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


The SetupEdit

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

Bentley recommended recruiting former Fiendish Five member, Panda King, much to Sly's surprise. 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 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.

Sly was still not convinced, but 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 DealEdit

The Panda King wasn't anymore excited about the prospect of joining the Cooper Gang as Sly was. If it weren't for the Guru, who seemed to have a spiritual connection with the Panda King, the whole thing would have been a bust.

The Panda King resignedly explained to the gang that his daughter, Jing King, was kidnapped by the cold-blooded General Tsao, a vicious tyrant based in the northern mountains of China. She was to be the bride in a forced marriage to this unscrupulous ruler and the Panda King 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 is a deal.


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" Whole gang
Rescue Jing King, steal Tsao's treasure and get Carmelita to take the bride's place.

The GetawayEdit

General Tsao had his wedding on time and everything went as he arranged, but the bride turned out to be a shock. Carmelita had taken Jing King's place and, thinking that Tsao was Sly in disguise, zapped him with her shock pistol. She was a little disappointed that it wasn't Sly, but didn't mind arresting Tsao as 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 the Panda King, 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.

Master Thief ChallengesEdit

Challenge name Description
"Big Air in China" Use Murray's Aboriginal Ball Form to reach each waypoint with 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.


Trophy RiseAndShine
Sly! Come in! Sly! Do you read me?
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Episode 4 - A Cold Alliance - Opening Movie

Episode 4 - A Cold Alliance - Opening Movie

Episode 4 - A Cold Alliance - Closing Movie

Episode 4 - A Cold Alliance - Closing Movie


  • General Tsao's character is a chicken. This is a reference to the popular Chinese dish, General Tso's Chicken, which is occasionally spelled "Tsao," along with many others.
  • The shopping the gang did at the end of "Fire in the Sky" of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus is paid homage in the final cinematic for this episode, with the addition of Penelope, the Guru and Panda King. However, rather than taking place in Hong Kong, it takes place in Shanghai.
  • The Panda King appears on this episode's title card, just like he did in "Fire in the Sky" of Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.
  • You can destroy the red arches around the area with Carmelita's pistol. If you do, the lights will remain floating in place.
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