Batman: Arkham Asylum ================================================================ Joker FAQ Written by: Sol4688 E-mail: email@example.com ======== Overview ======== Hello, and welcome to my Batman: Arkham Asylum Joker FAQ. In this guide, I will tell you about the Joker DLC, how to play as the Joker, and some quick guides to his challenge maps. Please take notice, this guide will NOT cover anything concerning the Joker in the story mode, or any other instance in the main game. The Joker challenges are fun, and the Joker himself is wild indeed... But with this guide, I will do my best to introduce you to him, and hopefully, succeed while playing as him. Also note that this is one of my first FAQ's written. So any and all feedback is welcome. =============== Table of Contents =============== Section Details Shortcut Part 1................ About the Joker!................[PT01] Part 2................ The DLC itself .................[PT02] Part 3................ Controls .......................[PT03] Part 4................ Gadgets.........................[PT04] Part 5................. Challenge maps.................[PT05] Part 5a................ Maximum Punishment.............[PT5a] Part 5b................ Paging Dr. Joker...............[PT5b] Part 5c................ Gutter Tactics.................[PT5c] Part 5d................ Administered Pain..............[PT5d] Part 5e................ Caged Fighter..................[PT5e] Part 5f................ Hell's Hacienda................[PT5f] Part 5g................ Giggles in the Gardens.........[PT5g] Part 5h................ Cavern of Love.................[PT5h] Part 6................. Additional notes and tips......[PT06] Part 7...................... Credits...................[PT07] Let's get started, shall we? ================================================================== ABOUT THE JOKER.............................................[PT01] ================================================================== The Clown Prince of Crime, the Harlequin of Hate... The Joker. Image of the Joker: http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2009/235/ reviews/952338_20090824_screen004.jpg The Joker is voiced by Mark Hamill in the game, noted for playing the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series, and reprising the role in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, and Justice League. The Joker's real name and origin are a mystery, even to himself... (though he doesn't mind fabricating one or two on the spot) and is a true mystery. What is known is that Joker's life as a criminal began with a fated encounter in a factory. Then, a lowly thug, Joker fell into a vat of acid during an encounter with Batman early on in his career. The dip resulted in his visage being twisted to that of a mad clown, and melted away any sanity he could've possibly had. Joker is Batman's most persistent and frustrating opponent, a lunatic as dedicated to causing mayhem and trouble as Batman is to preserving justice and order. He has no value for any life besides his own, and frequently shows it by mercilessly killing anyone who gets in his way... or simply when he feels like it. His list of victims is staggering, and includes some of those Batman valued dearly, such as Jason Todd (the second Robin) He is also responsible for shooting and cripping the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, Barbara Gordon (formerly Batgirl, now Oracle.) While having no powers, Joker is one of the world's most unpredictable madmen. His true motives and next actions are solely his to know, and this applies to everything, from his cunning criminal schemes to combat. He has an arsenal consisting of many dangerous weapons, including some seemingly playful toys, like a flower that squirts acid, or a joy buzzer capable of frying you. Joker is also a very eccentric, but a more than capable leader and mastermind. By the events of the game, Joker's latest scheme (In which he invaded City Hall and held the Mayor hostage) is thwarted by Batman. It is notable that when Batman arrived, Joker surrendered with little resistance. When taken to Arkham, Joker is given a lot of care and attention when transporting him through the Asylum, but to noavail, as he eventually escapes the guards and reveals he has seized control of the Asylum, releasing the inmates, his gang from neighboring Blackgate prison (to be held there temporarily due to a mysterious fire in the prison) and several of Batman's own most vicious rogues, affectionately referred to as the "party list." He also reveals to have bombs planted across Gotham City, to discourage intervention from outside authorities.... But, Batman is convinced this is a ruse. Or is it...? With danger everywhere, Joker monitoring Batman's progress, and the guards and doctors helpless against the waves of enemies, can Batman stand a chance against Joker's latest plan? ================================================================ THE DLC ITSELF............................................