I CHOSE THE IMPOSSIBLE!
A guide for completing Bioshock on Playstation 3
Survivor mode without using Vita-Chambers.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A) Version History
III. General Tips
IV. Plasmid Analysis
V. Tonic Analysis
A) Combat Tonics
B) Physical Tonics
C) Engineering Tonics
VI. Weapon Analysis
VII. Tricks of the Trade
A) Welcome to Rapture
B) Medical Pavilion
C) Neptune's Bounty
E) Farmer's Market
F) Fort Frolic
H) Ryan's Office/Tennenbaum's Safehouse
I) Olympus Heights
J) Apollo Square
K) Point Prometious
L) Proving Grounds
M) Showdown with Frank Fontaine
IX. Tough Guy
A) Introduction and Explanation
B) General Tips and Tricks
C) Challenge Specific Strategies
D) Plasmid and Tonic Analysis
I am Andrew Ryan and I am here to ask you a question:
Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?
No, says the man in Washington; it belongs to the poor.
No, says the man in the Vatican; it belongs to God.
No, says the man in Moscow; it belongs to everyone.
I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something
different. I CHOSE THE IMPOSSIBLE. I chose...
I decided to choose this as my first game guide for two reasons:
1) This is one of the few games I feel qualified enough to give expert level
advice on, and 2) No one has done this yet, at least not to my knowledge.
I'm one of those people who only has a Playstation 3 and doesn't usually use
his computer for games, and I know there are others out there like me who spent
the end of 2007 hearing about how great Bioshock is but never experienced it
for themselves until this iteration. Some people out there who have the
original versions still may want to get the "Brass Balls" achievement, this
strategy guide will work for that as well. Those who were fanatics of the
original and bought/rented this just for the Survivor mode challenge will be
able to use this.
Right off the bat I should point out that this is not a step by step
walkthrough of how to beat this game or specifically how to do every specific
task. There are plenty of guides available on this site for where to find what
or what to do to finish the game. Every experience will be different and
therefore it is impossible to approach this guide in terms simply as saying
"do A to achieve desired result B." That being said the majority of this
guide will focus on general advice for success and the techniques that were
proven effective during my first Survivor mode with Vita-Chambers off play
through. The walkthrough portion of this guide will have the bulk of its depth
for the first levels for two reasons. The first being that the earliest levels
are the ones most uniform in terms of linear game play and consistent
experiences. The second being that the earliest levels have always been the
most difficult in my experiences.
Warning, this guide contains spoilers.
I'm only posting this out of obligation, as I would imagine anyone who is
trying for this trophy has already played through the game multiple times and
may even have the cut scene dialogue memorized. This guide will also contain my
personal musings on certain story and game elements and will not in any way
help towards completing the game. Most of these sections are just the ramblings
of someone who has clearly spent too much time overanalyzing the plot, so look
for the word "Tangent" surrounded by asterisks as a warning.
Original version submitted 01-22-2009
Version 1.10 submitted 01-31-2009
First and possibly last update
Contains additional spell checking and proofreading.
Updates to tonic analysis to include additional tonics.
Alternate strategies for dealing with early on Big Daddies.
More tips for later portions of the game.
Updates to usage permission.
Version 1.20 submitted 02-25-2009
Added additional strategies submitted by readers.
Other minor updates.
Update to usage permission.
Version 2.00 submitted 03-06-2009
Added a "Tough Guy" section that could have be a whole other guide.
Additional corrections and updates.
Glossary of terms and abbreviations likely to be found often in this guide:
3rd party damage: refers to any damage done to a Big Daddy by any non-player
characters. This includes splicers, turrets, security bots, etc.
Ant pistol: Anti-personnel pistol rounds
Amp pistol: Armor-piercing pistol rounds
Ant machine: Anti-personnel machine gun rounds
Amp machine: Armor-piercing machine gun rounds
Pttp: Power to the People weapon upgrade station
CoV: Circus of Values vending machine
BD: Big Daddy
LS: Little Sister
AB: Ammo Bandito
GG: Gatherer's Gardens
U-I: U-Invent crafting station
SB: Security Bullseye
Hot Potato: This phrase is often used in action/shooter type games and refers
to the tactic picking up a live enemy grenade and throwing it back. In this
case the concept still applies to enemy grenades but can only be used with TK.
I'm also listing this here just in case anyone reading this is unfamiliar
with the term.
Melee: Another term that that is common among action/shooter games. Refers to
close quarters attacks such as punching or clubbing.
Toaster in the Tub: Name of a trophy obtained when Atlas advices you to use
Electrobolt on enemies standing in water. Refers to any means of using
electricity against enemies in water.
1-2 Punch: Another term that comes straight for the mouth of Atlas. Refers to
stunning an enemy with Electrobolt and striking them with the wrench while
still electrified for maximum damage.
First and foremost piece of advice for this. I'm well aware that this seems
overly obvious, but it is of utmost importance. If you've played this game
before on the normal modes with Vita-Chamber's on, it can become incredibly
easy to use them as a crutch. You can do something stupid like run up to a Big
Daddy and smack him in the face with a wrench and there aren't any consequences
other than having to do a little backtracking. I only say this because I fell
into the habit of not worrying about what happens next. I would only save
during the auto saves or when I decided to turn off the system. Bioshock does
not have a set check point system without Vita-Chambers. None. The only thing
that resembles a check-point in this mode are the load screens when you enter a
new level. I would recommend a play though with Vita-Chambers off at a lower
difficulty first to get used to this. (You probably would want to get the Brass
Balls trophy first anyway) As far as when to save, anytime is a good time.
After a scripted sequence is always a good time. When you get something
important like a new weapon, free plasmid, etc. is an excellent time to save.
You'll definitely want to save after defeating a Big Daddy and dealing with a
Little Sister. Saving right before you intend to engage a Big Daddy is also a
very good idea, especially if it happens to have some 3rd party damage.
Get good at hacking.
Everything that can be hacked should be hacked. There are a few cameras that
are hard to reach (or practically impossible to later on) but other than that,
there is no excuse not to hack every turret, safe, or med station you
encounter. Most cameras can be approached without shorting them out if you hug
the wall they're attached to while its looking the other way. Once hacked they
will leave you alone and send security bots after your enemies. Get familiar
with the patterns of different machines. Once you know the tendencies of flow
patterns for different machines you can know your first move or two before you
even begin. This is especially useful on things like safes and U-Invents. Same
goes for turrets. The Eve or liquid nitrogen spent to short one out so it can
be hacked is a small price to pay in comparison to having a bodyguard. If you
really want the ammo contained in them, most will be eventually destroyed
anyway. While usually harder to short out, a hacked security bot is the best
friend you'll find in Rapture. If you have the cash so spend to shut them down
after security send them after you, do it. They can be your own minions ready
to do YOUR bidding. Hacked vending machines will grant access to previously
unattainable items but will also save valuable cash and resources. Hacked med
stations will not only heal you fully for the fraction of the cost of med
kits, but will also finish off wounded splicers. You can use auto-hack tools or
buy out the machines, but you can't always count on having those options
available when you need it. Last but certainly not least if you have Hacker's
Delight or its upgrades, successful hacks will replenish health and Eve. If
you have this equipped you may find yourself even hacking keypads to which you
know the combination just for the bonus.
Research, research, research.
Once you get the camera, buy as much film as you can afford. Taking pictures of
enemies gives research bonuses that are as valuable as any weapon upgrade and
is one of the reasons that Bioshock can actually get EASIER as you progress.
Aside from the obvious damage increases many of the best tonics are only
unlocked through research.
Manage inventory wisely.
This goes beyond ammo and health pack conservation.
Properly using and maintaining high levels of health, Eve, ammo, cash, etc. is
essential to surviving on Survivor.
Here are many small easy steps to use for doing this:
Don't be hasty when searching or picking up items, you may accidentally take
something you don't need at the moment. Bandages are the best random items for
recovering health, coffee the same for Eve, and pep bars are effective for
decent amounts of both. Don't pick up or take any of these if your health
and/or Eve bars are full.
Heal at health stations instead of using First Aid kits during breaks in the
action. Health stations always fully restore health whereas kits only replenish
a fixed increment. The amount of health kits restore isn't even enough to go
from near death to fully healed at the start of the game. Using health stations
saves cash and allows you to keep your health packs for when you need them
All items found in corpses or containers will remain there until you take them
or use the search again function of the Scrounger tonic. Corpses that have
uncollected cash or items will remain where they were until whatever they carry
is looted. If left alone for an extended period of time these corpses will be
replaced with lockboxes, but still have the same contents.
Don't be afraid to backtrack (even to previous levels) to collect items. There
is no speed bonus achievement here. One of the best reasons to backtrack is to
purchase Health/EVE upgrades. Each Gatherer's Gardens contains one Health and
one Eve upgrade that can only be purchased at that Gather's Gardens. (The
exceptions being the levels split into two sections like the Farmer's Market
and Apollo Square.)
Weapons found (either planted or dropped by dead splicers) will always contain
small amounts of their default ammo. (See weapons section) If you already have
the maximum allotted amount of that ammo you will NOT get a second chance to
search the weapon.
Prepare to spend a lot of time scavenging corpses and every nook and cranny of
Rapture to acquire all kinds of loot.
Save Little Sisters.
This has nothing to do with any ethical ideology or wanting to unlock an
alternate ending (although you do get a trophy for doing so). I've just found
it to be ultimately in your best interest. While it is true that you get more
ADAM total if you harvest all the Little Sisters, the extra items and other
resources more than make up the difference. Besides, Tennenbaum is about the
only sane person left in Rapture, throw her a bone. This guide will be centered
around choosing to save every Little Sister, so keep in mind that certain
sections may recommend using a particular ammo based on the knowledge that
said ammo or item will be coming in a future gift. Tennenbaums's gifts are
given after every 3rd Little Sister saved. The contents of these gifts are also
items that only have one chance to be collected. You can view the items and
not take anything but if you can't carry a certain item it goes to waste.
To help avoid this situation I've prepared a guide within the guide so that you
will know what to expect and when.
Don't kill Sander Cohen at the end of the Fort Frolic level.
If you start a fight with him right away when he comes out to admire his
masterpiece you may not get a chance to get the Electric Flesh tonic and other
items in the Fleet Hall projection booth right away. The only way to get the
Medical Expert 2 tonic is for him to unlock the case for you. Most importantly
letting him live now is the only way to access the Power to the People station
on the second floor of his apartment. Don't worry you still get to give him his
just desserts and collect the $100, 8 Incendiary Bolts, and 3 Spider Splicer
organs in his Muse box.
Pick your battles.
Some fights can be avoided through stealth, careful sniper shots and the
assistance of hacked security equipment. (See above) There is no good reason to
start a fight with a Big Daddy unless he is guarding a Little Sister. The
amount of cash you get as a reward will not cancel out what you spend on
health packs, Eve, and ammo.
Once you begin the Arcadia level, you begin collecting various components with
which to create useful items at U-Invent machines. Batteries are easily the
most important. They are necessary for creating electric gel, auto-hack tools,
and trap bolts. If you find one, don't use Scrounger (if equipped) to search
again. Collecting a battery can even be an event that you would want to save
the game progress immediately afterward.
This is not the time to try to get the "Tonic Collector" trophy.
ADAM is the most precious resource in Rapture and you can't waste it on tonics
you can't use or don't need. Find which tonics work for you and stick
them. There are only a handful that are only available through purchase that
I've found useful anyway. That being said, spend wisely when buying plasmids
as well. In fact, during the run through which I played while writing this I
spent almost all of my ADAM on slots and Health/EVE upgrades.
My opinion on plasmids is just like the song in Dandy Dental: The best things
in life are free.
(Remember, opinions are like assholes; I have one and therefore am one) ;p
My rankings of the best Plasmids:
Does not need to be upgraded to be useful later in the game.
The chemical thrower doesn't eventually do essentially the same job as is the
case with several other plasmids.
If there is another plasmid that uses less Eve per use, I haven't found it.
It's also the only plasmid that can be used without using ANY Eve.
One of the few plasmids that if used properly deals major damage to BD.
Gives you the ability to collect otherwise out of reach items.
Helps with recycling crossbow bolts.
Makes clearing out trap bolt a snap. (More on this to come)
You can use corpses and other objects as a bullet shield.
