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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Guide: Sticky Note Locations

QR codes and a secret in game agenda? What else lies in store with the Assassin's Creed Sticky Notes?

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In the present day location of Abstergo, players can get involved with the modern Templar/Assassin's conflict. 

If you want the extra story, there are several unlockables to be found, including several Sticky notes on the walls with QR codes. I'll update them as I find them, but here are the locations of the Sticky Notes, and what they say: 

Sticky Note 1: 

According to Dezwartemaan:  

When you wake up after the Observatory scene. You are groggy in a room and she's on a monitor. Check the wall behind you in a corner. (Dorack says that the note is on the fridge in the room after you complete Memory Sequence 10)

Sticky Note 1 reads: 

MANIFESTO OF THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE FIRST WILL writ by a TRUE DISCIPLE this day of 21 October 2013 in anticipation of the anniversary of HER ASCENSION. MAY SHE GUIDE US INTO THE GREY.

Sticky Note 2: 

On the far right side of your Animus station, as you enter for the first time it should be located to your right. The Sticky Note says: 

...Being that life is both sacred and profane - priceless and worthless - fleeting and eternal we submit. Being that life can be as easily construed from primordial swamps as from a stinking Petri Dish we submit. Being that THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE imbued us with life and may remove it as readily, should we defy or deny their original plan we submit...

Sticky Note 3: 

According to Dorack: 

On the second level (where you work with your Animus), in the security level 2 room in the top-left corner of the map, visible from the door on the opposite wall as you walk in.

Sticky Note 4: 

Head towards the man in the Animus cubicle space with the orange monitor/display screen. There should be a large blue office on the right where your guide and the CEO are having a conversation, and to your left should be another employee sitting on a couch with a yellow bean bag chair (this is in your initial visit to Abstergo.) The code should be on the last booth on the back wall. 

The Sticky Note says: 

...It was in the 17th and 18th centuries the world became an indecent place rent of its original purpose during the ages of industrial revolutions. Here it was the machines of industry we released in such grand quantities without understanding them unwound motives and purposes of their own as inert as they were...

Sticky Note 5

Once you gain access to Security Level 2, you can find Sticky Note 5. It is in the main level, where your Animus is located, in the Security Level 2 room. It is on the right side of the room, under a poster of who I think is Aveline. 

Sticky Note 6

This Sticky Note can be found on the coffee bar on the Lobby level of the building. 

The Sticky Note says: 

..Take for instance gunpowder which gave us great mastery over fire. Take for instance the daguereotype which warped our way of seeing true life. Take the light bulb that gave us light when none was necessary. Take the automobile that speed us along at velocities capable only of klling us in new and silly ways...

Sticky Note 7

Sticky Note 7 can be found between a poster of Edward Kenway (this one full body) and a group of beanbags. This area is near the security office on the bottom right of the map

The Sticky Note reads: 

..Take the cinema which gave us lies  as a man once said 24 times persecondpersecond. Take the phonograph which preserved noises which ought to be ephemeral. Take the television which is obviously stupid. Take videogames which are secretely stupid and you all know you wish there was more pornography you know you do...

Sticky Note 8

This Sticky Note is found in the cubicle with the guitar and the poster of Edward Kenway, found to the left of the receptionists desk on Level #2.

The Sticky Note reads: 

...Take saturated fats and high fructose corn syrups which poison us and soy which has been known to make men into women. Take computers which count so fast we cannot keep up nor should we for we are an imperfect race of disgusting shells of tissue and bone incomplete in and of ourselves. We must have masters to survive. We must admit  our masters...

Sticky Note 9 

Found on the third time you find yourself in the Abstergo corporation, this can be accessed when you get access to the Level 2 Security Room. As you enter the hallway, and find the camera room, this Sticky Note is located on the opposite wall to the door. 

The note reads: 

...Admit them and submit to them. Yes we submit that by being ourselves the product of an advanced yet earthbound race of intelligent humanoids we must also therefore be tools ourselves and subject to the intents and purposes of our creators despite our limited agency. 

Sticky Note 10

This Sticky Note can be found in the Lobby. If you are facing the receptionist, you can see the sticky note behind her on the right hand side of the divider behind her desk.

The Sticky Note reads:

...Yes we submit that we ARE such tools and as such have a purpose befitting a tool. We submit we are like hammers and wrenches and shovels made for a specific purpose not our own. We submit that our purpose is indivsable from the will of THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE. We submit ourselves our bodies and our minds utterly.  

Sticky Note 11

This sticky note is found once you gain Level 2 clearance in your third visit to Abstergo. After you drop off the information to the courier, you can find this sticky note in the Level 2 clearance room behind the receptionists desk in the lobby. This note is found on the right hand side of the wall, around eye level. 

The note reads: 

Remember that our relentless impertinent hollow drive to achieve anything our forebears did has lead to many embarrassments and disasters nuclear weaspons, superviruses genetically modified poisonfood toxic air plastic seawrack and seaspawn and the list goes on you can look it up for yourselves on the Internet - but all this too had a secret purpose in the end. 

