Bulletstorm skillshot guide

Bulletstorm is a deceptive title – if you're merely mowing enemies down with wave after wave of ammunition, you're not playing the game right. You're also not maximizing your points, upgrading your weapons or unlocking Achievements and Trophies.

What you need are skillshots, 131 totally different yet equally bizarre and sadistic methods for murdering your way through Bulletstorm. Some, like headshots, are simple. Others, such as sniping a man through the testicles or exploding a man twenty feet high in the air, are anything but. This guide, however, will get you to 100% completion in no time at all with videos and expert advice for every skillshot in the game. Choose your weapon below!



Graffiti - Kill an enemy by kicking him against a surface

Kick your target towards a wall or object, and then just keep kicking him into that surface over and over until he’s dead. Do not allow the body to fall to the floor between kicks, as this can often prevent the Graffiti skill shot from registering.

Shocker - Kill an enemy by flinging them into an electrical source

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to earn the Shocker skill shot. Simply watch for exposed wires or electrical signs, then kick or leash your target into one.

Pricked - Kill an enemy by flinging them into a cactus

Almost every outdoor section of Bulletstorm contains at least a couple cactuses, but you’re guaranteed to find them during Act 1: Chapter 1and during your first encounters with the Flytraps in Act 4: Chapter 2.

Voodoo Doll - Kill an enemy by flinging them into a sharp metal object

Even easier than Pricked. Spikes, barbwire and other sharp surfaces are scattered throughout nearly all the missions.

Vertigo - Send an enemy down a huge drop

Corner an enemy near the edge of any balcony or cliff and kick or shoot him over. Load up Act 2: Chapter 1, Act 3: Chapter 2 or the “Promenade” Echo mode for immediate opportunities at the Vertigo skill shot.

Fly Guy - Kill an enemy by flinging them into a swarm of electro flies

The best swarm for achieving the Fly Guy skill shot with is located in Act 4: Chapter 2, halfway up the long series of stairs – it’s close enough to the ground that you can simply kick an enemy into the flies. For less accessible swarms use the charged Head Hunter sniper rifle to shoot an enemy, then pull his ragdoll body into the flies.

Afterburner - Kill an enemy who is on fire

A charged Screamer bullet, charged Bouncer cannonball or environmental explosion are quick ways to set multiple enemies on fire at once. Finish them off as they scream for the Afterburner skill shot.

Enviro-Mental - Kill one or more enemies using an environmental explosive

Surely, you’ve seen a red barrel somewhere in the game. Shoot that and you’re almost guaranteed the Enviro-Mental skill shot.

Feeder - Feed an enemy to a flytrap

Flytraps are most prevalent in the middle of Act 4: Chapter 2. You’ll watch one eat an enemy automatically… run forward from there to find lots more flytraps and lots more enemies to kick into the range of their tongues.

Bad Digestion - Cause a Flytrap to swallow something explosive

Flytraps are most prevalent in the middle of Act 4: Chapter 2. This section of the game also includes plenty of explosive balls for you to kick into the flytraps’ mouths. Or just shoot your newly acquired Bouncer at them for the Bad Digestion skill shot.

Antidote - Kill an enemy who is infected by the puffball gas

Puffball gas is first encountered at the beginning of Act 4: Chapter 2. Shoot a puffball (not to be confused with Nom parasites) and wait for the enemies to stumble around with green clouds around their heads. Then kill away.

Toxic Love - Kill an enemy while infected by puffball gas

Puffball gas is first encountered at the beginning of Act 4: Chapter 2. Get close to the puffball before destroying it to ensure that you’re infected by the gas. Then kill away.

Nominated - Kill an enemy with a Nom parasite on their head

Nom parasites are first encountered at the beginning of Act 4: Chapter 1. Just kick them – you don’t really need to aim, as the game will usually send the parasite flying onto an enemy’s head automatically. Once they’re masked and confused, kill them however you like for the Nominated skill shot.

Scarecrow - Put a Nom parasite on an enemy’s head then impale them

Don’t bother attempting the Scarecrow skill shot when you first discover Nom parasites, as there are no sharp environmental objects in that area. Wait until Act 5: Chapter 3, where you’ll pass through a short section overflowing with both parasites and cacti.

Leak - Put a Nom parasite on an enemy's head then get a headshot

Nom parasites are first encountered at the beginning of Act 4: Chapter 1. To guarantee a headshot once the parasite is attached, whip out your Head Hunter sniper rifle and aim for the parasite in slow-motion.

Heads Up - Put a Nom parasite on an enemy's head then take their head off

Don’t bother attempting the Heads Up skill shot when you first discover Nom parasites, as you don’t yet own the proper decapitation tools. Once you’ve unlocked the Flailgun’s charge, however, use that slicing action to cut through enemies’ necks with the Nom parasites still attached.

Fast Food - Ram an enemy to death with a hot dog cart

Hot dog carts are more common in the first half of the game than the second, and you’re guaranteed to find a couple outside the nightclub in Act 2: Chapter 1. For the Fast Food skill shot, kick them towards enemies rather than shooting them.