The carry function. (More to come)
Sometimes you grab the wrong thing, but this is only a problem if it
If there isn't anything in the immediate area worth grabbing, it doesn't
really do any good.
Explosive items can deal damage to you if you're not careful.
First version is free.
Shorts out turrets and bots so they can be hacked.
Deals major damage to standard enemies in water early on.
Great for buying time to either reload or line up a head shot.
Works as a key to unlock certain rooms.
The "1-2 punch"
Uses a large amount of Eve.
Needs to be upgraded to have any effect in combat later on.
Not very effective (damage wise) against enemies on dry land, even less so
against Big Daddies.
Once you get the chemical thrower, liquid nitrogen replaces it as the
preferred method of approaching turrets, etc.
The continual burst of electric gel from the chemical thrower does more damage
than this plasmid ever could.
Can hurt you as well if you're not careful.
3) Security Bullseye
Doesn't need to be upgraded.
Great way to get bots and turrets to wear down the health of Big Daddies.
BD doesn't consider this being used against him as an act of aggression.
Low Eve consumption.
Will turn unhacked cameras, turrets, etc. against enemies.
Turrets distracted by other enemies can be hacked in the meantime.
Hacked cameras, etc. will still ignore BD, unless they have a bullseye.
If bots get summoned against you (which will happen) this can buy you time to
hide or shut them down while eliminating enemies at the same time.
Good way to avoid fights with splicers and still eliminate them.
The vandalism/fail a hack trick (more to come). Use with caution.
Useless if there are no enemies in the immediate area.
Lesser enemies will be eliminated quickly if there are multiple security bots
so little time is bought in these cases.
Almost useless if there are no already summoned bots or cameras in an area.
Cross fire and exploding bots will still hurt. A lot.
I never truly realized the value of this plasmid until I started playing with
Vita-Chambers off. In previous runs I rarely used this and sometimes didn't
even have it equipped, but with no room for error you'll quickly discover you
need all the help you can get.
The first version is free.
Reasonable Eve consumption.
Effective for a slow but eventual death against most splicers.
Great way to get splicers into water where they can be finished
off with electrobolt.
Works as a key to get into certain areas.
Needs to be upgraded in order to remain effective later on.
Napalm from the chemical thrower will basically do its job for a lower price.
Not effective against some splicers.
Minimal to no effect against Big Daddies.
Fire can be spread easily to the point where you might catch on fire or
One of the cheapest plasmids you can buy and available early in the game.
Low Eve consumption.
Good way to save ammo and health by getting groups of spilcers to fight
amongst themselves instead of attacking you.
You can use it to send splicers on a kamikaze mission against
nearby Big Daddies.
No upgrade necessary.
Getting enemies to fight amongst themselves gives you time to sneak by safely.
What the message in the load screen says:
Don't use this against solitary enemies.
Sometimes when you think there are other enemies that an enraged splicer
would attack, they still go after you.
Kamikaze missions often do little to no damage against Big Daddies.
Groups of enemies are uncommon until later in the game
(which is when I got this).
6) Hypnotize Big Daddy
Both versions free if you've been rescuing Little Sisters.
Any enemy that draws the wrath of a Big Daddy is as good as dead.
They make good bullet shields.
Lasts a long time.
Combine with Enrage for Big Daddy vs. Big Daddy!
He won't attack any enemies unless they harm you first. This means you will
still have to take a great deal of damage during this time.
The spell can easily be broken and he can turn against you. All it takes is
one errant bullet or a static discharge.
You are not impervious to his attacks either.
Big Daddies make surprisingly bad body guards. He will mostly just stand there
staring at you (which is kind of creepy) instead of looking for and
eliminating potential threats before they can do any harm.
Consumes ridiculously large amounts of Eve. (The whole bar!)
Big Daddy vs. Big Daddy not as cool as you may think.
All in all I'm not a big fan of this plasmid.
I only rank it this high and ever keep it in my arsenal because a) it's free
and b) as stated previously I save most of my ADAM for extra tonic slots and
Health/EVE upgrades. This plasmid could be much better than it is. If a Big
Daddy were your personal attack dog this would be exponentially more useful
and fun. (If anyone working on Bioshock 2 happens to read this, please take
note.) Even if there was an extension of this plasmid (like Security Bullseye)
that would signal who and what to attack (even at the cost of more Eve) this
would be much better. Something like this would be insanely fun to use in a
multi-player mode which is auspiciously absent from this game.
(Cough, cough... Bioshock 2... cough, cough)
The more I've played this the less use I've found for most of the other
plasmids, at least when playing on higher difficulties. Many are entertaining
and have their benefits, but have limited use to justify spending the ADAM.
Cyclone Trap: Fun trap against splicers but overall not practical.
Target Dummy: The effects don't last all that long and I haven't seen major
benefits in my experiences.
Insect Swarm: Another that looks cool but is more of an enemy distraction
than a viable attack.
Winter Blast: Liquid Nitrogen gets the job done well enough imo and a
shattered corpse can't be looted.
Sonic Boom: Mostly beneficial on splicers standing in front of a hazard,
otherwise weaker version of TK.
Tonic Analysis by Class:
Like with Plasmids, I created a list of the various tonics available
throughout the game and ranked them according to how useful I've found them on
the highest difficulty setting. I'm not going to separate the upgrades from
the original versions here. They do the same thing as the original only better
and aren't available until later on so comparison would only be redundant.
1) Armored Shell
Extremely useful. Reduces the amount of damage you take so what's not to like?
I would recommend getting the 1st version asap and having at least one version
equipped at all times. Having both equipped for additional effectiveness
doesn't hurt either.
2) Static Discharge
Serves both offensive and defensive purposes. Main downside is that you must
be struck by a melee attack to activate it. Other big downside is that it can
turn a neutral enemy (read Big Daddy) against you.
Pros outweigh the cons though.
3) Photographerís Eye
Helps max out research bars faster. Need I say more?
4) Damage Research
Makes the research you've done more effective.
5) Electric Flesh
Most beneficial once you have the chemical thrower and in the later levels
where enemies use more electricity based attacks.
6) Wrench Jockey
It makes the trusty old wrench more effective.
7) Wrench Lurker
More useful for its stealth properties than actual combat.
8) Human Inferno
I'd probably rank this higher if I used fire more.
9) Frozen Field
Can't recommend using a slot for this because:
a) there are better tonics for improving wrench attacks
b) the wrench is not very useful on Survivor
c) no corpse to loot if you kill a frozen enemy
10) Machine Buster
Can't recommend buying this because you're better off either hacking or
avoiding machines than busting them.
1) Hacker's Delight
Have you gotten the hint that hacking is important yet? Only downside to this
one is that it doesn't work once the research on bots and turrets enables
2) Eve Link
Tough call for the #1 rating, but this one lost out only because I try to use
med kits sparingly.
It helps with acquiring the things you need for free. Just use carefully.
Makes you faster and better at swinging the wrench. Can't complain about
anything that improves your offensive and defensive capabilities.
5) Medical Expert
You will need to use health packs. With this you will need to use less.
6) Natural Camouflage
Can help out if security bots get sent after you but SB can keep them away if
there are other enemies in the area. Helps with sniping too.
7) Eve Saver
Does what it says, reduces the amount of Eve your plasmids use. However, by the
time it becomes available Hypos and alternatives means to replenish Eve are
plentiful. Also your Eve bar should be big enough to worry less about refills.
Sometimes I think I'm the only Bioshock player who doesn't hate this. Booze is
EVERYWHERE and this helps can help save health packs and hypos.
Still not that great though.
Not as useful here since the wrench is not the weapon of choice for Survivor.
10) Security Evasion
If you have ANY skill with stealth this is practically worthless. If you can
combine that skill with any hacking skill it becomes completely useless.
11) Extra Nutrition
This could have been a useful tonic if its effects were noticeable.
These are the only tonics that can be easily categorized in my opinion.
It took me several playthroughs before I could tell if something was a
physical or combat tonic.
1) Speedy Hacker
The most sure-fire way to make hacking easier throughout the game.
2) Clever Inventor
Makes inventing the items you need easier.
3) Prolific Inventor.
Doubles the amount of items you get from a U-I. This would be higher if it
weren't available until the game is almost over.
Safes and keypads are usually the hardest things to hack.
This makes them easier.
5) Security Expert
This would be higher if research didn't eliminate the need to be good at
hacking bots and turrets later on. Still worth a slot for cameras.
6) Hacking Expert
This only gets the edge over the other two obstacle removers because it
covers one of each.
7) Focused Hacker
Not too useful because even if you can't complete a hack there are plenty
of ways to avoid running into an overload.
8) Alarm Expert
See above. Also, an alarm can be a good thing (see fail a hack trick).
9) Shorten Alarms
This gets next to last ranked last because:
a) there are plenty of ways to avoid alarms in the first place
b) if you happen to trigger an alarm, there are plenty of ways to avoid the
security bots (SB, Natural Camouflage, shutdown panels, hacking, etc.)
c) if you know what you're doing, you WANT the alarms to last as
long as possible.
10) Vending Expert
No need to waste ADAM to save a couple bucks at a vending machine. Funny thing
is that it doesn't even reduce prices for important things (Health/Eve) as
much as hacking the machine does.
Regular weapons analysis: (Order obtained, not subjective ranking)
I will point out right now that weapons will be much more important than
Plasmids on Survivor. Plasmids are still important, but standard weapons are
what deal any significant damage against enemies. The only real advice
dispensed here are my recommendations for which upgrade options should
take priority. When in doubt, go for increased damage.
Decent melee weapon but limited use on Survivor difficulty.
There are many tonics dedicated to making this weapon much more powerful than
seems possible but I try to use it sparingly here for a couple reasons.
First, I prefer having a balanced variety of tonics equipped rather than being
overly reliant on one weapon or fighting style. That and I don't like having to
run to the Gene Swap Bank to make changes everytime I come across a Big Daddy
or another enemy that requires a different strategy. Second, my obsessive
compulsive tendency to explore everywhere and search everything ensures that I
am always completely stocked on just about every type of ammunition so running
low has never been an issue after the Medical Pavilion level.
Default ammo: Standard pistol rounds
Less common ammo: Armor-piercing rounds (Okay against Big Daddies early on)
Rare ammo: Antipersonnel rounds
(Great against splicers, usually obtained by building at U-Invent)
Underrated weapon actually. Good range, does decent damage and ammo is
plentiful and fairly cheap. Would recommend expanding the clip size first
since it saves precious loading time.
3) Machine Gun
Default ammo: Standard machine gun rounds
Less common ammo: Antipersonnel rounds
(Great against splicers, but unfortunately hard to find)
Rare ammo: Armor piercing rounds
(Has to be built, and by the time you get the ability to build ammo,
there are better options against Big Daddies)
Probably the weapon I use most against splicers. Large magazine makes reloading
less common and fast firing rate forgives inaccuracy.
Ammo is cheap and plentiful. Despite using it often this should be one of the
last weapons to do receive an upgrade.
Default ammo: Standard buckshot
Less common ammo: Electric buckshot
(Great against Big Daddies and most splicers)
Rare ammo: Exploding buckshot
(Does most damage, but still may be least useful of the three)
Packs a great punch in close quarters. However has limited range (obviously)
and is S-L-O-W in both firing and reloading. One shot kills less common as you
progress. Another weapon I would ignore when you come across a Power to the
People machine early on. Too bad you can't increase the size of the clip.
(Four rounds is about the maximum realistic magazine for a 1950's era shotgun)
5) Grenade launcher
Default ammo: Frag grenades
Less common ammo: Proximity mines
(Usually only useful as substitutes for frag grenades)
Rare ammo: Heat-seeking RPG (Mostly has to be made, extremely useful)
The first weapon that gives you a real chance against a Big Daddy.
I can't recommend using this for anything other than them or bosses.
However, explosions hurt. I would make Grenade Launcher Damage Immunity
the first upgrade of the game.
6) Research Camera
Not an actual weapon but an incredibly useful tool.
7) Chemical Thrower
Default ammo: Napalm
Less common ammo: Liquid Nitrogen (Freezes enemies and machines)
Rare ammo: Electric gel (2nd only to ADAM as most precious resource in Rapture)
This may be my favorite weapon. A full tank of electric gel with upgraded
consumption rate will drain half of a Big Daddy's life bar. Now you know why
this is a favorite. This will also do the job of most of the game's best
plasmids. Liquid Nitrogen makes buying Winter Blast a complete waste of ADAM,
but it's real benefit is not in combat. Equip it to freeze bots and turrets.
