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A Gilded Cage is the fifth mission in HITMAN™, and the third to take place in the present-day. It begins with Agent 47 being tasked with the assassination of Claus Hugo Strandberg and Reza Zaydan.

Objectives:

  • Eliminate Claus Hugo Strandberg
  • Eliminate Reza Zaydan
  • Locate Exit

Description

Taking place after the events of World of Tomorrow, A Gilded Cage sees Agent 47 travel to Marrakesh, Morocco, where banker Claus Hugo Strandberg who was to be on trial for billion-dollar investment fraud and is facing charges of fraud against the Moroccan people is freed by mercenaries and evades prosecution by taking refuge at the local Swedish consulate. General Reza Zaydan, a high ranking army officer hoping to stage a coup to seize power Morocco, who controlled the mercenaries forcibly frees Strandberg and allows him to retreat to the Swedish Consulate to escape prosecution.

The escape has cause an outbreak of rioting, which Zaydan looks to take advantage of in order to destabilize the Moroccan government. Zaydan monitors the situation from an abandoned schoolhouse, while Strandberg remains held up in the Consulate. Zaydan, who secretly controls the mercenaries, plans to use Strandberg's escape to drive the Moroccan public to riot, creating an opportunity for a military coup d'état. 

Hamilton-Lowe, a construction contractor with lucrative contracts with the Moroccan government, has hired the ICA to eliminate both Strandberg and Zaydan. 47 assassinates both men, preventing the coup.

Two days later, in New York City, two men discuss the deaths of the agent in Johannesburg and Cobb who also carried a key, as well as the failure of the coup and the destruction of the Ether virus. They realize that these events have all been orchestrated as an attack on Providence. They discover that a vault which held information on Providence's assets and operatives, requiring two keys to open, has been compromised and raided. One of the men warns the other, the "Director", to begin preparing defenses now that Providence has been exposed.

Mission Briefing

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"Good afternoon 47. Your destination is Marrakesh, Morocco, where civil riots are looming. Your targets are private banker Claus Strandberg and Army General Reza Zaydan, two of the conspirators in a sinister plot to overthrow Morocco's fragile government.

Strandberg, a former bank CEO who stole billions of dollars' worth of savings from the Moroccan people, was facing trial for investment fraud. But early this morning, a band of heavily armed mercenaries freed Strandberg from his prison transport, resulting in the death of several police officers.

Strandberg now takes refuge at his native Swedish Consulate, in front of which crowds of angry protesters have gathered, demanding his handover to Moroccan authorities. We believe that General Zaydan orchestrated Strandberg's escape to infuriate the public and spark nationwide riots allowing Zaydan to impose martial law.

Operating out of a field HQ at a nearby abandoned school, he will no doubt use the riots to depict the Rabat government as weak and inept and persuade the General Staff to support a fully fledged military coup in the name of "National Security".

Our client, building contractor Hamilton-Lowe, who stand to lose a fortune in government contracts, has hired us to prevent the Coup d'etat. To do so, you need to paralyze Zaydan's rebel forces and prevent the riots from escalating any further, hence the double contract. This is quite the political powder keg, 47, so be careful. The fate of a nation is at stake. I will leave you to prepare."

Diana Burnwood

Opportunities

Bad Blood

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According to the soldiers, the condemned prisoner in the cell was a close friend of Zaydan. However when his brother, a Marrakesh officer, was killed during Strandberg's breakout, the prisoner decided to betray Zaydan and go public. Alas, he was caught before he could thwart the coup d'etat.

The prisoner was Zaydan's friend and confidant. He might make a private visit.

Cherry Blossom

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In case of an emergency, Strandberg and Zaydan will meet face to face each other at the center of the underground tunnel. The conspirators are summoned over the phone, using a set of keywords. One of which is locked away in consul Olander's safe.

A way to summon General Zaydan to the underground tunnel. Interesting.

Down The Rabbit Hole

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According to the evacuation plan, a secret tunnel runs between the consulate and a shoe shop downtown. This is how Strandberg's plan to escape the building, unnoticed. When the security alarm sounds, Strandberg will head to the underground garage where a team of Zaydan's soldiers awaits to escort him safely to the school. I suggest you locate that shop, 47. This could be a way inside the consulate, not to mention a chance to lure Strandberg into the open.

