Payday 3: Dirty Ice heist stealth guide

Is it really "stealing" if it's dirty money to begin with?
Displays the Ashton fine Jewelry store from the Dirty Ice heist in Payday 3.
Screenshot by Dot Esports.

Payday 3‘s heists give players the option of masking up and bringing the guns out immediately, or using stealth for portions or the entirety of a heist. The jewelry store heist Dirty Ice can be completed entirely using stealth, but has some tricky moving parts.

In this guide, I will walk you through exactly what you need to do to complete every objective in Dirty Ice, as well as how you can do so without breaking your stealth.

Payday 3: Dirty Ice step by step walkthrough

In this section, I will give a brief overview of how I completed Dirty Ice without ever breaking stealth. Of course, you can break stealth at any point, and the objectives won’t change—if anything they’ll just be easier as you’ll trade finesse for good aim.

If you need more information on any step, find a full breakdown of each in the following section. To complete Dirty Ice without breaking stealth, you must complete these steps in order:

  • Outside—Scan the phone in the alley behind the store
  • Outside—Steal the Blue Keycard from the guard behind the store
  • Outside—Enter the VIP showroom using the QR code from the phone
  • Manager’s Office—Learn the basement passcode from the manager’s computer
  • Hallway or outside—Enter the basement
  • Basement—Disable the cameras using the Blue Keycard
  • Basement—Pick up the Red Keycard
  • Basement—Crack the safe for evidence to threaten the manager
  • Manager’s Office—Threaten the manager using the phone in her office
  • Manager’s Office—Take the manager hostage and bring her to the biometric scanner to enter the workshop
  • Workshop—Scan all jewelry bags to clean jewelry before loading them
  • Manager’s Office/Hallway—Unlock the vault using the Red Keycard and the button on the manager’s desk

If you complete these objectives, you will have done every possible objective in Dirty Ice and will receive the highest possible reward. Of course, you must also steal all of the jewelry, but that part goes without saying and doesn’t need explaining.

Below, find comprehensive breakdowns of each step required to fully clear Dirty Ice.

How to gain access to the VIP showroom in Dirty Ice

To gain access to the VIP showroom, you’ll need to find and search a phone, which will automatically provide a QR that can be scanned. There are multiple doors that require QR codes, and each one is single use. Luckily, there are multiple phones as well. Here are the locations where you can find a QR code to enter the VIP showroom:

  • The couch of the manager’s room
  • The bathroom in the hallway
  • A crate behind the store
  • The table in the break room
Displays the phone on the couch of the managers office in Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Is somebody missing a phone? Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays the phone in the bathroom during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Must have left it when they washed their hands. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays the phone on a crate during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
This thing is gonna get water damage. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays the phone on the breakroom table during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Seriously, who do these phones belong to? Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays the door to the VIP showroom during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Who’s to say I’m not important? Screenshot by Dot Esports.

How to gain access to the basement in Dirty Ice

Gaining access to the basement of Ashton fine jewelry is fairly simple, but also randomized. You’ll need a code, which can be found on the computer in the manager’s office. Look through the emails, and you’ll be guided to one of three locations:

displays the manager's computer during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Should have deleted her emails. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
  • The WiFi password in the break room
  • The employee of the month picture frame
  • A ledger in the VIP showroom
Displays the employee of the month plaque during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Go ahead, give yourself a medal. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays the wifi password on a whiteboard during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Worst password ever. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays the ledger in the VIP showroom during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Great idea to leave this here. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

The actual numbers will be different each time, so you’ll have to check for yourself. Within the basement, you’ll be able to disable the security cameras (requires Blue Keycard) and shut down the alarms.

Once you have the code, input it at the door reached by going through the QR code door in the back alley, or at the outside door reached by lockpicking the gate to the left of the storefront.

Displays one door to the basement during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
A basement within a basement. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays the alleyway behind the jewelry store during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Wish I brought my skateboard. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays an alternate entrance to the basement during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
More options. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

How to find the Red and Blue Keycards in Dirty Ice

The Blue Keycard is needed to shut down the security cameras. It is found outside on the belt of a guard patrolling the alley. The easiest way to steal it is actually to let the guard see you, as he will then escort you out of the alley. While he is escorting you, grab it off of his belt while walking behind him.

