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The Snatcher, Your Contract has Expired / Breaching The Contract / Quality Time With Snatcher

Death Wish mode is a challenge mode that is added with the Seal the Deal DLC which has released on September 13th, 2018. It features 111 hard-as-peck challenges (114 with the Nyakuza Metro (DLC)) and give many different customization rewards, including newly introduced outfits.

Overview

DeathWishMap complete

A completed map of Death Wish Mode (including content from the Nyakuza Metro DLC)

Snatcher has a list of 111 (114 with the Nyakuza Metro (DLC)) challenges for Hat Kid to take on. At first only one will be available, but more will unlock as you complete more challenges.

To Unlock Death Wish mode you must complete the game by obtaining 27 different Time Pieces; One of those 27 MUST be Your Contract has Expired.

Each challenge has three objectives, the main one and two bonus goals. For each one you beat you get a Death Wish Token.

Some challenges will have a silhouette in the left corner, indicating that there is a reward for beating it. To get the reward you only have to beat the main challenge, and do not need to complete the bonus challenges. To collect the reward talk to the Snatcher again and select the completed mission on the Death Wish list.

If Hat Kid completes all 111/114 Death Wishes, Snatcher will then be in complete shock and holds a grudge that Hat Kid is still alive. Believing that she'll bother him. Snatcher will then realize that he or anybody can't always get what they want. Hat Kid will ask for an award and Snatcher will tell her that she did had the feeling that she achieved something and she earned it.

Peace And Tranquility

"No one is around to help. Life is hard, life is stressful. I need peace and tranquility. I don't have to prove myself to anyone."
—The player

Once you die enough times attempting a Death Wish challenge, you will be asked to enable Peace and Tranquility mode. By paying a certain number of Pons, the difficulty of the challenge will be lowered. An example would be that the infamous 10 Seconds Until Self-Destruct would start at 30 seconds instead of the aforementioned 10 and that the clocks that would add 20 seconds to the timer would now add 40 seconds. Viewing the contract in your start menu would change the contract from a "Death Wish" into a "Nice Wish". In Peace and Tranquility mode, you get a stamp of dishonor on the map, but this can be remedied by tearing up the contract and doing the challenges normally. You can use the developer console on Peace and Tranquility mode (and on every candle except Zero Jumps) and you only have to complete the main objective to full clear a challenge (except Community Rifts, for some reason). Completing the challenges in Peace and Tranquility mode does count toward the achievements.

Challenges

DW Stamp Stage Remixes

Image Challenge Name Objectives Reward
Beat the heat Beat the Heat
  • Turn off all of the lava faucets

*It's much hotter than usual, cool yourself off!

  • Bonus 1: Don't get too hot!
  • Bonus 2: Don't cool down more than 2 times!
Virtual Kid
Virtual Kid Costume
So your back from outer space So You're Back From Outer Space
  • Reach the Time Piece

*Mafia saw spaceship!!

  • Bonus 1: Smash all the 7 UFOs
  • Bonus 2: Reach the end in less than 65 seconds
None
Mafia jumps Mafia's Jumps
  • Bonus 1: Complete in 11 jumps
  • Bonus 2: Complete in 7 jumps
None
Collect-a-Thon Collect-a-thon
  • Simply collect 100 Pons

*Your progress drains over time

  • Bonus 1: Don't pick up more than 200 Pons in total
  • Bonus 2: Don't break any crates or barrels
None
She speedran from outer space She Speedran from Outerspace None
Vault codes in the wind Vault Codes in the Wind
  • Open the Golden Vault

*You have only 30 seconds to collect each Vault Code

  • Bonus 1: Don't slow the flow of time
  • Bonus 2: Find time to defeat 10 Mafia
Raincoat DW
Raincoat Costume
Encore! Encore! Encore! Encore!

*He's all charged up!

  • Bonus 1: Don't miss your cue to attack
  • Bonus 2: With One-Hit Hero equipped
Brewing Hat chiefhat
Hat Flair for Brewing Hat
Security Breach Security Breach

*Security has been upped, significantly

  • Bonus 1: Complete with less than 200,000 Pons in fees
  • Bonus 2: Complete without getting caught
None
10 seconds until self-destruct 10 Seconds Until Self-Destruct

*The Owl Express is way behind schedule

  • Bonus 1: Collect all the 9 Conductor Tokens
  • Bonus 2: No hat abilities, One-Hit Hero equipped
None
The great big hootenanny The Great Big Hootenanny

*It looks like you've gained quite a following

  • Bonus 1: Don't get hit by the Express Band
  • Bonus 2: Don't let any DJ Grooves tokens expire
None
Killing two birds Killing Two Birds
  • Defeat both directors

*This next project is a collaboration...

