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The Showstopper is the third mission in HITMAN™, and the first to be set in the present-day. It begins with Agent 47 being contracted to assassinate Viktor Novikov and Dalia Margolis.

Target(s):

  • Viktor Novikov
  • Dalia Margolis

Description

47 is sent to Paris, France to assassinate fashion mogul Viktor Novikov and his partner Dalia Margolis. Viktor Novikov, owner of the Sanguine fashion empire, is hosting a gala and fashion showcase at the Palais de Walewska in Paris to debut his new clothing line designed by Sebastian Sato. Novikov's partner Dalia Margolis is a former supermodel and is now the behind-the scenes ringleader of IAGO, a global espionage organization. Novikov's fashion show case is a proxy for Margolis' international spy ring, IAGO.

During the fashion show an IAGO secret meeting is being held to auction a NOC list of identities of several deep cover operatives in the Middle East working for MI6. The ICA has been contacted by MI6 to eliminate both Novikov and Margolis. Infiltrating the fashion show in Palais de Walewska, 47 assassinates both targets.

The previous day, Novikov exchanged a file containing all of IAGO's collected secrets to an unknown man as payment for stopping an FSB investigation of him. The man then sends a text message with an order to "leak the names", while sarcastically wishing Novikov good luck on the upcoming fashion show, stating "it will be the one you will be remembered for".

Mission Briefing

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"Good evening, 47. Your destination is the Paris fashion show by Sanguine, one of Europe's leading couture brands. Your targets are Sanguine owner Viktor Novikov, a former oligarch turned fashion mogul, and his partner, Dalia Margolis, a retired supermodel. An iconic power couple on the global fashion scene, and two of the most dangerous people in the world.

Novikov and Margolis are in fact the ringleaders of IAGO, an enigmatic spy ring that deals in the global elite's most valuable secrets. Unscrupulous and opportunistic, IAGO has caused disastrous security leaks all over the globe.

When Crimean separatists caused a deadly meltdown at the Odessa nuclear power plant, IAGO gave them access to the plant's security network. And when the Delgado drug cartel shot down the plane of President Hernandez and his family, IAGO provided the classified flight plans.

Now Novikov and Margolis have obtained a NOC list of British undercover agents, which they plan to sell at a secret IAGO auction during the Sanguine show.

So, our client, MI6, needs us to stop the ringleaders before the NOC list ends up in the wrong hands.

The Sanguine show will be swarming with security, and Viktor Novikov will be the focus of everyone's attention. But despite his posturing, he is merely the moneyman. The real target is Dalia Margolis, beautiful and brilliant. She is a master manipulator and the true brains behind IAGO.

Two targets. A highly public event. At first glance, an impossible task. Then again, I do know how you love a challenge.

I will leave you to prepare."

Diana Burnwood

Objectives

  1. Eliminate Viktor Novikov
  2. Eliminate Dalia Margolis
  3. Locate Exit

Intelligence

  • A Private Meeting
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Novikov is meeting in private with Max Decker, a senior agent of the Russian FSB. This must be connected to the criminal case the FSB was mounting against Novikov, and the mysterious suicide of Decker's boss, FSB section chief Nicholai Kamarov.

  • Camera Lens
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A camera lens belonging to fashion reporter Lindsey La Coeur and her network team.

  • Cocktail Recipe
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The recipe for a Bare Knuckle Boxer. According to margin notes, this is Viktor Novikov's favorite cocktail.

  • Dalia Margolis' Laptop
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The IAGO auction is run from Dalia Margolis' private laptop. From here you should be able to shut down the auction temporarily.

  • Evacuation Plan
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A IAGO security operations protocol. The numerical code to evacuate Novikov and Margolis and bring them to the safe room is '17'. However, only Novikov's personal bodyguard, Kurt Donovan, can authorize the procedure.

  • Fireworks Remote
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The remote detonator for a fireworks display. Must be for Novikov's grand finale.

  • Fireworks Schedule
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According to the schedule, Novikov plans a grand fireworks display at the end of the Sanguine show. The fireworks are located on a barge in the Seine. The detonation remote, however, is unaccounted for.

  • Helmut Kruger's Phone Call
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Helmut Kruger is meeting Margolis after the show. I suspect that IAGO uses fashion models to infiltrate the lives of the rich and powerful, and Kruger is likely one of IAGO's spies. The location, however, is unknown.

  • IAGO Auction VIP List
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According to the room assignment doc, the infamous Sheikh Salman al-Ghazali is staying in Suite Two. The Al-Ghazalis are known terrorist supporters, and Salman is surely one of IAGOs clients with unlimited access to the auction.

