9 useful tips to get the most out of Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Be the best assassin you can be.
Dust off that crouch button you never had to use in Valhalla, because the new Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a true stealth game, and a hardcore stealth game at that. Guardians are no pushovers in combat, and Basim can be taken down with just a few hits, so it’s best to play Mirage like an old Splinter Cell game: combat is a last resort option, and you really should stick to the shadows.
To that end, I’ve prepared some tips to help you stay unseen, expand your toolkit, blend in with the crowd, line your pockets, and enhance the realism of Mirage’s spectacular setting.
Useful Tips for Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Invest in more skills early
Mirage places much less emphasis on skill trees than the last few Assassin’s Creed games. When it comes to mastering guards, Basim’s tools are the real star of the show, so I’d recommend focusing on unlocking more locks as your first priority. You are given a gadget lock for free and I recommend getting the sleep darts first. The rest are unlocked through the middle skill tree. It takes about six skill points to complete the set – throwing knives, smoke grenades, traps, blow darts, noisemakers – and it’s a worthwhile investment before you have to worry about eagle or focus mode upgrades.
Visit general stores to purchase clothing dyes
There are so many free ammo chests on the rooftops of Baghdad that you’ll rarely have to visit general stores (represented by a bag icon on the map) to stock up on tools, so don’t miss the clothing dyes these merchants sell. You’ll earn dyes for your default assassin outfit throughout the main story, but other outfits have three alternative dyes that you can find in shops and treasure chests.
Sell your trinkets
You will also see that there is a second tab to sell things in stores. All that junk you looted from chests and pockets can and should be sold at once for a big payout.
Don’t sleep with sleep darts
Since this is an Assassin’s Creed throwback, I expected to rely heavily on throwing knives to maintain stealth, but the best tool turned out to be simple sleep darts. They don’t have the range or staying power of a knife thrown to the head, but they do have finesse on their side. Putting a guard to sleep puts him to sleep for about 10 seconds. This is enough time to sneak out of their line of sight, and if another guard spots his sleeping friend, he will wake him up instead of going on high alert. If you’re out for blood, sleep darts are also a great backup when you run out of throwing knives. Once you unlock Tier 1 their range can be upgraded and a later upgrade will make them deadly.
Smoke bombs are perfect for war
After sleep darts, the second most used tool is easily the smoke bomb. These can be used to temporarily blind guards from a distance so you can pass unnoticed, but they’re actually best used in combat. Throwing one at your feet in the middle of a fight (which you can do with the quick-cast command) will instantly incapacitate every guard around you, making them susceptible to a stealth blade execution. This tactic is so powerful that it almost feels broken – the battle basically stops as Basim either runs away or kills everyone in the smoke cloud for free.
Merchants are the best option for infiltration
Most of Mirage’s missions revolve around infiltrating a compound, and there’s always more than one way to do so. Examine the exterior and you’ll usually find a crumbled wall to exploit, but if there are merchants for hire outside the compound, consider paying for their services. I found the merchants (and the rarer group of concubines) to be more useful than the musicians and mercenaries, as instead of simply distracting the guards, the merchants will literally accompany you behind enemy lines with a perfect cloak of social stealth. It feels great every time, and it’s much more reliable than hoping a musician will attract the attention of a guard you’re trying to bypass.
If you’re lucky, Faction Kindness Tokens can be pickpocketed
If you want to hire merchants and mercenaries frequently, you’ll need lots of favor tokens. Side contracts are the best source of coins you can get from any of the three assassin bureaus. Another way is to pickpocket merchants on the streets of Baghdad. I feel a little guilty every time I do this, because Basim doesn’t really need the money, but sometimes citizens carry free favor tokens. Just make sure you don’t stay in one area for too long – people will eventually realize you’ve pickpocketed them and call the guards to their location.
Don’t be afraid that some guards will see you.
There are a few situations where letting a guard see you is actually a good idea. If you’re trying to draw in a single guard for a stealth kill and they’re too far away to whistle, try revealing yourself and raising their suspicions enough for them to investigate your location (somewhere in the yellow phase of detection). Another situation where breaking stealth would be useful is if you don’t have gear and can’t see a subtle way to get around a group of guards: as long as they’re in an isolated area, engaging a few guards won’t break your stealth for the rest of the compound. Just keep in mind that guards with a bell icon above their head will run directly to the alarm bell when alerted.