New Ability Revealed: Booby Trap

Learn how you can use Booby Traps in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Multiplayer

Hello everyone,

Last week-end at PAX, we revealed a number of things about Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Multiplayer. One of them was the new Booby Trap ability.

What is Booby Trap?

It’s a trap! To be clearer, it’s an ability that can be used on doors, lifts, platforms or corner helpers (as known as “chasebreakers” in the game). Booby traps take a few moments to arm (just like tripwire bombs) and will explode and kill your opponents (pursuers and targets) if they trigger them.

Though small and rather difficult to notice, Booby traps are visible to all players in the form of a small white box, with the trapper also having an icon on top of the booby trap they placed. When you’re about to use a chasebreaker, better check around if you see that small white box or a twitching Animus effect, both indicators that a booby trap has been placed there.

It's one of the rare lethal abilities and, as such, will bear an appropriate cooldown.

The white box and twitched chasebreakers doors.

How to counter it?

Booby traps are only triggered when the chasebreakers are triggered. How do you trigger a chasebreaker? If you run. In other terms, if you notice a booby trap by a door and are careful to walk, you won’t trigger it. For lifts, corner helpers and platforms, you need to be free running to reach any of those, so careful with that.

So, check the chasebreakers before using them, walk instead of running, avoid them if you find out they’re trapped, use an Animus Shield, or even replace opponents’ Booby traps with your own! (However, note that you can only have one Booby Trap active at any given time.)

A word from the designers

“We loved the intention behind the Closure ability. It’s basically a call to play with chasebreakers. Closure relies on chasebreakers but it’s also very conditional and requires good timing to be efficient. This explains why Closure was not as popular as we expected it to be in Assassin’s Creed 3.

The idea with Booby trap was to create a good alternative to Closure. Booby traps are less conditional, less timed, easier to read and more efficient.

The conclusion was to base it on only one Chasebreaker, with only one possible state (trapped or not trapped), and to make it lethal.

We hope the ability will be handy and fun to play with. It should change the dynamic of the game slightly, making players a little more cautious with chasebreakers while bringing an interesting twist to team modes particularly.”

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be available in stores on October 29, 2013.

Phantom Blade
ACU_NEWS_THUMB - AC4 MP - Credits Sale

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag - Multiplayer Sale

This week, take advantage of the Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ summer sale!


Read more

ACU_NEWS_THUMB - E3 Press Roundup thumb

Assassin’s Creed Unity – E3 Press Round Up

We’re still basking in the afterglow of an amazing E3. Once Assassin’s Creed Unity hit the stage we knew it was going to be huge, but we were blown away by the amount of excitement and coverage the newest chapter in the Assassin’s Creed saga generated. Game industry professionals, the gaming press, and fans alike were wowed by Assassin’s Creed Unity’s reimagined gameplay, controls, and visuals and were thrilled at the idea of teaming up with three other Assassin’s in the all new co-op mode.

06/10/201409:00 AM

Read more

ACU_NEWS_THUMB - AC4 MP Abilities Hacked and Navigator Sale

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Multiplayer – Event and Sale!

Abilities Hacked Event & Navigator Sale! This weekend, June 20th -22nd, gather your friends in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and prepare to take advantage of our latest event and sale! For this weekend only, get 30% off all costumes for the Navigator character and then prepare to bring out the booby-traps for our latest Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag multiplayer event, Abilities Hacked.


Read more