  • IAGO Invitation
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An invitation to the IAGO auction. Very useful. FYI, I took the liberty to hack their servers and get you a cover identity. You are Tobias Rieper, corporate shark specializing in hostile takeovers. Margolis will assume that you're a guest of Novikov's, so you should have time to complete the mission.

  • IAGO Operations Protocol
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An IAGO security operations protocol. The numerical code to evacuate Novikov and Margolis and bring them to the safe room is "17." However, only Novikov's personal bodyguard, Kurt Donovan, can authorize the procedure.

  • Laptop Dongle
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A security dongle. It likely belongs to Dalia Margolis' laptop.

  • Novikov's Favorite Cocktail
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Novikov's favourite drink is a rather obscure cocktail know as a Bare Knuckle Boxer. The recipe has been misplaced somewhere in the basement.

  • Palace Master Key
  • Speedboat Key
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The keys to a speedboat. Must be the one docked at the garden pier.

  • Stage Schedule
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The stage schedule confirms that Viktor Novikov will take Sebastian Sato's place on stage after the show, if the head designer is unable to attend.

  • The Fashion Blogger
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Viktor Novikov has agreed to a live interview with a young fashion blogger. However, she needs a replacement lens for her camera before the interview can begin.

  • The Light Rig
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According to the guards, the light rig appears to be poorly constructed. Apply the right tools and it might collapse.

  • The Magazine Editor
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Valerie St. Clair, legendary editor in chief of Showstopper Magazine, has discoverd Novikov's secret, and plans to blackmail him. She has somehow obtained an invitation to the IAGO auction upstairs, and her young assistant Liza is about to enter the auction undercover. The poor girl is clearly out of her depth.

  • The Male Model
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Helmut Kruger, celebrated male model, is part of tonight's show. The two of you share a striking resemblance.

  • The Meeting Spot
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Decker is waiting in the outdoor lounge area for one of Novikov's guards to escort him to the garden pavilion where the meeting will take place.

Opportunities

15 Seconds of Fame

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The famous Helmut Kruger is part of the show. He has your cheekbones, 47.

According to our intel, Helmut Kruger is friendly with Dalia Margolis. I suspect that IAGO uses fashion models to infiltrate the lives of the rich and powerful and Kruger is likely one of their spies. His face paint conveniently obscures his features and the two of you already share a striking resemblance.

A Drink to Die For

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Novikov has a favorite drink and a rather obscure one at that. Sounds like an expert is needed.

According to staff, Viktor Novikov's favorite drink is a rather obscure cocktail known as a Bare Knuckle Boxer. The recipe, however, has been misplaced in the basement. Sounds like a chance opportunity to get on Novikov's good side.

A Private Meeting

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Novikov and Decker appear to have business, the kind best done in secret.

Novikov is meeting Max Decker, a senior agent in the Russian FSB. Small world. The FSB has been mounting a criminal case against Novikov but Decker's boss, FSB section chief Nicholai Kamarov, committed suicide only last night. Or perhaps not. Either way, this could be a chance to catch Novikov away from the spotlight.

A Quick Break

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The auction is run from Dalia Margolis' private laptop. Good to know.

The IAGO auction employs an interactive bidding system controlled from Margolis' laptop. If you can get to it, you should be able to shut down the auction temporarily. This could be an opportunity to catch Margolis away from the spotlight.

A Rare Scoop

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Novikov has agreed to an interview. A shame about the cracked lens.

According to the young fashion blogger, Novikov has agreed to do a live interview. This could be a good time to catch the Sanguine CEO off guard. The location, however, is currently unknown, and in any case, the blogger needs a replacement lens for her camera. May I suggest you help a girl in need?

Guest of Honor

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Sheikh al-Ghazali is staying at the palace. He is hardly here to sample next year's colors.

According to the room plan, the infamous Sheikh Salman al-Ghazali resides in Suite Two. The Al-Ghazalis are known terrorist supporters, and Salman is surely one of IAGO's most prominent clients. He will no doubt have unlimited access to the auction. Better yet, he is also a notoriously private person, and apart from his family, employees and close friends, few have seen his face up close.

Lights Out

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The light rig looks like an accident waiting to happen. Question is, to whom?

The light rig could potentially crush anyone on the stage below. I suggest you locate the stage schedule. If Novikov is head designer Sebastian Sato's replacement, we can probably tweak the odds in our favor. A fragile genius known to suffer from wild mood swings, Sato shouldn't be hard to get rid of. Be gentle though. He is an artist after all.

