Since the release of the first Assassin’s Creed game back in 2007, the wrist blade and one-handed sword remained the iconic duo weapons every assassin has had since Altaïr Ibn-La’Ahad. That changed over time as protagonists or Assassins evolved with their counter-enemy called Templars.
Arno Victor Dorian from the French Revolution-oriented game Assassin’s Creed Unity had a wide range of arsenal to select from, such as One-Handed, Long, Heavy, Pistols, and Rifles. This was the era of fighting with pure steel and Blunderbuss weapons.
Then we get to see the notorious duo, the Frye Twins, Eve and Jacob from AC Syndicate, rocking various fist weapons, both blunt and sharp, such as Cane-Sword, Kukri, Brass Knuckles, Assassin Gauntlet, and throwing knives. This followed on, and now we have Basim in AC Mirage, who uses a sword and a dagger to combat guards and slit the throats of the members of The Ancient Order.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is touted as the return to the original Assassin formula, and the game has all the bells and whistles that throw shoutouts to the classic approach. Parry mechanic has returned once again, but with a twist. This time, you will be using the dagger to parry an incoming attack, which is neither too fancy nor too subtle.
There are basically 10 daggers to unlock in Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Some can be acquired only by paying extra money, while most can be obtained simply by completing various missions or lotting certain gear chests.
While each dagger comes with a unique perk and weapon stats, equipping the best one makes all the difference. That is why I have ranked all Assassin’s Creed Mirage best weapons in this guide so you immediately know which ones are worth having or skipping.
Bottom Line Up Front
Here is a quick rundown of the list of best daggers in Assassin’s Creed Mirage:
|Ranking Number||Name of Dagger||Weapon Stats||How To Get|
|10||Rostam Dagger||36 Attack Damage and 21 Defense Damage||Reward after completing the Satiric Poet Contract mission|
|9||Hidden One Dagger||21 Attack Damage and 36 Defense Damage||Loot gear chest located north of Water Mill in the Wilderness region|
|8||Zanj Uprising Dagger||36 Attack Damage and 21 Defense Damage||Loot the gear chest in The Four Markets area|
|7||Dagger of Time||30 Attack Damage and 30 Defense Damage||Buy Deluxe Pack From the Store|
|6||Jinn Dagger||47 Attack Damage and 50 Defense Damage||Buy Jinn Pack From the Store|
|5||Abbasid Knight Dagger||30 Attack Damage and 30 Defense Damage||Loot gear chest of Qasr Salih fort|
|4||The Samsaama Dagger||27 Attack Damage and 47 Defense Damage||Complete Nehal’s “The Calling” quest|
|3||Initiate of Alamut Dagger||30 Attack Damage and 30 Defense Damage||Complete “A New Beginning” Main Mission|
|2||Demon Fang||39 Attack Damage and 39 Defense Damage||Buy Fire Demon Pack from the Store|
|1||Lightning Dagger||39 Attack Damage and 39 Defense Damage||Buy Lightning Weapons Pack from the Store|
10. Rostam Dagger
- Location: Rostam Dagger can be obtained as a Reward after completing the Satiric Poet Contract mission.
- Weapon Stats: 36 Attack Damage and 21 Defense Damage
- Unique Perk: Throwing Knives will deal 10% buffed damage if Basim hits the target from close range.
Rostam Dagger is one of the early game parry weapons you can get in Assassin’s Creed Mirage. Obtaining it requires you to complete the Satiric Poet Contract, which will feel more of a chore and less like an Assassin-esque mission. Basically, you are hired muscle who walks with a poet through the Abbasiyah region, keeping him safe from guards.
My grudge against the Rostam Dagger in Assassin’s Creed Mirage is with the unique weapon perk called “Point Blank”. If I had to describe it in one word, I’d say “waste”.
This dagger’s perk basically buffs throwing knives’ damage for 10%, which not only is low but ironically really bad since throwing knives already one-shots most enemies. So why add this perk to Rostam Dagger? Well, I can’t think of any excellent reason besides doing more damage to armored enemies.
While the Rostam outfit and Rostam sword are absolute beasts in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, I believe downgrading the Rostam Dagger serves as an equalizer. Otherwise, this gear set could have overshadowed the rest of Basim’s equipment.
9. Hidden One Dagger
- Location: This can be acquired by looting gear chest located north of Water Mill in the Wilderness region.
- Weapon Stats: 21 Attack Damage and 36 Defense Damage
- Unique Perk: A poison cloud is released after killing a poisoned target with a melee weapon. The poison cloud further does AoE damage to nearby targets.
Poison and fire are the two main status effects Basim gets to apply on his targets using some of the best tools in Assassin’s Creed Mirage. While tools are not exclusive to spreading status ailments, the Hidden One Dagger does more or less the same job.
The best part of Hidden One Dagger is the ease of acquiring it. All you need to do is visit the Water Mill area in the Wilderness region, get the key near the rotating wheel found inside the water, open the door, and loot the gear chest.
The worst part is that triggering the Hidden One Dagger’s weapon perk is a two-stage process and takes away the fun of using it. The dagger requires you to kill a target with melee THAT already has a poison status effect.
