Research Master achievement in BioShock 2

Research Master

Max out research on all 9 research subjects.

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How to unlock the Research Master achievement

  • SK DiabolicSK Diabolic216,568
    28 Sep 2010 10 Feb 2010 08 Sep 2010
    88 3 34
    This must be done in 1 playthrough; that goes for the rest of the single player achievements aswell.

    Heres a few tips from 'Onsidic' to make this achievement even quicker to get:
    Tip 1: Theres a keen observer tonic as your making your way up to Grace that helps your research be worth a lot more.
    Tip 2: Theres also a tonic on the Dionysis Park area that increases the length of time the camera will roll. Use that with the keen observer tonic helps alot. extra time should allow you to generally get 1 level per camera roll on some of the enemies that take a few more hits. (Big Daddies)

    You will get the Research camera on the Level 'Pauper's Drop',
    Here are all 9 subjects you need to fully research for the achievement:

    Leadhead - These are the normal slicers with firearms; which you met on BioShock 1; there are loads of these enemies running around causing havoc, they were my 2nd subject to fully research, so yeah thier easy enough.

    Thuggish - These are the normal slicers with melee weapons; which you met on BioShock 1; there are loads of these enemies running around causing trouble aswell, they were my 1st subject to fully research, so yeah their easy enough.

    ^Note: 'You should probably complete the Thuggish Splicer research as soon as you get the camera. Mainly because it seems that at some point after the halfway point there aren't anymore in the game, especially near the end.'
    (Thanks to ChrisOfTheDead for this tip)

    Spider - Yet another BioShock 1 splicer, you first encounter these on the 'Siren Alley' level, a nice place in the level to research them is when you are waiting for the power to come back; in the room where you need a door code in order to go to 'Pump station 5'; this is a good area because there are around 5-7 Spiders to research and also 1 Brute.

    Houdini - Yeah... BioShock 1 splicer again, you encounter these shortly after the spiders; on the 'Dionysus park' level, there is a real handy part in the level 'Fontaine futuristics' where you encounter many Houdini in one big room, which is in the 'Fontaine plasmid theatre'.

    Brute - And finally the new BioShock 2 splicer, now these guys were my last max research, make sure every time you encounter these stocky beast's that you research them every time, although on the last few level's there are tons of these splicers causing havoc.

    Bot - Simply walk straight in front of a security camera for long enough to trigger the bot's; they will be around for 40 seconds i believe, pretty easy to max these.

    ^ you could also work on 'Look at you, hacker' achievement after you research the bots. :]

    Camera - There are tons of Camera's around; search every room in each level, yet another easy one to max.

    Turret - There are tons of Turret's around; search every room in each level, yet another easy one to max.

    ^All above 3 count as 1.

    Big Daddy - This includes all Big Daddy types, for example on BioShock you had to Research Rosie's and Bouncer's in seperate subjects; but in BioShock 2, they are all in the same subject together.

    Big Sister - You won't encounter many of these in the game if you don't Save/Harvest any Little Sisters; so make sure before going for this that you always deal with every Little Sister in the game; in order to meet enough Big Sisters to fully research.

    Alpha Series - You meet up with these enemies on the 'Fontaine futuristics' level, but there are tons of these guy's on the last few levels, so these are fairly easy to fully research.

    Extra Notes:
    If you still can't earn this achievement there is an incredibly detailed thread made by Fizzmatix on x360a which with no doubt you will get this achievement with no problems,
    here is the link:

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    Shadow XBLwhere the heck do you find a list of how much research you've done on each?
    Posted by Shadow XBL on 17 Jul 14 at 04:01
    JuicyjamsShadow its located where you pull up the map, its a tab below.
    Posted by Juicyjams on 21 Nov 14 at 22:01
    Shadow XBLthanks, got it!
    Posted by Shadow XBL on 21 Nov 14 at 22:50
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  • Josh LandonJosh Landon332,453
    26 Apr 2010 26 Apr 2010
    64 1 2
    I thought I'd add to the other solutions by pointing out where the research subjects actually appear. Note that * means that the subject will not appear after that level, so make sure you don't leave without maxing out the research for it.

    Pauper's Drop: Thuggish Splicer*, Leadhead Splicer, Brute Splicer, Big Daddy, Big Sister, Security

    Siren Alley: Leadhead Splicer, Spider Splicer, Brute Splicer, Big Daddy, Big Sister, Security

    Dionysus Park: Houdini Splicer, Leadhead Splicer, Spider Splicer*, Brute Splicer, Big Daddy, Security

    Fontaine Futuristics: Houdini Splicer, Leadhead Splicer*, Big Daddy*, Big Sister, Alpha Series, Security

    Outer Persephone: Big Sister*

    Inner Persephone: Houdini Splicer*, Brute Splicer*, Alpha Series*, Security*
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    Drummin003This helps a lot, I was getting ready to start my second play through and didn't want to miss getting this again.
    Posted by Drummin003 on 10 May 10 at 18:31
    Barnsley PalThis is a great list, thanks! There are 2 Brute Splicers that you fight in Outer Persephone.
    Posted by Barnsley Pal on 12 Nov 11 at 19:43
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    i found an easy way to max a research track fast i did each track in about 4 to 6 enemies for each track this way

    first you need to get the winter storm tonic i believe its called and a mini turret

    start researching the enemy then freeze the enemy and deploy a mini turret and you should get a lot of points before the enemy dies you get more if you use keen observer and the extended reel as i Snowgoons i mentioned

