This walkthrough was originally written for BioShock
on the PS3, but the walkthrough is still applicable to the PC version of the game.
A guide for completing and achieving the various trophies included with
the downloadable content of Bioshock for the Playstation 3.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A) Version History
II) The "I" in Team
A) Rescuer Trophy
B) Expert Trophy
C) Pacifist Trophy
D) Collector Trophy
III) A Shocking Turn of Events
A) Rescuer and Master Electrician Trophies
B) Expert Trophy
C) Collector Trophy
IV) Worlds of Hurt
A) Introduction and Vending Machine Information
B) General Analysis and Advice
C) Rescuer and Collector Trophy
D) Tough Guy Trophy
E) Expert Trophy
V) Credits, Legal, & Miscellaneous
In my previous Bioshock guide I stated that I intended to make a guide for the
Challenge Rooms included with the downloadable content. This is the guide
promised. Hopefully it can assist any players with their efforts.
If anyone reading this guide has any confusion about some of the terms of
abbreviations used here there is a glossary of these in my original guide.
Since the first two challenges are primarily puzzles, reading their sections
will be a spoiler section. Obviously this is intended for anyone that may need
help solving them. If you want to try to figure them out yourself skip down
about a third of the way for the last section.
Orginal Version submitted February 24, 2009
Submitted May 12, 2009
Additional strategy for "A Shocking Turn of Events"
THE "I" IN TEAM
With no weapons and no damage-dealing plasmids, find a way to defeat the
Big Daddy and rescue the Little Sister.
Go down the hall and enter the room where the Big Daddy is swinging wildly at
a monitor or whatever that is.
Pick up the Eve hypo on the floor and the one in the corpse if you want it.
Go up the stairs to the inventing supplies storage crate with a battery inside
it. Take a right through the hall to reception. Take the rubber hose in the
crate on the way.
In this room is a Vita Chamber, U-Invent crafting station, a Pnemo with an
infinite supply of Eve hypos along with two on the ground in front of it.
In the middle of the room there is a desk with an obvious rose for the optional
goal and a corpse with coffee. This room also has stairs that serve no purpose
other than to give you a safe view of the three RPG turrets and firing range
Walk through the door into the firing range. Upon doing so the range will go
from cold to hot and five doors will open revealing five machine gun turrets.
Also, the splicer who was picking at one of the corpses in this area will come
running after you. The turrets will take care of him long before he gets
anywhere near you though. Behind the bulletproof glass in the immediate area
are two door levers. The left side door control opens (surprise!) the left side
door. The right side door control opens the door that allows the Big Daddy into
the firing range, but needs to be hacked and the rate of flow makes manual
hacking impossible. If the fact that the U-Invent was only capable of
assembling an automatic hack tool wasn’t enough of a tip-off, it now becomes
obvious that a key part of completing this mission will involve collecting the
necessary components for building one. No need to worry as the exact components
needed to build an automatic hack tool can be found on this level. Convenient,
huh? Take a right now and acquire the rubber hose in the crate by the stairs.
Go down the stairs to the lower level of the firing range and pick up the Eve
hypo on the ground in the cave area before heading into the main area. By now
the turrets should have taken care of the drunk but be careful that one of the
missiles doesn’t hit you. On the ground in this area you will first see a crate
with a rubber hose inside next to some stairs. On top of those stairs is
another crate with a battery. At this point you will see a Big Daddy that has
been frozen solid by a leaking pipe in the middle of the gap between the ledge
you are on and the ledge with a mystery tonic atop a barrel. Jump onto the
frozen Big Daddy and jump again onto the corner ledge. This move foreshadows a
tactic you will need to use later. Now that you can get it, take the tonic
Target Dummy and go back up to the upper level. With Target Dummy at your
disposal you can now eliminate the machine gun turrets by placing a dummy in
front of each turret one by one so that the RPG turrets will fire and
systematically destroy the more dangerous turrets. For best results stay on
the upper level so that you can’t get caught in the crossfire. Now head down
to the main level, but before you do so place another target on the far left
side to draw the attention of the still dangerous RPG turrets. Tightrope the
beam to the far side of the wall and move over to the floor area. Before going
back across the other way, place a new target on the far right side to keep the
turrets occupied until you have made you way to safety.
Pressure Plate Room:
Before entering this room you will see a crate containing a battery and the
first available First Aid kit on the floor. Inside this room you will find a
pressure plate (hence the name of the room) in the middle with 4 Eve hypos and
a first aid kit on top of it. You will also see another Big Daddy on the left
behaving exactly like the first one. By stepping on the plate you will notice
that the door to the tunnel area opens only when the pressure plate is
activated. Use Target Dummy to draw the Bouncer onto the plate by placing a
target to the right side of the room. Run through the door while you have the
chance. Inside the tunnel area is a desk with a med kit, three Eve hypos, and
Winter Blast 3. Beside the desk is a crate with another battery. Follow the
tunnel to the door leading back into reception and get the rubber hose inside
the crate. Use the door control to let yourself into the reception room. This
door control also permanently opens the door leading back into the pressure
Go back to the machine room and place a target against the wall to draw the
Big Daddy into the area in between the ledge you are on and the ledge with the
crate. Once he’s there, switch to Winter Blast 3 to freeze him in place for
use as a stepping stone. Now jump on him and hop over to the other ledge to
acquire the brass tube. Now you can assemble the auto-hack tool. Once done,
use it to hack the right side door control to allow the Big Daddy into the
firing range. At this point he will start running from one side of the range
to the other and back repeatedly. The turrets will not target him, so place a
target dummy along the path to get the RPG turrets firing again. The Big Daddy
will charge after the dummy but often times will run right past if and not
take any damage from the missiles. To remedy this, freeze him with Winter
Blast to hold him in place. Repeat until he’s dead. Now you are free to
collect the Little Sister.
Rescue the Little Sister in under 3:00
The speed walkthrough requires essentially the same strategy as the regular
walkthrough. The main difference is that now there is no time to waste with
exploration, collecting roses, etc. More or less you need to have essentially
a perfect run. No dying, no falling off the beam in the firing range, make
the jumps on the first try, etc. There are however, a number of tips and
tricks that can save those precious seconds.
Start of running so that you’re already halfway through the opening hallway
by the time the game is fully loaded and don’t stop. Pick up only hypos that
are in your direct path along with the various components. When you get to the
entrance of the firing range from reception, you have your first decision.
Normally you may want to open the left door first, but when you’re trying to
shave seconds off your time your instinct is to go down the stairs first to
avoid the small amount of backtracking. There is however a problem that can
often rear it’s ugly head: the splicer that comes after you. Depending on when
and where the splicer gets killed, there is enough of a possibility that when
you go running into the bottom area, one or more of the RPG missiles could hit
you. This would be easier to deal with if there was a singular set pattern but
unfortunately that is not the case. If you choose to open the left door now
that will buy some time for the splicer to be safely eliminated. Otherwise
you can run down immediately and take your chances. Once you have the Target
Dummy start eliminating the machine gun turrets. The fastest method is to
start by placing a dummy on one end and working your way down the line. Once
you see the first missile fired, move the dummy to the next and so forth. If
you can work your way down to the beam walkway while taking care of them,
great. Don’t forget to set a dummy in the left corner when you cross the beam
and another in the right corner once you reach the walkway. Once you reach
the pressure plate room now is a good chance to stock up on needed Eve hypos.
Once done, place a target beyond the plate to get the Big Daddy on the plate
and run to the door so that you can go through the second it opens. Pick up
all necessary items in the tunnel and head over to the machine room. My advice
for the most reliable placement for the target is right up against the wall
to draw him as close to the wall or corner as possible. Now that you have the
tools to open the door to allow the Big Daddy into the firing range comes the
hardest part: killing him quickly. The fastest way to kill him is to shatter
him, and the most reliable way to shatter him is to get him frozen directly
on top of the target. You will want to keep an eye on your Eve bar to make
sure that you will be able to deploy both Target Dummy and Winter Blast 3
without having to refill. Keep in mind that this portion of the game is
challenging and may require multiple retries and some luck to complete with
time to spare.
Rescue the Little Sister without destroying any Machine Gun Turrets.
Everything explained previously still applies for this challenge expect for
the two most difficult sections: making your way through the firing range
safely and killing the berserker Big Daddy. Once you have the Target Dummy at
your disposable position yourself on the upper level of the firing range just
to the left of the bulletproof glass. Place a dummy on the center of the
balance beam. While all the turrets are firing at the dummy run down the
stairs and onto the beam. Stop about a third of the way through and wait for
the machine guns to pause firing for a second. Use that window to run towards
the wall on the right side. Once there, turn around and place a new target in
the same spot. Ideally you’ll want to be able to do this before the other
wears out to prevent the turrets from honing in on you. Move down by the door
and inch your way as close to the center as possible without being in the
line of fire. (This is usually about halfway past into the far right turret
nook) When the machine gun turrets pause again, run to the next room and don’t
stop until you are almost at the spot with the first aid kit. RPG turrets may
come after you if you stop before your at the crate. It is very possible that
you make take some damage through this part. If you get sent to the
Vita-Chamber you can still complete this challenge, but no longer have a
margin for error until you get to the med kits. If you drink the booze found
in the corpse of the splicer that chases you that will restore a small sliver
to help keep you alive in case you happen to catch a round or two on a second
try. Normally there are bandages to be found in destroyed machine gun turrets,
but obviously that’s not an option here. Continue forward until you’ve opened
the door to allow the Big Daddy into the firing range. Repeat the process of
placing a Target Dummy on the center of the beam (from the safety of the top
level) to get the turrets to fire. The Big Daddy will continue the pattern
of running from one end of the range to the other, so waiting for the machine
guns to whittle away his health will require some patience. Freezing him when
he’s in the center and all five are hitting him at once will save some time.
