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Mask customization

Examples of mask customization in Payday 2

In Payday 2, players can customize a cosmetic mask to personalize their character. A custom mask consists of, a color scheme, a pattern, and a material. Unlike the masks in PAYDAY: The Heist, which either are always available or become unlocked for meeting certain specifications, masks in Payday 2 are randomly given by the 'pick a card' screen at the end of each heist if the player's card is a mask card. Some masks are unlocked and granted to the player for free for completing certain achievements, joining the community group, or reaching a new level of infamy. The mask, scheme, and pattern can only be used once. Each player is only given a specific amount of mask slots, but masks can be sold for in-game currency and to free up a mask slot. David Goldfarb, Game Director at Overkill Software, has stated that there are over 15.2 million combinations for masks. The created masks can be worn by all four characters.

MasksEdit

A mask can only be customized once and you will not be able to customize it any further once you have finalized it. Even if you leave any of the 3 slots empty you won't be able to fill it later. This means you can sell a customized mask but will be unable to recover any components, unless said components are introduced via certain DLCs in which case they'll be returned to the component stash rather than sold away.

Note that "The Skull" comes with the Lootbag DLC but can also be obtained from cards. Obtaining it from cards requires you to have bought the lootbag DLC which is now available for 4.99$ on Xbox 360 and PS3.

  • Blue items are unlocked by default.
  • Light Blue items are community items.
  • Yellow items are from a DLC.
  • Orange items are from a special event.
  • Fuchsia items are "Infamous" (rare) items.

DefaultEdit

Masks unlocked by default. They cannot be sold or unlocked via card drops. When you equip this mask, it changes depending on what character you are.

CommunityEdit

These masks are available by joining the Payday 2 Community Group. Once you join, you will unlock 1 of each mask in your inventory and will now be able to obtain them via card drops.

Lootbag DLCEdit

Requires the "Lootbag" DLC. You will unlock 1 of this mask in your inventory and be able to obtain them via card drops if you pre-ordered the game on PC or bought it on console.

A Merry Payday Christmas Soundtrack DLCEdit

Requires the "A Merry Payday Christmas Soundtrack" DLC. Once you have bought the DLC, you will unlock 1 of the three masks in your inventory and will now be able to obtain them via card drops.

Armored Transport DLCEdit

Requires the "Armored Transport" DLC. Once you have bought the DLC, you will unlock 1 of the four masks in your inventory and will now be able to obtain them via card drops.

Gage Weapon Pack #01 DLCEdit

Requires the "Gage Weapon Pack #01" DLC. Once you have bought the DLC, you will unlock 1 of the four masks in your inventory and will now be able to obtain them via card drops.

Gage Weapon Pack #02 DLCEdit

Requires the "Gage Weapon Pack #02" DLC. Once you have bought the DLC, you will unlock 1 of the four masks in your inventory and will now be able to obtain them via card drops.

Gage Sniper Pack DLCEdit

Requires the "Gage Sniper Pack" DLC. These masks are an achievement reward. It can't drop during a PAYDAY and it can't be sold. Instead, it can be returned to your mask stash for free, but any pattern, color or material as well as the customization fee to put these together will be lost.

Gage Shotgun Pack DLCEdit

Requires the "Gage Shotgun Pack" DLC. These masks are an achievement reward. It can't drop during a PAYDAY and it can't be sold. Instead, it can be returned to your mask stash for free, but any pattern, color or material as well as the customization fee to put these together will be lost.

The Big Bank Heist DLCEdit

Requires "The Big Bank" DLC. These masks are an achievement reward. It can't drop during a PAYDAY and it can't be sold. Instead, it can be returned to your mask stash for free, but any pattern, color or material as well as the customization fee to put these together will be lost.

Poetry Jam DLCEdit

All these masks will be available for free for anyone who owns the PAYDAY 2 Official Soundtrack on steam or pre-ordered the Career Criminal Edition!

Twisted Metal DLCEdit

Available on Playstation Network Only! Free of charge.

Halloween 2013 EventEdit

These masks were available via card drops during the 2013 Halloween Event. During the event they had the highest chance to appear during card drops so no one would miss out. They can no longer be obtained and it is unsure if these masks can be obtained every Halloween.

Humble Mask PackEdit

Requires the "Humble Mask Pack" DLC. You will unlock both of these masks in your inventory if you have purchased the E3 Digital Ticket and linked the key to your Steam account.

Note: The Humble Bundle program ended on June 15th 2014, therefore the masks are no longer obtainable. 

