Intel is something that’s gained automatically when you turn in Artifacts you’ve retrieved from Heists and is essential in the planning of Grand Heists. To use the intel that has been gathered from Heists you’ve run, simply take the Blueprint to Whakano, the Barber and pay him (in both intel and markers) to reveal parts of the Blueprint for you.
Intel is used to run a Grand Heist.
To run a Grand Heist, you’ll need to pay Whakano, the Barber in markers for the intel he’s received from your earlier Heists. This intel can reveal escape routes, reward rooms and more. Reveal as much as you desire (or as much as you can afford) and then take the Blueprint to the Planning Room in the Rogue Harbour, where Kurai, the Administrator will help you arrange which NPC’s you’d like to take with you and confirm the Blueprint. At this point, you can either trade the Blueprint to another player if you’d like, or take it to Adiyah to arrange transportation and begin the Grand Heist.
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Completing Heists is essential for gaining intel. While failing at a Heist, you can’t gather intel from the Heist.
Yes, your Heist progress is shared by your characters in each league.
When you run a Heist in a party, multiple Artifacts will be available to steal, assigned to each party member. You’ll also each gain intel and Rogue experience if you succeed at the Heist. Another benefit is that if you die and drop your contraband, your party member can collect it for you and then share it if they’re nice.
You could even pool your intel resources by revealing part of the Blueprint and passing it to your party member to reveal even more of it.