Lockpick Guide in Thief Simulator 2
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Thief Simulator 2 Lockpicking Guide

Who needs keys anymore?

The wait is finally over for those looking to kickstart their robbery career. Although we all know that committing a crime is a terrible thing to do, especially when it comes to breaking and entering, stealing someone’s grandmother’s precious pearls and random silver cutlery, in video game form, really anything goes. The rulebook is thrown out the window on this one, alongside all morals. Those wanting to live their full fantasy as a smarter version of the Wet Bandits can do so in the fully-released sequel to Thief Simulator. But getting to the good stuff requires a few locks to bypass, and breaking and entering may not be exactly as you thought with a crowbar in hand. So, how do you lockpick in Thief Simulator 2?

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How to Lockpick in Thief Simulator 2?

To lockpick in the Thief Simulator, you must first progress to Level 3. You can do this by completing Mission objectives such as destroying objects or lifting valuable goods to sell on the Black Market. You can unlock the Lockpicking (Level 1) Skill under the Skill Tree found in the Menu. After which, you will need to purchase a Basic Lockpicking Tool via Quick Buy on your Phone (setting you back $70).

To pick basic locks, all you need to do is go up to a locked door and click to interact. The Lockpicking Tool Window will pop up where you need to align the saw (‘L’ shaped tool at the top) to the correct spot where the screwdriver (lower tool at the bottom of the lock) can freely twist to the motion of the lock.

The most basic lockpicking device shows a simple look which is used frequently in video games that offer lockpicking mini-games. The simple lock requires you to move the top tool clockwise or counter-clockwise and rotate the bottom tool slowly to ensure that you do not snap the Basic Lockpicking Tool. If there is tension, the top tool is in the incorrect place. If the bottom tool rotates but gets stuck, you need to slightly adjust the top tool and try twisting the bottom tool once again. More tension means that you need to readjust the top tool’s position. When the bottom tool ends up lying horizontally on your screen, the door will unlock, and you have the option to Re-lock or Use to open it.

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How to Pick Harder Locks?

As you progress through Thief Simulator 2, you may be faced with tougher and more challenging locks to pick. These will require Level 2 Lockpicking Skill, which once again is determined by your in-game Level. You will also want to buy a Mini Electric Lock Pick (costs $1,200) off Tools4Thieves. The goal with the tougher lockpicks is that each pin of the lock needs to get set at the bottom of the spring. You need to take each pin one at a time from left to right. Use the A key (PC) or left on d-pad (Xbox and PlayStation) and the D key (PC) or right on d-pad to move from one pin to another. Hit the S key (PC) or down on d-pad to send the pin to the gold slot at the bottom. To trap it/ keep it in place, hit left-mouse click or ‘A‘/ ‘X‘ (Xbox/ PlayStation) as soon as a quarter of the pin hits the gold slot.

It may be harder to time, but a message prompt will appear on the screen for you to hit your interact key/button when the pin goes to the gold slot and the spring is no longer visible. You want to hit the interact button at the point, but a simpler way to view it is to try to lock the pin in place when the spring disappears, and you can only see the pin and golden slot in each section of the lock. When you successfully trap each locking mechanism, you will unlock it and have successfully picked a harder Thief Simulator 2 lock.


That was our guide on how to lockpick in Thief Simulator 2 successfully. For other stealth games, take a look at our suggestions: How to Fix Your Stealth Not Working in Starfield? or Texas Chainsaw Massacre Victims Ranked by Survivability. Feel free to follow our Facebook if you are interested in seeing more from the Gamer Journalist team.

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