Payday 2 FAQ/Walkthrough

Copyright 2013 Samuel G
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=Version history

Version 1.15 January 24 2014
-Added Framing Frame info thanks to DrunkenKarnie @ Gamefaqs
-added "ESCAPES"
IMPORTANT NOTE: My computer suffered a hard drive crash and I lost nearly all
saves on games that I have done FAQs for. Thus I am unable to continue
updating my guides until the next time I think if playing those games. Please
understand I poured a lot of hours into this game, I went past rank 40 all
on Crime.net offline for my guide, and that's a lot of hours I don't feel
like doing all over again.

Version 1.10 September 09 2013
-Added 
-Tried to be more detailed about missions. Also added cop information
pertaining to each mission. If you want more detailed cop information, see
section [C] DIFFICULTY SETTINGS and THE COPS

Version 1.00
-My too basic guide complete! (sorry about that everyone)
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Payday 2 is an FPS-style game about thievery. If stealing is not your kind of
fluff, then perhaps this game is not for you. But it's just a game, in the
same way people who play FPS games are not automatically killers. So, ready
to collect a pay-check?

CONTENTS

1= Controls
[A] Safe House
[B] PLAYER TYPES
[C] DIFFICULTY SETTINGS and THE COPS
2= Walkthrough
[1] 1 DAY HEISTS
[2] 2 DAY HEISTS
[3] 3 DAY HEISTS
[4] ESCAPE'S
[5] TIPS AND TRICKS
[6] FAQs
[7] END NOTES


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1= CONTROLS|
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W = Move Forward
S = Move Back
A = Move left (strafe)
D = move right (strafe)
Left mouse click = Fire weapon
Right mouse click = Aim Down Sight
1 = Secondary weapon
2 = Primary weapon
C = Switch weapon
R = Reload
Q = Weapon Gadget on/off
Left Shift = Run
Space = Jump (mask-on mode only)
Left Ctrl = Crouch
E = Melee attack
F = Shout/interact
G = Deploy equipment/throw bag
T = Chat message
` = Push to talk
ENTER = Continue to lobby


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[A] SAFE HOUSE

Enter the building in front of you, and make you way to the inside of the
building. Wait a bit, and when a phone rings, head to the counter of the
kitchen and just stand in front of the phone. Wait a bit, then enter the
door that just magically opened. Walk up to the objective and let the
scene fade. Once the game un-dims, press and hold G until the circle on-
screen is a complete circle. Then, turn around and enter the door that
was just magically opened (How does a dump like this have automatic doors?)
Head to the onscreen objective icon and then look up towards the new icon,
and let that bag fall on you. Well, your character didn't auto grab the bag,
so you need to hold F to pick it up. Then make your way back into the
building you just left and head back into the room with a kitchen, and walk
up to that table, like crash into it, and press G (if you are not close enough
to the table, the bag will drop onto the floor). Once that's done, press F for
each piece of money on the table, then turn around and drop money onto Lady
Justice statue. Head down the trapdoor on the floor, and once the lights go
on, head a little past the Crime Net laptop, and turn left, and you'll see
a white table, grab the keycard on there. Now, familiarize yourself with this
basement as I will be referring to them by their room names and not by GPS
coordinates. Now, head to the Safe-training room, and use the drill on the
safe for $1000 (small safe on table). Make sure you stay with the drill as
they can jam, prompting your input. So, that's it for now so head to the
laptop and press hold F. Once your statistics finish, continue to a Super
Mario gambling game and pick a card, any card.

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[B] Player types
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Each player can be specific in their type of field, and a team made up of
each of these different types is a team to be reckoned with. Each player
type has skills specific to that type of style of play, and while you don't
have to stick to one player type, you can max some skills to be an almost
swiss knife, but new players will want to work specific skills first to
gather more points.

Skills are like, abilities in RPGs so to say. Say you want to pick locks
faster, there's a skill for that. Each skill has 2 levels, Basic and Ace.
Basic is a normal version and cost, Ace is an improved version of said skill
and costs more. Now there are 4 trees, each with a unique set of skills, I
will list here what they are:

-{MASTERMIND}-
This skill tree is best for the leader of teams, the guy who tells hostages
to quiet down, the guy who revives fallen teammates better, basically the
player who can interact with others much better.

-{ENFORCER}-
This is the guy with guns, simply put. Enforcers have more strength, can
survive longer, and have better weapon handling. A team needs at least
one of these to be very successful.

