Assassin's Creed II: Glyphs and statuettes guide


If you’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed II for a while, you already know that the 100 hidden feathers that litter the game are only the beginning of what the game offers obsessive collector-types. The real prizes are the Glyphs, 20 semi-hidden signs left plastered on certain landmarks, which were hacked into the Animus by the mysterious Subject 16. Once you’ve found them – which can be tough considering the size of some of the marked buildings – you’ll then be tasked with solving a brief series of puzzles before you can crack the increasingly horrifying conspiracy story within.  And after that’s all done, you can finally piece together the snippets of video left behind by Subject 16 and figure out who this woman is:

Above: As if you haven’t already guessed 

Read on, and we’ll show you where every last Glyph is hiding and the solutions to their puzzles (in a separate section) – and, as a bonus, we’ll also show you where to find all the statues in Monteriggioni, so you can pocket an easy 8,000 florins and the Myth Maker Achievement/Trophy. True completionists will also want to check out our feathers and treasures guide – and if you’re still on the fence about whether to buy the game, why not read our Super Review?


• Glyphs Map
• La Rosa Colta
• Santa Croce
• Ospedale Degli Innocenti
• San Lorenzo
• Mercato Vecchio 

• Glyphs and Statuettes Map
• Villa Auditore
• Statuette Guide 

• Glyphs Map
• Monte Oliveto Maggiore
• Antico Teatro Romano
• Santa Maria Assunta/Torre Grossa
• Torri dei Salvucci
• Torre dei Diavolo 

• Glyphs Map
• Avamposto Veneziano
• Abbazia di San Mercuriale 

• Glyphs Map
• Gilda dei Ladri di Venezia
• San Giacomo di Rialto
• Ponte di Rialto
• Scuola Grande di San Marco
• Torre Dell'Orologio
• Campanile di San Marco
• San Pietro di Castello 

Puzzle 1 | Puzzle 2 | Puzzle 3 | Puzzle 4 | Puzzle 5 | Puzzle 6 | Puzzle 7 | Puzzle 8 | Puzzle 9 | Puzzle 10 | Puzzle 11 | Puzzle 12 | Puzzle 13 | Puzzle 14 | Puzzle 15 | Puzzle 16 | Puzzle 17 | Puzzle 18 | Puzzle 19 | Puzzle 20 | 


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Glyph locations:

La Rosa Colta: The first Glyph you find is also one of the easiest. While facing La Rosa Colta’s front door, climb the building’s façade until you reach the roof. The Glyph’s on the wall of the roof’s second tier.

Santa Croce: Clamber up onto the north side of Santa Croce’s lower roof, and look east.

Ospedale Degli Innocenti: Climb up onto the roof on the eastern side of the Ospedale, then face south. The Glyph should be visible from about the mid-point of the roof.

San Lorenzo: Squeeze in between the bell tower and the dome near the cathedral’s northwest edge; the Glyph is between them, on the bell tower’s southern wall.

Mercato Vecchio: Climb up onto the low roof at the northeast corner of the Mercato Vecchio and look for this mark on the eastern side:


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Glyph location:


Villa Auditore: If this Glyph is giving you any trouble, you’re making it much harder than it needs to be. While facing the villa’s front door, run over toward the left side of the house.. You’ll see what looks like a faint barcode on the upper-left corner of its façade; climb up there and scan it.

Statuette locations:

There’s just one Glyph in Monteriggioni, but to compensate for it the town has a collectible feature you won’t find anywhere else: statuettes of the Roman gods. Finding them will net you 2,000 florins for every pair you can reunite on their pedestals, which are positioned around the grounds of the villa. Grab all eight, and the Myth Maker Achievement/Trophy is yours. Here’s where they’re hiding:

Mars: The Roman god of war is super-easy to find; just ascend the steps on the left that lead up to the villa, and then turn left again. He’s right there on the wall.

Venus: The Roman goddess of love can be found pretty close to her partner, Mars – just head to the southwest corner of the villa’s grounds and look out past the barrier – she’s stuck to a wall and easy to retrieve.

Pluto: Another gimme, Pluto can be found at the southeast edge of the villa grounds; just ascend the staircase on the right that leads to the villa and turn right to find the alcove he’s hiding in.

Neptune: Pluto’s partner Neptune is hiding in plain sight, one block east of the center of town. Just look for the little garden with the tree at its center and a bench in front. He’s glued to the back wall.

Jupiter: The king of the gods is hiding just under the eastern edge of the church’s roof – climb up and drop down to grab him.

