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Look Jacks. When I have to deal with these bad guys... I need you someplace safe. That's what makes me strong.❞
❝ I'm like the Healer.❞
❝ Yeah, you're just like that.❞
❝ Except that's just a game.
 
Aiden and Jackson Pearce after Role Model

Jackson Kent Pearce, commonly referred to as his nickname Jacks, is a character in Watch Dogs, and the deuteragonist of the Watch Dogs: Legion DLC Bloodline. Jackson is Aiden Pearce's nephew, son of Nicole Pearce, and the older brother of his deceased sister Lena Pearce.

History

After a failed attempt to hack into the Merlaut Hotel, his uncle Aiden took him and his sister on a trip to Pawnee. However, on the way, a Chicago South Club hitman named Maurice Vega and his partner attempted to kill Aiden by shooting out one of the tires on the car, causing it to crash; although he and his uncle survive the crash, his sister does not. The crash and the death of his sister caused him to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), making it extremely difficult for him to speak to anyone except his mother. After the death of his sister, he and his mother were heavily guarded by Aiden Pearce, due to Aiden not being able to take the loss of another family member.

Events of Watch Dogs

Some time later, Jackson's mother is kidnapped by Damien Brenks, though Jackson eludes capture as he was on the train at the time. After his uncle eliminated the Fixers attempting to abduct him, Aiden joined him on the train and asked if he knows where they've taken his mother. Though he remained silent, Jackson showed perceptiveness after pointing Aiden towards Racine Boat Restoration through his drawing on his tablet. Aiden then dropped him off with his therapist Yolanda Mendez while he sought out the whereabouts of his mother.

Later on, however, Jackson decides to investigate one of Racine's buildings himself, but was trapped in the security room as the building was mob-owned and surrounded by Fixers. Jackson witnessed his uncle kill the Fixers on the monitors and was scared of him when Aiden found him, though he decided to trust him. As he drove him back to Yolanda's house, Aiden told him that making sure he's safe is what makes his uncle strong, Jackson comparing himself to a "Healer" from the game "Glitch Wars."

Later on in the game, Jackson and Nicole leave Chicago after discovering that Aiden is the Vigilante. It is unknown where they have moved to, but Aiden theorizes they have most likely changed their names, and are staying off of the internet for their own protection.

Events of Bad Blood

In an audio log from Aiden that may be found at Nicky's house, Aiden says he doesn't know anything about what Jackson and his mother are doing now, except that they've changed their names and don't use the internet. He imagines Jackson becoming the kid he used to be before Lena died, moving on towards a happier life but doesn't dare find out if this is true or try and contact them out of fear of endangering them again.

Events of Bloodline

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Jackson returns in Watch Dogs: Legion as part of the Bloodline DLC, where it is revealed that he had moved to London to get his doctorate's degree at the Imperial College of London. Aiden takes a fixer gig in London after being informed by Jordi Chin, with the intention of reuniting with Jackson.

Aiden and Jackson hadn't seen each other since the events of Ghosts of the Past over fifteen years prior, and have an extremely tense reunion when Jackson catches Aiden sneaking into his apartment to check up on him. However, they steadily reconnect as Jackson volunteers to help Aiden investigate both Thomas Rempart and Wrench. Jackson is soon kidnapped by Thomas and rescued by Aiden - towards the end of their escape, Aiden falls into a coma from his gunshot wounds and Wrench shows up as their impromptu getaway driver.

The three of them eventually make contact with Skye Larsen (one of Jackson's biggest role models, from whom he recently won a college scholarship) and in exchange for returning the BrocaBridge prototype to her, she helps them revive Aiden and also triples Jackson's scholarship fund. While using BrocaBridge to journey through Aiden's subconscious mind, he and Aiden both gained significant closure over the death of Lena Pearce and left the experience with a much healthier relationship.

Appearance

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In Watch Dogs, Jackson wears a black shirt with a blue vest and grey pants. He also has a dark cap similar to Aiden's cap when he wears his default Vigilante outfit, worn backwards and has a blue man as a symbol (possibly a video game character).

Mission Appearances

Gallery

Trivia

  • He likes video games such as Glitch Wars, baseball, and science fiction.
  • He owns a "Raving Rabbid" remote control toy in his bedroom. It can be seen in his bedroom and when hacked, plays the "bwaaaaa" sound effect.
  • He is the only child (excluding those found/heard in Privacy Invasions) to be shown alive in the game.
  • His birthday is in September, revealed in Big Brother, as the game takes place in September 2013.
  • In Bloodline, he mentions that he volunteers as a street medic at DedSec protests and is well-acquainted with Connie Robinson.
  • Jackson's working-world experience in college included an internship as a researcher at bus manufacturer E-storm, as revealed in Hostile Takeover.

References

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