Clean Hands achievement in Dishonored Definitive Edition

Clean Hands

Complete the game without killing anyone

Clean Hands+1.3
3 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMissable

How to unlock the Clean Hands achievement

  • Sigma 3815Sigma 3815210,755
    21 Sep 2015 28 Oct 2015
    27 0 8
    I recommend trying to get this achievement while also going for the Ghost Achievement. This should also coincide with the Poetic Justice achievement and the Just Dark Enough achievement. After each level, the box at the bottom of the Mission Summary screen should be checked where it says that no one was killed. The "Hostiles Killed" and "Civilians Killed" should also read 0 at the Mission Summary screen.

    Beware of accidental deaths. This is most likely to occur in Mission 7, where some enemies are near the edges of large heights. Incapacitating them could result in them just falling off and dying, which could void the achievement. A good way to counter this is to pay attention where enemies land, move bodies, and saving often.

    During my Ghost/ Clean Hands playthrough, I did not actively look for collectibles and skipped most of the side quests, such as the Granny Rags side missions. The only side missions you should do are ones that are directly involved in using the nonlethal means of eliminating the targets. The fewer interactions you have, the smaller your chances are of having anyone die by your hand.

    Since you will not be killing anyone, all targets must be eliminated by indirect (nonlethal) means. All potential lethal interactions should be avoided also. This includes all of the following actions:

    Mission 2:
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    Mission 3:
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    Mission 5:
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    Mission 6:
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    Mission 7:
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    Mission 8:
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    Mission 9:
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    The only means of taking out enemies (besides targets) were a standard nonlethal takedown (holding cn_RB) and sleep darts from the crossbow.

    I did not expect this guide to be this long when I started it, but this should give you a general idea of what is needed for this achievement. If you have any questions regarding this achievement, leave a comment or PM me.

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    My Oni HopeStarted a new playthrough, only did the non lethal options for every target, stricly used only sleep darts or choked people unconscious. Every mission has a stats page and each and every one has the mark checked for "Didn't kill anyone". The achievement is still locked for some reason.
    Posted by My Oni Hope on 22 Apr 20 at 07:24
    Gh0stivanI've played through the game three times now and this achievement hasn't popped. Every mission had a tick on "kill no-one" and "never detected" but it still hasn't popped.
    Posted by Gh0stivan on 12 Aug 20 at 11:28
    Jakinator178Does anyone happen to know if Gutter Feast voids this?
    Posted by Jakinator178 on 22 Dec 20 at 00:30
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  • TomaShevskyNLTomaShevskyNL283,586
    18 Feb 2016 18 Feb 2016 19 Feb 2016
    5 0 2
    The following solution will give you 5 achievements (Ghost, Shadow, Clean Hands, Just Dark Enough and Mostly Flesh and Steel) worth 260 GS. During the playthrough you will get some other achievements as well but you will find out when doing so.
    During my second playthrough I made a huge mistake but only found out when I finished the game for the second time.
    I had to do it a third time. That made me to make this solution so it will save you a lot of time.

    The youtube link will give you a perfect guideline on how to go through all the levels undetected and without any kills and only using Blink.
    All credits go to Red Dragon who is responsible for this perfect walkthrough.
    In his videos he only does the main objectives so you don't have trouble of "Granny Rags". I read a lot of comments about Granny Rags on the internet and the trouble she gives of not killing and staying undetected but in this walkthrough this problem won't be there.

    To get all these achievements you have to do it in one playthrough, no mission select option.
    Off course you can save during the playthrough and I recommend to do that quite often.

    There was just one big issue for me wich let me made another playthrough so keep this in mind when you get to the following point.
    Between mission 2 (High Overseer Campbell) and mission 3 you'll be asked to go in to the sewer to check what's going on.
    Now take your Sleep Dart Crossbow and go in to the sewers.
    Once you see the 2 weepers sleep dart them. If you kill them it will not give you the achievement at the end of the game.
    Also be aware that when you sleep dart them they don't fall in the water because that still count as a kill.....!
    During the missions when you have to choke somebody be aware to lay him on a save spot so the rats cannot eat him and not on a roof of wich they can fell of. I also lay them on the ground with X instead of throwing with RT just to be sure you don't send them to the here after by throwing them.

    Last thing I would like to mention is that if you are going for the Mostly Flesh and Steel achievement as well, don't upgrade Blink because when you, do you will not get the achievement.

    With this in mind you can follow the link bellow to get all these achievements.

    If you vote negative please let me know why so I can adjust this solution.

    If I made some grammar mistakes just keep in mind I'm dutch smile

    Good luck !

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    FullMoonBeaverFollowed this guide, yet I never unlocked Ghost, Shadow or Clean Hands. I checked the mission results screen at the end of each level, and I was credited as such. Had exactly the same issue when I played this on 360 on my old profile. Same 3 achievements didn't unlock, but I tried 4 times back on 360 to no avail. Not sure if I can muster up the patience again.

    Otherwise great guide and a thumbs up from me.
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 22 Nov 16 at 13:37
    TomaShevskyNLSorry to hear it didn't work for you. If I remembered well you have to do it in a playtrough and not mission select. Assuming you did it in a playtrough it's strange the achievements didn't unlock...facepalm
    Posted by TomaShevskyNL on 26 Nov 16 at 09:30
  • Capta1n0bvious3Capta1n0bvious3388,201
    16 Dec 2016 06 Jan 2017
    0 0 0
    The guide I'm posting will not only get you Ghost, it will get you completing the game in Low Chaos, NO kills at all, no upgrades at all and not alerting anyone.
    Make sure the 2 boxes are ticked off at the end of each mission.
    Save often in multiple save locations and make a save at the beginning of each level in case you don't get the boxes checked.
    Also make sure you do everything as he does. In the second mission I think, I accidentally talked to the wrong person triggering a side quest, and when I failed that, it triggered an alarm so I had to redo the mission. It's at the very start of the mission before Samuel takes you to the city. If a girl talks to you at the top of the stairs, load the last checkpoint. ( actually there is a way to do it this way, but it's not covered in the video)
    Posting the first video, the rest are in the side bar. He goes through the game really fast and I liked his commentary, you may not.

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