In Assassin’s Creed Mirage, progression works a bit differently than in the few previous games. 

Instead of the traditional experience-based leveling system, Mirage uses Skill Points and Hidden One Ranks. 

Not only do these ranks represent your overall power, but they also influence the difficulty of the areas you explore. 

In this guide, we will delve into the mechanics of Hidden One Ranks, their significance, and how to reach master rank in Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

The Six Hidden One Ranks

You unlock the Hidden One Ranks only when you return to Baghdad. 

This happens after you complete the Assassin training at Alamut. 

These ranks serve as an indicator of how experienced and powerful Basim is. 

Ranks will directly impact your journey throughout the game since certain areas might be much more troubling.

Chances are, you will only take a short time to notice how much more challenging a region can be if you do not meet its recommended rank.

There are six ranks in total:

  1. Initiate
  2. Apprentice
  3. Novice
  4. Disciple
  5. Assassin
  6. Master

You can view your current Hidden One Rank in the game’s pause menu. Hit your pause or option button and select “Inventory.” 

Basim’s Hidden One rank should be visible on the right side of the screen. 

As you progress through the story, each new rank will bring its own set of rewards, enhancing your capabilities and unlocking new upgrades.

Understanding Territory Difficulty

As mentioned above, Basim’s Hidden One Rank plays a crucial role in determining the difficulty of different territories within the game. 

To check the suggested rank of an area, open the pause menu and navigate to the “World” tab. 

Highlighting a territory will reveal its recommended rank of an area. With this information, you can either understand why a region is much more troubling than others. This also informs you of whether you’re even supposed to be there. 

Although you can enter territories when your rank is below the recommended, be prepared for more challenging encounters with enemies that surpass your capabilities.

Growth Through the Story

A distinctive aspect of Assassin’s Creed Mirage’s progression system is its story-driven approach. 

Unlike its predecessors, Mirage does not rely on an experience-based leveling system. 

Instead, Basim becomes more powerful as you advance through the story’s main missions.

Reaching Maximum Hidden One Rank

To attain the highest Hidden One Rank, you just need to follow the main story missions. 

While side activities are available for those who seek them, you can reach the maximum rank solely by completing the primary narrative quests.

However, ignoring side activities may result in missing out on a few skill points and valuable items that you might pick up along the way.

With a total of six ranks to unlock, your progression correlates with the elimination of significant members of the Order. 

Each successful assassination will raise Basim’s rank a bit, reflecting his growing influence and power within the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

Unlocking Skills and Abilities

In addition to Hidden One Ranks, the game introduces Skill Points that allow you to upgrade Basim’s abilities and equipment. To unlock new skills, follow these simple steps:

  1. Access the pause menu.
  2. Select “Skills.”
  3. Highlight the skill you wish to learn.
  4. Choose “Acquire.”

Moreover, Assassin’s Creed Mirage allows you to reset all your skills and retrieve all used skill points by selecting “Reset All Skills” from the same menu. 

This feature allows you to experiment with different skill sets and tailor your character to your preferred playstyle.

We have a guide on how to get more skill points if you want to quickly turn Basim into a respectful member of the Brotherhood.

The Significance of Hidden One Ranks

Your Hidden One Rank does more than show your strength; it’s like a way to measure how challenging each region of the city will be for you to deal with.

The world map gives you advice on what rank you should be for different areas. 

The game doesn’t prevent you from going to a particularly hard region of Baghdad. 

You can go almost anywhere. However, depending on where you’re going, having a low Hidden One Rank will make things hard to handle if you ever get in trouble.

Reaching the top Hidden One rank is a significant achievement. Besides making Basim more powerful, you also get the “Serving the Light” trophy. 

What to Do Next

With your improved abilities, you’ll be well-prepared for the challenges in Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

Stick to the main story, work on your ranks, learn how to use NPCs, and become a formidable presence in the ever-changing world of Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

You do need to know the basics, how to collect crafting items and upgrade your weapons, though.

Ranks alone will not make you handle all the game throws your way.