When he’s finally dead you can go down and collect the Little Sister. I
believe the range goes cold once she’s out in the middle of it all alone, but
nonetheless I would recommend taking the safe route through the machine room
to pick her up.
I’ll preface this section with the obvious which is stating that you cannot
get this trophy in the same run as trying to get the expert trophy as
1) there simply isn’t time and 2) if the Big Daddy shatters you can’t get one
of the roses. If you can get all four roses and complete the mission in
under 3 minutes without using some major cheat code and/or glitch I’ll send
you a World’s Greatest Bioshock Player coffee mug. Contrary to my original
assumption it is possible to get all four on a Pacifist run. Regardless, I
can’t see anything wrong with doing each on separate runs.
Lying on the desk in reception. Can’t miss it.
On the top railing area in the machine room right next to the entrance.
Getting this one is a fun experience as it involves riding a Big Daddy.
Draw him over to a spot where you can freeze him and jump on top. More than
likely you will need to use the target dummy a couple times to move him into
the right position and jump to reach it.
Inside the middle RPG turret.
The dead rose stems that can be seen from the viewing area inside reception
serve as a tip off for this one. Once the Big Daddy is dead you’ll find a
grenade launcher and 10 frag grenades in his corpse. Go over to the middle of
the beam and fire grenades at it. It will usually require 2 or 3 to destroy
it and another to knock it down to a reachable level.
In the machine room behind a secret door opened by the pressure plate.
To obtain this, you must draw the Big Daddy in the pressure plate room onto
the pressure plate and run all the way back to the machine room and grab the
rose while he’s still on it. To do so, stand in the tunnel adjacent to the
firing range. Try to back as far into it as you can while still keeping the
door open. Place a Target Dummy in a position that will draw him onto the
plate. Once it’s deployed immediately turn around and start running. If you
hear a certain chime you’ll know he’s activated the door. Run into the
machine room and grab the rose before the Target Dummy wears off and the Big
Daddy moves off the plate. It may take a couple tries to get the timing down.
A SHOCKING TURN OF EVENTS
The Little Sister is trapped at the top of a malfunctioning Ferris Wheel!
To bring her down safely, you will need to find ways to electrify the Ferris
wheel controls. Can you solve this shocking puzzle?
General Walkthrough: Rescuer Trophy and Master Electrician Trophy
I’m combining these two trophies into one walkthrough because since there are
nine different ways to electrify the wheel, there are numerous different
combinations for electrifying the wheel the minimum six times and therefore
will not approach this guide as if there were only one way to solve this
puzzle. You can choose whatever methods and whatever order you like for the
basic goal, but this will contain all possibilities.
At the beginning of this level you will find yourself in a bathysphere at the
ticket office of the Rapture Grand Carnival. Peek through the door and you
will see and hear a Little Sister crying. However, you can’t open the door
because the switch won’t work. Next to the entrance there is a room with a
Vita-Chamber and a corpse holding a shotgun next to a stand with electric
buckshot. This door won’t open from where you are either. At this point you
will need to send yourself to the Vita Chamber by pulling the broken
bathysphere lever three times. Step out of the Vita-Chamber, grab the gun
and ammo as well as the two First Aid kits on the ground. Open the door into
the first area and shoot the busted switch to get into the top floor of the
large open area.
Journey Down to the Ground Floor:
Here you will be eye to eye with the Little Sister you need
to rescue, You will also see a table with supplies and a Thuggish Splicer
with an electrified club banging at the elevator controls. She will quickly
succeed in reactivating the elevator but at the cost of being electrocuted.
This should give you a clue for a means of electrifying the Ferris Wheel.
You can wait for the elevator to come up and ride it down to the main floor,
but there is a faster option that is still safe. Jump onto the broken table
and drop down to a landing area below and then down to the second floor
balcony. Here there are several key items and various others of interest.
The table you landed on or by has an Eve hypo and against the wall is another
table with a first aid kit. There is also a piano which you can play if you
want at either a beginners skill level or expertly after splicing up with the
Instant Piano Prodigy tonic on display at the bar. (There is also a guitar to
play but no tonic that will make him play that at an advanced level) Aside
from this gimmick tonic is the familiar combat tonic and in this case key
item Static Discharge right by the ledge. You will also want to pick up the
other med kits and alcohol in the supply crate. Before venturing down to the
main floor you will want go over by where the slot machines are. You can play
them with some of the cash lying on the ground, but pay attention to the
tipped over one with a corpse trapped under it. Search him to find a trap
bolt. Now go down to the first floor through the elevator shaft.
Walk over to a pool of water with a shorted out switch in the middle and
begin with the new goal of electrifying the Ferris Wheel controls. In front
of the controls lies your first means to accomplish that goal: a single round
of electrified buckshot. Take it and use it on the Ferris Wheel switch. Once
electricity is restored, use the control which completes 1 of 6 necessary
turns. Not only does this first electrification turn the wheel, but it also
opens the doors to the bathrooms directly behind you and the gate to the
During this time you with have probably heard a splicer walking about and
muttering to himself. You’ll find him outside Rapture Records. Incidentally,
he will remain locked inside Rapture Records until you acquire Static
Discharge. This is an intentional move by the developers as he is the only
splicer you will encounter here with a non-electrified club. In fact, the view
scope in front of Rapture Records will only focus on where Static Discharge
is/was whereas the one by the control will keep focus on wherever the Little
Sister is at the moment. Walk over to him close enough to get his attention,
but keep far enough away that he will have to chase you. Make him do so until
you reach the area with the controls and stay put. Once he clubs you, the
static discharge combined with the water will create a huge energy beam that
both kills him and electrifies the controls. This completes turn 2 of 6.
As mentioned before there are restrooms directly behind you that have had
the separating walls broken down so that now it is a singular restroom.
Inside is a health station by the gentlemen’s entrance, a broken health
station with a free med kit by the ladies’ entrance, an Eve hypo on the sink,
an inventing supplies crate containing distilled water, and most importantly
a splicer. Get this splicer to chase you back to the controls. Once you’ve
baited her into electrifying the wheel, finish turn 3 of 6.
Now it’s time to head to the carnival, but stop in Rapture Records first to
get the glue in the crate there. Right before the carnival entrance is a
U-Invent machine which, like in the previous challenge, cannot be hacked
manually. Right behind it and next to another health station is a supply
crate with a battery. A few steps ahead lies a makeshift bunker which is home
to a couple items and the plasmid Telekinesis. If you turn to the right you
will see a room with a fire burning in the hallway. Head inside for some key
items. Once inside you will see a crate containing alcohol and distilled
water but also a round of electric buckshot frozen in ice above a broken
pneumo and an automatic hack tool frozen in another patch of ice in the
grated area below. Grab an item to set on fire to use for melting the ice.
The corpse works well for the ice in the reachable area but you will need
something smaller to drop down below. I’ve found one of the teddy bears from
the counter opposite this area works well for both. Pick up a bear with TK
and hold it over the fire until it catches then use it to free up both key
items and the other spots here if you want extra med kits. Pull the auto-hack
tool up through the hole with telekinesis (and the buckshot too if it fell
down there.) Head to the room with all the teddy bears now. Here you will
find a crate with glue and a battery and a broken electric safe. Do NOT turn
the latch. If you do, the room will fill with trap wires and not the kind you
can use. Grab the corpse in this room to short them out safely if this does
happen. This safe will have to be opened by force with something like the
electric buckshot you just acquired.
***WARNING, if you want the Electrician trophy do NOT open the safe with the
electric buckshot. You will need to use another method. (More to come) If you
just want to get this over and done with as soon as possible go right ahead.
Do not try to use electric gel to open it regardless, it doesn‘t work.***
Walk towards the back of the carnival. Along the way you will see a variety
of carnival games which if you chose to play will net you an infinite supply
of Eve hypos and about as many First Aid Kits as you can carry. Pay attention
to the balloon popping game at the end. Inside this booth is a corpse that
got nailed to the wall with a spider splicer hook. Search him to find a trap
bolt. Head behind the giant teddy bear statues to find a crate with distilled
water and a chemical thrower. The whole time in this area you’ve probably
heard a splicer talking to herself from inside Zimmerman Chardonnay. She will
play an important role in getting the electrician trophy. However, the room
she’s in is locked and must be opened by entering a combination on the keypad.