[PT02] ================================================================ Here, I'll talk a bit about the DLC. The full title of it is: Batman (tm): Arkham Asylum Play as the Joker Challenge Map (Add-on Content) released by Eidos-Interactive Inc, on August 20, 2009. The DLC is completely free. Just hit it, and get it. Then, go to your PS3 game tab, and you will see it there beneath where your game disc icon should pop up. Once you have Arkham Asylum, you can install the Joker DLC. Both installing and downloading don't take particularly long; 2-3 minutes tops. As for questions concerning whether or not the DLC will eventually have a price forced upon it, or if it will become available to the X-box 360? Well... I have no answer to either of those. It's simply too early to say. Sorry folks. ================================================================ CONTROLS..................................................[PT03] ================================================================ So, you wanna be the Joker, eh? Well, let's be the Joker. We're gonna start with controls. For the most part, the Joker plays very similar to Batman. So I'll be referring to Batman's movesets very often when describing Joker's moves. For your sake, I do hope you are familiar with how Batman plays, so you will understand what I mean. Left Analog Stick- Walk. Wanna get somewhere, you gotta move around, right? Move the left analog stick slightly to walk slowly in that direction. Moving it all the way in a direction will make Joker walk as fast as he can (and with a VERY nice strut, indeed.) Right Analog Stick- Rotate camera. Spin the camera around Joker to see your surroundings better. Directional Buttons- Select gadget/weapon. Like Batman, Joker has his arsenal of gadgets and weapons to help him out. A weapon is keyed to a certain directional button. Tapping that button will equip that weapon/gadget and allow you to use it. Please note that in certain missions, Joker will have certain gadgets and weapons available to him, and in other missions, he will not. I will go over which ones in the gadgets section. Triangle- Counter/Stealth Takedown. The triangle button has two uses. First, when in normal combat with enemies, a trigger will show when an enemy is about to attack. This trigger is several blue lightning bolts radiating from their heads. When you see this, tap triangle, and (like Batman) Joker will swiftly block the enemy attack, and (humorously, I might add) strike them back, often knocking them back for a moment or two. Joker's counters aren't much different from Batman's, aside from being more fun rather than brutal to watch. The second use, is when you're sneaking about, you can stealthily approach a guard. Once you're within range, press triangle to do a stealth takedown on the guard. It's worth noting that Joker's takedown animations (while, again, much funnier) take quite a bit longer than Batman's. While a guard goes down, Joker will dance around a bit having a good laugh, making it not a good choice to use if a guard casually walks around the corner and spots you. Take your stealth kills with caution. Square- Attack. Joker's attacks are fun to watch, in opposition to Batman's focused and precise martial arts... Joker's combat utilizes extremely unpredictable sweeping kicks, slaps, and chops. Tap square repeatedly to chain the attacks and combo across the room, taking down enemies in an almost dance-like flurry of pain. Circle- Gas stun. The circle button, like Batman's, is used to temporarily stun an enemy or several enemies when in combat. When pressed, Joker quickly takes out a small aerosol can, and does a quick 360 degree spin while spraying the gas about. The enemies recoil, and are stunned for about 2 or 3 seconds before shaking it off and jumping back in the fight. Joker's stun is slower than Batman's, as there is a small delay where he takes out the can to when he sprays it. Always keep this in mind when fighting large groups of enemies. X- Evade/Interact with environment. When you quickly double tap the X button in a direction, Joker will do a swift dodging maneuver. Normally, Joker does a plunging dive, followed by a hand spring leap that will either finish with a slide or a spinning somersault. The slide is the safer of the two, as the somersault is very lengthy and leaves Joker very open to enemy attack. Take caution when evading with Joker. When you use the evade button near an enemy, Joker will vault on to the guard and leap frog off of him, sending the guard stumbling behind him while Joker gets to safety. This is always a good maneuver, it will maintain your combo, and can save your life if you get swamped. Note that simply pressing X by itself in combat will do nothing. When walking around or exploring a level, the X button can have different uses. If you're near a corner or something to hide behind, a prompt to use that spot as cover may pop up. Tap X, and Joker will hide and be able to peek around corners, and instigate a corner takedown (if the moment arises.) If you're near a fence or ledge, an option to climb up or over that barrier may pop up. Tap X, and Joker will climb the obstacle. If you're near a gate or vent that can be opened, tapping X will let Joker open that spot and climb in to hide. L1- Aim/ready your equipped gadget/weapon. When you have your gadget/weapon that you want to use selected, then press L1 to switch to a closer view of Joker wielding said weapon. Note: With Joker's gun, quickly tap L1 to fire off a shot. This is best used for maintaining a combo, or knocking out an enemy if they move in too close to you. The shot is quite inaccurate, though, so be careful how you use it. R1- Use currently equipped gadget/weapon. When you're holding L1 and have your gadget/weapon ready, press R1 to use the gadget/weapon. Each one has different properties, so refer to the gadgets section for more