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The ranking Silent Assassin is a special rank given to the player, once they have achieved a mission with flawless stealth, and little to absent aggression.

The rating feature (along with the silent assassin rating) came first in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, but made an appearance in Hitman: Codename 47 as the expenses system.

Hitman: Codename 47

How to obtain

While not fully in Hitman: Codename 47, the player gets cash deducted from their paycheck due to how much of a "mess" they cause in that mission. The cost is minimal when the player kills only who they need to kill. The player can also lose the ability to use weapons, due to how much of a "mess" they make in the previous mission.

In order to obtain "silent assassin" in Hitman: Codename 47, the player must:

  • Fire minimal shots possible.
  • Not raise attention (Killing large crowds of people).
  • Kill no civilians (The player can kill civilians necessary to complete the mission, but with a $1,000 penalty).

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin

How to obtain

In order to obtain the "silent assassin" rating in Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, the player must:

  • Have no more than one alert.
  • Fire no more than one shot.
  • Kill no civilians.
  • Kill no more than one guard.

Hitman: Contracts

How to obtain

In order to obtain "silent assassin" in Hitman: Contracts, the player must:

  • Cause no more than 2 alerts.
  • Fire no more than two shots.
  • Kill no civilians/guards.

Hitman: Blood Money

How to obtain

While Hitman: Blood Money's Silent Assassin system mostly is the same throughout all difficulties, the player gains certain requirements when playing a higher difficulty. They will be marked with (NORMAL+) in front of them.

In order to obtain "silent assassin" in Hitman: Blood Money, the player must:

  • Not blow their cover.
    • The player's cover can not be blown in the normal suit.
  • Acquire no witnesses.
  • Not get caught on camera.
    • The player can steal the video tape to void this.
  • Not harm anyone but the target.
    • Any kill using an accident kill will void this.
  • Leave no evidence. (NORMAL+)
    • Evidence includes the player's suit and custom weapons.
  • Not allow bodies to be found. (NORMAL+)
    • Bodies of NPCs killed using accident kills are exempted.

Hitman: Absolution

How to obtain

While Hitman: Blood Money's Silent Assassin system is based on how careful the player is in their mission, Hitman: Absolution's Silent Assassin system is based on the points players achieve for game-play. The player will receive a points multiplier based on the difficulty. The difficulties are categorized by Enhanced (Easy/Normal), and Professional (Hard/Expert/Purist). The player can also complete challenges to receive points multipliers (Normal+ Difficulty).

While silent assassin is the best rank possible, due to the ways some levels are built, the player can only achieve the preceding rank, Shadow.

To obtain enough points to earn Silent Assassin/Shadow in Hitman: Absolution, the player must:

  • Only kill targets (Killing targets with accident kills [or even using Fiber Wire] gives the "Signature Kill" bonus).
    • If the player kills an NPC with a silenced weapon (using the AMT Hardballer for example), they will get a "Silent Kill" bonus.
  • Not be spotted (Neither kill civilians. Doing this will give a high "Civilian Casualty" penalty).
  • Hide all bodies (Hiding bodies after pacifying a non-target will negate the point loss).
  • Collecting all evidence.
  • (ENHANCED: NORMAL+) Increasing the difficulty. (Gives a point multiplier, with Purist giving the highest, and Expert being second, as Expert gives 100%, while Purist gives 150%.)
  • (ENHANCED: NORMAL+) Completing challenges.

HITMAN™

How to obtain

As of HITMAN™, the silent assassin system has returned, similarly to Hitman: Blood Money's procedure.

To obtain "silent assassin" in HITMAN™, the player must:

  • Only kill targets.
  • Do not get spotted.
  • Have no witnesses.
  • Do not get caught on camera. If this happens, destroy the recordings.
  • No Bodies Found.
    • Targets killed with accidents or poison are allowed to be found.
  • Non-target kills with accidents ruin the rating.

Rewards

  • In Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and it's sequel Hitman: Contracts, the player is awarded with special weapons (such as silenced SMGs) for achieving a Silent Assassin rating, along with any weapons they pick up in the mission itself.
  • In Hitman: Blood Money, if the player achieves Silent Assassin, the player will gain a small money boost (usually around $150,000).
  • In HITMAN™, completing 1 Elusive Target with the SA rating unlocks the Terminus suit, completing 5 with SA unlocks the Winter suit (as of Nov. 18, 2016).

Trivia

  • In Hitman: Absolution, the player's score will be placed on an online leader-board, where friends can compare scores for that level. Contracts Mode puts the player on a worldwide leader-board.
  • In Hitman: Blood Money, the inability of 47 to get his cover blown in his suit allows the player to trespass restricted areas and still get away with a Silent Assassin rating.

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