Batman: Arkham City Guide

Batman: Arkham City Walkthrough and Guide

by Chris Boots-Faubert  

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Batman: Arkham City Walkthrough

Unofficial Batman: Arkham City  Guide by CM Boots-Faubert for


Greetings and Salutations... Or perhaps Bat-Greetings and Bat-Salutations!  Hmm, no, it seemed like a good idea but it ended up sounding cheesy no matter what word I emphasize!  But I still want to wish you a Bat-welcome to the Unofficial SuperCheats guide for the video game Batman: Arkham City. 

Words fail me in expressing how pleased that I am to be writing this Guide!   Words also fail me in finding a way to communicate how seriously necessary this guide will be for most gamers playing this game -- especially if it is their first exposure to the series. 

Batman: Arkham City is an incredibly huge and complex game with a game world that feels like it is about 50 times the size of the game world in Arkham Asylum, but realistically it is probably only around five-times the size of the first game.  The thing is that, in addition to the huge game world, the extra content, side-missions, the collectable items in the game are naturally also increased in number and complexity, which is again a good reason why you will need this guide and, naturally, why I am taking care to cover the areas that need to be covered and in detail.

If you did play Arkham Asylum prior to playing Arkham City, much of the game play elements will be familiar to you, and in particular the controls and combat system, though there are some differences as well, most notably the shift from a sound-based defensive posture to a sight-based one.  In B:AA listening for the beginning of an attack prior to countering was far more effective than simply watching for the visual signs, but in B:AC it is, as I noted, just the opposite, so for most of the melee battles you will want to use the sight-based signs for countering -- the exception to this is the boss battles and when you are facing enemies who perform a rushing attack.  No worries though, mates...  This will very quickly become automatic and second-nature to you as you gain experience and you develop muscle memory for the attacks and defensive moves.

As I was saying, I am very pleased to be writing this guide -- and those feelings of pleasure are, I suspect, mostly a sensible measure of the pleasure that I feel for the familiarity of the character that I got to know so well before so that taking up the Dark Knight's costume and gadgets is rather like coming home in a way; but more significantly it provides me with a level of insight that I might otherwise not have had...


A Helicopter Tour of the Central Districts of Arkham City


We all know that whenever a studio creates a smash hit game that is naturally going to be part of a series, the following sequel is almost always twice as hard to pull-off because they not only need to make a good game, but it also must compare and contrast well to the previous game to which it is a sequel -- and make no mistake about it, Arkham City is every bit the sequel that we were hoping that it would be.  They manage to once again create the experience of being the Caped Crusader without falling prey to the pitfalls that invariably lay in wait when you are creating a video game representation of the super hero experience.

When I wrote the guide for Batman: Arkham Asylum I pointed out in it that it was probably the best video game implementation of the character of Batman in the history of gaming -- and I honestly believed that when I wrote it and I still believe it today!   There have been plenty of attempts at creating the experience of being the Batman in video games but none have come as close as the blokes over at Rocksteady Studios have come in these two games.

In Asylum you played the game as the Dark Knight himself -- and when I say that I am actually making a distinction between Batman as he has been portrayed by countless actors in a variety of TV shows and movies, and the character that matured and was made famous all over again in the graphic novels of the past two decades that have basically served to redefine him, transforming him from the easily liked and self-effacing "Caped Crusader" into the brooding and mysterious Dark Knight.

The Batman of the video games is not the wimpy Batman played by Adam West, but rather he is a seriously buffed-up and darker Batman who is created as a mixture of Christian Bale and the 1990's and 2000's comic book versions of Batman; macho, dangerous, and with a profound attitude that marks him as having been deeply shaped and defined by the tragedy that his life has endured. 

When Asylum was nearing release and the spokesmen for the development team at Rocksteady Studios were giving interviews they said that the Batman in the game was actually intended to be a sort of amalgamation of all of the movie/cartoon/comic book Batman characters who each served to shape the character by donating their best parts to it -- but I suspected then (and I still do today) that they were just trying not to hurt the feelings of George Clooney and Val Kilmer, both of whom have gone on the record as believing that they contributed something to the character by playing their roles in their respective movies.  

In my assessments of the characters that I believe did not contribute to the personality of the Batman in the Arkham series, I did not include Michael Keaton, largely because I strongly feel that Rocksteady not only incorporated his attitude into the character of the Batman in the games, but I have come to believe that they actually started with Michael Keaton's Batman as the very foundation and then began piling on the best of the other sourced characters from there, arriving at the Batman we now have in the games. 

If we must create a label in order to define this process -- if there must be an identification -- than let us call him a Keatonesque-Bale mixture, as that is much more accurate an assessment in my considered opinion...