Minerva: Jupiter’s daughter can be found southwest of where you found him, above a low rooftop on the wall of a house.

Diana: The moon goddess can be found hanging above an arch that’s slightly northwest of the town’s front gate.

Apollo: Diana’s brother can be found clinging to a high wall a block or so west of where you found Diana, on a building just east of the city’s wall.

Next page: Tuscany/San Gimignano and Romagna/Forli!

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  • shaenmo - January 31, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    Puzzle 15 seems to have some errors. This solution works: Ring 5-right five Ring 3-right two Ring 4-right five Ring 2-left five Ring 1-left one
  • nikorasu-sukotto-theokami - July 19, 2013 1:15 a.m.

    does anyone know where the final glyph is, cuz i have all of them except the last one....
  • e4tmoarchiken - August 9, 2013 10:25 a.m.

    The glyphs don't go in any specific order, if you haven't completed the game, it could be in a area that hasn't been unlocked, same goes for the feathers. But just go on the maps on your PC or laptop, take a screen shot of each one, go back and check each place, and mark them off until you find the last one
  • RedneckReaper92 - August 10, 2012 3:27 p.m.

    Howdy yall, I am missing the Entry in Florence under "locations" (in the Locations menu between "Palazzo Medici" and "Firenze". Can someone please tell me what and where this location is, I think its the last Sub 16 glyph im missin from Florence. email me at if you got the answer, thanks.
  • max-clark - May 19, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    does any one have any clue on 12 help would be nice i've been trying to do it for 3 and a halk hours and not even close please somebody
  • Redman3221 - August 13, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    I thought this weird when i was looking through your glyphs. I found one more in Tuscany at the Villa Auditore.
  • Trimead - May 22, 2011 1:22 a.m.

    Never mind i was looking in the wrong place. my bad. Avamposto Veneziano: This one’s tricky, because the location at which your database pops up to let you know there’s a glyph nearby is nowhere near its actual location. To find this one, you’ll need to head to the lighthouse at Romagna’s northeastern tip. Once there, clamber up onto its northeast face to find the Glyph. sorry about that. :P. (could of sword i already found this glyph at the correct location that's why i was question's the guide..)
  • Trimead - May 22, 2011 1:13 a.m.

    I think you guys missed one in Romagna/Forli. The Avamposto Veneziano apparently has a glyph on it but you don't show it on your guide. I .ave assassin's creed 2 for xbox360 (maybe this guide was for ps3?). I have looked everywhere for the glyph but i can't hear it or find it (glyphs make a sparkling noise when you're close enough to them (just like treasure chest). Some help on it's location would be nice. Thank you, Alex
  • JCB555 - April 14, 2011 3:31 a.m.

    for some reason the video for the Venice glyph map wont work, does anyone know where to find one that shows them all
  • JCB555 - April 13, 2011 5:27 a.m.

    Can anyone help me with puzzle 12, ive tried every possible combination to get the password, I understand the code but not how to get the password :/
  • Assassino - March 28, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    I am very greatful of your guides on Assassin's creed II now these glyphs are not as much as a hastle I thank you
  • seancrisman - March 15, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    These guides helped a lot. except puzzle 17: the bunker was wrong. i spent hours tryin to figure it out and your clues are actually "4" and "<" not "2". other than that they helped a shitload.
  • GirPanda91 - February 17, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    Opps Im so sorry, it was diana I found on the table, not apollo
  • GirPanda91 - February 17, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    Oh my god I love this guide. But I will say this, your method of finding the statues is easier then hunting them everywhere else. I think they have multiple places you can find each statue because I found Apollo on the gaurds table in one one of the assassins tombs. I can remember which one it was though once I remember I will comment again but it is way easier finding them in once city.
  • lewburt - January 27, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Please could someone tell me the solution for Monte Oliveto Maggiore???
  • baldeagles - December 10, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    i'm stuck on puzzles 12 and 18.puzzle 12 i have the first bit but i don't know the code for the 2nd part and 18...well i'm just lost,can anyone help plz???
  • maric - October 26, 2010 1:54 p.m.

    hey im having alot of problems with the map of the world i cant up it together can anyone help me an image wud be great thnz
  • ashXxX - October 10, 2010 7:27 p.m.

    ok i am at the last glyph and it all messed up and you said you pick random ones so i did but it still say error??? what am i doing wrong?
  • soufke - August 20, 2010 4:21 p.m.

    Can someone help me with Puzzle 17 ? I realy need help with this stupid puzzle !
  • blocpartier - August 17, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Thank you!

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