-{TECHNICIAN}-
The Technician is a player who excels better at handling the technical
side of missions. This player can drill faster, use explosives, and
place sentry guns among other things.

-{GHOST}-
The Ghost of the team should be the one surveying target buildings first
before the other players can go in. Ghosts have the ability to lower their
visibility from civilians and guards, lock pick in silence, and place ECM
jammers.

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[C] DIFFICULTY SETTINGS and THE COPS
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Aside from the heavy randomization of levels, there are also varying levels
of difficulty. I will list them here so that when you choose a specific
level and a specific difficulty, you'll know what to expect. At least this
isn't random :P

+-NORMAL DIFFICULTY-+
This is shown as the default job requirements, ie bag 4 bags of cash, take
a specific item, etc. Cops are typically patrolmen level, and establishments
that you are robbing typically don't have security cameras. If there are
camera's, their sensing is not as quick.

+-HARD DIFFICULTY-+
This typically increases the requirements + cops response level by 1. For
example, if Normal difficulty said to bag 4 bags of cash, Hard increases it
to 5 or 6, plus the next best cop, SWAT, responds. Levels may have security
cameras, security rooms, as well as more alert security guards. Cops may
perform flanking manuevers to free hostages. Police Snipers may also appear.

+-VERY HARD DIFFICULTY-+
This triples the amount of the requirements for levels with such, for example
if you are to bag 6 bags of cash in HARD, you must get 8 or more, and body
armor equipped special police units respond to alarms, as well as Shield
Police Units. In addition to HARD, this difficulty may feature more frequent
security guard perimeters and more security camera's, as well as metal
detectors in stores (those detect your guns).

+-OVERKILL DIFFICULTY-+
This is all 3 difficulties rolled up into one. "Bulldozer" cops respond, who
are like Fatman in Metal Gear Solid 2, basically these guys are armored to the
max, where only an explosive MIGHT take them down in one hit. Cop response
on this difficulty is maximum force, and will use any available entrance or
exit to take you down.

+-PRO JOBS-+
I honestly don't know the difference between a pro job and a none-pro job,
but PRO jobs seemed like a nightmare compared to their regular counterparts,
like escape vans appearing at the farthest point more often. Just keep in
mind, these jobs are labeled PRO for a reason ;)

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The cops actually have differences, and those differences make a difference
in how to take them down. Here I will list them and how to take them out
easily. Higher difficulties involve cops from lower difficulties.
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+-COP RISK LEVEL 0-+
Normal cops are involved. These guys are typically low damage weapons. They
carry no body armor and are easy to take down. Telling them to put their
hands up occurs more often (depending on skill level) These are generally
the first guys to respond to an alarm (Patrolmen).

+-COP RISK LEVEL 1-+
Swat arrives in the form of light body armor and Shields. Shields are
impenetrable, and can only be taken down by flanking them from behind or by
melee'ing their shield and then shooting them as they fall back.

+-COP RISK LEVEL 2-+
Heavy Police Forces with heavy armor and weaponry. They may arrive on roofs
via helicopter. Continuous Headshots are the only solution I found to take
them out with the least amount of bullets. They are distinct by their green
colored uniform. May introduce Tazer cops.

+-COP RISK LEVEL 3-+
So those heavily armored guys? Yeah, they have a weakness. I found that
shooting them in the neck is much easier than anywhere else (not like
you'll see anything else besides their front). When I say neck, I mean
the area right between their helmet and their chest armor. Also features
Risk level 2 Heavy cops with tougher armor.

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2= WALKTHROUGH|
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(note: The game features heavily randomized level layouts, so it's hard to
guide you which place the safe is, or which cash register has cash. So I
will be descriptive as possible of the best ways to complete jobs. Also
note this game was played in Crime.net Offline, as I had to type and play
and wasn't interested in ruining my stats and cash levels)
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[1] 1 DAY HEISTS
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FOUR STORES
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Recommended Weapon: Buzz saw (must be over reputation level 30 to unlock the
buzz saw)

There are, as the name suggests, four stores you need to rob. There are two
on either side of the road, with a Chinese store and a Cafe on one side of
road, and an Apple store clone and a 24/7 convenience store beside it on
the other side of the road.

Your job is to steal $15,000. Scout the stores, and try to find a big safe.
The only stores that I've been able to find a big safe were:

-The the back room/break room of the Chinese store.
-The back room/break room of the Cafe.
-In the back room of the 24/7 convenience store, I once found the tall
standing safe type.