Displays the guard with the blue keycard during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
that’s a nice keycard you’ve got there… Screenshot by Dot Esports.
Displays the red keycard during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Who left this lying out? Screenshot by Dot Esports.

The Red Keycard is found in the basement, so you’ll need to have accessed the VIP showroom by getting a QR code from a phone. Within the basement, enter the room with the small safe that can be cracked—the Red Keycard is sitting on the desk next to the safe. The Red Keycard is half of the key to unlocking the vault, and the other half is a button on the manager’s desk.

How to disable security cameras and alarms in Dirty Ice

You’ll first need to have accessed the basement before you can shut down the alarms and security cameras. To turn off the alarms, all you have to do is flip the switch inside the room with the safe and the Red Keycard.

displays the fuse box to shut off the alarm during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Flip the switch. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

To turn off the security cameras, you need the Blue Keycard, which can be stolen from the guard in the alley. Once you have the card, scan it on the blue scanner in the basement, and take down the guard inside the closet. Once the guard is dealt with, the cameras are no longer a threat, and can be monitored by a player to get a bird’s eye view.

displays the door in the basement where the blue keycard is used during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
What’s inside? Screenshot by Dot Esports.
displays the security camera room during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Ignore the corpse… Screenshot by Dot Esports.

How to gain access to the workshop in Dirty Ice

You’ll need the manager for this, as the workshop is locked with a biometric scanner. She can be found in the front room of the store wearing a blue suit. She can be taken hostage and brought to the scanner without breaking your stealth.

To get into the workshop without breaking stealth, crack the safe in the basement next to where you found the Red Keycard. The safe can be cracked by slowly turning the dial in whichever direction you are prompted until the ring turns green.

displays the safe in the basement during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Listen carefully. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
displays the unlocked safe in the basement during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Convenient that the manager kept a paper trail of her crimes. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

Inside the safe, search the documents, which will give you evidence to use against the manager. Return upstairs to the managers office, and use the phone to call the manager to her office by using the evidence as blackmail. This way, you can take the manager hostage without breaking stealth, as she will be alone with you in her office.

Displays the phone in the manager's office during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Prank calls? Screenshot by Dot Esports.
displays the manager after being blackmailed during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
It’s okay, she deserves it. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
displays the player taking the manager hostage outside of the workshop door during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Knock knock! Screenshot by Dot Esports.
displays the jewelry scanner in the workshop during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
Conveniently located. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

Once you’ve gotten photos of the incriminating documents, find the workshop door in the VIP showroom. This will prompt you to return to the manager’s office and use the phone to lure her in. Take her hostage, and shove her into the workshop door to have her unlock it.

Inside the workshop, you will find a scanner to which you can bring all bags of jewelry to be scanned and determine their worth before loading them into to getaway van, ensuring that you don’t load up any worthless loot.

How to unlock the vault in Dirty Ice

Unlocking the vault requires finesse. According to the manager’s computer, you have to press two buttons simultaneously. This is only sort of true. You must press one button and scan the Red Keycard simultaneously. The locations are:

  • The button on the manager’s desk
  • The Red Keycard scanner next to the vault
displays the button to unlock the vault during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
What happens if I press it? Screenshot by Dot Esports.

The vault itself is in the hallway from the shopfront to the manager’s office, and is difficult to miss. You’ll see the keycard scanner where the Red Keycard must be scanned just to the left of the vault door.

displays the vault door during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
No vault stays sealed for long. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

If you are alone, you can make a hostage (preferably the manager, since you should have her in the room anyway) press the button on the manager’s desk by activating it while you have them as a human shield. Quickly return to the hallway, and you will now have the option to scan the red keycard at the vault door, which will unlock it.

Displays the button on the manager's desk during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
what friends are for. Screenshot by Dot Esports.
displays the Rare Stone within the vault during Dirty Ice (Payday 3)
So shiny. Screenshot by Dot Esports.

Inside, you will find the Rare Stone, which greatly increases your cash earned from the Dirty Ice heist.

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