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Hitman: Absolution

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Jack of All Trades in Hitman: Absolution

Jack of All Trades92 (30)

Collect all play styles

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Achievement Guide for Jack of All Trades

Crimson Ridley
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Crimson Ridley
Achievement won on 21 Nov 12
TA Score for this game: 1,800
Posted on 21 November 12 at 20:05, Edited on 29 December 13 at 23:04
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To view your play styles, on the main menu, go to Unlocks > Playstyles. You'll find a list of 20 different styles that need to be unlocked. You will be given clues as to how you are to accomplish these tasks. Screw the clues, just look here;

All of these should unlock after 5 kills, but some may take a few more. Civilians can be used for many of these styles. Note that you cannot make any progress towards achievements, and play styles in the prologue mission - A Personal Contract. Please try not to do anything you don't need to in the Prologue, as you may not unlock the achievement. EDIT: It seems that some people can, but some people still find that they can't unlock styles in this mission.

Two great levels for completing styles are Hunter and Hunted - Chinese New Year and Welcome to Hope.

All of these styles have been completed on Professional - Hard. You can complete all styles on Easy though, so if you're having any difficulty, feel free to drop the difficulty down a notch.

The game is supposed to give you a notification at the top of the screen, to inform you about completing a play style. Unfortunately, this notification doesn't always appear. If you feel you have completed a play style, drop back to the main menu and check the play styles menu, as it may have unlocked.

A few people would like to see an at-a-glance list of the levels where you can unlock multiple play styles. Of course, you can unlock play styles in different missions, but this is a list of the missions the tips correspond to (missions listed in alphabetical order):

Attack of the Saints - Cornfield
Pitcher, Spook
Birdie's Gift
Gunslinger, Tank
Dexter's Industries - Factory Compound
Jinx, Maestro
Hunter and Hunted - Chinese New Year
Brutus, Dynamite Harry, Dynasty Warrior, Jinx, Undertaker
King of Chinatown
Bank Robber, Berserker, Brutus, Dynamite Harry, Piano Man
Rosewood - Orphanage Halls
Needle Pumper
Run For Your Life - Shangri-La
Reaper Man
Streets of Hope
Jinx, Maestro, Spook
Terminus - Upper Floors
Piano Man, Sandman
Welcome to Hope
Bartender, Champion, Glass Cannon, Viking

(Note; This is now completed, but I'm open to alternative strategies as I'm only going off of what I found to be the simplest methods in the earlier levels.)

Needle Pumper - Get kills with a syringe. Load up Rosewood - Orphanage Halls, and proceed to the lab (there is a fuse in here). Pick up the syringe on the desk on the far side and start killing enemies with them. I used the X button kill, but you can also unlock it by throwing it. It took me 6 kills to unlock this.

Undertaker - You need to hide bodies, dead or alive. I loaded up Hunter and Hunted - Chinese New Year to accomplish this task. I took out the guy who is threatening the store owner, the cop who comes to investigate and the store owner himself. I dumped 2 bodies in the bin, and 1 in the hole. I then took out the guy who is buying the information from the police, the cop he is with, and the cop upstairs. I then dumped the 3 of them and the playstyle unlocked.

Piano Man - You need kills with the fibre wire. Load up any level where you have your fibre wire (The King of Chinatown or Terminus are good), and kill as many people as you can silently.

Reaper Man - Kill targets with point-shooting. I couldn't get this to work until I loaded up Run For Your Life - Shangri-La. I stole a gun from an officer, then proceeded to walk through the building, point-shooting every officer I ran into. It took me 7 kills to unlock it. This appears to be quite buggy.

Sandman - You need to subdue enemies. You can accomplish this on any level, though Terminus - Upper Floors is a good one. When you exit the lift (elevator), head left and around the corridors until you find a radio, and a laundry chute next to it. Grab the radio, and place it near the corner (the corner is the one with the guy stood in front of a window). Turn on the radio and move away from it, so the guy will come to investigate. Let him turn it off and then subdue him and drop him down the chute. Keep switching the radio back on and repeat this process 4 more times (you may need to move the radio to the opposite corner).

Dynasty Warrior - Get kills with a katana. Your first experience with a katana is in Hunter and Hunted - Chinese New Year. It is located next to the tattoo shop. Grab it and start hacking away at the fleshy things that are trying to run away. The tattoo shop is located up the back right of the level from where you start. If you take a left and continue down till you go down the first set stairs (Not including the stairs you have to go down at the start of the level) then take a right, you will find the shop just past one of the food stalls. If you know the alley with the milk float type thing parked (The one you can rig to the electricity) the stall is just at the entrance to there. (Directions from Slaverty.)

Dynamite Harry. You need to blow people up with explosives. Load up The King Of Chinatown and grab the explosives next to the King's car. Drop the explosives near a group of guards, and detonate. Alternatively, load Hunter and Hunted - Chinese New Year and grab the explosives from the room that the target goes to buy information.

