The hands of a Thief achievement in Assassin's Creed

The hands of a Thief

Pickpocket 200 throwing knives.

The hands of a Thief0
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How to unlock the The hands of a Thief achievement

  • HonestHeuristicHonestHeuristic49,049
    08 Oct 2009 16 Nov 2009
    124 0 14
    I have checked! You do not need to throw your knives. In other words, you can just walk around stealing and it will count even when it says 'you have collected maximum number of knives'

    Th best place to do this is along the routes despots take because the designers put a shit load of thugs there to make it harder for you. just walk along the route and pick pocket 40 times, no throwing needed.

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    TonyG408Confirm Still works on Xbox X/S December 3, 2020
    Posted by TonyG408 on 03 Dec 20 at 17:37
    Baby SheamusStill works as of December 27, 2020, was playing via backwards compatibility on the Xbox One S
    Posted by Baby Sheamus on 28 Dec 20 at 08:10
    AcR x RenegadeThought I'd add an update that this still works as of 7th feb 2021 on backwards compatible xbox one X
    Posted by AcR x Renegade on 07 Feb at 12:34
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  • The GlobalizerThe Globalizer1,396,175
    01 May 2009 28 Oct 2009 15 Jul 2011
    86 0 2
    Pickpocketing is a basic concept in the game, and will come up throughout the story, particularly if you play through all of the investigation missions. To pickpocket, you lock onto your target with LT, follow behind them as they walk, and hold B while you get close. Be careful not to attempt a pickpocket when the target is standing still; they seem to be much better at detecting you, compared to when they are moving.

    To get throwing knives, you have to pickpocket the big burly guys with the leather pouches on their back. Each time you pickpocket, you will receive 5 knives, unless you cannot carry any more, where you will receive the max you can carry. (You start being able to carry 5 knives, but later can carry more.) This means that at best, you have to pickpocket 40 times, but as a practical matter, you will probably do this more often.

    I use throwing knives most often in two scenarios:

    * Traveling over rooftops, killing guards (archers) on other buildings;
    * Killing the first guard when starting a Save the Citizen free mission.

    I ran through this achievement pretty fast in the ordinary course of the game, particularly when I started my flag hunt and spent a lot of time on rooftops. Obviously, this and "Eagle's Eye" work together rather well, though you will get "Eagle's Eye" long before you get "The hands of a Thief".
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    Lozzy DentonGlobalizer, ignore that last comment, we are doing a bit of testing.
    Posted by Lozzy Denton on 11 Jan 10 at 22:20
    TheBoxyBearProblem is I can't lock on to thugs to pickpocket
    Posted by TheBoxyBear on 07 May at 03:41
  • Pateman31Pateman3124,124
    28 Apr 2010 28 Apr 2010
    76 0 0
    The best place to do this is at a large stair set at the very bottom of the Rich District of Acre. It was literally one pickpocket after another and maybe a 3 second time difference between pickpockets. Also I got this achievement WITHOUT getting rid of ANY knifes whatsoever. So the achievement is indeed do-able without ridding yourself of them first.
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