The Shadow Raid HeistEdit

You can unlock this mask by completing the "I Will Walk Faceless Among Men" achievement.

Death Wish UpdateEdit

These masks are unlocked by beating every mission (if a missions has a normal and pro job variant, you need to complete both) on a certain difficulty. For example, beat all mission on Death Wish difficulty to unlock the Death Wish Skull. They can't drop during a Payday and they can't be sold. Instead, they can be returned to your mask stash for free, but any pattern, color or material as well as the customization fee to put these together will be lost. Death Wish items will always be returned to your inventory so they are never lost.

Note: It should be noted that all DLC missions must be completed for the masks and achievements to unlock even if the players do not own the DLC. This includes DLC released after the Death Wish Update such as Shadow Raid and The Big Bank.

Infamy RewardEdit

These are rewards from the Infamy skill tree. These masks are an achievement reward. It can't drop during a PAYDAY and it can't be sold. Instead, it can be returned to your mask stash for free, but any pattern, color or material as well as the customization fee to put these together will be lost.

InfamousEdit

Rare masks are unlocked via card drops. Each card drop has a 5% chance to include infamous items in its loot pool. The chance of getting a mask ranges from 9.8% at level 1 to 15% at level 90+. Without any DLCs, 12 out of the 50 masks you can receive from a PAYDAY are infamous (with all available DLCs as of 30 July 2014, it is 12 out of 69). If you have no masks in your inventory, the chance of receiving an infamous mask during a payday thus ranges from 0.12% (level 1) to 0.18% (level 90+). When a mask is in your inventory, that mask's likelihood of showing up during a PAYDAY is halved. Playing on Very Hard or Overkill doubles or triples your chance to enable infamous items for that mission's PAYDAY (Death Wish does not affect the chance; the author assumes this is a bug). Ghost tier 6 increases the chance to enable infamous items by 10% of its normal chance. At level 90+, with all DLCs, every non-infamous mask in your inventory, with no infamous masks in your inventory, with Ghost tier 6 unlocked and playing on Overkill difficulty, the resulting chance is 0.81%.

NormalEdit

Normal masks are unlocked via card drops. The chance of getting a mask ranges from 9.8% at level 1 to 15% at level 90+.

MaterialsEdit

PatternsEdit

ColorsEdit

Colors are one-time-use items. If a set of colors is used on a single mask, then it will be permanently removed from your inventory. In some cases, the color shown in the squares differs significantly when applied to a mask; for example, for some masks, dark blue might become sky blue, and light blue might become pure white.

Note that "Red/Black" comes with the Lootbag DLC but can also be obtained from cards.

  • Blue items are unlocked by default.
  • Yellow items are from a DLC.
  • Fuchsia items are "Infamous" (rare) items.
Nothing
$0

Red
Black
$9,000
Solid Blood
Red
$1,270,000
Blood Red
White
$810,000
Solid Warm
Yellow
$810,000
Solid Dark
Green
$810,000
Solid Navy
Blue
$965,000
Solid
Magenta
$965,000
Solid Pink
$965,000

White
Black
$350,000
Black
White
$350,000
Solid Dark
Gray
$1,115,000
Solid Black
$1,420,000

Solid Red
$131,000

Red
Blue
$39,000
Red
Dark Red
$39,000
Red
White
$101,000
Solid Orange
$223,000

Orange
Steel Blue
$101,000
Orange
Matte Blue
$70,000
Orange
Blue
$70,000
Orange
Purple
$39,000
Orange
White
$70,000
Solid Light
Brown
$162,000
Light Brown
Brown
$70,000
Light Brown
Matte Blue
$70,000
Light Brown
Navy Blue
$39,000
Solid Brown
$223,000

Warm Yellow
Bright Yellow
$70,000
Warm Yellow
Olive Green
$101,000
Warm Yellow
Navy Blue
$70,000
Warm Yellow
Matte Purple
$70,000
Warm Yellow
White
$70,000
Bright Yellow
Brown
$39,000
Bright Yellow
Olive Green
$9,000
Bright Yellow
Turquoise
$101,000
Bright Yellow
Dark Gray
$39,000
Bone White
Light Blue
$9,000
Bone White
Navy Blue
$131,000
Bone White
Purple
$101,000
Bone White
Magenta
$70,000
Yellow
Orange
$162,000
Solid Yellow
$162,000

