Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Achievement Guide
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There are 72 achievements with a total of 1390 points.
 
 Settling the Score (25 points)
Select a Friend Autolog Recommendation and beat it
 

Have a friend set a score on any event and send it back to you as a challenge. All you have to do is do better than them on that event and the achievement will unlock.

You will most likely get this without trying, but you can try to boost this by having a friend do poorly on a race they have not done yet and you can easily beat their score if you want the achievement fast.

 

 
 Graffiti (10 points)
Create a 'New Post' or 'Write a Reply' on the Wall
 

At the Main Menu, select “Wall” and press  to create a post. This achievement will unlock when going for several other achievements as well, so it is pretty hard to miss this one.

 

 
 Share the Dream (10 points)
Share a Dreamshot to the Wall
 

During an event, you can pause the game and take snapshots of the track and cars. You may also take Dreamshots at the vehicle select screen. This will also unlock the "Share the Joy" achievement if the first Dreamshot you upload is of a BMW.

 

 
 Socialite (10 points)
Have 5 or more NFS Friends
 

Just have 5 people on your friends list that have played Need for Speed Hot Pursuit or the Demo. The achievement unlocks as soon as the game sees your 5th friend in the game or if you have 5 friends, it unlocks after the Autolog sets up for the first time.

 

 
 Gotcha! (5 points)
Bust a Racer
 

This will unlock the first time you bust a racer in any game mode.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Officer (5 points)
Reach rank (3) Officer as a Cop
 

See "Ultimate Enforcer".

 

 
 Patrolman (5 points)
Reach rank (5) Patrolman as a Cop
 

See "Ultimate Enforcer".

 

 
 Trooper (10 points)
Reach rank (8) Trooper as a Cop
 

See "Ultimate Enforcer".

 

 
 Sergeant (10 points)
Reach rank (11) Sergeant as a Cop
 

See "Ultimate Enforcer".

 

 
 Lieutenant (10 points)
Reach rank (14) Lieutenant as a Cop
 

See "Ultimate Enforcer".

 

 
 Undercover (10 points)
Reach rank (17) Undercover as a Cop
 

See "Ultimate Enforcer".

 

 
 Captain (10 points)
Reach rank (18) Captain as a Cop
 

See "Ultimate Enforcer".

 

 
 Pursuit Agent (25 points)
Reach rank (19) Pursuit Agent as a Cop
 

See "Ultimate Enforcer".

 

 
 Ultimate Enforcer (50 points)
Reach rank (20) Ultimate Enforcer as a Cop
 

Reach the top rank as the Enforcer. You will need 2,000,000 bounty to get to rank 20. Online and Offline modes apply to this rank. Getting all Distinction Medals in the Career will help you rank up to about rank 12 or 14. You can replay events in the career to keep gaining bounty.

For Single Player, you can boost your Enforcer Rank using any of the Special Response Unit events you are good at doing. I found the event "Fight or Flight" good for gaining bounty fast.

Here is an online boosting method found by Turkdaballa6:

  1. Start a private match with 1 other person.
  2. Player 1 will start out as a cop and Player 2 as a Racer.
  3. Player 2 will stop at the start of the race and Player 1 will stop next to them to bust them fast.
  4. The next round, Player 1 will be a racer and turn around and drive the opposite way as Player 2 so they escape to end the match quickly.
  5. Switch side and let Player 2 win as each side.
  6. Repeat to level up.

You should get around 8,000 bounty per match.

 

 
 True Blue (100 points)
Earn a Distinction in every single-player Cop mission
 

There are 48 Enforcer Events to get Gold on. This will take about 10 hours and some retrying of events to place first. Try to stay behind a racer to slipstream and practice drifting to help build up your nitrous. Keep practicing and most of the events should not be too much of a problem except for some really tricky ones that should come if you just keep at it.

Some tips are:

  • Learn when to boost. Going up hills and long straight aways will be perfect times to use your precious nitrous.
  • Explore the shortcuts. Some shortcuts will help you a whole lot and others will mess you up even more. If you are having trouble with an event, find out which route benefits you the best.
  • Drift. This is one of the better ways to get your nitrous refilled and will help you from hitting walls on those sharp turns.
  • Do not waste power ups. These will help you during Interceptor events and Hot Pursuits. Start the events trying to use brute force to take out your opponents. When you are getting low on time or have a lot of racers about to be knocked out, use your equipment and take them out.

