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Assassin’s Creed: Unity guide - where to find Nostradamus Enigma collectibles

Assassin's Creed: Unity's elusive Nostradamus Enigma collectibles are easily gathered when you already know where to look.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity guide - Nostradamus Enigma collectibles locations

As you wander Assassin's Creed: Unity you may have noticed strange glowing symbols on various buildings when you use Eagle Vision. On their own they don't need much, but pick up one of the many Nostradamus Enigma side missions nearby and you'll have a chance to turn them into something special.

Once you collect all the pieces of a Nostradamus Engima you'll receive a Fragment - a piece of a key to a cage in the basement of the Cafe Theatre. This cage holds the armour of Thomas de Carneillon, the master assassin who led King Phillip to purge the Templars; you may remember that from the opening sequence.

The outfit can be worn over your regular armour like any other, and looks pretty cool - look at those throwing knives! It should be a part of any completionist's dress-ups collection, so lets find them all. When you've finished all the missions, visit the final page of this guide to find out how to cash the Fragments in.

To start a Nostradamus Engima mission, head for an icon like a scroll and accept the mission. Check the mission title and compare it to the titles on this list for best results; we've also included the words of the riddles to make it easier to identify which mission you're on.

You may need to trek around the map in order to find all the symbols for a given Nostradamus Enigma. Remember, if you scroll around the mini map you can see the names of various locations and districts - switch off non-essential markers using the filter to make it easier.

Saturnus/Constellatio #3

Riddle 1
I wield two blades,
Flanked by Justice and Law.
I strike true and fair, hour by hour,
For monarchs and peasants alike.

Solution: Check the clock in the lle de la Cite region, on the Boulevard du Palais.

Riddle 2
Encircled by 24 petals of light,
Our Lady of the Rose watches, silent as stone,
O’er believers below.
Look to the Lady lit by the setting sun.
Look to the blossoming rose

Solution: This one is inside Notre Dame. Head to the western side and look for the window with a rose pattern. It's at the base.

Riddle 3
Stay with Our Lady, standing between flowing waters.
Count one for each book of the Pentateuch from rose to transept.
Five arches, five wide-open eyes, five nightmares.
The last sits atop our treasure:
The gate to the infinite.

Solution: This one is also in Notre Dame. It's on the top floor, near the fifth arch.

Leo/Astri #4

Riddle 1
Above the dark shadows
Of the erstwhile bastion,
The tall square Sentinel silently watches
The 9th month spill his blood.

Solution: From the mission marker, head south west to find the Grand Chatelet. The symbol is at the top of the square tower.

Riddle 2
The martyrs of Herod,
In their ageless temple,
Haunt the alchemist’s tones,
With their macabre, soundless dance.

Solution: Head on over to the Cemetery of the Holy Innocents and look for a charming mural in the south gallery. The symbol is here.

Riddle 3
In the Belly of the World,
The Saint of the Holy Stag
Still waits for his Austral hand
To reach the godly heavens.

Solution: Look at the south west bell tower of the nearby church - Eglise St. Eustache.

Capricorn/Vaporis #6

Riddle 1
Erudite Rulers of thy façade
Stone-faced before the blood of executions
One day you will quiver and quake
As your insides blaze in fury.

Solution: This one is on the Hotel de Ville, just above the triangular stone pediment above the entrance.

Riddle 2
“A ça ira, ça ira, ça ira,” will resound,
A dire Twist of fate,
To dispel darkness no more
Now to break the necks of many.

Solution: There's a dead body hanging from a lantern in front of Hotel de Ville. The symbol is at the base of the lantern.

Riddle 3:
Orphan tower, what has become of the rest?
The start of a pilgrim’s journey.
Shreds of memories hang from the chimeras beaks:
This one, pressure of the atmosphere. The other, alchemy.

Solution: You'll need to get the top of the western tower at Tour St. Jacques for this one.

Virgo/Astri #2

Riddle 1
In the Sanctuary of Sins,
Light and shadow dance,
And the Ignoble Nobleman
Defines his actions with his name.

Solution: This could only mean the Marquis de Sade. One of his old houses stands slightly East of the Cour des Miracles, so check the first floor for the symbol.

Riddle 2
Lying in the filth,
The fallen Godly symbol
Lights the heresies
Of the False King’s Court.

Solution: Back at the Cour des Miracles, take a good look around the wooden cross lying on the ground.

Riddle 3
The familiar cross-road,
Where decadence is sold.
The sadness of the seller,
Obscured by rouge.