Yellow
Blue
$131,000
Toxic Green
Leaf Green
$39,000
Toxic Green
Dark Green
$101,000
Toxic Green
Matte Purple
$39,000
Leaf Green
Blood Red
$70,000
Solid Leaf
Green
$223,000
Leaf Green
White
$39,000
Green
Red
$39,000
Green
Blood Red
$101,000
Green
Olive Green
$101,000
Solid Green
$223,000

Turquoise
Purple
$39,000
Turquoise
Pink
$9,000
Cyan
Orange
$70,000
Solid Cyan
$223,000

Cyan
Blue
$131,000
Cyan
Purple
$131,000
Light Blue
Brown
$70,000
Light Blue
Steel Blue
$70,000
Solid Light
Blue
$131,000
Light Blue
Cobalt Blue
$70,000
Cobalt Blue
Navy Blue
$101,000
Cobalt Blue
Pink
$39,000
Cobalt Blue
White
$101,000
Navy Blue
Light Blue
$39,000
Blue
Light Blue
$39,000
Solid Blue
$223,000

Solid Purple
$223,000

Magenta
Cyan
$101,000
Pink
Matte Purple
$39,000
Coral Red
Lime Green
$70,000
Coral Red
Steel Blue
$39,000
Coral Red
Matte Blue
$70,000
Coral Red
Dark Red
$39,000
Dark Red
Orange
$70,000
Solid Dark
Red
$131,000
White
Brown
$70,000
White
Matte Blue
$101,000
White
Navy Blue
$101,000
White
Purple
$39,000
White
Magenta
$101,000
Solid White
$193,000

White
Dark Gray
$162,000
Light Gray
Blood Red
$162,000
Solid Light
Gray
$193,000
Light Gray
Dark Gray
$39,000
Solid Gray
$162,000

Gray
Black
$70,000
Dark Gray
Orange
$39,000
Black
Orange
$101,000
Black
Bright Yellow
$39,000
Black
Leaf Green
$70,000
Black
Cobalt Blue
$39,000
Black
Magenta
$101,000
Black
Coral Red
$70,000

AchievementsEdit

No one Cared who I Was... No one Cared who I Was...

Until I put on the mask.

Masked Villain Masked Villain

Modify a mask for the first time.

Witch Doctor Witch Doctor

While wearing the "Witch" mask from the Halloween event, revive 50 crew members.

It's Alive! IT'S ALIVE! It's Alive! IT'S ALIVE!

While wearing the "Frank" mask from the Halloween event, get tased by a Taser 25 times.

Pump-Action Pump-Action

While wearing the "Pumpkin King" mask from the Halloween event, kill 666 law enforcers using only shotguns.

No one can Hear you Scream No one can Hear you Scream

While wearing the "Venomorph" mask from the Halloween event, silently kill 50 law enforcers using only melee.

From Russia With Love From Russia With Love

While wearing the "Mark" mask, finish 25 of Vlad's jobs on the OVERKILL difficulty.

Heat Around the Corner Heat Around the Corner

Equip the "Hockey Heat" mask. Celebrating the release of the Armored Transport DLC, you can now unlock the "Hockey Heat" mask by simply joining the PAYDAY 2 Official Group on Steam.

I do What I do Best, I Take Scores I do What I do Best, I Take Scores

While wearing the "Hockey Heat" mask, finish any Armored Transport heist 15 times on OVERKILL difficulty.

Wanted Wanted

While wearing the "Dolph" mask, kill 100 law enforcers using only the AK5 rifle.

3000 Miles to the Safe House 3000 Miles to the Safe House

While wearing the "Jean-Claude" mask, kill 100 law enforcers using only the Kobus 90 submachine gun.

Commando Commando

While wearing the "Arnold" mask, kill 100 law enforcers using only the UAR rifle.

Public Enemies Public Enemies

While wearing the "Chuck" mask, kill 100 law enforcers using only the Crosskill pistol.

Reindeer Games Reindeer Games

Complete a heist while you and your four man crew are wearing one different "Santa" mask each.
Requires 3 of the 4 players to own the "A Merry Payday Christmas Soundtrack" DLC.

Merry Xmas! Merry Xmas!

Equip the "Happy Santa" mask. Celebrating the release of the free Charlie Santa Heist, you can now unlock the "Happy Santa" mask by simply joining the PAYDAY 2 Official Group on Steam.

Ghost Riders Ghost Riders

Complete a heist while you and your four man crew are wearing one different difficulty mask each.

Like an Angry Bear! Like an Angry Bear!

Equip the "Mark" mask. Celebrating 2 years of heists, you can now unlock the "Mark" mask by simply joining the PAYDAY 2 Official Group on Steam.

