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Stealing Xmas
Stealing Xmas FBI Files
Heist Info
Contractor Vlad
Contract Days 1
Loud / Stealth ✔ / ✘
Loot Jewelry
Money
Experience ???
Other
Internal name
Achievement(s) Snowfall Snowstorm Thundersnow Imitations The Grinch Christmas Party

The Stealing Xmas heist is a loud-only heist in PAYDAY 2, released on December 8, 2016.

The crew is tasked to find cocaine stashed in various objects by Vlad's drunken brother-in-law in a shopping mall.

AssetsEdit

ObjectivesEdit

WalkthroughEdit

Vlad's brother-in-law will be tied up in the center of the mall in front of the Christmas tree, whom the crew will be required to free and melee to wake up and get information. He will state that the cocaine he hid was in one of the below items, which require their respective objectives to be completed to obtain. The light-weight item will then have to be brought to the Christmas tree. This process will have to be repeated three times with three different items:

  • "Tin Boy Toy": The toy box will either be in the toy store on the ground floor, and the crew will simply have to open presents in the store until the Tin Boy is found, or the box will have been bought before the gang's arrival and the crew will have to search through shopping bags throughout the entire mall to find the toy.
  • "High Heels": The crew will have to go to the shoe store on the second floor and search through the store's item database. After a moment, the crew will either have to enter the shoe store's back room or the mall's storage area. The store's back room will have a door that will have to either be drilled open, sawed open, or blown open with C4, and inside is the shoe box. The storage door has a simpler door that can be opened the same ways, but inside will be several crates that the crew will need to open to find the shoes.
  • "Necklace": The necklace will be in the jewelry store on the second floor, which is closed due to the alarm. The store has a side entrance door that needs to either be lockpicked, sawed open, or blown open with C4, and once open, the security gates will lift, allowing entrance and gunfire from most directions. The necklace is in a bulletproof glass case with a keypad, and the crew will have to hack the store's computer to obtain the code, which law enforcers can interrupt. Once finished, the keypad code can be put in and the necklace grabbed.
  • "VR Headset": The headset will be in a safe in the tech store on the ground floor. The safe will be behind a shutter that has to be lockpicked or sawed open, and the safe itself drilled, lockpicked, or blown open.
  • "Expensive Wine": The wine bottle will be in the wine store on the second floor, inside one of the presents, which the crew simply has to open until the bottle is found.

Once all three items have been found and secured, Vlad will decide that the crew and his brother-in-law will be extracted via the Christmas tree. A flare will have to be lit on the roof to signal Bile for C4. Once dropped, the C4 will be grabbed in sets of three, and applied to 6 of the glass roof's beams, requiring two interactions with the C4 bag.

With the roof gone, Bile comes back with a mechanism to grab the whole tree, the hooks of which need to be attached to the base. Once done, Vlad's brother-in-law will have to be waken up again to be ready for extraction, at which point the crew can escape.

Variations & EventsEdit

Mayhem+ ChangesEdit

The FBI FilesEdit

It started with an unknown person behaving suspiciously in the street and being challenged by patrolling police officers. The suspect fled and disappeared near the Midtown Mall. Shortly after, what appeared to be the same person was apprehended inside the mall itself, incompetently disguised as Santa Claus and extremely inebriated. As officers were trying to question him, the Payday Gang suddenly appeared at the mall, freeing the prisoner, shooting the mall to pieces, killing police officers and stealing various seemingly random items from the shops. They finished off by blowing the roof open with explosives and airlifting themselves and the prisoner out along with the Mall’s enormous Christmas tree.

My Notes: This is a puzzling one. There are so many questions here: Who was the mysterious man in the Santa costume? What is his relation to the clowns? Why did they risk extended confrontation with the police in order steal minor items from the shops in the mall? And the tree?

AchievementsEdit

Snowfall Snowfall
Complete the Stealing Xmas job on the Mayhem difficulty or above.
Snowstorm Snowstorm
Complete the Stealing Xmas job on the Death Wish difficulty or above.
Thundersnow Thundersnow
Complete the Stealing Xmas job on the One Down difficulty.
Imitations Imitations
On the Stealing Xmas job, find and take both Paycheck masks. Unlocks the "Paycheck Dallas" and "Paycheck Chains" masks.
The Grinch The Grinch
On the Stealing Xmas job, secure all additional loot on the OVERKILL difficulty or above.
Christmas Party Christmas Party
On the Stealing Xmas job, escape the heist while keeping at least 10 zip-tied civilians alive within the 4 pillars around the Christmas tree.

The following appeared on December 6, 2016 and were replaced on December 8, 2016.

Achievement locked Keep
Keep
Achievement locked Cool
Cool
Achievement locked And
And
Achievement locked Commit
Commit
Achievement locked A
A
Achievement locked Felony
Felony

Imitations Imitations
On the Stealing Xmas job, find and take both Paycheck masks. Unlocks the "Paycheck Dallas" and "Paycheck Chains" masks.

The masks have 6 known locations throughout the mall, though the masks do not share spawn locations, with each having 3 unique spawns. For their exact locations, consult this guide.

The Grinch The Grinch
On the Stealing Xmas job, secure all additional loot on the OVERKILL difficulty or above.

There are exactly 9 loot bags to steal on all difficulties. The shoe store and tech store both have a back room with loot inside, with the shoe store having a few money bundles and a money bag, and the tech store having several money bundles and phones and two money bags, one of which in a safe that has to be drilled/lockpicked/blown open.

Note that the heist does not need to be completed after securing all loot, as the achievement is rewarded automatically.

TriviaEdit

  • The heist takes elements from several of Vlad's past heists, in that it takes place in a mall (Mallcrasher), involves saving Vlad's brother-in-law (White Xmas) and securing coke-stuffed objects (Goat Simulator), the escape features an airlift (Aftershock), and there are several stores to rob (Four Stores), among which a jewelry store (Ukrainian Job).
  • Like in White Xmas and Santa's Workshop, Cloakers will be wearing Santa hats and their charging noises replaced with jingling bells.
  • Stealing Xmas is the third heist to have its soundtrack produced by Carl Norén rather than Simon Viklund after Lab Rats and Prison Nightmare (and the first non-event heist to have music produced by Carl Norén) and the fourth heist to have its soundtrack composed by an artist other than Simon Viklund.
  • The mall that the heist takes place in is named "Murica", the slang term for "America" pronounced without the A in stereotypical hillbilly fashion.
    • The mall's slogan ("Make shopping and dining great again!") is an obvious reference to "Make America great again!", the campaign motto of the 45th US President Donald Trump. Considering how the mall's name is a not-so-subtle iteration of "America", this is likely intentional.
  • Some of the mall cops use guard models from The Big Bank.
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