Overview:
- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
- Offline: 45 [1000]
- Online: 0
- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 40-60+ hours [depends on grinding]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Number of missable achievements: 4 [“Solid Gold”, “No Witnesses”, “Master of Disguise”, “Trick or Treat”]
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No [highly recommended to play on Casual]
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed: None

Introduction:
Welcome to The Saboteur, an open world sandbox game set in France during WWII. This game is not really difficult as you can play on Casual and earn all achievements if you have trouble with fighting. You play as Sean Devlin on a quest for revenge against the Nazis. The story takes place in 1940 in Paris and there is extremely heavy Nazi occupancy. The game’s visuals start off all black and white but as you liberate the city of Paris, the color will start to come back. You will need some endurance to finish the freeplay events.

Step 1: Complete the Game
Play through the story and unlock the weapons and just enjoy yourself while you play. Keep in mind there are a few missable achievements (listed in the Overview). Most of them are pretty easy to earn, so check the guide for further details.

Since some weapons, abilities, and other items/skills are unlocked after completing certain story missions, you should try to complete a good deal of the game before mopping up the ambient events. It is generally a good idea to use stealth as often and long as possible. If you are disguised, have the remote Charges (RDX) unlocked and a silenced pistol at your disposal, you can literally prep a whole base to blow up at the same time while still disguised. Just remember to check if you are seen before you shoot sentry guards or plant charges. To make the game a bit easier, especially during alarm escapes, try to blow up sniper nests and occupation towers as you encounter them and try to get some Perk requirements done. They make the game easier and you have to do less later on.

There are also side missions that you must complete to liberate the various sections.

Step 2: Misc. Achievements/Perks
Now that the story is completed, we’re going to tackle getting the remaining gold perks. You don’t have to do this now; you can certainly do this during the story or whenever you deem it possible. The only one that you have to worry about is stealth killing five generals, as there are a limited number of generals in the game. Now is also a good time to earn any miscellaneous achievements that you might not have earned. More information in the guide.

Step 3: Ambient Freeplay Events
This is where the meat of the game and time spent playing is going to be designated. There are over 1000 freeplay events that range from blowing up sniper nests, searchlights, tanks, AA guns, finding postcards, blowing up statues and more. Buying the maps of all regions from your local Weapon Dealer will show you all the markers on your map. This is going to be grind, so it is recommended that you work on this over the course of the game rather than leave it all at once. It is also recommended that you save your game regularly at this point, as you might lose some cleared events if you just shut down your console without saving.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, The Saboteur is a pretty under-appreciated game. It has its misfires for sure, being held back by some puzzling design decisions. Despite its shortcomings, the game is a fun experience that you can turn your brain off and relax with (for the most part). Congrats on your completion, you’ve earned it!

[XBA would like to thank cra and Slaughter. for this Roadmap]

The Saboteur Achievement Guide

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There are 45 achievements with a total of 1000 points

  • Collect all monument postcards.

    You have to collect 31 Postcards which can be found nearby landmarks and historical buildings, but some are located in the countryside. They are usually located on ground level and just appear as the typical freeplay marker on the map. Others you may have to climb the landmark for.  If you can't see any Nazi related objects and you are certain that it isn't a jump or viewpoint, search the ground for something flashing and press  to collect when prompted.

    Note: If you purchase all the maps from the weapon dealers, then the locations of the postcards will be revealed to you on the in-game map.

    Credit goes to Savenger on PST.org for the map.  For a larger view, right-click and "View Image".

  • Complete and win all freeplay races.

    About midway through the story, you will start seeing races appear on the map. Some of them are story related, but the last two are not, shown on the map as flag. These races are very easy provided you have a fast car. I personally used the Aurora as the nitrous boost allows you to explode past certain straight sections. Regardless, once you win the last one, ‘Country Race 2’, the achievement will unlock.

  • Purchase all weapons available in the shops.

    There is a surprisingly large amount of weapons in this game. First off, know that you won’t be able to earn this achievement until you complete the story as most of the weapons are locked off due to progression and liberating the various areas of Paris. Simply buy all of them and once the last one is purchased, exit the shopping menu and the achievement will unlock.

