Sleight of Hand achievement in Thief

Sleight of Hand

Pick 100 pockets in a single playthrough

Sleight of Hand+0.1
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How to unlock the Sleight of Hand achievement

  • ShutTheCakeHoleShutTheCakeHole426,993
    02 Mar 2014 02 Mar 2014 15 Aug 2014
    26 0 12
    Very simply put - pick pocket the guards with pouches on them. You can tell they have a pouch (sometimes more than one) by using focus to see that there would be a darker blue-ish tint around their belt area. Good thing to note is the guards in the city will refresh their pouches as you finish chapters and client jobs (the metal man and the carnie).

    If you are thorough and pick pocket everything you see multiple times (take your time in the city, explore) you should have this achievement by Chapter 5.

    For the running total of pick pockets, xWaZZySsiKnEsSx says ...
    ...go to the screen where the first option is "objectives" and select the player progress option, from there you can cycle through all missions with RB/LB and hit the "overall" progress screen where it shows total pickpockets...

    ADDITIONAL NOTE: All picket pockets count whether it is in the story or in the city. There is a running total on the 'Objectives' screen for city, story, side, and total.

    To answer the question of multiple packs on one guard (sometimes up to three on a person) - does it count for each pack or just the person being pick pocketed? It counts for each looted pack. If a guard has three packs on them, it is three separate pick pockets.

    dainja rass adds... After chapter 8 you are given an option to continue exploring the City (pressing A) . It's what I did so I could go looking for collectibles and stuff , and noticed my overall pickpocket counter was still going up .

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    ShutTheCakeHoleExcellent! I will add the comment to the solution! Thanks :D
    Posted by ShutTheCakeHole on 15 Aug 14 at 17:53
    KingJamerscoreIs this absolutely confirmed to work at you finish the game and are just exploring the city? My counter says I'm over 100 pick pockets already, but no achievement. I'll be so mad if I have to re-do everything just to get this...
    Posted by KingJamerscore on 06 Mar 15 at 13:57
    ShutTheCakeHoleIf you are over a 100, it should have popped already. I do not remember is there is an overall and a separate counter for current game. Keep going around the city until it pops, if you are worried. I received mine very early in the game because I was redoing the city and chapters.
    Posted by ShutTheCakeHole on 06 Mar 15 at 19:23
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  • MagnumZeroMagnumZero430,197
    16 Mar 2014 18 Mar 2014 08 May 2014
    14 0 2
    If you think finding pockets to pick throughout the city when they're relatively sparse in number to begin with is a pain in the rear, You'll like this method I figured out that got me this achievement much faster.

    This occurs later in the game so don't push yourself to pick pockets until this if you don't feel it's safe enough at the time. I had gotten through chapter 6 and went to Vittori for his last mission, "Sideshow Attraction". I don't know when exactly you can first access this mission, but you will need to finish his first two before this one is available.
    Edit - According to comments below, this mission is available as soon as after completing chapter 5.

    When I first started this, I had maybe 40 some total pockets picked. It took me only another four replays to complete this achievement. Add about three more replays if you don't have any at all. That's a little better than an hour depending on how quickly you complete the level.

    I noticed almost every guard had multiple pockets to pick in this mission. I ended up with a total of 16 pockets picked and the mission only took a little over 10 mins to complete. I can confirm that replaying missions/jobs, while it does reset the count for that job until completed again, it adds to the overall stat.

    The accompanying video shows you exactly how I go about getting through this mission undetected, finding all the loot(only 18), and completing another challenge as well.

    You'll see in the video at the end my total stat is well above 100 now thanks to this.

    Video will be available shortly. Youtube is processing the final edit.
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    Nod NolanThis worked perfectly for me, thanks. Got up to 100 in minimal time. I managed to get Vittori to give me the mission after I'd completed chapter 6.
    Posted by Nod Nolan on 15 Apr 14 at 14:50
    LizardKingv666The last Mission for Vittori should be available after completing chapter 5.
    Posted by LizardKingv666 on 08 May 14 at 08:39
  • H2O PsyH2O Psy401,567
    03 Mar 2014 03 Mar 2014 03 Mar 2014
    8 0 1
    There are two ways to this acheivement

    Stealth or Force

    Stealth Method

    Use focus to see if the target got a pouch (its around their waist). sneak close to them and hold X to pick pocket them.

    Force Method

    Use your blackjack and force them into kneeling, usally you would just finish them off by holding X but instead be fast and go around their back and hold X to pick their pockets before they stand up again, when you have taken all their loot then finish them off.

    This can be done on guards in the city and on any chapter or job. Even after you complete the game you can still go for the acheivment.
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    Calex dEUSGood tip there about using the blackjack, I didn't think to do that. Missed a fair few by not realising this so now I can get them whether I'm busted or not :D
    Posted by Calex dEUS on 06 Mar 14 at 12:03
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