information. L2- Nothing. Yes, this is Batman's detective mode. Joker has no such thing. R2- Crouch. Press and hold R2 to make Joker crouch. While crouched, Joker is harder to see, and easier to hide. L3- Center camera. Clicking L3 will return the camera to a default position behind Joker. R3- Zoom in. Clicking R3 will zoom Joker's sight in on whatever's in front of him. Note that while in zoomed in mode, you cannot attack or run. It's also worth noting in Joker's zoomed state, there's no grid-thingy like Batman has. Left analog stick + X- Run. Holding down X while you move will turn Joker's steady strut into a healthy run. Useful for moving around faster, of course. When you're near a ledge, run to it, and Joker will automatically leap when you reach the end. Left analog stick + R2- Crouch walk. Moving the left analog stick while crouched will move Joker around while keeping his head down, making his movements more stealthy and making him harder to spot. R2 + square- Attack. This is pretty much the exact same as the normal square button attack. There's pretty much no need to crouch first before attacking, ever. R2 + triangle- Crouching stealth takedown/Ground takedown. While you can do normal takedowns standing, it's better to be crouching because it's stealthier. When in free combat, you may notice instances where you knock down an enemy, and you see circles radiating from their head with stars. This means they're open for a ground takedown, a brutal attack which will put an enemy down on the spot. After knocking an enemy down, go next to them, and press R2 + triangle. Joker will then put the enemy out of the fight. Again, Joker's are much more fun to watch than Batman's, but his ground takedown animations are MUCH longer than Batman's, and unlike other attacks, you WON'T be able to counter or defend against an enemy if they choose to attack you. For this reason, I GREATLY discourage the idea of using ground takedowns in large brawls. R2 + X- Hide in a ground panel. If you're standing over a floor vent or grate, and you crouch over it, a prompt will come up to hit R2 + X. When you do, Joker will yank open the floor panel and hop in, allowing you to move in the underground vents. The underground vents are VERY useful hiding places, and good spots to set up ambushes. To get out of an underground vent, go underneath the floor panel, and a prompt will pop up. Press X to jump out of the vent. X + square- Throw (once you reach a combo of 5 hits or more) Like with Batman (even though you have to purchase this maneuver as Batman) After reaching a certain number of combo hits, Joker's combo counter will turn yellow. Once this happens, you will be able to perform takedowns. One of these is the grab, in which Joker runs up to an enemy, hoists them up, and freely tosses him away. It does decent damage, and can knock down any other enemies that get caught in the toss. Enemies won't attack you while performing this (as with all takedowns) and knocks down a lot of enemies when aimed right. Always a good choice in a fight. Circle + triangle- Takedown (once you reach a combo of 5 hits, 8 if you do not have the combo plus upgrade) Like with Batman, after reaching a certain number of combo hits, Joker's combo counter will turn yellow. Once this happens, you will be able to perform takedowns. Joker has various takedowns. They include: - Joker lunges on his foe, clinging to them and pounding them in the head relentlessly, before finishing off with a stylish spinning slap. - Joker stops and waves at the enemy, distracting them just enough to catch them off guard with a slap across the face. He then grabs their outstretched hand and pulls a classic Joy Buzzer gag, frying them on the spot. - Joker rushes forward and delivers a punishing kick to the groin, and then slaps the enemy upside their face. (note, that if your enemy is wearing a helmet, it will fly off with this hit.) He then finishes with a deadly precise eye poke attack, putting them out on the spot. As with other takedowns, enemies will not attack you when you are performing a takedown, so you need only sit back... and enjoy a good laugh. We got controls down? Good! ================================================================ GADGETS...................................................[PT04] ================================================================ In this section, I will explain Joker's tools and gadgets. Now, before this section begins, I want you to quickly note that there are some missions where Joker will NOT have all these available to him. I'll tell you which ones he has in what missions, though. Joker has 3 gadgets available to him. The Gun- The Gun is Joker's basic weapon, and occupies the directional button up. The Gun is a humorously oversized magnum that only the Joker could wield without looking like a tool. The Gun is interesting for several reasons. One- it's an automatic kill on whoever it hits. It's an ultimate instrument of destruction in this regard. Two- It's only got ONE bullet. That's right, 1 shot folks. In combat challenges, your Gun's ammo is restored when you clear a round. But don't think you can stack ammo every round- you still only get 1 shot. Now, the Gun is very flexible, like the batarang. If you quickly tap L1, you can fire off a shot, very similar to Batman's quick L1 tap to fire off a batarang. However, unlike the batarang, the gun is incredibly loud, and in sneaking missions, using it will alert every guard on