Payday 3: How to stealth Dirty Ice heist

Nikhil Bahuguna
Ashton Fine Jewelry store in Payday 3

Payday 3’s Dirty Ice heist can be beaten without getting spotted by the guards or triggering the alarms. If you’re jumping into this heist in Payday 3, here’s how you can escape after looting the jewelry store while maintaining stealth.

Despite Payday 3 launching to mixed reviews on Steam, plenty of players are jumping into the heists to level up as fast as possible. Payday 3 offers eight heists with various difficulty levels for players to finish, either with bots or friends.

The Dirty Ice heist is the third heist in Payday 3’s storyline and requires you to break into the Ashton Fine jewelry store and escape with the loot. So, here’s how you can complete the Dirty Ice heist in stealth in Payday 3.

The Ashton Fine jewelry store in Dirty Ice heist
The Ashton Fine Jewelry store is on the ground floor of this building.

How to stealth complete Dirty Ice heist in Payday 3

Before beginning the heist, the level of difficulty you set will determine the kind of objectives you get while playing this heist in Payday 3. In this guide, we’ll go over the steps to get in and out of the jewelry store on the Normal difficulty, without breaking your stealth.

Make sure to remove your masks before you begin the heist and walk around the jewelry store, taking note of the security guards and camera locations. If a security guard spots you looking around, he’ll force you to leave the area.

Here are all the guard locations in and around the jewelry store in the Dirty Ice heist in Payday 3:

  • One in the front of the jewelry store
  • One patrolling in the back private area
  • One patrolling in the back alley
  • One inside the basement
  • One in the camera surveillance room

How to enter the VIP showroom in Dirty Ice heist: All QR code locations

Guard patrolling the outside area at the back of the store
Slowly walk behind the guard to pick up the blue keycard.

The best way to make your way into the store’s private areas is through the back. You can gain access to the back area by lockpicking the gate towards the left side of the building or by heading down into the alleyway. Once you’re inside this area, you will find a guard patrolling.

Sneak behind the guard and grab his blue keycard. While sneaking into the area, you’ll also find a phone on the ground. Search the phone, and scan the QR code on the nearby door to get access to the jewelry store. Once you’re inside the store, you’ll need to lockpick the wooden door (manager’s office) towards the left.

Keep in mind that a guard patrols the hallway area in Payday 3’s Dirty Ice heist, so if you’re spotted, you should quickly put your mask on and kill the guard. Then, grab his body and hide it somewhere no one will patrol.

Once you finish lockpicking the manager’s office, enter and go over to the table towards the right side of the room. You’ll find another phone with the QR code access to the VIP showroom. Alternatively, you can also find a QR code to enter the VIP showroom at the following locations:

  • On the couch of the manager’s office
  • Inside the bathroom in the hallway
  • In a create behind the store

Additionally, if you interact with the computer in the office, you’ll find email hints about all the objectives in Payday 3’s Dirty Ice heist. The most important to note is that you need the manager to get into the jeweler’s workshop. However, she will leave the store once her shift ends, which is around five minutes into the heist.

How to enter the basement in Dirty Ice heist

Basement code as the WiFi password in Dirty Ice heist
The basement code can be found at any one of the three locations.

The manager’s computer will give you hints that point to one of the three locations that reveal the Basement Door code in the Dirty Ice heist in Payday 3. Here are all the possible locations:

  • The Employee of the Month picture frame
  • WiFi password in the break room
  • A ledger in the VIP showroom

Once you find the code, head back outside, to the basement door. Enter the code, and you’ll be able to enter the basement. Now, you can disable the security cameras (using the blue keycard) and turn off the alarms.

How to find the blue and red keycards in Dirty Ice heist

Red Keycard next to the safe in the basement of the jewelry store
Red keycard can be picked up from the basement.

Since we’ve already grabbed the blue keycard from the guard patrolling outside, we’ll pick up the red keycard, found in a small closet, next to a safe. The red keycard is essential for unlocking the vault and accessing the loot.

While in this room, you’ll also find a lever towards the right side. Pull the lever to turn off the alarms. Finally, crack the safe and take the evidence lying in it to use against the manager. This way you can blackmail the manager into helping you get access to the loot in the vault.

How to gain access to the jeweler’s workshop in Dirty Ice heist

You need the manager to get into the jeweler’s workshop. The workshop’s entrance is secured with a biometric scanner and only the manager is authorized to enter.

The manager can be seen in the front room of the store, wearing a blue shirt and a yellow scarf. Exit the basement and head back upstairs to the manager’s office. Use the phone to call the manager and blackmail her into returning to her office. Once she returns, you can take her as a hostage and head over to the workshop.

Shove the manager into the workshop door and she will unlock it. You can bring any bags of jewelry to the scanner inside the workshop and have them scanned to increase their value. This will help you secure a bigger payout once you complete the Dirty Ice heist in Payday 3.

How to unlock and loot the vault in Dirty Ice heist

Ashton Fine jewelry store's vault unlocked in Dirty Ice heist
The manager is crucial to gaining access to the vault’s loot.

Finally, head over to the vault located in the middle of the central hallway, towards the back of the jewelry store. You have to complete two tasks simultaneously to unlock the vault:

  • Press the button on the manager’s desk
  • Scan the red keycard on the scanner next to the vault

If you’re playing alone, there’s still a way to complete this part of the Dirty Ice heist. Escort the manager to her office and shove her in front of the button on her desk. Now, she’ll press the button for you, and while she does this, you can make your way to the vault door and scan the keycard.

Inside the vault, you’ll find a rare stone, which will greatly add to your loot earned from the Dirty Ice heist in Payday 3.

There you have it! That’s all you need to know to complete the Road Rage heist in stealth in Payday 3. For more on Payday 3, make sure to check out the following:

Payday 3 Road Rage Heist Guide | Payday 3 Under the Surphaze Heist Guide | How to level up fast in Payday 3 | Payday 3 No Rest for the Wicked Heist Guide | Is Payday 3 on Nintendo Switch? | Does Payday 3 have crossplay? | Payday 3 PC requirements: Minimum & recommended specs | Is Payday 3 on Steam Deck? | Everything in Payday 3: Gameplay, story, trailers, and more | Is Payday 3 on Xbox Game Pass?

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Nikhil is a games writer who focuses on FPS titles like Call of Duty, Valorant, Counter-Strike and more. In his free time, you can find Nikhil setting a red carpet in Valorant. You can contact Nikhil at [email protected]