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Desperate Measures is a single mission DLC for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Originally, it was available only as a pre-order bonus or through purchase of the day-one edition, Collector's Edition, or Digital Deluxe Edition of Mankind Divided. Desperate Measures was later released as a free download.

Desperate Measures focuses on exposing the mastermind behind the train bombing in Růžička Station. Adam Jensen must travel to the Prague office of Tarvos Security Services to learn the truth about the bombing.

"Taking place in Prague, the ‘Desperate Measures’ extra in-game mission has you playing as Adam Jensen, returning to the epicenter of the Růžička train station explosion that recently rattled the city to its very core. With tampered security footage hampering the investigation behind the attack, you must rely on both your augmentations, and skills as a covert operative, in order to unveil the true culprit responsible for the bombing."

Setting Edit

Desperate Measures takes place after Jensen returns from Golem City. The mission details Jensen's investigation of the Intellicam footage that earlier had led Miller to send Jensen to Golem City.

In the helipad conversation just prior to Jensen's departure from Prague to Golem City, Miller had informed Jensen that state police had dropped off Intellicam footage taken at Růžička Station shortly before the bombs went off. The Intellicam footage was badly corrupted, but Peter Chang was able to extract images showing an unidentified augmented person in a yellow hoodie dropping bags where each bomb went off. Because the bags were the same as those used by ARC and its leader Talos Rucker, Miller sent Jensen into Golem City to bring in Rucker for questioning. Ultimately, Jensen returned empty-handed when Rucker was poisoned before he could be extracted.

Although Jensen's mission to extract Rucker seemingly resulted in a dead end, it is revealed in Desperate Measures that there is more to the Intellicam footage.

PlotEdit

Sometime after Adam Jensen returns from Golem City, Peter Chang calls Jensen and informs him that the Intellicam footage captured from the bombing, which previously pointed them in the direction of ARC, was actually tampered with. Chang sends Jensen to meet with a train station employee Pavla Keilmanovich who has more information.

Jensen meets Pavla in the private back alley on Stur Street. After he convinces her that she will not be traced back as a whistleblower, she confirms that a Tarvos employee took the footage from the Intellicam server room and bribed her to look the other way.

Chang then sends Jensen another hacked metro train to Terminal station so he can investigate the Tarvos Prague headquarters accessible from Terminal station. Tarvos employees have the building under lockdown due to a "bomb scare," so Jensen has to sneak or bust his way through the guards to get into the Tarvos offices. As he makes his way through to the command center, Adam and Chang ultimately conclude that Lieutenant Simon Whittaker is in charge there and can give them more information on the coverup. Jensen sneaks or barges into his office.

After Simon finishes a phone call with his sister, Adam explains that he is with Interpol and that they have evidence that someone at Tarvos tampered with security footage. Simon may become hostile, depending on Jensen's words and actions. If Jensen is able to initially converse with Simon peaceably, Simon will be cooperative if Jensen finds or has found an e-mail in a computer in the IT department evidencing that Whittaker ordered an RDT device to spot-corrupt the footage. Simon will explain that Melissa Berk is his sister, and that Melissa's husband, Ivan Berk, was responsible for planting the fatal bomb. Simon's information thus reveals that Berk was the Aug in yellow hoodie in the images extracted from the Intellicam footage. Simon also explains that he corrupted the footage to protect his sister.

Alternatively, if Simon is non-cooperative, Jensen will need to find a pocket secretary containing a conversation with full audio between Whittaker and his sister, Melissa Berk, recorded right after the bombing. In the conversation recorded on the pocket, Melissa admits that her husband, Ivan Berk, was responsible for planting the fatal bomb, and Simon agrees to take the Intellicam footage of the bombing before the police can access it so they do not come for her.

Jensen tells Chang to send him another metro train to take him back to Praha Dovoz. Once Jensen leaves the Tarvos compound and Terminal station on the train, he goes back to Chang's office at TF29 HQ to fill him in. Jensen explains that Simon corrupted the footage to protect his sister Melissa. Her husband, Ivan Berk, had recently been recruited into ARC and carried out the bombing, but Jensen deduces he was probably just a pawn in all this who was easily influenced into it by the attack's true mastermind.

If the player took a stealth approach, Chang commends Jensen for his quiet work, assuring that Tarvos has not reported anything there, and Jensen will conclude the mission by saying "I like to get answers without creating new questions."

Objectives & XP Rewards Edit

Objective Getting Things Done Ghost Smooth Operator
Persuade Pavla * - - -
Reach the Tarvos Command Center 1950 200 200
Go to the Leuthenant`s office 1950 200 200
Search the I.T. department 1950 - -
Persuade Whittaker ** - - -
Confront Lieutenant Whittaker 500 - -
Search the Lieutenant`s office *** 1950 - -
Take the metro back to TF29 HQ - - -

* There is an optional XP bonus of up to 200 XP.

** There is an optional XP bonus of up to 1000 XP.

*** This objective will appear if Whittaker turns hostile, is killed or is knocked out during the mission. All other remaining objectives will be canceled.

