris is only found in a few chests but can be found in plenty from bandits that attack you.



Pulling Threads

Silk x 8
Cardinal's Purple Dye x 5

Reward: Large Quiver (5 extra crossbow bolts)

Another large quantity, but rather simple quest. They are easy ingredients, but take a while to get the amount needed. Silk can be found in numerous places like chests and bandits, but guards will also have silk on them at times. Be sure to look all the bodies you come across- including couriers, pickpockets and just about anything that is on the ground stinking up the place.


  • armsthen - October 2, 2014 4:41 p.m.

    I sold so many items before finding out about these quests. Any advice??
  • Chayzr - May 24, 2014 11:31 a.m.

    I didn't find an edit function, so I'll make an addition instead... I wrote (in my comment prior to this): "I've just made the mistake of selling all the quest items required to unlock 'Captain's Sword' (or 'Faith')." I meant to say: I've just made the mistake of selling all the quest items required to unlock 'Captain's Sword' (or 'Faith') to a Blacksmith located far from the Hideout and who has no diamond shape around his shop icon, and the sword did obviously not get unlocked.
  • Chayzr - May 24, 2014 11:18 a.m.

    I wish I'd been aware of this website, and of this particular guide, because I've just made the mistake of selling all the quest items required to unlock 'Captain's Sword' (or 'Faith'). The first line you write says: "Near your hideout there will be store markers that have a diamond around their symbol". Somehow I have completely overlooked this (having hurried somewhat due to time issues), so I am very happy that I came upon this article. I love your thoroughness and that you're willing to make use of several techniques (text, photos, lists, highlights, references, i.e.), not to mention the viewer friendly design of the website in general. Thanks a lot for it all.
  • evan-hodda - September 2, 2013 2:02 a.m.

    Another great way to collect items from thiefs is within the side mission: A Blanket Finish. Once they find you they will run off to another location in the Anticio district, once there thiefs will keep appearing if you stay in the area. If you are able to hold on long enough they will stop coming an there will be tons of bodies to loot for items. Hopefully this helps as well.
  • Coolster219 - July 31, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    I went all throughout the Antico district and still couldn't find the shrunken head, I did get the one from the Romulus lair though. Are you sure it wasn't in centro or campanga district?
  • tedkata543 - November 1, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Im not sure about the district but it is on a side of a cliff :D
  • hullonotna - July 5, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    I sold so many items before finding out about these quests. I am pretty sure you can get shrunken heads from investing in stores.
  • Mysterious2k11 - March 22, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    Man I didn't know these items were of importance.. I had a ton of them from chests and missions and sold them to 1 shop thinking they were just for that extra bit of cash. *slaps self in face* Am I good to collect them all again without restarting or are there unique items which an only be collected once? thanks!
  • gamefreakl1996 - January 23, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    oh crap -.- I accidently sold a few Indian diamonds not knowing I would need them, I think I need like two more? Those adn the shruken heads will piss me off so much
  • Samurainova - January 13, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    Question answered (though not here)! There are only two in the game and if like me you sold one you will have to re-play the game to unlock the armor. Sorry for the bad news but hey that's the way the cookie crumbles I guess. Personally I'm going to live without the armor as I'm linked to Legacy which I have no desire to re-play.
  • Samurainova - January 12, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    Please someone answer our questions! Many of us are asking about the shrunken heads and their availability. None are getting any answers. Are they only available from the two chests? Are they recoverable from previous memories or will we have to get them on a second playthrough?
  • bigaarron1 - January 9, 2011 10:40 a.m.

    is it possible to go back into a memory to regain the shrunken heads? i found them before that particular shop quest became available and dont fancy going through the game from the start just to get them
  • Ribbalicious - January 7, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    No matter how long i spend looking for borgia messengers i can't fine any Aconite and i've only found one Shrunken Head and i've opened all the chests. WHAT CAN I DO?????????????????????
  • snowwolfnh63 - January 5, 2011 1:21 p.m.

    Just an update if anyone is still hunting for the Borgia Messengers, I read that they mostly pop up in certain areas, same as the Bandits, well I am here to report both will appear dang near anywhere! Keep your eyes open though for those Borgia dudes, sometimes they appear quick! As for Bandits, I read they are mostly in the Southern districts. I have got jumped more than a few times within the city limits, near guards so be prepared just about anywhere to have them appear.
  • slummer - January 2, 2011 3:09 a.m.

  • Samurainova - January 1, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    Is it possible to get the shrunken heads from anything other than the two chests? I sold one by accident while heavily inebriated on Christmas day and would hate to have to 100% my second play through.
  • Gilgamesh567 - December 30, 2010 10:34 a.m.

    I found Aconite on my First borgia Interception lol
  • snowwolfnh63 - December 1, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    My biggest issue was finding Aconite. I had finished the game once and still hadn't found any! Of course I didn't know I was supposed to hold other Items for Shop Quests. So started a new game and went through it again ... still none ... sighs ... BUT I did some poking around on the net and found out the only place to get it is from couriers, needless to say I went on a courier hunt and lo and behold got two couriers in a row holding this. It took a while to find them and since I have the cape where my notoriety doesn't change I just blasted them instead of trying to tackle them ... evil chuckle ;)
  • TheJuda - November 30, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    @JenosIdanian you are quite welcome :)
  • JenosIdanian - November 30, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    Man, the Shrunken Heads are killing me. Now I know where the find them. Thanks Jeff.

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