Elusive Targets is a new target-based gameplay concept introduced in HITMAN™.


Elusive Target missions are unique, as they only appear once, and if the mission ends in any way, other than restarting, they cannot be attempted again. So far, they've appeared at a rate of roughly once every few weeks.

The target cannot be seen on the map or through Instinct Mode, but the briefing gives mediocre clues about their location and antics, which mostly consist of background. The level can also be modified during the mission to seal off certain areas that are available during normal gameplay, and can also contain extra guards.

When a new target is added to the game, players only have a limited time (initially ca. 48 hours, though the norm has since become a whole week) to compete in the mission, or it'll be lost.


After completing varying amounts of Elusive targets, the player will unlock new suits for Agent 47 to wear. Some suits are based on Agent 47's earlier suits, worn in the previous games of the franchise. All unlockable suits can be worn in every game mode and level (excluding tutorial levels), but the changes are mostly cosmetic, with some characters making snarky comments depending on your clothing.

Reactivated rewards-1-

  • Absolution Suit with Gloves - Finish 5 Elusive Target missions.
  • Blood Money Suit with Gloves - Finish 10 Elusive Target missions.
  • Agent 47's Signature Suit with Gloves - Finish 13 Elusive Target missions.

Starting from Elusive Target 14, eight more suits were added; Progress made before November 14th don't count towards these outfits.

  • Terminus - Complete 1 Elusive Target with a Silent Assassin rating.
  • Winter Suit - Complete 5 Elusive Targets with a Silent Assassin rating. Gloves are included.
  • Tuxedo with Gloves - Complete an Elusive Target in Paris.
  • Italian Suit with Gloves - Complete an Elusive Target in Sapienza.
  • Summer Suit with Gloves - Complete an Elusive Target in Marrakesh.
  • Casual Suit with Gloves - Complete an Elusive Target in Bangkok.
  • Tactical Gear with Hunter's Hat - Complete an Elusive Target in Colorado. Gloves are included.
  • White Yukata - Complete an Elusive Target in Hokkaido.


Mission Target Start Date End Date
1. The Forger Sergei Larin May 13th, 2016 May 15th, 2016
2. The Congressman Anthony L. Troutt May 27th, 2016 May 29th, 2016
3. The Prince Adalrico Candelaria June 8th, 2016 June 10th, 2016
4. The Sensation Jonathan Smythe June 14th, 2016 June 16th, 2016
5. The Gunrunner Vito Đurić July 1st, 2016 July 4th, 2016
6. The Twin Dylan Narváez July 15th, 2016 July 18th, 2016
7. The Wildcard Gary Busey July 21st, 2016 July 28st, 2016
8. The Broker Howard Moxon August 5th, 2016 August 7th, 2016
9. The Black Hat Owen Wagner August 26th, 2016 August 29th, 2016
10. The Pharmacist Nila Torvik September 16th, 2016 September 23rd, 2016
11. The Fixer Xander Haverfoek October 12th, 2016 October 21st, 2016
12. The Identity Thief Brendan Conner October 21st, 2016 October 28th, 2016
13. The Ex-Dictator Richard Ekwensi November 1st, 2016 November 8th, 2016
The Gold-Digger Inez Ekwensi
14. The Chef Gabriel Santos November 18th, 2016 November 25th, 2016
15. The Angel of Death Etta Davis December 2nd, 2016 December 9th, 2016
16. The Guru Richard J. Magee December 16th, 2016 December 23rd, 2016
17. The Food Critic Wen Ts'ai December 30th, 2016 January 6th, 2017
18. The Chameleon Richard M. Foreman January 13rd, 2017 January 20th, 2017
19. The Blackmailer Walter Williams January 27th, 2017 February 6th, 2017
20. The Warlord Adeze Oijofor February 10th, 2017 February 17th, 2017
21. The Doctor Pavel Frydel February 24th, 2017 March 3rd, 2017
The Surgeon Akane Akenawa
22. The Bookkeeper Pertti Järnefelt March 17th, 2017 March 24th, 2017
23. The Paparazzo Kieran Hudson April 7th, 2017 April 18th, 2017
24. The Badboy Bartholomew Argus May 5th, 2017 May 16th, 2017
25. The Fugitive Ji-Hu June 23rd, 2017 July 3rd, 2017
26. The Entertainer Mr. Giggles July 14th, 2017 July 24th, 2017