Better method for disabling them than electrobolt in my opinion. Napalm is
weaker than incinerate but if you can get most splicers at point blank range
you can cook them pretty quickly.
Default ammo: Steel-tip bolts
Less common ammo: Incendiary bolts (Does at least as much damage as steel-tip
bolts, plus sets whatever it hits on fire)
Rare ammo: Trap bolts (The name says it all, mainly useful for setting traps)
Your de facto sniper rifle. If you see me use the word snipe anywhere in this
guide it refers to this weapon. Silent, powerful, and has great range.
Downside is that it has a small capacity and takes a long time to load. I
would not recommend using this in the middle of a fight but aside from hacking
camera's etc. is your best means to avoid them. Headshots will one hit kill
just about any splicer and with damage increase can take slightly over
10% of a Big Daddy's health.
Did I mention you can reuse some of the ammo for this weapon?
Tricks of the trade.
The Telekinesis trap bolt removal trick:
Pick up a large object (preferably a corpse). Do not release L2 or whatever
button is set for plasmid use. Slowly carry the object to wherever the trap
wire is. Carefully position the object to pass through the wire and short it
out. Remember, the wire is still a threat to you until it's no longer visible.
Continue until all wire is gone. When done and without releasing L2, press the
square button to drop the object. (If this doesn't work, switching over to the
weapon hand gets the job done as well) If done right you can clear out a room
full of wire (like Kyburt's office) without taking any damage, using a single
bullet, on even a single drop of Eve. The drop method to avoid using Eve also
works if you are retrieving out of reach objects and grab the wrong thing or
cannot carry anymore of said item. If you grab and item and pick it up you
still don't use any Eve.
The Carry Function:
Another great application of TK is that it can be used to carry objects and
items from one area to another. While this sounds monotonous (and it really
isn't exciting or anything), it is extremely practical. The carry function can
be used to carry things like explosive barrels into a different room for later
battles. In the event that you have a full inventory of a certain item (like a
First Aid Kit) and are in an area where said item is available for free, you
can carry it to the next area for later retrieval. This is most useful if the
original area is a place where backtracking will no longer be an option.
The vandalism/fail a hack trick:
If you see a Big Daddy walking around (preferably with a Little Sister in tow)
and have Security Bullseye as an equipped plasmid, you are presented with one
of the most reliable ways to safely drain a large portion of his health.
Step 1: Tag him with Security Bullseye.
Step 2: Do something that will set off an alarm.
This can include standing in front of an unhacked security camera, smashing a
window with your wrench (these are common on the Fort Frolic level and usually
contain items you would want to collect anyway), or start hacking something
but intentionally direct the flow to an alarm tile.
Step 3: Keep a safe distance. Reapplying SB every 15 seconds or so to ensure
that the bots don't turn their attention on you doesn't hurt either.
A safer variation of this is to apply SB eye on a Big Daddy in view of a
camera. This way the bots will be focused on him throughout the duration of
the alarm and you don't have to worry about them turning on you. In case you
weren't already aware, a red timer means you are at risk of being targeted and
blue timer means someone else is the primary objective. This tactic works
better on Bouncers than Rosies. A fight between a Big Daddy and security bots
is also a great time to take research photos. Lots of different subjects plus
action equals high grades.
Drinking alcohol will restore a small amount of health at the expense of
draining Eve. You can get around this by waiting until your Eve bar is at zero.
(You will know this is the case when the right hand of your character begins to
inject himself with an Eve hypo. This can be stopped by switching over to the
weapon hand.) This trick is most useful in the first couple levels of the game.
Later in the game you have the option of building and equipping Boozehound
which will cause alcohol consumption to replenish Eve instead of draining it.
This can be beneficial since alcohol is often times in with the items found in
corpses or other containers.
One Shot Eve Refill:
This is a variation of Booze Heal intended for refilling Eve when that bar is
at zero. By one shot I mean having just enough Eve to use a plasmid once, thus
saving hypos and killing enemies more efficiently. I have not seen any
reduction in the effectiveness of plasmids when using less than the normal
amount of Eve so this makes the one shot technique even more practical. One
shot tricks to use when your Eve is zero include: drinking coffee, smoking
cigarettes (when your health is high of course), Hackerís Delight, or using
Eve Link when your health is also low. The one shot approach is best suited
for non-combat situations like opening entrances to certain areas but still
works great for things like the 1-2 punch or toaster in the tub. Bloodlust or
Boozehound can also enable a one shot refill, but by the time you have them
the need for this is less common.
One of the most effective means of dealing with a Big Daddy is to work as a
team with a hacked RPG turret. If you are engaged in battle with a Big Daddy
in view of a hacked turret the turret will come to your aid. Typically after
being hit once or twice the Big Daddy will turn his attention to the turret
and quickly destroy it. However, you can work with the turret so that it will
eliminate the Big Daddy and possibly still be in tact to deal with other
enemies. Once the Big Daddy starts attacking the turret immobilize him with
electric buckshot or Electrobolt. After the missile hits him and knocks him
out of his paralyzed state, hit him again before he can attack. Repeat as
necessary until done. I would only recommend this tactic with an RPG turret
because one hit from an RPG does significant damage and the rhythmic nature
of this turret gives you the opportunity to time your attacks and reload.
This is my name for the tactic of setting a splicer on fire when water is
nearby for the deliberate purpose of getting them into the water so that they
can be finished of with Electrobolt. You've probably already heard of this
maneuver (it's even shown in some of the load screen messages) but I'm listing
this here because it is a good move and to give clarification your cases when
you'll see this later.
I can't think of a name for this so I'll just name it after it's creator.
The Chris Newell method:
It's a tactic which when used correctly can allow you to deal with two Big
Daddies (and therefore access two Little Sisters) using only two frag
grenades, two electric buck and one bar of EVE.
I guess it can be broken down into 4 steps:
1) Find a BD who's got a LS with him (we'll call this one Big Daddy 1).
2) Memorise their location, then quickly advance into another area of the
level and search for a second BD (Big Daddy 2). Once you've found him, use
hypnotize and then lead him back to the location of BD 1. Fire ONE FRAG
GRENADE and ONE ELECTRIC BUCK into BD1, then remain stationary for a few
moments so that he can attack you. This will enrage BD 2, who will then
engage BD 1 in combat.
3) Ensure you're out of range of the fight, and both BD's should just ignore
you and continue to duke it out. They'll be almost evenly matched, but because
of the grenade and shotgun shell you used on BD 1, he should be the one to die
first. However, even though BD 2 is eventually victorious, he will be mortally
wounded by the encounter and should be close to death. Once BD 1 is dead,
move in to rescue/harvest his little sister.
4) Now wait for BD 2's hypnotization to wear off, then follow him as he
lumbers around the map. Eventually, he will approach one of those holes in
the wall and summon a little sister. As soon as she's out of hiding, fire one
grenade and one electric buck into the BD - this should be all that's needed
to finish him off. And there you have it, two little sisters under your belt
with minimum damage and effort.
As stated earlier, this is actually less of a walkthrough and more of a
section by section collection of techniques for dealing with some of the more
Welcome to Rapture:
Don't waste a health pack before the Electrobolt cut scene, you will be fully
healed when its done. One shot of electrobolt will drain over 3/4 of eve bar,
close to 80 or 90% in fact. If you want to eat some of the food to refuel a
tiny amount of Eve after opening the door go ahead. Your Eve bar should be
completely drained after the 1-2 punch, so now would be a good time to use the
booze heal tactic for the first time. Don't waste any Eve shocking the guy that
comes bursting through the elevator area on fire, the fire will drain about
3/4 of his life bar and a couple decent whacks with the wrench will finish him
off. Get the health pack & pep bar next to the shrine to the left before
confronting the splicer with the revolver in the baby carriage.
One good head shot can kill a thuggish splicer early in the game, the one at
the bottom of the stairs gives you a good chance to aim for this. Zap the
splicers on top of the waterfall area next to the Big Daddy corpse. Don't
forget to search his corpse because he has a huge pile of cash on him and you
can't get back up there. Wait for each wave of splicers to jump down and use
the toaster in the tub technique to take care of them all.
Hack the security bot stuck between the doors and try to stay to the sidelines
so that the splicers & bot can duke it out if at all possible. After grabbing
the machine gun and activating the security override switch, head back to
corner so that you can only be attacked from one direction. Peek out the door
a couple times so that the security bot can shoot them without you getting
caught in the crossfire. If you get overrun in the central hub area, the chair
in the corner next to the CoV and AB is a good place for a stand since there is
only one way for enemies in and you can get shots in or wait to electrocute
any that make it into the water.
Here you will meet the first nitro splicer and your 1st camera, if the security
bot is still working try to let it do most of the work. Once the splicer and
camera are taken care of, use the furnace control button to get your first
tonic: Hacker's Delight. In fact, you may want to hold off on hacking some
vending machines until after you get this.
The main reason you are here is to collect Incinerate on the second floor.
Just run past any splicers that see you and attack them from the safety of the
crawlspace room by lighting the oil slick.
You'll want to take care of this area while you still have Incinerate equipped.
Take care of the mourner on the right before she sees you. (She must have
really liked that music box) Be ready for a coffin being hurled at you on the
other side of the room and have Electrobolt ready to take care of the turret in
the closet guarding the safe. In the back room grab Security Expert. Have
Incinerate ready for when the guy jumps out of the drawer for the
Downstairs (Dandy Dental, Kure All, etc.):
Try to scour the area in the middle with the shotgun before grabbing it. Also,
make sure the newly acquired shotgun is fully loaded while the lights are out
to be ready for the ambush. Get Telekinesis as soon as you can and replace
Incinerate with it. Don't forget to pick up Speedy Hacker and Wrench Jockey
before moving on for the showdown against Dr. Steinman.
Dr Steinman's section:
Don't forget to hack the bot, turret, and health station before the
confrontation. Grab Static Discharge after you've hacked the turret.
Dr. Steinman tips:
Have the bot hacked because that will do some damage to him as well as keeping
him preoccupied which will make your job easier. Equip Telekinesis while he's
shooting at the bot and grab a flammable tank to fire at him. It will either
hit and just do heavy damage to him or cause a fire on the oil slick which will
catch on him. Either are fine. If he heads to the water area underneath be
ready to zap him with electrobolt. Continue using the Toaster in the Tub
technique until dead. Otherwise keep firing tanks or other objects at him
until he is either dead or goes running the med station by the entrance. If
you hacked it before your work is done. If you do things right you won't need
a single bullet and take little to no damage. If the hacked bot is still
intact make sure that your little flying bodyguard tags along for the next
part. He will be even more helpful than he has been already.
Gatherer's Gardens/back to Medical Pavilion:
What you choose to get with the 80 Adam is up to you. I would recommend either
health upgrade or Armored Shell and Eve Link.
First Big Daddy fight:
I will go on record now and say that the first two Big Daddy battles will be
the hardest of the game. Before any Big Daddy battle you'll always want to be
sure you're prepared. Have all your weapons loaded and set to the ammo of
preference. In this case I would recommend electric buck, amp pistol rounds,
and amp machine gun rounds (if you have a full clip worth, otherwise regular).
I can't give a specific strategy since every situation will be different, but
here are some general tips:
If you have any hacked bots or turrets (at least ones that have yet to be
destroyed), USE THEM! Do what you can to draw the Bouncer into a turret's line
of fire. Any damage they can do will save many retries. I would also recommend
starting with amp pistol rounds. They have a greater range and you'd be better
suited saving the electric buck for later in the fight, especially when you're
in a tight corner and don't have the luxury of time. The maximum carry able 24
electric buck alone will NOT bring down a Big Daddy on Survivor. Not kidding.
My first Survivor Big Daddy fight required about 10-15% 3rd party damage, all
24 amp pistol rounds (some may have missed), a couple shots of electrobolt and
16 electric buck. I was actually lucky the last one did the job because
I don't know if I would have had time to reload.
