Enter the Night
The Dark Knight has finally made his first appearance (non-LEGO) on the current generation of video game consoles. Here is a guide to obtaining all the achievements in Batman Arkham Asylum.
Most of these are story-based and will be automatically achieved as you complete the game’s campaign. Though others you will have to work a little harder to get. Though it requires some time and patience, all 1,000 are attainable. The pursuit is made all the more smoother and enjoyable as Arkham Asylum itself is a phenomenal game.
Put Em’ Up
The following achievements are combat-based. A few you will achieve just through random, button-mashing, while others will require at least a shred of strategy and the benefit of various upgrades you attain during the game. Also, the combinations come easier as the game proceeds, due mostly to the fact that you’ll face many more henchmen at a time as the difficulty increases.
Freeflow Combo 5 - 5 pts
Complete a combo of 5 moves (any play mode) – This and the following achievement can be attained through button mashing.
Freeflow Combo 10 - 5 pts
Complete a combo of 10 moves (any play mode) – See above achievement, you’ll likely get these on accident.
Freeflow Combo 20 - 10 pts
Complete a combo of 20 moves (any play mode) – This is a bit more challenging, as the game’s difficulty progresses you’ll be able to reach this by attacking large enough gains, ideally eight or more.
Freeflow Combo 40 - 10 pts
Complete a combo of 40 moves (any play mode) – This is just as hard as it sounds, if not more so.
Freeflow Perfection - 10 pts
Perform a perfect combo including all of Batman’s combat moves - I recommend unlocking all of Batman’s combat upgrades first.
Freakshow Rodeo - 10 pts
Ride Titan henchman and knock down 10 thugs - This is best done near the elevator prior to fighting Ivy. Stun the Titan with a batarang, beat up, climb him and guide him the rest of the way.
Big Bang – 50 pts
Complete the game on easy – Pretty self-explanatory. Don’t do this though, see next achievement.
Bigger Bang - 50 pts
Complete the game on normal - All things considered this game isn’t that hard on Normal, either. The nice thing here is if you beat the game on normal, you automatically get credit for beating the campaign on normal mode as well.
Biggest Bang - 50 pts
Complete the game on hard - After this, you’ll wish it was worth more than 50 points. If you’re crazy enough to do this first, you will get the points for beating it on the lower two difficulties.
Night Glider - 5 pts
Glide continuously for over 100 meters - An outside environment or the larger rooms where you hunt down henchmen are the best locations. Thought its only worth 5 points, its a bit more difficult than it seems.
Party Pooper – 10 pts
When you finally get to the Joker’s party, remain outside the visitor’s center, don’t walk through to the next area until you’ve dispatched the henchmen. This is also a great place to pick up the 20 hit combo if you haven’t already.
Rope-A-Dope-A-Dope – 10 pts
String up one henchman and cut him down to scare another – You can only do this once you’ve gotten the inverted takedown upgrade. Wait until you get a guy hanging from a gargoyle, then break the rope via batarang when others are nearby. Besides getting the points, its also incredibly amusing.
Mano-A-Mano – 10 pts
Take on a beast in hand-to-hand combat – Beating a Titan without using a batarang. Yup, this is just as fun as it sounds. Best do this when you have multiple Titans, dodge them and wait until they rush each other, then go in for the kill when they’re stunned. You only need to beat one to get the achievement. I would do this during the first battle with Titans, the second one is far more difficult.
Catch! – 5 pts
Catch a batarang – Once you get the remote batarang update. Throw one in an open area and direct it back to Batman. If you try this in an enclosed area, the batarang will crash into a wall.
Are You Up to It?
These achievements are gained through mastering the various challenge modes. By and large, you’ll need to be efficient in stalking and annihilating the thugs.
Using your combat skills and combinations in the game, beat these challenges to get points. You will also have to find certain Riddler tokens to unlock various challenge stages. The key to completing these is to beat the game first. This way, you will have all the upgrades and the option to used the armored Bat suit.
Freeflow Bronze – 10 pts
Achieve 8 medals on combat challenges
Freeflow Silver – 25 pts
Achieve 16 medals on combat challenges
Freeflow Gold – 50 pts
Achieve 24 medals on combat challenges
Flawless Freeflow Fighter – 10 pts
Complete one combat challenge without taking damage - This is a tremendously tough achievement to complete. Be ready to counter early and often while keeping your eye on any henchman armed with knives or tazers.
Using stealth ability collect point by completing these challenges.
Predator Bronze – 10 pts
Achieve 8 medals on predator challenges
Predator Silver – 25 pts
Achieve 16 medals on predator challenges
Predator Gold – 50 pts
Achieve 24 medals on predator challenges
Invisible Predator – 10 pts
Complete a predator challenge by using only Silent Takedowns and without being detected. - Unlike the combat challenge, this isn’t quite as impossible. Be sure to take your time, the inverted takedown is a preferred method.