Once you do, start the mission and drill it. While the drill is running, raid
registers and loose cash lying on tables, in cash boxes, etc. Do not kill
civilians as money will be deducted from you if you do. When done, wait for
the escape van to show up, which had typically been in the alley accessible
beside the 24/7 convenience store, or the alley between the chinese store and
the cafe, (to get in the van you need to crouch then walk into the van to
escape. Trust me, I didn't even know this on my first game and I ended up
failing that ~__~)

-COPS-
The cops mainly appear on either side of the main road, so just keep an eye
on those places. As far as I've seen, they won't take alleyways unless it's
a means to get to you.

Note: if you do not see a big safe anywhere, you'll have to raid all the
stores of their registers. 15K is not a tall task :/

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MALL CRASHER
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Optional Weapon: Buzz saw (must be over reputation level 30 to unlock the
buzz saw)
Optional asset: Gas can

Your job is to destroy. Funny, I don't remember signing up for demolition
duty. I just want some cash, man! Scope out the mall and get a feel for the
place, there are 2 main floors, with the first floor mostly shuttered. There
are also security guards roaming the place, so once you've made your decision,
masks on.

For $50,000 worth of damage, I suggest aiming for the Apple Store clone and
the vase store, meelee'ing items on sale, and then meelee cash register
screens. For some funny reason, melee'ing all the windows in the mall adds
up to their repair bill. There is also a jewelry store up on the 2nd floor,
if you've got the time and need to loot. If you bought the Gas Can asset,
in my experience burning a store with people inside didn't deduct my money,
so don't worry if there are people inside (not like you can tell them to run)

Now one thing I've never been able to do, was be quick enough to finish the
job to escape in the van that brought me there, but if you've got some really
good human players, you can get this done in that time it takes before the
escape van scrams. If you didn't make the van, you've got to fight it out
until a chooper arrives (in front of the escalators in the 2nd floor.)

Note: this job is an ATM paradise. If you have the buzz saw, have fun in
here!

-COPS-
Cops range from security guards, to (depending on difficulty) body armored
guards. I have seen them use those staircases in the outer sides of the mall,
and sometimes there will be snipers on the roof.

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NIGHTCLUB
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If you are trying to go through the front door of the club, you might
realize the bouncer won't let you in. Just wait a bit until he says
something like "Oh what the heck, you guys seem like a standup group").
Keep a lookout for gang members, they are wearing workout jerseys or
similar.

Now your job is to raid a safe. It is located in an area past a door marked
"Staff only". A staff member has a key card to get past the security door,
so it's advisable to get that instead of drilling through that door. Once
inside, start drilling the safe, and be on the lookout for snipers outside
the windows, and swat coming up the stairs and through the roof. After the
drilling of the safe is finished, bag the money, and wait for the truck to
show up (it's just outside the windows of the room you were drilling in).
Once the truck arrives, throw the moneybag, and then bag the remaining money
in the safe and throw that out too. Afterwards, escape.

-Tip: To avoid cops coming through the roof, make sure you hold the hostage
inside the room with the safe. This will also slow them down from going up
the stairs.

-COPS-
Cop response is heavy, and their main attacks can be via the large window
overlooking the club, the stairs going into the room, through the roof of said
room and finally snipers may appear watching the windows of the room.

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JEWELRY STORE
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You typically start in front of the Jewelry store, and the front entrance is
the only quiet way in. If you try to go in from the back, you need to break
glass, which causes noise, so keep that in mind. Do not go through the front
door if there are metal detectors! Safes may appear in either of the 2 back
rooms.

Now your job is to bag X times bags of the requirement of jewelry. 1 bag of
jewelry is only 1x jewelry that says "hold F to grab", once you get a bag,
wait for the getaway van to arrive (if you tripped the alarms), then throw
the bag into the van, rinse and repeat.

Note: There are only 3 places I know of where the escape van appears, that is
on the right side of the parking lot, on the left side of that parking lot,
and beside the jewelry store on the main road.

-COPS-
Cop response comes from several directions, from the right of the jewelry
store's entrance, from the parking lot in front, and from the left side
of the parking lot, and finally from the left side of the store, which
has an alley.