Use a health pack any time damage seems immanent. Don't think just because you
used a health pack that one hit can't kill you. It can, and that's not just the
full head of steam drill bit bull rush attack. A good punch can kill you if
you're not at 100% health. A good time to reload would be when he does the
ground punch earthquake attack. Try to bring the fight to the most open area
possible. One of the biggest factors in making the first fight so hard is that
the area is so confined. You'll need to know the turf well to be successful.
One of the best tacticsagainst a Bouncer is to side step the bull rush because
he will go a great distance, then need to stop and turn around. Easier said
than done obviously. When Mr. Bubbles is finally unable to wake up, backtrack
to get any remaining health packs, ADAM upgrades, and special ammo before
moving on to Neptune's Bounty.
In the event that both turrets and possibly the security bot are destroyed by
the time this fight begins, you'll need a different strategy. This happened on
my second attempt to choose the impossible and I found a less efficeint but
safer option which still should be able to work even if they are still there.
Carefully approach the Little Sister while she is busy gathering. Keep far
enough away to avoid getting attention though. Carefully line up the shot and
fire all six rounds in the Big Daddy's face as fast as you can and you will
have successfully made him angry. Since you won't like him when he's angry,
take off running the second you need to reload because he will be preoccupied
with making sure the LS is safe for the momement. Head into Twilight Fields.
He may be looking for you in the central pavillion area and therefore will
need to be drawn into this section. You may find that he will unable to find
you unless to come out again, but there are worse predicaments than having to
slowly wear him down from a different room. When and if you can get him into
this area run into the back room and jump into the drawer that the guy was
hiding in before. Once you're safely out of his reach for good you can finish
him off with your shotgun. Since he can't get you unless your right on the edge
using regular buckshot may not be a bad idea.
Another alternate strategy courtesy of Mark Dorney:
This tactic, though somewhat underhand, has worked for me several times,
and I rarely sustain a hit.
Basically, you need to go to the door located quite close to the first Daddy.
Shoot him once, and run through the door and corridor, taking you to the
entrance of the Medical pavilion (you may have to stun him with a plasmid to
slow him down). From here, you can simply jump on to the hanging medical
pavillion sign and there's nothing he can do about it. You can just chip away
at him with whatever weapon you please, though he won't always be in your
line of sight so patience may be required.
The only problems are ensuring he follows you into the pavillion lobby and
doesn't hang about outside the door. Also, it's rather difficult to describe,
but stay on the far side of the sign so that there is a small barrier between
you and him to ensure absolute safety. I guarantee you, it will save a lot of
bother. Give it a try, you won't regret it.
The 1st Tennenbaum gift is found on this level.
Hypnotize Big Daddy
12 Armor piercing pistol rounds
Just after you finished the first big test, it's time for the second: your
first Rosie. In many ways this battle is easier than the first.
1) You will be stronger for this fight (If you've spent your ADAM properly).
2) The arena for this battle is of the most wide open in the whole game which
is a stark contrast to your first encounter with the foul smelling palooka
in a diving suit.
3) There are a large number of splicers in the area foolish enough to pick a
fight with this Big Daddy for a decent amount of 3rd party damage.
4) There are turrets on each end of the arena which can be hacked while the
splicers and BD are preoccupied with one another.
Both of which will do some damage to Rosie.
I usually start by using TK to grab the tank underneath the dock and hurling it
at the Big Daddy. Then I run back behind the metal sheet for cover and grab the
barrels to do the same. Rosies fighting styles are more along the lines of more
traditional shooter enemies. He fires his rivet gun, strafes, throws a grenade,
repeat. Oversimplification I know, but it does give you the opportunity to
shoot, get behind cover to reload and return fire.
Long-range weapons work better than the shotgun since Rosies tend to keep
their distance when at all possible. If you insist on going to Peach William's
hideout to grab the grenade launcher first, fine. I prefer to wait because
a) doing so reduces the possibility of the Little Sister still being around
when you come back and b) you'll need it later. You can carry some of the tanks
next to the GG in the nearby area for extra heavy artillery as well.
Additional strategies for Big Daddies in this area:
If he decides to go up the ramp which eliminates your cover, shoot him with
electric buck and run through the door to the other section of the lower wharf.
Work your way into the area with the GG and Gene Swap Bank which will be good
cover from any direction. Do NOT try drawing him into this area unless the RPG
turret is hacked. This way you won't have to worry about an additional
distraction but he will.
Another tip courtesy of Mark Dorney:
In the Lower Wharf area, head to the bottom of the staircase that takes you
to the first aid station. Near here you should be able to drop in to the
sewers (where you acquire the 'Fontaine Must Go' tape). Shoot the Daddy and
run here; drop down, but don't go into the sewer. If you stand here (don't
crouch) so that you can just see above you the Daddy will often be unable to
attack you and simply run back and forth for you to shoot at your leisure.
Go to Peach's, get whatever item's you can carry. One extra tip, if there is
anything on the conveyor belt that you can't take at first, use TK carry to
pick them up and put on the floor for later. I've seen times when they
disappear during the time between when the Spider splicer attacks and when
Peach gives you the launcher. Don't bother fighting the splicer here
(Rose is her name from what I've learned), you'll just waste ammo. Dodge her
attacks until Peach sends the bot to chase her away and get going. Don't forget
to pull down some of the stuff like health packs in the ceiling hole.
2nd Rosie fight:
This will most likely take place in the upper wharf area overlooking where you
fought the first Rosie. There will probably be some splicers already fighting
him, but they will deal very little 3rd party damage. Use the chaos as cover
to collect items and move on to hack the RPG turret. This WILL deal some damage
to him. It might not hurt to move onto the area behind the gate to pick up
extra frag grenades (one on the ledge above the vending machine and one behind
the boxes up the stairs past the 2nd camera.) One valuable advantage of this
is that Rosie will have time to kill off the splicers. Taking down a Big Daddy
alone is a monumental task, having splicers attacking you as well makes the
job almost impossible. If you want, you can let the first camera catch you
(it's hard to avoid & hack anyway, I usually just shoot it down) then use the
bot shutdown panel to hack the security bots sent after you.
Now to the actual fight:
Approach from behind the area with the pipes and the RPG turret. Let it fire
off a couple rounds and don't actually engage Rosie until he has finished it
off. You don't want to get caught in the crossfire. Wait until he's walking
away to start launching grenades at him. Try to use the maximum amount since
reloading takes some time and if you do it right he won't be able to
counter-attack. Once they are gone duck behind the wall of pipes to switch to
the 2 proximity mines you picked up in the double doors area prior to this.
If your aim is good they will hit him and explode on contact. Switch to armor
piercing pistol rounds and get a few shot in between the cracks of this good
but not great cover. After about a clip or two Rosie will move around one end
to get a clear shot. Back around the other end and head towards the big spool
the middle of this area. Empty your clip along the way. Now that your at an
area with better cover but more close quarters, switch to electric buckshot.
Move around the spool (or from one side to the other since he's not dumb enough
to play this game for long) and unload at every round you have. Beware melee
attacks at this close range. If he's still not dead (entirely plausible) try to
head to the double doors area. An ideal time would be if he is on the far side
of the spool and you've used your last electric buckshot round (or at least
need to reload.) Once you've made it to this area get behind the second door
and duck behind the wall area by the rest of the hall since you NEVER want to
be backed into a corner against a Big Daddy no matter how close to death he may
be. This part is interesting. The small wall area gives you surprisingly good
cover from rivet gun shots and will keep the door open. Rosie will stay behind
the other door (open though) and keep alternating between gun and proximity
grenade attacks. My guess is that he's smart enough to realize chasing an enemy
hiding behind a closed door is probably walking into a trap. Equip Telekinesis.
Duck behind the wall area and let him fire a couple rounds then step back into
the open. If he looks like he's going to use the gun again, get back behind
cover. The tell for gun attack is he's holding his gun like he's going to fire
it. The tell for the grenade attack is that his left hand reaches behind his
back to throw. Easy, right? When you see the grenade attack coming use TK to
grab and return to sender.
Rinse, wash, repeat until Mr. Bubbles is hung out to dry.
Note: I generally wouldn't recommend the Hot Potato strategy on Rosies too
often other than on this level because in most areas where there is a greater
distance between you, he will have time to pick up the gun and fire again.
Additional strategy for any BD battles in the Upper Wharf area:
I've learned you can work as a team with the hacked RPG turret instead of just
letting it get in whatever shots it can. Start by attacking the Big Daddy by
yourself (preferably with any grenades you have) and draw him into the line of
turret fire. This way a missile or two will hit him before he focuses on it
instead of you. Once he turns his attention to the turret switch over to the
shotgun and have it equipped with electric buckshot. Shoot him to both hurt him
and freeze him in place. As long as he cannot attack the turret will be able
to continue launching missiles at him which will finish him quickly.
Recommended Gatherers Gardens purchase:
Plasmid Slot if you have at least 100 ADAM, otherwise health upgrade.
Wharf masterís Office:
Below is a rudimentary map of the automated enemies on this level.
MT: Machine gun turret
RT: RPG turret
] X ]RT [
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] MT C RT [
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] ------ ------ [
] RT [
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Start with the MT in upper left. Return to entrance and hack RT in lower left.
Hack RT in corner. Wait for the Camera to looking right before hacking RT near
destination. Hug the wall and hack the camera. While you're in this area some
splicers will show up, but if you've hacked the cameras & turrets they should
take care of them for you. Don't forget to get the cash from the dead Big Daddy
in the left cell, the Eve in the right cell and the med kits in the corner.
Crawl through the hole by the door to get the goodies (highlighted by 2 heat
seeking missiles in the safe) in the room. Proceed forward to get the camera
and get started on the pictures mission. If you are fully stocked on health
kits and the other items in the final room here, this is a great opportunity
to use the carry technique to drop them down to the next level since you can't
get back here after the explosion.
Grab the Security Bullseye and tag the idiot jumping in from of the security
camera. Once the bots have taken care of him (now would be a good time to take
a picture or two) crawl down and head over to the next area. Whether you decide
to go Jet Postal or The Fighting McDonough's first is up to you. One tip when
you head to The Fighting McDonough's is to have the camera equipped right away.
You can get a picture of the spider splicer there in the first second if you're
ready. Before entering Peach's Fortress take care of Rose (and get some
pictures of her as well). She has mini-boss health but if you have ant machine
gun rounds she shouldn't be too much trouble. The rewards (including 2
auto-hack tools and 3 Eve hypos) are well worth the effort.
Since this battle must be done primarily with plasmids, I guess I should give
recommendations for plasmids. Incinerate is the obvious choice because you'll
need it to advance to the next area. Electrobolt is needed for disabling the
turret and toaster in the tub. Telekinesis is useful since Peach is a Nitro
splicer. Depending on how many slots you have, Security Bullseye and/or Enrage
can prove useful. While the fog is surrounding you and Peach is talking, hack
the CoV, med station, and camera. Use the auto hack tools you have to save time
since there will be plenty lying around shortly. Get ready to hack the turret
once the fog clears. Start by equipping Incinerate and start firing away. Even
if you miss Peach or one of the other splicers your odds of hitting something
like the oil slick or some of the many frozen areas are really good. If you
happen to see anyone on fire and happen to be near the pool of water get
electrobolt ready for when they dive in. Since the alarm is bound to be going
off during the duration of this battle slap SB on Peach so that the bots will
focus on him and you can deal with the rest of the enemies. This will make
avoiding crossfire easier. If youíre near any barrels lying around (there will
be some frozen in ice as well) pick one up and throw it at Peach or anyone in
view but at a safe distance. You don't want to be too close to any explosion
and a flying barrel will deal damage even if it doesn't explode.
When you go downstairs you'll see your first Power to the People machine.
I would suggest choosing the damage immunity for the grenade launcher option.
This is another level where the carry function comes in handy. Head down
towards the submarine. Hack or shoot the turret, the only gain of hacking the
turret here is the chance to get 4 photos of it without getting shot. If you
have all 9 health packs & hypos grab the one of each and carry them to the room
with the switch. Once you flip the switch the door shuts and there is no going
back. Before you flip the switch I would also recommend hacking the health
station outside and pulling one of the tanks nearby so that you can grab it
easily in the next part. Once the scene is done grab the tank head out the door
and shoot it at the spider splicer. A direct hit should take care of it right
away. Run down the hallway and ignite the oil slick. The fire should hold off
any backup, but you should still have a gun ready to take care of anyone still
shooting. You'll probably want to set the slick on fire again for the second
wave. Another advantage of staying up the stairs is that if you take any damage
the health station is right there to heal. After the fire burns out go down the
stairs and take a right. Pick up an unexploded tank and go down the next set of
stairs. Fire it off at the first splicer to show up. If you do it right it will
take care of any other nearby since the explosion should also detonate the
cache of tanks near the bottom. Run down towards the submarine. Once it
explodes that should be the end but keep on your toes.