Fool me Once, Shame on -Shame on you. Fool me - you Can't get Fooled Again Fool me Once, Shame on -Shame on you. Fool me - you Can't get Fooled Again

While wearing the "43rd" mask, kill 95 Shields using the "Swedish K" submachine gun.

I'm not a Crook! I'm not a Crook!

While wearing the "37th" mask, destroy 69 snipers using the "Commando 553" rifle.

I did not have sexual relations with that Bulldozer I did not have sexual relations with that Bulldozer

While wearing the "42nd" mask, trade 7 civilians.

Affordable Healthcare Affordable Healthcare

While wearing the "44th" mask, place 61 doctor bags.

Funding Father Funding Father

In the Big Bank job, complete the heist while you and your four man crew are wearing one different Bill mask each. Unlocks the Marksman Stock for the Falcon rifle.

Four Monkeys Four Monkeys

In the Rats job, complete the heist while you and your four man crew are wearing one different "Shotgun Pack" mask each on OVERKILL difficulty or above.

TriviaEdit

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  • There was a mask called "The Twister" resembling Obito's mask from Naruto, but it was never actually added to the black market because of copyright issues. Its files still exist within the game.
  • The "Plague Doctor" Mask is a reference to the real-world Plague doctors who dons the same mask and are often employed in times of massive disease outbreaks in medieval Europe.
    • It could also be a nod to SCP-049, "The Plague Doctor".
    • The Bhagavad Gita (The song of the Bhagavan), a famous Hindu epic text, was mentioned in its description
  • The masks introduced with the Gage Shotgun Pack are references to famous action movie stars and characters, with a touch of "monkey-ness".
    • Clint is an obvious reference to actor Clint Eastwood. This could also be a reference to the Gorillaz song named after the same person, as it features large monkey-like creatures.
    • John is a reference to Bruce Willis's character John McClane from the Die Hard Series. It's description even used a quote from McClane's Wikipedia page.
    • Rutger is a reference to Rutger Hauer who starred a film called "Hobo with a Shotgun" which was mentioned in the description.
    • Steven is a reference to Steven Seagal who starred the film "Under Siege", in which Seagal played a a chef of the military vessel USS Missouri. The film running time is 103 minutes and was released 22 years ago. 
  • The "Venomorph" mask is a homage to Alien, a 1979 sci-fi horror film by Ridley Scott. The name of the achievement regarding the mask is also a part of the movie's theatrical title ("In space, no one can hear you scream!"). It could also be a reference to the character Venom from The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, as seen here.
  • The "Hockey Heat" masks were worn by the crew in the 1995 film, Heat. Also, in Firestarter, you can find a hidden hockey poster that shows that Overkill are big fans of hockey, which might attribute to the adding of this mask.
  • The "Hockey Mask" was worn by the character "Waingro" in the 1995 film, Heat.
  • The Presidential masks return from the first PAYDAY and are references to the 1991 film, Point Break, though the only common mask between the game and film is the mask of Richard M. Nixon.
  • The "Brazil Baby" mask is a reference to the 1985 dystopian satire sci-fi, Brazil. Worn by the character "Jack Lint" in an interrogation room. Coincidentally, Robert De Niro plays a character in both Heat and Brazil.
  • The "Grin" mask is a homage to Ulf and Bo Andersson's previous company, Grin, founded in 1997. Overkill Software supersedes Grin.
  • The "Brainiac" mask is an homage to Jason Voorhees' look in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
  • The "Dillinger Death Mask" is replicated from the actual death mask of John Dillinger, a famous American bank robber from the Depression-era United States.
  • The "Anonymous" mask is a modified replication of the Guy Fawkes mask. The mask is commonly used to protect the identity of the wearer, deriving the moniker "Anonymous".
  • The "Cthulhu" mask is based on H.P. Lovecraft's creature, Cthulhu. First appearing in The Call of Cthulhu, Cthulhu is a fictional giant and malevolent being that has terrifying features including tentacle appendages protruding from its face. Cthulhu hibernates in an underwater city in the South Pacific called R'lyeh.
  • The "Greek Tragedy" mask could be derived from the masks found in Greek Tragedies, a form of theater from Ancient Greece and Asia Minor.
  • The "Calaca" mask is from the Mexican Spanish word Calaca, which is a skull or skeleton commonly used for the Mexican Day of the Dead.
  • The "Oni" mask is from Japanese folklore, Oni meaning Demon and more.
  • The "Shrunken Head" mask is from a practice that includes severing and shrinking a human head that is used for rituals, trophies, or for trade.
  • The "Hog" mask is a homage to Hotline Miami, a game developed by Dennaton Games.