    Pistols:
    - Kruger Pistol
    - Silenced Pistol
    - Raum Pistol
    - .44 Pistol (Perk reward)
    - Executioner Pistol (after the Story is completed)

    Machine Guns:
    - MP40 SMG
    - MP44 MG
    - Tommy Gun
    - Viper SMG
    - Terror MP60

    Shotguns/Rifles:
    - Double Shotgun
    - Trenchgun
    - Terror Shotgun
    - Hunting Rifle
    - Carbine Rifle
    - Steiner Rifle
    - Scoped Carbine
    - Scoped Steiner
    - Terror Scoped Rifle(Perk reward)

    Special Weapons:
    - Siegfaust Mk2
    - Terror Flamethrower
    - Panzershrek (Perk reward)

  • Complete all gold level perks.

    *MISSABLE*

    You can earn your perks by fulfilling certain requirements or by buying "upgrades" from your weapon dealer to instantly unlock a silver and/or gold perk which cost 2000 and 3000 of contraband. Lima suggested buying the silver and gold perk of the mechanics tree, since finding all standard Nazi Vehicles and civilian cars is too random, takes an eternity, and is no fun at all. Since you can buy only one silver/gold perk this is the best way to use the upgrades.

    Brawling

    • Knockout 2 Nazis
      • Unlocked through natural story progression.
    • Kill 10 Nazi with Stealth Kills
      • Self explanatory. Refer to Silent Death.
    • Stealth kill 5 Nazi Generals
      • MISSABLE - There are only 18 generals in the game, so knock this out ASAP. Every general has 2 bodyguards. Simply kill them both with the silenced pistol or however else you see fit. Then approach the general from behind, hold and then . Repeat 4 more times for the achievement. Remember to do at least one with a disguise for the "Trick or Treat" achievement.

    Sabotage

    • Destroy 2 Nazi Installations
      • Self explanatory. Destroy two of anything for this to unlock.
    • Destroy 10 Nazi Occupation Towers
      • A little more specific than the last but still very easy. Simply destroy 10 sniper nests, watchtowers, etc. and this will unlock. You will unlock these while going for freeplay events.
    • Destroy 4 Train Bridges
      • Not possible until later in the story. You'll earn one naturally, then the rest you have to do on your own. Open up your map and look for bridges that have the black fence pattern around it (signaling a restricted area). Go there and you'll see the objectives pop up to plant bombs on critical points of the bridge. Once you plant the one on top of the bridge, a cutscene will play. Repeat until you have this perk.

    Hardware

    • Kill 5 Nazis using Bullets
      • Unlocked through natural progression
    • Kill 5 Terror Squad Nazis
      • Terror Squad Nazis don't appear until Alarm Level 4 and 5. Just keep killing and causing chaos and you'll see them (they are wearing black uniforms and masks and use panzerschreks and flamethrowers).
    • Destroy a Zeppelin and a Wulf Tank during the same alarm
      • Not as hard as it sounds. To make it as easy as possible, find an AA gun and start blasting away. When you get to Alarm level 5, Wulf Tanks will start coming after you. Blow it up with the AA gun or if you're daring you can run up and plant a bomb on it. Zeppelins will also start to show up so you'll need either a panzerschrek or an AA gun. You can also start by shooting the zeppelin down and getting to alarm level 5. You can also find a tank that is stationary, blow it up with a bomb, and then look for the zeppelin in the sky. However you do this, once you blow both up in the same alarm, the achievement will unlock.

    Mayhem

    • Throw 5 Nazis to their Death
      • Climb to the top of Nazi sniper towers and hold and press to grab him. Move the analog stick to the side and you'll throw him over the side to his death. This is possibly missable if you don't do this before destroying all sniper towers, so try to get this done sooner rather than later.
    • Overrun 20 Nazis with Cars
      • Self explanatory. Get in any car and just start running Nazis over.
    • Destroy 20 Nazi Vehicles with 1 Vehicle
      • Not as hard as it sounds but definitely try to get this done sooner rather than later. A really easy way to do this is to get into an AA gun and just start causing chaos. As Nazi vehicles show up, keep firing away and you'll get this quickly.

    Sniping

    • Kill 5 Nazis with scoped weapons
      • Simple. Grab a sniper rifle and just go to town.
    • Score 15 Headshots with a scoped weapon:
      • Similar as above, but you must go for headshots.
    • Score 10 "double Kills" using a sniper scope
      • This is referring to killing two people with one bullet. Not as difficult as it sounds. Find two Nazis and stand at an angle so they are in front of one another, and open fire. It should kill both of them with one shot. Repeat until you unlock this.