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BANK HEIST (normal version)
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Optional Weapon: Buzz saw (must be over reputation level 30 to unlock the
buzz saw)

Go to the parking lot of the bank to get the drill. You need to put your mask
on to grab the drill, so... I recommend going through the door on the side
of the bank near the entrance to the parking lot, there's no camera's there.
Get inside the bank and setup the thermal drill. Wait for it to finish, and
get into the vault (sometimes there is a second gated door inside the vault
to drill. There should be loose cash inside the teller room while you are
waiting for the drilling to finish. Your goal in this job is to get the
required amount of cash, which if you have a buzz saw, the ATMs are more than
enough. After the objective is complete, run to the van.

Now the van could appear in 3 different places. One is in front of the main
entrance to the bank's parking lot, one is in front of the bank's main
entrance, and the other, the most hardest, is way out near the T junction to
the right of the bank's main entrance.

-COPS-
Cop response is all over the place. They can come from all directions,
including the bank's parking lot. There might also be snipers, either one in
the building in front of the bank, or one on the roof of the building to the
right of the bank.

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BANK HEIST: CASH
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Optional Weapon: Buzz saw (must be over reputation level 30 to unlock the
buzz saw)

Go to the parking lot of the bank to get the drill. You need to put your mask
on to grab the drill, so... I recommend going through the door on the side
of the bank near the entrance to the parking lot, there's no camera's there.
Get inside the bank and setup the thermal drill. Wait for it to finish, and
get into the vault (sometimes there is a second gated door inside the vault
to drill. There should be loose cash inside the teller room while you are
waiting for the drilling to finish. Your goal in this job is to get the
required amount of cash, which could either be on the table inside of the
vault, or inside the deposit boxes (ouch). If you have a buzz saw, the ATMs
are more than enough. After the objective is complete, run to the van.

Now the van could appear in 3 different places. One is in front of the main
entrance to the bank's parking lot, one is in front of the bank's main
entrance, and the other, the most hardest, is way out near the T junction to
the right of the bank's main entrance.

-COPS-
Cop response is all over the place. They can come from all directions,
including the bank's parking lot. There might also be snipers, either one in
the building in front of the bank, or one on the roof of the building to the
right of the bank.

Note: On difficulties higher than normal, there will be a security room. I
highly recommend taking out the guard inside, as it helps in stealth runs.

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BANK HEIST: DEPOSIT
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Optional Weapon: Buzz saw (must be over reputation level 30 to unlock the
buzz saw)

Go to the parking lot of the bank to get the drill. You need to put your mask
on to grab the drill, so... I recommend going through the door on the side
of the bank near the entrance to the parking lot, there's no camera's there.
Get inside the bank and setup the thermal drill. Wait for it to finish, and
get into the vault (sometimes there is a second gated door inside the vault
to drill. There should be loose cash inside the teller room while you are
waiting for the drilling to finish. Your goal in this job is to raid the
deposit boxes, and accumulate the required amount for the objective. I
recommend having a quick lock-picking skill to make this faster, or if you
have a buzz saw and an ammo bag, that could help too but man, in those tense
firefights, I've had difficulties getting close to the deposit boxes, as you
need to be really really close to buzz saw something. After the objective is
complete, run to the van.

Now the van could appear in 3 different places. One is in front of the main
entrance to the bank's parking lot, one is in front of the bank's main
entrance, and the other, the most hardest, is way out near the T junction to
the right of the bank's main entrance.

-COPS-
Cop response is all over the place. They can come from all directions,
including the bank's parking lot. There might also be snipers, either one in
the building in front of the bank, or one on the roof of the building to the
right of the bank.

Note: On difficulties higher than normal, there will be a security room. I
highly recommend taking out the guard inside, as it helps in stealth runs.

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BANK HEIST: GOLD (Pro job only)
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Optional Weapon: Buzz saw (must be over reputation level 30 to unlock the
buzz saw)

Go to the parking lot of the bank to get the drill. You need to put your mask
on to grab the drill, so... I recommend going through the door on the side
of the bank near the entrance to the parking lot, there's no camera's there.
Get inside the bank and setup the thermal drill. Wait for it to finish, and
get into the vault (sometimes there is a second gated door inside the vault
to drill. There should be loose cash inside the teller room while you are
waiting for the drilling to finish. Your goal in this job is to raid the
gold inside the vault, now this could be on the table, or in deposit boxes,
and bag the required amount for the objective. I recommend having a quick
lock-picking skill if the gold is inside the deposit boxes, or if you
have a buzz saw and an ammo bag, that could help too but man, in those tense
firefights, I've had difficulties getting close to the deposit boxes, as you
need to be really really close to buzz saw something. After the objective is
complete, run to the van.

