Assassin's Creed III

Assassin's Creed III Trophies
Head in the Cloud
Find all pivots and sync the Animus to the Cloud.

Note - This trophy requires an Internet connection, due to the pivots being linked to and controlled by the Ubisoft servers. As a result they will spawn in random locations which will be different for everyone.

You must complete the main story and all of the epilogue missions before you can attempt this trophy. After completing the game, a new option will appear on your menu called "Animus Syncing". This is an additional challenge or mini-game in which you have to locate items known as "Pivots". There are total of 12 Pivots to find. Please note that Pivots do not have set positions and will appear at random. In addition a new Pivot will appear every 15 minutes (in-game time).

Each time you find one, a small message will appear in the top right hand corner of the screen saying Animus Hack Unlocked. Once you have collected all of the pivots, go into the menu and click Pivots Info. The trophy will unlock after the animated log feature on the menu has finished loading.

Unfortunately, many users have been experiencing problems with getting the pivots to appear, and therefore this trophy can be considered glitched. However, there does appear to be a workaround, which has been discovered by ferryjan.

See the video guide below, for further clarification of what is required for this trophy.


Credit to SupermanSajam

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User Comments
 Comment #1 by blackhawk
Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 05:56:57 AM

Okay I got all the pivots and I am synced with the cloud..But I am not getting this trophy?? Did I miss something or do something wrong? Help please.

 Comment #2 by Im567
Saturday, November 03, 2012 @ 03:09:16 PM

Is it all 12 pivots? I didn't understand the feature so much :S

 Comment #3 by erdvilla
Saturday, November 03, 2012 @ 11:16:18 PM

This trophy depends on the servers, so if the servers aren't fully functional you can't find any pivot at all in single player, not even if you disconnect because the game will ask for connection to allow you to check the pivots.

 Comment #4 by erdvilla
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 12:10:07 AM

Yup, I just checked, the server service linked to the single player is messed up currently, I tried checking the leaderboards and got the same "!" symbol with a tiny dot moving around it that I also get on the Pivots map, and it never loads the boards so it is linked to servers, and yes, it is messed up currently.

 Comment #5 by gibbeynator
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 09:22:48 AM

What? Can someone explain what this is, please? Spoiler free, if possible.

 Comment #6 by erdvilla
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:56:19 AM


Once you have completed story mode you'll get a mini tutorial on how to use the pivots to find the rest, this depends on the servers even if it is a single player feature, so if the servers give you trouble like in my case you won't be able to get this trophy until a fix comes out.

 Comment #7 by RemingtonInk
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 05:51:47 PM

Place pivots on the map (go to the map by SELECT -> Left trigger: up, right, down, right).
The next pivot is in the green area.
Narrow the green area down by adding more pivots WITHIN the green area (the map will automatically calculate which pivots to use).
So the more pivots you have, the easier the search becomes.

 Comment #8 by blackhawk
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 01:22:27 AM

UPDATE: I got my trophy turns on you can not activate them till after you get them all, If you are like me and use them before you collect all 12 simply shut down your system, Turn in back on and go to the pivot info in the menu and it should re-sync you to the cloud and you shall have your trophy

 Comment #9 by Pryoticus
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 03:38:18 AM

I read the tutorial and tried it out but I still don't get how the pivots work. Someone should definitely make a video tutorial

 Comment #10 by BB1234
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 03:18:39 PM

i finally find LAST Pivot .... it is the last pivot in New York but i have a problem to reach :
Please help

 Comment #11 by KingMomo
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 08:06:57 PM

You just have to use the pivots they give you after the pivot tutorial and place them to determine the location of other pivots. There's no real way to explain it you'll just have to practice a little but it's not that complicated.

 Comment #12 by XxTheMigthyRoy
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 04:55:22 AM

I don't understand this trophie at all, what to do with al those pivots...?

 Comment #13 by Kojiro-uchiha
Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 06:09:16 PM

I have the same problem as #1 and nothing i do will make it resync. I think my game is stuck that way. I'll tweet UbisoftUK on monday and try to find out what can be done.