HITMAN - Elusive Targets Reactivated

HITMAN - Elusive Targets Reactivated

On October 24th, 2017, iOi announced the return of the elusive targets[1] to be available for purchasers of the newly released Game of the Year Edition. This re-activation would allow players to try any elusive target that they didn't finish on the first appearance. If a target was killed or the mission was failed, they would not return. Sergei Larin would be the first target reactivated on November 17th, 2017. During their first activations, most elusive targets were active for around 72 hours. Most re-activated elusive targets are active for 10 days. The announcement showed a montage of elusive targets, but Gary Busey was notably absent; this was later revealed to be the result of contractual issues.  The reactivations have deviated from the original release order. The Guru, which was originally the sixteenth target, was reactivated as the ninth target to coincide with the release of HITMAN Spring Pack (a free release of Sapienza). The Pharmacist, the tenth target originally, was also held back as the result of a bug which was fixed in the v1.33 patch and was announced to be added back into the reactivation queue.

Mission Target Start Date End Date
1. The Forger Sergei Larin November 17th, 2017 November 27th, 2017
2. The Congressman Anthony L. Troutt December 1st, 2017 December 11th, 2017
3. The Prince Adalrico Candelaria December 15th, 2017 December 25th, 2017
4. The Sensation Jonathan Smythe January 12th, 2017 January 22nd, 2017
5. The Gunrunner Vito Đurić January 26th, 2017 February 5th, 2017
6. The Twin Dylan Narváez February 9th, 2018 February 19th, 2018
7. The Broker Howard Moxon February 23rd, 2018 March 5th, 2018
8. The Black Hat Owen Wagner March 9th, 2018 March 19th, 2018
9. The Guru Richard J. Magee March 23rd, 2018 April 2nd, 2018
10. The Fixer Xander Haverfoek April 6th, 2018 April 16th, 2018
11. The Identity Thief

Brendan Conner

April 20th, 2018 April 30th, 2018
12. The Ex-Dictator Richard Ekwensi May 4th, 2018 May 14th, 2018
The Gold-Digger Inez Ekwensi
13. The Chef Gabriel Santos May 18th, 2018 May 28th, 2018
14. The Angel of Death Etta Davis June 1st, 2018 June 11th, 2018
15. The Food Critic Wen Ts'ai June 15th, 2018 June 25th, 2018
16. The Chameleon Richard M. Foreman June 29th, 2018 July 9th, 2018
17. The Blackmailer Walter Williams July 13th, 2018 July 23rd, 2018
18. The Warlord Adeze Oijofor July 27th, 2018 August 6th, 2018
19. The Doctor Pavel Frydel August 10th, 2018 August 20th, 2018
The Surgeon Akane Akenawa
20. The Bookkeeper Pertti Järnefelt August 24th, 2018 September 3rd, 2018
21. The Fugitive Ji-Hu September 4th, 2018 September 17th, 2018
22. The Paparazzo Kieran Hudson September 21st, 2018 October 1st, 2018
23. The Badboy Bartholomew Argus October 1st, 2018 October 11th, 2018
24. The Pharmacist Nila Torvik October 12th, 2018 October 22nd, 2018
25. The Entertainer Mr. Giggles October 26th, 2018 November 5th, 2018


HITMAN™ Targets (Examples)


  • There was a bug in the game where players could replay Elusive Contracts through Contracts Mode, that was uploaded with their (presumed) UI references.[2]
    • For The Congressman, UI_CONTRACT_MINT_JULEP_TITLE
    • For The Sensation, UI_CONTRACT_SHANDY_TITLE
    • In addition to the revealed names, all of the Elusive Target UI names are based on alcoholic drinks.
  • Gary Busey was selected as a target by the community, who were asked to choose between either Gary Busey or Gary Cole. This is also presumably the reason for the longer time period (168 hours, a full week) when he was available as a target.[3] Cole also appeared as himself in the mission, but not as the target.
  • The tenth elusive target also was available for a whole week. The reason is possibly found from the official forum; a user had to leave the town for work-related reasons September 16, which meant he/she would have missed his/her 10th ET. After a brief discussion, a moderator commented that he'll ask the team if there was anything they could do.


  2. TheKotti Twitch VOD
  3. (Defunct)