Assassin’s Creed 3: Encyclopedia of the Common Man Side-quest Guide

Beginning in the sixth sequence of Assassin’s Creed 3, you’ll begin a lengthy side-quest given by your helper Achilles in the Homestead. In it, you’ll need to take snaps of your artisans and workers to fill in encyclopedia entries. Finding each entry isn’t easy, and you’ll need to recruit every optional character. Check out our tips below to finish this maddening optional mission.

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Encyclopedia of the Common Man Side-quest Guide

You’ll pick up this side-quest from Achilles in Sequence 06. He’ll task you with travelling around the Homestead and scanning different actions taken by your workers and artisans.

Many of the optional characters won’t become available until later in the game. Use this guide once you’ve hired every type of workers, craftsman, or helper.

The types are; Woodworker, Lumberer, Miner, Farmer, Huntress, Doctor, Blacksmith, Tailor, and Innkeeper.

We recommend using our Artisan leveling guide to find and meet every optional character in your Homestead. You’ll visit them, and be able to watch them completing actions.

Scanning Actions

Lumberer Entry:

  • Chopping wood
  • Using the saw
  • Hauling wood to the wagon

Woodworker Entry:

  • Checking the fence
  • Sanding a chair
  • Sanding wood
  • Writing in a logbook while taking stock

Innkeeper Entry:

  • Cutting meat
  • Whipping the bull
  • Turning meat on a spit
  • Pitching hay
  • Watching animals grinding wheat

Miner Entry:

  • Mining with the pickaxe
  • Panning for gold
  • Lighting a mine lantern

Farmer Entry:

  • Pouring grain
  • Plowing the field
  • Milking a cow
  • Cutting wheat

Huntress Entry:

  • Maintaining her musket
  • Firing the musket at game
  • Cooking food on a spit

Blacksmith Entry:

  • Hammering metal
  • Sharpening an axe
  • Building / repairing a wagon’s wheel
  • Nailing on horseshoes

Tailor Entry:

  • Checking out the chair
  • Taking measurements for a shirt
  • Sewing while sitting
  • Washing clothes

Doctor Entry:

  • Tending to the garden’s herbs behind his house
  • Playing the Bowls game
  • Reading on a tree stump

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15 Comments on Assassin’s Creed 3: Encyclopedia of the Common Man Side-quest Guide


On November 5, 2012 at 3:10 am

Oh, seriously? ing hell. Does Ubisoft think we actually have nothing to do with our time?


On November 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

im having trouble with the doctor’s one about playing Bowls, iv’e watched him for two game days straight and all he does is read and garden.. why wont he play bowls!?


On November 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

So I’ve done all of these things, and in the mission log, everything is checked off. But in the actual encyclopedia itself, farmers are missing. What do I do? :c


On November 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

You should add these as well.

Farmer – watering crops

Hunter – Cleaning/Cutting up an animal


On November 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

help im only need the huntress and blacksmith locations

Kevin Thielenhaus

On November 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm


Unfortunately, it appears this is just a glitchy achievement to unlock. Even with all the entries filled, it doesn’t always seem to register. This is a progress recording issue, and there doesn’t appear to be a good solution to fix the problem yet. Hopefully Ubisoft will issue a patch soon. I’ll keep my eye out for another solution, but it doesn’t appear loading a previous save will help in this case.


On November 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

You can also use the Huntress skinning a deer.


On November 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

Huntress = selling hides to the Tailor @ Homestead is one.


On November 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Doctor – I caught him chatting with Myriam and Norris and Myriam seemed awfully excited,I think we have a Norris Junior comming (this is not a joke)


On November 10, 2012 at 6:47 pm

One more:

Doctor – Telling Norris and Myriam about the iron in Norris’s mine.


On November 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

The huntress setting a trap (bear trap) or covering it with ‘debris’ (they are invisible, lol) also counts as a record.


On November 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Just wanted to make an addition to this list:

Huntress: Scan while re-arming a bear trap


On November 28, 2012 at 2:33 am

I’ve already completed all of the Huntress, Lumberer, Woodworker and Miner missions. So the people never seem to be around, and if the Lumberer or Woodworker people are around they’re always doing the same thing. Does anyone know whether they’re just random or am I going to have to start a new file just to do this?


On December 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Another one for Inkeeper is when the guy (forgot his name T.T) in the inn is just chilling there behind the counter.


On January 3, 2013 at 9:58 am

Huntress also sets a trap