While there are some pretty exciting outfit choices present in Assassins Creed Mirage; like the Ezio Revelations, Altair and the recently added Roshan outfit, I don’t think it’s up for discussion that the Isu Armour is the definitive go-to outfit for Basim. Aside from being a fascinating fashion choice, the Isu Armour comes fully upgraded giving players an edge in combat. Interestingly enough, Ubisoft chose to call the Isu Armour; Milad Outfit in-game. Perhaps, to better adjust the armour in the Islamic Golden Age setting Ubisoft chose for the game. You will have the opportunity to grab the armour, fairly early in the game which is why we recommend you go for it as soon as it unlocks.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains spoilers for Assassins Creed Mirage.
When can you access the armour?
The Milad Outfit will be available after completing a quest that becomes available after your first assassination against a member of the Order. After confirming the kill you are visited by an unwelcomed guest, the Djinni. Intriguingly, Basim was not troubled by this creature during his time at Alamut and is facing it again now after killing a member of the Order. Before Basim has time to process this, he notices Nehal standing in the distance who walks away. Roshan comes and takes Basim away before more guards arrive.
Basim, troubled with these events decides to seek out Nehal. After you return to Anbar, players find out Nehal has been fixated on the object she and Basim found at the Winter Palace for all these years, specifically the symbol on it. She has been trying to find out about it. After this mission, Mysterious Shards will now be available around the map. To get all of the Isu gear you will first have to collect all of the ten mysterious shards;
- Milad Outfit – 5 Shards.
- Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar Swordd – 3 Shards.
- Samsaama Dagger – 2 Shards.
Finding the Mysterious Shards:
A total of ten shards are available to collect around the map, and all of them are necessary for the Isu Outfit and weapons, and a trophy. The shards themselves are fairly easy to collect and you will find most while simply exploring and would not need to specifically hunt for them. Random members of the Order can be found carrying a shard each while being protected by a maximum of two enemies. To make things easier, synchronise all viewpoints beforehand. If you are having trouble finding a shard in a specific region, try to climb or fast-travel to the nearest viewpoint and tag the shard from up there as it will be easier to notice. Personally, we collected all of the shards while cruising through the main story so extra time was not spent trying to find these shards. Just remember that each region will contain two mysterious shards and the guards carrying them follow a pre-determined path of patrol which can be used against them with tools like traps.
Reaching the Isu Armour:
After you have collected all of the ten shards, go north of Aqarquf Dunes. Open your map and you will find an oasis a bit north of the dunes, mark the location and travel to the oasis. After diving into it, you will find that it holds a secret chamber. In the chamber, you will be able to exchange these shards for both armour and weapons. Doing so will grant you access to the full Isu Armour and also finish Nehal’s quest, ‘The Calling’.
Isu Armour Benefits:
Both weapons and the outfit are already fully upgraded, putting them in the legendary tier. Milad’s outfit includes an ability Forgotten Terror, that produces a kind of wave when Basim lands during a successful air assassination which stuns nearby enemies leading to easy kills. The mask also includes a Batman-like voice changer which can make for some cool moments during cut scenes. The Samsaama Dagger and the Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar Sword are kind of a duo. This is because the Sword increased Basim’s damage but also took a lot of his health. While the Dagger helps in keeping his health afloat. Used together, the full Isu Armour doesn’t look good only but is actually very useful. The armour is geared towards stealth and pushes you to avoid direct combat and stay in the shadows like a true assassin.
The Isu Armour was present in Assassin’s Creed Origins and Valhalla too. We recommend players grab the outfit in the early stages of the game as it will make your playthrough really fun not only because of its perks but also the fashion statement. Check out my review of Assassins Creed Mirage, in which I critiqued the game’s overall narrative.