Many of the finer points of game play in Arkham City are inherited from Arkham Asylum, including the combat system -- so if you are having trouble mastering it, or if you did not play the previous game, be aware of something important -- there is a mixture present in this sequel that was not present in the previous title.  In B:AA attempting to strike your blows based on visual reactions almost guaranteed you failure half of the time, but this is no longer true with B:AC.  

Visual triggers in melee combat may be the standard in most games, but you will quickly find that in the Arkham games when you are fighting the boss mobs or the type that have a rushing attack, you should be carefully listening for the start of the attack, and striking as soon as you hear them – because despite the attempts that were made to streamline the combat system, this is a game that utilizes all of the senses of the player as the Dark Knight, and one that rewards the player for allowing themselves to become fully immersed in the world in which they are playing! 

The is especially true when you are completing mixture moves -- like dodging and attacking, or moves in the combo system for dodging and defending -- and just this one tip for adjusting your approach in combat will becomes very valuable later on, so embrace it!  You may be eager to jump right in to the story mode and begin chipping away at the campaign, and if so well, good on ya mates!  But just the same if you have not played the previous game, or sufficient time has passed so that you are even a little bit rusty at it, there is much to be gained through seeking out as many mixed-mode battles as you can early on in the game, in order to rediscover your previous skills or build new ones.  Seriously...

In my conclusion to the Introduction in the previous guide I pointed out that it was a game in which  you got to BE The Batman -- and I even went so far as to mention that in all of the previous games combined they mostly let you "sort of be Batman" only as much as the programmers let you be him.  That may sound a bit confusing since, after all, this is a video game, so no matter what the good intentions were for the people who coded it, at the end of the day you still only get to be the Batman to the extent that they programed the experience.  So let us just say that this is the best -- and the closest -- that any game has come to coding that experience definitively.

In Arkham City -- as in Arkham Asylum --  you get all of the gadgets, all of the skills, and all of the moves of Batman, and they are here for you to use or not, as you choose!   The very essence of what you were presented with in both games -- of what you ARE presented with here -- is the most complete Batman experience you are ever going to get.  Hopefully you took my advice in Asylum -- and I urge you to do that again now, in Arkham City -- and take your time playing through the campaign, being certain that you squeeze every last ounce of joy that can be had here, in this experience -- because it is so worth it and such a rare game -- because they just got it right...  Again!

So welcome to Gotham City.  Welcome to an even better -- and doubtlessly darker -- opportunity to play at being the Batman.  This is one of those experiences in life where you will receive from it way more than you put into it.  Because that is how it is designed.

Welcome too, to this guide, and know that I created it for you, and it is my most sincere and fondest desire that it serve to aid you in the process of playing this game.  I apologize in advance if any of the sections of this guide spoil your discovery of the game and its story, as I tried very hard not to be too much of a kill-joy in that regard, but there is only so much I could do even taking conscious care in the doing of it.



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How long is the game

Added 28th Sep 2015, ID #612344

How do I find Mr Freeze

Added 18th May 2015, ID #557903

When Bruce Wayne is trying to escape the warehouse how does he open the gate with/by throwing the stones?

Added 2nd Apr 2015, ID #536496

How to play as robin in free play mode

Added 19th Mar 2015, ID #530547

I need some help on beating hammer the steroid lookin thug/clown I've beaten this part before but since my savings were lost I had to restart my game and now I don't remember how I beat me hammer

Added 14th Feb 2015, ID #516039

What is the code for batwoman

Added 5th Jan 2015, ID #496657

I'm stuck in the subway trying to rescue Mr freeze. How can I naviget through?

Added 17th Sep 2014, ID #448855

How do I find mr. Freeze wife

Added 27th Aug 2014, ID #441462

the building to the top left of the circle is where she is


Added 13th Aug 2014, ID #436103

how do i get to fight poisen ive?

Added 11th Jan 2014, ID #342474

how do I get out of the subway terminal, after getting Ra's Ghul's blood

Added 24th Nov 2013, ID #321654

This is not the place to ask questions, goto the: (Game index) and click on Question and Answers.
This is the place to discuss Batman: Arkham City Walkthrough. This is a Wicked Good Walkthrough, By the way.!!...