Once the coast is clear go grab the stuff you left upstairs, the cash on the
ground and whatever else you want.
The contents of Tennenbaum's gift found on this level contain:
12 Electric Buck
Open up the tomb with incinerate and collect the loot inside. Follow the arrow
and the calls of the first Houdini splicer in the game with camera equipped.
This way you'll be able to get 3-4 good snapshots of him before he decides to
fight. Equip the machine gun with ant rounds (by now should know they are the
most effective against all splicers) to make easy work of him. Move on across
the bridge to the next room. Grab a barrel to take care of the leadhead on the
balcony across the way. Get the camera ready for your first chance to take a
picture of your oldest foe, the thuggish splicer. Try to draw the splicers in
the next room back into the previous one to avoid the turret. Once finished
off, hack the turret and go up the crawlspace. Open the door with electrobolt
to collect the items inside then head back to the room with trap bolts. After
walking in a scripted sequence between Saturnine and another splicer, head to
the U-Invent and start crafting whatever specialty ammo you need.
Next is the first Big Daddy of this level.
Main recommendations: Use the SB/fail a hack trick for 3rd party damage, grab
the missiles in the Waterfall Grotto U-I if you want, use electric buckshot.
If you head into the Waterfall Grotto after this fight it will make life a lot
easier when you need to come back later.
"Get the Rose of Gallagher" mission:
During this mission the Tree Farm will become accessible. More specifically,
the PttP machine there will be available. You can use this now, but I would
strongly advise waiting until after you have the chemical thrower. Get the
Rose and take it back to Dr. Langford. Hack the turrets and camera now that
they are no longer friendly to you and go to the Farmer's Market.
Mind the RPG turret to the right. Might not hurt to slap SB on the Houdini
Splicer so that the turret will take care of him for you. After hacking the
turret go down the stair to the CoV and U-I to get the Eve Link 2 tonic. If
you've collected all the electric gel (including the tank behind the gated off
area with the key code) and hacked the various cameras and turrets, you'll find
out just how much easier dealing with BD is from this point on.
When you use the smoker control it locks the exit to this room, yet during this
time splicers continue to spawn behind you. I know this is to give a degree of
difficulty to this section but kind of a big glitch for a game that so
carefully crafted every other game mechanic and plot detail.
This is my least favorite section of the game, and therefore probably one of
the reasons I've never been a fan of the Insect Swarm plasmid. There is a safe
on the left hand side with two enzyme samples that will save a lot of time
searching. You can get some extra samples for making tonics on the next level
if you want.
This area isn't too difficult if you approach it right. Hack everything on the
first level and crawl down into the trap bolt guarded room with the large
assortment of items. Get every distilled water sample you can get as it becomes
a valuable commodity for electric gel and other items that must be built.
Don't miss the PttP machine down here either.
Deploying the Lazarus Vector:
In the main room with the Vita-Chamber, etc. a splicer will cut through the
area that looks like a door on the right hand side, take her out and move on.
Another will then do the same opposite that spot. Let the turret take of him.
Close the door, take the items in the Pneumo, and stick a couple proxy mines by
the door and head to one of the cut out spots for your stand. I'd suggest the
one with the turret in front of it. Now would also be a good time to use
Hypnotize Big Daddy (just be sure not to have Static Discharge equipped).
Get in the corner area and use him for a shield. He won't attack them unless
they hurt you so you'll still have to do most of the work. Have whatever ant
ammo you have and aim carefully. If one of your shots hit him you're dead meat.
The last Houdini will have some great loot including some heat-seeking missiles
and 3 Eve hypos. Before moving onto the next level stock up on film since it is
in short supply there and you will be needing it.
Tennenbaum gift contents:
Hypnotize Big Daddy 2
4 First Aid Kits
Build whatever tonics you want/can and some electric gel and other ammo before
heading to the bathysphere on the other side. If static discharge is one of
your equipped tonics, it is very easy to have security bots sent after you for
vandalizing the display cases with First Aid kits and Eve Hypos during the
opening fight with the Spider splicers. This is actually a blessing in
disguise. Tag one with SB so that the focus not on you and smash whichever one
is still intact with your wrench. This way you can retrieve the items without
having to worry about summoning them again. Make sure a splicer has the
security bullesye on him throughout the duration of the alarm. You might want
to explore are the immediately accessible sections of this level (like the PttP
station) before running Sander Cohen's errands. Get the Alarm Expert tonic on
the balcony in Fleet Hall if you want it. Leaving it avoids a fight with a
Houdini Splicer. At this point Cohen gives gifts for each picture you add to
his masterpiece. These gifts do give you a second chance to collect their
contents unlike Tennenbaum's gifts, but unless you take everything by the
time you add the next photo the results are the same.
Nevertheless, this is what rewards are after the crossbow:
1st: 10 Antipersonnel Machine Gun Rounds, $30, and 3 First Aid Kits
2nd: 5 Electric Buck, $30, and 20 Electric Gel
3rd: Medical Expert 2, access to the projection booth and next level
You can kill Martin Finnegan with one crossbow shot to the head. Only downside
is that the rest of the sculptures shatter and you can't get anything off of
them. I haven't found a strategy quite as efficient for Silas Cobb, but the
old standards like Hot Potato still get the job done. You can try freezing
Hector Rodriquez to keep him from running awaym but it won't work. You can try
setting proximity mines ortrap bolts outside the exit or using Enrage on
nearby enemies. Worst case scenario is having to chase him around for a
while. Once the mission is complete, run up to the now accessible projection
booth area in Fleet Hall. Not only will this give you something to do while
Cohen is admiring his/your work, the tonic Electric Flesh is found here. By
the time you get back Medical Expert 2 should be available as well.
During this level there is a PttP in the basement of Sinclair Spirits that,
along with another area can only be accessed by activating the switch behind
the bar. While the payoff is too great to pass up, accessing this area spawns
a large number of silent spider splicers whose only purpose in life seems to be
hunting down and killing you. You can minimize the effect of this by waiting
until right before you are ready to move onto the next level to cover this.
4 Eve Hypos
6 Proximity Mines
Starting with this level many splicers begin to employ the tactic of ambushing
you by pretending to be dead. Be on your toes and if you go back to an area
you've been to and notice a body lying there that you don't remember, put a
crossbow bolt in its head before getting any closer.
Don't loot the corpse of whatever Big Daddies you kill in this level until you
reach Kyburt's secret area. This way their R-34 wires will still be available
whenever the time for them comes.
In the hall leading to this area is the first big ambush. You'll know its
coming because the lights will go out and you'll hear a commotion in the
background a couple times. Pick up one of the many explosive tanks and throw
into the middle of the group. Sticking a proximity mine in the area in advance
can help too. In the main room on the left hand side next to the far wall there
is a crate with two wheel like objects by it. Jump onto that and walk up the
pipe to the hidden area up top. In addition to the massive cache of goodies up
there, this position gives you a substantial tactical advantage for a fight
with splicers and especially the Big Daddy is this area.
The first objective of this level should be to hack the turret upstairs and the
two guarding Kyburt's office downstairs. In the event that the Big Daddy
patrolling this area turns on you or if you need an extra R-34 wire, one of
the crawlspaces downstairs are safe places to camp out and take him down. Most
of the items you need for the bomb are nearby.
This area is pretty easy if you've hacked the turrets on each side. Planting
three proximity mines on by each door helps, and you might as well use whatever
you have since there are six in the crate by the elevator. After the bomb goes
off, an alarm goes off so use SB to throw the bots off your trail. Any Big
Daddy that may be in the area and/or the guy playing possum outside the exit
to the tunnel toward Ryan's office are both good candidates for whom to apply
the bullseye. Having electrical buckshot equipped to deal with either Ryan's
security bots or any that splicers may send after you will help. The
fire/water/shock trick will only be effective here if you've upgraded
Electrobolt. If you still have the original version, I would recommend making
your stand in the narrow hallway with the med station at arms length.
Nothing in particular to advise here other than get whatever items available
and fill your wallet since you can't come back.
If Frank Fontaine's plan for assassinating Andrew Ryan isn't the most elaborate
scheme in history (fictional or otherwise), it has to be in the top 5.
Step 1: Purchase illegitimate son of Andrew Ryan.
This plan couldn't use just any kid to be successful. Somehow he knew that only
someone with Ryan's DNA would be able to use Bathysphere's and Vita-Chambers
by the time the wheels of this plan were in full motion.
Step 2: Genetically alter child so that it
a) has planted memories b) can be used as a puppet with the right trigger
phrase c) would develop into a full grown man with-in a span of slightly over
two years and d) has a built in self-destruct mechanism.
Step 3: Fake own death to throw Ryan and any other enemies of his trail.
Step 4: Create Atlas persona around which the vast majority of Rapture could
use as a leader and rally behind.
Step 5: Arrange for programmed assassin to highjack a trans-Atlantic flight
and crash the plane at the specific coordinates of Rapture.
(The odds of this being successful combined with the odds of Jack surviving
are so low that I can't believe Fontaine didn't think of a safer albeit less
dramatic means for his ace-in-the-hole to arrive in Rapture)
Step 6: Use Atlas persona to guide assassin towards goal and provide enough
motivation for killing Ryan that trigger phrase may not even be necessary.
Step 7: Have assassin commit suicide once his job is complete.
I'm aware this synapses isn't 100% accurate but it still illustrates just how
complicated this plan was. Kind of goes against the rational that the best
plans are the most simple plans doesn't it?
Pick up the Eve Hypo and Health pack if you can carry them. There is usually a
screw in the crate in the water opposite the Eve hypo and some more components
in the lock box next to the girls playing hopscotch. (I like to take the pep
bars on the table whether I need it or not just for the reaction.)
Armored Shell 2
12 Incendiary Bolts
Try not to waste too much time because Fontaine will continue to drain your
health with "Code Yellow." You can take care of both Litter Sisters on this
level before even venturing beyond the diner area. Hacking the camera and
turrets makes this a lot easier.
Napalm will finish of the dancers quickly to get Sander to open up the upstairs
area. The fastest method I've found for dealing with Cohen is to freeze him as
he's running down the stairs and shoot him in the head with the crossbow.
(Neither him nor any of his disciples will shatter since they intend for you
to take a picture afterward.) If you can't freeze him ant rounds will get the
In addition to the goal item, don't miss the Clever Inventer tonic and various
components and items found throughout the place.
Get what you need and move on. If you don't unlock the main door on the lower
floor you'll avoid fight.
You can't avoid the camera so just grab your crossbow and snipe it. Don't miss
Electric Flesh 2 or the items in the trunk behind the polar bear. Plasmids are
unreliable after you get the Lot 192, so try to get back down to the bulkhead
to Apollo Square as quickly as possible. There is no rule that says you have
to stand and fight every enemy you come across.
150 Liquid Nitrogen
Almost right away on this level there is a large group of splicers pretending
to be dead, but don't worry, you are not who they're trying to trick. A Little
Sister happens to be nearby and thinks they're "Angels". It would be in your
best interest to stay behind cover like the tipped over train car until the
fight is over. There are actually enough heavily armmed splicers here that
their 3rd party damage will make the Big Daddy easy pickings for you.
Since your plasmids can't be counted on until you get the other sample of Lot
192 in Suchong's lab, don't get preoccupied with any enemies or exploration.
You also can't use the GG machines until you've stabilized so there is no need
to look for the other Little Sister until afterward anyway. Have the liquid
nitrogen ready for any turrets you come across, don't forget to hack the
cameras either. At this point an alarm sends a large enough wave of security
bots that they can almost take down a Big Daddy. You don't want any coming
The camera in the square by this area is hard to approach without it seeing
you. There are also usually a couple splicers here so slipping by unnoticed is
usually not an option anyway. This is another case where just shooting it down
may be your best option. The entrance to the lab is guarded by a camera, trap
bolt, and turret. Before you enter have the liquid nitrogen ready. Open the
door and go through when the camera pans away. Jump over the trap bolt and
freeze the turret. The area by the turret is a blind spot for the camera, so
wait for it to look back the other way before hacking. Head to the back room
for the other Lot 192 sample to complete your objective. Don't forget Medical
Expert 3 on the other side of the lab either.
