Tonic Collector achievement in BioShock

Tonic Collector

Collect or Invent 53 Tonics in the Physical, Engineering and Combat tracks.

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How to unlock the Tonic Collector achievement

  • SneezeSomeMilkSneezeSomeMilkThis gamer has had their achievements removed from the site
    03 Jan 2011 20 May 2018
    116 4 38
    First of all, there are only 53 Tonics in the whole game, so you have to get every single one.

    UPDATE: 2018-05-20
    1. There are different statements regarding the DLC Tonics counting towards this achievement. It seems to be like this:
    -> Ultimate Rapture Edition: the DLC Tonics have regular prices (more than 1 Adam) and they do NOT count for the achievement. Xbox One always upgrades your game to his edition!
    -> Regular Edition with free DLC: the DLC Tonics cost 1 Adam and they do count for this achievement

    For your own safety, try to get all the original tonics. Let us know in the comments what worked or didn't work for you so we can track this down.

    2. I've marked the tonics that people claimed to be missable. Unfortunately I can't tell you at what point these become unobtainable as I haven't played this game for such a long time. I got them all in one go, so I'd say they are hard to miss if you watch out for them.

    Original Story:
    -9 are earned as Research rewards
    -8 can be bought from Gatherers Gardens
    -3 can be Invented at U-Invent
    -3 are earned as Gifts for rescuing Little Sisters (you need all 18 to be saved)
    -the other 30 are scattered throughout the whole game (check if you got them all before leaving a level to minimize backtracking)

    I will now list the tonics in order they appear in the game:

    Welcome to Rapture:

    Medical Pavilion:
    -Hackers Delight
    -Wrench Jockey
    -Speedy Hacker
    -Static Discharge
    -Security Expert
    Buy at Gatherers:
    -EVE Link
    -Armored Shell 1

    Neptunes Bounty:
    -Medical Expert
    -Shorten Alarms
    -Wrench Lurker
    -Focused Hacker
    Gatherers: -Extra Nutrition

    Smugglers Hideout:

    -Security Evasion (missable)
    -Hacking Expert
    Gatherers: -Human Inferno

    Farmers Market:
    -EVE Link 2
    -Photographers Eye

    Fort Frolic:
    -Alarm Expert
    -Extra Nutrition 2 (missable)
    -Medical Expert 2
    -Electric Flesh
    -Frozen Field
    Gatherers: -Hacking Expert 2

    -Frozen Field 2
    -Security Evasion 2
    -Damage Research
    -Shorten Alarms 2 (missable)
    Gatherers: -Wrench Lurker 2

    Rapture Central Controll:

    Olympus Heights:
    -Clever Inventor
    -Electric Flesh 2
    Gatherers: -Speedy Hacker 2

    Apollo Square:
    -Medical Expert 3
    -Focused Hacker 2

    Point Prometheus:
    -Safecracker 2
    -Alarm Expert 2
    -Hackers Delight 3
    -Damage Research 2
    Gatherers: -Human Inferno 2

    Proving Grounds:


    Research Rewards:
    -Scrounger (Leadhead Splicer Level 2)
    -Static Discharge 2 (Leadhead Splicer Level 4)
    -Sportboost (Thuggish Splicer Level 2)
    -Sportboost 2 (Thuggish Splicer Level 4)
    -Natural Carmouflage (Houdini Splicer Level 2)
    -Extra Nutrition 3 (Spider Splicer Level 4)
    -Photographers Eye 2 (Rosie level 2)
    -Security Expert 2 (Security Bot Level 2)
    -Wrench Jockey 2 (Bouncer Level 2)

    Little Sisters Gifts:
    -Safecracker (after 6 saved Sisters)
    -Armored Shell 2 (after 12 saved Sisters)
    -Profilic Inventor (after 18 saved Sisters)