Solution: You need to find a crossroads just south of Cour des Miracles. It's very close to where the landmark icon appears on the map.

Aries/Vaporis #3

Riddle 1
A once-Auguste palace
Become a shelter for the beautiful,
The days of sovereigns tick along,
Up to, but not beyond, Louis.

Solution: To the Louvre! The symbol is on the clock above the courtyard on the west side.

Riddle 2
By the spirit of Égalité
The Citoyen is welcome in a royal garden
Where the mighty Helios ignites daily
Man’s most destructive power.

Solution: Visit the Palais Royal Gardens and look for the cannon just behind the central statue.

Riddle 3
From the stones of a fortress breached,
A Concord built to span the divide
From where the minds of men gather
To where their necks are severed.

Solution: Stand right in the middle of the Pont de la Concorde - that's the bridge between the Palais Bourbon and the guillotine at Place de la Concorde.

More Nostradamus Engima solutions await you on the next page.

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Libra/Vaporis #7

Riddle 1
Palace once divided, united by the fourth Henry.
Stone Couples salute their doomed King
For his final walk along the trees,
King once united, divided by People’s will.

Solution: Climb to the small ledge between the two statues at the entrance to the Tuileries Palace.

Riddle 2
Last Ray from the Sun
He lost a son and parted from another.
Cobblers, soldiers, statesmen and whoresons,
Cheer the window’s close, blotting out the sun.

Solution: This symbol is on the ground to the east of the guillotine at Place de la Concorde. The crowd needs to be shoved out of the way.

Riddle 3
The Magdalen looks towards Death
And watches the precession, unblinking,
And thus unmoved, she keeps her back
Toward the Interment of her King.

Solution: Not a hard on, this. It's on the wall of a small tomb in the graveyard behind the Church of Madeleine.

Venus/Astri #3

Riddle 1
Built in tribute to the Sun,
A square resplendent in nobility
Three colors brightens four walls
Now bedecked with liberty.

Solution: In Place Vendome, look for the statue holding the French Tricolor Flag. The symbol is on the ground just behind it.

Riddle 2
Those wishing to enter Elysium’s Fields
Must first pay the Farmers their toll
To pass through the Western Gate
Where Triumph will soon stand tall.

Solution: Look for an overturned cart at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The symbol is by a lamp post a short distance away.

Riddle 3
A most Magnificent tower,
His great grand-daughter fashioned
To surveil her subjects and the heavens
‘Twixt Sun and Earth encaged in iron.

Solution: You remember that building you set on fire? That's the Medici's Tower. The symbol is near a ladder leading to an iron cage on a tower.

Terra/Constellation #2

Riddle 1
Hedged in her garden,
A wingéd-warrior stands,
Unmoving and unmoved,
At the cross’s very heart.

Solution: From the mission starting point, look east to spot a statue of an angle holding a spear, The symbol is on it.

Riddle 2
Forever more,
The warrior fights her ceaseless battle.
She takes aim, her steady spear
Poised against the demons.

Solution: Hey so remember that angel with the spear? Just follow the direction the spear points and climb up the wall of the church; the symbol is right by a gargoyle on the roof.

Riddle 3
To be punished or to be amused,
The green heritage of Daedalus
Sees the lofty Bishop looming
Over the resting Rook.

Solution: From the gargoyle, go North and climb the tower shaped like a Chess rook (or castle) to find the symbol on the roof.

Aquarius/Vaporis #5

Riddle 1
The Poor fellow-soldiers of Christ,
Atop their Stone Dungeon,
Marked their allegiance
In Jerusalem’s Direction.

Solution: Climb the Temple's eastern tower; the symbol is on the wall near the top.

Riddle 2:
At the source of life,
The Full-Moon shaped basin
Quenches the thirst
Of Solomon’s defenders.

Solution: There's a fountain just outside the Temple, and the symbol is on the ground beside it.

Riddle 3
In the entrails of the Earth,
Between the twin flames,
Lies The Final resting place
Of the first Grand Master.

Solution: Go underground in the Temple grounds to visit the crypts. You need to slide underneath a wooden structure and make it to a sarcophagus with the symbol on it.

Scorpio/Constellation #4

Riddle 1
At the foot of the Saint Twin Brothers,
The Tree of Justice
Plunges its ancient roots,
Scarred by heavenly wrath

Solution: The first symbol is in the building where you pick up the mission, the Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais. It's at the foot of a tree to the west.