Strandberg plans to escape through a secret tunnel. A way out is also a way in.

Golden Touch

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According to the appointment schedule, Claus Strandberg has booked a massage to relieve his back pain. No doubt all that time in prison has caused muscle stiffness. The masseur who also works at a local clinic, has apparently already checked into the building.

Strandberg has ordered a massage. Sounds like he could use a specialist.

Honeycomb

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In case of an emergency, Strandberg and Zaydan will meet face to face each other at the center of the underground tunnel. The conspirators are summoned over the phone, using a set of keywords. One of which is locked away in Reza Zaydan's safe.

A way to summon Claus Strandberg to the underground tunnel. Interesting.

Open Sesame

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The old headmaster of the school Zaydan is using as his field HQ, lives right above the carpet shop. According to his sons, he kept the school's master key out of nostalgia. Supposedly, this opens any lock in the building.

The school's old headmaster key still exists. Should be useful.

Prime Time

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Claus Strandberg has agreed to an exclusive interview with celebrity GNN reporter Pam Kingsley, no doubt to enrage to public even further. This could be a way inside the locked-down consulate. And the replacement cameraman, a local freelancer, is yet to arrive.

The TV crew is here to interview Strandberg. Too bad their cameraman is missing.

Why We Fight

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The printing crew spreads fake propaganda in the name of Crystal Dawn, the pan-African liberation movement. This encourages Moroccan citizens to rise up and take justice into their own hands. Which of course, is exactly what Zaydan is counting on. Very clever. Now, according to the printing schedule, the crew is out hanging posters. And they are likely to wear masks.

The printing crew is in the streets, hanging posters. Could be a way into the school.

Intelligence

  • Consulate Keycard
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A keycard that gives access to the Swedish consulate.

  • Consulate Safe Code
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The combination code for a safe. Probably belongs to consul Erik Olander.

  • Consulate Staff Car Keys
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The keys to a consulate staff vehicle. This takes care of the transportation.

  • Evacuation Plan
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According to the evacuation plan, a secret tunnel runs between the consulate and a shoe shop downtown. If the security alarm is triggered, Claus Strandberg will head to the underground garage. Here a team of Zaydan's elite troops await to escort him safely to the army field HQ at the abandoned school.

  • Head of Security's Phone Call
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According to the consulate's former head of security, there is a secret underground tunnel leading from the Swedish consulate to a shop downtown. No doubt this is how Strandberg plans to escape the consulate unnoticed.

  • Keys to Army Truck
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The keys to an army truck. Could prove useful.

  • Massage Expert Konny Engstrom
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The masseur is on the phone in the conference room, pleading with his boss to get him out of his appointment with Claus Strandberg. They probably don't share the same ethical guidelines.

  • Meeting Protocol
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In case of an emergency, Strandberg and Zaydan will meet face to face at the centre of the underground tunnel. The conspirators can summon each other over the phone using a set of keywords, one of which is locked away in Consul Olander's safe.

  • Member's Club Card
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A member's club card for the local shisha cafe.

  • Printing Schedule
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A time schedule for the printing press. Apparently, the printing crew is out putting up posters in the streets.

  • School Key
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According to the carpet shop owner, his ageing father has kept the school's headmaster key, out of nostalgia. Supposedly, this opens any lock in the building.

  • School Safe Code
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The combination code for a safe. Probably belongs to General Zaydan.

  • Strandberg's Code Word
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A code word found in Consul Olander's safe: 'Cherry Blossom.'

  • Tablet Computer
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A tablet belonging to the consulate's administrative staff. According to today's appointment schedule, Claus Strandberg has booked a massage for his back pains. The masseur, who works at a local clinic, is already in the building.

  • The Condemned Prisoner
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According to the soldiers guarding the prison cell, the condemned prisoner was a close friend of Zaydan. However, when his brother, a Marrakesh police officer, was killed this morning during Strandberg's breakout, the prisoner decided to betray Zaydan and go public. Zaydan has already paid the prisoner a visit and is likely to do so again.

  • The Propaganda Machine
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The printing crew spreads fake propaganda in the name of Crystal Dawn, encouraging the people of Morocco to rise up and take justice into their own hands. Which, of course, is exactly what Zaydan is counting on. Very clever. The crew must have access to nearby printing supplies, most likely at the abandoned school.

