Assassin's Creed 2

Assassin's Creed 2 Achievements


Sweep 5 guards at once by using a Long Weapon.

You can unlock this as early as DNA Sequence 6. The Sweep attack is learned from the fighting trainer in front of the villa in Monteriggioni. Speak with him and navigate to Special Moves > Long Weapon. The cost of this training is 10,000f.

When the training is over and you have learned the move, while traveling in any city, locate a brute guard with a spear (Venice is the best as there is a guard with a spear walking near the fast travel station in the San Marco district). To get his attention, select fists () and punch him then start running for the restricted area. In the confrontation, hold and press at the correct time to disarm the guard. Keep backing up so other guards enter the confrontation (if you run, you will drop the spear. Press to pick it up again). When there are more than five guards surrounding you within arm’s length, hold and release to perform the sweeping attack. If five or more guards fall, the achievement will unlock. This may take a couple of tries to get.

Thanks to 360walkthrus for the video:

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User Comments
Comment #1 by danisfresh
Sunday, December 05, 2010 @ 02:03:37 AM

explains its self

Comment #2 by LuckyS3V3N
Sunday, December 19, 2010 @ 04:06:12 PM

This is the last achievement I need for this game, help please?

Comment #3 by Carthy19
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 07:30:06 PM

This was my last and the most annoying achievement, the aim is to find a good location. I used Basilica Di San Marco in Venice and it didn't take me long to get it in this location.

Comment #4 by Chill3dReaction
Sunday, January 09, 2011 @ 01:47:32 PM

What would be a good longsword to use?

Comment #5 by Gigi142
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 @ 12:15:19 AM

I got this achvmnt and messer sandman standing near the wall so they don't
surround me. I only used 4 or 5 guards.

Comment #6 by Probie18
Saturday, January 15, 2011 @ 03:47:57 AM

This one is damn near impossible. i've tried it dozens of times with no luck.

Comment #7 by PromoteViolence
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 03:11:30 AM

I used a spear for this one. Back yourself up into a corner but not all the way(so enough enemies can get into an arc in front of you); sweep as many guards as you can on the first swing and then while they are trying to get back up, wind up the weapon and just hope that a couple more will walk into the path for the next swing.

Comment #8 by SaneCube
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 @ 12:48:30 PM

Well, How DO I sweap!?

Comment #9 by bentbarbie
Thursday, January 27, 2011 @ 11:26:43 PM

yer how to you sweep ive used long weapons and it just hits them?

Comment #10 by PromoteViolence
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 07:02:44 AM

You have to hold X.

Comment #11 by TatteredMorph
Saturday, January 29, 2011 @ 04:05:38 PM

Just to second what Carthy19 said about Basilica Di San Marco in Venice.. This most frustrating achievement took about 2 or 3 minutes of repeated sweeping, after pulling 8-10 guards, before it went ding..

Oh, and definitely back into a wall or corner as others have said.. It's nigh on impossible otherwise. ;)

Comment #12 by monchow
Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 07:37:28 AM

Hardest part of this i found was actually pulling off the sweep, it doesnt need to be fully charged which helps alot 1000/1000 now ( ^^)b

Comment #13 by Aagame
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 03:54:56 PM

I second the Basilica Di San Marco comment from Carthy. Lots of guards, plus a guy with a long weapon. Assassinate him, pick up the weapon, then run around picking up as many guards as you can. The key at this point is running into a corner... there are several around the Basilica entrance. While in a corner, guards can only attack you from the front. Best thing to do is to pull off a sweep, which will get about three guards. Move a foot away, charge up another, and the moment the guards stand up, execute the next sweep. If you keep doing this you should eventually be able to pick up 5 guards in a sweep. Pain in the bum achievement though..

Comment #14 by Aagame
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 @ 03:57:25 PM

Just to add to my previous post, after getting a few guards on the ground, be sure to fully power up your sweep by holding X for about 3 seconds; Ezio will stand in a twisted position when you are fully powered up. This is good since he will do a 360 degree sweep when fully powered up compared to a 180 (the 360 is required for the method I gave above of trapping guards in a cycle).

Comment #15 by ODST Preacher
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 11:37:08 AM

I think were over complicating this one. Wait till you have smoke bombs then gather a bunch of guards (of course one with spear) and drop a smoke bomb, while there all coughing assassinate the guard with the spear and then pick it up, you still should have plenty of time so walk around to a spot in them that will obviously knock at least 5 down and sweep them. This is a really simple achievement.

