Hitman: Absolution

Hitman: Absolution Achievements


You completed Hitman: Absolution™ as a professional

There are 5 total difficulties to choose from:

  • Easy
  • Normal
  • Hard
  • Expert
  • Purist

Complete each mission on Hard or higher without changing the difficulty. Pick one of those difficulties and stick with it until you have the achievement. All three are considered "professional". You have no player activated checkpoints and enemies have better than average reaction times. Also your instinct won't restore on it's own.

You always have the option to replay missions on easier settings. The game always asks you what difficulty you want to play the missions on. If you play the entire game on Normal, you can just replay missions on Hard to gain the achievement. You do not have to restart the entire game. Replaying missions will work.

You can view a video walkthrough for all levels on hard HERE.

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 4 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by squirrel monkey
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 11:00:52 PM

So glad to see this achievement is back!

Comment #2 by rapid riot boy
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 11:53:07 PM

Wicked achievement tile, i can't wait to attempt this!

Comment #3 by Snowed
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 12:05:46 AM

What does it mean?

Comment #4 by BiggD
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 12:59:34 AM


Comment #5 by Space Cadet
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 03:40:53 AM

Silent Assassin all the way, baby.

Comment #6 by davhuit
Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ 07:30:36 AM

No, I don't think so. I just think it's do complete the game on the hardest difficulty, so without any help like the instinct but I don't think it's refering to do a Silent Assassin on each level, so too bad :/

Comment #7 by exsiben
Sunday, September 30, 2012 @ 02:52:18 AM

Anyone else singing Muse when they read this title? No, just me? That's cool ;-)

Comment #8 by Sideeffect11
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 03:57:21 PM

should be fun

Comment #9 by Webb
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 07:18:20 PM

Professional probably refers to your rating across the whole campaign - i.e. one down from Silent Assassin.

Comment #10 by Splinter4
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 11:49:48 PM

"Professional" is simply the hardest game setting available. It was definitely a big challenge in Blood Money, but I loved it. Totally kicked my ass and forced me to plan everything out VERY carefully.

There was an additional chievo in Blood Money called "5 Professional Silent Assassins" which was for getting a total of 5 Silent Assassin ratings awarded on the Professional difficulty, and each 1 of those 5 had to be on a different mission.

I REALLY hope they bring this one back. It's definitely one of my proudest chievos. I'm hoping it's somewhere in that list of Secret Chievos. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Comment #11 by Jackal2486
Thursday, November 01, 2012 @ 06:41:18 PM

This is what I originally thought myself. However after watching some gameplay videos it looks like they are scoring you constantly. Go around like Rambo and you'll get nowhere but go incognito and you'll get this achievement. I may be wrong though.

Comment #12 by IIIII Matt IIIII
Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 09:30:07 AM

I will do this even if it kills me !

Comment #13 by Viper 759
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 07:48:19 AM

This will be a nice challenge. Only wondering if "professional" refers to the difficulty setting or not. Since there will be three different proffesional difficulties: Professional hard, Profesional expert and Professional purist.

Comment #14 by maniac2k5
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 09:22:08 AM

Like #13 said - this achievement is for beating the game on any of the three difficulty levels under the banner 'Professional'. That's Hard, Expert or Purist.

Comment #15 by The Cipriani
Saturday, November 17, 2012 @ 06:15:09 PM

its the games difficulty, there are 5 and the last 3 are the proffesional difficulties:
easy-all assists
normal-all assists with less intinct

Proffesional difficulties:
hard-all assists with less instinct and harder AI
expert-no instinct and hard AI
Purist-no help whatsoever

i wish they brought back silent assassin for all missions, it was a serious personal achievement when you got it.

Comment #16 by Akatsuki Sensor
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 @ 10:39:44 AM

I am sucking ass at Purist, spent 10 hours and only on the fourth mission.

Must. Resist. Urge. To. CHANGE TO HARD OH I CAN'T DO IT GUYS :'(

Comment #17 by Hoot Mckoy
Thursday, November 22, 2012 @ 10:45:55 AM

im stuck already,

Comment #18 by Moondo75
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 03:38:53 AM

I just completed the game on normal. If i start a new game on a pro difficulty, will i lose my progress with collectables and what not?

Comment #19 by Hoot Mckoy
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 07:39:56 AM

just got to the last level,and the friggin game froze on me,lost all my so oissed off now,anyone else had the same problem.

Comment #21 by Splinter4
Monday, November 26, 2012 @ 03:45:06 PM

@ #18
Man, I sure hope not... THAT would seriously suck! Can anyone confirm that this won't happen?... (losing all your "Career Progress" by starting a new game on a harder setting?)

@ #19
No, I didn't have a single game-freeze/problem/glitch, and I made it all the way to the end (playing on the "Normal" setting).

Comment #22 by G315T
Saturday, December 01, 2012 @ 08:40:57 AM

Can you simply level-select your way through the game on professional difficulties, or do you have to start a new game and play fresh on a professional difficulty?