 Comment #14 by erdvilla
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 09:38:18 AM

My last trophy for the Platinum, but it still doesn't work, can't plant or find any pivot as the servers won't link to my single player game, so well... nothing else but to wait for a fix from Ubisoft.

 Comment #15 by erdvilla
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 12:46:46 PM



 Comment #16 by ericje69
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 04:03:23 PM

@#5 - if you place 3 pivots on a map (NY, Boston or Frontier), you will get a green search area, the pivot you need to find is within that search area, you need to scout the area and look for a rectangular icon, that is the pivot. Place additional pivots to narrow down the search area :) goodluck

 Comment #17 by puckelberry
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 @ 04:19:53 AM

once you have all the pivots you need to go back to animus synching and check your pivots you will hear a voice over talking about synching to the cloud then the trophy appears

 Comment #18 by ccw0100
Thursday, November 15, 2012 @ 11:09:06 AM

is the cloud anything specific? like does it do anything for you?

 Comment #19 by M3notu
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 01:34:46 AM

Ohk so, once all the pivots are mine, what do i do as far as this cloud thing go's?, Me JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!

 Comment #20 by acridweasel
Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 09:14:11 AM

Once you have collected all the pivots, hit SELECT to go into the map screen.
Go up to ANIMUS SYNCHING, go right into PIVOTS INFO and then go right again.
A small window should appear, showing the Animus synching to the cloud and a man's voice celebrating (as puckelberry said at #17).
The trophy should pop and all that is left is to use the hacks - bear in mind that trophies are disabled and you cannot save while they are active.

 Comment #21 by BlarKedi
Sunday, November 18, 2012 @ 10:52:21 PM

I found all pivots, my link is sync to the cloud, but my trophy didn't popped ):, what´s wrong? I can't re-sync either

 Comment #22 by elland
Thursday, November 22, 2012 @ 04:22:45 AM

I found pivot LOTA from Boston but I can't collect it?! It just disappears when I move close.

 Comment #23 by colan33
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 12:42:02 AM

#21 Read the above topics? It hopefully will pop-up some day!
8) I have the same issue.
Once i figured out how the "search" worked this was easy.

 Comment #24 by PS3 KILLER
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 01:16:46 PM

how can you earn this tophy?
please heeeeeeelp

 Comment #25 by johnswiliams
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 05:04:37 PM

its work you must have under 50 friends

 Comment #26 by PS3 KILLER
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 02:24:23 PM

FUCK FUCK FUCK it sucks you must delete friends :(

 Comment #27 by elland
Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 06:08:17 AM

You can get this trophy without deleting friends. I had "!" symbol a few days and then it just disappeared.

 Comment #28 by hawaiihappysauce
Friday, November 30, 2012 @ 01:12:02 AM


Check to see if glitches are activated, these block trophies. Simply remove glitches, turn off game, then enter the game again

 Comment #29 by scuppanet
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 07:21:24 AM

DON'T need to DELETE FRIENDS! That's a rubbish rumour that's gathered too much pace. However, I did coincidentally delete ONE friend off my list and the first new pivot did appear about one minute of gameplay later so there might be (might be) some relevance in that. I had 65 friends in my list, deleted one (64 left) and ALL the pivots started to randomly appear so please please don't delete heaps of your friends as that seems to be bad advise and as I've witnessed personally... not necessary!



 Comment #30 by Tedon
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 10:53:18 AM

Does anyone else has the problem that one pivot in NY can't be reached?
It's placed in a chase-break through a house.
If anyone has the answer, please tell it, it's the last one I need.

 Comment #31 by jib
Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 02:49:43 PM

#30, the pivots change every 15 minutes.

 Comment #32 by Tedon
Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 03:25:08 PM

No, they don't.
My pivots are 3 weeks the same.
Is there a way to change the pivots then?

 Comment #33 by Gova54
Sunday, December 16, 2012 @ 08:50:08 PM

This trophy seems very confusing. Is it glitched? 7/10

 Comment #34 by kbalon52
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 11:00:50 PM

Is te term glitched getting thrown around to hastily these days?