  • The "Alienware" mask is a promotion from a computer hardware company called Alienware, Dell's subsidiary; the mask is the company's mascot, the Alien. It must be found like the rest of the masks in Payday 2, unlike in PAYDAY: The Heist where it's given exclusively to anyone with an Alienware computer.
  • The "Jaw" mask is likely a reference to Trap Jaw from the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series.
  • The "Outlander" mask is a reference to I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, a short story by Harlan Ellison, published in March, 1967. It later turned into a point-and-click adventure game in 1995 by The Dreamers Guild. The story was based in a post-apocalyptic future set 109 years into the future after the Cold War escalated into a World War controlled by a Super Computer named AM in which it nearly wiped out the human race in a massive genocide. The mask represents the ending of the protagonist turning into a gelatinous blob creature wanting to scream of the horrors it suffered but cannot, due to its lack of a mouth. It is forever condemned to its thoughts.
  • The "Vampire" mask is based on the iconic vampire Count Dracula. Dracula is part of the Universal Monsters that also contained other pop culture figures like Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Dracula was first conceived in Bram Stoker's book "Dracula" in 1897. Dracula has gathered over 40+ appearances in movies as a main antagonist and monster.
  • The "Mummy" mask is based on Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie from the Powerslave Album.
  • "Mr. Smooth" is based on the mask used by Ryan Gosling's character in the movie Drive, a stuntman and car mechanic of few words who drives get-away cars for robbers. It's first worn during a stunt scene, and later when the character goes on a rampage.
  • The "Doctor Crime" mask is a homage to Doctor Doom by Marvel Comics.
  • On the "Mark" mask, the Overkill bomb logo can be found in the eyes.
  • The "Hockey Heat" mask is actually the model of the supporter and Overkill masks in PAYDAY: The Heist.
  • "Kenneth" is credited as "Janitor" in the Payday 2 credits.
  • The Masks you get from the Gage Weapon Pack #01 are named after famous action movie stars, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Arnold Schwarzenegger And Chuck Norris.
    • The Arnold mask's description also contains numerous reference to the popular Doge internet meme.
  • The "Sweettooth" mask is from another game called Twisted Metal. It was introduced into the PS3 version of PAYDAY 2 as a PlayStation Network exclusive item.
  • The "Commander Crime" mask is Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
  • The "Troubled War Veteran" mask is John Rambo from the movie series played by Sylvester Stallone.
  • The "Public Enemies" achievement, and the "Chuck" mask by extension, are a reference to the Los Angels hip-hop group Public Enemy and its lead vocalist, rapper Chuck D.
  • The "Alpha Force" mask's description contains a reference to the popular internet meme Doge, with the mask's previous owner belonging to the "4th Domestic Operation Group - force Enforcers - Alpha" or 4th DOGE-A for short.
  • The two Humble Bundle masks are based off characters from the Starcraft and Warcraft franchise by Blizzard-Activision.
    • The Crossbreed is based off the Protoss-Zerg Hybrid from the Starcraft series.
    • The Orc is based off the Orc race from the Warcraft series.
  • The Gage Blade Mask was inspired by the DC Comics villain Deathstroke the Terminator.
  • The The Optimist mask was based off of the Transformer Optimus Prime.
    • Its design is also inspired by the Cybermen from the Doctor Who series. They are also referenced in the description. The line, "Or through forced upgrades. Which are compulsory", is referencing the Cybermen's key roll in Doctor Who, which is to upgrade all human beings into Cybermen, and they designate the upgrading 'compulsory'.
  • The description of the War Face mask is a reference to a scene in Full Metal Jacket where Sgt. Hartmann says almost the exact same thing to James "Joker" Davis. The third line is different (in the movie, Hartmann says "You don't scare me, work on it!"). The mask itself is a reference to the Zergface meme on 4chan's /k/ board, minus the camouflage face paint.
  • Each of the masks added in the Big Bank DLC are based upon individuals whose faces appear on American currency -- George Washington (the first president, who appears on the one-dollar note), Abe Lincoln (the sixteenth president, who appears on the five-dollar note), Ulysses S. Grant (the eighteenth president, who appears on the fifty-dollar note), and Ben Franklin (sometimes referred to as "The First American", who appears on the hundred-dollar note). Franklin is the only one who was not a president. All of the masks are colored and textured in the same way they appear on currency, in monochrome green.
  • The Peter mask is a reference to the Hotline Miami mask of the same name.


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