Being a Pacifist in Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Deus Ex Mankind Divided, the latest in the seemingly unending Deus Ex franchise has been out now for six months and by now I’m sure you’ve completed the game. No spoilers here of course, you can discover this for yourself. Getting to the end of the game is easy, but getting through the game without killing anyone? That’s much trickier, and chances are you’re going to end up killing someone at some point which is quite obviously a no-no if you’re trying to get that elusive Pacifist achievement.

So, allow me to take you through of the things to think about, when trying to complete Deus Ex Mankind Divided without spilling any blood. (Not including that small amount that will presumably dribble from the side of their mouths during a choke-hold.)

Best way to not kill anyone, is to not give them the reason to kill you. Stay hidden, stay stealthy, and then strike silently before they know what’s hit them. Namely you.


Rather obviously, if you don’t want to kill anyone don’t take any weapons with you that can kill. Stick to your tranquilizer rifle and stun-gun. There’s no need to pick up shotguns, pistols and machine guns. Grenades again, are usually a no-no except the EMP grenade which you’ll need to stun enemies in exo-suits. This obviously, gives you a lot more space in your inventory as well, so it’s win-win.


These are of course mostly open to interpretation depending on your playstyle. I tend to focus on a hacking style build, with elements of stealth and noise reduction.

Social Enhancer Augmentations – Dialectic Enhancer

Diffuse combat before it even starts by reading your opponents mind (Sort of)

Hacking Capture Augmentations – All of them

Being able to quietly and quickly disable turrets, cameras and robots is very useful.


Experimental Aug – Remote Hacking

Although you can’t always hack the same things as you do with regular hacking, although being able to disable a drone or camera from a distance is invaluable.

Glass Shield Cloaking System

An obvious one this one, but they can’t kill what they can’t see.

Prosthetic Leg Enhancement – Leg Silencers

These reduce your noise when running

Turrets and Robots

Don’t switch Friendly Fire on whenever you hack a turret or robot. Anyone dying as a result of you doing this will count as a kill you’ve made. Not to mention it tends to attract a fair bit of attention. Simply turning them off will work much better for you.

Save Very Regularly

Because you’re not killing anyone, your saves are far more crucial to you then in more bloodthirsty playthrough. Make sure you save in multiple slots and very frequently. If you end up getting trapped somewhere you can only kill to escape from you’ll need to reload to a more suitable point and try again.

This is probably the most important thing, because you never know when someone will accidentally get killed because of your actions.


This isn’t an extensive list of course, but half the fun of a game like Deus Ex Mankind Divided is figuring out your own playstyle and what works best for you. If you’ve got tips for me on how to get that Pacifist Achievement, drop them in the comments below.

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is a freelance writer, living in Derby UK with his wife and his player 3. When time allows he likes nothing more than losing himself in a multi-hour gaming session. He likes most games and will play anything but prefers MMO's, and sandbox RPG's.

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