the map to Joker's location right away. This can either be very good or very bad, depending on your situation. Tragically, the Gun also requires you to be quite accurate, as if you aim, there is no lock-on reticle. So make your shot count. Additionally, if you can manage to line up several guards in a row, then the Gun is capable of piercing all the enemies, netting you a quick multi-kill combo. However, waltzing around in a fight with the Gun out waiting for the enemies to line up is very dangerous. It rarely happens, so don't hold your breath. The Gun is available to Joker in all of his challenge maps. The Chattering Teeth- Joker's second gadget, and the directional button left. The Chattering Teeth are a set of toy dentures with feet, and a bomb contained within it. Hold L1 to ready them, and hit R1 to launch them. Joker will release the teeth, and the view will shift to behind the teeth. Now you're in control! Use the left analog stick to control the teeth's movement (they're constantly moving, all you can do is steer it.) Check the teeth's icon to see a bar next to it. The bar depletes as time passes with the teeth. When the bar is empty, the teeth will automatically detonate. But, why wait for detonation? Tap R1 when you're ready to manually set off the teeth. The teeth will stop, and then explode, making a healthy bang (that will kill the stealth of the moment, for sure) and kill anyone nearby. The teeth are crucial for setting traps in the sneaking missions, and can be used to take out clusters of guards effortlessly. Keep this in mind when you're ready to hit the high scores. It's worth noting that when you use the teeth, Joker stands rooted to the spot. So make sure when you do use the teeth, Joker is well hidden first. Otherwise, a casual guard walking by that spots you will end you and put any plans for your teeth- and future- to rest. Like the Gun, you only get 1 set of teeth per mission. Make 'em count. The Chattering Teeth are only available for use in Joker's sneaking missions. The Specs- Joker's third and final gadget, and the directional button right. Joker's Specs are a set of funny glasses that, when looked through, allow you to look around the level and see through walls, floors, and check enemy locations. Essentially... It's Joker's "detective mode." To use the Specs, simply hold down L1 while the Glasses are equipped. Joker's view will then change. Move the right analog stick to adjust where Joker looks to. The Specs are... well, more of a hindrance than a help. For one- You're unable to move while using the glasses. If an enemy happens to walk by while you're using them? Well, you won't be able to do anything about it until Joker puts those glasses neatly away in his pocket. For two- there's a 1 or 2 second delay from when Joker takes out the Specs to when he puts them on. Now, in missions where speed is of the essence, it's REALLY not the best of ideas to spend all your time gazing around in the specs. To be completely honest: The only times you'll really need the Specs is most likely when you first start a stage, to simply look around and take in your surroundings. If you're serious about hitting the leaderboards, memorize the locations of the enemies and the map. Because there will be NO time whatsoever for sight seeing when you're shooting for a high score. The Specs are only available for use in Joker's sneaking missions, but unlike the other gadgets, the Specs can be used anytime during the mission. ================================================================ CHALLENGE MAPS............................................[PT05] ================================================================ Joker's challenge maps are unlocked around the same time as Batman's are. Although as to which ones get unlocked when, I'm still currently looking into. Like Batman, Joker has two types of challenge maps. The first of which is the combat challenge. In these challenges, Joker goes 4 rounds with Arkham's finest, and it's up to you to put the guards down, with- if possible- as much style as possible. Focus is put on maintaining a long combo, not getting hit, and varying your attacks. The second type of challenge maps are the sneaking challenges. In these challenges, there are several guards patrolling the map. It's up to Joker to sneak around and dispatch every guard. The guards are all very well armed, and Joker... well, doesn't have a lot of health, so fighting them up front is VERY ill-advised. It's up to you to utilize stealth, hiding spots, your gadgets, and your wits to take out all the guards safely and quickly. Speed is the focus of these missions. I may as well take this time to remind you all quickly: The Joker and his combat abilities mirror that of your Batman. By that, I mean that the upgrades you get for Batman apply to Joker too. If you have the Throw ability for Batman, Joker will have it too. If you have the takedown ability for Batmna, Joker can do takedowns as well. If you have the combo upgrade ability, Joker can do takedowns at 5 hits instead of 8. This is why I will insist that you beat the main story (or at least get all of the combat upgrades) before attempting Joker's challenge mode. It'll simply be giving you a stronger Joker to work with. And with some of his challenge maps? You will DEFINITELY need it. (Thanks Skorch for reminding me.) Enemies you will encounter in challenge maps are: Security Guards- The regular guards walking around in cop-like