Now that your health is restored and you can control your plasmids, you can
explore the area at your leisure. Heading back to Olympus Heights to check out
some of the less key areas doesn't hurt either.
Fontaine's Home for the Poor:
The other place of interest on this level is right behind the target
destination for reaching the next level. In addition to the PttP station,
there are large amounts of valuable munitions and often times the 2nd Little
Sister on this level can be found here. Be warned, just about any body on the
ground not covered in blood won't stay put unless you nail them to the floor
with a crossbow bolt.
100 Anti-Personnel Machine Gun Rounds
4 First Aid Kits
Get some electric buckshot ready to take care of the security bots Fontaine
sends after you while he's making his escape. There is no fixed order for
taking the three different steps towards becoming a Big Daddy.
I tend to start with assembling the suit since a) some of the components are
can be picked up on the way to the entrance to the different areas and
b) the body suit works as armor.
Fail-Safe Armored Escorts:
Head through the door on the right and go to the area with the row of suits.
After you grab that get a helmet, but don't forget to scour the area for items
including the massive collection of artillery and items in the locked off room
and other areas.
Avoiding the camera by either entrance is near impossible in the likely event
of enemies, so destroying one in lieu of hacking it is okay here. The one in
the electrified room is impossible regardless so just shoot it down.
Little Wonders Educational Facility:
There is a pheromone sample in a teddy bear in one of the room, you still want
cover the other areas for the items and so forth.
Once you have completed the transformation, now is as good time as any to head
back to previous levels for various errands such as retrieving the contents of
Sander Cohen's Muse box or covering any Health/Eve upgrades that may have been
missed along the way. You can cover any area without fear of being attacked
now, since splicers will not bother you because as Dr. Suchong said, "once Big
Daddy ready, nobody cross Big Daddy."
You don't have to worry too much here. Your main objective is to protect the
Little Sister and even if you fail to do so another will still respawn for you.
The cameras will not consider you a threat at this point, so whether or not you
choose to hack them is your call. You will still want to take care of the
turrets and med stations as doing so will make your job a lot easier. Most of
your time should be spent setting traps since you are about to be overrun from
multiple directions. Use what ever trap bolts (max 10 at once), proximity mines
and Cyclone Trap (if you bought it) you have to secure perimeters. Have
whatever ant ammo you have equipped to take care of whoever makes it past the
traps. During the part with the long stretch of deep water, three shots of
Electrobolt 3 will take care of the whole group. If the Little Sister happens
to die during one of the later sections, proceed forward alone. The Bouncer
will still come through the wall at the end and taking care of him is easier
when you don't have to worry about collateral damage.
SHOWDOWN WITH FRANK FONTAINE
I've found myself wondering why Fontaine out of character uses grammar on par
with someone who only finished elementary school. When he was playing the role
of Atlas he spoke eloquently. Why wouldn't a professional con artist who
obviously knows proper English use it in everyday life? He's not just an actor
reading a script, he's writing the script. Wouldn't it be easier to pretend to
be someone who doesn't speak properly than vice-versa? Since his speech gets
worse later in the game (which coincides with him practically overdosing on
ADAM) my best theory is that the ADAM probably rotted his mind.
This is the easiest section for a detailed walkthrough since it's the only part
of the game that exists in a vacuum. The arena will always be the same and the
AI follows a scripted set of events. It is also the only part of the game that
is exactly the same as it is in standard mode.
Get the last Health and Eve upgrade at the Gatherer's Gardens if you still
have at least 160 ADAM. Make sure that you stop at the Gene Swap Bank to get
everything in order. What you equip here makes a huge difference.
Physical tonics recommended:
Medical Expert 1, 2, & 3
Eve Link 1 & 2
Whatever else you want, Sportsboost 2 is a good call
Don't really matter as far as the fight is concerned, but be sure to have
Clever and Prolific Inventor equipped before heading to the U-Invent. The most
important ammunition for this boss fight needs to be built and you'll want to
be able to have as much as you can possibly carry.
Electric Flesh 1 & 2
Armored Shell 1 & 2
Static Discharge 1 & 2
As far as plasmids are concerned...
Hypnotize Big Daddy: Obviously worthless here.
Insect Swarm: Minimal if any benefit.
Sonic Boom: Worthless again Fontaine, you can use it against splicers but
should be focusing on Fontaine.
Cyclone Trap: Ditto.
Electrobolt: Doesn't do much actual damage.
Telekinesis: Little available to throw at him.
Target Dummy: Honestly, I've never tried using this here. I can't imagine
Fontaine being fooled by it.
Winter Blast: Ineffective when he's in his ice form.
With the right tonics and ammo equipped, you can make easy work of
Fontaine with only 3 Plasmids:
1) Security Bullseye
Stock up on as much ammo as you can carry but the most important is electric
gel. Second most important ammo is heat seeking missiles. Equip both on the
chemical thrower and grenade launcher respectively. Electric buckshot,
incendiary bolts, and both anti-personnel rounds are what I would recommend
as Plan B ammo.
Fry him with the electric gel as soon as he leaves his chair thing. A full
tank should drain all but a sliver of his health. A couple shotgun rounds
should take care of the rest. Reload the electric gel before draining his ADAM.
Fontaine will summon security bots. Tag him with Security Bullseye so they
attack him instead of you. Hit him with electric gel again. If the bots have
been shooting him you may still have some left over for round three.
If the alarm is still going off, hit him with Security Bullseye again. If you
still have any gel left, use it. At this point splicers will join the fight.
Enrage one or more so that they will leave you alone and possibly go after
Fontaine. Now set him on fire with Incinerate. This won't do much actual damage
but... it makes him a magnet for heat seeking missiles. Once he's done go up
and drain his ADAM.
There are other methods for taking down the down the man most responsible
for Rapture's transformation from utopia to dystopia, but I have yet to find
an easier one.
Congratulations, you've won!
Enjoy the Gold trophy for this accomplishment and the Platinum trophy that may
also now have if you've accomplished everything else except this already.
TOUGH GUY ON SURVIVOR
Complete Bioshock on Survivor difficulty without Vita-Chambers using only
plasmids, tonics, the wrench and the research camera.
Rather than making a completely separte guide for this I decided to include
this with an update due to the self-referential nature of this guide.
Two things inspired me to try to see if this could be done.
First, I enjoyed doing Tough Guy runs on the Worlds of Hurt challenge room
enough that I wanted to see if completing the standard game in a similar
fashion was possible.
Second, the nearing release of Resident Evil 5 has gotten me thinking about
Resident Evil 4 which still may be my all time favorite game. Playing that
reminded me of two of my favorite game guides:
Remembering the great challenge attempting to emulate that got me thinking
about making a similar challenge for Bioshock. I had a reasonable hunch that
beating this game using only a melee weapon would be much less of a monumental
task than it is in most games for a number of reasons.
1) First and foremost is the presence of plasmids.
Plasmids give you the ability to employ ranged attacks and overall variety
of attacks and strategies.
Wrench Jockey 1 & 2
Wrench Lurker 1 & 2
Frozen Field 1 & 2
Sports Boost 1 & 2
Nine separate tonics devoted to increasing the viability of the wrench as a
primary weapon. Thatís not including the dozens of other tonics that reduce
the damage you take and/or increase the damage you deal.
3) The Environment
Enemies fight amongst themselves. Security systems can be made to attack the
very people they were designed to protect. Everywhere you go there is
something nearby just waiting to explode or electrocute someone. Stuff like
exploding barrels have been a video game staple for years but the entirety of
Rapture is designed to be exploited with plasmids.
Enemies and levels getting progressively tougher towards the end is a given
in a video game and no different here. Most games also give the player the
ability to level up their character as they progress to negate at least some
of the increased difficulty. Not being able to level up your weapons or
attacks is what makes these challenges so difficult in the first place. Use
of the camera and tonics can negate much of the increased health of later
level enemies making you less overpowered at the end here than is normally
5) Flexible Bosses
You donít technically HAVE to fight many Big Daddies to make it through
Rapture in one piece. Of course you are probably going to want to for ADAM,
but the important thing to remember is that you get to choose when, where,
and how to deal with them (if you do at all). Of the end level bosses with a
fixed arena only Fontaine presents a significant challenge without
conventional weapons. Iíve already described how Steinman can be handled in
this manner and Peach requires this strategy anyway. Sander Cohen can be
6) Itís not hard to avoid confrontation.
This is an extension of two other factors described above. First, hacking
cameras and turrets will eliminate some enemies that try to sneak up behind
you. Second, taking certain routes or not taking certain actions will reduce
the number of enemies you have to face thus making staying alive easier. Iíll
explain some of the specific examples in the walkthrough.
GENERAL TIPS AND TRICKS
Most of the same general strategies outlined can still be employed.
The following are specific to this challenge.
Hacking is still important but less so here. Your wallet will be overflowing
from not having to buy ammunition so saving money is less of a priority for
the vending machines. You will still want to hack every turret and health
station, but the only reason to hack many things is for the Hackerís Delight
bonus. Just buying out some hacks to save time and free up wallet space is
understandable as well. There are several cameras or vending machines you will
want to leave un-hacked just so they be used for the fail a hack trick later.
You are going to abuse the hell out of the fail a hack trick.
You donít need to save the Little Sisters.
One of the main reasons I generally recommend saving Little Sisters is because
of the ammos and tonics received from the gifts. However, if you arenít using
weapons specialty ammos arenít needed. Of top of that Engineering tonics like
Safecracker and Prolific Inventor arenít as necessary. You will still want
Hypnotize Big Daddy (it is more useful here) so you will still need to save
some. I saved Little Sisters all the way up to receiving the Armored Shell 2
gift and had ADAM for all the Health/Eve upgrades, needed slots, plasmid
upgrades, etc. and had still had plenty to spare.
One important tip for saving ADAM is to not buy Engineering slots.
Speedy Hacker and Security Expert 2 are the only tonics you will really need.
Research will make hacking bots and turrets automatic and auto-hack tools
will be just about the only thing being built at U-Invents to make everything
else fail proof too.
Tactics for dealing with different enemies with just the wrench and plasmids.
Some staples like throwing an explosive barrel with Telekinesis work
for everything. Hacking is still the best option for anything mechanical.
Standard clubbing matches will get the job done on one.
The 1-2 punch will do significant damage and finish off most with existing
damage. Toaster in the Tub is an instant kill for the first couple levels and
is particularly effective against groups. Incinerate will slowly wear down
their health or at the very least set up fire/water/shock.
Plasmids are more effective than clubbing because leadheads try to keep their
distance. The 1-2 punch will need to be used multiple times to take care of
one with full health. Incinerate is probably the most effective direct method.
One shot will mostly cook them if they canít find water and if they do you
know what to do.
Hot potato is a slow but safe and effective way of eliminating a single
splicer. If you can Enrage one in the presence of a Big Daddy he will do some
decent damage to the Big Daddy before he gets pounded into the ground.
Try to avoid clubbing or using the 1-2 punch when their health is low because
they may drop a live grenade. Incinerate is not effective against the Molotov
variety, but still can lure them into water. Homemade Molotov cocktails
(setting a bottle of alcohol on fire with Incinerate and throwing it with
Telekinesis) isnít a bad strategy for groups of other types of splicers.
Electrobolt will bring down any that are on the ceiling or set up the 1-2
punch. Static Discharge also sets up a fairly effective club strike.
Incinerate is also effective for a slow death. You can catch their hooks and
throw them back but I wouldnít recommend it because they usually throw more
than one at a time.
Plasmids in general seem less effective against Houdini splicers probably
because they use them themselves and the wrench is hard to rely on because
they are always teleporting. You can catch their attacks and return them to
sender but, like with spider splicers, not a recommended strategy because of
the multiple projectiles. Incinerate will slowly wear them down as is the
case with other splicers. Toaster in the tub will take several shots to do
the job. Winter Blast will hold them in place but at the cost of not having a
corpse to loot when they are dead. The most effective method is probably to
shock them immediately after they materialize and then hit them with the
The wrench will not to any noticeable damage no matter what tonics you have,
so donít use it for anything other than a final blow. Electrobolt will just
freeze him in place and slightly increase the effectiveness of the wrench,
but still is useful for escaping or Tag Team. Incinerate does some damage, but
not nearly enough to rely on. Insect Swarm is amazingly the best plasmid
(not counting TK with an explosive barrel) for doing direct damage to any
Big Daddy. How bee stings can hurt a guy that is basically an armored suit is
beyond my understanding, but it worked in the trailer and it actually works
here. It will be a long, slow process, but it can eventually get the job done.