If you check this box, a dense green cloud will be released after killing the poisoned target, affecting nearby enemies. If you don’t, then nothing happens. It’s just another common dagger with wasted opportunity, used at best for parrying incoming attacks only.
8. Zanj Uprising Dagger
- Location: Zanj Uprising Dagger can be obtained by looting a gear chest in The Four Markets area.
- Weapon Stats: 36 Attack Damage and 21 Defense Damage.
- Unique Perk: Regain 10% Stamina after a successful dodge move.
Parry is the go-to combat mechanic besides button spamming attack buttons on guards and hoping to kill everyone in sight. However, this changes when you face unblockable attacks. Basim must do a dodge roll like a panda to avoid an incoming strike: swift and effective.
In situations like these, every perk that regains stamina is a blessing in disguise. While there are not a lot of means that offer a speedier stamina regeneration, equipping the Zanj Uprising Dagger may very well be the only option.
My only gripe with Zanj Uprising is its unique weapon perk-triggering mechanic. A dagger is used for parrying strikes in Assassin’s Creed Mirage. By default, any perk associated with daggers should tie in with the parry mechanic. However, that is not the case with Zanj Uprising. Instead, the perk triggers when you perform a successful dodge roll.
I fail to see the appeal of using Zanj Uprising Dagger in Assassin’s Creed Mirage. On the contrary, a 10% stamina refill is also a meager number that is forgettable when you compare this dagger with the likes of the best ones in this list.
7. Dagger of Time
- Location: It can be obtained by buying the Deluxe Pack From the Store.
- Weapon Stats: 30 Attack Damage and 30 Defense Damage.
- Unique Perk: Landing a perfect parry slows down the time for 3 seconds.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage not only brings many of its mechanics from its roots, but the developers also inserted subtle nods here and there from Prince of Persia games. For starters, the slowing down of time using the Dagger of Time weapon cleverly hints at their iconic Prince of Persia series.
One of the reasons I find Dagger of Time the best Assassin’s Creed Mirage dagger is the ability to slow down time. None of the other Basim’s gear items can do the same.
This is not just a gimmick, and the slowed time is best used in combat to land more hits on a target as the enemy goes into a stasis state for 3 seconds. While most players loathe the idea of having to buy AC Mirage Deluxe edition just to get the Dagger of Time, I, for one, find it a sweet deal.
Besides the cool blue, glowing sand visual effect on Dagger of Time, the purchase also gives you more goodies, such as:
- The Sand Outfit
- The Sand Sword
- The Sand Horse mount
- The Sand Eagle
- The Hourglass of Time
- The Desert Sands Initiate of Alamut
6. Jinn Dagger
- Location: To get Jinn Dagger, you need to buy the Jinn Pack From the Store.
- Weapon Stats: 47 Attack Damage and 50 Defense Damage
- Unique Perk: The duration of a status effect increases by 4 seconds after parrying a target under an affliction.
No dagger in Assassin’s Creed Mirage comes with a higher attack damage stat other than Jinn Dagger. This is the unique selling point of this dagger, and by selling point, I mean literally buying it from the Store.
The Jinn Dagger is part of the Jinn Pack you can get from the Store. The entire Jinn Pack is basically focused on applying a poison status effect to a target, and the dagger increases the affliction’s status effect by 4 more seconds.
The poison status effect is one of the strongest status ailments in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and this is evident from various tier upgrades of almost all tools in the game. You have poison knives, poison smoke bombs, and then there is Initiate of Alamut Sword, which applies poison as well on a target. Combine these elements with Jinn Dagger, and Basim can become a poison god.
5. Abbasid Knight Dagger
- Location: Can be found inside a gear chest of Qasr Salih fort.
- Weapon Stats: 30 Attack Damage and 30 Defense Damage.
- Unique Perk: Basim gets 30% damage resistance when his health drops below 50%.
Taking a couple of hits will reduce Basim’s health to 50% or below, and in situations like these, you need all the damage resistance to keep your assassin alive. This is where the Abbasid Knight Dagger shines. You basically get a 30% damage resistance whenever Basim’s health goes below 50%.
The Abbasid Knight Dagger’s unique curved design is one of the reasons I believe it is not only the best dagger in Assassin’s Creed Mirage but also the coolest. Apart from that, the dagger comes with balance attack and damage stats, which are more than appreciated in one-to-one combat or while tackling a crowd.
The best utilization that I believe one can get from the Abbasid Knight dagger is by equipping the Abbasid Knight outfit and the Abbasid Knight sword. Basim is literally unkillable when you equip all three gear pieces.
The Abbasid Knight sword buffs Basim’s light attack damage by 30%, and the Abbasid Knight outfit regenerates health every 2 seconds in an anonymous state.
4. The Samsaama Dagger
- Location: Complete Nehal’s “The Calling” quest to get the Samsaama Dagger
- Weapon Stats: 27 Attack Damage and 47 Defense Damage
- Unique Perk: Basim recovers 10% health at every fifth hit.
The Samsaama Dagger is the only weapon in this list requiring you to go to lengths to obtain 2 Mysterious Shards for the Oasis Chamber during “The Calling” quest.
