Rats is a three-day heist in PAYDAY 2 that is contracted by Hector. The crew is instructed to cook meth, trade it to a rival gang for information on Hector's enemies – who are fleeing Washington, D.C. – and finally eliminate Hector's enemies.
Because of the heist's high experience reward – approximately 271K base experience on Pro Overkill – it is often speedran; see the #High-speed walkthrough section.
- Locate rival gangs cooks.
- Cook and load 3 bags of meth into van.
Arguably the hardest day of the heist, the group starts outside a derelict, small building that belongs to Mendoza and houses a meth lab. The crew is instructed to enter it and have the cooks produce the meth needed for a deal. Upon entering the building, some of Mendoza's execute the cooks and attempt to fight off the group.
With the cooks dead and the police incoming, the group is forced to cook the meth themselves. With the assistance of Bain they gather the needed chemicals and set to work in cooking the needed bags of meth while fending off the assaulting police force. Bain feeds the group instructions on which chemicals to use. The chemicals are caustic soda, muriatic acid, hydrogen chloride, which can be found in the basement of the house, the bathroom underneath the stairs, a pickup truck parked nearby, and/or the outdoor sheds, which can be opened with a lockpick or bullets.
If the crew uses the wrong chemical, the lab will explode, setting the room it is located in, on fire. Anyone caught in the blast will lose some health and may be downed if you have less than 75% health while still next to it. Bain may get the ingredients wrong, however, he will eventually correct himself, if the crew wait for Bain to clarify the chemical choice.
Once the crew has cooked three bags, they can take them to the nearby extraction van and escape. The crew can stay and cook up to seven bags of meth for additional cash and better results on Day 2.
- Once the heist starts, hurry up and find a full set of ingredients.
- Check hard-to-reach locations first for ingredients; take from outside the house first.
- Open the sheds even if you won't take ingredients from them immediately. Remember the doors can be shot open by shooting the door knob.
- Run the bags to the car and get more ingredients in between assaults, though most would advise all members of the group getting enough ingredients to make a bag of meth to make things a whole lot easier.
- Tell your teammates where they can/cannot find more ingredients.
- Enables subtitles in the options to more easily understand Bain's instructions.
- Bain tells different lines to different players. Communicate when in doubt.
- One bag requires one of each ingredient. It makes sense to have a dedicated cook for each bag, have only one person cook at a time to minimize the confusion.
- When adding an ingredient, read the caption to make sure you are looking at the correct receptacle.
- Barricade windows. There are three sets of planks available.
- Stay upstairs during an assault.
- Ignore the power, especially during an assault.
Search the locations in the following order (hardest to easiest):
- White pickup truck parked by the house
- Shed behind the house
- Basement of the house
- Shed in front of the house
- Bathroom in the house
In multiplayer, the required ingredient is synchronized across all players, but the dialogue from Bain is not. Ambiguous or incorrect instructions from Bain are shown in boldface below.
Add muriatic acid if you hear:
- Acid, guys, acid. Get some and pour it in there.
- Add muriatic acid, to continue the process!
- Ah, OK... Muria, muriatic acid. Add more.
- Cooking away fine - needs more acid though.
- Hm, yeah it is not caustic soda... Yeah. It should be acid. Yep, sure that is it.
- I'm 100% it is muriatic acid now. Just add it.
- Looking at this site... Says acid is used in this step... We got muriatic, right?
- Mu... Muriatic acid - we need some more in there.
- OK, so add caustic... No, wait, add acid - muriatic acid.
Add caustic soda if you hear:
- Add caustic soda to continue the process!
- Caustic basic reaction is now added. OK you got any soda around? Add it.
- Caustic chloride. Says it is liquid form... Wait a minute... Should be soda, right?
- Caustic soda - yep, that's it. Go for it.
- I'm 100% it is some caustic soda needed here. Drop some in.
- I'm just guessing at this point... These internet descriptions are iffy.
- It needs hydrogen chloride, for sure... OK wait, soda... Yeah, caustic soda!
- Says we need club soda to get this temperature up... Sounds odd. What can you get?
- Try caustic soda....Or hydrogen... No no, wait, soda... Go for that. Yeah.
Add hydrogen chloride if you hear:
- Add hydrogen chloride to continue the process!
- Caustic chloride. Says it is some solid form... Wait a... Should be that hydrogen, right?
- Fuck me, we needed those cooks. I'm going with chloride.
- Fuck me, we needed those cooks. I'm going with hydrogen.
- Fuck me, we needed those damn cooks. I'm going with caustic soda.
- Hydrogen... Is that a gas... Can't be a solid... Says add it. You guys got a gas tank?
- I'm not 100% but I think it is hydrogen chloride now. Yep, should be.
- It needs hydrogen chloride - for sure.
- It needs hydrogen chloride, for sure... No, no wait... Yeah, OK.
- This site says something else... Chloride soda hydrogen mix. I don't know, go for it - something.
| F in Chemistry
On day 1 of the Rats job, blow up the lab
| I am the one who Knocks
On day 1 of the Rats job, cook 3 bags worth of meth without letting any law enforcer enter the house.
| Full Measure
On day 1 of the Rats job, cook and secure 7 bags worth of meth without blowing up the lab on the OVERKILL difficulty.