You can restart the event if you mess up to bad so you do not have to watch too many loading screens. On the downside, you do not get any bounty if you do this. So if you are getting 2nd or 3rd place, the bounty you earn can help you rank up for the rank achievements.

 

 
 Chase (5 points)
Play 10 Online Hot Pursuits as a Cop
 

Go online and just play any 10 Hot Pursuit matches as a Cop. You do not need to win the event, just finish it and it can be in a private match.

**This achievement requires an Online Pass**

 

 
 Bounty Hunter (5 points)
Play 10 Online Interceptors as a Cop
 

Go online and play 10 Interceptor matches as a cop. You do not need to win the event, just finish it and it can be in a private match.

**This achievement requires an Online Pass**

 

 
 Vengeance is Mine (5 points)
Wreck a Cop
 

This will happen very early in the Racer Career. Just wreck a cop that is chasing you and you will unlock the achievement.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Suspect (5 points)
Reach wanted level (2) Suspect as a Racer
 

See "Most Wanted".

 

 
 Target (5 points)
Reach wanted level (4) Target as a Racer
 

See "Most Wanted".

 

 
 Felon (5 points)
Reach wanted level (6) Felon as a Racer
 

See "Most Wanted".

 

 
 Offender (10 points)
Reach wanted level (8) Offender as a Racer
 

See "Most Wanted".

 

 
 Outlaw (10 points)
Reach wanted level (11) Outlaw as a Racer
 

See "Most Wanted".

 

 
 Wanted (10 points)
Reach wanted level (14) Wanted as a Racer
 

See "Most Wanted".

 

 
 Fugitive (10 points)
Reach wanted level (17) Fugitive as a Racer
 

See "Most Wanted".

 

 
 Notorious (25 points)
Reach wanted level (19) Notorious as a Racer
 

See "Most Wanted".

 

 
 Most Wanted (50 points)
Reach wanted level (20) Most Wanted as a Racer
 

Reach the top rank as a Racer. You will need 2,000,000 bounty to get to rank 20. Online and Offline modes apply to this rank. Getting all Gold Medals in the Career will get you to rank 12 or 14 and take about 20 hours.

For single player, you can replay any Hyper Series events you are best at for the best bounty rewards. I found the event "Spirit of Performance" the best for grinding out bounty because it's short and easy.

Here is an online boosting method found by Turkdaballa6:

  1. Start a private match with 1 other person.
  2. Player 1 will start out as a cop and Player 2 as a Racer.
  3. Player 2 will stop at the start of the race and Player 1 will stop next to them to bust them fast.
  4. The next round, Player 1 will be a racer and turn around and drive the opposite way as Player 2 so they escape to end the match quickly.
  5. Switch side and let Player 2 win as each side.
  6. Repeat to level up.

You should get around 8,000 bounty per match.

 

 
 Golddigger (100 points)
Earn a Gold Medal in every single-player Racer event
 

There are 60 Events in the Racer Career to get Gold on. This will take about 15 hours and some retrying of events to place first. There will be a few Time Trials that will give you some trouble, but if you keep practicing, you will persevere.

Some tips are:

  • Learn when to boost. Going up hills and long straight aways will be perfect times to use your precious nitrous.
  • Explore the shortcuts. Some shortcuts will help you a whole lot and others will mess you up even more. If you are having trouble with an event, find out which route benefits you the best.
  • Drift. This is one of the better ways to get your nitrous refilled and will help you from hitting walls on those sharp turns.
  • Do not waste power ups. These will help you during races and hot pursuits. Start the races trying to use brute forces to take out your opponents. When you are getting low on time or almost have a cop knocked out, use your equipment and take them out.

You can restart the event if you mess up too badly and think you are going to lose. On the downside, you do not get any bounty if you do this. So if you are getting 2nd or 3rd place, the bounty you do earn can help you rank up for the rank achievements.