Hacking is not an option. I won’t tell you the combination (this whole level
is a puzzle and me detailing every little step is cheating enough) but will
give a hint: look for Zimmerman Chardonnay advertisement posters. Any one that
is still legible will have the combination right on it. Enter the code and
take off running. If you just want to complete the basic six rotations you’ve
had the tools since you picked up the chemical thrower. If you want the
electrician achievement lure her into the room with the safe. Once there,
stand by the safe until she comes to hit you. You will take some damage but
the electrified club strike will bust open the safe to reveal a crossbow.
Draw her back out of this room and all the way back to the control and employ
the same methods used before to power up the wheel for the 4th time.
Turns 5 through 9:
You can go back for the battery in Zimmerman Chardonnay if you want, but as
long as you have the hack tool you should already have enough components to
build one trap bolt and one shot of electric gel. Head on back to the control
to use the electric buckshot, electric gel and three trap bolts in whatever
order you choose. I’ve found the easiest way to get the trap bolts tripped is
to just stand in front of the switch and shoot it. The anchor will stick to
the control and the wire will go right into you ensuring that it gets its
IMPORTANT, Take your time and make sure the action prompt on the controls says
"needs electricity" before using any of your ammunition. If you use it before
the wheel gets done turning it will be wasted. When you’re done, collect the
Little Sister for one or both trophies.
Alternate strategy for getting the Electrician Trophy:
A much easier and safer way of opening the safe that I've recently been made
aware of is to use the trap wires that shoot out when you turn the switch.
Grab one with telekinesis and hold it until the wire passes through the safe
and opens the door. (Courtesy Gilium)
Rescue the Little Sister in under 4:00
Much of the previous walkthrough is based on the path I’ve found works best
for a speed run so this will be brief. Starting off there is no need to go
out and look around, you should be in the Vita-Chamber before you even start
to see the clock. If you grab the shotgun before the shells they will
automatically load so you don’t have to take your thumb off the left analog
stick on your way to the door that must be shot. Head down to the second level
and get the key items and component as fast as you can. Shoot the control and
head over to the Rapture Records splicer. Don’t let him or the next one hit
you before you get to the control area otherwise they may change course
looking for a health station which will cost precious seconds. Be sure to get
the component in the bathroom on your way in. Another advantage of having
Static Discharge right away is that it gives you a margin for error with this
splicer. She doesn’t have to hit the control directly for it to get powered up.
Once the third rotation is complete, take a right for the fastest route to the
carnival. (No need for the component inside Rapture Records here) Get the
stuff you need and grab a teddy bear before you go into the freezer room.
Stand right on top of the fire for a second or two to ensure it catches on
fire. Unthaw the buckshot and drop the bear down the hole to unthaw the
auto-hack tool. Now would be a good time to grab the items in the crate. Pull
the key items up through the hole and run into the room with the safe and more
components. NOW you want to use the shotgun to blast open the safe for the
crossbow. Head to the back of the carnival and don’t miss the trap bolt
inside the balloon guy on you way to or from the back with the components and
chemical thrower. Stop at the U-Invent to hack it and construct one round of
electric gel. Take a left towards the controls and power them up with the
electric gel. While the wheel is turning, load the crossbow and get ready to
fire it. You’ll want to give about five seconds for each rotation, and you’ll
also want to have enough health and health packs to cover the damage lost
from being hit by trap wires. Once the prompt display on the controls say
"needs electricity" again, shoot the bolt into it and activate the wheel.
Set the trap again, but be sure to step to the side to let it set while the
wheel is turning. Wait until the wheel is done turning to walk into the wire.
Activate the controls and go over to where the Little Sister gets off the
wheel so you can pick her up as soon as possible. This whole sequence takes
about 15 seconds so you’ll need to account for this as well.
At the top of the elevator shaft.
The easiest way to get this is to jump on top of the elevator as it’s coming
up when the splicer smashes the controls as you first enter this area. The
controls the rose is sitting on will give you a ride down to the second rose.
On a hidden landing area about half way between the second and third floor.
While you’re riding the elevator down from the very top just step off as you
pass. If you miss there are additional elevator control that you can use once
it reaches the bottom.
Alternate strategy for Roses 1 & 2:
If you miss jumping onto the elevator during it’s first trip up, you can
still get these. Call the elevator down to the ground floor and send yourself
to the Vita-Chamber on the third floor. If there are still some splicers
alive you can let one of them beat you to death.
If not, stand in the fire for a while.
Behind the gate in Rapture Records. Hard to miss when you go in there.
In the men’s restroom on top of the "Pick your Plasmid and Evolve" sign.
You might have position the camera just right or jump to be able to collect it.
Inside the Little Sister vent at the entrance to the Grand Carnival.
You’ll have to stand on the ledge area to see it and jump a time or
two to get it.
In the freezer room Pneumo pipe.
Just stand by the hole that you pulled the items out of and look straight up.
Inside the barrel on the right in the barrel toss game.
Jump over the table in front of it and you can’t miss it.
Underneath the balloon to the right of the corpse.
Grab a hook or anything else and throw it against the balloon to pop it.
You’ll uncover the rose and win a First Aid Kit.
Hanging from the light fixture inside Zimmerman Chardonnay.
Walk up to the mattress and jump onto the file cabinet in back. Jump up to the
bookshelf and walk over to where you are eye level to it and grab it.
Inside the gears of the Ferris Wheel machinery.
This only becomes accessible after the wheel has been turned seven times.
The gears will start grinding and a plate will blow off revealing it.
WORLDS OF HURT
The Little Sister wants to be rescued, but this area is crawling with hostile
creatures! Clear out all eight combat arenas and she will let you in.
No puzzles here, and no Vita-Chamber - it’s kill or be killed.
This challenge is pure combat, you start this game just like the regular game
with no weapons and no plasmids. Fortunately, this time you do have an above
average sized health bar and medium Eve bar. On top of that you have four
available slots for plasmids and each tonic class and already have the
Physical tonics SportsBoost 1 & 2, the Engineering tonic Security Expert 2,
and the Combat tonic Photographer’s Eye 2.
On top of those tonics or possibly because of them several of the enemies
you will encounter will be partially researched.
In between the rooms is a central hub area with the Little Sister inside a
glassed off area, and all the vending machines you are already familiar with.
Gatherer’s Gardens Items:
Sonic Boom 2............80
Insect Swarm 3..........80
Cyclone Trap 2..........80
Medical Expert 2........40
Vending Expert 2........50
Speedy Hacker 2.........60
Focused Hacker 2........40
Electric Flesh 2........50
Human Inferno 2.........50
Circus of Value Items:
Product.........................Default (no hacks, etc.) price
First Aid Kit...................$20
Incendiary Bolts x6.............$120
Proximity Mine x3...............$75
Antipersonnel Rounds x40........$100
Electric Buck x6................$108
Armor-piercing Bullets x6.......$60
Ammo Bandito Items:
Pistol Bullets x6...............$25
00 Buck x6......................$54
Machine Gun Rounds x40..........$60
Frag Grenade x3.................$60
Steel-Tip Bolt x6...............$45
Each room contains one rose and one Power to the People station.
Rather than having a separate section for the collector trophy,
I’ll list the location of each rose at the beginning of each room section.
For more information about collecting the roses here is a video:
Hacking is much more difficult in this challenge than it is in the normal game.
Every hack-able object is the maximum difficulty and aside from Security
Expert 2, no tonics to assist you. I really wouldn’t recommend spending ADAM
on any of the hacking tonics because there are not that many items to hack and
money is rarely in short supply. There are only a few challenge rooms where
enemies healing at health stations presents a problem. If you’re going to hack
any machine, make it the U-Invent. The U-Invent is the only means to obtain
many of the best ammos and auto-hack tools to take care of the other machines.
One thing to remember about hacking is that while it will hurt if you fail,
it will not kill you. So even if you can barely see any remaining health, you
can continue hacking until you finally finish it.
Enrage is the most useful plasmid for this challenge (one of the load screen
messages even says as much) and reflected by being tied for most expensive
plasmid. Most rooms have hordes of enemies and using this will do most of
your work for you.
I have yet to see enough use for Telekinesis to justify it being the other
most expensive plasmid, which is ironic because it was my favorite in the
Security Bullseye was in my opinion one of the most useful plasmids in the
regular game but is limited here as there are only two rooms dominated by
There are also two key differences between this challenge and the normal modes.
1) Almost all the Big Daddies here have gone berserker. Normally, Big Daddies
do not attack you if you use Security Bullseye against them but they will here.
2) There are no alarm tiles in any of the hack-able objects. One useful trick
in the regular game would be to start a hack but intentionally direct the
flow into an alarm tile so that security bots would be summoned and then use
this plasmid to divert their attention. The designers of this challenge were
obviously aware of players using this tactic and eliminated the possibility
of using it here. However, being by far the cheapest plasmid available makes
I have yet to buy Target Dummy for this challenge, mainly because I try to
stick to the offensive plasmids.
I haven’t used Sonic Boom 2 much, but this may be the one situation where it
is superior to Telekinesis. Lots of hazards and such that will compound
the damage done.
