BioShock 2

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Multiplayer unlockables

Reach the indicated rank in Multiplayer mode to unlock the corresponding bonus:

Rank 1

    Weapon: Pistol/Shotgun
    Plasmid: Electro Bol/Winter Blast/Incinerate
    Mask: Rabbit/Goat/Pink Feather
    Melee: Wrench/Candle Stick/Pipe

Rank 2

    Weapon: Machine Gun

Rank 3

    Tonic: Expert Researcher/Security Evasion

Rank 4

    Plasmid: Air Dash

Rank 5

    Upgrade: Pistol Automatic Firing

Rank 6

    Weapon: Grenade Launcher

Rank 7

    Tonic: Speedy Recovery/Eve Saver

Rank 8

    Plasmid: Geyser Trap

Rank 9

    Upgrade: Shotgun Rate of Fire

Rank 10

    Weapon: Crossbow
    Mask: Eagle/Tragic Comedy
    Melee: Machete/Rolling Pin

Rank 11

    Tonic: Back Stabber

Rank 12

    Plasmid: Telekinesis

Rank 13

    Upgrade: Machine Gun Magazine Size

Rank 14

    Weapon: Nail Gun

Rank 15

    Tonic: Metabolic Eve

Rank 16

    Plasmid: Houdini

Rank 17

    Upgrade: Grenade Launcher Homing Grenades

Rank 18

    Weapon: Elephant Gun

Rank 19

    Tonic: Sabotage

Rank 20

    Plasmid: Insect Swarm
    Mask: Moon/Indigo Feather
    Melee: Mallet/Barbed Wire

Rank 21

    Upgrade: Crossbow Damage Increase

Rank 22

    Tonic: Repairman

Rank 23

    Upgrade: Nail Gun Magazine Size

Rank 24

    Upgrade: Speedy Hacker

Rank 25

    Upgrade: Elephant Gun Sniper Scope

Rank 26

    Tonic: Slugger

Rank 27

    Upgrade: Pistol Damage Upgrade

Rank 28

    Tonic: Leg Up

Rank 29

    Upgrade: Shotgun Automatic Reload

Rank 30

    Tonic: Fast Feet
    Mask: Peacock Feather/Sun God
    Melee: Crowbar/Flashlight

Rank 31

    Upgrade: Machine Gun Kickback Reduction

Rank 32

    Tonic: Deadly Machine

Rank 33

    Upgrade: Grenade Launcher Velocity Boost

Rank 34

    Tonic: Headhunter

Rank 35

    Upgrade: Crossbow Rate of Fire

Rank 36

    Tonic: Big Game Hunter

Rank 37

    Upgrade: Nail Gun Damage Increase

Rank 38

    Tonic: Death Trap

Rank 39

    Upgrade: Elephant Gun Damage Increase

Rank 40

    Tonic: Resurrection
    Mask: Octopus/Demon
    Melee: Hatchet

Door codes

Enter the indicated code to open the corresponding door:

Adonis Luxury Resort

    Door near rubble with code written backwards on glass: "1540"

Pauper's Drop

    The Clinic: "0047"

Siren Alley

    Maintenance Area: "1919"

Dionysus Park

    Power To The People weapon upgrade station door: "1080"

Fontaine Futuristics

    Plasmid Theater: "5254"

Inner Persephone

    Watch Tower: "2673"
    Recreational Therapy: "4146"

Easy health

Melee a health station, and a health kit will come out.

Easy money

Find an area that contains a working slot machine. For example, in the Siren Alley level inside the Mermaids Lounge, go upstairs into the room on the right side of the balcony that contains the slot machines. As you enter the room, turn left, and play the right-hand machine of the two that are facing you. Save the game before you start, and resave it every time your total money increases above where you started. If the machine does not payout after about a dozen turns, reload your saved game. It is possible to max out your wallet in approximately ten minutes. Repeat this as many times as desired.

Easy Security research

Find a hackable vending or health machine next to or near a Bot Shutdown Panel. Hack the machine, and stop the pointer on the red to activate the alarm, thus triggering the Security Bots to come after you. Once you see them, quickly take a picture of one of them with the camera, then use the Bot Shutdown Panel to shut them down. The disabled bot will still be highlighted by the research camera, allowing you to research Security easily.

Easy XP in Multiplayer mode

Have a friend join your game while it is in progress on any team-based game, putting him or her on the other team. Find a turret anywhere in the map, and make sure there is nobody around. You and your friend can hack the turret back and forth for 10 XP per hack. Repeat this as many times as desired. -From: Christian Manzi

Easy final battle

Fully research the Houdini Splicer. Have Natural Camouflage equipped. Immediately before the final battle, remain idle, and you will become invisible. No one will attack as long as you do not move. If you move, you will become visible again, and all enemies will attack; you cannot turn invisible while being hit. Once Eleanor says she can fight, summon her. She will distract and fight everyone, allowing you to stay invisible. She will eventually kill everyone so that you can escape.

