Batman: Arkham City

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ

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All costumes

At the main menu, press Left(2), Down(2), Left(2), Right, Up(2), Down to unlock an option to select any of the bonus costumes. If you entered the code correctly, you will hear a sound when you continue your game. -From: Kevin Yanko

New Game Plus mode

Successfully complete the game on the Normal or Hard difficulty to unlock New Game Plus mode. This mode allows you to keep your previously earned gadgets and experience points. Additionally, there will not be any counter icons on thugs, thugs and Bosses will be more difficult, and thugs will have different configurations.

Alternate ending

Note: The alternate ending requires the bonus "Catwoman" downloadable content. In Catwoman's third mission, when you have the option to go left or right with the "loot", go right to view the alternate ending. You will still be able to go backwards and not ruin anything in the main campaign.

Hidden messages

Use Batman's Cryptographic Sequencer to go to the following coordinates to intercept secret radio broadcasts that read numbers, make a buzzing sound, and then repeat the numbers again. When the numbers are matched to the corresponding letters of the alphabet, they spell out a hidden message. Note: Some of the secret broadcasts may not be available until after completing the main campaign.

Hidden message 1

    Location: X: 700.00, Y: 500.00
    Message: 9-23-9-12-12-18-5-20-21-18-14-2-1-20-13-1-14
    Decoded message: "I WILL RETURN BATMAN"

Hidden message 2

    Location: X: 500.00, Y: 900.00
    Message: 5-15-9-7-21-18-18-14-3-5-24-15-12-7-22-3-10-5-15-9-22-3-8-25-26-15-16-25-10-15-17-25

Hidden message 3

    Location: X: 200.00, Y: 500.00
    Message: 3-20-26-18-26-16-24-1-11-4-24-9-3-8-5-2-12-18-6-16-7-11-3-10-17-5-13-4-21-8

Easy Augmented Reality Challenge

One of the last four Augmented Reality Challenges appears to be difficult because you are supposed to execute a U-turn during your dive bomb. This can be done more easily by using the grapple boost going past the first checkpoint, then turning around while gliding. You can then glide through all the checkpoints much easier.

Easy high scores with Batman in Combat Challenges

Alternate throwing the Batarang and evading or jumping over the heads of enemies until you get to do a special move (combo 5x or 8x). You can do this five times before it will not add to your multiplier. If it gets blocked, it should not break your combo. It seems throwing Batarangs in succession also works well, as you can throw at least two at a time, and it will not break a combo. Additionally, jump into the middle of enemies, and perform the Bat Swarm.

Harley Quinn pregnancy

Go to the manager's office inside the Steel Mill. On the floor, next to the Harley Quinn costume, there is a positive pregnancy test.

Batman: Arkham City reference in Batman: Arkham Asylum

In the Warden's Office in Batman: Arkham Asylum, go back to the room with the Warden's portrait on the far wall. Turn left as soon as you enter the doorway, and approach the wooden wall. You can destroy it with Explosive Gel. It may take a few tries, but one of the panels on the wooden wall can be destroyed. Beyond the wooden wall is an unmarked room with a blueprint on the wall. It shows plans for the relocation or expansion of Arkham to Gotham City. This is a reference to the setting of Batman: Arkham City.

Killer Croc reference

After you defeat Ra's al Ghul and are leaving the subway tunnels, instead of going the correct way, backtrack until you find a gate blocking your path. You should see a button on the far wall and a gap in the iron bars. Throw the Batarang through the gap to hit the button. There will be a cutscene with Killer Croc. Note: You cannot reach this area again after this point in the game.

Lost reference

During the second visit to the Steelmill, you will see The Joker on the large TV. He will start talking about TV shows, and say "How come it all ended in a church," which is a reference to the TV show, Lost.

Scarecrow reference

Note: To access this secret room, you must have the upgraded Cryptographic Sequencer with the "TYGER" codes installed. Just north of the Industrial District in the Harbord, glide onto the Falcone boat west of the two cranes hanging over the water -- where you do the first set of Augmented Reality challenges. Use the Cryptographic Sequencer to hack the door on the boat. Enter "CityofTerror" as a password to open the hatch on the boat. Inside are a bunch of containers with cockroaches on them and a dead inmate. There is also a shipping invoice for Dr. J. Crane (Scarecrow's real name), hinting that Scarecrow did survive the Killer Croc encounter.

