Hitman Sniper: The Shadows Beginners Guide and Tips

Build your reputation as elite International Contract Agency (ICA) agents

Came from the house of Square Enix, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is the second sequel of Hitman Sniper that will test your accuracy in eliminating enemies. The story continues after the disappearance of Agent 47 in the first game, therefore International Contract Agency or ICA for short is set to deploy the shadows, A group of elite snipers to eliminate the target. Hitman Sniper: The Shadows bring exciting and fresh improvements from its first sequel as they improve the surroundings and environment that will give you an advantage in order to eliminate the target by any means necessary. Here is our beginners guide to give you an insight into Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and we will give you some tips to help you to rise into ICA top agent in no time.

Introducing the basics of Hitman Sniper: The Shadows

Like its first sequel, the main task in Hitman Sniper: The Shadows is to eliminate targets that have been set by ICA. You can do anything in order to finish the contract, whether you want to go straight for the direct kill, or you want to make everything feel like an accident, or do you want to clear the bodies immediately by disposing of the body through your sniper. The improvement lies in the surroundings and the map, where you will face another challenge in each map that will test your strategy, intelligence, and your accuracy.

The Shadow agents

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows available
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There are a total of six agents that you can choose as your agent. Each agent has its own specialty, weapon, and history. You can use your preferable agent in order to finish the contract or you can take a new challenge and try another agent to see the difference in their way of elimination.

Gameplay mechanics

The first thing that you need to know, it is important for you to check the whole environment of the map. There will be 8 maps, as they will have different times based on the mission. Don’t worry, it will not take much time. You can use your scope in order to zoom in or zoom out your vision. There are important things that you have to keep in mind when you shoot your bullet.

Game Mechanics
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There are red indicators and blue indicators that will glow out on the map. The red indicator means that you will inflict damage if you hit the red indicator stuff, and the blue indicator means that you will attract attention if you hit the stuff.

You can enhance your vision by using Instinct, which is marked by a little eye sign on your screen. By using your instinct, you can highlight all of the enemies on the stage in orange and all of the objects that you can interact within white. 


There are only two gameplay modes in Hitman Sniper: The Shadows. You can finish the Contracts and eliminate enemies in order to unlock new maps, and characters in the campaign, or compete against other players in PvP mode. Every time you finish the contract or get the highest score in PvP mode, you can get rewards in form of gold, or upgrade material for your agents or your weapon.

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows Beginners Guide: Tips and Tricks

1. Gather Intel around your surroundings

Gather the intel
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It is very important for you to look for the surroundings first to gather the intel for yourself. The intel that is mentioned here is the presence of bodyguards, the pattern moves of your target, any kind of useful environment, and stuff that will help you to eliminate the target or clear the area from the presence of a bodyguard in time.

2. Always go for Special Kills

Special Kills occurred when you manage to eliminate the target with the unique and uncommon method. You can achieve this kill by body disposal kills, a method where you kill your target and make their body disappear in one time in order to leave no mark. Accidental kill is where you manage to make the target disappear by looking-like accident method, in order to decrease the suspicion of your presence. Multi kill can be achieved by eliminating more than one enemy by one shoot.

Special Kills
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Lure kills are the special occasion when you lure the target into designated areas and eliminate them. Moving kills require high accuracy in order to eliminate the moving targets. Headshots are the easier way to gain special kills as your only objective is to make a direct shoot to the enemy’s head.

3. Learn your Agent’s specialities

Each agent has their own specialties, so it is important for you to have an insight into their abilities and weapon so you can implore your strategy to finish each contract.

  • Espelho is known for his Incendiary rounds
  • Soji has an acid round with her Raifuru K62 tactician
  • Kiya has a lightning round with its unbeatable speed that eliminates the target in a flashy way
    • Stone has time proximity mine that could blow your target
  • Kolzak is contagion round specialist while Knight is your agent in terms of headshot master.

4. Upgrade your weapon for better damage and accuracy

Upgrade your weapon
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You can get a material upgrade for your weapon in a rewards suitcase after finishing the contract and after you finish the PvP mode. You can upgrade your weapon in order to increase the damage, or upgrade your scope to increase your vision range, you can also upgrade your recoil to improve the stability of your sniper

Final Thoughts

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows will train your ability to keep calm while collecting the information and learn the surrounding around your target and train your ability to execute the contract without alerting more attention like a real hitman. But it is also important to pick the agent that suits your style in order to eliminate the target easier because that way, you already know your agent, which means that you already know the ability so you know what you have to do and which method you will use.

That’s all for today’s Hitman Sniper: The Shadows beginners guide. Did you find our Hitman Sniper: The Shadows beginners guide helpful? Do let us know in the comments!

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