- Trade meth for information.
- Acquire information.
The crew enters the territory of a vicious gang called the Cobras (who are not affiliated with either Hector's cartel, nor the Mendoza's), with the bags of meth cooked from the previous day. The Cobras have obtained information on where and how the Mendoza leadership is traveling out of Washington, and the plan is for the crew to trade the meth for that information. Depending on how many bags of meth the group brought (and equally dependent on luck), the deal can either go down without a problem, or descend into a firefight. If the deal goes well, the group will be led to the info in a safe, which they can peacefully take and leave.
If the players traded any extra bags of meth after the required three, the cobras will give the group bags of money equal to the amount of extra bags of meth they brought.
The deal can fail in several ways and places:
- The crew does not have enough meth bags.
- A Player fires an unsuppressed weapon.
- A player attacks a gang member.
- A player attempts to push past a gang member.
- A player sprints near a gang member.
- The Cobras double cross the group
- The police ambush the group before the trade begins.
- A player takes back a bag of meth once it is traded.
If the crew did not bring at least three bags, they can choose to sneak in and attempt to find the info stealthily. However, it should be noted that there is a chance the Cobras may do the trade anyway, if the crew brought less than three bags. Gang members can be killed silently as the group makes its way through the buildings. (The gang members do not carry pagers.
In the rare case that the police arrive mid-deal, the cobras will flee the area, and ignore the crew and police. This can be used to the crew's advantage, as they can take back the meth bags and locate the intel without concern of the cobras burning it. However, if a player shoots a gang member, they will open fire on the crew while they are fleeing.
If the deal goes wrong, then the crew will be instructed to quickly find the intel, which is hidden in one of possibly two safes, before a gang member burns it. The intel can be in any one of three nearby buildings, and is usually well guarded. If the crew is able to find the safe containing the intel, then it will need to be opened. At this point, the police will somehow be notified and arrive in force, attacking the crew.
Once the crew acquires the intel or discovers that it was destroyed, they can escape to the van. However, the crew can also take back the meth bags for extra cash, regardless of whether or not the deal went smoothly. This can be a bit problematic as the gang members Mark 10's can shred through the crew's defenses fairly quickly and they are all around the place, including the rooftops. Not to mention as many as dozens of gang members will come at the crew in short order, potentially overwhelming them.
One of the more safer ways to attempt stealing back the meth is by placing one or two sentry guns near the truck where the bags are, preferably one near the front and back of the truck so the guns will cover the two main areas where the cobras will funnel in and attempt to kill the crew.
This will create a distraction that will allow the crew to easily dispatch the cobras around the area, avoid bullets as the cobras will be more focused on taking out the sentries than the crew, and some decent suppression fire that would easily allow 4 human-controlled players to take all the bags and run back to the getaway van before any kind of effective resistance is mustered or the sentries run out of ammo.
The final approach to the level occurs if the crew failed to secure enough (or any) bags of meth on Day 1. With the foreknowledge that a successful deal is impossible, it is possible to rush the level violently. To prevent the intel from being burnt, it is necessary for the crew to split into two groups of two players each. One pair will go left and go up the left building, while the other goes right will search the other two buildings. The two buildings to the right are connected at the higher floors by boards laid between the windows, so that pair of players can quickly search both buildings. It is highly recommended for each pair to include at least one player with a method of opening safes quickly, such as a Technician with Aced Shaped Charge or a Ghost with Aced Lockpicking Expert. Run up the stairs, shoot all the Cobras in your way, loot the safes, and you can escape the level without tangling with any cops.
As there is always a path guarded by only one gang member leading to the three communicating flats, it's the safest way to get close to three of the four possible locations of the intel. This is the best option playing solo to save time before the Cobras start to destroy the intel and maximizing your chances of finding it (75%).
| Caribbean Pirate
On day 2 of the Rats job, bring additional meth bags to the trade, but steal your payment instead.
| They see me Baggin', They Hatin'
On the Garage escape, get away with 8 bags.
They see me Baggin', They Hatin'Edit
The Transporter skill aced is helpful for moving bags.
On Day 1, cook at least six bags of meth. Meth bags are lighter than money bags, so cooking extra meth would make the escape somewhat easier, but a lot of time is given for an escape with eight bags anyway. If you encounter the Garage escape on Day 1, then restart the heist because it cannot be encountered on Day 2, making the achievement impossible.
On Day 2, make the trade. If you traded in at least six bags of meth, then there will be three extra money bags in the room with the intel. Grab enough money bags so that you will end up with at least eight loot bags total after you steal back the meth.
If you do not encounter the Garage escape on Day 2, then restart the heist. Otherwise, bring a saw or shaped charges if possible to open doors faster. Once the escape starts, throw at least eight of the bags onto the level above, towards the corner with the staircase that leads to the surface (4 or 5 o'clock when you spawn). Run to the bags, open the door to the nearby staircase and the door at the top of the staircase, and transport the bags to the escape van.
- Kill all of the Mendoza gang members.