Comment #16 by GormanShort4Mat
Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 10:21:15 PM

i can never seem to get thus taking way to long for me

Comment #17 by GormanShort4Mat
Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 10:23:04 PM

Comment #18 by razzultimus
Thursday, February 24, 2011 @ 03:17:58 AM

Thanxz, was last achievement needed. Basilica in Di San Marco worked like a charm. Took less then a few minutes after traveling there. Really simplistic given the right enviroment..LOL

Comment #19 by Ol School Yeti
Monday, February 28, 2011 @ 03:20:34 PM

Smoke bomb was helpful...

Comment #20 by killar3d
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 01:21:37 PM

i never got this 1

Comment #21 by mrszeeeze
Monday, March 21, 2011 @ 07:19:14 PM

Between the hints on here and in the forums, I finally got this today. Using a smoke bomb was definitely helpful; I wouldn't have been able to get the achievement without it.

Comment #22 by Kara San
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 @ 10:15:49 PM

A few of the simpler points that haven't been mentioned yet are:

You must first pay your combat trainer outside the villa to train you in using Long Weapons, this will enable you to sweep your enemies off their feet with a polearm, spear or broom etc

You must then travel somewhere like Venice and obtain a spear from a 'seeker' type of guard, it is the o ly way to get this weapon.

Then following some of the above methods will make this easy.

I post this because I had no problem finding a good amount of guards but had no idea I needed to pay for training or use an enemies spear to perform the attack lol.

Comment #23 by Stevesmith
Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 05:45:44 PM

This achievement randomly popped up in battle for me, wasn't even using a big weapon. Just using a knife, guess that was an easy 10 points

Comment #24 by DeadArachnid
Monday, April 11, 2011 @ 06:33:00 PM

Smoke bombs didn't work for me, I just killed the guards.. eventually I got it, after repeatedly getting hit and swinging the spear. full 1000g finally :)

Comment #25 by IcarusPain
Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 11:35:06 PM

No one has spears anymore for me, just long swords, maybe its my real life luck stat that is low lol

Comment #26 by IcarusPain
Sunday, April 24, 2011 @ 12:01:49 AM

finally got it, bloody spear kept disappearing after I killed the guard.

Comment #27 by tomo99
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 09:49:52 AM

finally got it stupid achievement lol

Comment #28 by DragonsGoMOO
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 07:45:20 PM

Use a bomb?

Comment #29 by click_kaboom
Thursday, June 02, 2011 @ 08:31:20 PM

Just remember to be trained. I really like these fighting achievements - what better excuse to make a lot of noise and be as un-assassin as you can?

Comment #30 by thebigfatkill2
Sunday, June 19, 2011 @ 02:09:13 AM

this was one of the last achievements I needed
just kinda of hard to hit five guards at the same time

Comment #31 by mystic mosh
Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 02:04:06 AM

Right, this is a really easy way to get this. Work your way through the assassination contracts till you come to one with 10 brutes to kill in 60 seconds (it's set on a bridge). On the way there kill a guard with who has a staff (there's 3 patrolling nearby), then get to your destination. Put down the staff, walk into the middle of the brutes and throw a smoke bomb. While they're all flaing about get your staff and hey presto!, Sweeper achievement!.

Comment #32 by Haff
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 01:58:59 PM

Just throwing this in there. I bought the long weapon training like midway thru the game but never tried getting the achievement until i already beat it, and sat there for like 25 minutes with a long weapon and holding the x button and he just wouldnt perform the sweep, so i went back and did the training again and it started working. The same thing happened when i tried getting the sand achievement, so if its not working for you just do the training again..

Comment #33 by Basedeadpool
Sunday, July 31, 2011 @ 12:34:03 AM

I hate this one, i can usually get 4 men
but the other one always jumps out
of the way at the last second

Comment #34 by CaptainBruce
Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 12:19:04 AM


Comment #35 by CaptainBruce
Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 01:32:11 AM

Finally got it. Thanks youtube

Comment #36 by freaks
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 11:16:11 AM

.... i forgot how to sweep

Comment #37 by freaks
Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 01:48:12 PM

DONE . 1000 G.

Comment #38 by Seifer XJ9
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 12:33:44 PM

Sweeper Achievement Tutorial Video - ( )

Comment #39 by xoAly
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 05:03:39 PM

Finally! I got it after they backed me up into a corner. I just kept sweeping until the achievement popped up.

