Assassin’s Creed 3: How to Unlock Animus Hacks [Cheats]

In Assassin’s Creed 3, the Animus is the massive device that allows our hero to experience the events of Connor during the revolution — but this is not true time-travel, it’s a simulation and therefore can be manipulated later in the game with these secret hacks. Unlocking these cheats isn’t easy, as you’ll have to hunt hidden Pivots around the game map. We know this sounds confusing, so just check out the guide below for a full explanation, and a full list of cheats you can unlock by taking part in this special mini-game.

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How to Unlock Animus Hacks

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Cheat List

  • To unlock cheats, you’ll need to collect hiddden Pivots. Once a new Pivot is collected, you can use these cheats through the Options menu.
  • Made of Steel: Invulnerability
  • Infinite Ammunition: Infinite pistol and arrow shots
  • Season Changer: Allows the player to switch seasons between summer and winter
  • Weather Man: Allows the player to set current weather conditions
  • Thunder Kill: Thunder and lightning followers every in-game kill
  • Sun and Moon: Allows the player to switch between day or night
  • Semi-Automatic: Ranged weapons have no reload time between shots
  • Killing Spree: Allowed to assassinate enemies even while not in stealth
  • Recruit: Unlocks infinite recruit tokens
  • Ninja: Enemy AI disabled; they will not see or hear the player

How to Synch Pivot Points

Note: Pivots only become available after finishing the campaign once, or during the game’s Epilogue.

  • Pivots are special hidden collectibles located in the regions around Assassin’s Creed 3. Pivots can only be found while online, though you can use the tutorial while in offline mode.
  • The tutorial will show you how to find three pivots. You’ll need those three to find more.
  • The rest of the pivots are randomly placed by other players, that’s why you must be online to collect the rest of the Pivots. To find these player-placed Pivots, you’ll need to triangulate their position with your currently discovered Pivots.
  • Placing three Pivots will create a green search zone on your map. These Pivots can be removed and added on your map screen — remove them by hovering your cursor over the pivot, and add them by hovering your cursor over the Connor icon.
  • Once a search zone is created, run through and search for a square icon on your mini-map, denoting a new Pivot. Each Pivot will unlock a new Animus Hack cheat code in the Options menu.
  • Pivots spawn every 15 minutes. A timer will appear in the menus.
  • Each Pivot is placed manually by a player. If another player finds your assigned Pivot, it will change locations during your search.
  • Sources: [1], [2], [3]

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    9 Comments on Assassin’s Creed 3: How to Unlock Animus Hacks [Cheats]


    On November 26, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    The pivots aren’t necessary located by other players. After finishing the game, the pivots can be found around the frontier and Boston. Use your pivots to triangle the area, with more pivots its easier to find the next one using the green area.


    On November 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    The pivots aren’t necessary placed by other players. After finishing the game, the pivots can be found around the frontier and Boston. Use your pivots to triangulate the area, with more pivots its easier to find the next one using the green area made by the pivots.


    On March 16, 2013 at 2:56 am

    i can’t place/find any pivots, when i go to the pivot section it says 0 to find/0 to place help me please

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On March 18, 2013 at 8:22 am


    Hmm, I’ve heard of this glitch before. To get pivots to work, you must be online and you must be in the Frontier. If it still doesn’t work, you might be experiencing a glitch.

    Unfortunately, AC3 is a pretty buggy game. Here’s hoping Ubi comes out with another patch to fix this, if that’s the problem.


    On May 26, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Each pivot is has a name of its own. Once the epilogue to the game ends, you will earn 3 out of the 12 possible pivot points: Tau, Iota and Zeta. help as i know it is 3 pivot and i was wondering if i need to be online to get the 3 pivot tau lota and zeta ?

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On May 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm


    I believe you’ll need to be online to unlock more Pivot Points. They seem to be connected to other player’s actions — placed pivot locations will randomly appear on your map. It’s a strange system. The first few tutorial pivots will appear without a connection, but after that it’s recommended you stay online.

    Hasan Yasin

    On October 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Thank youuu!

    Raging boy

    On November 13, 2013 at 10:36 am


    I got the same problem as you… Do u already have all the pivots or is it still bugged/glitched?


    On December 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    where are those 3 pivots that can pe found in offline mode?where is the tutorial?the one above shows the location of only the first one,but the other 2?