Throughout the game you are able to find Riddler Tokens, though not necessary to beat the game, collecting these will gain you points (similar to the dog tags in Wolverine.) The best tip I can give you is to be explorative and find the Riddler Maps, which will help direct you to the specific locations of the tokens. You’ll find most of the tokens in air vents and rooms where you use the explosive gel to gain access.
Arkham Analyst – 20 pts
Solve 5% of Riddler challenges
Cryptic Investigator – 20 pts
Solve 10% of Riddler Challenges
Lateral Thinker – 20 pts
Solve 25% of Riddler Challenges
Mystery Solver – 20 pts
Solve 40% of Riddler Challenges
Conundrum Cracker – 20 pts
Solve 55% of Riddler Challenges
Mental Athlete – 20 pts
Solve 70% of Riddler Challenges
Riddler Resolver – 20 pts
Solve 85% of Riddler Challenges
Crack the E Nigma – 20 pts
Solve every riddle on the island
World’s Greatest Detective - 20 pts
Solve Arkham’s Greatest Mystery - Find all information about the crimes of Arkham’s supervillians. They’re all over the place, grab some Red Bull, it’s going to be a long night.
Perfect Knight - 75 pts
100 % complete - This will take some time, you have to earn all gold medals in challenges, find all 240 (that’s right) Riddler Tokens and gain all 20 upgrades
SHHHHH! Secret Achievements
Most of these are simply campaign-based achievements, mostly beating bosses. I assume they’re secret in order to no spoil the various surprises of the plot.
Shocking Rescue – 10 pts
Take down Zsasz in the Patient Pacification Chamber – This is the first of two encounters with him, just take him out, elude when necessary and use the B button to stun him.
Leave No Man Behind – 10 pts
Rescue the guards and henchmen the Joker toxin in Decontamination – Simply find the fan vents and turn them on by hitting nearby power boxes with the batarang.
Malpractice Needs More Practice – 10 pts
Survive the onslaught from the deformed Joker henchman. – This aptly named achievement is even simpler than it sounds. The first time I figured you had to beat him, but you have simply last long enough for the henchman to collapse as a result of the failed experiment.
Born Free – 10 pts
Escape from Intensive Treatment to the island surface – This is another self-explanatory achievement that you’ll do naturally as the game progresses.
Just What the Doctors Ordered – 10 pts
Save all the doctors in medical – Simply perform silent takedowns on all the armed henchmen. Use the gargoyles to navigate and wait until you catch a henchman on his own. There are times where exploding a wall with the gel will also incapacitate them.
Daydreamer – 10 pts
Survive the nightmare of Scarecrow’s fear gas – Whatever you do, just don’t let Scarecrow see you, nothing else to say. At the end of the climbing the tower, point the bat signal at him.
Baneful Payback – 25 pts
Defeat Bane – Simply dodge debris and throw a batarang while Bane charges. He will be stunned then press A near him to remove the tubes which provide the Toxins that strengthen him.
Breaking and Entering – 10 pts
Gain access to Arkham Mansion after it’s locked down by the Joker – Avoid sniper fire, flank them and take them out. Then gain access to the air vent just above the two snipers above the mansion’s entrance.
Recurring Nightmare – 10 pts
Face your biggest fears and keep your sanity – Same as before, only this time you will occasionally have to destroy skeletons.
Zsasz Cut Down to Size – 10 pts
Save Dr. Young from being killed by Victor Zsasz – Crouch in the corner and throw your batarang to get this achievement.
Solitary Confinement – 25 pts
Capture and lock up Harley Quinn – You actually don’t capture her yourself. It occurs during a cut scene after you battle a ton a henchmen while leaping of alternating electrified floors.
Double Trouble – 25 pts
Defeat two Titan Henchmen at once – This battle plays very similarly to the Bane achievement, except you have two enemies at once. Use the batarang to stun them as they charge, get in a few quick shots and repeat. You can even piggy back one and use it to hit the other.
Resist the Fear – 50 pts
Conquer the effects of the Scarecrow’s fear gas – You didn’t think you were done with Scarecrow did you? Well, just like the other two encounters, simply get to the bat signal and you’ll finally be rid of him.
Crocodile Tears – 50 pts
Venture into Killer Croc’s lair and come out alive – This is really easier than it sounds, basically you’r evading him and occasionally stunning him via batarang when he charges you.
Poisoned Ivy – 50 pts
Defeat the giant Titan Ivy plant -This is really harder than it sounds, the pattern’s basic, but nonetheless difficult. Throw two batrangs her when the plant shield leaves her exposed. When her giant plant is stunned, run up and apply explosive gel to weaken her. You’ll only have to do this twice.
Finally, that was a bit of a challenge, but given the quality of this Batman title, its well worth it. While the first 500 or 600 points come relatively easy, the remainder will take both time and patience. Specifically, collecting Riddler tokens and completing the game entirely are tough challenges, those clues in the game will help you along the way.
was a bit of a challenge, but given the quality of this Batman title, its well worth it. While the first 500 or 600 points come relatively easy, the remainder will take both time and patience. Specifically, collecting Riddler tokens and completing the game entirely are tough challenges, those clues in the game will help you along the way.