Dishonored Trophies
Poetic Justice
You neutralized all key targets using indirect means


During several of the missions you will be given the option to neutralize your main target through non-lethal means. Doing so is required for completing the Clean Hands trophy, as well as achieving a low chaos rating. There are a total of four main targets that are to be eliminated via non-lethal means to earn this trophy, so please refer to the spoiler for walkthroughs on how to eliminate those targets.

  • High Overseer Campbell - Sometime in this mission you will have to free someone chained in a courtyard. Once you do, climb to the top of the fence behind him that is bordering the castle. At the top of the fence you will overhear a conversation between two guards, that will trigger the objective for a non-lethal elimination. Continue the mission and locate Campbell, at which point you must knock him out (via sleep dart or choke). Pick up his body and make your way to the torture chamber, where the branding item is located in a nearby room. Use the item to brand High Overseer Campbell with the Heretic’s Mark, which will complete the objective.
  • The Pendleton Twins - this one is rather easy as it is tied directly with Slackjaw’s missions. Find and speak to Slackjaw during mission three and complete both tasks he will give you. Doing so will automatically take care of the Pendleton Twins via non-lethal means. Refer to the “Street Conspiracy” trophy for a walkthrough of each of Slackjaw’s missions.
  • Lady Boyle - Talk to the guests of the party to learn which Boyle is wearing which colored dress. Explore the rooms further until you come across Lady Boyle’s lover. Speak to him in private and he will inform you that he knows of your mission, and proposes to you that if you bring Lady Boyle to the cellar alive, rather than assassinating her, he will make her disappear. He will identify exactly which Boyle is ‘Lady Boyle’. Once you have her marked speak to her to the point where she will lead you upstairs to a bed. Now choke Lady Boyle, pick up her body and travel to the bottom of the stairs you just came up. If you come across any guards use Bend Time to get by them. Take an immediate right when you enter the kitchen, and follow the path to a switch that opens a gate to the cellar. Carry her body into the cellar to find her lover on a boat, who will then take her from you.
  • Lord Regent, Hiram Burrows - Upon arriving at the tower Samuel will inform you about the broadcast tower that all of the propaganda is aired on, opening up an optional mission to travel to it and investigate.
    After making your way through the heavily guarded yard you will finally reach the mansion. If you entered through the frontmost method you will find yourself in the main lobby. Once you do use Blink to ascend the chandeliers and sneak into the Lord Regent’s chamber. You will see a safe to your right; the combination is 935. Open it and take out Lord Regent’s confession audiograph.
    Exit through the balcony and Blink towards the left hallway. Turn right and travel down the hallway until you see the Arc Pylon. If you have Bend Time 2 use it to walk past easily, otherwise use Blink to travel just above it onto the stairs. Walk up the stairs and activate the broadcast system to complete the objective.
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 Comment #1 by Serioussam1215
Thursday, October 11, 2012 @ 12:52:35 AM

I watched a video from one of the designers of the game ( ) and he said that in order to get "poetic justice" you must not kill any of the main targets. Let someone else do it for you. SPOILERS!...........................................................................................................................................................................In the game, you meet a gangster named Slackjaw who you do a favor for and he will take care of the two politicians in the 3rd chapter for you. Make them work in their own mine!.......................................................................................................................................................................End of spoiler.

 Comment #2 by bigben10
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 06:23:54 PM

What is said above is true but not 100% accurate.

1st assassination you will have to knock him un-concious and burn him with the heretic sign.

2nd assassination you will have to use slackjaw's side quests to make them work in his mine.

Inbetween the assassinations you need to buy the drink that sokolov wants instead of using the rat torture.

3rd assassination you need to find someone within the party (forgotten his name) and he will ask that you take Boyle to the basement. Once there render her un-concious and put her on the boat.

4th assassination you need to not be noticed and start the public broadcast to bring down lord regent.

This is when the trophy unlocked for me. Hope this helps anyone out there. My advice is to get this whilst attempting "Clean Hands".

 Comment #3 by Backseatkiller
Sunday, October 14, 2012 @ 08:25:55 PM

^ Exactly what i did, but i did not receive the trophy.

 Comment #4 by bigben10
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 03:06:59 PM

I'd continue on without taking out any of the main targets then. After all, i got this whilst getting "Clean Hands", "Ghost", "Shadow" and "Mostly Flesh and Steel" all in the same play through.
Maybe it needs to be done without taking out any characters in those missions too? Though now i am just speculating.

 Comment #5 by vantrice
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 11:50:29 AM

does burning him with heretic sign kill him?
i didnt kill anyone and made sure checking if they were unconcious but still
had 1 kill at end of mission

 Comment #6 by HollowHeart
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 01:52:01 PM

I just didnĀ“t kill anyone, only made them unconcious, and after the last key target, the trophy popped up

 Comment #7 by bigben10
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 02:43:11 PM

No burning him with the heretic sign does not kill him.
I did daud's area and didn't kill anyone and it said i did. So i had to repeat, the only thing i thought it could be was one of the bodies i moved near a ledge out of sight and it must have fallen off and killed him. Make sure your bodies aren't near edges or anything that could explode etcetc. Otherwise if they die it will count as a kill.

 Comment #8 by passivefamiliar
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 @ 03:10:22 PM

Potential same issue with clean hands are RATS. If a target gets eaten by rats that MAYYYYYY hinder this. No confirmation. Just a thought. If you can, put bodies above floor level.

 Comment #9 by Armageddon20120
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 11:16:28 PM

Does it have to be in one play through because i fucked up

 Comment #10 by bode95
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 08:43:16 PM

The first assassination can be done by poison for the trophy, right?

 Comment #11 by BaronSamedi
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 05:23:01 PM

Neat Easter egg:

If you brand the High Overseer, you'll find him as a weeper in the room where you collect your stuff after Daud tosses it aside.

 Comment #12 by Kenneth11S
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 @ 04:55:49 PM

problem solved:
Fully complete mission 6, and then trophy pops.

 Comment #13 by khkrazotic
Sunday, September 15, 2013 @ 09:29:27 PM

One of my favorite trophies in this game.

 Comment #14 by ocelot11snake
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 @ 10:32:37 PM

I was head banging when it didnt pop....then it popped after I finished the level

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Game Info
Arkane Studios


US October 09, 2012
Europe October 12, 2012
Japan October 11, 2012

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital
Players: 1
ESRB: Mature
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