Assassin's Creed II: Glyphs and statuettes guide


OK, here’s what you really came here for: the solutions to the Glyph puzzles, which can actually be some of the hardest challenges the game throws your way. Bear in mind that these will be made available to you in the same order regardless of which Glyphs you find first, so don’t fret about trying to find the Glyph associated with the puzzle that's to be giving you trouble.


Puzzle 1: In the Beginning

“Core?” “Pick?” That’s a dead giveaway right there. Just pick out all the paintings that contain apples. (And remember you can zoom in on them.) Or just pick these five and have done with it:

Puzzle 2: Sixty-Four Squares

You don’t really need our help with this one, do you? Just rotate the rings until you complete each portrait. But if you’re curious, here’s what they’ll look like when they’re just a hair from being solved:

Puzzle wheel 1:

Puzzle wheel 2:

Puzzle wheel 3:

Puzzle 3: Descendants

Another simple one – just highlight the spot in each image where the Apple is hiding. You can click around at random and maybe find a couple of hidden messages, but if you’re in a hurry, here’s exactly where to look:

Image 1:

Image 2:

Image 3:

Puzzle 4: Infinite Knowledge

Another hidden-image puzzle; here’s where to find them:

Image 1: In the barrel of the bazooka.

Image 2: On the helmet of the soldier crouching in the background.

Image 3: On a rifle held up just to the left of the officers in the picture.

Image 4: In the hand of one of the monsters at the upper-right-hand corner.


Puzzle 5: Instruments of Power

Set 1: The hint here is “cut,” so pick the five paintings that feature swords.

Set 2: What do the people in these paintings lean on? That’s right – pick out the images that feature staffs.

Puzzle 6: Brothers

This is where things start to get tricky; while the first batch of ring puzzles were simple, these link some of their rings together, so that you can’t move one without moving another. Here’s how to get through them in a hurry:

Puzzle wheel 1: The third, fourth and fifth rings are linked in this one. Turn the first ring right 10 times, the second one left three times, and the fourth right once (which will also move the third one with it). Then nudge the fifth ring (and the third along with it) right three times, and after that it’s just a matter of snapping the last ring into place.

Puzzle wheel 2: The second and fourth rings are linked here. Turn the first ring left three times, the third ring left once, the fourth ring left four times, the fifth ring right once, and then snap the final ring into place.

Puzzle wheel 3: The second and fourth rings are linked here. Turn the first ring left three times, the second one right twice and the third ring right once. Then rotate the fourth ring right seven times, turn the fifth ring left once and snap the second ring into place with three turns to the left.

Puzzle wheel 4: The first and second rings are linked, as are the fourth and second. Start by turning the first ring right five times, then turn the second one right four times. Then turn the third ring right once, the fourth ring left twice, the fifth left twice and the second ring right twice. Then snap the first ring back into place.

Puzzle 7: Keep on Seeking, and You Shall Find

Image set: The key word here is “red,” so pick the images in which that color shines the brightest.

Image: Highlight the area to the right of Jesus’ hips to reveal a Piece of Eden.

Puzzle 8: Martyrs

Image 1: Highlight Czar Nicholas’ staff.

Image 2: Highlight Joan of Arc’s sword.

Image 3: Move the fireball to Joan of Arc’s portrait.

Image 4: Move the photo of Rasputin onto Czar Nicholas’ portrait.

Puzzle 9: Hat Trick

Image 1: Move the cursor onto Houdini’s torso.

Image 2: Move the cursor over Gandhi’s heart.

Code wheel puzzle: Your hint here is pretty obvious; there’s a big, glaring “6=1” next to Oswald’s picture. So move the red wheel so that the 6 is over the gray 1, and plug in the corresponding numbers. Like so:

Puzzle 10: Apollo

Image 1: Highlight the lunar lander just down and to the left of the moon.

Puzzle wheel: Another linked-ring rotation puzzle. Your job here is to align all the channels; do this by moving the fifth ring to the left six times, the second ring to the left four times, the fourth ring to the right three times and the third ring to the left five times. Then snap the first ring into place.

Image 2: Move the cursor down between the flag and the astronaut’s foot.

Next page: Puzzle solutions 11-20!

Puzzle 11: The Inventor

Image 1: Just move the lightning bolt over the bulbs to bring them to life.

Image 2: Highlight the area just at the base of the tower, between the two windows, to find this hidden image.

