In this Deus Ex Mankind Divided walkthrough we'll be giving you a complete guide to the Cult of Personality side mission. Follow our tips and you'll have no trouble beating Richard the hypnotist.
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Deus Ex Mankind Divided - The Cult of Personality Walkthrough
Right outside the Zelen apartment building out the entrance by the stairs to your apartment is a manhole that eventually leads to a very confused man named Viznik and a headache-inducing room at the mercy of the godlike figure Richard. Here's how you beat Richard and free his wards from his aug-enchanced hypnotism.
After your first confrontation with Richard fails in the face of how great you're forced to think he is, head up the ladder to the right. There's a turret guarding the area, so run to the red corridor to the right and follow it until you find a locked door. Pick up the crumpled poster in front of it, which will then prompt you to head back to Čistá Čtvrť (Cista Ctvrt) to find Richard's old partner Liborio. Be aware that Richard's hypnotism prevents you from taking any aggressive action, so you can't dispatch the turrets yourself.
Head to the magic shop and speak with Liborio to learn Richard's backstory and the source of his powers. After being reluctant to any course of action that would hurt Richard, Liborio gives you three scrambling devices to put on Richard's hypnotic emitters and dampen his hold on the room. Head back to Richard's domain and go upstairs again. One of the emitters is on the wall at the beginning of the hallway with the second turret, another is underneath the second turret, and the third is at the dead end across from Richard's room.
After attaching all the emitters, go downstairs and talk to Richard via the microphone in the center of the room. Try to be somewhat sympathetic and pragmatic in your answers – the Mitigate and Pity responses definitely work here. Don't forget to loot Richard's room after the mission is complete. The turrets won't react to you anymore, so you don't need to be careful.
If you don't want to bother with finding Liborio and convincing Richard, you can head to the door of Richard's room and goad the turret into shooting his door, eventually destroying it. Then all you have to do is subdue Richard and collect the spoils.