Now the van could appear in 3 different places. One is in front of the main
entrance to the bank's parking lot, one is in front of the bank's main
entrance, and the other, the most hardest, is way out near the T junction to
the right of the bank's main entrance.

-COPS-
Cop response is all over the place. They can come from all directions,
including the bank's parking lot. There might also be snipers, either one in
the building in front of the bank, or one on the roof of the building to the
right of the bank.

Note: On difficulties higher than normal, there will be a security room. I
highly recommend taking out the guard inside, as it helps in stealth runs.

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UKRANIAN JOB
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You typically start in front of the Jewelry store, and the front entrance is
the only quiet way in. If you try to go in from the back, you need to break
glass, which causes noise, so keep that in mind. Do not go through the front
door if there are metal detectors! It's hard not to be seen, you have 2
security guards out back, and usually one inside manning the camera's, so
you can either take out the guards, or all out assault.

You have to steal a Tiara from the Jewelry Store. It's in a safe, and there
are typically 2 safes inside. Guess which is which, then you can either raid
the rest of the jewels on sale, or scram. It can be done quickly enough to
get back into the van you came in, as you're only after the Tiara, but hey,
jewelry is cash, so if you need it, go for it.

Note: There are only 3 places I know of where the escape van appears, that is
on the right side of the parking lot, on the left side of that parking lot,
and beside the jewelry store on the main road.

-COPS-
Cop response comes from several directions, from the right of the jewelry
store's entrance, from the parking lot in front, and from the left side
of the parking lot, and finally from the left side of the store, which
has an alley.

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[2] 2 DAY HEISTS
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WATCHDOGS
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Optional Weapon: Buzz saw (must be over reputation level 30 to unlock the
buzz saw)

(Day 1)

Well you are trapped like a pig in a truck. Wait for the rear gate to open,
then shoot as much as you can and then start emptying the truck by grabbing
the bags and place them near the stairs that is going up a building in front
of the truck. You can grab the bags while outside the truck, no need to go
up the ramp just to grab a bag. Then, wait for a new truck to come, and start
carrying bags to it. Drop at least 5 for a job well done, then scram to the
escape vehicle. Be careful because the cops can pick up your bags if you
aren't watching.

-COPS-
Cops response is heavy because hey, you were caught lol. This job is a matter
of surviving their assaults, which come from all directions.

(Day 2)

Now you need to unload the bags to the speedboat. First, bring the bags
closer to the dock, then activate the signal lights. Continue loading bags
closer to the dock while you wait for the boat, then load the boat once it
arrives. After the objective is completed, escape to the helicopter (which
appeared on the side of the building you were just in, up the metal stairs.)

-COPS-
Cop response is: you are surrounded. And I mean they were even going around
the building to the dock where I was tossing bags into the boat, and for
some funny reason these cops are very interested in baggin your own loot.

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BIG OIL
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Optional Weapon: Buzz saw (must be over reputation level 30 to unlock the
buzz saw)

(Day 1)
This one is sort of easy, well, aside from trying to not be seen. You need to
look for a safe in the house, once found break into and take what's inside.
The safe, I found that on the patio of the top floor, which if you can climb
the ladder, do so, me for some reason I couldn't climb that darn ladder.
Also look for items, if you are fast enough you can find one or all of the
following items in the house:
-Airplane Keys
-Keycard
-Shutters Codes
-Blueprints
-Fusion Research
-Guard Intel
-Scientist Intel

Escape when done. Or, if you're into some more money, there is a door inside
the garage that leads to a bunch of ATMs, if you have the buzz saw it's a
lot of money.

(Day 2)
(Note: playing this day on low texture settings is not recommended!)

This one's tough. I was actually able to enter the house from the left side
(facing the front), and there are active patrols inside the house. Find the
security room, then once the lab is unlocked, sneak into the lab and find the
correct engine. Hints are on the whiteboards in the lab, which is why I
recommend having your textures settings set on high because on low texture
settings, they're unreadable. Using the intel you gathered from Day 1, and the
info listed on the whiteboards, you can determine which engine is correct.
Once you got it, take it to the helicopter on the landing strip. It's heavy,
and the only bag in this game that I know of that will slow you to a crawl.