uniforms. There's nothing too special about these guys. Riot Guards- Guards wearing riot gear. Again, nothing special. They move like any other enemy in the game. Aaron Cash- Cash is Arkham Asylum's toughest security guard. Once, in an encounter with Killer Croc, he lost his hand to Croc. He has since harbored a deep fear and hatred for Croc. By the events of the game, Cash is caught in the mayhem and has his hands full looking out for his staff and any innocent bystanders. Cash has no tolerance for any of the inmates causing trouble, and is eager to assist Batman however he can. Cash handles like a Security Guard, pretty much. It may be just me, but I believe that Cash has a higher tendency to look for weapons. Simply stop him if he does go for a weapon, and deal with him like you would anyone else. Commissioner Gordon- Commissioner James Gordon is the revered leader of the GCPD, and one of Batman's allies in the war on crime in Gotham. By the events of the game, Gordon is at Arkham to help see in Joker's incarceration. Gordon attempts to help maintain control when all the trouble starts, but is quickly captured. Despite his best efforts, Gordon is often victim to Joker's schemes. Gordon handles like any other enemy in the game, and, like Cash, may have a higher tendency to run for weapons. In some of these missions, enemies may wield weapons. There are three types of weapons available to enemies in the challenges. - Wall-mounted consoles. These are computer consoles that randomly stick out of walls. Sometimes during a fight, a guard may run up to a console, yank it out of the wall, and toss the thing at Joker. This hurts a lot, and has a bit of range on it. Sadly, there's no real audio cue for when a guard is making a move for this. You'll simply have to pay attention to a guard's position and make sure to keep them in sight. Note that once a console is thrown, it cannot be picked up and used again. - Cattle prods. These are electrified rods wielded by guards to keep unruly inmates in check. Cattle prod users are very tricky for a certain reason: They are capable of blocking normal attacks. Additionally, if you try to attack them up front, you will take damage from the shock. If a cattle prod wielder is in their "stance," the goofy pose with their arms outstretched, you won't be able to hit them up front. So how do you deal with these guys? To attack a Cattle prod wielder, you must first perform an evade over them. Doing so will send the guard stumbling and stun them momentarily. When they are stunned, they are open to attack. Upon knocking them down, they will drop their weapons and be disarmed. Cattle prod wielders are also immune to being gas stunned. Note that if you have a high enough combo to do a takedown, you can takedown cattle prod wielders without stunning them first. Doing so will result in a special takedown, which Joker seizes the cattle prod, cracks the guard across the face with it, and then zaps them while they're down. Like with other takedowns, enemies will not interfere. The only other major thing you have to worry about with cattle prods is that if an enemy drops their cattle prod, then any other guard can walk up to it and pick it up. They will often do this if Joker is busy doing a takedown. You should note, however, that if you can strike a guard before he assumes the "stance," then you will still be able to harm him, and potentially force him to drop the cattle prod. - Machine guns. In the combat challenges, there are often gun cabinets placed on walls across the map. Sometimes, a guard may approach the gun cabinet and attempt to open it. When they do so, an alarm will go off and a light atop the cabinet will light up. Consider this your cue to "STOP THEM! NOW!" It takes guards a few seconds to open a cabinet, but if they do, you've just opened a new threat to Joker. Joker doesn't have a lot of health as is, and takes hits badly already. So give a guard a weapon that allows them to strike Joker from across the map, hit him repeatedly, halt his combo, and deal a great amount of damage? You just got yourself a high-priority threat. The worst part about gun cabinets is that they only leave more guns for the rest of the guards. I cannot stress this enough: If you see a guard going for a gun, you should likely drop whatever you're doing and stop them. If you have built a good combo going, try and use your momentum to swing by a gun cabinet and stop a guard from doing anything. These guys are the biggest threat you can have in a challenge map, and need to be dealt with as such. Like with any other weapons, if you manage to knock down a guard wielding the weapon, then they will drop it. But be wary, as a gun, like a cattle prod, can be picked up and used by anyone else. Okay, so let's move on to the maps themselves! ================================================================ MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT........................................