  • The Retired Headmaster
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According to soldiers, the old headmaster of the school that Zaydan is using as his field HQ, lives right above the local carpet shop.

  • The Strandberg Interview
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According to the GNN news crew, Claus Strandberg has agreed to an exclusive interview. However, the replacement cameraman, a local freelancer hired when the regular cameraman got a stomach flu, appears to be running late.

  • Turret Access Code
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A password for the computer that controls the gun turret. That thing packs quite the punch.

  • Zaydan's Code Word
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A code word found in Reza Zaydan's safe: 'Honeycomb.'

Challenges

See A Gilded Cage/Challenges

Challenges marked with * represent challenges that are also available on Professional difficulty.
Challenges in italics represent challenges available only for PS4 players in the Sarajevo Six pack.
Numbers in the "Reward" column (e.g. +5000) are the Mission Mastery Points for that specific map.
All Bonus missions, including Patient Zero missions and ICA Facility missions, have no mastery points for their mission specific challenges. The only exception to this is the Holiday Hoarders mission.
Type Key: A=Assassination; D=Discovery; F=Feats; T=Targets; MFT=Master Fortune Teller
Name Type Description Reward
Silent Assassin* A

Complete "A Gilded Cage."

Only kill the targets.

No bodies found.

Do not get spotted.

If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.

+5000
Silent Assassin, Suit Only* A

Complete "A Gilded Cage."

Only kill the targets.

No bodies found.

Do not get spotted.

If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.

Do it all in your suit.

+5000
Sniper Assassin* A

Complete "A Gilded Cage."

Assassinate your targets with a sniper rifle.

Only kill the targets.

Do not get spotted.

If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.

+5000
(Un)happy Ending* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate Claus Hugo Strandberg during a massage while disguised as the masseur

+5000
A Room With a Moose* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate Claus Hugo Strandberg with the moose.

+5000
Oil Lamp* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan with the oil lamp.

+5000
Poison IV A

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan by poisoning his food.

+2500
Electri-fried* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate Claus Hugo Strandberg by electrocuting him.

+2500
Suit Only* A

Assassinate both targets and complete the mission.

Do it all in your suit.

+1000
Drowning Your Sorrows* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate Claus Hugo Strandberg by drowning him.

+5000
Internal Affairs* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate Claus Hugo Strandberg with the fiber wire while disguised as the intern.

+5000
The Headmaster's Revenge* A

Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Disguise yourself as the headmaster.

Find all the children's paintings.

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan while disguised as the headmaster.

+5000
Tunnel Vision* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan in the tunnel with an exploding oil drum.

+2500
Don't Use That Tone* A

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan by pushing him into the printing press.

+5000
Drama Queen* A

Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Disguise yourself as a cameraman.

Assassinate Claus Hugo Strandberg with an explosion during the interview.

+5000
.50 Syndrome* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate both Claus Hugo Strandberg and General Reza Zaydan with the APC turret.

+5000
Bathroom Break* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan by dropping a toilet on him.

+2500
Personal Vendetta* A Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan while disguised as the prisoner.

+5000
No Evidence* A

Complete "A Gilded Cage" with no bodies found.

If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.

+1000
Dance Till You Drop* A

Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Dismiss all dismissable soldiers in the school.

Turn on the intercom.

Turn on the radio.

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan while he is dancing.

+5000
Don't Blow It* A

Complete "A Gilded Cage" (Professional difficulty only)

Arrange for Claus Hugo Strandberg and General Reza Zaydan to meet in the tunnel.

Assassinate both targets with an exploding oil drum.

+5000
Strong Hands D

Disguise yourself as the masseur.

+1000
Poster Boy D

Disguise yourself as a printing crew member

+1000
Candid Camera D

Disguise yourself as a cameraman.

+1000
Dismissed! D

Disguise yourself as an officer.

+1000
Is It Safe? D

Find the combination to the school safe.

+1000
Back to School D

Find the headmaster's key.

+1000
Cherry Blossom D

Open Claus Hugo Strandberg's safe.

+1000
Mole-tiple Choice D

Find the tunnel entrance.

+1000
Down the Rabbit Hole D

Force Claus Hugo Strandberg to evacuate by triggering a fire alarm.