    if your facing a big daddy, big sister, alpha series or brute use the machine gun at the same time the mini turret is attacking to help research go even faster
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    NoRmAlMaNzzthanx man this way seems to be fast for pretty much anyone cause after fighting the first houdini splicer I was able to get the full bar rite away!
    Posted by NoRmAlMaNzz on 01 May 10 at 08:55
    Orlesian BardVery useful for the Big Daddies/Sisters. Thanks
    Posted by Orlesian Bard on 14 Mar 11 at 17:28
  • Shinerbock88Shinerbock8888,361
    24 Sep 2010 27 Sep 2010 03 Oct 2010
    20 0 3
    NOTE: This is a repost after the site crash in Sept. 2010. This solution is also posted for the First Research achievement. When I first posted this solution back in February, there was already a solution for Research Master. However, all was lost after the site crash so I posted the solution here as well as First Research to ensure more people that need help can read this.

    Solution begins:

    This is an easy achievement. Like McBrutalwCheese points out, you can just take a picture of the Splicer walking in front of the window of where you get the camera. It's different than in the first BioShock as this time it's a video camera and, to get the best grade, you want that camera rolling while you're in action and fighting the enemy. The deal this time is that you start rolling the film once you target an enemy with your camera and then you're free to use/change weapons/Plasmids.

    Quick tips on filming:

    Use combos that work best against the enemy you're fighting (e.g., Electro Bolt a Slicer and then hit it with your drill or using Armor-Piercing Rounds on a Big Daddy will net you an A+).

    Change up your research tactics. If you use the same method of killing an enemy, your research points will drop (EVEN if it's an A+ combo). So once you hit that Splicer with the Electro Bolt + Drill combo a few times, Use Incinerate while they're standing in a puddle of fuel or Telekinesis + and explosive canister.

    That's really all you need to know and is likely better suited for the 9 research completions achievement in the game, but I figure it's best you know it early and that achievement will come naturally if you follow the above strats.

    Good luck and feel free to add your A+ combos versus certain enemies via comments (or compile a list and write your own solution) so our readers can reap the benefits.

    Here's some great info by Quarantane:

    "Just a note to some people, I did not finish the research for Big Sister until AFTER I had dealt with all of the little sisters. So if you deal with all little sisters and are worrying you wont see another Big Sister you need not worry, there are still a few Big Sisters (I think at least 2) to research.

    I also did not finish Brute Splicer until after that point, but I believe it can be done, I think I just didn't research them well.

    I went crazy when researching the Big Daddies and Big Sisters, using literally every plasmid and ammo type I could.

    You should also note that there is a research bonus 1 and 2 tonic that will drastically increase your research points and there is a tonic to increase the ammount of time you can research."
  • x777x Infectionx777x Infection16,796
    07 Apr 2011 08 Apr 2011
    13 0 0
    Hey man props out to SK diabolic for his detailed solution first off, and I have a few things to offer to help you folks get this achievement easier than I did... First off... While I found that the tonics for the camera were helpful, but not necicary at all.

    Of the nine different enemies you have to research only two pose a real challenge.

    First is the thuggish splicer. The secret with them is to simply remain in the level PAUPERS DROP, where you first acquire the camera, until you have them done. If you don't have them done when you leave paupers drop you won't be able get them again, so make sure you Finnish them then!

    Second is the big sister. In the level INNER PERSEPHONE you will
    encounter two big sisters at once. Before this you should have already encountered at least four, if you've delt with every little sister. Immediately after these two sisters is a short story related bit, then
    several Houdini and brutish splicers, giving you a chance o Finnish
    them both off, if you haven't already.

    I'll Finnish by giving some nice tips to you all. The first one is that you can get some really easy research by using plasmids and bots. I found that the most effective way to build up my research quickly was to use DRILL SPECIALIST perk with level three electrobolt and winterfreeze. You start up the camera, hit them with freeze, then spam electrobolt for 1000 points on tougher enemies like big daddies, brutes, and alphas, 1500 on big sisters, and around 300- 500 on weaker splicers.

    The other tip is bots. If you carry the level two security command perk you can summon two bots to fight for you, which easily boost your numbers. They score points for you and you can still be scoring the points yourself, which allows you to maximize your recearch. Just make sure you don't give them increased damage, you get the same amount of points regardless of the damage the bots do, so you can really get more that way. The swarm of bees power I count similarly to bots, and it makes it VERy easy to Finnish up the Houdini splicers, as they cannot do their warp move while they are being hitten by the bees.

    FINALLY, to help you all with just a bit more advice, you can get even more research points by using unique weapons and methods of killing enemies. Things like electrocuting water on tougher enemies, like big
    daddies, or using telekinesis to throw explosive projectiles at the
    smaller enemies. Also good for this is CYCLONE TRAP, because it does mimimal damage to larger emirs, and only about a third of the smaller enemies life, giving you some good oppertunies to get extra points.

    Peace out- The Infection
  • Arc VampireArc Vampire261,211
    09 Nov 2012 14 Nov 2012
    11 0 0
    All of the methods offered here are great and I would like to share mine. The best, and easiest, way I found to max out research is by simply using the Camera and Phosphorus Buck shot. When an enemy appears start your camera, then hit them with a shot of Phosphorus. When the pellets explode watch the research score (it will explode as well). Using this method you can achieve an A+ score almost every time, meaning most subjects are complete within four to six research segments. Note that you can only continue to research a subject to the next research level. Once that is reached, the camera will stop until you find a new subject, so save your ammo. Also, Phosphorus Buck is not available when you first get the Camera, but is shortly after. I hope this helps...
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