Added 23rd Sep 2013, ID #310901

what is the unlock code of batman arkham city

Added 8th Jul 2013, ID #296048

does the freeze blast works for you to get out of arkham city on xbox360 just like ps3`s

Added 3rd Jul 2013, ID #294729

Where is the skylight in the mr. Freeze boss battle

Added 30th Jun 2013, ID #293805

Hey, this how you get big head mode on batman arkham city fpr free! All you have to do is get the crytoraphic sequencer and hold L1 L2 R1 R2 . While your holding those move the right and left thumb stick clockwise(both going inward). You keep doing that for about 5 times and then it should make you big(I don't know how to do it for XBOX 360.This way is for the PS3). Big head mode dosen't just work for batman but as well as the catwoman,nightwing and robin. It also works for all the other characters including Hugo Strange,all the henchmen,Two face ect. If you try to do the big head mode before you complete the full story mode it's because sometimes you have to finish the whole game first.

Added 21st Jun 2013, ID #291669


Added 19th Jun 2013, ID #291415

how to fix my game as it crashes at the iceberg lounge...while i go to disarm the freeze gun.

Added 29th May 2013, ID #286155

i want to know how to get all the costumes batman

ricardo guzman
Added 12th Apr 2013, ID #272951

what to do after bruce wayne kills penguin minions

Added 25th Mar 2013, ID #266987

I'm in the museum. I have beat all ofthe villians, Penguin is gone. I have thrown the batterang at the red button, and opened up the door to the elevator. I'am now at the electric box point. I have thrown the batterang through the electric field, up the stairs, and down the stairs to the electric box. I have hit the red button multiple times, and nothing happens. Do I have a bad game? Am I ding something wrong? Help!!!!!!!!

Added 19th Mar 2013, ID #265195

How do get the phones start ringing again because they stop

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what do you do in the sewer for killer croc

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how do you get batman beyond

Added 9th Feb 2013, ID #252336

Hello. I'm having trouble one particular toddler trophy. It is the one in the back part of the Bowery on top of a building that sits next to the AC wall. You stand on the pad looking at three ? marks. Before you step on it the gates are down when you step on it they go up. How do I solve this? Thank you for your time.

Added 18th Dec 2012, ID #223618

how do i get through security gate

Added 11th Nov 2012, ID #207571

I'm stuck @ 66% of the game. Need more secrets. what's up with that? I got all the guy's in green and they gave up their secrets. Totally going around in circles. would like to finish one day. I've been trying almost everyday now for darn near a year!!!! HELP> I would hate to have to buy the book.

Added 8th Oct 2012, ID #193552

Skin cheat is on dpad left left down down left left right up up down

Added 26th Sep 2012, ID #189265

how do i beat clayface

Added 21st Sep 2012, ID #187774

How do I get through the cooling tunnel in the steel mill

Added 6th Sep 2012, ID #183907

how to save batman from electricity shock of Solomon Grundy?

Added 2nd Sep 2012, ID #182476

How do I save the hostage in the electrified floor

Added 27th Aug 2012, ID #180791

how do i beat mr. freeze

Added 5th Jun 2012, ID #149085

how do i find ra's al ghul after u talk to mister freeze?

Added 12th Apr 2012, ID #132720

the game is awesome i beat the game in 2 days

Added 6th Apr 2012, ID #130139

In my game after the batman is caught by the joker a video is played in which batman is tied up in a chair.. after that video its asking to click the right button but even if i click its not skipping and the game gets stopped:(:(:( pls someone help

Added 29th Mar 2012, ID #127249

how do you find ra's al ghul the first time

Added 18th Mar 2012, ID #124000

it seems everytime i try to rescue mister freeze and the joker locks me up in a room at the ace building it won't let me use crytographic sequencer to get out. Why?

Added 28th Feb 2012, ID #119065

How do i get through cooling tunnel with remote controlled batarang

Added 22nd Feb 2012, ID #117454

Where do i go to find mr freez when the penguin has his ice gun

Added 7th Feb 2012, ID #113066

my game stops at the identity theft final how to fix it???

Added 7th Feb 2012, ID #112936

The reason you can't be nightwing or robin is because they only made it compatible to batman

Added 6th Feb 2012, ID #112777

Why can't you be Nightwing or Robin in the original part of Arkham City.

Added 29th Jan 2012, ID #110478

The game autosaves and when the ice sinks there are metal rods to pull at

Added 26th Jan 2012, ID #109408

how do i make it threw the part were batman has to fly from ice that sinks

Added 24th Jan 2012, ID #108969

Fellow Gamers, You found it!

I would like to thank Chris for putting together an excellent guide to Arkham City. Somehow he has managed to provide enough instruction without handing out spoilers or making the game too simple.

His step by step walk-through is concise enough to help when lost or misdirected - sometimes us gamers don't know what the developers are thinking - yet broad enough that you are still faced with the excitement and wanted stress of the game.

-- Scott B.
Windham NH, USA

Added 7th Jan 2012, ID #103636

how do i get thru the part where you have to fly batman

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