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In Batman: Arkham City, to earn The End of the Line predator challenge's Scare Tactics medal, you have to

Appear out of nowhere to surprise a terrified henchman.

What are the best techniques to scare enemies? I can't frighten anybody. They're never surprised when they come around a corner and see me. They just signal to their buddies and start shooting.

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I suspect they have to already be in a terrified state before you pop out and scare them even more. –  z - Feb 3 '12 at 17:14
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I came here hoping that there was a way to literally scare the pants off someone in Batman: AC, it would have jumped to the front of my steam backlog had that been the case :) –  kazzamalla Feb 3 '12 at 17:17
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I just got this one last night. I was almost about to ask a question myself before I figured it out. The answer is two-fold:

  1. They have to be terrified. If you point to them in Detective Vision and you'll see their current state. You can only scare thugs who are in the "terrified" state. You can increase their terror level by taking out thugs without being spotted. They'll start yelling things like "we're all gonna die" and "forget you, it's every man for himself!" when they're getting scared. I've also read that cutting someone down who is hanging from a vantage point while other thugs are nearby will cause them to become terrified.
  2. You have to appear suddenly. When in the "terrified" state, thugs will randomly switch direction to check and see if you're behind them. Sneak up behind them, and be there when they check for you :) Other people reported (in that same forum thread) that you can do other things besides sneak up behind them, ie jump out of a grate or glide down in front of him, for instance.
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I guess as a few other notes, I'd probably try to do this with just one or maybe two thugs left. You can also use the Disruptor to kill the final two goon's guns, so that if you fail they can't kill you :) –  agent86 Feb 3 '12 at 17:39
    
I've done it before by throwing down smoke and then dropping in front of a guy in the smoke. But they still have to be terrified first –  Albort Feb 29 '12 at 5:15
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In the game you always need to stay hidden, (like in a air vent or something) and when the moments right you take one guy out and the others will eventually find out and will get even more scared. Try to take them out silently one-by-one, if you make noise it will make them suspect it is you. Its also affective if you hang them upside down from a gargoyle, then when they are all there, make sure your currently outside of sighting range and throw a batarang at the rope (not the guy) make sure that they start yelling out things like "we're all dead!" etc.

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