 Comment #35 by LordPegasusSigma
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 02:42:07 PM

PIVOT GLITCH (patch 1.03) - how to solve it

Collecting all the pivots was impossible for me: I couldn't collect the very first one in Boston to unlock a hack. The pivot just disappeared but no hack has been unlocked. After using a quick travel station the same pivot reappeared - same problem. In addition, I couldn't remove any set pivots.

I've reinstalled the game, downloaded patch 1.03 and the UBISOFT passport again: Same problem.

Finally, I found a solution for the problem:

a) You have to be signed out of the PSN

b) Delete the game data (not the save files)

c) Reinstall the game by starting your disc

d) Since you've deleted your game data, you have deleted your 100KB UBISOFT passport key as well. So you will be asked to play with or without it. Choose "

 Comment #36 by LordPegasusSigma
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 02:44:48 PM

"Play W I T H O U T UBISOFT passport"

e) Go to the pivot menu and press the triangle button to connect to PSN and UBISOFT servers at the same time

f) Now you will be forced to download the latest patch - click "YES" (by choosing "No" you can't get access to the UBISOFT server)

That's it - including myself we are four players with the same problem and all problems have been solved exactly this way. As long as you play WITHOUT your UBISOFT passport the pivot mini-game works properly. From this point you are able to remove set pivots (X button) and you will get a hack for the first pivot in the north-east part of Boston (this one is on a house with horses next to it).

Last but not least - as soon as you got your trophy (takes about 30 minutes if you use travel points

 Comment #37 by LordPegasusSigma
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 02:46:54 PM

leave the game: Go to the PSN shop ("My downloads") and get your UBISOFT passport key back for free.

There's no need to delete any friends on your friend list to solve the problem: The problem is the UBISOFT passport key.

 Comment #38 by MJSnake
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 12:02:23 PM

I'm extremely stucked in this. Ive tried LordPegasusSigma method, but... I can't delete the Ubisoft passport key from my main account. I've tried deleting the installation, deleting the Uplay account (target to a different account), even the save files (previous backup), but Ubisoft passport key is still working.
I've even desactivate my PS3 in order to cancel the Ubisoft passport key, wherever it's installed, but it's still working O_O.

Btw, Ubisoft passport key doesn't work on my others accounts, but in my main does. Why is this happening to me? T_T. This is probably the strange glitch I've ever faced.

 Comment #39 by Critzn
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 04:09:32 AM

Hi guys really need some help with this, last trophie missing to plat.
So I got all 12 and it says synced with cloud(I head the voice and stuff) hacks where on and it still saved that part some how, this was about a week ago and I been doing clean up since then so PS been on and off a couple times. Trophie still hasn't popped, will deleting game and game data then re installing work i.e let me re sync or what else can I do?

 Comment #40 by LordPegasusSigma
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 02:34:44 PM

@Critzn: As soon as you hear the "cloud conversation" as you did, the pivot mini-game is over and the trophy should pop. Since it didn't I'd suggest to visit the official UBISOFT forum here - in addition to the community, official UBISOFT employees are reading/posting there as well:

AC Community Technical Help and Advice Forum

@MJSnake: sorry to hear that, this is really strange O.O - maybe it helps if you post your entry here:

 Comment #41 by MJSnake
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 03:55:06 PM

LordPegasusSigma, done ;-). Thanks for your help, which I'm sure it will help many people, but not me yet :(.

Everyone I know it's solving this problem soon or later, except me. I'll wait until Marth 2013 for any official solution, and if there is no one by there, I'll delete friends and I'll promise to NEVER buy any Ubisoft product nearly the released date, nor if it has a single glitch.
This game (and AC3 Liberation) are glitches festivals, a shame for AC fans.