    Racing

    • Win the Time Trial
      • See below.
    • Win Country Race 1
      • See below.
    • Win Country Race 2
      • These will unlock in order, with the first one being unlocked during the story. None of these are missable so you can do this whenever you want. I highly recommend putting on a disguise before you do one of these so you can take care of the "Master of Disguise" achievement if you haven't already.

    Explosives

    • Kill 10 Nazis with Grenades
      • Self explanatory. Run around pressing to throw grenades at Nazis. You'll likely unlock this naturally.
    • Kill 5 Nazis with one Explosion
      • Not as difficult as it seems. There is a mission that tasks you with blowing up three trucks before they escape. Plant the dynamite right in the center and then run away. I'd recommend letting yourself die in the explosion that way if you didn't kill everyone, you'll be restarted at the checkpoint. There are other opportunities to unlock this. See below.
    • Kill 10 Nazis within 10 seconds with Dynamite or RDX
      • Similar to above, except you must kill 10 enemies in 10 seconds. You might be able to unlock this in the above mission, but if not, don't worry. Get yourself up to heat level 5 and then let the enemies and vehicles clump around you. Plant the dynamite and run.

    Mechanics

    • Collect 5 different civilian cars
      • Get in 5 random cars and take them back to a garage. Really simple, fast and easy.
    • Collect every Nazi Vehicle
      • See below.
    • Collect all civilian, race and military vehicles
      • There are 35+ vehicles in the game. This is a major headache as the vehicles do not spawn in exact locations. Some also don't appear until you're almost done or finished with the story. To save you this headache, I STRONGLY, STRONGLY recommend buying the instant silver and gold perk from a weapons dealer for this one just to save you the trouble.

    Demolitions

    • Blow up 3 Nazi Vehicles with Dynamite
      • Self explanatory. Select the dynamite and plant it on red vehicles on minimap. You will unlock this naturally.
    • Destroy 5 Nazi Vehicles within 300 Seconds with Dynamite
      • Not as hard as it may seem. You must destroy 5 vehicles in 5 minutes. Get an alarm level and just start planting dynamite on the vehicles as they come by.
    • Destroy 3 Wulf Tanks with Dynamite or RDX
      • You can do this by getting to alarm level 5 or by clearing freeplay events. Wulf tanks don't blow up instantly, so stand clear until it blows up completely. Once you blow up 3 tanks, this will unlock.

    Evasion

    • Evade alarm level 2 five times
      • Simple. Get to alarm level 2 and then use either a hiding spot or run out of the circle on the map.
    • Evade alarm level 3
      • Also self explanatory. Get to alarm level 3 and escape the circle. See below for an even easier way to do this.
    • Evade alarm level 5
      • Some missions end with you in alarm level 5. But don't worry, you can do this whenever you want. You can drive to the northern section of the map and climb into the well when no enemies are looking, or you can wait until after the story is complete, and go to the restaurants on the upper level of the Eiffel Tower to instantly get rid of the alarm.

    When you unlock your last perk, the achievement will unlock.

  • Spend 75,000 contraband.

    Simply buy everything you can; purchase all upgrades, maps and restock your charges and ammo on a regular basis. This should unlock in Act 2 or Act 3, depending how much mayhem you cause.  It is recommended that you wait until you’ve completed all the freeplay events to do this.

    If you still have not spent enough by the end of the story, set the difficulty to ‘Feckin' Hard’ to lose all ammunition as you die and kill yourself with two grenades or Dynamite/RDX. On this difficulty, dying results in you losing all of your ammo. You’ll respawn at the nearest headquarters, so proceed to refill your ammo. You’ll spend around 2125 each time, so just keep checking your progress in the stats menu.

    Once you’ve spent 75000 contraband, the achievement will unlock.

  • Destroy 50 vehicles.

    This should unlock during the course of the story. If you want to force it a bit, just set up charges on every car you see or raise your alarm level to 3 and wait for Gestapo Cruisers - the long black cars - to show up. Hijack one of these nice cars and you have access to its mounted dual MGs that can be fired with . Drive through the city and have some fun.

  • Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

    After you finish the last mission of the story, climb up the rest of the tower by using the ladder and the achievement will unlock. Refer to “High Diver” for more information.

  • Inspire the people of France.

