|Equipment Type||Sensor-activated trip mines|
Law enforcers may also deploy their own trip mines during day 2 plan B (going loud at the warehouse) of the Election Day heist, and trip mines can be found covering doorways on both days of the Hotline Miami heist.
The trip mine is a powerful explosive, capable of instantly eliminating any law enforcement units caught in the blast radius, depending on the placement of the mine.
A trip mine in default mode emits a red laser beam in a straight line from the mine. Players and converted law enforcers will not trigger the mine; anybody else (including civilians) that interrupts the beam will cause an explosive charge to detonate. Gunfire striking the mine and nearby explosions (both from players and enemies) will also trigger it. A trip mine explosion can damage the player who placed it, but, unlike Frag Grenades, will not harm other players.
Caution should be exercised when placing trip mines around unrestrained civilians, as civilians will typically get up and attempt to flee the area in the middle of assault waves. That said, it can also act as an expensive way of preventing unrestrained civilians from calling the police by placing them slightly above the civilian while they are down on the floor. Should they attempt to stand to call the cops, the mine will explode. Do note that this should only be done if the excessive noise and cleaner costs are acceptable.
Trip mines work best when placed in confined areas such as stairwells and doorways. They can be useful for protecting against Cloaker and Taser ambushes as well, as both will happily run through the mine's trigger beam. Even if close to the explosion, losing most of your Armor is likely preferable to wasting ammo to being tased, or being knocked down by a Cloaker's kick. When placed on the ceiling or a door frame facing toward the ground, the mines will inflict headshot damage -- this allows them to kill even bulldozers instantly.
Each trip mine can be toggled, replacing the explosive mode with a sensor mode which changes the beam color to blue. This allows the trip mine to act as an early warning device for the player when a law enforcer is detected by the trip mine, rather than exploding. Alternatively, this can give the heisters greater control over when a mine is triggered, being able to stand back and wait until an opportune time to shoot the mine to detonate it, rather than having them be triggered the moment an enemy steps past.
Trip mines in sensor mode are now significantly more useful in stealth, as guards detected by a sensor trip mine will cause it to emit a tone and automatically highlight the guard, representing an improvement over previous versions of the game where sensor mines would only emit a tone when triggered. In addition, sensor mode now highlights Special enemies. Trip mines in sensor mode do not apply High Value Target.
Trip mines become more useful as an offensive weapon by investing in the Combat Engineering skill in the Technician tree. This increases trip mines blast radius by 30%, meaning a single trip mine will be capable of sweeping an entire room of enemies once it explodes. A particularly effective method for this is to plant a mine in a high-traffic area, turn it off or set it into sensor mode, and then wait for law enforcers to mass on that area then detonate it with gunfire or with a grenade. Acing the skill will cause trip mines to deal 50% more damage. The Fire Trap skill causes detonated trip mines to also leave a patch of fire around the area, similar to Molotov Cocktails, further increasing the usefulness of trip mines in choke points. The More Firepower skill will greatly increase the number of trip mines available, up to 14 in total.
Equipping trip mines will also give the player shaped charges (C4) for breaching certain safes, doors and armored trucks. The player will start with 3 shaped charges, which can be increased to 6 by Acing More Firepower. Trip mines cannot be resupplied during gameplay. Note that when a shaped charge is used to open an armored truck, the contents of the two rear locked boxes will be destroyed in the blast.
Unlike the trip mines of PAYDAY: The Heist which are deployed instantly, the mines in PAYDAY 2 require an interaction period to deploy, leaving the player vulnerable for the entire duration of the placement. This can be offset to a degree by owning the Nerves of Steel skill from the Technician tree.
Enemies may place trip mines in doorways in certain heists as mentioned earlier; these mines function much like your own, and are usually placed from head to ankle height. As they have a unique model (a replica of the M18 Claymore) with a dark texture and no outline-glow, they are more difficult to spot during combat. If tripped, these mines will inflict massive damage; they have a very high chance of instantly incapacitating whoever was unfortunate enough to set them off.
As with regular trip mines, enemy trip mines can be made to explode by shooting them at a distance. They also have the standard red mine beam, so be careful not to mistake them for 'friendly' trip mines placed by a teammate.
Unlike 'regular' player-owned mines, enemy trip mines appear to have a very small blast radius.
Jack Of All Trades
|Technician: Engineer||Tier 3|
|Basic (3 pt): You deploy and interact with all deployables 100% faster.|
| Ace (6 pt): You can now equip a second deployable to bring with you. If your deployable is equipped as a secondary deployable, you can only bring half of what you would bring if it was equipped as a primary deployable.|
Press X to toggle between deployables.
|Technician: Breacher||Tier 2|
|Basic (2 pt): The radius of your trip mine explosion is increase by 30%.|
|Ace (4 pt): Your trip mine damage is increase by 50%.|
|Technician: Breacher||Tier 3|
|Basic (3 pt): You gain 1 more shaped charges and 4 more trip mines.|
|Ace (6 pt): You gain 2 more shaped charges and 7 more trip mines.|
- The trip mines used by enemies use the model of the M18 Claymore.
- The trip mines, along with the sentry gun, are the only deployables that do not have a voice line upon deploying them.
- Until recently, players could place trip mines on moving objects (doors, safes, grates, etc.), and when they detonate they wouldn't alert guards.