Sausage Fest - Kill an enemy using a hot dog cart explosion

Hot dog carts are more common in the first half of the game than the second, and you’re guaranteed to find a couple outside the nightclub in Act 2: Chapter 1. For the Sausage Fest skill shot, shoot the cart to cause a lethal explosion.

Exterminator - Kill an entire swarm of electro flies

Surprisingly difficult to exterminate with regular weapons, since each fly moves unpredictably and independently of the others – we’ve wasted entire clips of ammo trying to nail just one. More powerful guns, like the Bouncer and Flailgun, can take out an entire swarm with a single shot. For the locations of every swarm, consult our electro fly location guide.

Killer News - Kill someone with the explosion of a Newsbot

Kick an enemy into the Newsbot, kick the Newsbot into an enemy, shoot the Newsbot when an enemy is nearby… there are a ton of ways to accomplish the Killer News skill shot. For more help, consult our Newsbot location guide.

Intoxicated - Kill an enemy while drunk on Nom Juice

Remember the blue bottles scattered throughout Bulletstorm? For example, in the nightclub during Act 2: Chapter 1? Drink one of those instead of destroying it, then kill an enemy while under the blurry, dizzying influence.


  • ElDedotes99 - April 2, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    this game is badass. I love it. I already have 98 out of 131 skill shots aquired
  • NightbornAngel - March 30, 2011 8:14 a.m.

    okay, so people are struggling with some skill shots. i just finished the game, and will share the ones i had difficulty with. if there are more, PM me in game Nightborn Angel (xbox360) penetrator, Wing Man - charge penetratot. thump enemies (suggested near a mini boss) when u hit the airborn enemy, move target to mini boss asap. he will b outlined in orange. press FIRE again, drill will re-target to the boss (very easy if u no how to this) as for snap shots and the one to get 2 fast draws in a row. go to chapter 5-3, get the area before u leash the bush (b4 hekaton shows up) THUMP burn outs into the air. try and aim for their glowing lumps. and shoot them (one hit to a lump is instant death)
  • F4G1TR0N - March 12, 2011 7:58 p.m.

    And Also I got stinger in the final Mission. When the room opens up where Sarano says something about Satan's asshole, wait for one to run out, shoot a charged shot and kick. It really is one of the luckier shots. And I can't believe that the penetrator was not put under charged shot, it makes so much sense now
  • F4G1TR0N - March 12, 2011 7:54 p.m.

    @Charlie Barratt I just got Lucky Shot today lol, I was able to do it in the final act, don't hold R1 When you shoot haha. Thanks for the guide and thanks for the last two I needed!
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - March 12, 2011 12:47 a.m.

    @F4G1TR0N Air Strike and Wingmen are super easy if you use the charged Penetrator... not sure why the game lists them as regular skillshots. Lucky Shot just requires the right distance, angle and repetition. Watch the video to see how and where I did it.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - March 12, 2011 12:42 a.m.

  • F4G1TR0N - March 11, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    Will this be updated anytime soon? The hardest skill shots would have to be Lucky Shot and Air Strike. Maybe also include Wingman. Lucky shot seems impossible, the cannon is not able to travel 100m without bouncing,unless I am shooting it wrong. And how the hell are you supposed to thump someone, then shoot the penetrator at them so that it will hit someone standing? If that was a charge shot, it would be easy because you are able to redirect the shot. A normal shot will just shoot a thumped enemy into the air. Also wingman is not as hard as these two, you just have to line them up perfectly, which I have found no way to do
  • batman5273 - March 1, 2011 7:08 a.m.

    Another thing to note, is that for the achievement, you can perform the skill shots in Echo Mode for them to count. So instead of having to replay chapters, you can just load up an Echo Mode, choose your weapons and practice all you want. When you look at what is unlocked, it doesn't have to have a green check, it only has to have the displayed name next to it to know if you got it. The only skill shots you have to replay a chapter for are the story specific ones.
  • batman5273 - March 1, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    Awesome Guide and Bad Ass Videos! I really like in the videos how you give multiple examples.
  • FreedomPhantom - March 1, 2011 6:11 a.m.

    I am SO getting this very soon!
  • wiitard07 - March 1, 2011 1:45 a.m.

    @wing126 Yes there are. I don't know if you are making fun of the game with that comment but people need to stop making fun of this game for being balls out inappropriate, because from a shooter standpoint, this game is bloody brilliant.
  • F4G1TR0N - February 27, 2011 7:01 p.m.

    To be honest, the hardest ones look to be the bouncer and Penetrator ones. I am not sure if I there is a place where you can shoot a canonball and hit em with it from 100 feet away
  • F4G1TR0N - February 27, 2011 6:33 p.m.

    Yah man some of these look hard but I want my first platinum :D
  • 435 - February 24, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    Beauty. Now to pull these fuckers off. Thanks, Charlie.
  • Hullonotna - February 24, 2011 1:34 a.m.

    Some seem pretty simple, others seem overly complex. don't know if i'll get it yet. Might buy AC: brotherhood instead
  • Wing126 - February 24, 2011 7:07 a.m.

    Lotta penis jokes.......
  • BaraChat - February 24, 2011 5:02 a.m.

    Looks like a combo list from a fighting game. Well it seems like the game has some depth.

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