Riddle 2
Sanctuary of Bishops by birth,
Stronghold of knowledge for life,
The stoney edifice
Fools the senses by its name.

Solution: Head east to the Hotel de Sens; the symbol is near the top of the structure's only tower.

Riddle 3
A square with shifting name,
Replaced a field where sovereign
Was felled from horse.
Now arches enclose trees
Where a bronze horseman waits.

Solution: Place des Vosges is north of the last symbol, and is home to an equestrian statue with a symbol located right under its nose.

Mercurius/Constellation #1

Riddle 1
The lady of the domicile
Judges comings and goings
From her couch-like throne
At the top of the stair.

Solution: This one takes place inside the Cafe Theatre - your headquarters. Climb the main stairway and find the symbol on a portrait of a woman.

Riddle 2
Lowly sinners, as each we are,
Aspire to the domed heav’ns.
Fickle fate points beyond,
Where a supine city Beckons.

Solution: Climb to the very top of the Cafe Thjeatre and find the symbol right by the weathervane. That's the chicken thing that shows you which way the wind is blowing, you Internet child, you.

More Nostradamus Engima solutions await you on the next page.

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Mars/Astri #1

Riddle 1
In a peaceful field sewn with stones
A wingéd watcher waits.
Her gentle gaze graces all souls,
Follow to the resting place.

Solution: Visit the graveyard to the north of Notre Dame and look for an angel; follow its gaze to the tomb in front of it, where the symbol awaits.

Riddle 2
Notre Dame Cathedral looks over her daughters,
One snuggled between dame and Sainte-Chapelle.
There, the face of the Son
watches o’er his flock.

Solution: You're looking for a small church between Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle; you'll know you have the right one because the French flag is displayed by the door. The symbol is near the Christ carving by the main gate.

Riddle 3
Beyond a Dauphine, the blue ribbons
Diverge, making way for man and beast.
An assassin’s victim struck a shrewd bargain
To acquire a city.
The treasure lies beneath the mount.

Solution: There's a statue of Henri VI near a fork in the river by the Place Dauphine. It's on the pedestal.

Jupiter/Vaporis #2

Riddle 1
On the palace where,
Bourbon’s daughter lived.
The assembly meets on,
A bridge facing South.

Solution: Just above a wooden bench above the southern gate of Palais Bourbon.

Riddle 2:
Rich and poor face,
The wheel of time.
Travel South to cross,
The water of River Styx.

Solution: Head south from Palais Bourbon until you find a waterhweel. the symbol is on a tumbled down wall nearby.

Riddle 3
Across the wall,
On the other side.
Souls cross the bridge,
To Southlands beyond.

Solution: From the waterhweel, head southeast to find a bridge. Continue down the rider to the next bridge, where the symbol sits smack in the middle.

Taurus/Astri #5

Riddle 1
Sending signals through air,
Made of wood and rope,
Chappe’s friends took note.

Solution: This one is right by the mission start point; just look for the wooden building by the bridge, and search near the upright beam.

Riddle 2
All men must walk,
Through gates that lead,
To the fields of War.

Solution: Some of these riddles are mad obscure and others are just wince-worthy. The symbol is on the middle pillar of the gates to the Champ de Mars.

Riddle 3
False idols celebrate,
On stage they entertain.
Supreme is the Being,
Who calls himself so.

Solution: This is a reference to Robespierre's Cult of the Supreme Being, and the symbol is on the stage where it was held.

Riddle 4
Schooled minds guide,
The tides of battles.
Over the shoulders of angels,
They watch the fields of War.

Solution: Visit the École Militaire and look at the two statues at the front. The symbol is just below.

Gemini/Vaporis #4

Riddle 1
At the edge of the capital
In the shadow of the wall
The swamp of sorrows
Burns the outcast’s fire.

Solution: Head to the southeast corner of the map. It's on the ground in a swampy area, and near a chest. I hope you remember where it was.

Riddle 2
Where the dead rest,
Stone eyes watch.
Vigilant guardians,
In death as in life.

Solution: Look to the east side of the fountain in the Hôpital de la Salpêtrière’s courtyard.

Riddle 3
In the fetid muck
Where the dark stream meets
Her flowing mother
You will find your goal
At the foot of the old tower.

Solution: This is a bit tricky. Go to the border between Saint-Jacques and Saint-Marcel and look for a tower where twobranches of the river meet. The symbol is at its base.

Pisces/Vaporis #1

Riddle 1
On the hill of St. Genevieve,
I have a Roman face.
Clarion angels glide to
A peak on my North side.

