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A Staged Accident is a kill method first properly introduced in Hitman: Blood Money, but having made occasional appearances in the previous games. They return in Hitman: Absolution, HITMAN™, & HITMAN™ 2 and HITMAN III. It makes the kill look like an accident, and thus the guards will not search the area for a murderer (in some cases the body is completely hidden by the accident.) Additionally, if the body is found, this will not count against the rating. Also, in Blood Money, accident kills on non-targets do not count against the rating which is very useful for eliminating witnesses. Most of the following accidents are context sensitive, meaning they are only available in very specific locations, but some, such as falling, can be done in any level where there are heights great enough to kill the target.
- 1 Common Accidents
- 2 Rarer Accidents
- 3 Level Specific Accidents
- 3.1 Weightlifting accident
- 3.2 Glass roof accident
- 3.3 Rigged pyroshow
- 3.4 Coal engine accident
- 3.5 Unfinished Landmine Accident
- 3.6 Early testing accident
- 3.7 Fire Paste accident
- 3.8 Electric Gun accident
- 3.9 Bomb Factory accident
- 3.10 Robot Arm accident
- 3.11 Poisoning
- 3.12 Propaganda Printer Accident
These types of accidents can be performed on almost any level, with some exceptions.
Involves pushing a NPC over a ledge or any other high fall. They can also be dragged and flipped over the ledges to achieve the same effect when knocked out. It's the most common type of accident, and can be done in any Hitman: Blood Money mission except for Amendment XXV. It also appears in Hitman: Absolution and HITMAN™ although this accident can only be done if the target is standing near a ledge and a button prompt appears. It is also possible to pull people down from below or side on certain locations.
Dumping an unconscious person over a railing or over a ledge will sometimes result in an accidental elimination in HITMAN™, though the game is somewhat inconsistent, and high elevation alone does not necessarily guarantee a fatality. It is probable that only certain locations are coded to create lethal falls.
Falling down stairs (Blood Money Only)
Similar to the above, this involves falling down stairs instead. It is doable in any Hitman: Blood Money mission. It does not seem to work in PC, as the victim is merely knocked unconscious. However, in the mission Till Death Do Us Part, doing this to John Leblanc will instantly kill him, which is somewhat realistic given his old age.
Any NPC pushed, dropped or dragged into water will die. This is doable in any mission with bodies of water, including A Vintage Year, Flatline, A New Life, You Better Watch Out…, Death on the Mississippi, Till Death Do Us Part and A Dance with the Devil.
In HITMAN™ & HITMAN™ 2, Agent 47 can drown people in toilets if said person has been sickened and is standing in front of the toilet vomiting into it. In a few specific cases, particularly on Haven Island, some targets will relax in a hot tub or pool and the player can drown them by approaching from behind, whereupon the option to hold them under the water will appear. Additionally, in some outdoor maps the player can enter the very edge of a large body of water such as an ocean shore. A character dragged into the water or knocked out here will drown. Due to either glitches or developer oversights, however, some water bodies were not given this property.
Suspended objects falling
Some suspended objects can be made to drop onto anyone located underneath, including chandeliers, suspended barrels or light racks. In Hitman: Blood Money this is done using the RU-AP Mine, which when planted on the winch will cause the object to fall. This is featured in Death of a Showman, A Vintage Year, Curtains Down, Flatline, The Murder of Crows, You Better Watch Out... and Till Death Do Us Part. In Hitman: Absolution, some suspended objects will be dropped by shooting the chain that holds them up, as demonstrated in many missions of Hitman: Absolution, where things such as chandeliers may be shot down. A third method is to pull a lever, or a press a switch to make them drop. It has only been featured in Rendezvous in Rotterdam, Run For Your Life, Shaving Lenny, Hunter and Hunted, Fight Night, Blackwater Park, and Absolution. The Rendezvous in Rotterdam and Shaving Lenny accidents both are accidents involving targets being crushed by cars descending, though the former counts negatively in the player's stats, adding one enemy kill.
There are numerous suspended objects in HITMANTM and the rest of the World of Assassination trilogy, everything from chandeliers to street shop signs or even natural objects such as coconuts growing in trees. Usually the object itself or the chain or rope holding it must be shot to release the load, but in some cases such as industrial equipment the player must manually operate the a control panel and maneuver the object over the target.
Elevator accident (Blood Money only)
While presumably a bug, but in Hitman: Blood Money, anyone pushed while an elevator going down will usually die. It can be done in any level with an accessible elevator, namely A Vintage Year, You Better Watch Out..., A House of Cards and A Dance with the Devil.
In HITMAN™ & HITMAN™ 2, NPCs killed by poison, whether administered via syringe, food, drinks, or other means, will be regarded as having died of accidents.
These types of accidents only appear on a few levels.
Eaten by animals
Whilst functionally identical to the above, in Till Death Do Us Part and A Dance with the Devil, any NPC's dropped into the water will be eaten by respectively Alligators and Sharks, preventing it from being found. A carnivorous pet Hippopotamus (hippos can indeed eat meat when necessary) appears in the HITMAN 2 and can be used to dispose of target Rico Delgado in the mission Three-Headed Serpent.
In most missions with moving vehicles, you can lure or knock out people on to the path of the vehicles, and the victim will be killed. The easiest mission to do this is A New Life. This type of accident is featured as an easter egg in End of the Road mission.
If the barbecue grill in A New Life is rigged with Lighter Fluid, Mrs. Sinistra will be burned when she operates it. This accident returns in Shaving Lenny, where player can replace a bottle of hot sauce with lighter fuel, and setting Mason McCready on fire.