The Oasis chamber houses valuable gear set pieces that can only be obtained by using the Mysterious Shards, and one of these rewards is this Legendary Isu Dagger, aka The Samsaama Dagger.
On paper, The Samsaama Dagger is by far one of the weakest attack damage daggers in Assassin’s Creed Mirage. However, its unique perk makes it one of the sought-after daggers.
I believe the Legendary Isu Dagger is very well-balanced in the game. The perk heals 10% of Basim’s health, and if you pair it with high attack damage (that the dagger does not have), it could have overshadowed most daggers in Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
3. Initiate of Alamut Dagger
- Location: Can be obtained by playing “A New Beginning” Main Mission
- Weapon Stats: 30 Attack Damage and 30 Defense Damage
- Unique Perk: Every parry automatically deals +25 damage to the target.
Initiate of Alamut Dagger is the first dagger you get in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and it is easily one of the best ones in the game. You can pretty much use it from early to the mid and late game by consistently upgrading it and maxing it out while approaching the ending pieces of AC Mirage.
The best part about the Initiate of Alamut Dagger is not some fancy features, but the balance ATK and DEF damage and the unique perk it comes with.
It is very rare in games like Assassin’s Creed for a weapon to be this good from the game’s start and be a reliable pick till the later stages of the game. The Initiate of Alamut Dagger, surprisingly, is one of these rare occurrences.
Another great thing about this dagger is you do not have to go to lengths in acquiring it, nor shell out money to buy the best daggers. You just play the early bits of story missions, and Initiate of Alamut Dagger will unlock for you.
2. Demon Fang
- Location: Demon Fang can be obtained by buying the Fire Demon Pack from the Store.
- Weapon Stats: 39 Attack Damage and 39 Defense Damage.
- Unique Perk: Every parry will set an enemy on fire status effect.
I love the fire status effect weapons, and it is one of the main reasons I have listed Demon Fang at the second-best position for the best Assassin’s Creed Mirage daggers list.
Even though this dagger comes with excellent ATK and DEF damage and pretty much sets every target on fire after a parry, my only gripe with Demon Fang is the pay-to-get model. You have to spend $15 to get it.
Besides the Demon Fang Dagger, you also get the following in-game items after purchasing the Fire Demon Pack from the Store:
- Fire Demon Outfit
- Demon Claw Sword
- Merthykhuwar Horse Mount
- Simurg – Eagle Skin
- Red Initiate of Alamut – Weapon Dye
1. Lightning Dagger
- Location: It can be obtained by getting the Lightning Weapons Pack from the Store
- Weapon Stats: 39 Attack Damage and 39 Defense Damage
- Unique Perk: Attack damage and damage resistance is increased by 50% whenever 2 or more 2 enemies surround Basim.
Lightning Dagger is by far the best dagger in Assassin’s Creed Mirage, period. The unique perk of the dagger is the key highlight, making Lightning Dagger unrivaled by any other in the game. The dagger basically offers 2 buffs to Basim: increased attack damage and damage resistance by 50%.
The best part is that this perk triggers passively, and you do not have to do a thing manually. Every time Basim is surrounded by more than 2 enemies in combat, the perk gets triggered, giving you a strategic advantage automatically.
This is perfect since Basim is not a fighter per se, and his expertise lies more in stealth, parkour, and using multifarious assassin tools.
The above-stated facts are tied to the performance of Lightning Dagger, but that is not the only reason I put it in the first place for the best daggers in Assassin’s Creed Mirage.
The Lightning Weapons Pack, which also contains the Lightning Dagger, is by far the more affordable option than other DLC packs, making it a logical pick over the rest of the purchasable choices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How Many Daggers in Assassin’s Creed Mirage are Paid or DLC?
Answer: Assassin’s Creed Mirage has 4 daggers available for purchase. There are 10 daggers in the game, so this makes 40% of dagger gear items behind the paywall.
Question: How to Access the Qasr Salih Gear Chest Containing the Abbasid Knight Dagger?
Answer: The direct path to the chest inside Qasr Salih’s chest is from the roof, but a weak structure blocks it. The easiest way to enter it is by throwing a flammable jar/pot found on the balcony behind this room. Grab the pot, climb the roof, and throw it to create a hole in it, giving Basim access to the gear chest containing the Abbasid Knight Dagger.
Question: What is the Best Dagger to Apply Status Effects on Enemies in Assassin’s Creed Mirage?
Answer: Demon Fang is by far the best dagger to set enemies on status effects such as fire. A simple parry will set the target ablaze, and there is no cooldown effect, so you can basically do this back to back.
Assassin’s Creed Mirage is not the first title in the series that holds some of the amazing weapons and skins behind the paywall. Knowing which gear items are worth investing in is always helpful in deciding if you should spend extra money or skip and grind whatever is available in the base game.
In my opinion, out of 10 daggers in AC Mirage, you should not spend extra bucks and stick to obtaining the 6 daggers that come free with the game. Assassin’s Creed Mirage is a narrative-driven game focusing little on combat and more on stealth and exploration.
All these are enough reasons for you to steer clear away from the pay-to-get model and enjoy what you have at hand.