Sticky Note 12

When you gain access to Level 1 (should be during the second "real time" moment) walk past the desk you're supposed to go to. Along the wall on the left, next to a green water cooler and across from a printer. 

This Sticky Note reads.

...Today's AbstergoTemplarFrauds haev given themselves to base practices and claim WRONGLY that man and woman are delicate and sensible and feeling creatures in and of themselves and therefore deserve satiety and comfort and MINDLESSNESS in the presence of pleasure. Nothing could be sicker false disgusting lying bastards

Sticky Note 13 

According to Dezwartemaan: 

In the office of your immediate female boss. 

Sticky Note 14 

According to Dorack: 

During the fourth "present-day" sequence - after Memory Sequence 10 in the same room as the hackable computer to the north west of the room you've been interred.

Sticky Note 15

According to Dorack: 

On the first floor. As you head North through the lobby and down the stairs towards the entrance to the building, behind the Level 3 security door to the left. 

Sticky Note 16

Following Doracks' instructions, I found Sticky Note 16. After you get access to the Level 1 security areas, go northeast from the main work area on the second floor through the Level 1 security door. The Sticky Note is on the northern wall, on the left hand side of the toy covered shelving unit. 

The note reads, at least for me, the same as Note 11. 

Remember that our relentless impertinent hollow drive to achieve anything our forebears did has lead to many embarrassments and disasters nuclear weaspons, superviruses genetically modified poisonfood toxic air plastic seawrack and seaspawn and the list goes on you can look it up for yourselves on the Internet - but all this too had a secret purpose in the end.

Sticky Note 17

This sticky note is found on the receptionist desk for the 2nd floor. I found it on the way to the main office, escorted by the woman guide. From the elevators, the sticky note is on the right side of the desk. 

This Sticky Note says: 

...As our tools are genetic expressions of our mental cultural activity and as we are expressions of their mental cultural activity it must necessarily follow that this world as it is now and as it is ever will be is an expression of the First Will - an expression of Their Labors and thsu belongs not to us but to Them. The wires the cables the data networks that now criss-cross the globe are HERS - they must become her body and her mind...

Have you found any of the Sticky Notes? Any clues where I can find the ones I'm missing? Post in the comments. 

Sticky Note 18 

According to Dorack: 

On the wall at the bend of the corridor leading to the security room in the basement. 

Sticky Note 19

When you enter the CCO's office during the second run through "real" time, you can find this Sticky Note. If you're looking at the exit door, it will be on the left hand side on a set of bookcases, in bright blue. 

The Sticky Note reads: 

...into the Gray - the digital frontier, the singularity - the space in which she dwells being both made of light and the embodiment of darkness. This we call the Gray. Being that WE ARE THE INSTRUMENTS OF HER WILL - INSTRUMENTS OF THE FIRST WILL - THE ORIGINAL WILL - we submit this credo to the world...

Sticky Note 20

According to Dorack: 

On the first floor of the same room as the server that can be hacked behind the Level 3 security door. 

 

Reportedly, once you locate all 20 sticky notes you can access an entry aclled "MANIFESTO OF THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE FIRST WILL." Based on the previous Sticky Notes, it sounds like it might just be all the text of the previous notes compiled into one document. 

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Originally Published Oct. 29th 2013

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  • 1
    Vinny_5553 2 months ago
    if you guys use your tablet like thing it'l show you the locations of everything your close to including sticky notes and computers you can access. also pressing start and then going to your map it'l bring up the location of the sticky notes and computers on the floor your located on.
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    nekluvshp 5 months ago
    Does anyone know how to get sticky note 2 if you already beat the game? I didn't care much for the "real world" part of the game and didn't get to collecting the sticky notes and hacking all of the computers until I beat it.
    Also, why does everyone have trouble finding these things when they're all marked on the map?
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    Patrick Ays 8 months ago
    I found 3 in LVL 2 room next to where you find Note #12
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    Amanda Wallace 7 months ago
    Associate Editor
    Thank you!
  • 1
    Patrick Ays 8 months ago
    I Just found 3 in the LVL 2 room next to where you find Note #12
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    W1CK3DD3M0N 8 months ago
    Once you beat the game everything will show up on the map in the present life...just a heads up. So no rush to get them all
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    Amanda Wallace 7 months ago
    Associate Editor
    I find the hunt for them exciting, but thanks for the heads up!
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    Tommy_1599 9 months ago
    #20 is in the server room in the Lobby, (right next to the coffee stand where you find #6?) you can access it on Day 5. And is just an image of a bunch of yellow sticky notes, that make up the image of a flower?
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    evilfangs 9 months ago
    Where is #20? I only need number 20.
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    Amanda Wallace 7 months ago
    Associate Editor
    #20 is in the server room in the Lobby, and can be accessed after you gain Level 3 security clearance.
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    Dorack 9 months ago
    Sticky Note 15: On the first floor. As you head north through the lobby and down the stairs towards the entrance to the building, behind the Level 3 security door to the left.