Insect Swarm 3 is another plasmid that I’ve found more useful here than in the
normal game. It can immobilize just about any enemy while doing some damage
in the process.
Since hacking health stations is much harder than normal, setting Cyclone Trap
2 in front of one to prevent splicers from using it comes in handy. It’s also
handy in the final section where you know where enemies will spawn.
Electrobolt 3 is not quite as useful here mainly because there are few areas
of standing water. However, I still use it a lot for things like the 1-2 punch
and disabling turrets.
Incinerate 2 is the most effective available plasmid I’ve found for dealing
direct and consistent damage.
Unless you’re doing a Tough Guy run, you will be using your other weapons a
lot. The wrench is a very effective weapon itself especially with the tonics
already equipped. Some research of the many Bouncers encountered will make it
even more effective. After you complete each room, your first stop should be
at the U-Invent to see if you have enough components to build the specialty
ammunitions. I try to use the crossbow with steel-tip bolts mostly because
they are by far the most economical option here. They do a significant amount
of damage to every type of enemy encountered and can often be recycled.
Regular machine gun rounds come in second for best value.
Here is the list of the weapons and ammunitions in the order I've found most
useful for this challenge as well as the uses they are best suited for:
Crossbow..............Steel-Tipped Bolts........Everything mid to long range
Machine Gun...........Machine Gun Rounds........Splicers close to mid range
Pistol................Anti-Personnel Rounds.....Splicers, all ranges
Grenade Launcher......Frag Grenades.............Big Daddies, groups mid range
Chemical Thrower......Electric Gel..............Big Daddies close range
Shotgun...............Exploding Buck............All enemies close range
Sticking with one ammo for each weapon is most beneficial during the speed run.
Feel free to use different ammunitions or multiple types for the same weapon
if they work for you.
Rescuer and Collector Trophies:
Room #1: A Single Splicer
Rose Location: In between the cracks of the mechanical station thing nearest
to the broken health station.
Pick up the wrench, pistol and 6 pistol rounds on your way into the room.
Unless you’re doing a speed run, just take care of him with the wrench.
I’d recommend waiting until after you’ve taken care of the thuggish splicer
to search the room for items. There are usually some bandages in with him or
some of the other corpses and if you’ve been in a clubbing contest with him
there is a decent chance you’ve taken some damage. The Little Sister’s gift
will contain $120, 80 ADAM and all your weapons. Now that you can use the
Power to the People station, I’d recommend upgrading the crossbow damage.
Now that you have your camera and some film I’d also recommend taking a
picture of the dead splicer, the picture won’t net much of a research bonus,
but every bit helps.
Once you walk into the teleportation device to return to the central hub,
you’ll be presented with this message:
You’ve beaten your first challenge, but the next one is harder.
You now have all your weapons, but you’ll need to buy some ammunition.
Pick up some crossbow bolts, lots of film and whatever items you need before
moving onto the next challenge. You can get some items from the
Gatherer’s Gardens if you want but I usually wait until I can afford some of
the better plasmids.
Room #2: A Single Big Daddy
Rose: In a crack in the partially sunken floor near the entrance.
This one is really tricky to find and get. You will probably need to crouch
to see it then move around and adjust the camera to actually collect it.
Like with the previous room, you’re often better off waiting until after he’s
dead to collect the items in here. You might also want to visit the Pttp
machine right away though, I’d suggest crossbow bolt breakage chance. Before
engaging him, you will definitely want to take some pictures. This room has a
pillar in the middle and at least a quarter of it is filled with electrified
water. Stand next to the pillar and shoot him with the pistol. Sidestep to the
right when he comes charging so that he lands in the water. You can shoot him
while he’s in here, but normally you can conserve your ammo by letting the
electricity take care of him. Just move from one side of the room to the other
so he will keep trying to come after you through the electrified water. If he
does make it out of the water you can jump across the corner part of the water
by the pillar. He will follow you and fall back in. When he’s finally
finished, collect the gift of $240 and 80 ADAM.
Take the portal up and you be presented with this message:
You can attempt the remaining arenas in any order you like.
Some are more difficult than others.
For this guide the remaining rooms will be numbered in the order the appear
starting at Room #1 and going clockwise, this is not a difficulty ranking or
a recommendation for the order which to do each room. The gift received upon
completion of each room will always be $120 and 80 ADAM from here on out.
Room #3: Spider Splicers
Rose: Under the bench near the Power to the People machine.
This is the only rose I found in this challenge without actually looking
for a rose.
Be sure than you are stocked up on film before going into this room. Since
spider splicers like to crawl around on the ceiling you can fully research
them before dropping down into the combat area. You’ll also get Extra
Nutrition 3 from the research so might as well use it while you have the open
spots. Drop down into this Eternal Flame Crematorium themed arena and search
the corpse hanging from the ceiling by the entrance to find an Eve hypo. By
now one or more of the residents will probably become aware of your presence.
If you have Enrage it wouldn’t be a bad idea to apply it to the first one that
comes after you. If you don’t have Enrage, Incinerate 2 works well and a
couple shots of Electrobolt 3 will take care of them if they get into the
water. Otherwise the best option is to try to snipe an unaware one with the
crossbow. The crossbow works best if they are crawling around on the ceiling
or charging straight at you. Otherwise when they are doing their back flips
and other acrobatic feats it’s hard to line up a clear shot that will hit it’s
mark with the crossbow. In closer quarters or when they are moving around
using either the much faster firing pistol or machine gun with anti-personnel
rounds is a better option. If they get real close switching to the wrench gets
the job done. When you’re done be sure to search the room for supplies.
Room #4: Security Bots
Rose: Buried in ice to the right of the broken bot shutdown panel where the
thuggish splicer was. You will need Incinerate 2 or napalm to get this one.
Key screen message to keep in mind here:
Hacking an enemy counts as defeating it for the purposes of this
You started equipped with Security Expert 2 for a reason. However, I would
only recommend hacking the "dead" ones (after taking a picture). This is one
of the rooms that makes getting Security Bullseye worthwhile. Run trough this
Fontaine Fisheries themed room until you see the Big Daddy standing in front
of the Little Sister vent. Stick the Bullesye on him (from a distance, because
he will come after you) and let him take care of the bots while they partially
take care of him. Follow the tunnel to the right of where he was through
another room and you’ll find a splicer with a red ring around his head. You
can kill him right away, but doing so will shut down any bots you haven’t
hacked. It’s up to you if you want to take care of him now or lure him into
wherever the Big Daddy is then use Enrage on him for a kamikaze mission.
(Keep this tactic in mind for a Tough Guy run) A few crossbow shots should
take care of the Big Daddy and clear the room. If you have some fire attacks
in your arsenal it doesn’t hurt to thaw out this room. Lots of good items like
distilled water and so forth lying around under ice in here.
Room #5: Houdini Splicers
Rose: Behind a sheet leaning against the wall beneath the stairs to the left
of the health station. Not the best description I know but if you go down to
the area by the health station it’s not hard to find. Getting this one however
is another matter altogether. Go up the stairs to the landing above it. There
is an area where the railing is gone just past the corner of the top of the
section of stairs above this rose. Get a running start and jump. Depending of
where you jump you will either land in the area with the rose, end up on the
stairs above it, or fall to your death. Since the latter is a very real
possibility your want to be sure to save the game progress before
attempting the jump.
This room is unlike any other challenge room. All the other rooms are designed
like mazes but this one is a long spiraling staircase filled with many hazards
on the way to the bottom. When you first drop down here you’ll see some
splicers teleporting and walking around some platforms you can’t reach. While
they are doing this and are not aware of you would be a good time to take
some pictures. Natural Camouflage is one of the best tonics available and for
the cost of a few rolls of film it’s yours. On top of that if you take enough
pictures you’ll get research bonuses that make it much easier to see where
they are going. If you want to snipe them with your crossbow go ahead, just
be sure that if you see one walking be sure to lead it by what would be the
equivalent of a foot to make sure the bolt connects. Now if you choose to
eliminate them when they are in these unreachable areas remember that you
won’t be able to loot their corpses unless you have Telekinesis equipped. If
you have it or don’t care go right ahead. Taking care of enemies individually
makes your job easier as you continue down the stairs. You don’t want to be
engaged in a battle with a Houdini splicer on the stairs because there is no
room to move to dodge their attacks and it’s easy to run into a hazard on the
stairs or fall off them if you are trying to dodge. Once you make your way to
the bottom of the stairs is the time when you’ll be forced to deal with more
than one at a time but is also the only time when you can move around and
attack like normal. I always try to enrage as many as I can because chasing
them around is futile. It also helps to set the ice splicers on fire because
they are typically the strongest and this way they will slowly wear down.
Either the pistol or machine gun works well for taking care of whoever is left.
Room #6: All Kinds of Enemies
Rose: In between the wall and the bunker to right of Little Sister vent.
This may be my favorite challenge room and one I normally try to make among
the first covered. The variety of enemies is the best chance to get a lot of
research done which saves time in the specialty rooms and helps get to
prepared for the final test. The turret here is already disabled so all you
have to do to hack it is walk right up to it and start hacking. If you use
Enrage on the Big Daddy here he will clean house. All the explosive barrels
here make this one of the few rooms where Telekinesis is useful, but if there
is a splicer next to one shooting the barrel gets the job done. Be sure to
search the nitro splicer grenade boxes because this is the only chance you
get for some free grenades. You might want to upgrade the grenade launcher
here in preparation for the next challenge.
