Pacifist achievement in Deus Ex: Human Revolution


Complete Deus Ex: Human Revolution without anyone dying by your hand. (Boss fights don't count.)

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How to unlock the Pacifist achievement

  • SauceyMGeeSauceyMGee174,383
    12 Sep 2011 12 Sep 2011 22 Oct 2012
    21 9 25
    This is for people that are struggling to get this to unlock despite playing a completely non-lethal play through. I took me 3x!

    On my first play through I played on "give me deus ex" and tried to go for both pacifist and foxiest of the hounds. I killed nobody and to my surprise, pacifist didn't pop -- foxiest did though. Went through another play through being very careful of the glitched kills making sure I only saw z's after taking down an enemy. I also made sure after moving any enemies they were still alive. After completing the final boss, to my surprise, it didn't pop again. So on my 3rd play through I deciding to make it a complete speed run and play on the easiest setting. I finished it in 5 hours and 30 minutes.

    Here's what I did:

    To start off -- I deleted all my saves via the Xbox memory setting on the dashboard.

    I took down only 1 person in the whole game and that was Zeke Sanders when trying to access Sandoval. I used the stun gun and made sure he was alive still and did not move him.

    I did 0 side quests.

    I did NOT save Malik.

    I talked to both Sarif and Taggard before the final boss fight.

    During the boss fight I didn't worry about the crazies, so they could've been electrocuted for all I know.

    Finally it popped!!! On a side note, I loved the game and had a good time trying to see how fast I could finish it! Also, I know this sounds a bit paranoid but on my third time attempting it I wanted to take zero chances!

    Edit: I just want to put it out there that this isn't necessarily a guide, just my experience and statagy on how I successfully unlocked the achievement.

    Edit 2: It's brought to my attention that if the crazies die during the boss fight it does indeed count. Maybe I just got lucky and none died or maybe I did it fast enough they didn't have a chance? Not sure, but as others have said make sure they are not dead. You can try to reload if they do and hopefully it will pop for you. Thanks to the people or telling me to add this in.

    This is what Callem x360a did if you want to give it a try -

    "I tried the last battle again, this time making sure to takedown all 6 targets and EMP the 2 Bots and the achievement unlocked.

    That leads me to believe that, unlike the rest of the game, if the turrets kill the crazies in the final battle, the game counts them as YOUR kills."

    Thanks for the info Callum.

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    Styles PluralFor those playing the Director's Cut Edition like myself, I was able to unlock this one during my New Game+ playthrough. So it isn't glitched like some may have purported.
    Posted by Styles Plural on 06 Dec 21 at 15:38
    VOODOO85Frustrated with this one now. Played through first time years ago but never bothered with achievements or anything and have now come to clean the game up and get 1000G

    First play through (seconds technically), i went through the game without killing anyone but got other achievements like 50 takedowns etc but made sure to have no kills (checked for Zzzz's etc) and foxiest popped but not pacifist

    Played through again on hardest setting and this time i decided i would not take any enemies down at all. Not a single takedown - lethal or otherwise so never had to check for Zzzz's etc. Didn't even take down Zeke Sanders when getting to Sandovals hideout as mentioned by OP and the achievement didn't pop at the end

    I've replayed the final boss fight and was quick enough entering code and jumping onto the hiding spot that the 6 crazies dont even leave their little corridor. Then shot the final boss with stun gun but no pop

    Not sure what more i can do. I know without a shadow of doubt that i never shot or knocked anyone down. The only times i shot my stun gun were on Yelena boss fight and then one shot on the final boss

    EDIT: played through a 3rd time, playing the exact same way as my 2nd time through but this time i did perform a knockdown on Zeke (making sure of Zzzz's) and i also used a Laser Rifle on the final boss and killed her from where you're stood at the start of the fight (so didn't enter code into panel or anything) and it finally popped
    Posted by VOODOO85 on 16 Mar at 20:48
    The GlobalizerSo the crazies in the final boss fight do not count as your kills if they are killed by the electric floor. Watched it happen, confirmed dead, Pacifist popped after the boss fight.
    Posted by The Globalizer on 18 Jun at 00:40
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  • jlsBanditjlsBandit86,412
    20 Jan 2013 20 Jan 2013
    6 0 1
    Just thought I'd share my experience. I played the game through without killing anyone and destroying any robots. I only killed the bosses at the end of the levels.

    When I completed the last boss I had killed the women in the pods and a couple of the guards. The achievement did NOT pop.

    I went back and just replayed the last boss again but this time leaving the women in the pods and guards alone and only going after Zhao.

    The achievement popped straight away. I know it says bosses don't count but I think the guards and/or the women in the pods DO. As this is the only boss fight with 'others' I think the Pacifist achievement strictly interprets this.

    As the only thing I did differently was not kill these on my second play through then I think I can be quite certain of this.
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    Dejected SantaTHANK YOU!!!

    I was so sad thinking I would have to replay the whole game again to unlock this achievement. Replayed this boss battle and the achievement unlocked. smile
    Posted by Dejected Santa on 27 Apr 15 at 16:13
  • FJMatlockFJMatlock234,805
    11 Sep 2011 16 Sep 2011
    12 6 5
    None of the glitched kills (the Zzzz turning to a skull) affect the achievement. If you knock them out with a non-lethal weapon, it counts. However if they fall off a building or something like that they will die it and it will count against you.

    You can do all the side quests you want, as long as you don't kill anyone during them.

    You CAN save Malik if you want, just be sure to neutralize all guards non-lethally. There's a video on YouTube showing it. Even still, if she dies it doesn't count because YOU don't kill her. Remember the achievement specifically states "die by your hand". If they don't die at your hand, it doesn't affect it.

    Stick primarily with non-lethal takedowns. Ammo in the game is limited and if you rely too much on the Tranq Rifle, Stun Gun, and PEPS (only non-lethal guns in the game) you're going to run out of ammo.

    If you can avoid a guard(s), do so. If not, use the non-lethal takedown. Failing that, use the Stun Gun/Tranq. PEPS isn't recommended in most cases because it draws attention. It's useful for doing side quests without killing anyone.

    Your first augmention should be cloaking. Max it out. Reflex Booster is a great idea to. Mostly everything else outside of Chemical Rebreather and the Leg Augments have a use. Get the Typhoon if you want to in order to make boss fights easier.

    Oh and Gas Grenades are the most helpful. Especially in Tai Young Medical after you get locked out of Zhao's room. Just toss one gas grenade at the group of guards and most if not all of them will go down easily.
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    Mr GranstaffThanks, Duke, for pointing that out and the confirmation. I reloaded the same save file about ten times because it happened to me - I shot a Double T member with the tranquilizer gun and when I went to search him, he had a skull icon each time.
    Posted by Mr Granstaff on 26 Sep 13 at 13:25
    Mr GranstaffTo the author of this solution, it may warrant rewording. I understood what you're trying to say, but I had to reread it several times to make sure I knew what you were meaning to say (pointing at the first paragraph).
    Posted by Mr Granstaff on 26 Sep 13 at 13:27
    ParadoxReal8A tai Yong employee just have a skull be side his head. I was really worried cause I knew I only stunned him. I hope everything will be good for the achievement.
    Posted by ParadoxReal8 on 03 May 16 at 02:51
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