Comment #23 by SlimEel84
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 12:32:29 PM

#18. I've just completed on normal and have gone a level up and it keeps all your challange unlocks as well as everything else! Thank baby Jesus!

Comment #24 by iiTz MaYo x
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 02:27:59 PM

Did the game on normal, then completed it on hard but i did'nt get the achievement!! its the only achievement left i need to get, do anyone know of anyway of checking what difficult you have done the missions on?

Comment #25 by G315T
Monday, December 03, 2012 @ 02:42:35 PM

I can confirm that going back and just level selecting your way through the missions on the same game if you finished it on Normal first works just fine.

#24 You must have missed a level, as far as I know there's no way to look at what difficulty each level has been finished on. (Only seems to track score)

Comment #26 by Cayusez
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 02:55:43 AM

has anyone got this achievment on hard?? Purist is impossible and i take so many retakes the game isnt enjoyable

Comment #27 by iiTz MaYo x
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 04:57:49 AM

#25 thanks mate, i did miss a mission the 3rd one 'Terminus' i seen i had 0 on both of them and though that was a bit weird, so i did both parts and got it! thanks :)

Comment #28 by Dead Insider
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 10:33:46 AM

#26, I completed the game on normal, then started a new game on hard. It kept all the done challenges and found items from the normal run and the achievement popped.

Comment #29 by Jonny Ward
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 03:37:08 PM

Although this guy's walkthroughs are for purist mode, he has a step by step guide for each part of every level.
I'm using them at the moment its helping alot so if you get stuck
check this out -

Comment #30 by kennythomas26
Friday, December 14, 2012 @ 09:11:56 PM

The game froze on me when I got to the mission with the saints and I had to do everything all over again.

you must ne one of the licky ones as I haver played throught this game on normal until it froze on me at the mission with the Saints and I lost all my progress then I had to fly through half the game to get to that point again.

Comment #31 by Jake317
Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 10:13:01 PM

This is my last achievement, I was I destroyed this game on Professional and the achievement didn't pop, I'm wondering if I had to watch the full credits or something stupid like that. I will try watching the credits and seeing if this Achievement pops.

Comment #32 by CHAINS4W
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 @ 07:30:31 PM

Hey, I just beat the game on purist and the achievement didnt pop. I heard some people saying there is a bug with the Desert mission so I replayed it and shot Lenny in the face and beat it. My achievement popped right after this. Hope this helps anybody who has the same problem.

Comment #33 by Massive Tempah
Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 04:17:20 AM

Does this include the 1st missions? The tutorial killing Diana ?

Comment #34 by johnwick
Friday, May 03, 2013 @ 09:38:31 PM

I liked this one since the Hitman: Blood Money Professional one wasn't that hard the checkpoints through to next stage helped a lot, though I have been playing the previous Hitman since it came out on classic Xbox so 7 years of Hitman:BM practice can't have gone to waste here

Comment #35 by Rinoth
Thursday, May 30, 2013 @ 12:34:57 PM

Thank you my man, worked like a charm

Comment #36 by Impact47
Thursday, June 06, 2013 @ 02:33:21 PM

Finished the entire game under "Hard" difficulty, but the achievement did not appear after the last level. So I opened up the level select and noticed that my score for one of the levels read 0. So I went back in and beat this level, and sure enough the achievement popped up after this. Hope this helps anyone who might have the same problem.

P.S. - A surefire way to see if this might have happened to you is to scroll down to the "Unlocks" section on the Main Menu. The top stat will show how many levels you have completed out of 20 (i.e. 14/20). Mine read 19/20 even after I beat the game, so I knew that one of the levels did not register.

Comment #37 by PreppieSole98
Sunday, July 07, 2013 @ 06:25:36 PM

Yea you have to kill Lenny

Comment #38 by sleezecheeze
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 @ 05:39:55 AM


Comment #39 by BeSlayed
Thursday, July 25, 2013 @ 03:07:02 AM

does it count when you let Lenny die from the Icecream Truck Easter Egg ??

Comment #40 by alejorom
Sunday, February 23, 2014 @ 05:10:53 AM

I've played the first three missions on purist (all challenges), played the 4th but for some challenges I replayed on hard, so....the cheevo wont pop for me?

Comment #41 by HolaOswaldo
Monday, April 07, 2014 @ 02:35:30 AM

This achievement was hard. I'm glad it's over. It'll be a relief playing on normal difficulty now. I don't want to play this game on hard anymore! lol. Only need 100 challenges and evidence and I 100% this game :O

Comment #42 by ExtendedCaesar
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 08:30:43 AM

This one is really hard, but I'm quite enjoying it so far. A chievo with a challenge :)

Comment #43 by MGTFOS
Thursday, May 01, 2014 @ 10:13:51 PM

I've replayed everything and beat it on hard and no achievement. Super pissed cause I spent so much time doing it and nothing, it's my final achievement and I don't know what else to try.

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Game Info
IO Interactive
Square Enix


US November 20, 2012
Europe November 20, 2012

HDD Space Required : 7.1 GB
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