Alternate endings

Successfully complete the indicated tasks to get the corresponding ending. There are six different endings: Rise To Surface (good and evil), Abandoned (good and evil), and the standard ending (good and evil).

Good endings

    Save all Little Sisters you adopt, and spare Grace Holloway, Stanley Poole, or Gilbert Alexander.

    Save all Little Sisters you adopt, and kill Grace Holloway, Stanley Poole, and Gilbert Alexander.

Standard endings

    Save at least one Little Sister, and harvest at least one Little Sister. Choose to die at the end, and spare Grace Holloway, Stanley Poole, and Gilbert Alexander.

    Save at least one Little Sister, and harvest at least one Little Sister. Choose to die at the end, and kill Grace Holloway, Stanley Poole, or Gilbert Alexander.

Bad endings

    Save at least one Little Sister, and harvest at least one Little Sister. Choose to live at the end, and spare Grace Holloway, Stanley Poole, and Gilbert Alexander. Alternately, harvest all Little Sisters you adopt, and spare Grace Holloway, Stanley Poole, and Gilbert Alexander.

    Save at least one Little Sister, and harvest at least one Little Sister. Choose to live at the end, and kill Grace Holloway, Stanley Poole, or Gilbert Alexander. Alternately, harvest all Little Sisters you adopt, and kill Grace Holloway, Stanley Poole, or Gilbert Alexander.

Free Telekinesis

Use the following trick to pull normal items toward you with Telekinesis and not use any Eve. Eve is only used when you release the button to throw an item with Telekinesis. Use Telekinesis to pull items such as ammunition or first aid kits toward you to collect without wasting any of your Eve. If you take an item you are already maxed out of, you will either be stuck holding it with Telekinesis or have to release the button to throw it and use some Eve. However, if you display the Plasmid wheel and select another Plasmid attack, you can release the button to drop the item without Telekinesis automatically throwing it. Thus, you will not use any Eve by dropping an item you cannot carry. This can also be used when pulling electrified trip wires out of walls. To do this, pull the item toward you with Telekinesis, and without releasing the trigger, display the Plasmid wheel to select another plasmid. When you close the Plasmid wheel and release the trigger, you will drop the item.

Defeating Rumblers

When fighting a Rumbler (Big Daddy with rockets), use Telekinesis to grab the rockets it fires and throw them back at it.

Power To The People weapon upgrade station locations

Power To The People weapon upgrade stations can be found at the following locations:

    1. Ryan Amusements: Going to get the ticket.
    2. Ryan Amusements: After the family display, through the door.
    3. Pauper's Drop: From Journal 039, go out the door, down the stairs.
    4. Pauper's Drop: In the back of skid row, in the limbo room. It is behind the stage
    5. Pauper's Drop: After breaking into the hotel, when you are going through the halls, you will go through a hole. To the left is a blue sheet. To the right is the station.
    6. Siren Alley: In Mermaid Lounge, go upstairs, and hack the gate. Then, drop through a hole in the floor.
    7. Siren Alley: Just before Pump Station 5.
    8. Dionysus Park: Behind the door; combination is "1080".
    9. Dionysus Park: On the path to the train.
    10. Fontaine Futuristics: After you destroy the flying Gil bot, you can enter where you gain access to the laboratory.
    11. Fontaine Futuristics: After you turn on the lights, it will be in the bottom of the holding cells area.
    12. Persephone Outer: On your left.
    13. Inner Persephone: After you gain access to Sinclair, look back in the room.
    14. Inner Persephone: Just after Ward B in the room with the rocket turret.

Easy "9-Irony" achievement

After you get your first Little Sister in Ryan Amusements, she will take you back into the main hall of Ryan Amusements to collect ADAM. While she is collecting ADAM, Splicers will attack, breaking down the door to the next part of the level. After going through the door, there will be a desk on the left with an animatronic Andrew Ryan sitting behind it, and near a cabinet behind him is a golf club. Use Telekinesis to pick up the club, then shoot it at the Andrew Ryan animatronic to get the "9-Irony" achievement.