+1000
Uninvited D

Enter the Consulate without getting spotted.

+1000
New Transfer D

Enter the school without getting spotted.

+1000
Looking Through Walls D

Look through all the peepholes in the school.

+2500
I'm a Member D

Find the Courtyard Club membership card.

+1000
Get the Truck Out of Here! D

Escape in the army truck.

+1000
Rise to the Top D

Start on a rooftop.

+1000
Infiltration D

Start in the school alley.

+1000
The Scenic Route D

Find a child's painting.

+1000
Exit Strategy D

Escape through the street gate.

+1000
Floor It! D

Escape in the Consulate car.

Consulate Parking Garage Starting Location

+1000

Exit, Take Me Away D

Escape through the marketplace gate.

+1000
Off to the Market D

Start in the market as a food vendor.

+1000
Stepping up Your Game D

Start in the consulate basement.

+1000
A View to Die For D

Start on the rooftop as a handyman

+1000
Pipe Down D

Start in the shisha cafe.

+1000
You Have to Start Somewhere D

Start in the consulate, disguised as a janitor.

+1000
Old School D

Start in the school classroom.

+1000
Bad Blood F

Sit down as the prisoner.

+2500
Prime Time F

Turn on the camera.

+2500
Golden Touch F

Give Claus Hugo Strandberg as massage while disguised as the masseur.

+2500
Why We Fight F

Listen to General Reza Zaydan's propaganda speech.

+2500
Let's Dance F

Dismiss all dismissable soldiers in the school.

Turn on the intercom.

Turn on the radio.

+5000
Open Sesame F

Infiltrate the school as the headmaster.

+2500
Slam Dunk F

Throw a pool ball through the basketball hoop behind the school.

+5000
Honeycomb F

Arrange a meeting with Claus Hugo Strandberg.

+1000
Prank Call F

Assassinate five targets with a telephone.

+2500
Wishing Well F

Hide five bodies in the well.

+2500
Master Assassin F

Complete the following Feat Challenges: Piano Man, Someone Could Hurt Themselves, Hold My Hair, Straight Shot, and Tasteless, Traceless.

+5000
I Re-fuse F

Assassinate five targets by electrocuting them.

+2500
Pipe Dreams F

Assassinate a target by poisoning the shisha pipe.

+1000
Piano Man F

Assassinate a target with the fiber wire.

+1000
A Tall, Bald Stranger F

Disguise yourself as a fortune teller.

+2500
Straight Shot F

Assassinate a target with a headshot.

+1000
Public Sneaker F

Get rid of the protester.

Do not kill him.

+2500
Hold My Hair F

Assassinate a target by drowning them.

+1000
Someone Could Hurt Themselves F

Assassinate a target in an accident.

+1000
Chameleon F

Find and equip all disguises in Marrakesh.

+5000
Begging for It F

Give the fortune teller five coins.

+5000
Your Luck is Running Out F

Throw six coins into the fountain.

+1000
Tasteless, Traceless F

Assassinate a target with lethal poison.

+1000
The Banker T

Assassinate Claus Hugo Strandberg.

+5000
The General T

Assassinate General Reza Zaydan.

+5000
Wishful Thinking MFT

Assassinate Claus Hugo Strandberg and General Reza Zaydan with the saber while disguised as the fortune teller.

+5000
Master Fortune Teller MFT

Complete all fortune teller challenges: Future Events, It Was an Axeident, Seven Years of Bad Luck and Wishful Thinking.

TAC-4 AR Desert

+8000

Future Events MFT

Disguise yourself as the fortune teller.

Do not kill him.

+2500
Seven Years of Bad Luck MFT

Assassinate 5 targets in 5 different accidents while disguised as the fortune teller.

+5000
It Was an Axeident MFT

Assassinate 5 targets with an axe while disguised as the fortune teller.