If the engine is correct, then it's time to leave, and if you got the airplane
keys, it's time to fly.

-COPS-
If you trip the alarms, cops response is quite maddening in this level. There
are Tazers, snipers, shields and SWAT, imagine being tazed while carrying the
engine :P

(If you have no idea how to go about this level, this link (thanks to Lord
Blade on the gamefaqs forums) is all you'll need:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=171592213

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[3] 3 DAY HEISTS
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FRAMING FRAME
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Optional assets (when available):
-Roof access
-Platform to jump on if accessing the gallery via the roof.
-Security card in the restrooms
-Camera feed
-Parked truck (ease of roof access/path to parked van)

(Day 1)
Your job is to break into the art gallery and steal some art. I definitely
suggest you stealth this one, it's dark and very Splinter Cell'ish. You need
to get the required amount of paintings. They have this symbol like the
Ghostbusters "No-ghosts" sign, and the job may require between 4-8, I heard
bagging 9 will get you an achievement. Once you get them, take them to the
van, which is usually parked on the left side of the gallery.

(Day 2) (Recommend bringing Buzz saw)
Simple exchange. You need to answer the smartphone in the train car, and
behind it is a table. Place the paintings on the table, then answer the
upcoming phone call. Then, when the heli arrives, just throw the paintings
through the roof of the train car, once you throw them all, the train car
door will open up, and you'll have to make your getaway on the opposite side
of this level. A shortcut is through the drainage beside this very train car
that you were just in, if you have the buzz saw then you can take it. I
didn't, and a civilian saw me and alerted the cops (higher difficulties
might have someone spot you when your buzzing the grill). Either way, the
van is behind some fences, the way to cut them is to the left of the red
shipping container, cut the fence and onto the van.

(Day 3)
Common item locations thanks to DrunkenKarnie at Gamefaqs!

-Office
-On the desk
-Bookshelf along the wall
-Bedroom
-Bed, End table, Chair
-Primary Livingroom 
-End tables (right side from doors,)
-Coffee tables, Couches (both sides)
-Winerack/TV rooms
-Couch, coffee table, tv stand, bookshelves, drawers along walls AND behind
couch
-Kitchen
-Counter near stove, Center Island, Breakfast bar
-Upper Balcony (less common) 
-Counters along balcony rails, Bookshelves along wall.

RARELY, an item will be on one of the hallway bookshelves near the security
doors.

Stealth recommended. I can't stress that enough. First you need to use the
laptop at the starting point to look for the Senator's personal electronics.
This is in the form of hard drives, tablet, smartphone, and laptop, they will
be outlined in yellow. Stealthing this is highly possible if you have human
players on your team, where one guy can man the cameras, notifying you of any
guards coming your way. Once you get these, bring them back up to the starting
point, set them up, and then access the Senator's computer. Then find the
vault, it's behind a bookshelf, these are the dark tall bookshelves, and I
only know of two: one in the bedroom, and one in the large room surrounded by
glass. Once you open it, head back to the roof and drop the drug bags into
that vault.

Thanks to DrunkenKarnie:
There are 3 moveable bookshelves where the vault may be hidden: End of the
glass-walled hallway on the top floor (Behind the wine-rack room, near the
stairs,) In the Bedroom, and In the living room on the main floor.

In the event you failed stealthing, you'll need to find a security room,
which could be either of 3 rooms. There's a chance power will be cut,
shutting down the computer (eh? no UPS battery backup? :P), so you'll
have to switch the power back on. Access the computer when told, then make
a run for it.

-COPS-
In the event you failed stealthing any day, cop response is heavy, from SWAT
at the lower difficulties to heavily armored Bulldozers at the highest.
Because this job takes place at night for all days, it's highly recommended
to stealth as much as possible.

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FIRESTARTER
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[Recommended playing with human players]

(Day 1)
Your job is to intercept or destroy weapons. I went for intercept as it is
maximum money. You've got two paths to the hangar, but each path will have
a Medoza standing guard, so be sure to deal with them appropriately.

There are a lot of Mendoza's in the hangar, so eliminate with extreme force.
The cases are in the truck (crouch to open them), if there is not enough,
there are some on the tables too. If you can huff it, take them all.