This accident can be done in Traditions of the Trade. When Fritz Fuchs is inside the sauna, a valve nearby can be turned, suffocating him to death. However, since accidents are not introduced yet in Contracts, if his body is discovered, it will count against the rating. It can also be done in Situs Inversus, with Yuki Yamazaki, by locking her in an overheated sauna room.
In Hitman: Blood Money, Lorenzo Lombardo has a private gas kitchen, and if sabotaged, it will explode into his face when he next tries using it, killing him. Shooting the propane tank will also cause it to explode, but his death will not count as an accident. This accident returns in HITMAN™ (2016) and is much more common. As long as 47 has a wrench on his inventory, he can sabotage Gas canisters and even common kitchen ovens to release gas, which will explode if anything flammable is used nearby (Shooting, explosives, NPCs smoking etc.) or when the oven is turned back on. Note that sabotaging is considered suspicious unless 47 is wearing a specific disguise, and remember to turn off the ovens that you plan to sabotage, so it wont explode immediately after the action.
Glass floor accident
Can only be done in You Better Watch Out…. Chad Bingham, Jr. is sitting in a glass-bottomed pool, and if shot out or exploded, he and several girls will fall down unto the pier below. The bodies can be discovered by the guests at the pier. A similar accident is featured in Death Factory, where player can shoot the glass floor of the operating room in Test Facility, and let Marcus Green fall through it. Interestingly, doing this will not have any report associated to gunshots in the newspaper session.
In Hunter and Hunted (Absolution), Shaving Lenny and Attack of the Saints, the player can connect a cable from a generator to a conductor, and when the lever was turned, the metal current will kill the ones using the item. Can be used to kill Larry Clay, Bill Dole, Gavin LeBlond, Mason McCready and Louisa Cain.
The accident returns in HITMAN™ (2016), and is more common. As long as 47 has a screwdriver on his inventory, he can break certain fuses so they release electricity. Most of them appear near puddles of water, making said puddle lethal to step on. Sometimes the puddle needs to be created by 47 himself, often by overflowing a sink. Note that sabotaging fuses is considered suspicious unless 47 is wearing a certain disguise, and make sure everything connected to the item in question is turned off to avoid accidental suicide. Puddles can also be electrified using remote or proximity tasers or by tossing car batteries into them. The ICA Electrocution Phone can also be used to deliver a shock immediately, with no need for water or other environmental effects.
Gas pump accident
In Hunter and Hunted (Absolution), Shaving Lenny and Attack of the Saints, there are gas pumps that can be sabotaged. The gas pump will explode when someone drops a cigarette on it or if the player shoots it. Anybody nearby will be killed and registered as an accident.
Similar to the Gas Pump accident, In HITMAN™ 47 can sabotage certain objects, (Oil Barrels, Motorcycles) so they leak oil around them. If the oil is lit by any means (Explosion, shot, NPC smoking, nearby generators activated) the oil bursts on flame, killing any NPCs that were standing on the oil. Sabotaging these objects is considered suspicious unless disguised fittingly, and 47 needs to have a Screwdriver (Oil drums) or a wrench (Motorcycles) in his inventory to sabotage the items.
Accidents involving firearms are some of the rarest in HITMANTM and its sequels, occurring on only two levels. In The Finish Line, the experimental androids in the indoor firing range are armed with automatic pistols and can be programmed to shoot a particular target using facial recognition software. In The Farewell, the security force's own sniper team can be tricked into eliminating two specific targets: Tamara Vidal, or the elusive target Joanne Bayswater, if the player obtains the proper uniform and a communications earpiece. This ability cannot be used in contracts mode against other targets. Such an elimination will count as both a ballistic kill and an accident, a rare combination. Quite unrealistically, even if the target is shot in full view, the security detail will immediately recognize the death as an accident and behave quite apathetically about their charge's sudden demise.
Level Specific Accidents
These types of accidents only appear on a certain level.
Glass roof accident
Can only be done in A New Life. When the wife enters the indoor pool, the glass roof can be hit by thrown items or shot, and the falling glass will kill her, making it look like an accident. The coin can also be used to break it, which will not make noise or waste ammo.
Coal engine accident
Can only be done in Death on the Mississippi. Anyone disposed of into the boiler of the steamboat will be burned and die.
Unfinished Landmine Accident
In Death Factory, an unfinished landmine and a proximity detector can be found in the room which the player disables the security system in the test facility. If the player puts the proximity detector on the unfinished landmine, Marcus Green will be blown up when he is examining it.
Early testing accident
In Death Factory, Dr. Green will go to the "lawn" testing zone to check the results. The player can activate the test early by pressing the button in the operation room, and blow him up. Note that other NPCs and 47 himself can be blown up this way also.
Fire Paste accident
Electric Gun accident
Can only be done in Death Factory. Raymond Valentine is testing an electricity gun. If the player obtained the safety code for the electricity gun, they can turn it on when he goes in the test area and electrify him.
Bomb Factory accident
Can only be done in Death Factory. Raymond Valentine will sometimes go to a bomb chamber and see results. When that happens, player can activate a computer nearby and close the chamber, bombing Dr. Valentine.
Robot Arm accident
Although technically not an accident, poisoned targets in Contracts Mode registers as accident kills, and in all modes are treated as accidents for anything that requires an accidental kill.
Propaganda Printer Accident
In A Gilded Cage, If 47 impersonates a member of the poster crew and returns to the school with the rest of the crew, he can perform this accident. If the printer is turned off when General Zeydan visits the room, he will turn it back on and check the machine. During this time, 47 can shove him into the machine, killing him instantly. This accident also destroys the body.