Room #7: All Kinds of Big Daddies
Rose: Behind a log next to the wall to the left side of the Little Sister vent.
It’s closer to the corner of the outlet opposite the vent.
This is predictably the hardest room and by far the hardest in the Tough Guy
challenge. This room also definitively answers the question of which Big Daddy
is the best. Elite Rosie is the alpha Big Daddy by a mile. When you first
arrive in this arena you’ll see a Bouncer walking by. Leave him alone for now
and head forward to where you see a Rosie and an Elite Rosie crossing paths.
Enrage the Rosie so that it can get in a couple shots before the Elite Rosie
starts to fight back. Now would be a good time to take some pictures of these
two because these will be the only Rosies you’ll encounter here. Once you stop
getting bonuses move on to the area by the water wheel. This is a key area to
remember because this area has a free first aid kit, Power to the People
machine, and a health station. Turn to the right of the PttP station and
you’ll see an Elite Bouncer swinging away at the Little Sister vent. Leave
him alone for now. By now the Rosie should be dead so you can go collect the
contents of him and his rivet gun. Also, the Bouncer should be in view of the
Elite Rosie and use Enrage to get them to duke it out. Wait until the Bouncer
is dead to goad the Elites into a fight. You want the Elite Rosie to take as
much damage as possible and therefore don’t want to take a chance of any other
Big Daddies fighting amongst themselves. You’ll usually have to Enrage the
Elite Bouncer and let him chase you until he is in view of the Elite Rosie
and then use it again to get him to direct his attention elsewhere. If you’re
lucky the Elite Rosie will have about 75% of his health left once its down
to you and him. If you have any of the specialty ammo that can only be built
like armor-piercing machine gun rounds, electric gel, or heat-seeking missiles
now would be a good time to use them. If not, steel-tipped bolts still to an
effective job. Try to bring the fight into the area specified before because
the long corridor provides good cover if you can get him to circle around
here and the health station being nearby allows you to use it. Try not to
rely on using Telekinesis for playing hot potato because he can usually use
his rivet gun to detonate it before you can catch it and throw it back. A few
crossbow shots that hit their mark will take care of him.
Room #8: Security Turret Maze
Rose: Against the wall on top of the second set of gears to the left of the
right of the PttP machine. This is another case where finding the rose is the
easy part. You’ll have to position yourself correctly then time a jump
correctly. No possibility of death but still usually require some time and
As was the case in the Security Bots room, if you hack a turret you’ll
probably see this message: Hacking an enemy counts as defeating it for the
purposes of this Challenge Room.
The first turret you see will be an RPG turret to the right of where you
enter. You can hack it by disabling it with Electrobolt or distracting it by
using Security Bullseye on the splicer that comes by here. The bullseye uses
less Eve so I use that whenever possible. You will definitely want to take
pictures of the first couple turrets you encounter so that you will be able
to instantly hack them. If you go back to the beginning area and take a left
you will soon be near the Big Daddy in this arena. Stick Security Bullseye on
him to serve two purposes: destroying several turrets and eliminating him.
Try to hack as many turrets as you can because there are a number of leadhead
splicers wandering around here and this way you kill two birds with on stone.
If you don’t want to or don’t have enough Eve to hack all the turrets a direct
hit from a crossbow bolt will destroy it. If you don’t see any enemies still
alive but haven't heard the room completed music it most likely that you’ve
missed one of the several flame turrets tucked in between barriers at the end
of the maze walls. If you want, you can destroy the turrets you’ve hacked
with your wrench to collect the items inside.
Now that you’ve completed all the rooms, all you have to do is walk up to the
Little Sister in the central hub and collect her right? Unfortunately you’ll
find there is one last challenge for you to overcome. So before you walk up
the stairs to pick her up stop over by the vending machines to stock up for
the last onslaught. First stop by the U-Invent to see if there are any items
that can be built. If you have enough components for an auto-hack tool or
two be sure to use them on the health stations. If you haven’t purchased
Cyclone Trap 2 yet now is the time to get it. All the enemies that show up
here will materialize like Houdini splicers at the various teleportation
spots and this way you’ll be able to eliminate a number of them the minute
they arrive. Remember that like with trap bolts there are a limited number of
traps you can have set at once so don’t set too many. Also if one or more of
the health stations aren’t hacked you can put a trap in front of them to keep
wounded splicers from healing at them. Spend all the ADAM you can on plasmids
or tonics and all your money on ammo, etc. If you need to heal later there
will be plenty of cash to pick up from dead splicers later. Once your ready
walk up the stairs and wait until the lights come partially back on.
The first wave of splicers will be mostly thuggish and leadhead splicers. If
you set up Cyclone Traps many of them will be taken care of (or at least
partially) before they have a chance to come after you. Regardless, you will
still need to take care of most yourself. As the first wave is ending another
wave of spider and nitro splicers begin to arrive. You can run around trying
to reset the traps but that strategy is inefficient since you have to keep
track of how many there are and that plasmid drains a lot of Eve. Mow them
down and eventually some Houdini splicers will arrive. Once all of them are
gone two leadhead splicers controlling two security bots. If you have Security
Bullseye (if not equipped swap it in at the Gene Bank) use it to get the bots
to turn on their masters. A quicker option is to just shoot them so that the
bots will shut down. Be sure to hack them both because them will be a big
help for the last enemy- a Bouncer. While they are keeping him occupied equip
whatever Big Daddy specialty ammunition (grenades, armor-piercing rounds,
electric gel) you may have. If you don’t have any just make sure everything
else is fully loaded to bring him down. Once he finally succumbs, the lights
will come on and the Little Sister will flip the switch to allow access to
the area she was hiding in. Collect her and the Rescuer trophy.
Tough Guy Trophy:
Rescue the Little Sister using only plasmids, tonics, the wrench and the
research camera, on Medium or higher difficulty.
This is the only Silver Trophy that can be obtained from the downloadable
content and in my opinion is the most fun challenge for Worlds of Hurt.
There are other methods for completing this challenge but this one has proven
effective on Survivor so it’s guaranteed to work on Medium difficulty.
Room #1: A Single Splicer
This room can be done exactly like in the normal mode: just grab the wrench
and beat him to death with it. However, here’s a tip to remember to avoid
accidentally using any other weapons later: don’t pick up the pistol or bullets
on your way into this room. If you don’t have any ammunition for a weapon it
will be skipped when you cycle through your weapons making it impossible to
actually fire. When you are done scour the room for items and take a picture
of the dead splicer after you get the camera. No need to bother with the
Power to the People machines here.
Now that you have some cash and ADAM you can start stocking up on supplies.
Obviously there is no need to even bother buying anything other than First Aid
Kits, Eve hypos, and film. Spend all of your money on film now, you will be
using a lot of film throughout this run. Check the U-Invent every few trips
back up to see if you have enough components to build auto-hack tools. Now or
during the next round would be a good time to try hacking the U-Invent or
health stations in the central hub. You can try hacking the Circus of Values
machine but there is little need to as your wallet will be overflowing due to
not needing to buy ammunition. It’s up to you if you want to buy a plasmid at
the Gatherers Gardens or wait until you can afford one of the more expensive
ones. I like to pick up Security Bullseye now since it’s cheap, uses little
Eve, and I like to get the security equipment rooms out of the way first.
Room #2: A Single Big Daddy
Use the film you bought to take as many photos as you can. In the normal mode
you can only take four photos of a single subject but here you can sometimes
get five. If you’re lucky, you can fill the first two research bars here and
get Wrench Jockey 2. If not, you’ll get it right away in the next room with
a Bouncer. If you bought Security Bullseye before coming here, you can
implement essentially the same strategy as normal. Just stand to the right of
the pillar and use the bullseye on him. Sidestep his charge and let the
electrified water take care of the rest. If you don’t have Security Bullseye
or any other plasmid, you can still smack him with the wrench and get him to
chase you until he gets into the water. This option is obviously much more
dangerous and bears a significant risk of taking substantial damage. Once
he’s finally finished search the room and head on up.
By now you should have all the film you’ll need so now is a good time to
start filling up on First Aid Kits and Eve hypos. If you bought Security
Bullseye on your last trip up you should have 130 ADAM, meaning you can
afford Enrage and still have 10 ADAM left over.
Room #3: Security Bots
I always make this the first room to tackle for a simple reason: there are
only two actual enemies. Once you enter this room you will here an alarm
sounding, but you don’t have to worry about it. Go through the door that says
"cold storage" on the immediate left from where you enter and follow the
tunnels directly until you see a deactivated bot lying on the ground. Take a
picture of it. Even though it is "dead" a photo will complete the rest of the
current research bar and get you part of the way to the next research reward:
automatically successful hacks. Hack this bot and use Security Bullseye to send
it after the Bouncer in the next room. Now is a good time to take pictures of
him and the rest of the bots that soon join the party. If he manages to
deactivate one hack it or reactivate it. Once you can’t take anymore pictures,
move onto the room with the thuggish splicer and take a couple pictures of
him as he just starts to take notice. Get him to chase you until he is in
the same room as the Big Daddy and then Enrage him. He won’t do a lot of
damage to the Bouncer, but every bit helps. While he’s on his kamikaze
mission is a good time to search for the area for any disabled bots to use.
