Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 Achievements

Never Saw it Coming

Kill an enemy with a takedown from above from a glider, zipline or parachute (Single Player only).  

For this achievement, you'll first need to buy the 'Death from Above' Skill under the Heron Skill Tree. Once you've got this you'll need to find the perfect place where you can get either glider, zipline or parachute in the same place as an enemy NPC. Personally the zipline is the best and easiest option here, so aim for this option. One of the best places get both of these is during the 'The Medusa's Call' mission. Head to the mission marker and look out for the zipline over looking the area the enemies are walking about.

Once you're ready, distract one into place by pressing to throw a rock. Once he's under the zipline, press to grab hold and slide down. When you're above him or within a range, press :abut again to drop off. Doing so, you'll automatically do an Death from Above Takedown and the achievement will unlock.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by MCFC Blue Nose
Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 04:08:25 PM

Nice, should be fun

Comment #2 by paganSVK
Monday, October 22, 2012 @ 02:07:11 PM

like in AC brotherhood - kill 3 enemies at one from above ( paraschute )

Comment #3 by just 18
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 04:31:57 AM


Comment #4 by PowerPyx
Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ 06:27:56 PM

First of all you will have to buy the "Death from Above" skill in the Heron skill tree. This will allow you to perform a stealth takedown when jumping on enemies. Jumping down while using a zipline is the easiest way. The glider or parachute methods are rather tricky and unpredictable. Ziplines can be found during many main story missions, but are rarely found near enemies in the open world. The earliest chance to get this during the story is in the 6th mission "The Medusa's Call". No matter where you do it, the strategy is always the same: throw some stones to lure nearby guards under the zipline. Use the zipline when the guards are in place and detach when you are above them. The kill will then be performed automatically, no additional button

Comment #5 by frazyah
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 02:25:51 AM

There is a mission on the second island called Triple Decker (its the 3rd or 4th mission after you arrive) and there's this big cliff wall with multiple levels of enemies on it. If you walk up one short set of steps and stand right in the middle, there's a short zip line that leads to a small hut (one of your targets stands there quite often). There is another guard who circles around this hut as his regular patrol route, and its pretty easy to get the achievement there (for anyone who may have progressed through the game past Medusa's Call).

Comment #6 by Hurricane Of 87
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 05:50:38 PM

Got it on the Ling Cong I Presume? mission on the first island, there's a few enemies who can help but positions themselves at the end of ziplines for you. Cheers bro, sorry I'll have to blade you.

Comment #7 by Blue Thunder28
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 09:23:54 PM

I also got it on Ling Cong, several times.

Comment #8 by Damien 333
Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 02:59:38 PM

I really have to thank to PowerPyx for his guides in Far Cry 3. Thanks for help.

P.S.: I hope i wasnt too enthusiastic or emotional :P

Comment #9 by Jefurre
Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 07:28:10 PM

I had trouble finding a good place to do this as I have done most of the story line and all of the outposts before I even looked at what achievements there are, however there is a really good one located at X:362.8, Y:700.5 at Vaas' camp where you see the footage of liz which is occupied by pirates most of the time. Aproach from the north and clear out any pirates on the lookout posts. Throw a rock near the end of the zip line and wait for one of the near by pirates to wander over. (there are usually two pirates down to the right) once one gets near enough to the zip line, stand up and use the zip line! Jump off just before you are directly above the pirate and BINGO! Job done. There are a few Rakyat patrols that frequent this area too making it a little safer for some as you usually have

Comment #10 by JT Fever
Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 01:16:01 PM

I got it on story mission "Lin Cong Presume?" 3rd mission for Buck. There is a zipline underground with 5-6 soldiers. I actually got 2 in 1 here.



Comment #11 by Seventh77
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 07:04:18 PM

#9 helped me out, was finished with the game/outposts and there were enemies right near those coords. Rock trick to draw the enemy to the zipline worked too. Thanks!

Comment #12 by Spidaorckbeats
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 07:22:27 PM

hurriance of 87 is right hears a video to get this trophy easy

Comment #13 by TheShadowKws84
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 01:20:42 PM

I unlocked it on the mission Prison Break-In. It's two missions after The Medusa's Call.

