If we wanted to get inside the Cooper Vault, we'd have to recruit a full-time demolitions specialist. However, Bentley's proposed candidate was a shock: my old enemy, the Panda King.
― Sly Cooper, from the episode's introduction[src]

"A Cold Alliance" is the fourth episode of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. It was set in the Kunlun Mountains of China, and the main antagonist was General Tsao.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

The Setup[edit | edit source]

After carefully analyzing the blueprints to Dr. M's fortress, Bentley came to the difficult conclusion that his current demolition skills were not going to be enough to complete the Cooper Vault job. Therefore, the gang needed to recruit a full-time demolitions expert.

The Panda King meditating

Much to Sly's surprise, Bentley recommended recruiting former Fiendish Five member, Panda King. Sly was reluctant to let him join the team due to his involvement with his parents' murder and the theft of the Thievius Raccoonus, but Bentley firmly reasoned with him, explaining that the Panda King has renounced his criminal ways and has taken up meditation high up in the mountains as a monk.

Though still not convinced, Sly had no doubt the Panda King's skills would benefit the gang. The gang dressed up in their disguises and flew east to China.

The Deal[edit | edit source]

The gang having managed to break the Panda King from his meditation

The Panda King was not any more excited about the idea of joining the Cooper Gang than Sly was. If it were not for the Guru, who seemed to have a spiritual connection with the Panda King, the whole deal would have been a bust.

The Panda King resignedly explained to the gang that his daughter, Jing King, was kidnapped by General Tsao, a powerful general from the northern mountains of China. She was to be the bride in a forced marriage to this unscrupulous ruler, and her father was in exile.

The gang agreed to rescue the Panda King's daughter in exchange for his skills in the Cooper Vault heist. Sly still did not think this was a good idea, but "a deal's a deal."

Jobs[edit | edit source]

Job name Completed by
"King of Fire" Whole gang
Get to the Panda King and explain the situation.
"Get a Job" Bentley, Sly
Get Sly a job as a wedding photographer.
"Tearful Reunion" Murray, Penelope, Panda King
Investigate the mysterious signal in the water.
"Grapple-Cam Break-In" Sly, Bentley
After stealing two keys, break into Tsao's house of business to learn more about the wedding.
"Laptop Retrieval" Bentley, Sly, the Guru
Reclaim Bentley's laptop from Tsao.
"Vampiric Demise" Bentley, Sly, Panda King
Destroy the hopping vampires using fireworks.
"Down the Line" Murray, Penelope
Rescue Murray from execution using Penelope's RC car.
"A Battery of Peril" Bentley, Sly, Carmelita
Get Carmelita to charge a battery, then stabilize it and bring it back to the van.
"Operation: Wedding Crasher" Sly, Penelope, Murray, Bentley
Rescue Jing King, steal Tsao's treasure and get Carmelita to take the bride's place.

The Getaway[edit | edit source]

General Tsao being busted by his "bride"

General Tsao had his wedding on time, and everything went as he arranged, but the bride turned out to be a shock. Inspector Fox, having taken Jing King's place, zapped Tsao with her shock pistol, thinking it was Sly in disguise. The second she placed the cuffs on him, she realized it was not Sly. Though a little disappointed, she did not mind taking Tsao into custody, as she was aware of how he had plagued the streets with the undead. The locals were happy to see him go.

The gang dropped off Jing King with her aunt. The Panda King insisted she would be safe there, and that he needed to pay off his debt to the gang. Sly was still wary of him joining the team but had no doubts his skills would come in handy.

The gang then decided to do some shopping in the backstreets of Shanghai before starting on their next adventure.[note 1]

Master Thief Challenges[edit | edit source]

Challenge name Description
"Big Air in China" Use Murray's Aboriginal Ball Form to reach each waypoint without taking damage and before time expires.
"Sharpshooter" Keep Murray from taking significant damage from attacking guards.
"Treetop Tangle" Defeat Tsao without sustaining significant damage.
"Tsao Showdown" Defeat Tsao without sustaining significant damage.
"China Treasure Hunt" Using your Treasure Map, follow the clues to find the hidden loot.

Cinematics[edit | edit source]


Sly 3 Cinematic - Episode 4 - The Setup


Sly 3 Cinematic - Episode 4 - The Deal


Sly 3 Cinematic - Episode 4 - The Getaway

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The shopping the gang did at the end of "Fire in the Sky" in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus is paid homage in this episode's ending, with the addition of Penelope, the Guru and the Panda King, as well as the difference in location.
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