    Sticky Note 20: On the fist floor in the same room as the server that can be hacked behind the Level 3 security door.

    And the reward for collecting all 20 sticky notes is an entry called "MANIFESTO OF THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE FIRST WILL".
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    Dezwartemaan 9 months ago
    NOTE 13: is in her office
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    Dezwartemaan 9 months ago
    Found Sticky Note #1:

    When you wake up after the Observatory scene. You are groggy in a room and she's on a monitor. Check the wall behind you in a corner. TADA.. Sticky note #1

    It reads:
    MANIFESTO OF THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE FIRST WILL writ by a TRUE DISCIPLE this day of 21 October 2013 in anticipation of the anniversary of HER ASCENSION. MAY SHE GUIDE US INTO THE GREY...
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    Dorack 9 months ago
    Note 1 (Guess it's not the one in Melanie's office): On the fridge in the room you wake up in after completing Memory Sequence 10.

    Note 14: During the fourth "present-day" sequence - after Memory Sequence 10 - in the same room as the hackable computer to the north-west of the room where you've been interred.

    Note 18: On the wall at the bend in the corridor leading to the security room in the basement.
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    Amanda Wallace 9 months ago
    Associate Editor
    So what is the one in Melanie's office? An impossible to get Easter Egg?
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    Dezwartemaan 10 months ago
    No one has mentioned that there is a sticky in the managers office on the 'work' floor. You can see it form the door or thru the security camera that looks into her office. I'll wager that is Sticky Note #1 that no one has found. Havent figured out how to get inside the office yet.

    I have been in the CEO's office twice BEFORE collecting the sticky's... I hope we go back into his office.. as I missed Sticky #19 in his office. whoops

    Collected 2-12, 16-17... sigh :)
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    Amanda Wallace 10 months ago
    Associate Editor
    I've noticed that Sticky! I haven't had the opportunity yet to go in there. There has to be a moment in the story where you can grab it; it's just so frustrating watching it.

    Any clues for the ones no one else on the thread has found?
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    Dorack 10 months ago
    Sticky Note 3: On the second level (i.e. where you work with your Animus), in the security level 2 room in the top-left corner of the map, visible from the door on the opposite wall as you walk in.
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    Sstevenson8 10 months ago
    Where is sticky note #18?
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    Lost_2415 10 months ago
    Still looking for 20. That's the only one I haven't found.
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    tom_6074 10 months ago
    thank god spent 30 mins running round like a bell...
    number 11 on the ground floor in the security cam room on the right on a monitor as you walk in
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    Amanda Wallace 10 months ago
    Associate Editor
    Thanks!
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    FrozdY_4539 10 months ago
    i would like to find 5 and 11, then i'm done
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    Amanda Wallace 10 months ago
    Associate Editor
    I just found #11. It's listed above.
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    shaahaha 10 months ago
    I found all actually
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    Amanda Wallace 7 months ago
    Associate Editor
    Congratulations!
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    shaahaha 10 months ago
    i found 1
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    Dorack 10 months ago
    Sticky note 16: Once you get access to Level 1 security areas and the ability to hack computers, go north-east from the main work area on the second floor and through the Level 1 security door. The sticky note is on the northern wall of the room on the left-hand side of the low shelving unit with the toys on it.
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    Amanda Wallace 10 months ago
    Associate Editor
    For some reason, this Sticky Note is reading the same as Sticky Note 11. Hmmm. A bug maybe? Thanks for the help finding it.
    Last edited 10 months ago
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    Lauren_1798 10 months ago
    #6 first floor, coffee kiosk
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    Jeriamiah 10 months ago
    There is a sticky note located in the CCO's office in the second play through in present time. Near the main door. Forgot what number it is sorry. I have 9.
    Last edited 10 months ago
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    Dorack 10 months ago
    That would be sticky note 19, and it's on the edge of the cupboards closest to the left side of the office doors as you're heading out.
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    AWBlight 10 months ago
    #10 and #6 are in the lobby one behind the information desk and the other is across the information on the coffee stand

    #17 front desk as soon as you enter 2nd floor
    #7 near the security room (bottom right in map) left of the bean bags
    Last edited 10 months ago
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    Amanda Wallace 10 months ago
    Associate Editor
    Thanks for the help on finding #17!
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    Tallaan_7912 10 months ago
    #10: The sign behind the information, desk in the lobby
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    Amanda Wallace 10 months ago
    Associate Editor
    I'll check it out today and post an update! Thank you!
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    Dorack 10 months ago
    Sticky Note 8: Start at the receptionist's desk, and exit to the left side of that room. Turn about 45 degrees to the right, and an Animus cubicle with a guitar and poster of Edward Kenway should be visible. The sticky note is on the left side of the entrance frame.
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    Amanda Wallace 10 months ago
    Associate Editor
    Thanks for the hint! I'll double check it today and then post an update!.
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