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Note
The Xbox 360 controls also work when using the 360 controller on PC.

Puppeteering concept[edit]

When in the Animus, you control your avatar through the system's hardware. Different controls correspond to parts of your avatar's body (and Desmond's in real life), for the purpose of making control more intuitive.

You are naturally in low profile, where most actions don't alert guards and you won't draw undue attention. When in high profile, you can perform more athletic and aggressive actions, although it is also easier to alert the guards.

PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Windows Body part Low profile High profile
Cross button A button Legs Fast walk, pickpocket Free run, jump (used to climb on buildings)
Square button X button Armed hand Draw, attack Attack
Circle button B button Unarmed hand Gentle push Grab, tackle
Triangle button Y button Head Eagle vision, synchronize N/A

General[edit]

These actions are used throughout the game, without regard to what profile you are in. The direction pad can be set to include any shortcuts you want by selecting the weapon or equipment item from the selector wheel and pressing the direction pad where you want to set it (thus, commands shown for it are the game's default).

PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Windows Action
Neutral lstick Neutral lstick Movement
Neutral rstick Neutral rstick Camera
Start button Start button Animus desktop (pause menu)
Select button Back button Map screen, view database prompt, return to game
Hold R1 button Hold RT button High profile
L1 button LT button Lock on
R2 button RB button Weapon/equipment selection
L2 button LB button Call Assassins
Hold L2 button Hold LB button Arrow Storm (must have all Assassin bars full)
L3 button L button First-person view
R3 button R button Centers camera behind Ezio/Desmond
Up dpad Up dpad Hidden blade
Right dpad Right dpad Medium or Heavy weapon
Down dpad Down dpad Fists
Left dpad Left dpad Medicine
Triangle button Y button Talk, interact, synchronize at the top of a Viewpoint, call horse, order characters following you to stop/resume following
Hold Triangle button Hold Y button Eagle vision
Circle button B button Interact, pick up body/weapon, drop from ledge, mount horse
Hold Circle button Hold B button Loot (body, treasure chest, codex page, etc.)

Multiplayer[edit]

In Multiplayer, the controls are pared down to a simpler scheme and some buttons have different actions.

PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 Windows Action
Neutral lstick Neutral lstick Movement
Neutral rstick Neutral rstick Camera
Cross button A button Fast walk, free run
Square button X button Assassinate
Circle button B button Gentle push, shove, stun pursuer
L1 button LT button Lock on
R1 button RT button High profile
L2 button LB button Ability 1
R2 button RB button Ability 2
Left dpad Right dpad Left dpad Right dpad Switch targets (Alliance mode)
Start button Start button Menu
Select button Back button Player roster