Will Bloody Mess automatically deprive me of the highest bounties in Three-Card Bounty? It seems that exploded bodies equals destroyed heads.

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Bloody Mess Wiki

+5% Damage with all weapons. More violent deaths.

As the wiki points out there is a higher chance of dismemberment regardless of the hit location and for the quest in question, it is somewhat harder to complete as it may not leave a fully intact head on the marks' bodies, therefore forfeiting the bonus. It is recommended to either do the quest before taking the perk or to avoid excess damage.

For me, I usually will try to aim for other body parts and using low damage weapons for the final blow, this does not guarantee an intact head but it is definitely lowers the chances of the head being gibbed beyond recognition.

The wiki does recommend you to put your companions on melee to finish the bounties off so as to get an intact head, but I have not tried that method as I usually travel alone :D

So getting the Bloody Mess perk does not automatically deprives you of the bounties just lowers the chances of getting the full amount.

  • IIRC, Bloody Mess only causes the bodies to explode when a critical hit is scored. The wiki doesn't state that and I don't have any other evidence, though.
    – Wilerson
    Apr 15, 2013 at 15:04
  • I did not noticed that too, maybe your observation is right, you should try to do a video capture. definitely a +1 from me if you do it
    – jonleech
    Apr 22, 2013 at 1:36

No, the heads will remain intact as long as you kill them by shooting them in another area of their body.

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    I think one of the things about Bloody Mess is that body parts you don't actually hit can sort of randomly explode off. I don't recall noticing either way myself, though.
    – Ben Brocka
    Apr 14, 2013 at 16:56
  • In this case it does not matter where the head lands, if you loot (any part of) the body the head will appear as an item in the corpses inventory. This happens as long as you did not kill them with a headshot, bloody mess or no.
    – Tater596
    Apr 15, 2013 at 12:16
  • Oh, good to know
    – Ben Brocka
    Apr 15, 2013 at 13:06

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