Easy "Bargaining Chip" achievement

Towards the end of the game, you will get the "Heart Of Ice" side mission from Mr. Freeze. You must find Nora Fries to complete the quest. Go to the Industrial District in the south-eastern part of Arkham City. You should see a marked area of Nora's estimated location. There is a well guarded building with a locked front door. When standing in front of this building, fly north, and land on the ship. Use the Freeze Blast on the water to create a sheet of ice. Use the Batclaw to navigate to the destroyable wall, and use the Explosive Gel to get inside the building. Defeat the guards, and return to Mr. Freeze to get the "Bargaining Chip" achievement.

Easy "Catch" achievement

You must throw a remote controlled Batarang at the Mystery Watcher to get the "Catch" achievement. After rescuing Catwoman in the courthouse, exit the courthouse, and you should be able to see the Mystery Watcher across the street, on top of the building to your right. Simply throw the remote controlled Batarang at him, and he will automatically catch it, and you will get the "Catch" achievement. Note: You cannot get the "Catch" achievement after completing the Mystery Watcher side quest.

Easy "Gotham Base Jumper" achievement

Successfully complete the main campaign to gain access to the "Restricted Area" at the center of Arkham City. You will then be able to climb the Wonder Tower, which is the tallest point in Arkham City. Climb it, jump off the tower, and glide towards the Church. You will eventually hit the invisible barrier between Arkham City and the restricted zone, and Batman will automatically turn around. To keep Batman gliding, simply turn around to hit the invisible barrier again and automatically turn around, lifting Batman up to continue his glide. If you keep turning and hitting the barrier, you will always remain in the air, and will get the "Gotham Base Jumper" achievement after one minute.

Easy "Mystery Stalker" achievement

The Mystery Watcher appears after the following specific events in the main plot:

    1. After leaving the building where you saved Catwoman.
    2. After meeting The Joker for the first time; he is on the Ferris Wheel.
    3. After interrogating the Major.
    4. After saving the reporter.

Scan the Hyroglyph each time after talking to the Mystery Watcher and he disappears. After scanning all four Hyroglyphs, the final location of the Mystery Watcher will be revealed. Note: If you miss any of these locations, you can still find the Mystery Watcher in these locations after completing the main campaign.

Easy "Pay Your Respects" achievement

To find Crime Alley, go south from the Church. The alley is just below the letters "Restricted Area" on your map, and behind the Monarch Theater. In the alley, look for a lit section of concrete where two fresh chalk outlines have been drawn. Some flowers are laid down, with a note from Hugo Strange, and a tape. Stand near the red rose, and interact to kneel at the site of Batman's parents' murder and get the "Pay Your Respects" achievement. You can also take the tape left by Hugo Strange.

"Perfect Freeflow 2.0" achievement

Perform the following moves in a combo to get the "Perfect Freeflow 2.0" achievement:

    Combo Batarang
    Aerial Attack
    Ultra Stun
    Special Combo Takedown
    Special Combo Bat Swarm
    Special Combo Multi Ground Takedown
    Special Combo Disarm and Destroy
    Ground Pound
    Beatdown Finisher

Easy "Story Teller" achievement

Visit Calendar Man on the following twelve dates after rescuing Catwoman to get the "Story Teller" achievement:

    Jan 1st
    Feb 14th
    Mar 17th
    Apr 1st
    May 8th
    June 19th
    July 4th
    Aug 16th
    Sept 5th
    Oct 31st
    Nov 24th
    Dec 25th

To easily get the "Story Teller" achievement, set the system date to each of the indicated dates and visit Calendar Man. Calendar Man is located in the basement of the courthouse. When you speak with Calendar Man on one of the indicated dates, he will tell you a story about the current month's holiday, and then tell you to return during the next month's holiday. Save the game by leaving the building. The calendar on the wall next to his cell will highlight the holiday dates for the current year and scribble out which months you have already spoken to Calendar Man about.

Steam achievements

Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding achievement. To view your achievements and stats in Steam, select "Community", "My profile", "View all my games", then the game and view stats.