(Day 2) (silencer pistol recommended)
This reminds me of the movie Blue Streak, going into the building of law
enforcement to get something inside. Stealthing this is a nightmare, but I'm
going to walk you through it. Going through the front door is definitely not
advised, and if you go through the side doors, be aware there is a security
camera behind it. Do not go through the metal detectors, just jump the front
desk. Now, the best way to stealth this level is to look for the Gen Sec
room (2nd Floor), and Bain will tell you to deactivate the alarms first, then
look for the Gen Sec fuseboxes. Then you can access the Gen Sec room, which
has the server room within it. Get the item, then back out the way you came.

(Day 3)
lol Harvest and Trustee bank. You probably know this bank already, but it's
different this time around. When you try to drill the vault, it will
electrocute you, so if you are playing with human players, keep someone on
the roof before drilling, to shut off the electricity. Then, once the vault
is open, set up the camera and then go Joker on it and burn it :D Get away
from the fire after you light it, because it will hurt. Wait for a bit, then
grab the camera when told, and get out of there.

-COPS-
Cop response is typical this time around. And I mean with no hostages aside
from the bank, it's going to be grueling.

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RATS
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(Day 1)
Your job is to guard and cook some drugs. Muriatic Acid, Chlorinated Soda
and Hydrogen is in the little shed near the area you started from, in the
basement, or in the other shed by the house. Once you get the ingredients
(you have to do this 3 times), grab the drugs and toss them into the van.
There is a chance cops will cut the power, making things dark, but I found
that cutting the power does not hinder the drug cooking process.

-COPS-
Cop response is crazy this time. There are some spiderman cops that climb
up the side of the building to the drug lab floor. Cops also arrive from the
side of the road opposite of your escape van, I've never seen one come from
the area the escape van is in.

(Day 2)
There are 3 different apartments in this level. The drug deal went south with
me on the 3rd bag, so this might be standard. The safe with the information
could be in the top floor of any of the apartments, so if you are playing with
human players, time to split up. That info will be burned in a very short
time, so I suggest you really make a run for it.

-COPS-
Aside from dealing with the gang members, cops also show up and actually try
to enter the apartment buildings you are in.

(Day 3)
This one is easy, or hard depending on how you shoot. You simply have to head
to the bus and execute the Mendoza's, and then escape via helicopter. You can
take a bag of money with you, but they have trap bombs if you try to take
the money so you'll have to diffuse the trap, or let it blow. If you've got
human players on your team, get as much cash as you can, but remember that in
order to qualify them as bagged, you have to wait for the loot helicopter
to arrive, and then throw the bags in.

-COPS-
Cops are guarding the bus with the Mendoza's, and more arrive from the
opposite side of the bridge that you started from. Keep in mind that when
battling cops, there are civilians on the bridge as well, so tell them to
get down when possible.

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[4] ESCAPE'S
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If you've done any of the above multi-day heists, you might run into a
situation where an escape mission shows up. The primary goal of these is
quite simply, to escape, in some you must wait for another vehicle/helicopter
to arrive. I will list them here in case the firefights become too much.

Note: Update 12 (or was that 11) made escapes mandatory.

--{UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGE}--
In this escape mission, you are at the lowest floor of a parking garage, and
depending on the mission, you might have to haul loot as well. The best way
I found to do these missions is to use the stairs, they have a green exit
sign above them, so they can't be missed. Granted the upper floor stairs has
been locked, so you'll have to either blow it with a shaped charge or lock
pick it, either way, it's a lot easier shooting the cops in a tight space of
the stairs than it is in the garage (which has civilians in the way). The
escape van is located on ground level. If you have loot to haul, I suggest
the one who has the skill to absorb fall damage go and pick them up, as
there is a shortcut to go down to the bottom floor via the cracked walls
overlooking the parking garage.

--{OVERPASS ESCAPE}--
This was my first escape ever, and it was a nightmare. You must hold the
fort until the next escape vehicle comes, which could be a van or helicopter.
The part that I was scrambling about was that if you have a helicopter to
pick you up, the building that it arrives at has two doors, and the way to
the roof is via the right door, first from where you come through. If you
have a van pickup, hold the parking lot, otherwise like my above method
for the Parking Garage, shooting in a tight space is better than out in the
open.

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[5] TIPS AND TRICKS
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--------------------------------{COMBAT TIPS}--------------------------------

--There's no targeting reticle, so Aim Down the Sight as much as possible.
Unless you learned how to shoot from the hip like I have, using ADS is
highly recommended. This is especially recommended for high recoil guns.