 

 
 Festival of Speed (25 points)
Play 10 Online Races
 

Just play 10 races online. You do not have to win and it can be in a private match.

**This achievement requires an Online Pass**

 

 
 Race (25 points)
Play 10 Online Hot Pursuits as a Racer
 

Play the Hot Pursuit mode online 10 times as a Racer. You do not have to win and it can be in a private match.

**This achievement requires an Online Pass**

 

 
 Escapologist (25 points)
Play 10 Online Interceptors as a Racer
 

Play the Interceptor mode online 10 times as a racer. You do not have to win and it can be in a private match.

**This achievement requires an Online Pass**

 

 
 Burnout (25 points)
Fill the Nitrous bar then use it all in one go without hitting anything
 

You will fill your nitrous bar for racing perfectly, driving on the wrong side of the road, drifting, and slip streaming among other things. When the Nitrous bar gets full, wait for a good stretch of road that is pretty straight and hold  until it runs out. If you did not hit anything, the achievement will unlock.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Wall of Steel (5 points)
Deploy a Road Block which then gets hit by a Racer
 

You will unlock the Road Block in the Enforcer event "Block Buster". You need to get ahead of the Racer and press  to call in the Road Block and if the Racer hits it, the achievement will unlock.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Shock to the System (10 points)
Get a hit with an EMP
 

You will unlock the EMP during the Enforcer event "Denial of Service" and the Racer event "Beauty and the Beasts". You must stay close behind the car you wish to target and press  to use the EMP. Be sure to stay behind the car and keep close and lined up so the EMP successfully locks on. When you hit the car, the achievement will unlock.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Hit Confirmed (10 points)
Get a hit with a Spike Strip
 

When you unlock the Spike Strip in the Enforcer event "Fighting Dirty" and the Racer event "Breach of the Peace", get in front of a Racer and press  to drop a Spike Strip behind you. If the Racer runs over it, you will get the achievement.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Aerial Assistance (5 points)
Call in a Helicopter which then hits a Racer with a Spike Strip
 

Once you unlock the Helicopter in the event " Eye in the Sky", call in the helicopter with  and it will fly in and drop a Spike Strip from above. If the racer hits the Spike Strip, you will get the achievement.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Denied (5 points)
First Jammer use that affects a Cop
 

You will unlock the Jammer during the Racer event "Shock and Awe." Press  to use it when a Cop get’s near you for this achievement.

This can be done online.

 

 
 In the Zone (25 points)
Use a full Turbo without hitting anything
 

When you unlock Turbo in the Racer Event "Stampede", use it and do not run into anything. Wait for a long stretch of straight roadway like you did for the “Burnout” Achievement and press  to activate Turbo.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Power Spike (25 points)
Spike strip a car that is targeting you with an EMP
 

When you get to the event "Locking On" while playing as an Enforcer, the Racer will be equipped with EMP. Just get in front of him and when it says the EMP is "Locking On", then you drop the spike strip in front on him with  to get the achievement. If you do not get this your first try, just restart the race and try again.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Eye of the Needle (25 points)
As a Racer, drive through an undamaged Road Block without hitting it
 

When an Enforcer calls in a Road Block, keep an eye out for it and when you see it, drive around it and make sure you do not hit any of the cars in it. The Road Block must be previously undamaged, so it will work best if you are in first place or ahead of everyone else during the event.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Share the Joy (25 points)
Dreamshot a BMW and share it with your Friends
 

A BMW unlocks early in the Racer Career. Just start any event with it and take a Dreamshot. After the event, go to your pictures at the main menu and upload the image of the BMW to your Wall for the achievement.

 

 
 Imprezive (25 points)
Accumulate 2,000 yds of drift in a single event using the Subaru Impreza WRX STI
 

You will unlock this car early on while playing as the Enforcer and the Racer. After you have the car, start an event and drift on every turn. You can also pick an event on Builder Desert such as "Lightning Reflex" for the Enforcer and at the end, do a donut around the rocks in the big sandy area on the right side of a big turn.

To Drift, tap left and let go of  briefly and tap  while turning at a decent speed. You can then hold  when you start drifting and the direction you wish on the Left Stick to do a donut and keep drifting around one of the big rocks.