Comment #14 by ComradeSnowball
Thursday, December 27, 2012 @ 11:15:00 PM

Deployed my parachute, and performed a takedown on a guy and yet I didn't get this achievement. Dunno if it's glitched or what.

Comment #15 by HokeyCokey2303
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 04:07:03 AM

Comment #16 by HokeyCokey2303
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 04:09:37 AM

I was above someone in a glider and performed a "death from above" but didn't get it. I had upset the locals so a lot of gunfire was coming my way not sure if this has an effect. "never saw it coming" implies stealth after all.

Comment #17 by lashin out 9
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 10:07:07 PM

@16 It's because you killed a rakyat warrior which is not considered an enemy.

Comment #18 by vRunner88
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 @ 05:09:19 PM

I'm the same as 14, ran up a side of a hill used the wingsuit and then delopyed the parachute. Sailed for about 5 secs then dropped down on some guy and didn't get the achievement. I don't know if its because I used the wingsuit first or not.

Comment #19 by patrickskates92
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 @ 06:26:07 PM

I've had a parachute takedown about 4 times and still no achievement

Comment #20 by dasani3x
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 @ 06:46:11 PM

Four easy ways to get this achievement, some are during the campaign and one is after in case you have liberated all outposts, etc.:

Comment #21 by Richard8844
Sunday, January 06, 2013 @ 11:08:03 AM

Did this wigh parachuge, lkke a boss.

Comment #22 by Richard8844
Sunday, January 06, 2013 @ 11:09:44 AM

Cant type using tablet.

Comment #23 by The Kingslayer
Monday, January 07, 2013 @ 09:41:04 AM

There is a perfect place to get this, go to the island where the doctor lives and go back to one of the places you had to search during the story, it's the place where you find a recording of Vaas screwing with your friends. Enemies always spawn there.

Comment #24 by ItsLowKey
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 @ 04:26:00 AM

Number 9's method is flawless, got it first try.

Comment #25 by halsafar
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 02:45:43 PM

I got this on the Deepthroat mission on the second island. As you are following the waypoint markers in this mission you will eventually have to zipline across a chasm. There are two guards on the other side. You can throw a rock far enough to make one of them walk under the zipline. Then zipline over and detach at the right time. You will fail the mission if the other guards sees you but you will still have the achievement.

Comment #26 by Milosuperspesh
Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 08:37:25 AM

used a glider and pressed the take down right stick didn't get cheevo lol

will try some others like using the drop off button

Comment #27 by Schoepi85
Saturday, January 26, 2013 @ 04:06:18 PM

@ #9 Thanks man, had the same problem, used your guide, perfect! :) cheers!

Comment #28 by Pudlite
Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 05:32:49 AM

@ #9, that worked great. thanks. I had already done that mission, but the pirates are still there later in the game. great spot.

Comment #29 by TEQUILA V1
Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 01:06:25 PM

Again number 9 was the way to go.I feel it hasnt been made clear however, that you MUST press a to detach from the zipline in order to get the achievement otherwise he doesnt drop down and do the assassination,also you do not have to be 100% dead on, that is the target can be a little to the left or right of the exact center of the zipline,so as long as you detach at the right time you will get the achievement.

Comment #30 by XBlyndSDragonX
Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 07:11:55 PM

you know it is really annoying how the first comment always seems to be some @$$ who hasn't even tried it yet just wanting to drop the first comment... Be useful or atleast have something to contribute!

Comment #31 by goldbergsdragon
Monday, March 04, 2013 @ 10:37:47 AM

*Achievement/Trophy Hunters*

Comment #32 by Rad981
Monday, March 04, 2013 @ 06:36:47 PM

I was at the very end of the game when i realized i didnt have this one. #9 was definitely the way to go. Thanks a lot.

Comment #33 by BigZ7337
Saturday, March 09, 2013 @ 08:55:16 PM

This one is being annoying, especially since I already beat the game. I've successfully performed it from a parachute but I think that the guards saw me and became alert just before I completed the action. So the guards must have to be idle to get the achievement, which is annoying because the Natives keep coming by and fighting with the soldiers at the spot mentioned by #9. I'm just going to have to try again tonight.

Comment #34 by krphilabaum
Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 01:42:00 PM

#9 worked great. Thanks

Comment #35 by One Winged Joker
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 02:46:17 PM

#9 Thank you!