    U-Invent (credit to HolyHa1fDead)
    -Hackers Delight 2

    maps of all Tonics

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    SneezeSomeMilk@Meowwh: Not sure what you mean. Nitro Splicer is an enemy type. This achievement is for tonics.
    Posted by SneezeSomeMilk on 06 Jan 21 at 12:49
    Yeah sorry I mean my achievement for researching the nitro wont unlock only realized you don't get tonics from the research on nitros but also my tonic one wont unlock even tho I have all of them, so 3 achievement I cannot get
    All tonics
    Max research
    Nitro research
    Posted by Meowwh on 09 Jan 21 at 12:41
    fighterx93chippThey’re not missable. You can buy them later on according to the wiki page.
    Posted by fighterx93chipp on 21 Feb 21 at 02:48
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  • Vinicius MentiVinicius Menti248,018
    08 Mar 2011 30 Jan 2011 04 Jun 2011
    63 5 7
    The 53 TONICS are obtained from finding them, researching subjects with the camera, saving Little Sisters, inventing them at U-Invent machines, and purchasing them with ADAM at the Gatherer’s Garden. Tonics obtained in this way count towards the 53 that you need for the achievement. All of the new ones from the DLC cost one ADAM.

    With this in mind, you must SAVE ALL little sisters and I recommend not killing Cohen until you find him at Olympus Heights as he gives you a tonic for free (you can buy it later) and there are achievements related to him.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The Tonics you buy for 1 Adam (from the free DLC) DO COUNT towards this achievement, as I got it before getting all the normal tonics. The following are the tonics from the DLC:

    EVE saver (use less EVE for plasmids),
    Vending Expert (reduce vending machine prices), and
    Machine Buster (increases damage to...well, machines).

    Here is the complete list of tonics (DLC not included):

    Tonics (53 Total)

    Physical Tonics (19)

    1. BloodLust - U-Invent machine / Inventable after Arcadia
    2. Booze Hound - U-Invent MAchine / Inventable after Arcadia
    3. Eve Link - Sold at Gatherer's Garden machines
    4. Eve Link 2 - Farmer's Market / On the ground near U-Invent & vending machines.
    5. Extra Nutrition - Sold at Gatherer's Garden machines.
    6. Extra Nutrition 2 - Storage Basement of the mall area in Fort Frolic. Covered by metal grate if Cohen dies. Also purchasable.
    7. Extra Nutrition 3 - Research Spider splicers
    8. Hacker's Delight - Cremate the body in the Medical Pavillion.
    9. Hacker's Delight 2 - U-Invent machine / Inventable after Arcadia
    10. Hacker's Delight 3 - Proving Grounds / Same room as the Big Daddy Helmet.
    11. Medical Expert - Neptune's Bounty / In the center of the muddy section of the Lower Wharf.
    12. Medical Expert 2 - Fort Frolic / Awarded by an alive Cohen or bought in Hephestus
    13. Medical Expert 3 - Near the toilets in Dr. Suchong's Clinic on the second floor of Artemis Suites.
    14. Natural Camoflouge - Research the Houdini Splicers
    15. Scrounger - Research Leadhead splicers
    16. Security Evasion - Arcadia / In the center of a group of splicers, near an Invent machine.
    17. Security Evasion 2 - Hephaestus / Heat Monitoring / Across from electricuted ghost scene, sitting on desk
    18. Sportboost - Research Thuggish splicers
    19. Sportboost 2 - Research Thuggish Splicers

    Engineering Tonics (16)

    1. Alarm Expert - Fort Frolic / Theater / Top Left balcony sitting on the ledge
    2. Alarm Expert 2 - Point Prometheus / Optimized Eugenics / on filing cabinet
    3. Clever Inventor - Suchong's Apartment / Beside the tape recorder
    4. Focused Hacker - Neptune's Bounty / In the area right before fighting Peach Wilkins.
    5. Focused Hacker 2 - Hestia Fourth Floor, on the desk in the corner of the room near the safe.
    6. Hacking Expert - Arcadia / Sitting on the first desk in Langford Labs
    7. Hacking Expert 2 - Available in Gatherer's Garden vending machine, starting in the Fort Frolic area.
    8. Prolific Inventor - Awarded for saving Little Sisters / Last Tonic reward
    9. Safecracker - Awarded for saving Little Sisters / First Tonic reward
    10. Safecracker 2 - In the Autopsy room in the downstairs of the Little Wonders Educational Facility.
    11. Security Expert - Medical Pavilion / On a small chest in the morgue.
    12. Security Expert 2 - Research the flying Security Bot
    13. Shorten Alarms - Neptune's bounty / Near "Saw Masha Today" recording or buy it at a Gatherer's Garden machine in Arcadia.
    14. Shorten Alarms 2 - Hephaestus / On the floor right before setting off the EMP.
    15. Speedy Hacker - Medical Pavilion / On the desk in the dentist's lab.
    16. Speedy Hacker 2 - Available at Gatherer's Garden vending machines, starting in the Olympus Heights area.

