- Estimated difficulty: 4/10 (Personal estimate for the time being)
- Estimated time to platinum: 25-30 Hours
- Offline trophies: 38 (24, 8, 5, 1 )
- Online trophies: N/A
- Minimum number of playthroughs required: 2
- Number of missable trophies: None
- Glitched trophies: None
- Do cheats affect trophies?: N/A
- Does difficulty affect trophies: Yes
Step 1: Play your first playthrough on any difficulty of your choosing, play through Chapters 1-6, completing all Client and Basso Jobs prior to starting Chapters 7 and 8, all the while accumulating at least 15 hours of playtime.
While you can dive into Master difficulty right away, it is preferred and advisable that you play through the game on whatever difficulty you like first. This is because one, you'll want to know the layouts of each level when you tackle them again on your stealth-based second playthrough, and two, because it'll make things easier when you're roaming around The City for collectibles. More will be explained in step two of the roadmap.
During this playthrough, you'll want to aim for "More Heist Less Speed", which is to accumulate over 15 hours of game time before beating the game. While you are offered the ability to free roam to collect any collectibles you might be missing and replay each chapter once you've completed the game, if you did not amass at least 15 hours of gameplay, you would have to replay the final chapter again. As such, it is advised that you take the time to enjoy your first playthrough, examining every corner you possibly can for loot/collectibles, as well as using this time to complete all of the side jobs that are offered to you, so that the 15 hours comes by naturally.
You will also want to pickpocket any guard you see that has a pouch that you can snatch from. You'll need to do this 100 times. You can obviously grind for this end-game, but it's best that you just make pickpocketing a habit to save time.
Each chapter has a number of collectibles for you to collect, so you'd want to collect them as you go. Therefore, do make it a goal in obtaining a set of wirecutters, a wrench, and a razor as soon as possible from a merchant, as a number of collectibles will only be available for you to collect if you have these tools. You'll also want to make a habit of having at least 2-3 rope arrows in your inventory for situations that require you to use it to obtain certain collectibles. Don't worry if you missed picking up some, as you get the ability to replay each chapter end-game. You'll also want to work towards what is referred to as thieving challenges during each chapter and Client Mission. These are basically optional objectives that you're encouraged to complete for not just a bonus in gold, but for trophy purposes (you need to complete a total of 25).
At the end of this step, you will have earned at least the following:
Dust to Dust
A Friend in Need
A Man Apart
The Hidden City
The Dawn's Light
More Heist Less Speed
Step 2: Clean up Jobs, collectibles, and Thieving Challenges via free-roam, as well as looking for all 73 secret areas within the game.
Once you've beaten the game, you are given the ability to free-roam. Complete any outstanding Jobs you might still have on you, as well as collecting all the collectibles in the game's hub, The City. You are also given the ability to replay any story chapter/client job. When replaying chapters, you will want to dedicate one chapter (we advise Chapter 1) where you'll want to in addition to collecting all the collectibles, you'll want to pick up all possible loot in that chapter as well. The only catch to replaying chapters is that in order to do so, you must traverse back to the door in which initiated said chapter. Why didn't the the ability to fast travel in this game cross the developer's minds? We're not sure but we know its quite a hassle. Regardless, collect all the missing collectibles and complete any thieving challenges (until you've completed 25) during your chapter replays. For a map of each story chapter and client job's starting location, please refer to the spoiler tags in the guide under their respective story related trophies and "Working Overtime".
If you still haven't pickpocketed 100 guards, do so now, either by finding guards roaming around The City or during your chapter replays.
While you're roaming around for collectibles, you'll most likely unlock most if not all of the "secret areas" in the game. These basically refer to hidden areas of a map that are accessed through means of a hidden vent, door, rope arrow, etc. Please refer to "Finders Keepers" for details.
Once you've collected all the collectibles, you will be awarded a total of 30,000G. With the amount of money you've gotten from looting, bring those over to a nearby merchant and spend at least 40,000G to unlock "Cache Dispenser".
By collecting all the collectibles and doing all the side jobs in this game, you will unlock:
All That Glitters
What's Yours is Mine
Legend in Leather
Step 3: Miscellaneous Trophies.
After doing all of the above, you'll want to perform some miscellaneous tasks for some quick trophies. Obviously you could have performed these actions at anytime (or even naturally earned a few), if you are still missing any, you'll want to do them now.
In this step you'll earn:
Quickly Pick a Luck Lock
Focus on the Tasks at Hand
One Step Ahead
Hail of Glass
Old Habits Die Hard
Step 4: Play through the game a second time on Master Custom difficulty focusing on not performing any kills/knockouts as well as not using Focus.
After doing collecting just about everything in the game and going through the game's level multiple times, you should now have a good enough knowledge in how to get through each main story chapter in the fastest and stealthiest way possible. As such, you'll want to dedicate this playthrough by playing through only the game's story missions, keeping in mind not only to not use focus, but also not perform any kills or knockouts. You should have no problem of accidentally performing these actions if you follow our suggestions in the trophy description in the guide (please refer to "Something to Prove" for details). You should be aiming to not get alerts, but its not the end of the world if you don't since completing the game without any alerts is not a trophy (thankfully).
You'll also want to complete 3 story missions in a row without taking damage. If you take damage, simply restart your checkpoint.
In this second last step, you will have earned:
Something to Prove
Child of the Shadows
Step 5: Earn 5,000,000 points in a Challenge Map.
Finally, to finish off, select Challenge Mode in the main game menu and complete a map while earning 5,000,000 points. The amount might seem a lot, but its actually very easy and straightforward. Refer to the trophy's description for details. Complete this final trophy, and enjoy your platinum.
In this final step, you will earn:
Man of Steal
[PST would like to thank BreadSkin for this Roadmap]