Messer Sandman achievement in Assassin's Creed II

Messer Sandman

Stun 4 guards at once by throwing sand in their face.

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How to unlock the Messer Sandman achievement

  • Titan EricTitan Eric192,969
    20 Nov 2009 19 Nov 2009 07 Dec 2009
    174 13 21
    In order to be able to throw sand, you must get trained by the Combat Trainer in Monteriggioni. Talk to him, choose Special Moves, and choose Unarmed Combat, it is free to learn.

    To do it, you will just need to hold X when unarmed, and release.

    You can use the method in this video, get into a fight, use a Smoke Bomb, and let them have it.

    You have to have targeted the enemy in order to throw sand at them.

    The Sand Throw is at 00:58.
    Video is not mine, credit goes to MrBlingBlingNr1 on YouTube.

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    BillservoThis achievement... Ugh. Perfect for exposing how horribly overloaded the controls can be
    Posted by Billservo on 30 Apr 13 at 14:05
    OvapositorWent to Florence to avoid the big armored guys. Found 4 dudes standing around in a group. Angled myself so they were all in front of me. Punched the closest guy, then immediately charged up the sand attack. Most irritating achievement in the game.
    Posted by Ovapositor on 11 Jul 14 at 20:12
    Charlie LimaNice guide. Thanks!
    Posted by Charlie Lima on 18 Jul 18 at 17:47
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  • Govo12Govo12296,057
    17 Oct 2010 07 Nov 2010
    49 2 0
    THIS IS the easiest method and it avoids fighting.

    Learn the 'skill'. Get to the point where you get an Assassination mission to kill 10 brutes in 60 seconds. Walk up to the first group (who stand still) and stop about 10 game steps from the group (don't worry timer does not start until conflict does). Select throwing knifes and target a brute, and throw 1 at a brute, quickly change to unarmed and hold 'X'. When they get close enough release the 'X' button to throw sand in there faces. POP you get the achievement. You also get an infinite number of chances, as it restarts when the time runs out.

    To kill them in 60sec use smoke bombs and hidden blades.. You should get it first time as you can often double kill them.
  • LazTurnLazTurn164,693
    03 Jan 2011 03 Jan 2011 03 Jan 2011
    44 1 0
    Go to the trainer, learn the sand though AND the long weapon sweep. You can get both achievements in the same fight. Fast travel to Venice, San Marco.
    As soon as you can move you will notice a group of 4 guards in front of you, the leader with a pole. Go unarmed, smack the pole guard in the back of the head, and then do disarm when he retaliates. Run away and through the fobidden zone to collect more guards chasing you.

    I found it easier to block and back into a corner, then simply do the pole special move 'sweep' and knock over the 5 for the first achievement, then select melee (this drops the pole) and do the special to do the sand throw.

    Then just run away and jump into the water, swim out of the yellow circle - they throw rocks at you in the water whilst still in it.
    Done, 2 achievements from the one fight.
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