Hopefully, the bots will take care of him but more likely you will have to
finish him off yourself. If at all possible try to draw him into the room
with the health station for the final battle.
By the time you are done you should have 90 ADAM which is exactly the amount
needed for Electrobolt 3. One tip to remember when buying any plasmid is that
after the purchase your Eve bar will be refilled, so don’t waste a hypo in
between if you buy a plasmid. Be sure to be fully stocked on Eve hypos before
moving onto the next room.
Room #4: Security Turret Maze
Now that you have Electrobolt and Security Bullseye this room should be a
breeze. Before you drop down into this room try to zoom in on several of the
turrets (I’d recommend some of the ones farthest from the floor level entrance
first) and take pictures until hacking them becomes automatic. Once you enter,
short out the RPG turret to the right (for hacking of course) and head back
towards the entrance area to avoid getting in the crossfire of the machine gun
turret in the other corner of this section. Quickly move in front of the flame
turret to the left of the entrance area and hack it. (Because they have
limited peripheral vision here, flame turrets have a small window of
opportunity where they can often be hacked without having to disable or
distract them.) By now a splicer and the RPG turret in this area should have
become aware of your presence so to stay alive use Security Bullseye against
the splicer. Now that the turrets are pre-occupied hack the machine gun turret
in the corner. Take care of hacking the RPG turret and flame turret in this
area once the splicer is dead. Once they are under your command apply the
bullseye to the Big Daddy directly in front of you. Hopefully he will first
attack the machine gun turret in the corner to the right of him. If not, it
will just cost you some Eve later on. To keep out of his path of destruction
go back towards the entrance and hack the machine gun turret in view of the
first turret encountered. By now you should know that all non-mechanical
enemies found on this level should be dealt with via SB. One by one hack each
turret until you either hear the level cleared music or only you and the Big
Daddy remaining. If he is still alive and swinging get SB ready and use it on
him from enough of a distance that a functional turret will be able to lock
in on him before he can get to you. Once everything is clear, you can use
your wrench to smash each turret in search of components. Batteries, rubber
hoses, and brass tubes are the only components relevant to this challenge so
if the turrets don’t yield any of the above or useful items like bandages or
coffee just leave it. If you took enough pictures of the leadhead splicers
here, you should have the Scrounger tonic at your disposal. It doesn’t have a
whole lot of use in this challenge but can help some here.
When you come up you may have enough components to build an automatic hack
tool. If you do, go ahead and use it on one of the health stations now to
save a few bucks healing in between rounds. This is a round break where you
have many options for what to do with your 80 ADAM. You can buy Insect Swarm
3, get some of the useful tonics such as Eve Link, Eve Saver, Armored Shell,
Wrench Jockey, Static Discharge, etc. or just save it for later. I generally
try to get Armored Shell and/or Eve Link/Eve Saver here. Armored Shell because
or is overall damage reduction and fills one of the three valuable combat
tonic slots, and one of the Eve tonics because it saves valuable hypos and
leaves some ADAM left over for after the next round.
Room #5: Spider Splicers
Now even more so than in other rounds you want to be sure to do your research
from the bird’s eye view. If you take all the photos you can of every one,
you should be able to have them fully researched before dropping down into the
combat area. Research will also net Extra Nutrition 3, equip it if you don’t
already have the slots filled with better tonics. Save your progress before
actually dropping down as always. If you can carry it, take the Eve hypo
inside the corpse hanging by the entrance, otherwise pick it up afterward.
Move to the left area with the homemade bunker and the only real water area in
this challenge. Use Enrage if more than one are in the area, otherwise try to
draw them into the water for Toaster in the Tub. If one happens to be crawling
along the ceiling Electrobolt 3 will bring them down, if they happen to be
directly above the water they will be electrocuted almost as much as if they
were standing in it from the start. If you happen to shock them on dry land
the 1-2 punch will deal significant damage. If they survive the 1-2 punch be
wary of them retaliating with the dropkick attack. On this level more than any
wounded enemies are a threat to heal themselves at the health station. If you
see one headed there freeze them in they’re tracks with Electrobolt and
finish them off with the wrench. If one or more splicers are engaged in battle
you might want to go over there and be on guard for when the loser comes
running. Before you leave this room you should be fully stocked on health
kits or close to due to the abundance of healing items on this level.
Whether you tackle the Houdini Splicers or All Kinds of Enemies room next
depends on which plasmid you buy. You will want to have Incinerate 2 for the
Houdini room and Insect Swarm 3 for the others.
Room #6: Houdini Splicers
This room can either be really easy or really hard. As stated previously,
falling to your death is easy to do if you’re not paying attention. The other
decision that affects the difficulty is whether or not you intend to loot the
corpses. Some tips: If you rely on Enrage, most of the enemies will take care
of each other but at the cost of not being able to collect the items they
carry and being left with only the more difficult ice splicers at the end.
You also run the risk of one of the ice splicers getting stuck in a loop of
freezing an enemy, teleporting away and back again, then freezing the same
still frozen enemy. This can be very troublesome due to the fact that he and
the other splicer will usually be in an area unreachable to you. This is
where Incinerate comes in handy. It will slowly kill enemies that won’t come
to an area where you can kill them directly with the wrench and weaken other
enemies to make it easier when that time comes. If a splicer attacks you
directly they will eventually move onto the stairs. While this puts you at a
greater risk for damage it gives you the opportunity to use the 1-2 punch.
This maneuver will spell instant death to all Houdini splicers except for ice
splicers even on Survivor difficulty. Once you have worked your way to the
bottom feel free to use all the plasmids and other tactics as you normally
would. Be sure that your research is complete or almost so by the time you
reach the bottom. Natural Camouflage does not work here but will be extremely
valuable in the later challenges. Reaching the research level that grants
you the ability to better recognize where Houdini splicers appear will make
success here much more attainable.
If you don’t already have Insect Swarm 3 get it now.
Swap out Security Bullseye.
Room #7: All Kinds of Enemies
Have a decent amount of film available because as the title indicates, there
are all kinds of enemies to research, most of which can be done during the
overview. When you drop down first run right to the deactivated turret and
hack it. Step back behind some cover while the turret takes care of the Nitro
and/or Houdini splicer in this area. Move over to where the Big Daddy is and
Enrage the leadhead behind the wall so that she can get a couple shots in
before he eliminates her. If there are any of the Nitro splicers still around
try to Enrage him as well. They are among the few enemies that can do some
real damage to the Bouncer. Otherwise leave him alone for the moment and move
to the adjacent area where pretty much every variety of splicer is
congregated. Use Enrage again to set off a fracas. If the Big Daddy is done
with the splicer Enrage him to draw him into this area to clean up and
hopefully take some damage in the process. During this time is a good
opportunity to scan the area for any remaining splicers that may be wandering
around by themselves. Use Incinerate or Electrobolt plus wrench to take care
of them. In the likely event that the Big Daddy will be the sole survivor
once the dust settles. Whip out Insect Swarm 3 and use it on him. While he is
occupied with the bugs run behind a wall and stay put until the Natural
Camouflage takes effect. Wait awhile after the effects of the swarm wear off
(you will here a loud buzzing sound) while he looks for you. If he doesn’t
find you after a few seconds he will go back to the vent. However the moment
he sees you he will come after you so don’t let your guard down. Repeat this
process as necessary until he is finally finished.
Before the final room you will want to get everything in order. Be fully
stocked on health packs and Eve hypos. Have the plasmids Enrage and Insect
Swarm 3 available as your primary attacks and Incinerate 2 and Electrobolt 3
as backups. For Physical Tonics you want to have SportsBoost 1 & 2, Natural
Camouflage, and either Eve Link or Eve Saver. For Combat Tonics go with Wrench
Jockey 2, Armored Shell, Static Discharge, Wrench Jockey 1 if you bought it.
Feel free to go ahead and swap out Photographer’s Eye 2 if you have five of
these. You should be able to finish the Bouncer research if it hasn’t already
been without it and it won’t make any real difference with what Rosie
research can net.
Room #8: All Kinds of Big Daddies
The first stage of this level is more or less done the same as advised in the
standard walkthrough. One by one Enrage the enemy near the Elite Rosie so
that he will eliminate them and hopefully take as much damage as possible in
the process. Once its down to just you and him, get behind him and stand
still until Natural Camouflage turns you invisible. Wait until he’s about to
turn a corner and unleash Insect Swarm 3 on him. Immediately turn tail and
run and put several walls behind you and him (go clear to the other side of
the arena if necessary) and stay put again until you can’t be seen again.