Comment #36 by big1whittle1
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 02:19:04 PM

tried #9 there was no enemies there at all, i think its random after completion because i get spawns of enemies near 547.0 - 738.6. its like a small fuel dock for boats.. i got my flamethrower cheevo after game finished here

Comment #37 by XxOquigoxX
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 03:41:57 AM

I Tried to do this with a Parachute at a outpost, and i did it about 10 times legitly and it didn't give it to me, does it have to be a specific enemy or what?

Comment #38 by ChaChiChica
Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 06:13:07 PM

Number 9 thanks! You save me from loads of searching for a good spot

Comment #39 by EnchantedDaisy
Thursday, May 09, 2013 @ 11:40:14 AM

Thanks #9! That made it easy. Got it first try.

Comment #40 by Conkreit
Sunday, May 12, 2013 @ 02:16:37 PM

Tried to be a bad ass and do it off a glider and failed soooooo many times. Did it #9s way and wow super simple! One of the best pieces of advice I've come across that almost unanimously worked. Great post!

Comment #41 by Barry Barret
Thursday, June 20, 2013 @ 04:53:12 PM

Can be done easily when you head to the second island and jump from the plane. Parachute onto the camp ahead instead of the drop zone.

Comment #42 by Rev Gates
Monday, June 24, 2013 @ 03:57:53 PM

I did it taking an Outpost named Krige Valley Something. There is a hill right by the outpost. All you need to do is get on top of that hill, jump with you wing suit and deploy your parachute right away. The coordinates are X: 321.5? Y: 362.4. Hope that helps!

PS.: You need to detach from the parachute first! I made it like 3 times without detaching and it didn't work! Detach from the chute first,? then assassinate!

Comment #43 by TLA Tohig
Saturday, July 27, 2013 @ 01:31:57 PM

Mission: Deepthroat
First zipline you come to on the left in the camp. Enemy is right under it anyway!

Comment #44 by FPSnoob2012
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 @ 06:57:42 AM

Based on what I'm reading here and my own experience, this achievement is glitched for parachutes. I came at two guards from behind, dropped from the chute, hit A again and went into the aerial takedown animation. No achievement. Robbery.

Comment #45 by dreamz69
Sunday, October 13, 2013 @ 04:52:55 PM

Thank u #9

First time success

Comment #46 by You Stupid Noob
Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 11:11:50 PM

yeah I did this from a parachute and nothing.. def glitched

Comment #47 by VirusDave 138
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 @ 07:47:38 PM

Enough said!

Thats the Method!

Comment #48 by strivinglife
Sunday, December 01, 2013 @ 11:19:06 AM

It's the 4th Buck mission, not the 3rd. Two guys standing next to each other is what I went for. Checkpoint right before sliding down.

Comment #49 by ULTRA TARI
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 11:34:57 PM

Awsome now I have the gist of it hopefully I can get this one. Ive been struggling to get this one from tye glider. Now that I know u can just throw a rock under a zip line makes ut so much easier. Chears :-)

Comment #50 by SpeedracerZ06
Saturday, March 22, 2014 @ 07:40:39 PM

Got this one on "Lin Cong I Presume". Second zipline

Comment #51 by Kaeferin
Monday, June 23, 2014 @ 03:19:00 PM

Location of Comment Nr #09 works perfect for me!
X:363.6 Y:698,9

Comment #52 by Kilbriider
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 06:58:03 PM

Went to so many areas and realized I couldnt kill anyone because I was click RS :D #42 has a great outpost spot mentioned

Comment #53 by NielsDekker
Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 02:37:41 PM

Commenter number 9's method worked like a charm for me!! Thanks!

Comment #54 by reaktor morrie
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 @ 04:39:43 PM

For people who still need it, method from #9 works good but be aware that as soon as you got the camps already on your side, your people will fight the pirates kinda quick.
To be short, you don't have all the time or otherwise they start fighting.
Try to bait them fast, or else they run away to the fight there is no pirate left nearby the zipline.
But once you are quick and the pirate is under the zipline, it's kinda easy.

Comment #55 by Sir Kam
Thursday, March 03, 2016 @ 10:17:22 AM

X:362.8, Y:700.5 quick and easy. Thanks #9

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Ubisoft Montreal


US December 04, 2012
Europe November 30, 2012

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