  • Bonus 1: Win with less than 60 seconds left on the clock
  • Bonus 2: Only attack one director until the very end
Parade Costume DW
Parade Outfit
Speedrun well Speedrun Well
  • Clear Subcon Well in 2:00 or less
  • Bonus 1: Clear in 1:40 or less
  • Bonus 2: Clear in 1:20 or less
None
Boss rush Boss Rush
  • Down with the Mafia (and Everyone Else)!

*No healing between fights!

*You can retry from last checkpoint 3 times

  • Bonus 1: Don't miss any chance to hit
  • Bonus 2: Win with One-Hit Hero equipped
Camera BadgeNani?! Camera Filter
Quality time with snatcher Quality Time with Snatcher

*This time, no blue potions!

  • Bonus 1: Survive for 4 minutes
  • Bonus 2: Survive for 6 minutes
None
Breaching the contract Breaching the Contract
  • Defeat The Snatcher

*I'm even more handsome than usual!

  • Bonus 1: Don't let drop your health to 1 HP
  • Bonus 2: Don't hit me with your umbrella! It's rude!
Witch Costume
Witch costume
Bird sanctuary Bird Sanctuary

*Hurting birds is not allowed!

  • Bonus 1: With One-Hit Hero equipped
  • Bonus 2: Defeat 6 hidden Mafia
None
Wound up-windmill Wound-Up Windmill

*The Windmill is operating at "peak" performance

  • Bonus 1: No hat abilities, One-Hit Hero equipped
  • Bonus 2: Reach the end in 4 minutes
None
The illness has speedrun The Illness Has Speedrun Transcendent
Transcendent
The mustache gauntlet The Mustache Gauntlet
  • Defeat all the 99 Bad Guys (enemies)

*You have 3 chances

  • Bonus 1: Don't get burned
  • Bonus 2: Don't use any projectile weapons
Ice Hat knighthelm
Hat Flair for Ice Hat
No more bad guys No More Bad Guys

*She stole a bunch of those weird Time Pieces

  • Bonus 1: Don't use any of your stupid hats!
  • Bonus 2: Don't spend more than 3 minutes in the hyper zone!
24 Karat Kid
24 Karat Kid costume
Cruisin' for a Bruisin' Cruisin' for a Bruisin'
  • Complete 40 tasks

*There's no end in sight

  • Bonus 1: Complete 40 tasks without missing one
  • Bonus 2: Complete 70 tasks
Sprint Hat captinshat
Hat Flair for Sprint Hat
Seal the Deal Seal the Deal
  • Defeat your strongest foes

*Good luck!

*You have 3 chances

  • Bonus 1: Don't use any hat abilities
  • Bonus 2: Don't let drop your health to 1 HP
Shadow Puppet DW
Shadow Puppet

DW Stamp Rift Collapse

Image Challenge Name Objectives Reward
Rift collapse- Mafia of cooks Rift Collapse: Mafia of Cooks

*The Time Rift has become unstable!

  • Bonus 1: Escape with 30 seconds to spare
  • Bonus 2: Collect every Rift Pon
Sprint Hat hairribbon
Hat Flair for Sprint Hat
Rift Collapse- Dead Bird Studio Rift Collapse: Dead Bird Studio

*The Time Rift has become unstable!

  • Bonus 1: Escape with 30 seconds to spare
  • Bonus 2: Collect every Rift Pon
Metallic
Metallic
Rift Collapse-Sleepy Subcon Rift Collapse: Sleepy Subcon

*The Time Rift has become unstable!

  • Bonus 1: Escape with 30 seconds to spare
  • Bonus 2: Collect every Rift Pon
None
Rift Collapse-Alpine Skyline Rift Collapse: Alpine Skyline

*The Time Rift has become unstable!

  • Bonus 1: Escape with 30 seconds to spare
  • Bonus 2: Collect every Rift Pon
None
Rift Collapse Deep Sea Rift Collapse: Deep Sea

*The Time Rift has become unstable!