Wait until you hear the swarm disperse and his footsteps sound like he has
given up pursuit and has returned to his patrol route. Slowly make your way
back to where he is and send them after him again. Be careful, if he sees you,
he will attack. If you were just near where he was you can wait until he walks
past you to start your attack. Don’t think just because you have turned
invisible when you attack he won’t still attack you, so try to stick to the run
& hide technique. Once he’s finally done search the room and take the ride up.
DO NOT try to retrieve the Little Sister until you are ready, and by ready I
mean getting stocked up on supplies and such. The last room should have
produced enough components to build another automatic hack tool. Build it an
use it on the other health station. If by chance you can build three hack
tools use the third on the Circus of Values machine. Stop at the Gatherer’s
Gardens and purchase Cyclone Trap 2. Set up a vortex at each of the
teleportation spots so that the first wave will practically be taken care of
as the arrive. Once they at all set up and you have fully stocked up on items,
go try to retrieve the Little Sister.
As they arrive it might not be a bad idea to replace the traps but don’t spend
too much time on that because two will completely drain your Eve and there are
bound to be some enemies attacking you. Work you way through the horde using
a combination of Enrage and 1-2 punches until the splicers with hacked bots
arrive. Now might be a good time to stop at the Gene Bank and swap out Enrage
with Security Bullseye and Cyclone Trap 2 with Insect Swarm 3. Use SB to get
the bots to take out their masters and then hack them once they fall to the
ground. It doesn’t hurt to stick SB on the Big Daddy right away so they don’t
waste time waiting to attack him. While the bots and Big Daddy are engaged in
battle would be a good time to make your final trip to the CoV for items. Once
both bots have been destroyed get Insect Swarm ready to use it to wear him
down the same way as has been done before. If he comes charging after you,
shock him with Electrobolt to freeze him in place. Once he’s finally dead, go
up the stairs to collect the Little Sister and the Tough Guy trophy.
Rescue the Little Sister in under 15:00, on Medium or higher difficulty.
If the Tough Guy trophy was a Silver trophy, this one should be Gold.
Unfortunately, it’s just another Bronze trophy to add to your collection. It
is usually the one trophy preventing players from having 100% completion so
at least you can have the bragging rights of that once you finish this.
This challenge is all about speed, so every second counts. No time for
scavenging around for items or any other time killers.
Here are a few tips for shaving seconds off your times:
Don’t stop at the vending machines after completing every room. Sometimes you
have no choice but to restock on ammo, supplies, and ADAM upgrades, but you
will need to go directly from one room to the adjacent room a minimum of two
times to make it in under the target time. You may want to do a run on Easy
difficulty just to get used to which routes work fastest for you and which
tactics are most efficient in certain rooms.
Re-load when you are going to collect the gift from the Little Sister at the
conclusion of each level or when you are going to the next room. The later
will be more common as much of the time you wont have a full clips worth of a
certain ammo until after you stop at the machines in the hub. To save time
reloading mid-battle, try to have only one type of ammo for each weapon and
try to have a specific use for each weapon. (See Weapons Advice section for
details about my recommendations.) Several of the ammos I’ve chosen are
specialty ammos that have to be selected with the directional pad. To save
time loading them hold the left analog stick forward as you are running into
the next room and use your right hand to select the appropriate button on
the directional pad.
Research, but don’t over research.
By this I mean don’t just stand there trying to milk every available photo
out of a subject or trying to center or zoom in a shot for a higher score.
You do want to do some research to get the damage increases but can’t do so
at the expense of time. If there are subjects in view go ahead and take a
shot or two but don’t stop for anything other than lining up a headshot. Every
splicer will go down with one crossbow head shot so the research will only
speed up other attacks. If all of your weapons are fully loaded before the door
opens to a new room try to get a view photos in as you cross above the arena.
Try to use your ADAM on tonics that enhance your efficiency rather than
plasmids. Tonics are always active and don’t drain Eve and therefore are
better suited for speed. Weapons are almost always faster ways of killing
enemies. Most damage plasmids can only be used two or three times before
having to reload which is another reason to try to use them sparingly here.
Your wallet will be lighter here than in other rounds because you won’t be
searching every corpse and container. Spending $38 for two or maybe three
kills is also fiscally inefficient. Before the final test I usually only use
Electrobolt 3 as my main offensive plasmid due to the fact that it works
against all enemies and combining it with the wrench will finish off most
splicers. Enrage is still needed for rooms with Big Daddies and Security
Bullseye helps with the obvious. One of the first tonics I try to get is
Clever Inventor. Even though it’s an Engineering Tonic, it allows you to
build more of the specialty ammunitions that gives you more firepower and
therefore makes you able to kill enemies faster. Eve Link and Eve Saver serve
their obvious purposes. I prefer Eve Link because if your Eve is zero using a
med kit will allow you to use a plasmid again one more time. Medical Expert 2
helps you save money on First Aid Kits and in some cases helps you stay alive.
I can’t recommend buying more than two Physical Tonics because you don’t want
to swap out SportsBoost 1 or 2 during this challenge. Armored Shell and Static
Discharge are the universally useful Combat Tonics. The third or forth option
is a more difficult decision. If you’ve researched Bouncer enough you will
earn Wrench Jockey 2 which is worth a spot even though the wrench is the least
efficient weapon in your arsenal. Human Inferno 2 is really only useful as a
complement to Incinerate 2. I usually go with Electric Flesh 2 because I use
ElectroBolt 3 and if I have any Electric Gel this makes it almost as effective
as reducing the consumption rate on the chemical thrower.
Heed the advice of the load screens: save often and in multiple slots.
I wouldn’t recommend saving as you are completing a room but saving
immediately before you drop down is helpful for replaying a room. Multiple
slots are especially beneficial because if you have made good time after a
certain number of rooms you can do retries starting halfway through instead
of at the beginning. Try to keep an eye on the timer but more importantly try
to keep time in you head during each room. Try to target 1:30 for each room.
If you average that you will have 3 minutes for the part at the end as well
as the time in between each room. Several rooms will obviously take longer
than that (Houdini, Turret Maze, All Kinds) and 2:00 to 2:30 is a more realist
goal. The goal is to try to average around 1:30 and the first two rooms and
some of the other quicker rooms will make up for the time consuming ones. If
any room takes three minutes or more or longer than it usually takes to
complete reload and try again. In any event, this will require a large amount
of planning (knowing your route and where to find all the enemies),
perseverance (many retries), skill (not missing shots), and a bit of luck.
Onto the walkthrough. Keep in mind this is not this only route or strategy,
but it worked for me.
Room #1: A Single Splicer:
As with all the other speed challenges you want to hit the ground running as
the game loads and don’t stop moving unless it is necessary. Run to the
entrance, grab the weapons and get down into the arena as fast as possible.
If you run straight ahead you can loot the corpse in the middle, then strafe
to the right and shoot the splicer (two shots max), loot his and the Big
Daddy's corpse then take the gift. Once you have your weapons back upgrade
the damage on the crossbow and head up. If everything went right you should be
reading the next challenge message after 30 or 35 seconds.
Depending on if you looted the planted corpses and what everything yielded
you can buy 3 rounds of steel tipped bolts or 2 rounds and some film.
Room #2: A Single Big Daddy
Get the items in the corpse right behind the gate and drop down. If you have
some film take a photo or two before you move into position. Grab the crossbow
and put two shots into him before he charges. Sidestep so he lands in the
water put another bolt or two in at point-blank range, and if there is a
sliver of health left switch to the pistol and use those rounds on him. You
will only be able to collect one bolt from him no matter what and the bullets
were free. Loot his corpse and the one by the Power to the People machine. I
don’t know if crossbow bolt breakage chance is the best option here because it
only applies to misses, but it is the upgrade I always get anyway. Your time
when done should be 1:30 tops, if you can finish both under 1:15 you’ll
definitely want to save in a new slot after making your purchases.
The cash gift from this room is $240 so you’ll definitely want to stock up now.
I usually try to get a clip or two of machine gun rounds, at least 2 or 3
bundles of crossbow bolts, some film especially if I didn’t get any before,
a couple First Aid Kits and maybe an Eve hypo if I still have some cash left.
As far as Plasmids go Security Bullseye and Enrage or Electrobolt 3 are good
Room #3: Security Bots
Take a left after you drop down. Don’t forget to pick up the various items
along the path like the distilled water, cash next to it and items in the
trunk. Take a picture of the disabled bot before hacking it if you have film.
Whether or not you choose to use the PttP machine here is your call. It will
add a few seconds to your time but it’s not too far out of the way. If you go
I’d suggest machine gun damage. Right ahead of you as always is the Little
Sister vent with the Big Daddy swinging away. Stick the bullseye and move onto
the room with the splicer. Take care of him with any remaining pistol rounds or
the machine gun to finish him quickly and eliminate the bots he was
controlling. Turn you attention back to the Big Daddy and put all of your
bolts into him. If he isn’t dead by then finish him off with the machine gun.
Any total time under 3:00 after finishing this room is a good start. If you
can get under 2:45 you’ll definitely want to open a new file to save.