You do not however, need all 2000 drift points in one drift. It is fairly easy to get 2000 points before the end of the event without doing donuts or you can just turn around and build up some more points before finishing the event.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Flight of the Bumblebee (25 points)
Win the 'Muscle Reflex' race in a Bee Yellow Chevrolet Camaro SS
 

When you unlock the Racer Event “Muscle Reflex”, pick the Camaro and paint it Bee Yellow. Then, get any medal in that event to unlock the achievement.

 

 
 Shaken, Not Stirred (25 points)
Win any Hot Pursuit in an Aston Martin
 

Just play a Hot Pursuit event online or offline, and pick an Aston Martin for your car. Then, get any medal in that event to unlock the achievement. This first event you can do this in is "Run to the Hills" for the Enforcers.

 

 
 Wet in the Vette (25 points)
Drive any Corvette in the wet
 

After you unlock a Corvette for the Enforcer, start the Enforcer event "Under Pressure" and choose the Corvette as your car. After the event has finished, the achievement will unlock.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Godzilla (25 points)
Get any medal in 'Run to the Hills' driving the Nissan GT-R SpecV without using any weapons
 

When you unlock both the Enforcer ‘Run to the Hills’ event and the Nissan GT-R SpecV, start the event with that car and do not use any weapons and get any medal in the event to unlock the achievement. You will unlock "Run to the Hills" before the Nissan GT-R SpecV.

 

 
 Iron Man (25 points)
Get Distinction in a Hot Pursuit, Interceptor and Rapid Response using the Audi R8
 

When you unlock the Audi R8 as the Enforcer, Get a Gold “Distinction” Medal in Hot Pursuit, Interceptor and Rapid Response in the Enforcer Career. Play events using the Rapid Deployment Unit vehicles to use the R8.

 

 
 Electrically Charged (25 points)
Bust the 918 Spyder using an EMP in 'Porsche Patrol'
 

Start the event “Porsche Patrol” in the Enforcer career and get the 918 Spyder’s health down to 1 bar and finish off the car with an EMP blast by pressing  and locking onto it. There are several cars in this event and the one you want might get taken down by other means if you are not careful.

 

 
 Snakebite in Black (25 points)
Spike a cop while driving a Black Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR or Ford Shelby GT500 Supersnake
 

Play a Hot Pursuit Event in the Racer Career using either the Dodge Viper SRT10 or Ford Shelby GT500 Supersnake and paint it black. When an Enforcer comes after you, drop a Spike Strip behind you by pressing  and hit them with it. The GT 500 Supersnake unlocks in the Super Series of vehicles and the Viper SRT10 is in the Hyper Series. The first event in the career this can be done in is "Unreasonable Force."

This can be done online.

 

 
 Midnight Cowboy (25 points)
Dreamshot a Midnight Blue Metallic Ford GT at night in the desert
 

First, Unlock the Ford GT in the Racer career. The car is with the Exotic Series of events. Then select it when starting a race on any of the desert tracks that have a moon under the weather conditions and select Midnight Blue Metallic as the paint color. Then, just pause the game during the race and take a Dreamshot of the car.

There have been reported issues with this achievement not working correctly. To fix this, start any night time event in one of the desert areas and once the event starts, back out of it and start a free roam. Once in the free roam, you should start in the same area you last raced in. Pause the game and take the snapshot for the achievement.

 
 Untouchable (30 points)
Get gold in all the Super Sports Racer Events
 

There are 8 Racer events in the Super Sports Pack DLC. Once again, there are Time Trials that will slow down your progress. Just keep practicing and find out what shortcuts benefit you the best and do not crash.

