ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at Creators.co
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Marcus O'Shea

It's not been long since the release of Dishonored 2, the sequel to smash-hit stealth FPS Dishonored. The sequel, which takes place over a decade after the original, features awesome new powers, improved graphics, a new playable character and improved gameplay, as well as tons of new challenges. One of the toughest challenges in is the 'Clean Hands' achievement, which is awarded for completing the game without killing anyone. It's no mean feat, but luckily we're here to you.

Top Tips For Getting The 'Dishonored 2' Clean Hands Achievement

Getting through the challenges of Dishonored 2 without killing a single enemy is a tough ask, especially when the game gives you so many fun ways to ruin your shot at getting the achievement. If you're really serious about going cruelty free though, we've got our top tips to help you along.

1. Hard Save At The Start Of Each Level

Tip 1A. Avoid doing this sort of thing [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
Tip 1A. Avoid doing this sort of thing [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]

There's no mission select screen and no option to start a level anew in Dishonored 2, so creating a hard save at the beginning of your current mission is a must. If something goes wrong, you'll only have to repeat some content, rather than the entire game.

2. Play As Either Corvo Or Emily, They Each Have Unique Powers

It's possible to get the Clean Hands achievement with both protagonists, but each has different powers granted to them by the outsider.

Corvo's 'Blink' can be upgraded to pause time, helping him avoid conflict, and the 'Possession' ability can take guards off their patrol routes for a swift take down.

Emily can use 'Domino' to tie the fates of multiple targets together, meaning that if you knock out one they'll all go down together. She also has access to Shadow Walk, which allows her to stay out of sight when on ground level.

Find out which character suits your playstyle best to ensure that this trophy becomes more attainable.

3. Check Your Progress At The End Of Each Level

The end cards displayed at the conclusion of each mission give a clear indication of how you're performing, allowing you to see how much progress you're making towards your ultimate objective.

The mission end screen is a good way to check your progress with gameplay related achievements. [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
The mission end screen is a good way to check your progress with gameplay related achievements. [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]

You'll want to make sure that you haven't accidentally killed someone or some idiot fell off a cliff while you weren't looking.

4. Check Your Progress Mid-Mission

If you're feeling a little paranoid mid-mission, you can check your kill total in the stat screen. Make sure it's zero! Keep checking that progress, people!

5. Got To Stay High, All The Time

The increased verticality is a welcome addition to Dishonored 2 and crucial when avoiding the gaze of enemy patrols. Finding ways to navigate the rooftops will often present you with less guarded pathways.

'Dishonored 2' [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
'Dishonored 2' [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]

6. Let The Bodies Hit The Floor (Gently)

Knocking someone out won't kill them, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll survive long enough to wake up.

You're responsible for what happens to them in this state, so if they're drowned, killed or consumed by bloodflies, it's on you. If you knock out a guard on the water's edge, make sure you grab the body and move them some place safe.

Creating a giant sleepover though, totally acceptable.

Knocked out enemies are vulnerable, make sure they don't get hurt! [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
Knocked out enemies are vulnerable, make sure they don't get hurt! [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]

7. Only Fight Enemies You Need To

They say discretion is the better part of valor. The less enemies you knock out, the less you have to worry about causing accidental casualties. It's a lot easier to only clear out enemies that get in your way, rather than clearing the entire area—less room for error too.

8. Know Which Enemies You Can Kill

Whilst the definition of the achievement states you need to complete the game without killing, there are a few enemies that can be dispatched without wracking up your kill count.

Clockwork soldiers, blood flies, rats, fish, wolfhounds and blood briars can be dispatched without affecting the odds of you getting the achievement. Let loose on 'em!

Rewired Clockwork soldiers will eventually self-destruct, but any kills they accrue in that time are on you! [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]
Rewired Clockwork soldiers will eventually self-destruct, but any kills they accrue in that time are on you! [Credit: Bethesda Softworks]

9. Consider Going For "Clean Hands" On A Second Playthrough

This isn't really a tip on how to get the Clean Hands achievement, but rather get the most out of Dishonored 2. Since there are so many different ways to play the game and tackle each scenario, you'll get a lot more enjoyment out of the game if your first run is the way you want to play, not the way that unlocks optional achievements.

Are you enjoying Dishonored 2? What tips do you use for a non-lethal playthrough?

Originally written by Chris Leonhardt

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