Solution: This one's on the Pantheon. Climb the northern face and look for the triangular stonework above the entrance. There's a passage of sorts just behind here, and the symbol is inside it.

Riddle 2
Like a halo you seek,
Rings within rings
High atop the edifice,
The city lies below.

Solution: Again on the Pantheon, go to the circle of columns on the roof and search around the southern end.

Riddle 3
Pillars support my face,
Hold the nation’s dreams.
Square, not round, they,
Sit out of sight.

Solution: Still at the Pantheon. This one's at ground level, on the eastern side, where a passage is bordered by pillars.

Riddle 4
My purpose changed,
I watch; high in the nave.
As secular heroes enter,
To replace those of heaven.

Solution: Inside the Pantheon now, and look for a painting. It's most easily found by searching near the rope crossing the upper reaches of the room.

Riddle 5
The remains of fame,
Lie amidst stale air.
The most famous of all,
The tomb of Voltaire.

Solution: Are we done yet? Inside the Pantheon, go down stairs and into the western tombs. One tomb in particular is under guard by two fellows; get rid of them and find the symbol inside the tomb.

Cancer/Astri #6

Riddle 1
On a Church that will stand,
For a thousand years or more.
Three spires reach to heaven,
The truth lies on the tallest one.

Solution: Climb to the tallest peak of St. Germain Churchand look for a round platform; the symbol is here.

Riddle 2
In the playground of the wealthy,
Assembled by the Medici clan.
The grand foyer will transport,
To the highest social ranks.

Solution: It's on the floor with a compass pattern in the foyer of the Palais du Luxembourg.

Riddle 3
The font of knowledge,
Plaything of angels.
In the garden of life,
Man first learned Sin.

Solution: Just south of the palace you'll find the Luxembourg Gardens, where a symbol awaits you on the ground by a fountain.

Riddle 4
Beneath your feet,
The rich hide their secrets.
The sundial counts days spent,
Amidst the worms and bones.

Solution: You'll have to get into the catacombs below the Luxembourg Gardens to find this one, near some candles at the far end of the tunnel.

Sagittarius/Constellation #5

Riddle 1
Great minds reach for heaven,
Men of the South gaze North,
Four Nations seek the truth.

Solution: Visit the Collège des Quatre Nations and look on the top of the southern wall.

Riddle 2
Where the sun rises on,
The face of Robert’s School.
Eyes turn upward to the sky,
From a domed peak.

Solution: This one's between some windows at the very top of the Observatory on the eastern side of the Sorbonne.

Riddle 3
Far from the river,
Those men who observe,
Gaze up at the stars.

Solution: Yes, it's the Paris Observatory. Get yourself to the south of the city and look for the telescope on the roof of the southwest wing. the symbol rests at its foot.

Now that you have the key, learn what to do with it - it's more complex than you think.

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When you have completed every Nostradamus Enigma, you need to head down to the basement of the Cafe Theatre and solve three more puzzles. Note that you can solve the first and second puzzles when you have four and ten Fragments respectively, but you'll need all 18 to get the outfit.

The Cella Constellatio

Bring four fragments to the basement of the Cafe Theatre and interact with the central pedestal.

The initial puzzle isn't too hard - all you need to do is pair symbols, and the walls show you which goes with which.

Once you've solved the puzzle you'll be rewarded by the appearance of an opening in the wall above the puzzle room. Climb on up near the entrance and then across the handholds on the pillar to reach it, then pull the lever to open the first lock on the cage.

The Cella Astri

With ten Fragments in hand, go back to the Cafe Theatre basement and once again interact with the central pedestal. This will open a passage to a new room, where a second puzzle awaits you.

In this one, you've got to use a series of three switched to bring planets into the correct position, lined up with their pictures on the floor.

Each switch moves a section of planets the planets in a particular direction, so you cna sue simple logic to solve the puzzle. If you hate simple logic, just uses the switches in this order: left, left, left, middle, right, right, right.

Completing this puzzle opens another door to a lever for removing a layer of the cage, so go do that.

The Cella Vaporis

Now that you have all 18 Fragments, return to the central pedestal and interact with it to open a long passage.

This "puzzle" is a climbing challenge to reach a balcony with a lever. There's only one correct path, and steam will jet at various intervals, so be careful and master the wall eject to get out of trouble if you make mistakes.

There's no further puzzles; just pull the lever and get back to the main room, where your sweet, sweet prize awaits you.

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