Easy "Master Protector" achievement

Achievements

Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

    Bought a Slot (5 points): Buy one Plasmid or Tonic Slot at a Gatherer's Garden.
    Max Plasmid Slots (10 points): Fully upgrade to the maximum number of Plasmid Slots.
    Upgraded a Weapon (10 points): Upgrade any weapon at a Power to the People Station.
    Fully Upgraded a Weapon (10 points): Install the third and final upgrade to any of your weapons.
    All Weapon Upgrades (20 points): Find all 14 Power to the People weapon upgrades in the game.
    Prolific Hacker (20 points): Successfully hack at least one of every type of machine.
    Master Hacker (20 points): Hack 30 machines at a distance with the Hack Tool.
    First Research (5 points): Research a Splicer with the Research Camera.
    One Research Track (20 points): Max out one Research Track.
    Research Master (20 points): Max out research on all 9 research subjects.
    Grand Daddy (25 points): Defeat 3 Big Daddies without dying during the fight.
    Master Gatherer (30 points): Gather 600 ADAM with Little Sisters.
    Fully Upgraded a Plasmid (10 points): Fully upgrade one of your Plasmids to the level 3 version at a Gatherer's Garden.
    All Plasmids (20 points): Find or purchase all 11 basic Plasmid types.
    Trap Master (15 points): Kill 30 enemies using only Traps.
    Master Protector (15 points): Get through a Gather with no damage and no one getting to the Little Sister.
    Big Spender (15 points): Spend 2000 dollars at Vending Machines.
    Dealt with Every Little Sister (50 points): Either Harvest or Save every Little Sister in the game.
    Against All Odds (30 points): Finish the game on the hardest difficulty level.
    Big Brass Balls (25 points): Finish the game without using Vita-Chambers.
    Rapture Historian (40 points): Find 100 audio diaries.
    Unnatural Selection (10 points): Score your first kill in a non-private match.
    Welcome to Rapture (10 points): Complete your first non-private match.
    Disgusting Frankenstein (10 points): Become a Big Daddy for the first time in a non-private match.
    "Mr. Bubbles - No!" (20 points): Take down your first Big Daddy in a non-private match.
    Mother Goose (20 points): Save your first Little Sister in a non-private match.
    Two-Bit Heroics (10 points): Complete your first trial in a non-private match.
    Parasite (10 points): Achieve Rank 10.
    Little Moth (20 points): Achieve Rank 20.
    Skin Job (20 points): Achieve Rank 30.
    Choose the Impossible (50 points): Achieve Rank 40.
    Proving Grounds (20 points): Win your first non-private match.
    Man About Town (10 points): Play at least one non-private match on each multiplayer map.

Additionally, there are seventeen secret achievements:

    Daddy's Home (10 points): Found your way back into the ruins of Rapture.
    Protector (20 points): Defended yourself against Lamb's assault in the train station.
    Sinclair’s Solution (20 points): Joined forces with Sinclair in Ryan Amusements.
    Confronted Grace (10 points): Confronted Lamb’s lieutenant in Pauper’s Drop.
    Defeated the Preacher (20 points): Defeated the Preacher.
    Nose for News (20 points): Uncovered the secret of Dionysus Park.
    Found Lamb's Hideout (20 points): Gained access to Lamb’s stronghold.
    Reunion (50 points): Reunited with your original Little Sister.
    Heading to the Surface (25 points): Headed to the surface on the side of Sinclair's escape pod.
    Escape (100 points): Escaped Rapture.
    9-Irony (5 points): Paid your respects to the founder of Rapture.
    Distance Hacker (5 points): Used the Hack Tool to hack an object at a distance.
    Unbreakable (20 points): Defended yourself against the Big Sister without dying.
    Look at You, Hacker (15 points): Killed 50 enemies using only hacked Security.
    Adopted a Little Sister (5 points): Adopted a new Little Sister for the first time.
    Savior (25 points): Saved every Little Sister and spared Grace, Stanley and Gil.
    Counterattack (5 points): Killed an enemy with its own projectile.

The following achievements require the "Firepower Pack" bonus downloadable content:

    Litmus Test (5 points): Earn 6 stars in the Protector Trials.
    Acid Test (10 points): Earn 18 stars in the Protector Trial.
    Trial By Fire (15 points): Earn 36 stars in the Protector Trials.
    Enemy of the Family (15 points): Earn an A rank in all Protector Trials.
    Perfect Protector (20 points): Collect 100% of the ADAM in a single Protector Trial.
    Get a Bigger Bucket (25 points): Collect 50% of the ADAM available in all Protector Trials.

Additionally, there is one secret achievement with the "Firepower Pack" bonus downloadable content:

    Guardian Angel (10 points): Completed all bonus Protector Trials.

The following achievements require the "Minerva's Den" bonus downloadable content:

    Garbage Collection (10 points): Destroy all 10 Vacuum Bots in Minerva's Den.
    Lancer Killer (10 points): Kill a Lancer Big Daddy.
    ADAM Addict (10 points): Resolve all the Little Sisters in Minerva's Den.

Additionally, there are five secret achievements with the "Minerva's Den" bonus downloadable content:

    Login (20 points): Reached Rapture Central Computing Operations.
    Root Access Granted (20 points): Reached Computer Core Access.
    Logout (50 points): Escaped Minerva's Den.
    SUDO (20 points): Wrested control of the Thinker from Reed Wahl.
    High Score (10 points): Get 9999 points in a single game of spitfire.

The following achievements require the "Rapture Metro Pack" bonus downloadable content:

    Aqua Incognita (25 points): Play at least one non-private match on each downloadable content map.
    Territorial (25 points): Win a non-private match in each of the 6 new maps.
    Reincarnation (100 points): Use Rebirth to start again.
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