- Steal as many bags of cash as possible. (Optional)
The final day is very simple, but may become difficult if the crew chooses to stay behind for the cash.
Alex the helicopter pilot drops the crew off on a bridge where the FBI are escorting Mendoza members out of Washington, D.C. The crew must travel along the bridge to the bus and kill all the gang members aboard. Once accomplished, the crew can return to Alex and escape at any point.
The bus contains 12–16 suitcases; while some may be empty, most contain money. The suitcases filled with money are usually rigged with C4 that must be immediately defused upon bagging the cash. The bombs can only be defused if the crew obtained the intel from Day 2 (it is explained that the Intel contained the defuse codes for the C4, allowing the defuse interaction to be performed). If any of the bombs explode, then the entire bus will explode, incapacitate any players in or near the bus, and destroy all the money inside. Hence, it is advised that all money bags should be thrown away from the bus as soon as possible, in case of an accident occurring. If the players did not obtain the Intel on Day 2, the maximum number of money bags they can easily obtain is four (one per player); each player should open a suitcase, bag the money simultaneously, throw the bags out of the bus, and leave before the C4 detonates. However, a player who has the Ghost skill Fast Hands Ace can pack bags quickly enough to pack and throw two bags clear of the bus and run out before the bombs explode.
If the crew takes more bags than they can carry at once (more bags than they have players), then they should wait for the loot extraction helicopter (flown by the crew's second pilot, Bile) to arrive, because Alex's escape helicopter cannot take loot bags except those directly carried on each player's back. When the helicopter arrives, the crew can throw all of the money bags into it, but must protect the helicopter from police fire (which will force Bile to fly away early), and also be careful not to throw the bags into the water. Do not throw the bags at the railing because despite the bags' apparent size, they can fall through it. Once all the money bags are loaded into Bile's helicopter, return to the normal extraction zone under Alex's helicopter to complete the heist.
| Short Fuse
On day 3 of the Rats job, get away with 7 bags without defusing any bombs.
| Breaking Bad
Complete the Rats job on the Death Wish difficulty.
| If You Can’t Take the Heat...
Complete the Rats pro job on the Death Wish difficulty.
| 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.
Rats can usually be completed in less than 15 minutes, on up to Overkill difficulty, even in solo. On PC, this is often combined with a stealth bonus from the previous heist such as the 30% bonus from Diamond Store, which can be completed stealthily in minutes.
On Day 1, the crew must blow up the lab as soon as possible; this cannot be done on Death Wish, which requires the crew to cook at least three bags. Grab at least two ingredients, wait at the lab, put in the wrong ingredient, and run from the explosion. (On consoles, the crew can escape immediately and skip to Day 2.) While the escape vehicle is on its way, the crew may wish to hold out in the small room behind the lab, which is highly defensible and does not catch fire; to escape, sprint through the fire, jump over the balcony to the left onto a shed, then go directly to the escape vehicle. Only one crew member needs to survive as nearly all the rewards come from day 3. More adept combatants may wish to hold out where the escape vehicle will arrive, or elsewhere on the map.
Another holding area while waiting for the van in Day 1 is in the basement room as it is larger that then small room behind the lab. A common scenario is to have only one person to screw up the meth mixture, while the rest of the crew camp in the basement room. It is also beneficial for one of the camper to have the Aced Inspire skill should the person who screwed up the meth mixture is down due to the fire, this way the camper can shout to revive.
On Day 2, the crew must go loud, and either use Shaped Charges on the safe with the intel or wait for the gangsters to open the safe. Again, only one crew member needs to escape.
On Day 3, the crew must simply kill the gangsters inside the bus. A player with a high-accuracy Rattlesnake and high-magnification scope can accomplish this within 15 seconds while near the escape vehicle. Optionally, if the crew obtained the intel on Day 2, they may wish to hire the Ace Pilot and spend an extra few minutes to loot the bus.
- This was the longest and most complex heist included in the beta until Framing Frame succeeded it.
- The Day 1 of the heist is highly prone to accidental failures due to miscommunication between Bain and the crew, the chemicals he calls out might not be correct and may cause the lab to blow up should they be added.
- Caustic soda is also known as sodium hydroxide, a strong base. Muriatic acid and hydrogen chloride are identical chemicals at the molecular level, with the former being a solution of the latter. In real life, combining Muriatic acid or hydrogen chloride with caustic soda yields sodium chloride (salt water).
- On Day 3, the docks at which Day 2 of Watchdogs takes place is visible from the bridge.
- Rats is internally referred to as "Alex Must Die!".
- During the Halloween event the Witch could be heard crying on Day 1, she was behind one of the fences between the front shed and the truck.
Death Wish changesEdit
- On Day 1, the wrong ingredient causes the whole map to blow up. Even if Pistol Messiah is used for revival, the van will never arrive, so the contract will have to be terminated. Players must therefore cook at least three bags of meth before waiting for the escape van to arrive.
- In Day 1, there will sometimes be an invisible collision object blocking the entrance to some of the doors of the house, preventing certain players from exiting or entering. If this occurs and if a player is trapped, they must exit the game and rejoin if they wish to continue playing the mission.