 Comment #42 by kbalon52
Monday, January 14, 2013 @ 03:47:18 PM

I got this with no problems whatsoever. Am I in the minority of people that didn't have any problems? I'll assume so and that the trophy has no "glitch" since most glitches are a result of user error

 Comment #43 by nivlac96
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 @ 08:08:24 AM

ACtually I had the same problem and what I did was
1. I reset the ability of the pivots (as in I turned all of them off)
2. I just restarted the game and synced the pivots again and got the trophy :D

 Comment #44 by Spinellz89
Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 07:51:47 PM

i dont understand

 Comment #45 by planetdoom1
Sunday, June 02, 2013 @ 10:24:30 PM


I deleted game data, then re-installed the game. but when I try to play single player it comes up with "Load Failed. A required downloadable content is missing."

what do I do? :(

 Comment #46 by LB415
Sunday, June 16, 2013 @ 07:28:46 AM

There will be day when you will remember the titans Lmao!

 Comment #47 by Fodder73
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 11:45:45 AM

I deleted the instalations for all my Ubisoft games, but it still doesn't work.

 Comment #48 by Aboelsas
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 02:06:44 PM

okay guys i was not able to pick up or plant any pivots although i am connected to the internet and they are all available to use what i had to do to access them and pick them up with Triangle was i had to delete almost half of my friend list i have about 80 but i read that u need to half less than 49-44 for you to play and react to the pivots surprisingly it did work but right now i am pissed off because of such lame glitch from Ubisoft seriously WTF

 Comment #49 by YBlueberryY
Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 11:00:55 AM

Only one more to go! :)

 Comment #50 by YBlueberryY
Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 11:16:57 AM


 Comment #51 by ZeRoBaha
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 @ 03:18:56 AM

One of the last trophies I need before I start the multiplayer grind... :(

 Comment #52 by iRager
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 @ 05:33:56 AM

This trophy was way easier for me than what everyone made it out to be, it seemed as though the pivots were spawning less than 15 minutes apart cause it took me just over an hour to achieve. Im assuming the next pivot spawns as soon as you find the current one that was scanned.

 Comment #53 by orangeskull2568
Friday, July 04, 2014 @ 08:16:40 AM

heh, 2 years later and still get exclamation mark intead of pivots

 Comment #54 by Reactman7
Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 07:18:26 PM

So there is a simple solution to get this trophy . If for some reason your map says 0 pivots to plant and 0 pivots to find,like mine did, simply press the ps button while still in game and scroll to account management and press triangle - choose to sign out and then sign back in, go back to the game and it will ask you to reconnect into ubisoft servers. Do that and the pivot points WILL pop up on your map!

 Comment #55 by reckscollie
Monday, February 09, 2015 @ 12:42:26 AM

my last pivot is inside the building in Boston. :(
i need help! tried to log out and log in restart game delete game data still not resetting pivot location. :(

 Comment #56 by Funkinhouser
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 03:38:34 AM

Fucking game!

 Comment #57 by UnReAL
Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ 06:46:38 PM

No matter what I try to do with my internet connection it tells me "Ubisoft server is not available". I wonder if this is because I started doing this a few years ago after the game came out and never finished the pivots. It really SUCKS to have to play through the entire game again to try and make these damn pivots work, but I'm afraid this might be my only option.

 Comment #58 by xTHExPATRIOTx
Sunday, June 28, 2015 @ 07:35:34 PM

Me too, no matter what I can't seem to connect to the Ubisoft servers, I hope they will fix this soon.

 Comment #59 by johnmgd
Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 12:46:44 AM

Finally got this, I was getting the server not available bullshit and messed with it for about 2 hours and got it to work again. What finally fixed it was I logged into using my laptop (create an account if you haven't already), go to account information, click the lower "account information" tab, scroll down to PSN linked account and unlink it. Now on the PS3, go to Game Data Utility and delete AC3 game data (NOT save data). Start the game and let it update and install, select "Play without uplay passport", then at the main menu select uplay at the bottom, if it launches successfully your pivots should work! It worked for me, good luck!

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Game Info
Ubisoft Montreal


US October 30, 2012
Europe October 31, 2012
Japan November 15, 2012

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
Online Players : 2-8
ESRB: Mature
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