Playing with Fire

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Novikov plans an elaborate fireworks display. Spare no expense, it seems.

According to the pyrotechnics schedule, Novikov plans a grand fireworks display at the end of the Sanguine show. Not a bad distraction. The fireworks are set up on a barge in the Seine. However, you'll need to find the detonation remote elsewhere.

Disguises

Weapons

Firearms

Melee Weapons

Explosives

Other

  • Bodyguard's Phone
  • Coin
  • Cyanide
  • Emetic Rat Poison
  • Fireworks Remote
  • Kruger's Phone
  • Laptop Dongle
  • Palace Master Key
  • Portable Radio
  • Speedboat Key

Challenges

See The Showstopper Challenges Guide
Challenges marked with * represent challenges that are also available on Professional difficulty.
Challenges in italics represent challenges available only for PS4 players as they belong to the Sarajevo Six pack.
Name Description Challenge Type
Silent Assassin*
  • Complete "The Showstopper."
  • Only kill targets.
  • No bodies found.
  • Do not get spotted.
  • If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.
Assassination
The Showstopper*

Assassinate Viktor Novikov with the light rig.

Assassination
Silent Assassin, Suit Only*
  • Complete "The Showstopper."
  • Only kill 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.
Assassination
In Plain Sight*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Trigger the fireworks display.
  • Assassinate Dalia Margolis and Viktor Novikov with a sniper rifle within 10 seconds of each other.
  • Do not get spotted.
Assassination
Public Speaker

Drop a speaker on Viktor Novikov.

Assassination
Speechless

Assassinate Viktor Novikov with a firearm while he is onstage.

Assassination
Center of Attention*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Drop a chandelier on Dalia Margolis during the auction.
Assassination
In Seine*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Push Viktor Novikov into the Seine river.
Assassination
Terminal Velocity*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Push Dalia Margolis onto Viktor Novikov.
Assassination
Powdering Her Nose*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Assassinate Dalia Margolis by drowning her.
Assassination
A Break From the Auction
  • Wait for Dalia Margolis to greet you as Mr. Rieper.
  • Assassinate Dalia with a silenced pistol.
Assassination
Suit Only*
  • Assassinate both targets and complete the mission.
  • Do it all in 47's suit.
Assassination
Knockout Punch

Assassinate Viktor Novikov with a poisoned cocktail.

Assassination
Watch Your Step*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Trigger an evacuation.
  • Drop a chandelier on both Viktor Novikov and Dalia Margolis.
Assassination
The Personal Touch*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Assassinate both Dalia Margolis and Viktor Novikov with the fiber wire.
Assassination
No Evidence*
  • Complete The Showstopper with no bodies discovered.
  • If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.
Assassination
To Your Very Good Health*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Assassinate Dalia by poisoning her drink.
Assassination
A Permanent Break*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Get Dalia Margolis to check her laptop.
  • Assassinate Dalia Margolis with a neck snap.
Assassination
Bad Habits

Assassinate Dalia Margolis with a gas heater lamp explosion.

Asassination
More Than You Bargained For*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Assassinate Dalia Margolis during the meeting while disguised as Helmut Kruger.
Assassination
Photobomb*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Arrange the interview with Viktor Novikov.
  • Conceal an explosive in the camera.
  • Assassinate Viktor Novinov.
Assassination
That Sick Drop*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Assassinate Viktor Novikov with a chandelier.
Assassination
Smoking Hazard

Assassinate Viktor Novikov with a gas heater lamp explosion.

Assassination
Do Svedanja
  • Arrange the meeting with Decker.
  • Assassinate Viktor Novikov with an explosion.
Assassination
Safe Room Explosion*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Trigger an evacutation.
  • Assassinate both Viktor Novikov and Dalia Margolis with an explosion while they are in their safe room.
Assassination
Drowned Rat*
  • Complete "The Showstopper." (Professional difficulty only)
  • Assassinate Viktor Novikov by drowning him.
Assassination
Silent Assassin
  • Assassinate The Director
  • Only kill targets
  • Hide all bodies
  • Do not get spotted
Assassination
Lights Out on a Promising Career Assassinate The Director with the light rig Assassination
An Invitation Upstairs

Find an IAGO invitation.

Discovery
Your Excellency

Win the IAGO Auction while disguised as the Sheikh.

Discovery
A Private Meeting
  • Get a bodyguard disguise.
  • Meet Decker.
Discovery
A Drink to Die For

Mix a Bare Knuckle Boxer for Viktor Novikov.

Discovery
A Quick Break

Hack Dalia's computer and sabotage the auction.