I wouldnít really recommend this as anything other than a means to finish off
some on the later levels. In fact, I would suggest waiting until the third
version is available and you have Natural Camouflage before employing this
tactic. The Big Daddy vs. Big Daddy method another a slow but reliable means
of killing one and weakening another. You might want to Enrage some
splicers in the area of one to take some of Big Daddy 1ís health if you plan
on using a variation of the Newell method. The most reliable means for dealing
with all Big Daddy types without weapons is to abuse the fail a hack trick.
Also keep in mind the safer variation of applying Security Bullseye on a
Big Daddy in view of a camera.
More or less all the means for dealing with Bouncers can be applied to Rosies.
The main difference is that the Tag Team method works well on the Neptuneís
Bounty and Arcadia levels and you can also use Hot Potato.
PLASMID AND TONIC ANALYSIS
Much of the rankings for plasmids remain. The only real difference is that
there value increases exponentially and you donít necessarily want to put off
buying the upgrades. If there are three versions of a plasmid wait until the
final one is available to get it. Doing so saves ADAM and the original will
get you by up until that point. Enrage is one that is difficult to pin down
a recommendation for. It is more useful here and you definitely want it but
putting off buying it until later has its benefits. First, the longer you wait
the cheaper it gets. Second, slots take priority over both plasmids and
tonics. Not being able to have a plasmid equipped makes it worthless and I
still donít like having to run to the Gene Bank to change up my attacks. It
can be worth getting it once you reach the Neptuneís Bounty level and can buy
some more slots, but I fully understand any desires to procrastinate. There
are some other plasmids I didnít care for previously but now find essential.
First is Insect Swarm 3. Wait towards the end to get it but it will be a big
help against Big Daddies and Fontaine. Second is Cyclone Trap 2. This is still
not really a viable combat plasmid but is incredibly useful for the Proving
Grounds level and other spots when you need to fend of a horde now that you
canít use trap bolts or proximity mines. Sonic Boom can be useful in the
later levels but due to itís high Eve consumption can be passed on. Winter
Blast and Target Dummy are two plasmids I wouldnít recommend buying but are
two that you will be happy to see during the time when you canít control your
Since your overall strategy changes dramatically for this Iíll need to
completely redo the tonic rankings. One thing to keep in mind (then and now)
is that if I think some tonics are close in value as far as practicality goes,
the ones that donít cost any ADAM win out.
1) Wrench Jockey
Any surprise that this becomes more valuable?
2) Static Discharge
Still as valuable as ever.
3) Armored Shell
Drops down only because the first version has to be bought when there are not
slots available to equip it (without sacrificing spots for the previous two).
4) Wrench Lurker
Still has the stealth benefits and the extra damage it does is a lifesaver.
5) Photographerís Eye
Speeds up research and therefore more damage and access to several other
6) Damage Research
Confirmed that there is an increase in damage done with this equipped.
Replace Photographerís Eye with this once research is complete.
7) Electric Flesh
Not being able to use the chemical thrower makes this less practical here.
8) Human Inferno
Only this low because it has to be bought.
9) Frozen Field
No change here.
10) Machine Buster
1) Hackerís Delight
Still incredibly valuable and all versions are free.
2) Eve Link
Would have taken over the #1 spot if the 1st version didnít have to be bought.
The technology to make you faster and more powerful than you were before.
4) Natural Camouflage
This can get you out of countless tight situations.
Even more valuable now that you are outgunned.
5) Medical Expert
Anything that helps keep you alive is a good thing.
I was expecting to absolutely fall in love with this tonic during this run.
It does work if you donít use the 1-2 punch. Makes the cut if you donít
use the combination of SportsBoost 1 & 2.
7) Eve Saver
Still can be useful for certain situations.
When you donít need ammunition, most components, and are rarely short on cash,
this really isnít needed at all.
It can be used for a one shot Eve refill, but other than that no need to
build this before Bloodlust or Hackerís Delight 2.
10) Security Evasion
Still not necessary.
11) Extra Nutrition
Still not necessary either.
As stated previously these tonics are far less useful here because you wonít
be hacking as many things and will have more cash to spend to use to avoid
hacking altogether. To reiterate, save ADAM by not buying slots for these.
1) Speedy Hacker
Still the best way to make the hacks you do successful.
2) Security Expert
Great when you need to hack bots and turrets early on and cameras later.
3) Clever Inventor
Itís free and it saves components when you build auto-hack tools.
Safes an keypads donít get any easier to hack here either.
So if you choose to hack them this helps.
5) Shorten Alarms
This takes a major jump only if you are abusing the fail a hack trick.
Sometimes if a Big Daddy is low on health the bots will finish him off
quickly and turn your attention to you. If you equip this tonic this
potential situation can be avoided.
6) Prolific Inventor
If you saved enough Little Sisters to get it, it can still be useful.
7) Hacking Expert
Same situation as before.
8) Focused Hacker
See the original rankings.
9) Alarm Expert
If you plan on using the fail a hack trick, you will want as many alarm
tiles as possible.
10) Vending Expert
Even less useful when your wallet is always full.
Like in the original walkthrough, this will also be mainly a collection of
tips for different sections.
Welcome to Rapture:
The first part will be exactly the same as normal. The only thing to remember
is to NOT take the pistol before going into the restaurant.
The leadhead splicers here will need multiple several hits with the wrench
even if you use the 1-2 punch so be sure to have a full Eve bar before
approaching one. Toaster in the Tub is still the most effective method for
dealing with multiple enemies of any variety.
During the first part you may accidentally pick up the machine gun that is
leaning against the security access switch. Thatís okay as long as you donít
use it. Instead of backing into the corner you are better off going out to
the open area where the bot can target different enemies without you getting
in its way. Out here you can also lure enemies into the water by the
bathysphere for electrocution. The rest of the general area can be considered
done once the turrets and health stations are hacked.
Eternal Flame Crematorium:
Get Hackerís Delight but do NOT hack the camera. The rest of this section can
be handled with Incinerate as usual.
Get Security Expert and deal with the enemies using fire/water/shock
or 1-2 punch.
Get Telekinesis, Wrench Jockey, and Speedy Hacker and deal with the single
enemies as usual. One thing youíll notice is that if you donít pick up the
shotgun the whole lights out ambush doesnít happen. Canít complain about that.
It might hurt to deactivate the security bot after you hack it so that it or
the turret donít damage each other. Reactivate it before dealing with
Steinman directly. The same strategy used in the general walkthrough works
here. Bring one of the tanks with you to save a trip later when you are done.
Whether you choose to save or harvest the Little Sister is your call.
The only disadvantage of harvesting is having to wait a little longer to get
Hypnotize Big Daddy. When you stop at the Gathererís Gardens only buy Eve
Link if you saved the Little Sister. The reason for this is that all of your
existing tonic slots will be filled this way and you will have enough ADAM to
get a Plasmid slot after dealing with the next one. Tonic slots will not be
available for sale until the Arcadia level so you will have to make due with
what you have. If you get Armored Shell you will have to swap out Wrench
Jockey or Static Discharge to use it. If you harvested the Little Sister you
can also get a health upgrade while youíre here but IĎd still recommend
saving it for buying a fourth slot.
The Big Daddy:
Wait until later to deal with this guy. You are completely over matched here
and there are other benefits for waiting which will become obvious later.
If the bot you got from Dr. Steinman is still intact it may not hurt to make
sure that you can get some use out of it and any remaining turrets by hurling
a tank at him. If you do this run like crazy to the bathysphere once they are
all destroyed. Donít worry about the message youíll get about leaving the
Donít directly engage the Rosie at the beginning of this level either.
Take care of the turrets let them and the splicers here do their damage. If a
leadhead or Nitro splicer starts attacking you from a distance try to position
yourself where the Big Daddy will be directly in the line of fire. He will
take some damage but also eliminate these threats while ignoring you
completely. Move onto the wharf area and hack the turret. It also might not
hurt to start moving the explosive barrels by the Gathererís Gardens/Gene
Bank so that they donít get blown up or can at least be more easily used
later. When the Big Daddy is escorting the Little Sister back to the vent in
the hallway is when you want to strike. Grab the tank from underneath the
dock and throw it at him. Ideally you will want to be at a spot where the
door will close so that he doesnít blow up the other two tanks. If his first
attack is the grenade be sure to throw it back. When the other tanks here are
gone run into the area that leads to the GG area. If he throws another
grenade grab it but hold on until he comes through the door. Use the other
tanks you brought over here to do more damage. If they donít finish him off
switch to Electrobolt and lead him into the center of this area. Use the tag
team strategy to finish him. Now would be a good time to get an extra plasmid
slot. Head on over to Peachís but donít pick up the grenade launcher this time.
Once again leave the Big Daddy alone at first. Take care of the turret and
work your way up to the office area. If by chance you anger him try to milk
all you can out of the tag team method and run back to the double doors area
for hot potato. I havenít found a way to reach the camera by the stairs to
hack so be careful crossing by here. If you leave it alone you can still use
it later so it's not necessarily a bad thing. The turret gauntlet can be done
exactly as before. Remember to switch to the wrench immediately after
disabling each turret with Electrobolt. If you have Hackerís Delight you wonít
need to refill a single time during this part.
Make sure that you keep Security Bullseye equipped from the moment you get it.
It will help make things a lot easier. Go to Jet Postal first and stock up on
film. The Spider Splicer here is crawling on the wall next to a camera that
canít be reached for hacking. Donít worry, any items of interest can be
grabbed with TK. After you take care of the leadheads move over to where you
can see her and stick SB on her. This will trigger an alarm that will at
least mostly take care of her and give you a chance to make great gains in
your research of spider splicers and security bots. The Fighting McDonoughís
one can still be taken right away but you still will want to go in through
the underground path for additional research and item gathering.
When you are done with the photo mission is a good time to head back to take
care of the Bouncer on the previous level. If you attacked him before he still
may be looking for you so be careful. Now that you have the camera you can
get some early Bouncer and extra Little Sister research done. (See, I told
you it would all make sense!) There will also be enough thuggish splicers
wandering around here to take enough photos of for SportsBoost and maybe even
SportsBoost 2. Head into Eternal Flame and stand in front of the un-hacked
camera. There are no alarm tiles Iíve found in any hack-able objects in the
first two levels so if you want to set off an alarm this is the only way to
do it. Run out when the alarm begins and tag the Bouncer with SB. While they
work on him go back to Dr. Steinmanís lair. Pick up any health items that
still may be here if you can take them but also bring back another tank.
Depending on how much health the Big Daddy has left you may need to make
another trip or get a tank or get some from Kure All or Dandy Dental. Once
you have at least a couple at you disposal use them to finish him off. If
they donít do the trick a couple 1-2 punches should take care of the last
bits. When he is done now wouldnít be a bad time to get an upgrade at this GG.
Heading here will also buy some time for a new Bouncer to spawn. Take some
pictures of him to get Wrench Jockey 2.
Tips for the remaining Rosies in Neptuneís Bounty:
Try to go up to the Wharfmasterís Office area, you might find a Little
Sister up there. If you do using SB to get the camera and all the hacked
turrets to turn on the Big Daddy will take care of him easily. Otherwise you
can wear the ones in the upper wharf area down by standing in front of the
camera and triggering an alarm then finishing them off with tag team. If you
have Hypnotize Big Daddy use that to make easy work of the boss spider splicer.
The same strategies given before work because you wonít have weapons anyway.
If you did pick any up weapons now is you chance to get rid of them and
leave them in the Pneumo when you are done.
Not much is different here. Throw tanks, set the oil slick on fire, stay up
by the health station for cover and club whatever is still alive when
everything is done.
Finally you will be able to buy Tonics Slots and use the fail a hack trick.
By now you should have enough research and be powered up enough that
splicers present little challenge. Big Daddies are still a challenge but
throwing tanks, failing hacks, and tag team get the job done quickly and
with little damage.
