I recently got the Very Hard Difficulty Mask, but as I checked what missions I have and have not done, I realized that I did not complete all missions on Very Hard. What missions exactly are needed to earn the difficulty masks?

I obtained it after I completed Golden Grin Casino.

  • I think it is a bug, because I had the same for the Very Hard difficulty and Overkill masks
    – Lyrion
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 10:35
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    @lyrion I wouldnt put it past Payday 2 to have that type of bug lol.
    – The Man
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 18:09

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To earn each difficulty mask, you need to beat every heist on the respected difficulty to unlock the mask. This includes all DLCs as well.


The Wiki also states for the difficulty mask:

These masks are unlocked by beating every mission on their respective difficulty or a harder difficulty with the exception of Lab Rats and Safe House Nightmare. They can't drop during a payday and they can't be sold. Instead, they can be returned to your mask stash for free, but any pattern, color or material as well as the customization fee to put these together will be lost.

It appears that two of the heists you do not have to do. The Steam Forum also says the Train Heist does not count either.

As a side note, I've experienced on console (prior to the free update) that these masks were locked even after beating every heist on every difficulty (I 100%ed the game and they were still locked). I'm not quite sure why they were still locked, perhaps the game was expecting the missions that the PC version of the game has and the console version does not to be beaten, making them impossible to obtain on console (pure speculation). But now that the free update is out, I haven't beaten all the new levels yet - nor do I own the DLC for some of the heist to test and see if they now unlock.

  • I know I did not do Lab Rats, but I didnt do all of the armored transport missions, unless 1 counts for all of them. Its possible that I did do all of the other ones besides those ones.
    – The Man
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 18:01
  • @ShadowZ. Z. I believe you have to do all the armored transports since they are each their own unique mission.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 18:10
  • I didnt do them but I still got the mask.
    – The Man
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 0:59

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