Here are some tips for the Time Trials:

  • Awe Inspired - At the start of the event, there will be a dirt road shortcut. This shortcut goes through about half of the event and will give you a little bit of extra time that will make your life easier.
  • Pushing the Envelope - This is the event that will make you pull your hair out. Keep practicing and practice some more!
    -Some good tips are to only take the first 2 long short cuts. The first shortcut is at the start after the first cop and the other is on the left right after you pass the airport.
    -The next tip is pretty important. Only attack the cops if you really need to. Avoid them the best you can and use spike strips to take them out. Save your Jammer for the helicopter spikestrips if you can't dodge them fast enough as well. If you can, use up your boost before finishing off a cop because you get your boost refilled when you take them out.
  • Fast Track - Start out on the wrong side of the road. You will get a ton of boost and it's pretty easy to dodge the traffic. I had a pretty big crash and still made it with 7 seconds to spare.
  • Rocket Science - This one you will eventually pass with a second or two left on the clock. The trick to this time trial is to take the big loops with a perfect drift. Save your boost for the second loop because it's easy to hit a wall or mess up and you need to get out of that loop as fast as possible.
 
 Swift Justice (30 points)
Get distinction in all the Super Sports Cop Events
 

There are 5 Enforcer Events In the Super Sports Pack. These events are a little harder than the ones in the main game. Just keep practicing and test short cuts to see how well they work for you.

The Rapid Response event "Duty Calls" is the only real hard event for the Enforcer. You will need to take some shortcuts but not all of them. Some of the shortcuts are too complex to be of any help. If you hit more than one thing, I would suggest restarting the event. I hit 1 wall and got a 2 second penalty and made it with half a second to spare.

 

 
 Sting in the Tail (15 points)
Get 5 spike strip hits with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Interceptor
 

Do the first Enforcer DLC Event "Show of Force". You are forced to use the 911 GT2 RS and you start with 10 spike strips. Just hit any 5 cars with a spike strip and the achievement will unlock.

 

 
 Slip and Slide (15 points)
Do a 1000 yard (915 metres) drift in the Porsche 911 GT2 RS
 

This has to be done in a single drift. You can do this in an event, in free roam, or online. I did this in free roam on the highway doing donuts around one of the overpass supports in East Gorge Canyon. Just slide into a drift and hold the gas and left or right on the  to keep sliding in a donut shape.

 

 
 Show Off (15 points)
Take a photo of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS and share it with your friends
 

There are several events that force you to use the 911 GT2 RS in this DLC. During any of those events, take a photo of the car with  or pause the game and take a dreamshot. After the event, go to the main menu and look under photos. Post the image of the Porsche to your Wall to unlock the achievement.

 

 
 Moon Shot (15 points)
Bust a racer in the GUMPERT apollo s Interceptor at night, online or offline
 

Play any Hot Pursuit or Interceptor events that have the Apollo S available and bust the racer. This will be easier in Hot Pursuit mode because there are several racers and they are easier to catch than in Interceptor events.

 

 
 Land Speed Record (15 points)
Hold the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport at top speed for 2 seconds
 

This is an easy one. Just do any event that has the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport available and get a good straight piece of road and hit the boost. When you get to top speed, hold it for a whole 2 seconds to unlock the achievement.

 

 
 Hotshot (15 points)
Win an Online and an Offline Interceptor event in the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Interceptor
 

*Requires an Online Pass*

Play any single player Interceptor match that has the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Interceptor available and complete the event with any medal. Then, play an online Interceptor match with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Interceptor and bust the racer in that event and the achievement will unlock.

 

 
 Fender Bender (15 points)
Wreck 5 cops in the GUMPERT apollo s
 

In Gauntlet or Hot Pursuit modes, use the GUMPERT apollo s, and wreck 5 cops total. The DLC event "Hunted" is a good place to work on this achievement.

This can be done online.

 

 
 Blast Off (15 points)
Complete 5 online races in the GUMPERT apollo s
 

*Requires an Online Pass*

Play online and do 5 races using the GUMPERT apollo s. You do not need to win for this achievement, just finish the race.

 

 
 Biteback (15 points)
Beat a friends recommendation in the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport
 

Just play any event that has the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport available and beat a friends recommended time. If you are having trouble with this, have a friend post a poor time on their wall and let you beat their score.

 
 Top of the Range (15 points)
Win an online event in the Porsche 911 Turbo
 

*Requires an Online Pass*

Just play online and make sure you use the Porsche 911 Turbo found in the Sport class. Once you win the event, the achievement will unlock. You can take turns winning in a private match with a friend to make it easier. You may also do this while playing the Armed and Dangerous DLC to knock out 2 birds with one stone.