    Combat Tonics (18)

    1. Armored Shell - Available at Gatherer's Garden vending machine, starting with the Medical Pavilion area.
    2. Armored Shell 2 - Awarded for saving Little Sisters / Second Tonic Reward
    3. Damage Research - Hephaestus / Across from the EMP bomb on a table
    4. Damage Research 2 - In the Mendel Family Library, on a desk in the rear of the room.
    5. Electric Flesh - Fort Frolic / The Projector Room in the Theater / On bookshelf
    6. Electric Flesh 2 - Olympic Heights / Fontaine's apartment / In the office on the desk
    7. Frozen Field - Fort Frolic / Awarded for killing the Cohen victim in the freezer
    8. Frozen Field 2 - Hephaestus - Room off entrance to Ryan's office - on desk
    9. Human Inferno - Arcadia Gatherer's Garden machine / 20 Adam
    10. Human Inferno 2 - Available at Gatherer's Garden vending machine starting in the Point Prometheus area.
    11. Photographer's Eye - In the bunk room of the wine cellar in Farmer's Market.
    12. Photographer's Eye 2 - Research the Rosie Big Daddy.
    13. Static Discarge - Medicial Pavilion / In the hallway after fighting Steinman.
    14. Static Discharge 2 - Research Leadhead splicers
    15. Wrench Jockey - Medical Pavilion / Seen from a window. In a back room, reached by airshaft.
    16. Wrench Jockey 2 - Research Bouncer Big Daddy
    17. Wrench Lurker - Neptune's Bounty / Sitting on the ledge near the plasmid machine.
    18. Wrench Lurker 2 - Available at Gatherer's Garden vending machine, starting at Olympus Heights.

    Sources: and
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    Vinicius MentiYou need to save them to get some tonics.
    Posted by Vinicius Menti on 29 Sep 12 at 14:24
    Vinicius MentiWhen you save them, you get tonics you cannot buy as rewards.
    Posted by Vinicius Menti on 29 Sep 12 at 14:27
    Brooklyn GinCheers Menti. Just starting a second playthrough. You saved me from going through it and doing it wrong.
    Posted by Brooklyn Gin on 29 Sep 12 at 20:09
  • Plasma SKXPlasma SKX476,647
    13 Apr 2010 09 Dec 2012 11 Mar 2013
    33 4 4
    DO NOT USE NO ADAM! SORRY!!! That i didnt say this in video
    i no this is an old game but i have done an collectible guide for the

    Audio Diary's
    All Plasmids (Tonics)
    Power To The Power (Upgrade stations)

    All in videos with voice over the video to help you get what you need

    Click Here For More Guides

    Hope these helps
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    YAY ITS BOSSJust followed the guide from beginning to end in one go, excellent guide, got both tonic collector and historian (my last two achievements) without much trouble. Only thing I would suggest is to say in the FIRST video not to buy any health/eve upgrades OR slots for your plasmids, etc. I assumed you could buy everything except the upgrades and almost didn't have enough adam to complete the game. But all in all great guide, thanks again!
    Posted by YAY ITS BOSS on 11 Mar 13 at 00:13
    DrShoe1976Bugger - am half-way thru and bought (I think) two Plasmid slots!
    Posted by DrShoe1976 on 11 Mar 13 at 09:03
    Thanks for the vids!
    Posted on 14 Jan 17 at 12:53
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