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This page needs images of controls for the Windows from the controller buttons category to make learning the controls easier. If a set of controller button images is available for this system, please add them. If a set of controller images isn't available, it might need to be brought up on the forums.

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
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Legs Fast walk, pickpocket Free run, jump (used to climb on buildings)
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Armed hand Draw, attack Attack
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Unarmed hand Gentle push Grab, tackle
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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
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Movement
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Camera
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Animus desktop (pause menu)
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Map screen, view database prompt, return to game
Hold
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Hold
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High profile
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Lock on
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Weapon/equipment selection
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Call Assassins
Hold
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Hold
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Arrow Storm (must have all Assassin bars full)
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First-person view
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Centers camera behind Ezio/Desmond
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Hidden blade
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Medium or Heavy weapon
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Fists
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Medicine
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Talk, interact, synchronize at the top of a Viewpoint, call horse, order characters following you to stop/resume following
Hold
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Eagle vision
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Interact, pick up body/weapon, drop from ledge, mount horse
Hold
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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
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Movement
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Camera
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Fast walk, free run
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Assassinate
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Gentle push, shove, stun pursuer
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Lock on
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High profile
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Ability 1
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Ability 2
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Switch targets (Alliance mode)
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Menu
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Player roster