Get the minimum necessary components needed for the Lazarus Vector and come
back. Bee enzymes for tonics will be available to find on the next level and
there you donít need distilled water for anything now. Be sure to have
Natural Camouflage equipped so to hide from the horde of security bots
that will greet you when you return to Arcadia.
Deploying the Lazarus Vector:
If you bought Cyclone Trap this is a good situation to use it. For the most
part this can be done the same as before. Rely on the hacked security
equipment to watch your back and Hypnotize the Big Daddy to use as a bodyguard.
The main difference is that you donít necessarily want to settle down in the
corner because you canít attack them yourself and he wonít stop any from
coming in to get you. If you club those that make it past him you run the
risk of hitting him or at least taking some damage from his attacks.
Since you donít need to access PttP machines there is little need to explore
the general areas and no need to go downstairs in Sinclair Spirits. Not
having to deal with the plaster spider splicers at all is a big help.
Obviously you will want to have Incinerate for this mini-boss. Enrage doesnít
hurt either but from what Iíve seen most of the frozen splicers seem to be
mad at him anyway. (Whoda thunk?)
Get ready for a long game of Hot Potato. If you want to speed things up
Hypnotize Big Daddy works too. When you place his photo on the quadtych you
have to deal with an onslaught of splicers while listening to the Nutcracker
theme. Most of these seem to be lower level splicers because they usually go
down with one or two hits so all you really need to worry about is getting
hit from behind.
This is going to take a while no matter what you do. He doesnít seem to want
to stop running no matter what so he may go all the way to Fleet Hall and
back before he finally goes down. If you hypnotize a Big Daddy before you
head into Eveís Garden (donít worry, heíll still be there when you get
return from backstage) it will speed up his demise but not by much. Since
all he does is run and toss Molotov cocktails over his shoulder heís no real
threat to kill you so just be patient.
Like before just leave him alone. Donít even set foot in his apartment either.
Just let him rot in his never land, maybe someday someone will come by and
tell him heís still got it.
You will want to upgrade to Electrobolt 3 during this level. Other than that
some good hacking and some bad hacking will do most of your work.
A tank or two will take care of the ambush. It also might not hurt to bring
a few in the main area for dealing with the Big Daddy. Otherwise fire works
well for the splicers. Most arenít dumb enough to jump into the still
electrified water but you might get lucky.
If you hack the turrets and the Big Daddy doesnít destroy them they should
be able to take care of the splicers. If he does try propping the door to
Kyburtís office open with a corpse so that the one inside the office can
still be used.
Hack the turrets obviously. If you have Cyclone Trap now is another good
time to use it. You will be able to turn the crank but will take some damage
in the process otherwise. Once the bomb goes off stick SB on a Big Daddy or
the guy in the tunnel. If you upgraded Electrobolt the fire/water/shock trick
will take care of the splicers outside Ryanís office quickly.
Take care of the Big Daddies by hacking the cameras but other than that
donít waste time. Once you get to the apartments quickly search Suchong and
Tennenbaumís apartments before entering the code to Fontaineís.
Put SB on the splicer by the turret so that the alarm gets triggered against
him and hack the turret. It turns out if you time your jump right you CAN
hack the camera which will be a big help later. Before getting the Lot 192
sample be sure that you have Natural Camouflage equipped. Once you canít
rely on your plasmids you will need to perform acts of stealth and diversion
that would make Solid Snake proud. Usually the first plasmid that takes
effect is Security Bullseye. If the camera and turret are already hacked it
wonít really do any good. The best you can do is wait for them to come up the
stairs and either club them or make a run for it. Before you get to the
elevator you will run into a splicer with a hacked bot. If you are stuck with
Winter Blast 3 or Target Dummy for the moment use it to get past the two and
go down the elevator. If you have either of those equipped use them to sneak
by anyone in your path from here to the bulkhead.
The first part will be the same. Let the battle between splicers and the Big
Daddy take place and run past him when itís over. You might have Cyclone
Trap 2 by now so use it on some of the Nitro splicers in the gallows area.
Now is a part that will really test your patience. The road to Suchongís lab
is guarded by a leadhead splicer and a machine gun turret. Leave him alone
and stay put in the corner to the left and wait until you turn invisible.
He will walk past you several times but if he didnít see you before hand he
wonít unless you move. There are four plasmid that can get you past the
turret and you will need to wait until one comes available. Electrobolt 3 and
Winter Blast 3 will directly disable the turret while Target Dummy or
Security Bullseye will distract it so that it can be hacked. SB will usually
be the first to appear in the cycle and if you let the splicer live until it
is equipped this and the next part will be easier. After you get past the
turret you will want to take care of the cameras and health station before
the lab entrance so you wonít need to deal with splicers. If you hurry either
Winter Blast 3, Target Dummy, or Electrobolt 3 will be usable when you get to
the lab which will make getting the second sample easier. Let the security
systems take care of the enemies after you get back to business as usual.
Hold still so that Natural Camouflage takes effect when Fontaine sends the
bots after you. Zap and hack them after they pass you. These two bots and
the room full of deactivated ones in Fail-Safe Armored Escorts make for
good minions to send after the Big Daddy there.
Once again after you complete the full transformation is a good time to
backtrack to the various levels for Health and Eve upgrades.
You will need them now more than ever.
Be sure to be fully stocked on Eve hypos for this because you will go through
them quickly here. If you havenít bought Cyclone Trap 2 yet get it before
starting this level. Also be sure to hack everything, cameras included.
If the enemies trigger an alarm the security bots will make your job a lot
easier, especially when the Big Daddy shows up.
Now that you arenít using weapons, this becomes the epic battle one would
expect for a final boss. Iím almost ashamed about how little I actually knew
about the arena for this battle. I didnít even know there was a Gene Swap
Bank here. Being the final boss Iím naturally inclined to go in with the
"big guns" mentality. Once I found out how well the electric gel and heat
seeking missiles worked I never had any incentive to deviate from the
strategy that eventually materialized in the original version of this guide.
Like before, the tonics you equip make a big difference.
The excellent guide by Joylock confirmed that Wrench Lurker 1 & 2 combined
with Wrench Jockey 1 & 2 allow the wrench to deal good damage:
As far as the other two Combat Tonic slots go, Armored Shell 1 & 2 are
always good choices. You can also go with Armored Shell 2 and start with
Human Inferno (if you bought a version) and switch to Frozen Field 2
Electric Flesh 2 during the different stages.
Physical Tonic recommendations:
SportsBoost 1 & 2
Eve Link 1 & 2
Medical Expert 2 & 3
I couldnít have been more wrong in the original version of my guide.
There are dozens of explosive items to throw at him. Also, you can catch all
of the elemental attacks he throws at you. I havenít seen much damage done
when throwing them back, but at least having it equipped can serve a
defensive purpose as well.
2) Insect Swarm 3
It doesnít do much actual damage, but it the only plasmid that will
effectively get him to stay put for an extended period of time.
3) Security Bullseye
Still the best option for Round 2.
Youíll need it for the final round.
5 & 6) Whatever you want.
Before draining his ADAM with the needle scour the area to get used to the
outlay. It might not also hurt to carry some barrels from the back to use
later. After you stick him grab a barrel and throw it at him. Switch to
Insect Swarm to try to hold him down, it may take a couple tries before he
it catches up to him. Even with both SportsBoost equipped you wonít ever be
able to outrun him or catch up with him but it does help a lot for getting
out of his way and getting as many wrench whacks in as possible when heís
at arms length. Once the bugs take hold, grab a tank and throw it at him.
Repeat as necessary until he goes back to his chair.
Your first instinct when this round starts may be to put Security Bullseye
on him right away. The bots wonít show up for a few seconds so the first
thing youíll want to do it immobilize him with Insect Swarm. After casting
that is when you want to use SB. If heís busy swatting at the bugs the bots
will easily be able to target him and their shots will always hit there mark.
If they have him pinned down now it actually a decent time to stack some extra
barrels for the next round, heal at the health station, or switch up your
tonics at the Gene Bank. Before the alarm expires you will want to check to
see what his health level is. If your lucky youíll have a couple seconds in
the next round to use the bots again. More likely the alarm will wear off
before he does so you will need to throw another tank or hit him with the
If you can still use the bots for an assist, do it. Otherwise get Insect
Swarm ready again to hold him down. Now switch to Enrage for the horde of
splicers. Hopefully they attack him but at the very least they will leave
you alone. In the far back there are two Nitro splicers that just stand there
unless provoked. Like with Big Daddies, these are the ones you want attacking
Fontaine so try to draw at least one out first. Also, if they throw a grenade
you can catch it and hold it until you can divert its trajectory towards the
direction of Fontaine. This round will usually take longer than the others so
you may need to use Insect Swarm multiple times. You donít want to use the
wrench too much here because standing next to Fontaine puts you at a greater
risk of taking damage than normal. Grab some tanks and let them do their job
until itís over.
That's it. You've completed Bioshock or Survivor difficulty without using
Vita-Chambers or conventional weapons. No shiny trophies or stats to prove you
did it but still a great accomplishment to brag about.
One of the little extras that helps set Bioshock apart from other games of its
type is the choice of music, especially during certain sequences. While lesser
games will use generic rock or techno during battles Bioshock mixes it up with
songs that on the surface seem out of place. (Rapture is under the surface so
maybe that's why it works so well. Whether you hear a splicer singing "Jesus
Loves Me" in the background or hear "How Much is that Doggy in the Window?"
while a Big Daddy is trying to grind you into dog food the music is one aspect
that makes the atmosphere of Bioshock one of a kind. Nevertheless, there are
a number of more contemporary songs that I've had in my head while playing
this. Some are more self-explanitory than others.
"Freewill" by Rush
Honestly, there are about a dozen Rush songs that I could imagine Andrew Ryan
enjoying at least for their lyrical content. The name of this one says it all.
"Little Sister" by Queens of the Stone Age
"Little Sister" by Dwight Yoakam
"Rature" by Blondie
"Eternal Flame" by ??? (Debbie Gibson I think)
When I'm in Eternal Flame Crematorium of course.
"Electric Feel" by MGMT
Only when I pick up or equip either Electric Flesh tonic.
"Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden
When I'm running to Rolling Hills. Also the first lines fit somewhat.
"A Punk" by Vampire Weekend
Usally when I'm going through the tunnels and able to look outside at the city.
Only the "at the bottom of the sea" part of the bridge though.
"Fire Water Burn" by The Bloodhond Gang
This song is part of why the fire/water/shock trick is named thusly. I know
this isn't the first song to use the "We don't need no water let the
motherf***** burn. BURN MOTHERF***** BURN!!" line but I don't know the exact
song or artist that was first.
"Hypnotize" by Notorious B.I.G.
When I Hypnotize a B.I.G. D.A.D.D.Y.
"Hypnotize" by The White Stripes
Same thing and because of all the Big Daddy/Little Sister hand holding images.
"Through the Fire and Flames" by Dragonforce
This has practically become the themesong of videogames ever since Guitar Hero
III. Here it becomes quite literal.
Go ahead and make an "Inspired by Bioshock" mix CD or IPod playlist or just
make fun of me. I don't care one way or the other.
I would like to take this time to thank 2K Boston, 2K Australia and Digital
Extemes for creating and developing this extraordinary game. I would also like
to that 2K Marin for it excellent job of porting this game to the
Playstation 3. I guess I would also like to thank Ayn Rand for providing much
of the inspiration for this game. I have not actually read any of her work but
now thanks much in part to this game I would like to.
Making this guide was an unique and interesting challenge which greatly
surpassed the time and effort it took to achieve the various trophies in this
game. This guide could have been available over a month sooner but I chose to
wait until is was complete and would require few if any updates.
The game Bioshock and all intellectual properties contained therein are
trademarks and copyrighted materials developed by 2K Boston, 2K Australia,
2K Marin, and Digital Extemes.
Additional credit is due for the following:
Vmerken for the linked Resident Evil 4 Guides
Joylock for the linked Bioshock guide.
Chris Newell for the Big Daddy tips.
Mark Dorney for the Big Daddy tips.
The guide is intended for personal noncommercial use at:
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Copyright 2009 Mark Nagel
A man chooses.
A slave obeys.
I CHOSE THE IMPOSSIBLE!