Discovery
Ducks in a Row

Collect the stage schedule.

Discovery
One Little Mistake

Make Sebastian Sato sick.

Discovery
The Key to the Auction

Find Dalia Margolis' laptop dongle.

Discovery
IAGO at Work

Reach the IAGO auction and witness Dalia's speech.

Discovery
The Undercover Model
  • Become Helmut Kruger.
  • Meet Dalia Margolis.
  • Learn how IAGO operates.
Discovery
Playing with Fire

Find the fireworks remote.

Discovery
The Mysterious Mr. Rieper

Attend the IAGO auction as Mr. Rieper.

Discovery
Lights Out
  • Investigate the light rig.
  • Get out onto the light rig.
Discovery
Guest of Honor

Become the Sheikh.

Discovery
I'm Invited
  • Find an IAGO invitation.
  • Show the Invitation to the CICADA bodyguards.
Discovery
A Rare Scoop
  • Find the camera lens.
  • Give it to the blogger.
Discovery
Salut Too Soon

Trigger the fireworks ahead of schedule.

Discovery
A Secret Meeting

Escort Decker to his meeting with Viktor Novikov.

Discovery
15 Seconds of Fame

Take to the catwalk as Helmut Kruger.

Discovery
Bare Knuckle Boxer

Find the recipe for Novikov's favorite cocktail.

Discovery
Bull in a China Shop

Destroy the priceless Chinese vase.

Discovery
Careful What You Wish For

Toss a coin in the fountain.

Discovery
On to the Catacombs

Escape the palace via the basement.

Discovery
Staffing Up

Start in the locker room disguised as a chef.

Discovery
Mr. Rieper's Auction

Start at the IAGO auction.

Discovery
Baron Larin's Boat

Escape the palace in Baron Larin's speedboat.

Discovery
Novikov's Personal Ride

Escape the palace by helicopter.

Discovery
Sato's Little Helper

Start in the dressing room disguised as a stylist.

Discovery
Tech Support

Start at the first-floor AV center disguised as as tech crew.

Discovery
Advantage Point

Start at the pile-driver barge.

Discovery
Party Crasher

Start in the palace garden.

Discovery
Last Minute Reinforcements

Start in the attic.

Discovery
Piano Forty Seven

Knock someone out with the piano.

Discovery
Mopping Floors

Start in the kitchen as palace staff.

Discovery
Sniper Assassin*
  • Complete "The Showstopper."
  • Assassinate your targets with a sniper rifle.
  • Only kill targets.
  • Do not get spotted.
  • If you are detected by cameras, erase or destroy the evidence.
Feats/ Assassination (Professional)
Close Personal Protection
  • Eliminate Viktor Novikov's personal bodyguard.
  • Do so without getting spotted.
Feats
Setting the Stage
  • Eliminate Sebastian Sato.
  • Hide the body without getting spotted.
Feats
Someone Could Hurt Themselves

Assassinate a target in an accident.

Feats
Master Assassin

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

Feats
Piano Man

Assassinate a target with the fiber wire.

Feats
Chameleon
  • Find and equip all disguises in Paris.
Feats
Straight Shot

Assassinate a target with a headshot.

Feats
Hold My Hair

Assassinate a target by drowning them.

Feats
Tasteless, Traceless

Assassinate a target with lethal poison.

Feats
The Mastermind

Assassinate Dalia Margolis.

Targets
The Moneyman

Assassinate Viktor Novikov.

Targets
The Director Assassinate The Director Targets
The Phantom of the Palace

Assassinate a target with a chandelier while disguised as the vampire magician.

Master Vampire
For My Next Trick!
  • Assassinate a target with an exploding oil drum while disguised as the vampire magician.
  • The assassination must take place while the fireworks are going off.
Master Vampire
This Shocking Trick!

Assassinate a target by electrocution while disguised as the vampire magician.

Master Vampire
Blademaster

Assassinate a target with a saber while disguised as the vampire magician.

Master Vampire
Like Mist

Escape blame by becoming the vampire magician.

Master Vampire
The Darkness and the Blood

Find and equip the vampire magician disguise without getting spotted.

Master Vampire
The Quiet Earth

Exit a mission via the catacombs while disguised as the vampire magician.

