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Art decryption-castle

An art decryption lock from "Guard Duty".

Art decryption locks are used to seal valuables in a safe behind a painting. The three digit code to the safe is located somewhere in the painting (with at least three locations) and, after it is found, the safe can be opened and the contents taken. This kind of security technique is only seen in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. All of the art decryption locks seen are cracked by Bentley, though Sly Cooper makes a remark suggesting he has done them before, albeit slowly.


To decipher a painting, move up to it and press CircleButton. Use LStick or the directional buttons to move the magnifying glass around the painting, and XButton to zoom in. Once the code has been found, press CircleButton to lift the painting to enter the code.