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Hail of Glass achievement in Thief

Hail of Glass

Shoot a bottle in mid-air with an arrow

Hail of Glass0
08 April 2014 - 3 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle Player

How to unlock the Hail of Glass achievement

  • Maka91Maka911,149,616
    25 Feb 2014 26 Feb 2014
    69 0 13
    This achievement can be unlocked extremely early in the game.

    You will need to play up until you have the box, and have picked up a bottle. Now find an open area without enemies, arm the bottle, and then save the game. If you miss, you can "Load Last Save" from the menu, and you will be put in the exact same spot.

    Note: This achievement can be easier after upgrading your character, increasing his bow skills, and bottle carrying capacity, so keep that in mind if you are stuggling.

    Now that you are set up, aim directly up, press the trigger to throw the bottle, press the trigger again to take out your bow, and then aim for the bottle and use the trigger once again to shoot the bottle. It is easiest to hit the bottle as it is falling and directly in front you, although it still is a trial and error process. Video below:

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    TNelson1995used an explosive bolt worked first try.
    Posted by TNelson1995 on 15 May 15 at 22:55
    angelskMaka, your guides are awesome. Thanks for helping me get this!
    Posted by angelsk on 18 May 16 at 19:49
    SONofGIANTS610Man the load times in this game SUCK, awesome guide it helped out a lot!
    Posted by SONofGIANTS610 on 12 May 18 at 01:53
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  • xWaZZySsiKnEsSxxWaZZySsiKnEsSx190,287
    06 Mar 2014 06 Mar 2014 19 Mar 2014
    23 0 6
    I found this easiest by setting up the broad blunt arrow to quick select on the right dpad, with the bottle in your hand and looking straight up, save the game. When you throw the bottle into the air turn a little to the right,very slightly, while simultaneuosly pressing right on the dpad to draw out the broad blunt arrow and just barely draw the arrow and release. As previously stated it is trial and error which is my recommendation to save the game while looking up with the bottle in hand, I tried over and over just throwing and shooting but I was noticing my arrow was going left 95% of my shots. However if you turn slightly while drawing and pulling the bow, you should have a better chance of hitting the bottle. Do not change the angle in which you are looking just the angle to which you shoot the arrow. Good luck!

    If you are still having trouble with the achievement you could always spend a couple focus points on the marksman ability as this will slow everything down around you while the bottle is in the air, although if you're going for the no focus play through this method would have to wait until the last chapter, but the achievement is extremely easy this way, just push Y, throw the bottle, and fire away. You should be able to fully draw the arrow and release it in time to hit the bottle, althoughI would still recommend using the blunt arrow for the surface area factor. All credit for this method goes to DeutschZuid.
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    deutschZuidThanks. I was a little confused by that :). Anyway... you should definitely include what the above me said about the Marksman focus ability. It slows down everything around you when you draw the bow, making this achievement a cakewalk.
    Posted by deutschZuid on 19 Mar 14 at 01:05
    ChooseMyFateIts about a quarter turn to the right.. If anyone wanted a more specific. Great guide tho. Would have stood there straight the whole time otherwise ;)
    Posted by ChooseMyFate on 24 Aug 14 at 07:34
    destinee ehgcIt's not just the marksman focus ability that slows the world down, it's the speed upgrade in conjunction with it. Tried it with just marksman and got nowhere. Bought the speed ugprades and slow mo occurred.
    Posted by destinee ehgc on 03 Nov 14 at 09:09
  • L0k0hL0k0h368,038
    27 Feb 2014 27 Feb 2014
    6 2 2
    Video-guide of Thief to get the achievement/trophy Hail of Glass. For this, once finished the 1st chapter and you get to the city save the game (just in case) and throw a bottle in the air to shoot it.

    In this video I talk in Spanish but I can be understood just watching it.
    I hope it's usefull, and If anyone vote negative I'd like to know the reason so I can improve in my future videos.
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    buschleagueSimply upgrade the focus marksman ability. Use it before throwing the bottle and you can empty a quiver before it falls.
    Posted by buschleague on 17 Mar 14 at 03:54
    AllgorhythmAll 3 guides are great & I gave them all a thumbs up. When I first got the achievement, I quick pulled RT to throw the bottle upwards, D pad rt to switch to rope arrows (slightly better targeting & target reticule), charge RT while using RS to adjust targeting (as xWaZZySsiKnEsSx points out you tend to miss to the left--more on this later), & release RT to fire. I had just spent over 200 hours on Two Worlds playing it multiple times with the bow as my main wpn. The buttons RT, D pad, RS were used the same way so this was not difficult for me.

    However, when I saw your video, I realized your technique was much more elegant. You press RT and turn to the left more than 90 degrees. This has the effect of making the bottle's trajectory more vertical than if you throw it straight above you without repositioning. This eliminates the requirement to use RS. Also, because targeting is less important, you don't have to worry about which arrows to use. When you're out of bottles, RT immediately switches to the bow and defaults to the sharp arrow if you have any.

    In summary, once your are in position by turning to the left while holding RT, the button sequence is as follows:

    Release RT, press & release RT.

    The timing is the only hard part of your technique. You have to release RT just before the bottle enters the targeting reticule. Very elegant solution. Using it, I am successful about one out of three times playing on Master Difficulty with no focus. Some of the misses are due to my missing the timing. Most, however, are due to the inaccuracy of the weapon since you do not have time to charge the bow. On Master Difficulty, the bow is very inaccurate when not fully charged.
    Posted by Allgorhythm on 23 Mar 14 at 16:12
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