Gunslinger - Another rather buggy one. You need to kill enemies with a revolver. The best place for this is Birdie's Gift. When you start, turn around and walk to the door. On your left is a Mustang Snub. Take this and find somewhere to cover (I went through the vent in the Duck Shooting Range, so that I take out everyone in the shooting range. Now shoot up the place. I had to do this 4 times, with a mixture of head shots and body shots for this to finally unlock mid-battle.

Bartender - You need to hit people in the face with a bottle. Load up Welcome to Hope (you will be using this level for a few styles), and grab a bottle. Start a barfight, and then walk through hitting people with a bottle (don't throw it, just press X next to people).

Champion - Same as bartender, but just press X while you have nothing equipped.

Berserker - You need to kill people with an axe or tomahawk. Load Welcome to Hope, start the fight and make your way up to the bartender. Don't talk to him, just go to the left of the bar and grab the tomahawk from the dartboard. Now go to town on the people in the bar. They will return fire, so you will need to be quick. If you would like a few less bullet-holes in your suit, load up The King of Chinatown and find the axe towards the back of the level (need confirmation of exact location), and start killing civilians.

Brutus - Kill people with knives. Load Hunter and Hunted - Chinese New Year (or The King of Chinatown) and grab a knife from one of the market stalls (I grabbed the one in front of the tattoo shop (where the target asks the owner to come with him). Now, make like Jason and stab everyone up.

Viking - Kill people with clubs or bats. Load Welcome to Hope, walk into the restroom and grab the baseball bat from the stall on the left. Start the bar fight and smack the crap out of some people with the bat.

Tank - Load up any level on Professional and get yourself in hot water. Birdie's Gift has many gun-toting fools that will gladly rip you apart.

Pitcher - You need to achieve 5 thrown kills without causing any alerts. A good mission to do this is Attack of the Saints - Cornfield.
There is a knife right at the beginning to take, and if you get the scarecrow outfit, you can stand in the corn fields and they will walk right by you as long as you're not moving. This made Pitcher super easy as you can throw the knife at the ones who get spread out far enough so nobody is alerted. (Credit to Gackt.)

Spook - You need to get kills silenty with a silenced pistol. Load up a level where you have your Silverballers (Shaving Lenny - Streets of Hope for instance), and isolate some people. Then go up behind them and press X to Eliminate them with a shot to the back. Slaverty (in the comments) mentioned that he could only unlock it when he had 1 Silverballer equipped, and not the double Silverballers. Another note from CaMmY95 mentions he killed about 7 people and it didn't work, so he went upstairs in the donut shop and then activated the checkpoint, reloaded straight away and it unlocked. Try it if your style won't unlock.
Alternate strategy, from ChubbySweetHead: I found Spook better on the Attack of the Saints - Cornfield level. Just make sure that you get the scarecrow outfit at the start . I picked off the first 3 people in the level (1 by the car the other 2 in the field to the left of the car) and it unlocked, job done.

Jinx - Perform 2 accident kills in one level. You can get a few accident kills in Hunter and Hunted - Chinese New Year or Shaving Lenny - Streets of Hope. I need to find out if you can reload a checkpoint and get the same accident kill.
Alternate strategy, from Santar0s: Dexter Industries - Factory Compound checkpoint. Walk up the stairs and out the cave and follow the guard you can garrote him when he stops to pee. then sneak over to the bridge and push two guards without being spotted. I was in a guard uniform so I can confirm that you do not need to be in the suit.

Maestro - You need to expend a clip of your sniper rifle, earning only head shots and without reloading your weapon. As I haven't unlocked the last mission, I loaded Shaving Lenny - Streets of Hope. I grabbed a bottle from behind me, opened the door to the doughnut shop and threw the bottle in the doorway. This makes the guard move from the stairs, so you can go up and grab the sniper rifle. Now, find a good vantage point (upstairs of the convenience store or even the alley you start in are good places) looking towards the garage. The will 3 police officers and your target there (if he isn't, wait for him to be). Kill all of those and then the police officer who will run at you from the store. Precision head shots are helpful, as they slow the targets down.
Alternate strategy, from Wreax: Great spot for Maestro. Worked first time for me. Use level select and choose Dexter Industries - Factory Compound. Soon as you start, head in the only direction you can. There's a guard ahead who will walk away. Pick up the sniper rifle next to him and shoot him. The rest can be got from the guards on the bridge who stand still for long enough periods so it's pretty hard to miss. Use the wooden stairs on the right from the rifle for a better vantage point.

Glass Cannon - Shotgun kills. Load up Welcome to Hope, start the fight, walk into the restroom, enter the vent and grab the shotgun from the shelf. Walk out and open fire on some unlucky people. If you are having trouble with it, try getting the kills in a very short space of time.
Alternate strategy, from Slaverty: Also, with glass canon, if you double back through the vent once you have the shotgun, take cover on the right cubicles standing up, aim out over the swing doors and blast as many folk in the head with the first shot, this unlocked it in one shot for me.

Bank Robber - Take Human Shields. Load up The King of Chinatown and walk to an area where there isn't a guard presence, and draw your weapons. Get behind people and press A to take them as a human shield. Press X to then knock them out and repeat on other people.
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