 
 Offroad Innovation (15 points)
Drive for a mile (1.6 kilometres) on shortcuts in a race and win it in the Porsche 959
 

This can be done on any event or online. The Racer event "Fast Lane" from the Porsche Unleashed DLC will get you started on the achievement as you will play through the event while trying to get a Gold Medal. The car isn't that great so if you find yourself doing poorly then just finish the race and do it again and you should have enough shortcut mileage for the achievement. 

You can also try it online and have your friend sit at the starting line and let you just drive around in shortcuts until the achievement pops and then finish the event. Then let your friend get the achievement.

Note: this achievement unlocks after you finish the event and leave the Screen that shows how much bounty you wont and your time.

 
 Street of Dreams (15 points)
Drive the Porsche 911 Speedster for 20 miles (32.1 kilometres)
 

The Racer event "Sunset Racers" from the Porsche Unleashed DLC and that will give you 19.5 miles towards your achievement but the achievement unlocked after I left the event so it may be just driving close to 20 miles. If not, just play another event with the 911 Speedster or Free Roam for a minute and the achievement will unlock.

Note: this achievement unlocks after you finish the event and leave the Screen that shows how much bounty you won and your time.

 
 Pin-up (15 points)
Take 3 pictures of the Lamborghini Countach
 

Just play any event such as "Resisting Arrest" in the Lamborghini Untamed DLC and choose the Lamborghini Countach and take 3 pictures with  or pause the game and take a dreamshot. This also works in the car showcase photo mode before you start an event or free roam.

 
 The Diablo You Know (15 points)
Reach top speed in a Lamborghini Diablo on a coastal road
 

Do the Racer event "Comeback Tour" in the Lamborghini Untamed DLC. Save your nitro for about half way through the race and you will be near a tunnel. Hit the boost and don't crash and you should unlock the achievement. It will work anywhere in this event or even Free Roam but I found this pretty easy to do and you still need gold in the event so there should not be any trouble unlocking this achievement.

 
 Flame Grilled (15 points)
Use a full bar of nitrous in one go in the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
 

Use the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento and save up your nitrous until you get to a large straight piece of road. When you get to a good spot, use your nitrous and hold it until you run out and do not hit anything to unlock the acheivement. The event "Foot to the Floor" from the Lamborgini Untamed DLC seems to be the best for this achievement because it's long and there are plenty of opportunities to use your full nitous bar.

 
 Rubbing is Racing (15 points)
Take down another racer in Arms Race
 

*Requires an Online Pass*

Simply play an Arms Race match online and take down another racer.

 
 Chase the Ace (15 points)
Play 5 games of Most Wanted as a Cop
 

*Requires an Online Pass*

Just play 5 games of Most Wanted as a Cop. You do not need to win. You can make the games go faster by having your friend stop in the road and you bust them as soon as the match starts.

 
 Priority Target (15 points)
Play 5 games of Most Wanted as a Racer
 

*Requires an Online Pass*

Similar to Chase the Ace, but play 5 games of Most Wanted as a Racer. You do not need to win, just complete the matches. You can make this go faster by stopping in the middle of the road and let you friend bust you right away.

 
 The Porsche Principle (30 points)
Get Gold or Distinction in all Porsche Pack events
 

There are 5 Racer and 5 Enforcer events in the Porsche Unleashed DLC. There isn't much that you have not done before in the original game or the first DLC outside only racing against a Porsche most of the time.

There are no crazy tough events though some might take a couple of tries, especially with the older model cars that you are forced to use a few times. Make good use of your nitrous, weapons, and do not crash and you should not have any trouble.

 
 Masterpieces (30 points)
Get Gold or Distinction in all Lamborghini Pack events
 

There are 5 Racer and 5 Enforcer events in the Lamborghini Untamed DLC. There isn't much that you have not done before in the original game or the first DLC outside only racing against Lamborghinis most of the time. Make good use of your nitrous, weapons, and do not crash and you should not have any trouble with most of these events. They were the easiest of all the DLC events so far.

 

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