Image 3: Move the pointer onto Tesla’s lap.

Puzzle 12: Titans of Industry

Code wheel puzzle 1: The key here is in the “4=1” on the blueprint at the left of the screen. Line up the red 4 over the gray 1 and input the following code:

Image 1: This one’s the opposite of the light-bulb “puzzle” from before – just move the dollar sign over the bulbs to extinguish them.

Image 2: Highlight the glowing ball at the center of the image.

Code wheel puzzle 2: Your hints here are the “2” on the old car, and the symbol just below the newspaper’s headline. From there, you need to figure out the numeric progression of the symbols to understand which ones are missing.

But if you’re impatient, then just input the code as follows:

Puzzle 13: ‘I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds’

Code wheel puzzle: This one’s even trickier than the last one; starting with the hint that 9 (next to the tower) equals “triangle” (up and to the left from the bomb), you need to figure out which symbols would fill in the blank spots on the wheel, going by the symbols next to them. Or you can just input the following code:

Image 1: Just hit the button. It’s not hard.

Image 2: Use the Geiger-counter clicks to guide you to the space shown below:

Puzzle 14: Bloodlines

Set 1: Highlight the images that depict women and gods in amorous entanglements (especially if those gods are disguised as animals).

Puzzle 15: Guardians

Puzzle wheel: Seemingly every other ring is linked here, so we’ll cut straight to the chase: Turn the third (and fourth) rings right twice, the fifth (and first) right four times, the fourth (and first) right five times, the fifth (and first) left five times and the second left five times. Finally, move the fifth (and second) rings right five times.

Image: Another gimme – just move the Assassin logo over the targets to complete the “puzzle.”

Puzzle 16: The Cavalry

Image 1: Just move the cursor to the word “Tunguska.”

Image 2: Move the cursor onto the staff and drag it onto Tesla’s photo.

Puzzle 17: The Bunker

Code wheel puzzle: Here’s a tricky one; your clues are “<” and “2,” and the only advice you’ll get from your handlers is that maybe there’s “something we can count” on the strange symbols. In this case that “something” is the number of times each symbol bends sharply. Don’t expect consistency across the wheel on this one; just take a look at what symbols flank the blank spaces and pick a shape with the number of bends that would go between them. Or, for the impatient:

Image: Find the Assassin symbol at the upper-right of the bunker as shown here:

Puzzle 18: Synapses

Code wheel puzzle: This puzzle, for lack of better words, is a bitch from hell. Your first clue is to line up 5 with a single tree-looking symbol, but from there it gets tricky. The key here is the weird-looking equation on the left, which offers a hint as to the progression of the symbols.

Stare at this long enough to get some advice, and you’ll be told that the trees are Sumerian numerals that represent one, while the “<” symbols represent 10. Now, to make another cognitive leap, you’ll notice that the first few symbols on the code wheel follow a seemingly nonsensical progression: one, three, nine, 11, 12.

Now, look at the equation again. Add up its numbers two at a time, and you’ll see that they follow that same progression: 1+2=3, 3+6=9, 9+2=11, 11+1=12, and so on. Once you know that, the rest is easy.

Or you can just look at this image and spoil the solution for yourself:

Image: In what’s sure to be a relief after the last puzzle, all you need to do here is move the cursor to light up the neurotransmitters.

Puzzle 19: The Fourth Day

Image set: What used to be worshipped by every primitive culture under the…? That’s right, the sun. Pick the five images that focus on it.

Image: Find the tiny image of Earth in the lower-left quadrant of the sun.

Puzzle 20: The Origin of the Species

Puzzle wheel: Oh hey, another ring puzzle. At least this one’s the last. Start by turning the fifth ring right ten times, then turn the fourth ring left twice. Then rotate the third (and first) rings right twice, the second ring right five times and the first ring left three times.

Image 1: It’s pretty smooth sailing from here. Highlight the eye at the top of the painting.

Code wheel puzzle: You can be forgiven for panicking at the sight of this one, but relax. Ignore the numbers and focus on the Assassin motto: “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” With that in mind, pick any three glyphs and call this puzzle solved.

Image 2: Move the cursor over the bones to reshape the skeleton.

And that’s it! Now all that’s left to do is to sit back as the confusing video clips you’ve collected come together, enabling you to finally see what the game has been teasing you with this whole time.

Above: Why are you looking at this? Go watch the video!

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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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