Watch Dogs: Legion – Arrested and injured operatives explained and how to get them back in action

Watch Dogs: Legion approaches things a little differently than most open-world games: it puts you in the shoes of several agents rather than one main character.

These agents, recruited during the course of the story or profiling virtually any bystander in the game, can be injured or arrested if you come out wrong in a shootout.

This page explains what happens when you are captured or lose all your health, assuming you are not playing in permadeath mode, where you will lose agents forever when they die.

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For more help with Watch Dogs: Legion, check out our pages on maps and landmarks, how to find a spy and a hitman, drone locations, and how to use the camera.

Operatives arrested or injured in Watch Dogs: Legion explained

If you lose all your health in the world, or do so in enemy-controlled territory (red), and you are not playing in permadeath mode, your agent will be incapacitated for a certain period of time.

This means that the agent cannot be selected until the timer runs out, and in the meantime forces you to play as other agents.

In our experience, this ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, and you can keep track of how much time is left in the “Equipment” area of ​​the menu.

By the way, this is game time and not real world time, so you can’t just turn off the console and come back later. Also, you have to actually be in the game world, not on this menu screen and wait.

That said, you can still leave the controller out in the world and wait out time, which is what we recommend to speed up this process if you need a particular operating system.

Of course, continuing to play as a different agent until they return is more in the spirit of the game, but if you have a favorite, or one with the skills you need for a particular objective, then leave the game running to become your own agent. a cup of tea or washing the dishes might be a better use of your time.

Finally, another thing the game recommends is adding a lawyer to your team. For us, this was caught when we were first arrested and involves the usual side quest to win them over.

This lawyer has the Bail Out perk, which “occasionally automatically releases an arrested teammate.” So it’s not guaranteed, but if it keeps happening it would be worth the effort to track them down.

What happens when all your agents are arrested or injured in Watch Dogs: Legion?

One thing we wanted to test was: what happens if all your agents are arrested or injured? This is possible early in the game, when you only have a handful of agents and/or keep failing a particularly difficult mission.

In theory, each character would have a countdown clock, meaning you can’t play until the time is up. (The exception, of course, is permadeath mode, where we imagine that losing all agents would result in a different outcome.)

In practice, what happens is a bit disappointing. For us, it would instantly “release” one of the agents currently held under a timer. This was apparently random, although at times it appeared to prioritize the previously arrested or injured officer.

That means that if you want to free a favorite agent faster than the timer allows, then arresting or wounding the others until they are free is one way to do it.

It’s easier to just put the controller down and wait as mentioned above, but if you have a small number of agents and don’t mind getting hit, this might be a faster method.

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