I've tried everything (I think) and searched and searched, but I can't seem to figure out how to hold an enemy as meatbag when the red coats (or other enemies) start firing at me.

The simple on screen tutorial-text asked me to hold A in the beginning (I think) - this came up only for a few seconds and I was distracted at that time, I barley started to read the line when it disappeared and I didn't think much of it.. though, it's coming back to haunt me now.

I'm in the middle of a combat, making short work of my enemies - until a bunch of them decide to shoot me from afar. I've tried tapping A, pressing and holding it, double tapping it, pressing it with other buttons etc.. but I just stand there and get hit by the bullets. The only way to escape once I get hit is by running away.. Sometimes I hide behind people or trees but most times that doesn't work.

So - How do I meatbag my enemies please?


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The only way I've noticed it works for me is when I have a enemy that you can usually counter with B, and then hit X to do an assassination kill.

When the other guards are about to fire, and you are near one of the easy guards that I described above, look at the HUD on the bottom right, at certain times you will see the A button show different text for you to grab someone for a shield.

  • Oh, so it only works with the lowest ranking enemies?!.. Thank you!
    – iamserious
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 13:18
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    It might work on the mid to high ranking enemies as well, however I've only had success with the low ones. Also, you should get the hang of it after 4 - 5 times, and then you won't have to look at the HUD when you need to take cover. :)
    – leety
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 13:22
  • The enemy you attempt to use as a meat bag must be low enough range where they won't attempt to counter you. if you are near such an enemy, all you have to do is press A while guards with guns are starting to fire ( yellow warning ). You can also press Y if they are very close to prevent them from shooting you ( single guard ).
    – Ramhound
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 19:45
  • The different text, and the in-game term that is displayed, is "Human Shield". Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 21:28
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    Hi, I went back and tried for a bit.. Once I got the hang of it, it was surprisingly easy! thanks so much for your help, it was driving me nuts! Also, I can confirm that you can use not only the enemies with muskets as meatbags, but also those brutes with beards and skirts with huge axe, and the tall hair-hat guys with guns who heads the group (the one who you can't kill with B and X) and also captains. I wish there was a wiki page describing different enemy types somewhere!
    – iamserious
    Commented Nov 8, 2012 at 11:20

What I have noticed, release the Right Trigger. This keeps you from jumping to the side. So when you see them aiming, simply release the trigger and tap A when near an enemy. I hope this answers your question.


You can press a when they shoot you, but a foe should be near by you to use him as a human shield.

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