Victory lies in preparation achievement in Assassin's Creed II

Victory lies in preparation

Get all Hidden Blades, Item Pouches and Armor upgrades for Ezio.

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How to unlock the Victory lies in preparation achievement

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    You don’t need to have the Altair armor for this. Progressing through the game will unlock different blades and upgrades.

    They are:

    Blades – Dual Blade, Poison Blade, and Pistol. All given to you by Leonardo.

    Item Pouches- The three types of pouches are Medicine, Knife Belt and Poison Vial. Each has a large and a medium size, you need both. These are purchased from the tailor.

    Armor- Leather, Helmschmied, Metal and Missaglias (every armor has 4 parts). These are purchased from the blacksmith.

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    tandersteal, treasure
    Posted by tander on 25 Sep 11 at 03:06
    coinfrenzyJust collect florins from monteriggioni from the towns chest @nerd434
    Posted by coinfrenzy on 08 Jan 14 at 09:41
    Brutal Gutsupgrade your Villa first, i got the achievement for the Villa, and i quickly am able to buy all the artwork, weapons, armor etc. now im just Banking wish you could stack mercenaries or thiefs, id have my own Milita AND BANNER AND AND.... lol you get the idea. i get like 11k or 14 k last time i checked every 20 minutes from the villa, 1 hr gampe play i have 40k+ in the villa alone besides the money from missions/side missions
    Posted by Brutal Guts on 16 Sep 17 at 13:46
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  • ChurlishRantsChurlishRants50,563
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    cerafino has already provided an excellent list of the individual upgrade pieces required for this achievement.

    The full sets of the (purchasable) armor will cost approximately 150,000f. If you have spent money renovating the blacksmith's shop in Monteriggioni, you can save a good deal on those purchases. The first three pieces of the Missaglias armor become available around the time of the beginning of DNA sequence 9, and the final piece becomes available upon completing the sequence. However, the missions in this story line bind you to the city in which the missions are set, so you cannot take advantage of the savings in Monteriggioni if you want these pieces immediately.

    The final hidden blade upgrade (pistol) also becomes available during this mission strand.

    The large version of each of the pouches costs 6000 florins. If you purchase the large pouch before purchasing the medium (small) one, you can save the 3000 florins of the purchase price for the small pouch, and still get the achievement. The last of these upgrades also becomes available around the time of DNA sequence 9.

    The fastest ways to accumulate wealth are to perform some renovations in Monteriggioni and wait, finding (and dispatching) Borgia messengers, or to perform assassination side missions. Borgia messengers yield 1500 florins, and assassinations are usually 2500.
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    deutschZuidOr buy treasure maps from the Artist's shops and go on treasure hunts.
    Posted by deutschZuid on 13 Jul 10 at 07:38
    DraconicPharaohYou can leave the city you are in at any time and fast travel back to the Villa - just go to a travel station and 100 florins later you're there - at any point in the game where you aren't actively involved in a mission at least.
    Posted by DraconicPharaoh on 15 Apr 11 at 01:10
    iksolokosGreat guide. I couldn't figure out why I didn't see the final piece of Missaglias armor in shops. Now I know, thanks man!
    Posted by iksolokos on 14 Aug 11 at 20:39
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    It's easier than what everyone has said. You only need to purchase the best of what you can ever get. This means the LARGE medicine pouch, knife belt upgrade, and LARGE poison vial from the tailor and the MISSAGLIAS armor set (four items). Nothing else. No other capes or weapons or blade upgrades (you'll have them by this point).

    I never purchased any armor or pouches I didn't need to, but when I could finally buy the full Missaglias set, I went all out. YMMV, but let us know in the comments.

    The soonest you'll be able to unlock the Missaglias armor will be after finishing DNA Sequence 9 (masquerade). To make money, invest in Monteriggioni. Purchase your items there if you have upgraded the shops—they'll give you a discount.
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