Guards are the common enemies in the Sly Cooper series. They usually work for one of the antagonists; though in some cases, like in episode 2 of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, or with Inspector Carmelita Fox, they may just be a force in the area that sees the Cooper Gang as an enemy. There are three types of guards:

  • The non-flashlight guards found in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, which are functionally identical to rooftop guards.
  • Rooftop guards: The most common type of guard and appear in every game except Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. Like their name suggests, these are the guards that are stationed on top of roofs, though they can occasionally be found on street-level.
  • Flashlight guards: The second most common type of guard and appear in every game. They can only be found patrolling the streets, and are much stronger, and therefore more dangerous, than their rooftop counterparts.


Sly Cooper and the Thievius RaccoonusEdit

Guards found in Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus are either of the normal "guard" variety, or flashlight guards. Normal guards are mostly stationary, except in rare cases where they will pursue Sly Cooper in order to attack him. Flashlight guards can also be stationary, though they will often travel in a small circle. They only attack Sly if he enters their flashlight range, and only if he is on the ground (if Sly is aerial while in the flashlight range, the guard will not see him), after which they will fire a homing shot that is very accurate, only missing if somehow it hits an object. The homing shots also has their own AI, and any remaining shots that are in the air after a Decoy is destroyed can turn and fly at Sly.

After collecting a page of the Thievius Raccoonus containing notes on Bruce O'Coop's computer hacking technique, Sly will be able to use his Binocucom to view information about each guard, including their English and Latin names as well as their hobbies.

Sly 2 Band of Thieves onwardEdit

Guards found in Sly 2: Band of Thieves are either rooftop guards, flashlight guards, and on one one occasion, a patrol guard. The rooftop guards can be either stationary or have small patrol routes on the roof that they are stationed on. They occasionally can be found on street-level. If a rooftop guard spots a member of the Cooper Gang, they will immediately attack, and pursue if the player runs. Some rooftop guards can call to other guards, alerting them of the player's presence. If the player goes somewhere that a guard can't, rooftop guards will throw small stones at them, which will slightly injure the player in most versions of the game.

Flashlight guards will patrol around the area and will only attack and pursue the player if they enter the guard's flashlight range. Flashlight guards are very accurate with their shots and have a close-range attack. The patrol guard, Carmelita Fox, appears only in Episode 6: He Who Tames the Iron Horse. She acts similar to the flashlight guards, though her patrol route is much larger. She is also much less accurate than the flashlight guards, and cannot be defeated.


Sly Cooper and the Thievius RaccoonusEdit

Isle of Wrath

Mesa City



Krack-Karov Volcano

Sly 2 onwardEdit


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