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Batman: Arkham City Riddler guide

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PHYSICAL CHALLENGES


Chances are you’ll complete most of The Riddler’s physical challenges unintentionally while scouring Arkham City questing and hunting trophies. There are, however, several that may remain elusive for you. We’ve listed those below, along with advice on how to complete them. 



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #1

Glide continuously for over 150 meters [without using the Grapnel Boost upgrade]

For some reason doing exactly what the description says isn’t good enough. Find a high place - the chimneys in the Industrial District work great - and leap off. Make sure to do about four or five dive bombs into pull-ups in a row. This should be enough to complete the challenge.



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #2

Perform five consecutive line launches without touching the ground

Go to any part of the city with lots of buildings (we did it right in front of the courthouse) and find one long stretch to use your line launcher. The beauty is you can press left trigger almost immediately after launching your first line and launch another, meaning you don’t have to cover much distance at all to complete this challenge.



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #3

Glide for 30 meters while maintaining a height of less than 5 meters above the water

Chances are you’ve probably done this while completing the AR challenges. It requires fairly strict timing; you’ll need to pull up from a dive bomb just before you hit the drink and hold your glide as long as possible. Make sure to hold down after you pull up to avoid flying too high. Fortunately, 30 meters is nothing in terms of distance while you’re gliding, and 5 meters above the water is pretty generous.



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #4

Perform a Batclaw Slam (5 required)

All you need to do is use a quick Batclaw during combat (LT + Y, or L2 + triangle) and then immediately press the attack button as the enemy is coming towards you. This is quite satisfying. 



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #5

Aerial Attack off a stunned enemy into another (3 required)

You’ll need to stun an enemy with your cape (B or circle), then double tap the jump button to vault on top of them. As you’re doing that, quickly press the attack button and hold the left stick in the direction of another enemy. 



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #6

Hit an explosive object with a Batarang before it is thrown

Enemies will often grab objects and hold them above their heads for a while, waiting for a ripe opportunity. Whenever one of these enemies is holding a fire extinguisher or a propane tank, use your quick Batarang on them (double tap LT or L2). 



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #7

Take out 2 enemies at once with the Glide Boost Attack

The only difficult part to this challenge is finding two enemies standing close enough together in an area that allows for an attack from great height. Try the entrance to Joker’s section of the Industrial district. Hone in on an enemy, press the attack button while gliding, then hold RT/R2.



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #8

Fly a fully boosted Remote Batarang into a thug and send him flying

The best way to do this is to find some enemies that haven’t detected you yet, or pick a fight and then hop onto a lamp post where you can’t be reached. Make sure to pilot the Batarang close to the ground until just before you hit the enemy, then pull up and drive that sucker into the schmuck’s torso. 



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #9

Use the Reverse Batarang to knock down an enemy

It’s best to do this on an unsuspecting enemy. It’s not easy to pull this off in the heat of combat. 



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #10

Perform a Grapnel Boost Takedown

There is a rooftop in the southwest corner of Amusement Mile that is usually patrolled by two armed guards, and they often walk near the edges. If you can’t spring this attack on them, get their attention, drop to the street, and wait for them to peer over the edge of the roof. 



PHYSICAL CHALLENGE #11

Use the Remote Electrical Charge to temporarily disable a backpack Jammer device

Even after you beat the game, you can always find one of these devices on a guard in the central area of the subway.

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303 comments

  • Risonhighmer - October 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

    Hnnnnngggggggg!!! 2 more weeks until this game is out on PC. If it weren't for Dark Souls and my friend's Xbox I'd be uncontrollably giddy with anticipation.
  • The_Tingler - October 18, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    Right off the bat! The main help I need - where the hell are the Identity Thief murders?
  • Xerxes667 - October 18, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    I dunno where they are exactly, I'm having trouble with them as well... also, Deadshot Victims. But i know my Batman lore well enough to know who's committing them.... if you just want the straight up answer... not to imply that you might not know yourself. Also... Watcher in The Wings... Awesome
  • Person5 - October 20, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    After playing this for a while I think I've concluded that Deadshot and ID theft murders happen randomly, so you advance when they appear on your map, the second Deadshot victim just appeared for me so I say just be patient
  • johno_kush - October 23, 2011 12:35 p.m.

    the identity victims appear around the ace chemical building. check in the alleyways cause it doesnt pop up on your map like the other side missions until you actually find the bodies
  • BadLadJon - October 18, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    its not even out yet outside the US :(
  • scottneve - October 18, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    What's a TYGER brain?
  • kennyco2210 - October 22, 2011 6:41 p.m.

    The servers on top of the building that you need to decrypt.
  • elpurplemonkey - October 18, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    You guys are always great with this stuff.
  • mceng78 - October 19, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Great job so far guys. There are two little things that I think you need to fix though. In the Park Row picture showing the pause screen with all of the riddler trophies, you have two #5's. I assume that one of these are supposed to be a #4. In that same picture, you also haven't numbered the Catwoman Riddler trophies. I assume that this is just because it's a work in progress whereas the first issue would have been a typo. Cheers
  • batman5273 - October 19, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    THE BOWERY RIDDLE ANSWER #11 answer is wrong. You have to be at a high elevation where you can see the Wayne Enterprises Tower and The Church with the Question Mark on it. If you look, the Church will be tower. Basically the riddle is that the church is taller than Bruce's
  • Sweetdepravity - October 19, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    I think you mixed up 28 & 29?
  • Sweetdepravity - October 19, 2011 10:29 p.m.

    Sorry. I needed to add that mean of the riddler trophes for park row. I Thik you mixed up 28 & 29.
  • TheDarkslyder - October 20, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    Thanks for the catch! We sorted it out along with a couple of the other errors pointed out.
  • Popellini - October 20, 2011 2 p.m.

    Guys! I'm getting frustrated!! I haven't gotten prompted by the Riddler to solve any of his riddles and I'm almost done with the main story. Is there something I need to activate?? I want to experience the game in full and this is one part that I loved in AA and for some reason its not happening in AC for me. Thx
  • TheDarkslyder - October 20, 2011 2:03 p.m.

    Yeah you need to meet him at the church soon after one of the game's first missions in which something spoilery happens. This is where he will pose his first riddle.
  • Popellini - October 20, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    Thanx alot brah! And double thanx for not ruining the surprise!
  • TriforcePlayer - October 21, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH.
  • Jeek500 - October 21, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    Help I cant find this one. Interrogate the Tyger;s brain' and you may learn how to blind it. Industrial District.
  • Jeek500 - October 21, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    NVM I found it. It just means the Tyger security camera computers. I couldn't find it because I had all the cameras in this area and wasn't looking for it.

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