Polygon's Dishonored 2 guide approaches the game from a stealthy, Low Chaos approach. There's a reason for this: If you don't care about blood on your hands, you can just replace the word "avoid" with the word "stab," and the directions this guide provides will still get you to your destination.
Stealthiness and avoidance are useful habits regardless of your playstyle because they keep you from getting outnumbered. As you play Dishonored 2, the choice is up to you whether to slip past, knock out or decapitate the various enemies we mention in this guide.
Unless you're going for the Ghost, Shadow, Alternative Approach ("finish an entire mission with no casualties") or Clean Hands ("complete the game without killing anyone") achievements or trophies, don't get discouraged if you get detected or accidentally cut someone's leg off (we've all been there). Dishonored 2 grades your actions on a sliding scale. A couple murders aren't going to plunge you into the darkest timeline.
Looking for collectibles?
Our Dishonored 2 coverage doesn't end with a full walkthrough. We also have a Dishonored 2 collectibles guide that will show you how and where to find every rune, bonecharm, painting and blueprint in the game.