Comment #40 by ComplicatedOrc
Saturday, August 27, 2011 @ 11:34:48 AM

This was the last achievement i got. Wow.

Comment #41 by Temesklk
Sunday, September 18, 2011 @ 02:45:07 PM

This took me about 2 minutes to get. Just go to Venice to that big ass building,
get a lot of guards chasing you, go to the corner and start sweeping them.

Comment #42 by Werpanda
Sunday, October 02, 2011 @ 05:18:53 AM

I grew pretty fond of sweeping guards after I unlocked this one, hehe :P

Comment #43 by Mightyfurious
Friday, November 04, 2011 @ 07:18:46 PM

Just an fyi: in order for it to count they have to be swept off their feet. I know... sounds obvious, but sometimes depending on how you whack em it won't count as a swseep i.e. if they are hit in the back or something. Just get repetitive with it in a group and it should snap eventually. I swear it took me 20 minutes of sweeping, plus trying to find guys to sweep. I nailed a group of 5 at least a dozen times and started to get miffed until the bakers dozen broke it. Patience young padawan.

Comment #44 by THE 3N1GM4
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 @ 05:39:24 PM

Not sure how, but i acquired this by climbing a building to get away from like 20 guards! I was at the beginning of Sequence 13 where you have to find the 9 Lieutenants.

Comment #45 by MeonOner
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 02:09:28 AM

make sure you are in open conflict, gather at least 7 of them, throw a smoke bomb if necessary, hold X longer for a 360 sweep. may take a few tries. in my opinion hardest 10g ever

Comment #46 by RevoltingSumo86
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 @ 07:33:18 PM

This is probably the hardest achievement in this game. Persistence is key. Go to Venice, and pick the first option. It's easiest at that location.

Comment #47 by Soulrider952
Saturday, January 07, 2012 @ 11:42:29 AM

last achievement, i keep holding x and its hitting instead of sweeping

Comment #48 by Vyper987
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 11:48:28 AM

Honestly it took me longer to find a guard with a spear then it took me to actually sweep 5 guards.

Comment #49 by LatestSpark02
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 10:42:03 AM

Got the spear but can't seem to sweep 5 guards at once. Only three at most because the others are just a tiiiiny bit too far away every.single.time. Frustrating!

Comment #50 by WolfmanStarrk
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 09:51:56 PM

@SieferXJ9: I tried the method shown in
your video and I must say it worked
wonders. Thanks for the tutorial :3

Comment #51 by BD012209
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 @ 12:15:35 AM

I agree with #50. I watched your video SieferXJ9 and got it shortly after. It was such a pain to get this one. Definitely the hardest achievement for this game.

Comment #52 by SilentStrike011
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 @ 10:16:46 PM

I used the restricted area in San Marco as there's plenty of guards to steal a spear odd and kill. Everytime my spear got snapped i just let them kill me as it respawns you at the doctors right in front of the restricted area.

Comment #53 by SilentStrike011
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 @ 10:18:17 PM

i meant *off.

Comment #54 by thisispreston
Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 10:18:43 AM

most infuriating achievement in this game! so glad to have it, now jus gotta collect up all those feathers and i have my 1000G :)

Comment #55 by TuaNasty4U
Sunday, June 24, 2012 @ 09:53:18 PM

Do I use a sword or do i gotta pick up a weapon from a guard?

Comment #56 by Schfooge
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 05:15:20 AM

mystic mosh (#31) had the solution that worked for me. to summarize:

- Buy the long weapon training and make sure you have a supply of smoke bombs
- Do all the Assassination contracts in Florence until you get the one called Peacemaker.
- In this contract, you have to kill 10 Brutes on a bridge in 1 minute. The timer doesn't start counting down until you actually attack them, so you can take your time to find a guard with a spear to kill and steal his spear.
- Go to the bridge, near the crowd of guards, drop the spear, and throw a smoke bomb.
- While they choke, pick up the spear and start sweeping. It took two or three swipes for me to get five.

- If you have already done the assassination contract, you can replay it from the DNA menu.
- You don't have to succeed at th

Comment #57 by Schfooge
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 05:16:42 AM


- If you have already done the assassination contract, you can replay it from the DNA menu.
- You don't have to succeed at the assassination to get the achievement. In fact, you probably waste too much time sweeping to kill all ten in the time you have left.
- This is also a great place to try for the No Hitter achievement, just use your hidden blade instead of a spear.