Master Vampire (Magician)

Complete all vampire magician challenges

Master Vampire

Mastery

Mastery Level Unlock Description Type
2 Undercover in Kitchen 47 has infiltrated the palace and begins the mission in the basement kitchen, disguised as palace staff. Starting Location
3 Shed The ICA can smuggle a large, secure case into a shed on the outskirts of the palace grounds. Large Agency Pickup
4 Undercover in Dressing Area 47 has infiltrated the Sanguine staff and begins the mission backstage with the models, disguised as a stylist. Starting Location
5 Jaeger 7 A modern marksman's rifle. Highly accurate and modular, allowing extensive customization. (Suppressor/Subsonic/Scout) Weapon
6 Pantry The ICA can smuggle an item into the palace, hidden inside a large stack of food crates. Small Agency Pickup
7 Undercover in AV Center 47 has infiltrated the company providing AV tech for the Sanguine show and begins the mission on the first floor, disguised as one of the tech crew. Starting Location
8 Logistics Trailer The ICA can smuggle a large, secure case onto palace grounds inside a transport truck. Large Agency Pickup
9 Undercover in Locker Room 47 has infiltrated the palace and beings the mission in the basement locker room, disguised as a chef. Starting Location
10 ICA Silverballer A tactical pistol. Custom slide with suppressor. Low rate of fire, with high damage. (Suppressor/Steady aim) Weapon
11 Sedative Poison Vial A vial of poison. Contains a single dose of sedative. Any individual dosed will immediately slip into unconsciousness. May be administered via food or drink. Gear
12 Palace Garden 47 has already joined the party and begins the mission in the garden next to the cocktail reception. Starting Location
13 Toilet Cistern The ICA can hide a small item inside the toilet cistern of a top-floor bathroom. Small Agency Pickup
14 Attic 47 has infiltrated the palace and begins the mission in the upstairs attic. Starting Location
15 TAC-SMG A modern machine-pistol. Lightweight, with excellent rate of fire and precision. (Rate of fire/Suppressor) Weapon
16 Newspapers The ICA can conceal a small item inside a stack of newspapers in the palace owners' apartment. Small Agency Pickup
17 Pile-Driver Barge 47 has chosen a sniper vantage point overlooking the rear of the palace and begins the mission atop the pile-driver barge. Starting Location
18 Empty Attic Room The ICA can smuggle a large, secure case into the attic above the Palais de Walewska. Large Agency Pickup
19 Undercover at IAGO Auction 47 has joined the IAGO Auction and begins the mission on the top floor. Starting Location
20 HWK 21 Covert A modern light pistol. Rapid firing with good magazine capacity. (Suppressor/Extended magazine) Weapon
20 ICA Remote Explosive A modular explosive device designed by the ICA. Detonated remotely. Highly suspicious if noticed. Weapon

Gallery

Maps

Escalation Contracts

There are currently 18 escalation contracts available in Paris:

Elusive Targets

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

  • Elusive Target #1: The Forger
    • 13 May 2016 (1800 CET) - 15 May 2016 (1800 CET)
  • Elusive Target #4: The Sensation
    • 14 June 2016 (2100 CEST) - 17 June 2016 (0200 CEST)
  • Elusive Target #8: The Broker
    • 5 August 2016 (1400 CEST) - 8 August 2016 (1400 CEST)
  • Elusive Target #9: The Black Hat
    • 26 August 2016 (1400 CEST) - 29 August 2016 (1400 CEST)
  • Elusive Target #10: The Pharmacist
    • 16 September 2016 (1400 CEST) - 23 September 2016 (1400 CEST)
  • Elusive Target #12: The Identity Thief
    • 21 October 2016 (1400 CEST) - 28 October 2016 (1400 CEST)
  • Elusive Target #14: The Chef
    • 18 November 2016 (1400 CET) - 25 November 2016 (1400 CET)
  • Elusive Target #19: The Blackmailer
    • 27 January 2017 (1400 CET) - 6 February 2017 (1400 CET)
  • Elusive Target #23: The Paparazzo
    • 7 April 2017 (1400 CET) - 18 April 2017 (1400 CET)

Target Lockdown

Both targets have their own safe rooms. Novikov will be escorted either to the security room in the basement, or a room with a piano in the second floor. Dalia will be taken to the same room in the attic where 47 can start the mission in. If Agent 47 triggers code 17, both targets will head to an office in the second floor, where they will be left unguarded.

Trivia

  • If the player infiltrates the auction without a disguise, Agent 47 will introduce himself as Tobias Rieper, an alias he used throughout Hitman: Codename 47.
    • The subtitles originally misspelled the name as "Reaper". This was fixed in a later update.
Missions in HITMAN™
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Training (Greenland) Freeform Training - The Final Test
France The Showstopper
Italy World of Tomorrow - The Icon - Landslide
Morocco A Gilded Cage - A House Built on Sand
Thailand Club 27
United States of America Freedom Fighters
Japan Situs Inversus

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