    This achievement requires you to complete every mission in the game. Missions are noted by initials on the map (they can be gold, signaling a story mission, or grey, signaling a side mission). Once you’ve completed all of them, you’ll restore color to Paris and earn his achievement along with “Northern Command”, “Southern Command” and “Western Command”.

  • Stealth kill 50 or more Nazis.

    You will definitely earn this over natural play. To stealth kill an enemy, hold to enter sneak mode. Approach an enemy from behind and press resulting in you breaking the enemy’s neck. Repeat 49 more times for the achievement.

  • Inspire the people of Paris Area 1.

    Refer to “Liberator of France” for more information.

  • Inspire the people of Paris Area 2.

    Refer to “Liberator of France” for more information.

  • Inspire the people of Paris Area 3.

    Refer to “Liberator of France” for more information.

  • Spend a lot of time idling around doing nothing.

    You have to smoke 100 Cigarettes for this achievement.  The count is cumulative throughout the game. You can press while standing still to have Sean smoke one. You can check your progress in the stats menu.

    If you need to step away from the game, plug in your controller with Sean standing still and he will smoke while you are idling.

  • Kiss 50 women.

    One of the ways to escape an alarm is to kiss a woman when Nazis aren't looking. This sounds annoying but luckily there is a very easy way to grind this out in 30-45 minutes assuming you're starting at zero.

    Head directly west of the words ‘Eiffel Tower’ on the map. Get into an alarm level 1 or 2 (or higher if you've unlocked the appropriate perks) and head to the hiding spot in the alley. The location of the woman is in such a way that the Nazis have to run around the corner to see you, and since the A.I. isn't the best in this game, they almost never will. You can check your progress in the stats menu. Once you kiss 50 women (more like kissing the same woman 50 times), the achievement will unlock.

  • Obtain your first silver perk.

    Refer to “Solid Gold” for more information.

  • Obtain your first gold perk.

    Refer to “Solid Gold” for more information.

  • Complete your first ambient freeplay event.

    Refer to “Commando for more information.

  • Complete each type of ambient freeplay.

    You will unlock this naturally as you go to clear all of the various events. The types of events are as follows:

    • Collect Postcards
    • Successfully complete stunt jumps (you don't have to land in a certain spot like in GTA, just go off of it enough to trigger the camera change and you'll complete it)
    • Climb Scenic Points (requires you to climb to the top of a high building, you'll see a telescope, this is what you must reach for this)
    • Discover supply caches
    • Destroy Occupation Towers
    • Destroy Sniper Nests
    • Destroy Searchlights
    • Destroy Radars
    • Destroy AA-Guns (recommend getting on an AA gun and using it to blow up other things to save time)
    • Destroy Tanks
    • Destroy Propaganda speakers
    • Destroy V2-Rockets
    • Destroy Grand Cannons
    • Sabotage Radio Controls
    • Destroy Radio Tower
    • Destroy Dierker Statues
    • Assassinate Generals
  • Complete 333 ambient freeplay in Paris Area 1.

    Refer to “Guerilla Warfare” for more information regarding ambient freeplay events.

  • Complete 212 ambient freeplay in Paris Area 2.

    Refer to “Guerilla Warfare” for more information regarding ambient freeplay events.

  • Complete 239 ambient freeplay in Paris Area 3.

    Refer to “Guerilla Warfare” for more information regarding ambient freeplay events.

  • Complete 53 ambient freeplay in Saarbrucken.

    Refer to “Guerilla Warfare” for more information regarding ambient freeplay events.

  • Complete 76 ambient freeplay in Le Havre.

    Refer to “Guerilla Warfare” for more information regarding ambient freeplay events.

  • Complete 425 ambient freeplay in the countryside.

    First off, buy the maps of freeplay events from any weapons dealer as soon as they become available. This will save a lot of time and prevent you from having to look for them. Secondly, understand that you don’t have to complete every single one on the map, though you will need to do the vast majority of them. So, if you can’t figure out how to climb to a certain scenic view, don’t sweat it.

    Now, the freeplay events themselves are very quick and relatively easy (except for some of the scenic views). Here are some general tips when going for them:

    • Focus on one section of the map at a time. When you look at the map, zoom in and you’ll see thicker black lines that divide the city/countryside into smaller districts. This makes it far more digestible and will make it a lot more structured grinding rather than just running around haphazardly.
    • Don’t do them all at once. Do a mission or two, then clear out one or two sections/districts. Rinse, repeat. This will also help you earn contraband to buy more explosives/guns.
    • Try to be disguised as often as possible. This will help you get into restricted areas without the alarm going off.
    • Get the gold perks as soon as possible. They will allow you to do things like call a weapons dealer, plant explosives while disguised without raising suspicion, kill Nazis without being seen, and more.