+2500

Mastery

Mastery Level Type Unlock Description
2 Agency Pickup Consulate Parking Garage The ICA can smuggle a large secure case into the storage room in the basement parking lot beneath the consulate in Marrakesh.
3 Starting Location Undercover in the Courtyard Club 47 has infiltrated the Courtyard Club in the shisha cafe and begins the mission disguised as a waiter.
4 Agency Pickup Mechanic Shop The ICA can conceal a small item inside a mechanic's toolbox.
5 Agency Pickup Combat Knife A military knife made of stainless steel. Designed for close-quarters engagement.
6 Starting Location Undercover at the Snail Stand 47 has infiltrated the bazaar and he begins the mission cooking snails, disguised as a local food vendor.
7 Agency Pickup West Bazaar Rooftops The ICA has placed a large secure case on one of the rooftops close to a good vantage point overlooking the bazaar and consulate in Marrakesh.
8 Starting Location Undercover in Zaydan's Compound 47 has infiltrated General Zaydan's forces and begins the mission inside the compound, disguised as a soldier.
9 Agency Pickup Shisha Cafe Restroom The ICA can hide a small item inside the toilet cistern in the shisha cafe's Courtyard Club restroom.
10 Weapon ICA19 F/A A tactical pistol. Custom slide. Capable of automatic fire. (Full auto)
10 Gear Emetic Poison Vial A vial of poison. Contains a single dose of an emetic poion. WHen consumed, an individual will immediately become nauseated and seek a location to throw up in. Can be administered via food or drink.
11 Starting Location Undercover on the West Bazaar Rooftop 47 has infiltrated a local electronics company and has found a sniper vantage point overlooking the bazaar and consulate. He begins the mission here.
12 Agency Pickup Old Headmaster's Terrace The ICA has placed a large secure case on the house terrace of an aspiring and preoccupied novelist. This location is now available during planning.
13 Starting Location Lamp Store Rooftop 47 has chosen a vantage point overlooking the city and begins the mission on a lamp store's rooftop.
14 Agency Pickup Consulate Top Floor The ICA can smuggle a small item in one of the consulate's cleaning carts.
15 Gear Remote Explosive Duck A medium explosive device designed to resemble a rubber duck. Detonated remotely. Exercise caution when placing. Will attract casual attention if spotted.
16 Starting Location Undercover in the Consulate 47 has infiltrated the consulate and begins the mission on the top floor, disguised as a janitor.
17 Agency Pickup Carpet Shop The ICA can conceal a small item inside a stack of carpets in the carpet shop in the Marrakesh market.
18 Starting Location School Alley 47 has infiltrated the rear of the military compound in Marrakesh and begins mission near the the school's south-facing windows.
19 Agency Pickup School Gate The ICA can smuggle a large secure case to the back entrance of the old school.
20 Weapon TAC-4 AR Stealth A modern bullpup assault rifle. Fully automatic. Has a powerful suppressor attached. (Suppressor)
20 Gear Proximity CX Demo Block A block of Composition 10 plastic explosive. Shaped for use in demolitions or improvised explosive snares. Integrated proximity trigger. Exercise caution when placing.

Disguises

Weapons

Firearms

  • Bartoli 12G
  • Bartoli 75R
  • Fusil G1-4
  • Fusil G2
  • HX-10

Melee Weapons

Explosives

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Propane Flask
  • Remote Explosive

Other

  • Coin
  • Emetic Rat Poison
  • Lethal Poison Vial

Gallery

Escalation Contracts

There are currently 8 escalation contracts available in Marrakesh Day:

Elusive Targets

This is a list of the elusive targets who appeared in Marrakesh:

  • Elusive Target #5: The Gunrunner
    • 1 July 2016 (1400 CEST) - 4 July 2016 (1400 CEST)
  • Elusive Target #11: The Fixer
    • 14 October 2016 (1400 CEST) - 21 October 2016 (1400 CEST)
  • Elusive Target #15: The Angel of Death
    • 2 December 2016 (1400 CET) - 9 December 2016 (1400 CET)

Trivia

  • The mission name "A Gilded Cage" comes from the idea of being trapped in a luxurious environment. In this case, it refers to the Swedish Consulate, the luxurious building Claus Hugo Strandberg is taking refuge in.
  • This mission is referenced in the "World of Assassination" trailer for HITMAN™, as the narrator mentions that "....In Morocco, a banker meets his end. A general loses his line of credit. A riot burns out in the street. Two men die, and a military coup is averted."
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France The Showstopper - Holiday Hoarders
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Thailand Club 27
United States of America Freedom Fighters
Japan Situs Inversus
Patient Zero
Thailand The Source
Italy The Author
United States of America The Vector
Japan Patient Zero