  • Bonus 1: Escape with 30 seconds to spare
  • Bonus 2: Collect every Rift Pon
Mirror Badge
Mirror Badge

DW Stamp Community Maps

Image Challenge Name Objectives Reward
Community rift- rhythm jump studio Community Map: Rhythm Jump Studio
  • Complete the Time Rift

*Contributed by Lane "FlameLFH" Haskins

None
Community rift- twilight travels Community Map: Twilight Travels
  • Complete the Time Rift

*Contributed by Eric "Jak" Ridge

None
Community rift- the mountain rift Community Map: The Mountain Rift
  • Complete the Time Rift

*Contributed by Devan "Mr. Brawls" Miller

None

DW Candle Candles

Unlike the other challenges, these goals are for completing outside of Death Wish. They still count towards the Death Wish challenge total.

Challenge Name Objectives Reward Unlock
Snatcher's Hit List
  • Kill 5 Mafia without getting punched

*They've got you all figured out!

  • Bonus 1: Kill 10 Alpine Pompous without getting bullied
  • Bonus 2: Kill every type of enemy
None Complete Beat the Heat
Snatcher Coins in Mafia Town
  • Find a Snatcher Coin in Mafia Town
  • Bonus 1: Find 2 Snatcher Coins
  • Bonus 2: Find all 3 Snatcher Coins
Cardboard
Cardboard Dye
Complete So You're Back From Outer Space
Snatcher Coins in Battle of the Birds
  • Find a Snatcher Coin in Battle of the Birds
  • Bonus 1: Find 2 Snatcher Coins
  • Bonus 2: Find all 3 Snatcher Coins
Detective Outfit DW
Detective Outfit
Complete The Great Big Hootenanny
Zero Jumps
  • Collect any time piece without jumping

*You jump, you die!

  • Bonus 1: Collect 4 time pieces without jumping
  • Bonus 2: Clear Train Rush without jumping
Nostalgia Badge
Nostalgia Badge
Complete Rift Collapse: Dead Bird Studio
Snatcher Coins in Subcon Forest
  • Find a Snatcher Coin in Subcon Forest
  • Bonus 1: Find 2 Snatcher Coins
  • Bonus 2: Find all 3 Snatcher Coins
The Queen's Dress
The Queen's Dress Costume
Complete Rift Collapse: Sleepy Subcon
Snatcher Coins in Alpine Skyline
  • Find a Snatcher Coin in Alpine Skyline
  • Bonus 1: Find 2 Snatcher Coins
  • Bonus 2: Find all 3 Snatcher Coins
Hiking Shorts
Hiking Shorts Costume
Complete Bird Sanctuary
Camera Tourist*
  • Snap a picture of 8 different enemies
  • Bonus 1: Snap a single picture with 3 different enemies in it
  • Bonus 2: Snap a picture of every boss
Camera Badge
Movie Poster Camera Filter
Complete Rift Collapse: Alpine Skyline
Snatcher Coins in Nyakuza Metro
  • Find a Snatcher Coin in Nyakuza Metro
  • Bonus 1: Find 2 Snatcher Coins
  • Bonus 2: Find all 3 Snatcher Coins

Including with Nyakuza Metro (DLC)

None Complete Killing Two Birds

Earn 30 Death Wish stamps

* Camera Tourist is not available in the Switch version, bringing down the total amount of stamps to 108 (111 with Nyakuza Metro (DLC))

Achievements

Below is the list of achievements related to this mode;

Image Name Description Hints
Achievement32 Prepare to Die Clear All Objectives In a Single Death Wish! All three objectives can be completed over multiple attempts.
Achievement33 Punished Kid Obtain 50 Death Wish Stamps! -
Achievement34 I Refuse To Die! Obtain All Death Wish Stamps! Obtain all 111 stamps (114 stamps for Nyakuza Metro (DLC)); All levels can be completed in Peace and Tranquility and will still give the achievement.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The big differences between the Death Wish and normal stage splash screens is that the former has heavy purple undertones, features Snatcher in almost all of them in some way (even as far as to replace the Hat Kid in Security Breach) and in one of them the Hat Kid looks more scared or worried than happy (The Great Big Hootenanny).
  • The Snatcher has an idle dialogue line where he states that an unknown woman was "like dynamite with a laser beam," which is a reference to the Queen song Killer Queen. It is likely that he is referring to Queen Vanessa, considering the name of the song and his history with her.
  • Rift Collapses are inspired by Wario Land 4.
  • If the player dies more than 12 times on a single Death Wish, then their death count starts displaying the number of times died next to a single soul.
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