    50x Combo (5 points): Complete a combo of 50 moves (any play mode, any character).
    Acid Bath (10 points): Save the damsel, but is she in distress?.
    Aggravated Assault (10 points): Stop all assaults in Arkham City.
    AR Knight (25 points): Complete all augmented reality training exercises.
    Bargaining Chip (15 points): Reunite the separated couple.
    Brainteaser (40 points): Rescue the fifth hostage from Riddler.
    Broken Toys (25 points): Destroy it all.
    Bronze Revenge (10 points): Obtain 24 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman).
    Campaign Bronze (10 points): Obtain 36 medals on the original Arkham City campaigns (as Batman).
    Campaign Gold (40 points): Obtain all 108 medals on the original Arkham City campaigns (as Batman).
    Campaign Silver (20 points): Obtain 72 medals on the original Arkham City campaigns (as Batman).
    Catch (5 points): Find someone to play remote Batarang catch with.
    Chimney Sweep (10 points): There is only one way in.
    Communication Breakdown (10 points): Clear the airwaves.
    Contract Terminated (25 points): Stop the contract operative.
    Conundrum (20 points): Rescue the first hostage from Riddler.
    Dial Z For Murder (25 points): Stop the phone booth killer.
    Distress Flare (5 points): Answer the call for help.
    Exit Stage Right (50 points): All the world is a stage.
    Flawless Freeflow Fighter 2.0 (5 points): Complete one combat challenge without taking damage (any character).
    Forensic Expert (10 points): Collect enough evidence to locate the gun for hire.
    Freefall (25 points): Don't look down.
    Fully Loaded (10 points): Collect all of Batman's gadgets and upgrades.
    Gadget Attack (5 points): Use 5 different Quickfire gadgets in one fight (any play mode).
    Genius (50 points): Rescue all the hostages from Riddler.
    Ghost Train (25 points): Fight for survival.
    Gladiator (10 points): Last man standing.
    Gold Revenge (40 points): Obtain all 72 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman).
    Gotham Base Jumper (5 points): Jump off the tallest building in Arkham City and glide for 1 minute without touching the ground.
    Hide And Seek (25 points): A deadly game of hide and seek.
    I'm Batman (10 points): Become the Bat.
    Intellectual (30 points): Rescue the fourth hostage from Riddler.
    IQ Test (10 points): Solve the first riddle.
    Lost And Found (10 points): Uncover the secret of Arkham City.
    Mastermind (20 points): Rescue the second hostage from Riddler.
    Mystery Stalker (15 points): Reveal the mystery watcher.
    One Armed Bandit (10 points): Hammer the point home.
    Pay Your Respects (5 points): A moment of remembrance.
    Perfect Freeflow 2.0 (5 points): Perform a perfect combo including all of Batman's combat moves (any play mode).
    Perfect Knight - Day 2 (75 points): Main Story, Side Missions, Upgrades, Collectables, New Game Plus and Riddlers Revenge (as Batman).
    Puzzler (30 points): Rescue the third hostage from Riddler.
    Ring Ring (5 points): Answer a ringing phone.
    Sand Storm (25 points): We are legion.
    Savior (10 points): Save the medical volunteers.
    Serial Killer (25 points): Track down the serial killer.
    Silver Revenge (20 points): Obtain 48 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Batman).
    Stop the Clock (15 points): Time is running out.
    Story Teller (10 points): Have 12 murderous dates with Calendar Man.
    Twice Nightly (75 points): Complete New Game Plus.
    Wrecking Ball (25 points): Stop the unstoppable.

The following achievements require the "Catwoman Bundle Pack" bonus downloadable content:

    Sphinx' Riddle: Complete all 40 of the Catwoman Riddler grid items.
    Arkham City Sirens: Drop in on an old friend.
    Pick Pocket: Steal the score of a lifetime.
    Family Jewels: Retrieve your stolen goods.
    Feline Revenge: Obtain all 72 medals on the original Arkham City ranked maps (as Catwoman).
    Campaign Kitty: Obtain all 108 medals on the original Arkham City campaigns (as Catwoman).

The following achievements require the "Nightwing Bundle Pack" bonus downloadable content:

    Nightwing Revenge: Obtain 78 medals on the original Arkham City and Nightwing Bundle Pack ranked maps (as Nightwing).
    Campaign Nightwing: Obtain 114 medals on the original Arkham City and Nightwing Bundle Pack campaigns (as Nightwing).

The following achievements require the "Robin Bundle Pack" bonus downloadable content:

    Robin Revenge: Obtain 78 medals on the original Arkham City and Robin Bundle Pack ranked maps (as Robin).
    Campaign Wonder: Obtain 114 medals on the original Arkham City and Robin Bundle Pack campaigns (as Robin).

The following trophies require the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" bonus downloadable content:

    Lost Property: No crimefighter should be without this.
    Breaking and Entering: Find a way into the secret base.
    How's It Hanging?: Clean up the Dry Docks.
    The Last Laugh: The joke's on who?
    Frequent Flyer: Zip Kick 3 different thugs.
    Battering Ram: Shield Bash 5 different thugs.
    Snap To It: Snap Flash an unarmed thug, an armed thug, an environmental object and a Titan.
    Bomb Squad: Defuse all bombs in 3 minutes or less.
    A Few New Tricks: Use 5 different Quickfire gadgets in one fight as Robin in Harley Quinn's Revenge.
    Party's Over: Destroy all Harley Balloons.
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