Comment #58 by Sal Sandoval
Sunday, September 02, 2012 @ 12:44:14 AM

Thanks for the method explained above, I followed it and it worked like a charm. 1000/1000 for me!

Comment #59 by SDHoneymonster
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 06:42:02 PM

Someone mentioned it already, but the guards actually have to be caught in the sweep of the attack. Sounds obvious I know, but if one of them gets whacked on the upswing and goes down when four others have been swept I don't think it counts. I just spent a full 10 minutes or so trying to get it and got five guards down countless times, but the achievement never seemed to pop, so I think this has something to do with it.

Comment #60 by SDHoneymonster
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 07:01:51 PM

Scratch that. I've knocked down 5 now on a good few occasions and still no achievement pop. Guess it's just a matter of patience and waiting for the game to recognise! For those struggling to find a guy with a long weapon to steal, if you wait until you do the Everything Must Go mission not long after you reach Venice, one spawns and patrols round near the archers you have to kill.

Comment #61 by SDHoneymonster
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 12:18:26 PM

Been at this now for hours, have knocked down 5 guards countless times and STILL nothing. Anyone else have this trouble? The things we do for 10 measly Gamerscore...

Comment #62 by SDHoneymonster
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 01:00:25 PM

Right. Last post here, sorry for the bombing! Got this on my first try going to Forli, like the Youtube video posted somewhere in the thread suggests, so my guess is that for some reason or another it wasn't popping during the mission I was trying to do. Do it when free-roaming and ignore my above tip about the Everything Must Go mission; turns out it's balls!

Comment #63 by PsychicPsycho 0
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 08:22:40 PM

I got this in Forli as well. During one of the asssassination contracts I found a guy with a long weapon, then stole it and ran around until I found 5 guys. I had to do 10 or 15 sweeps, before I caught them all. Holding the X button seemed to help.

Comment #64 by RubeCube0426
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 02:33:58 AM

@22 Thank you for adding that, it was just the info i needed.

Comment #65 by edwin1
Sunday, December 30, 2012 @ 05:13:00 PM

I did this when you have to rescue the thieves, Sequence 7 I think. :D

Comment #66 by SickSp33d
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 @ 01:51:58 AM

pulled it off in just a couple minutes, timing is everything.

Comment #67 by NannerLoaf
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 09:25:53 AM

Just got mine, wow that was annoying.

Comment #68 by XPoizonIvyRoseX
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 02:08:55 AM

So... I had to sweep 6 guards to get this. I sweeped 5 over 20 times using the regular and the charged sweep and didn't get it. I finally got it when I sweeped 6. Lying arse achievement!

Comment #69 by SC4TT3RBRA1N
Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 12:25:52 AM

thanks a million for the advice everyone. i got this literally first swing
-Basilica in Di San Marco
-assassinate guy with spear
-get a group
-(smoke bomb-sounds helpful although i did without)
-wind up and BOOM
-oh, and LUCK

Comment #70 by Mandelaphant
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 @ 07:55:06 PM

Last achievement left to get in this game. This is one of those really, really annoying ones. Really.

Comment #71 by gmturn23
Thursday, October 03, 2013 @ 02:45:39 PM

props to whoever invented the smoke bomb. helped a lot

Comment #72 by AlexOwnzYou
Sunday, October 06, 2013 @ 09:21:46 AM

Last achievement I have to get...Has to be one of the most annoying achievements in the game

Comment #73 by FaTmUnKeY246
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 @ 12:56:12 PM

I agree with AlexOwnzYou. It is the most annoying achievemnt...second place would be Messer Sandman

Comment #74 by pickel668
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 @ 02:27:40 AM

this sounds like it is gonna be a pain in the butt to sting this together

Comment #75 by MrDroidleadr
Saturday, January 10, 2015 @ 01:03:56 AM

very very easy just throw a smoke bomb down kill the spear guy then swing

Comment #76 by Goatlips
Monday, January 19, 2015 @ 04:23:09 AM

Erm, no.
First, make sure you've trained long weapon (pike) (and do the unarmed sand-throwing too). Then you need to find a pike dude, which can be rare, and smoke bomb his group. Then you need to quickly equip hidden blade and kill him. I think you may then need to select fists to be able to pick up his pike. You then need to FULLY CHARGE the sweep and keep trying till you get lucky. The pike dudes are hard to kill without smoke, but you don't really need smoke for the sweeping.

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Ubisoft Montreal


US November 17, 2009
Europe November 20, 2009

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