--Use cover as much as possible, and it's advisable to fire within a group
of hostages, that are tied down that is. Never shoot when untied hostages are
around you, as they might suddenly get up and go crazy. Many a time I did
that and there goes some money.

--Headshots make your job easier, so as much as possible, do that. It is
pointless shooting at the chest of a cop with body armor. Unless you have
a shotgun >__>

--Tazer cops are distinct from other cops, as they have a helmet with yellow
trimming. You definitely need to take these guys out whenever you can, as
their shocks once made me shoot a hostage ~__~

--Every car in this game can not blow up, but they can have their windows
shot out (including your escape van :P). Don't hesitate to shoot a cop
behind their car doors.

-------------------------------{GAMEPLAY TIPS}-------------------------------

--Cable ties are one time use! You cannot get them back if a hostage dies.

--Keep hostages when you can, but don't keep them all together in one place.
Have teammates on a perimeter while you're drilling, and make sure they tie
at least 1 or two nearby to slow the police down. The police does not do
Assaults if there are hostages nearby, so if a standoff goes on for a while,
cops will try to break in and free some. Any hostages freed grants them
full firepower against you, so I can't stress this enough, hostages are very
important! (Note: AI teammates can't do much other than shoot >_>)

--Pressing F is probably one of your most important keys to use. Aside from
the usual lock picking/activate drill/tie up hostages, This key can do the
following:

=Tell hostages to get down on the floor.
=Scare cops into dropping their gun and hands up (might need higher skill for
a better chance of this happening)
=Telling AI teammates to come to your position (aim at them then F)
=Pointing out targets to take down (like, point at a cop, and he will be
outlined)

--Don't buy every available asset in the assets tab before you do a mission.
While a doctor bag and ammo drop sounds nice, I found the "Insider Info", or
blueprints, to be sometimes useless, if not all the time. For example, in the
Harvest & Trustee's bank, even though the blueprints say a security room is
near the rear of the building, I always found it beside the teller room. But
for some missions, buying the Security Card or other level specific items
are quite useful. Provided you have money of course.

--Avoiding camera's can simply be done by not staying in their field of view
for an extended period of time. A ? mark will appear with a circle filling
out when you are in their view, so just be quick (no running!) to pass by.
Taking out a security room makes it all easier.

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[6] FAQs
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Q: How do I get parts for my weapons?
A: I get parts from the "pick a card" mini game at the end of every payday,
and I know the game never let me buy the parts as they don't seem to be on
sale like off the shelf, but if any readers reading this know how, shoot
me an email.

Q: Help! I can't customize my mask!
A: You need 3 things:
--A New mask of course
--Materials
--Designs
--Colors
Missing one of the above items will not allow you to customize a mask, even
if you have 2 of the 3 items. 

Q: Why can't I throw my bags farther? It's like I have butterfingers.
A: There is a very early skill in the Enforcer tree. When aced, this will
increase your throw distance farther, depending on the bag of course. Bags
with money/jewlery can be thrown farther, bags with gold/an engine not so
much.

Q: Uhm, shaped charge where?
A: First you need to unlock the Trip Mine skill in the Technician tree. Then
you have to upgrade almost 5 more skills just to reach the Shaped Charge
skill.

Q: What rhino?
A: Sorry, at the time of my guide there was that Amazing Spiderman 2 interview
for Paul Giamatti for the Rhino, and I remembered the cartoon and it stuck
in my mind :P

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[7] END NOTES
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This is quite a funny game, as a job can be done in several ways. If
anything, this game is far from linear, making each play seem fresh. But at
times you might feel the addictive need to level up just to get the next
best skill, so remember to play responsibly, and when you play with human
players, remember to raise the voice chat volume, regardless if you have a
mic or not.

-Thanks to Overkill games for making me recall the opening sequence of The
Dark Knight, and the street gunfight of Michael Mann's Heat, Payday 2 made
me remember those movies vividly!
-Thanks to the GameFAQs message boards for Payday 2, I've read as much as
I could, and while I haven't gotten that Rats XP idea to work, I learned
much from everyone's posts, and while I can't list everyone here, if you
posted on the boards, you're automatically thanked here :D

And if you have anything to add to this faq, or if you found a typo, or if
my strategy of a level is ancient compared to your better version, don't
hesitate to shoot me an email! Your input, no matter what it is, is
appreciated! And I will credit you.

email: unboundbraniac at yahoo dot com

Copyright 2013 Samuel G