    Other than that, be prepared to grind. This is arguably what you’ll be doing the majority of the time you are playing this game. It’s not the worst grind ever, you can certainly get some enjoyment from causing chaos in various ways, but the sheer number that you have to do is rather excessive. Regardless, once you’ve nearly cleared the map of freeplay events, you will unlock all of these achievements.

  • Find and play 'Bird Blast.'

    This minigame is located in the countryside just north of Paris. It is west then slightly south to the words ‘Champagne Ardente’ on the map.  It is a black square icon with a white outline of a pigeon in it.

    You don't have to complete the game. Just go into it and the achievement will unlock.

  • Complete a mission without raising alarm.

    *MISSABLE*

    You’ll likely earn this without even realizing it. Though it is technically missable, there are a lot of very easy opportunities to do this. Alarms are triggered when the detection meter is filled up completely and a Nazi (or multiple) blow their whistles. This means that you have a second or two to kill the person seeing you before they blow the whistle and the alarm won’t be triggered.

    Another very easy way to do this is during the races, as the alarms don’t really go off in those missions. However you go about this, when you complete a mission without raising a single alarm, the achievement will unlock.

    Refer to “Master of Disguise for more information.

  • Complete a story mission with disguise intact.

    *MISSABLE*

    To be completely honest, I found each story mission to be pretty challenging to have a disguise on the entire time, near impossible because a lot of them put you in a gun fight situation by default. You’ll have MUCH better luck doing the side missions (marked by grey initials as opposed to the gold ones for story missions) as they are much faster missions and generally easier.

    However, there is a much easier way to do this and that is to put on a disguise right before a race. The first race is probably the hardest to do this as there is a gate that you have to pass. The two other races you can’t raise the alarm, so just put on a disguise and complete the race for the achievement.

    Alternate Method: An easy mission is the one where you to tail a Nazi General and kill a Spy on the plaza which has the elephant statue. Just stealth kill both of them or use your silenced pistol to kill the Spy and you are done.

  • Stealth kill a Nazi General while disguised.

    *MISSABLE*

    There are 18 generals throughout the map of Paris and the surrounding country side. You’ll know it’s a general when there is a yellow circle around the white square; this is the suspicious area that you can’t be seen in. Every general has two bodyguards at his back at all time. Get a disguise from any Nazi (it can even be from one of the bodyguards if you’re daring enough). Shoot them with the silenced pistol from a distance without being seen. Then go up to behind the general and press when prompted and you’ll silently kill him, unlocking the achievement.

    Note: You have to do this five times to earn the gold stealth perk for progress towards “Solid Gold”.

  • Jump from the Eiffel Tower and survive.

    You won’t be able to do this until after you’ve beaten the game. In fact, to save you some time, it is recommended that once you kill Dierker, simply turn around and finish climbing to the top. Activate the scenic view, and then turn around to face a pool. Jump and guide Sean into the pool and he will belly flop from thousands of feet and not die and the achievement will unlock!

  • Stop the Nazis from executing 40 civilians.

    Note that these "events" don't happen randomly, but in fixed locations.  As you drive around Paris, be on the lookout for a group of Nazis aiming their guns at civilians.  Once you found 3-4 corners where Nazis want to execute someone, drive around these spots and do them again and again.  You recognize if they yell something like "Du wirst jetzt sterben" or "Wo ist die Resistance?" and you see 1-3 civilians kneeling with hands behind their heads while some Nazi point their guns at them. You will definitely earn this over natural play as you go through the freeplay events; just kill them quickly and search for another spot. You can check your progress in the Stats menu.

 

Secret achievements

  • You inspired your first area of Paris.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You've arrived in Germany with Jules.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You bested your opponents in the bar fight.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You got lucky with Skylar.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You crashed Dierker's car.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You escaped from Germany.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You reached Paris.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • The Resistance was born.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You sent the Nazi zeppelin up in flames.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You destroyed the train.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You recovered the Aurora.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • Rescue

     

    40

    You rescued Veronique.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You beat Dierker in the Parisian race.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You blew up "Doppelsieg."

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

  • You completed The Saboteur.

    This is story related and cannot be missed.

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