Bulletstorm skillshot guide


Grenade Gag - Wrap a flail around the head of an enemy and explode it

The equivalent of a headshot for the Flailgun. You’ll know your aim was true if the flail wraps tightly around the enemy’s neck.

Gang Bang - Kill two or more enemies with a single flail explosion

By far the simplest Flailgun skill shot. As long as you aim for a group of enemies and pull the trigger again fast enough, you should kill at least two of them. Kick a flailed enemy towards his friend and you can earn the Homie Missile skill shot simultaneously.

Minefield - Kill an enemy by exploding a flail attached to a surface

Instead of aiming for an enemy, aim for the wall, corner or structure next to him. He’ll often attempt to run away, so be sure to pull the trigger again quickly. If the first explosion isn’t enough to kill him, a follow-up flail will usually finish the job.

Sadist - Wrap a flail around an enemy but kill him before it explodes

You control when the flail explodes through another pull of the trigger, so after trapping an enemy, just kick him into an environmental hazard or over a cliff instead of blowing him up. You can also switch to a different weapon and shoot him to death. Note that the flail will eventually explode on its own – you have about five seconds to execute your alternate attack before then.

Meat Slicer - Slice an enemy in half while wrapping the flail around an object

There’s no surefire method for achieving the Meat Slicer skill shot – frustratingly, even when you aim for an object near the enemy instead of the enemy himself, Bulletstorm will either auto-correct to wrap around the enemy anyway or hit a totally different object halfway between you and your intended target. Turning off “Aim Assist” and “Aim Lock” in the options menu definitely helps, as does moving your reticule away from the enemy until the moment it turns white again.

Head Slicer - Decapitate an enemy after wrapping the flail around an object

Same deal as the Meat Slicer – there’s no way to predict what a flail will do after leaving your gun, or how far the rope will swing around after hitting an object, so this is mostly a matter of luck and patience. For the best chance, turn off “Aim Assist” and “Aim Lock” in the options menu, find an enemy that is ducking behind cover and aim for the wall or corner right next to his hidden head.

Homie Missile - Use a flail-wrapped airborne enemy to kill another enemy

Shoot an enemy with the Flailgun, then kick him towards another enemy before triggering the explosion. You have about five seconds before the explosion triggers automatically.

Smart Mine - Use a flail-wrapped standing enemy to kill an airborne enemy

The tricky opposite of Homie Missile. Flailing the standing enemy is easy enough, but kicking another enemy in the right direction before the explosion goes off is a lot more difficult than expected. Our advice: Flail a miniboss, as he makes for a much larger and clearer target to kick towards.

Chain Reaction - CHARGED: Slice two or more enemies in half using a flail Charge Shot

Once you’ve unlocked the charge for the Flailgun, all you have to do is point at a group of enemies and lower your sights enough to ensure that you catch their torsos instead of their necks. This is simplest when a row of enemies is running towards you.

French Revolution - CHARGED: Decapitate two or more enemies with a flail Charge Shot

Once you’ve unlocked the charge for the Flailgun, all you have to do is point at a group of enemies and raise your sights enough to ensure that you catch their necks instead of their torsos. Even when you shoot at the tops of their heads, the game will usually register it as a decapitation for the French Revolution skill shot.


Topless - Blast away the top half of an enemy

Nearly every shotgun blast will remove either the top or bottom half of an enemy if you’re close enough.  Just be sure to point up instead of down before pulling the trigger.

Legless - Blow the legs off an enemy

Nearly every shotgun blast will remove either the bottom or top half of an enemy if you’re close enough.  Just be sure to point down instead of up before pulling the trigger.

Splatterpunk - Kill a downed enemy by blasting him against the floor

As long as you don’t kill an enemy with your first shot, he’ll inevitably end up sprawled somewhere on the ground. Rush over before he can regain his footing, aim directly down at his body and blast away for the Splatterpunk skill shot. Sometimes this will even work when the enemy is against a low wall or object.

Piledriver - Get an enemy airborne then smash him into a surface with the shotgun blast

Kick or leash your victim as many times as necessary to get them floating in slow-motion near a wall, then blast in the direction of said wall. Sometimes the game will randomly have the enemy’s body fly towards an environmental hazard instead, but at least you’ll get the Pump Action skill shot whenever that happens.

Pump Action - Get an enemy airborne then shotgun blast him into an environmental hazard

Same deal as the Piledriver skill shot. Instead of kicking or leashing your victim towards a wall, move them towards an environmental hazard – cacti, spikes, water, electricity or a long drop. Just be careful that you don’t kick or leash him into the environmental hazard before you’ve had a chance to shoot the Boneduster.

Torpedo - Kill an enemy by shooting him while sliding

Double tap the run button for a slide, point yourself at an enemy and then, at the final instant before you actually make contact with his legs and send him flying, shoot the Boneduster instead.

Juggler - Blast an airborne enemy twice then kill him before or on landing

Kicking and shooting an enemy will only send his body careening away from you… usually too far away to get in that second shot, not to mention the third kill shot. We had much better luck by thumping the enemy high into the air and shooting the Boneduster straight up while standing directly beneath the body. The first and second blasts will only send him higher, and you can finish him off with the third blast as he falls back to the ground.

Slugfest - Kill two or more enemies with one standard shot

If you use the Boneduster enough, this skill shot is bound to occur eventually. You can always kick or leash enemies until they’re floating next to each other. Later in the game, you can also attempt Slugfest on the Burnouts, as they love crowding close around you in huge, obnoxious groups.

Burn - CHARGED: Vaporize two or more enemies with a single Charge Shot

Same strategy as Slugfest applies here, but since the charged version of the Boneduster is incredibly powerful and far-reaching, you won’t have to try nearly as hard. The enemies don’t have to be as close to you, or as close to each other, for this skill shot to work.

Acid Rain - CHARGED: Vaporize two or more enemies in mid-air

Thump a couple enemies, then shoot a charged shotgun in their general skyward direction. The blast is surprisingly powerful, and seems to spread from one enemy to the next, so don’t worry if your thumped enemies are far apart – you’ll probably manage to get them all anyway.


  • 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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