Walkthrough Edit

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Annotated map of Terminal Station and the Tarvos Headquarters

Reach the Tarvos Command Center Edit

Upon arriving the metro station, you may enter into the Tarvos facility through the entrance, or, alternatively, through a vent at the ceiling of the metro station. The vent is accessible by hacking the door at the end of the metro station.

To access the storage bay, you must traverse a passageway guarded by a laser grid, and then proceed upward at the end of the passageway. The storage bay contains various storage areas containing weapons and ammunition. From the storage bay, you may reach the command center by traveling through the main entrance entrance, which is guarded by a sentry bot, or through a vent at the ceiling area of the storage bay. The ceiling area may be accessed by a ladder on the main level in the southeast portion of the storage bay

Confronting Whittaker at the Command Center Edit

Once inside the Command Center, head to Whittaker's office on the second level. Enter his office, and a cutscene will play.

  • If you infiltrated the compound stealthily, Whittaker will be willing to talk but will refuse to give you any information. If you conversed with Whittaker without expressing confrontation, Whittaker will ask you to leave.
  • If you did not infiltrate the compound stealthily, or if you did so but fail to peacefully converse with Whittaker, Whittaker will turn hostile and talking to Whittaker any further will not be an option. The mission proceeds to the alternative objective of searching Whittaker's office.

Search the I.T. Department Edit

If you were able to leave Whittaker's office without Whittaker turning hostile, Chang will advise you to search the IT department. In the IT department, uncover an e-mail in an unattended computer evidencing that Whittaker ordered an RDT device to spot-corrupt the footage.

Now that you have uncovered the email, Whittaker will be cooperative. Whittaker will explain to Jensen the circumstances regarding Ivan Berk and Melissa Berk and then ask how Jensen will proceed. In response,

  • If "report the facts" is selected, Whittaker will order his men to permit Jensen to depart the command center without harm. The entire compound, other than the IT department, will be non-hostile.
  • If "leave out details" is selected, Whittaker will do the same, and additionally open a compartment containing whisky and a Praxis kit. The button for the compartment can be found under Whittaker's desk
  • If "ruin you" is selected, Whittaker will commit suicide when you leave his office.

Regardless of which dialogue option you selected, upon exiting Whittaker's office, Jensen will inform Chang that he has obtained the information they were looking for.

Alternative Objective: Search the Lieutenant's Office Edit

If Whittaker turns hostile at any time, Jensen will remark that talking to Whittaker any further is not an option. It will be necessary to search his office. Unlock a keypad on his wall (the passcode, 4826, is found in Whittaker's computer), opening a secret store room, and then open a safe within that store room. In the safe, you will find a pocket secretary containing a conversation with full audio between Whittaker and his sister, Melissa Berk, recorded right after the bombing.

If you managed to obtain the recording without confronting Whittaker yet, you can still do it. Whittaker's actions are still identical with what is written above.

Take the Metro Back to TF29 HQ Edit

After completing the objectives, leave the compound through the metro station to complete the mission. If you were able to peacefully confront Whittaker, his men will permit access to the elevator to the metro station. Otherwise, an elevator access card is located in the secret store room in Whittaker's office.

Experience by area Edit

To see the entire list of available XP rewards alongside strategic tips on how to maximize XP yield, please go to the corresponding Experience by area page.

Location of Collectables Edit

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Map of the area with locations of Praxis kits and ebooks marked

Praxis Kits Edit

  • On level 1 after the corridor with a laser grid, inside plastic case under big vertical pipe.
  • Inside the server room of the IT department.
  • In the break room of the Command Center, inside the rightmost locker of the "G" group.
  • Inside a drawer in the Internal Security office (the one used by Elliott McCoy).
  • In a secret compartment in Whittaker's office, accessible via a button under his desk. Whittaker will open it himself if Jensen successfully negotiates with him and promises to leave out the details.

eBooks Edit

Weapon mods Edit

Mod Location
Laser sight Internal Security office (the one used by Jonathan Lee Clarke), in a weapon cabinet.
Laser sight Level 3 Storage Bay, in a weapon cabinet in room with a ladder to level 1.
Laser sight Weapon cabinet in Whittaker's secret room.
Holosight Weapon cabinet in storage unit №2C in level 3 Storage Bay.
Silencer Weapon cabinet in storage unit №2C in level 3 Storage Bay.
Silencer Weapon cabinet in room near elevator on level 1.

Keycodes Edit

Location Code Type of Lock (Hacking Level)
Door near the ticket booth on level 1 1029 Security Panel (2)
Door to corridor with laser grid on level 1 1703 Security Panel (1)
Shaft`s service door on level 1 2111 Security Panel (2)
IT Department 1019 Security Panel (2)
Internal Security office (the one used by Jonathan Lee Clarke) 0724 Security Panel (4)
Whittaker's secret room 4826 Security Panel (5)

Gallery Edit

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