Before beginning the campaign, here are a few tips and tricks that may help to adjust to the game and get through a few sticky situations with ease!

General Combat Hints & Tips

Like most shooters, soon after the start you will be given a shield that can be monitored by the golden status bar directly above the red health meter. It will recharge when you are not taking damage. Always wait for your shield to recharge before rushing into combat!

Use your iron sights - this will greatly increase your accuracy!

Sky-lines are a great addition to the game and can make taking one enemy combatants a much easier as they will have a tougher time shooting at you as a moving target.

If there is a group of enemies attacking you and no cover about, hop onto a sky-line to quickly exit the danger area to allow your shields time to regenerate.

When you take enough damage, your shield will break (left), stay out of harm and it will recharge! Use iron sights (right) to improve accuracy.

When facing large numbers of enemies with both standard soldiers and more advanced enemy types (e.g Handymen, Motorized Patriots), try to focus your fire on the smaller, less shielded enemies first. The bigger, badder enemies are a lot less tough when you don’t have 3-4 other enemies shooting at you!

Experiment with weapons and vigors as they become available.Unfortunately you will never have enough money to upgrade everything, so be sure to try each one out and upgrade those you feel most comfortable with.

Use environmental damage to your advantage! There are plenty of oil slicks that can be ignited by the Devil’s Kiss vigor, puddles that can be electrofied with Shock Jockey and plenty of fireworks containers to shoot in other places.

General Vigor Hints & Tips

Its easy to get carried away with shooting, so a reminder - don’t forget to use your vigors!

Vigors are meant to be used together. Try different combinations for various new effects.

Different enemies are more susceptible to damage from different types of vigors. Try using Shock Jockey on automatons!

Possession (left) is a great way to turn the tide in batte. Shock Jockey is effective at stunning most heavy hitters (right).

Vigor traps are extremely effective at dealing damage. Planting traps and luring enemies into them is a great way to thin out the crowd.

Using vigors such as Bucking Bronco, Murder of Crows and Shock Jockey can stun enemies as well as increase damage dealt by your weapons whilst they are under the influence of the vigor’s effects.

Possessing bigger enemies such as Patriots, Auto-turrets and Firemen can speed up many battles! Unfortunately, the more powerful enemy, the shorter the effective duration of possession.

General Elizabeth Hints & Tips

Keep relatively close to Elizabeth in combat. Whilst She will take care of herself during combat, she will also forage items from the environment including ammo, salts and health kits and throw them to you.

Ensure that once Elizabeth gets the ability, you use the tears in the environment to your advantage. Use cover, turrets and ammo/health/salt crates when and if required.

Note that you can only have one active tear at a time, so be sure to switch the active one up during fights as necessary.

Elizabeth will forage items for you (left). She can also open those handy tears (right).

Elizabeth will revive you if you fall during combat.

Always ensure that you keep an eye out for lock picks. Using these Elizabeth is able to open a good number of doors, most of which contain collectibles, equippable gear or other goodies.

General Miscellaneous Hints & Tips

Explore everywhere! There is tonnes to see and do in Columbia and the world is so finely crafted and detailed that everywhere you go is a treat. Heck! You might even find a secret stash of goodies or two.

Loot, loot , loot! There are plenty of trash cans, cash registers and all other manner of lootable items to be found. The more you loot, the more money you have. The more money you have, the more upgrades you can purchase. The more upgrades you can purchase, the more… Well you get the point.

Although equippable gear gives you passive bonuses that can give you a slight edge in gameplay, it is important to try and equip gear to suit your play style to garner maxiumum advantage from it.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    2K Games
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
  • Guide Release
    28 April 2013
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Paul Williams

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Indebted to the wrong people, with his life on the line, veteran of the U.S. Cavalry and now hired gun, Booker De-Witt has only one opportunity to wipe his slate clean. He must rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood and locked up in the flying city of Columbia. Forced to trust one another, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond during their daring escape. Together, they learn to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, as they fight on zeppelins in the clouds, along high-speed Sky-Lines, and down in the streets of Columbia, all while surviving the threats of the air-city and uncovering its dark secret.

Inside this guide you will find:

  • The location of every Voxophone, Kinetoscope and Telescope; Learn all of Columbia's secrets.
  • The location of every Infusion Upgrade and piece of extra Gear - Be the best Booker you can be.
  • Detailed information on every type of enemy and advice on how to defeat them.
  • Information on how to beat the game at 1999 difficulty.
  • Enjoy the journey of Bioshock Infinite, finding everything along the way.

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