Research Master achievement in BioShock 2

Research Master

Max out research on all 9 research subjects.

Research Master0
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How to unlock the Research Master achievement

  • odiedodieodiedodie465,279
    25 Sep 2016 25 Sep 2016 20 Mar 2018
    25 3 14
    a seemingly simple cheevo but take heed!

    Ok the Bioshock 2 camera differs from B1.

    It's found in the Paupers drop level and is required as a goal in the game.

    Whip it out o_o, turn it on when your target is in view and you automatically switch back to your last gun.

    Now dispatch your foe in a creative and varied manner for more research points.

    Big sisters (and to a lesser extent Alpha Daddy) pose an issue as there are a severe limit to their numbers - they appear approx every three sisters that you "deal with".
    To maximise your score, (whip the camera out again to film) electrobolt, then drill melee (no need to use fuel - hit B), and repeat until dead - bolt n drill

    I post this as I didn't get the Sisters researched until the last couple. I changed my strategy using the tip above and got loadsa points.

    Obviously when you spot a new enemy try your very best to snap every one and max your score as soon as. Certain enemies (such as thuggish) fritter out towards the end of the game. If you're half paying attention like me then only the sisters will pose an issue.

    Thanks to Renton for pointing out that if you fail to max a certain research track by the end of the game you can start a new game and finish the subjects your still need to max eg thuggish splicers and the cheevo should pop.

    Any negs, please comment.
    Any other solutions, please explain why mine isn't good enough ^_^

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    odiedodieI wanna say no, that would suggest people could grind for them. You can always check your progress bar and check for yourself
    Posted by odiedodie on 23 Feb 19 at 12:14
    Mr SpinelesSGlitched out for me. Maxed out all research but no achievement (stuck on 88%)
    I think it was because I had poor internet connection at the time (was downloading a game) but I could be wrong, maybe the game just hates me :P
    Posted by Mr SpinelesS on 19 Mar at 09:03
    DrJeklMine stopped.at 97% even though all research is complete
    Posted by DrJekl on 19 Mar at 22:51
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  • Arc VampireArc Vampire261,824
    01 Dec 2016 03 Dec 2016 03 Dec 2016
    13 1 0
    The best method for completing this achievement is using the Shotgun with Phosphorous Buck Shot. You will pick up the Research Camera in Pauper's drop, but you will not find Phosphorus Buck Shot until Siren Alley. Use any preferred method of research until you find Phosphorus Buck Shot.

    One other thing that will help is the Keen Observer Tonic found in Pauper's Drop, or bought later at a Gatherer's Garden for 40 Adam.

    Before starting any research, equip the Shotgun with Phosphorus Buck Shot as your weapon, then switch to the Camera. When you start the Camera, you will automatically switch back to your last equipped weapon. When you shoot the Phosphorus Buck Shot at an enemy it will stick to them and then explode a couple of seconds later. For some reason this causes your research score to increase exponentially. You will be able to achieve an A or A+ rating during each session. Using this method you should be able to complete all research before Persephone.

    On thing to note is you will only research a subject until the next level, and then the Camera will stop. An example would be a Leadhead Splicer with only 200 points until the next level. This will probably only take one shot of Phosphorus Buck Shot to gain the next level, keep this in mind to conserve ammo when needed.

    Have fun and enjoy Rapture's many strange inhabitants...
  • AwolTurtle8AwolTurtle8105,449
    30 Oct 2016 30 Oct 2016 10 Apr 2018
    13 1 1
    To earn this achievement, you will need to max out research for:

    Thuggish splicer
    Leadhead splicer
    Brute splicer
    Big Daddies (Rosie and Rumbler work together with this one)
    Big Sister
    Houdini Splicer
    Alpha Series
    And finally the security (cameras, turrets and bots work together with this one instead of them having to be individual like the first game)

    Keep changing up how you defeat an enemy when you are researching them. If you continuously defeat them the same way, you will have lower scores.

    When you are in the inner Persephone (last level), you will get kind of a mix of all the different enemies so if you are missing something you might be able mop up a little bit.

    Some gene tonics to make sure you equip:
    Extended reel- which will run the camera longer, allowing you to get more points. Can be found in Dionysus Park in the projector room on the top floor of the Triton Theater, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.

    Keen Observer- Increases players research score by damaging enemies. Can be found in Pauper's Drop on a table with a microscope near Grace Holloway's room, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.

    Keen Observer 2- ( I honestly don't know if they stack like the first game) Increases the research score even further. This can be picked up at a gatherer's garden for 50 ADAM.
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    DwaggieniteIt's 'leadhead' not 'leather head'
    Posted by Dwaggienite on 09 Apr 18 at 20:25
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