Room #4: Houdini Splicers
Be care not to get caught up taking too many photos here. If you start taking
pictures while they are standing around unaware they may teleport away before
you can shoot them which wastes precious seconds. For most of this room you
will be sniping splicers with the crossbow as you strafe your way down the
stairs. Houdini splicers are some of the weakest health wise so you don’t
necessarily have to get a crossbow headshot for a one hit kill. If one happens
to start attacking and teleport to a part of the stairs below you can use the
1-2 punch for a kill that allows you to loot them. Eventually you’ll make you
way to the bottom. Get off the stairs and go directly to the Pttp machine.
Machine gun damage (if you don’t have it already), kickback, or pistol clip
size are all good choices. I prefer clip size first over damage because if
you are using anti-personnel rounds a headshot will one-hit kill any splicer
and a couple body shots will take care of them as well. 24 round clip size
also means you won’t need to reload in during your time in a room which saves
time and time is obviously the whole point of this challenge. A couple
seconds after stopping at the Pttp machine an ice splicer will materialize in
the central area directly in front of you. One shot with the crossbow will
take care of him same as the others. A fire splicer should show up shortly
afterward, either a crossbow shot or a few machine gun rounds will take care
of her and finish the room. If you can finish this room with a total time of
5 minutes or less you’ve got a great shot at completing this challenge. Half
the rooms in a third of the time gives you a bit of a leeway in the later
At this point you will need to stop at the vending machines. If you stop at
the Gatherer’s Gardens first you can pick up whichever of the Enrage or
Electrobolt 3 pair not already acquired, and Clever Inventor along with some
other tonics. I specifically listed Clever Inventor it increases the odds of
being able to build certain specialty ammos or maybe even more of them.
Room #5: Spider Splicers
Since this one is on the way now is the time to get it out of the way. Get
whatever new ammos acquired loaded and if there is time do some fly-by
photography. This room can more or less be approached similarly to normal.
Go to the left and try to bring down the one here with the crossbow. Switch
the machine gun or pistol if some start doing their back flip routine. Try to
draw as many as you can into or over the water area. Whichever ones don’t get
electrocuted can be finished of with the 1-2 punch. The 1-2 punch may not
take care of a splicer here that is at full health so you can use shocking
them as an opportunity to line up a headshot. You should be able to get at
least 3 of the 5 taken care of here. If not the forth should be on the ceiling
between the water and the Little Sister vent. The last one will be by herself
on the ceiling in the long hall to the left of the vent. This is the only room
where I deliberately skip the Pttp machine since it is so far out of the way.
Try to stock up as much as you can here. If everything goes right you may not
have to make another trip back to the vending machines. Now would be a good
time to buy six frag grenades.
Room #6: Security Turret Maze
This is a room where you definitely want to be taking pictures as you run
over it. There is a good chance you will make some progress on leadhead
splicers but more importantly you want to be able to at least have the option
of the turret auto hack. More or less you will be following the same path as
before here. When you drop down take a picture of the first turret if you
haven’t reached the research goal yet and shoot it with the crossbow. Try to
hack the flame turret before it becomes aware and stick Security Bullseye on
the splicer in this area. Shoot the machine gun turret in the corner and try
to hack the RPG while it’s still distracted. Try to get the flame turret
hacked as well because you don’t want to have to backtrack to this area later.
Stick SB on the Big Daddy and heal at the health station if you need to before
moving on. Be sure that the leadhead is dead too even if you have to finish
the job yourself. By now the machine gun turrets in the corner near the
entrance may be firing at you so either shoot it with the crossbow or use SB
on any splicer that may have wandered into this area. Shooting a turret is
usually preferred in this run because it’s faster, cheaper, and destroyed
turrets yield lots of valuable components and often extra machine gun rounds,
but if a splicer is present hacking ensures that you’ve killed the proverbial
two birds with one stone. Once this turret is neutralized, shoot the one by
the Pttp machine (finish of the machine gun upgrades if you haven’t already,
otherwise move onto the pistol or maybe even chemical thrower consumption if
you have some gel), followed by the one behind it. If there is a splicer in
this area use SB and try to speed up his demise with the machine gun then
shoot the flame turret and other turret. Now it’s likely just you and the
Big Daddy. Be looking to see if the turret in the corner next to him is still
intact. If it is use SB for some more teamwork, otherwise just make a
pincushion out of him with the crossbow.
Room #7: All Kinds of Big Daddies
Drop down here and Enrage the Bouncer walking by, keep running and do the same
to the Rosies that happen to be crossing paths. Hopefully the Bouncer joins
the Rosie brawl instead of going after the Elite Bouncer. Since your goal is
speed if he picks a fight with the other Bouncer just reload. Pick up the
health pack by the Pttp and upgrade grenade launcher damage immunity if you
have any grenades. Clear at the other end of the room is the Elite Bouncer.
You should be able to get two or maybe three crossbow shots in before having
to sidestep his charge. Turn around and finish him off before he can turn
around. If there was a three way Big Daddy fight going on during this time it
should be coming to its conclusion. Try to stick the Elite Rosie with a couple
crossbow shots during this time to make your job as easy as possible once the
others are dead. Try to finish him off with what is left in this particular
quiver of arrows and switch to the grenade launcher if they run out. I really
wouldn’t recommend electric gel just yet unless its an emergency. The Elite
Rosie is the only Big Daddy in this challenge that drops a reward on par with
what you usually get so be sure to pick it up even if it means taking a couple
extra seconds in this room.
You’ll probably be visiting the vending machines now for two reasons.
1) It’s extremely unlikely that you won’t need to restock ammunition, etc.
after the last two rooms. 2) Your wallet will be close to full now, especially
if you looted the Elite Rosie. While time is more important than money in this
challenge, having a full wallet before you take the gift from the Little
Sister at the end of the next room is throwing $120 away. Now also wouldn’t be
a bad time to pick up Cyclone Trap 2 and/or some of the useful tonics that
you don’t have already.
Room #8: All Kinds of Enemies
This is another room where you might be able to get some decent research done
from above. The first thing you should do once you are actually in the room
is hack the turret. Try to take care of the Nitro and Houdini splicer here
quickly so that you don’t have to worry about them destroying your turret.
If you need to heal do it at the health station and if you bought Cyclone
Trap 2 set one by it to stand guard. Enrage the splicer with the machine gun
so she can weaken the Big Daddy while you take care of the rest. You can
Enrage him to have him clean house but I try to leave him for last for two
reasons. 1) It’s really easy to get caught in his path of destruction,
especially here due to all the explosive hazards. 2) I will always know
exactly where to find the Big Daddy: right by the exit. There usually is a
Houdini splicer in the hall between here and the largest concentration of
splicers in this room. Take care of her with one crossbow shot then switch to
the machine gun and open fire on the barrels in the corner just beyond her.
The explosion will easily eliminate the Nitro splicer hiding back here and if
your lucky another one. Take care of everyone in this area by whatever means
that doesn’t require reloading and use your last weapon upgrade. Electrobolt
will bring the spider splicer down to the ground or hold her still for a quick
execution. Turn the corner and head towards the Big Daddy. The usual
combination of bolts and grenades or gel will take care of him and keep him
in your path.
Once you are back to the hub immediately run to retrieve the Little Sister so
that you don’t waste any time standing alone in the dark. The lights of the
U-Invent are your best indicator of you position at first and that is where
you want to be going first anyway. If you can build an auto-hack tool use it
on the adjacent health station. Try to get a full 24 anti-personnel pistol
rounds as that is your most efficient ammunition for this part. In fact I
would stick with that until its gone. If you can get some gel or exploding
buckshot now is the time to do it. Stock up on Eve Hypos now, Cyclone Trap 2
can only be used twice before needing to refill whether you have Eve Saver or
not. Speaking of which, get it if you don’t have it and start putting traps on
all of the portals to thin out as much of the first wave as you can after that
stick one in front of any unhacked health stations and be done with it.
Electrobolt 3 is the only plasmid you may need for actual combat. This whole
section is so chaotic that it is hard to have a specific strategy for dealing
with the splicers that don’t walk into the traps, but that is why I recommend
ant pistol rounds. Another time saving tip is if there aren’t any spilcers in
the immediate vicinity, equip the grenade launcher. Whenever you see a blue
cloud materializing, launch a frag grenade in its direction. Accuracy is less
of a concern with grenades and one is more or less a one hit kill for any
splicer. This is especially useful for the last two splicers that bring
security bots. The Big Daddy will go down the same as all the others. Some
crossbow bolts at long range, frag grenades at long to midrange, and electric
gel when he gets up close and personal. If you reduced the chemical thrower’s
consumption rate and equipped Electric Flesh 2, the gel should finish him
quickly. He will need to go down with at least 15 seconds to spare to still
meet this goal. Don't be surprised if this area requires mulitple retries to
stay under goal just like the actual rooms. Once finally completed,
congratulations on earning all the trophies for the downloadable content.
CREDITS, LEGAL, & MISCELLANEOUS
Credit for assistance with the Collector trophies goes to:
YouTube user Overlord73 for the video clip of the "Worlds of Hurt"
rose locations. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCJR6CUpMKU
Virus66 for posting information about where roses in other rooms are:
Gilium for the extra Master Electrician strategy.
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