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"Give me the Dagger!"
—Vizier to Prince[1]

The Dagger of Time is an artifact and weapon linked to the Sands of Time.

Official Description[]

"More than a weapon, the Dagger of Time is the only container besides the Hourglass that is strong enough to hold the Sands of Time. Whoever wields the Dagger is granted the power to control Time, by using up the Sands within."
—Instructional Manual[2]


Main article: Time Powers#The Sands of Time

The Dagger of Time enables the wielder to reverse and slow time, release a sand blast that will damage or kill nearby enemies based on how much you charge it and use various other time-related powers.[3] The mechanism used to activate the Dagger is a blue and gold accented button located in the center of the Dagger's hilt. It, like the Medallion and Staff of Time, protects its wielder from the effects of the Sands of Time. Doubling as a weapon, the Dagger of Time is the only weapon that can harm and recapture Sand Creatures.

The biggest consequence to using the Dagger of Time is the very manipulation of time itself. Unlike those without an artifact or using other artifacts, the wielder of the Dagger of Time remembers the original and altered timeline of their world once the Dagger of Time is used. [3]

Even when they are not in possession of the Dagger of Time, they visibly realize when someone else is using the powers of the Dagger. As a result of tampering with the natural order of time, those who release the Sands of Time and use the Dagger of Time may be visited by the Dahaka, a guardian of the timeline meant to safeguard the intended order of time.[4]

When used to channel Kaileena's power, The Dagger also has the ability to imbue the wielder, and those around him/her with the essence of the Sands of Time, granting them a portion of their power. This results in the wielder gaining a number of incredible abilities, such as enhanced strength, enhanced speed, levitation, sunakinesis (control of sand), infusion of The Sands, telekinesis, immobilization, energy blasts, teleportation, aerokinesis (control of wind), and even, immortality as seen with Vizier/Zurvan. However, the cost of this is considerable distortion of the wielder's body, mutating them into a grotesque form, imbued with the sand's essence. This also can result in progressive distortion of the wielder's mind, altering their perception of things and clouding their judgement. This mental corruption can vastly compromise the senses, making it difficult for the wielder to discern reality from their thoughts. Furthermore, if not properly channeled, the essence of The Sands will slowly drain the life from the wielder's body unless they continue to absorb more of The Sands. However, The Dagger seems capable of counteracting these effects, and even purging the essence of The Sands.[5]



According to the Vizier, the Dagger of Time and many of the other artifacts accompanying it came from the Island of Time.[5] It is largely assumed that all artifacts of time were created by Kaileena. The Dagger's reason for being is never revealed. Prior to the events of The Sands of Time, it and the Hourglass of Time were taken from the Island of Time by the Maharajah and his Vizier. A "spoil of war", the Dagger was placed on an altar in the heart of his treasure vault.

The Sands of Time[]

The Maharajah's Vizier betrayed him to the Persians in order to claim the Dagger and Hourglass for himself. However, the Prince was the first to enter the treasure vault and claimed the Dagger for his own. The Vizier could do nothing, as Shahraman refused to take his son's prize. When Persians presented the Sands to the Sultan of Azad, the Vizier manipulated the Prince into releasing the Sands, preying on his sense of pride.

When the Sands are released, the Dagger protects the Prince from being transformed into a Sand Creature. He later used the dagger to trigger the "Grand Rewind" and return the Sands to the Hourglass. Time was reversed to the point before his father's army attacked India, but he maintained possession of the Dagger regardless. He returned the Dagger to the Maharajah's daughter, Princess Farah and asked her to "guard it well".

Warrior Within[]

Prior to the Prince's tampering with time, the Dagger was presumably still in the safekeeping of Farah in India. When he traveled into the past prior to the events that led to the Dagger's discovery by the Maharajah, the Dagger may have been lost somewhere on the Island where it would be found by the Maharajah later.

The Two Thrones[]

Because of the Prince's efforts on the Island of Time, history was changed, and the Vizier was never killed. Motivated by dreams he "received" from the Dagger, the Vizier killed the Maharajah and stole the Dagger for his own. After conquering India and Babylon, he then killed Kaileena with the Dagger. Recreating the Sands of Time, he absorbs them into the dagger and stabs himself with the Dagger. Through its power, the Vizier finally realized his dream : to become immortal.

The Prince reclaims the discarded Dagger afterwards, and uses it to defeat the transformed Vizier, stabbing him in the chest. With the Vizier dead, he returns the Dagger back to the spirit of Kaileena. She then departs from their world with Dagger to prevent anyone else from using its powers.


  • According to the instructional manual for the The Sands of Time, only people carrying Artifacts of Time are able to avoid being transformed into Sand Creatures.
  • The Dagger's length is increased in The Two Thrones and its capacity decreased.
  • In The Two Thrones, the Dagger easily pierces sand monster's skin and armor.
  • The Dagger of Time appears as a usable weapon in the first episode of the Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Legacy of the First Blade, called the "Edge of Time". It is awarded upon defeating the episode's main villain, Pactyas the Huntsman".


The Sands of Time[]


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