[PT5a] ================================================================ Maximum Punishment is the first Joker challenge, and as one would think, the easiest. It's also his first combat challenge. There's nothing special to take note of here, as it's very similar to Batman's first challenge map. There are the electrified gates you can use knock guards into to stun them temporarily. Also, keep in mind the rail behind you. If you want, you can use Joker's throw attack to toss a guard right over the side and take him out of the fight. Cheap, sure. Fun to do? Hell yes. There are weapons available to the guards in this stage. There's two console boxes in the north wall that a guard can rip out and throw at you, and a gun locker on the right wall between the two cells. But if you keep them on their toes, they won't go for it. Round 1- Riot Guard x3 Pft. This isn't even a warm up. Take these goons out any way you desire. Maybe take some time and try to get comfortable with your moves, if this is your first time playing as Joker (as I assume it would be.) Round 2- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x4 This is a fairly basic group battle. Take this fight to learn your takedowns and other combo maneuvers. Round 3- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x6, Cash x1 A bigger crowd, but nothing to sweat. Cash himself is just a costume swapped security guard, so don't sweat him. If he goes for a weapon, put him down quickly, or risk taking a hurtin' for Joker. Round 4- Security Guard x2, Riot Guard x6, Gordon x1 These are the types of groups you should get used to fighting. Take this round to practice well (and humiliate Gordon.) Watch for Gordon, as he might try to toss a console at you. ================================================================ PAGING DR. JOKER..........................................[PT5b] ================================================================ Paging Dr. Joker is Joker's second challenge map. This is Joker's first sneaking challenge, so naturally, I'd have to insist you take some time off to practice with it before hitting leaderboards. There are several things to remember when doing these maps. First of all- Time is of the essence. The quicker you get through this, the better. If that means taking a hit or two, or blatantly exposing yourself to danger to finish the mission more quickly, it's highly recommended to do so. Second of all- the enemies in these missions are armed, and Joker takes hits like a little girl, so if you catch a guard's attention, you have to put them down- FAST. Otherwise, it won't take much to kill you. Thirdly- If you notice, you'll have a full range of gadgets and tools at your disposal. Use them wisely. Now, Paging Dr. Joker takes place in the Medical Facility's lobby, and has the same trappings, down to the vents, grates, and exploding walls. For sneaking around- just stay out of the vents unless you need to hide. Joker won't be able to make the most out of them, unlike Batman with his grappling hook. With Joker, the best hiding spot is around a corner somewhere in the open. Round 1- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x5 Note: All enemies in this mission are armed with machine guns. Now, from where you start in the mission, there's two guards on the walkway above you, one guard patrolling the center walkway, and two on the walkway across the room from the one above Joker. There's a guard at the far end of the room on the same floor as Joker, but he moves around across the levels. One of the ones on the walkway across from Joker will not move, but simply stand around by a collapsible wall. I'll be honest with you. There's no real certain danger in this stage. There are tons of hiding spaces, and the guards are spread out just enough so that they won't locate a downed guard unless you want them to. You may be looking at the leaderboards and wondering, how do these people get this mission done in under 10 seconds?? Good question. The key is speed, not stealth. The fastest way to victory is to grab their attention, rope them all in one spot, and finish them in one go with Joker's teeth bomb. However, the thing with this plan is... well, it's pretty much luck. You need to be lucky and have all the guards follow to the same point, be lucky to make sure they all group together closely enough, be lucky enough to make sure they don't walk away too early, and lucky enough that your bomb blows them up all at once. Use this mission to get the hang of this tactic. It'll make dealing with the others much easier. ================================================================ GUTTER TACTICS............................................[PT5c] ================================================================ Gutter Tactics is Joker's third challenge map, and his second combat challenge map. It takes place in the sewers that are between Batman's Arkham bat cave and Croc's lair, also the area where the Sewer Bat challenges take place. It's a larger map, and it's easy to lose track of an enemy bolting for one of the gun cabinets or to a console to throw at Joker. So be wary. Round 1- Security Guard x2, Riot Guard x4 A piece of cake. Take these losers out at your leisure. Round 2- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x7 Not an overly challenging battle. This is most likely the round where the guards will start looking for consoles to throw your way. Try and get a steady combo getting, and let Joker's momentum combo in the guards holding consoles before they get a chance to throw them. Keep that in mind, and you'll make it through this no sweat. Round 3- Riot Guard x10, Cash x1 Cash will go for anything he can get his hands on. So keep a watchful eye on him. Otherwise, just be careful. It's too easy to take get overconfident and take a hit when you least expect it. Round 4- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x14, Gordon x1 This isn't too different from last round. Keep an eye on Gordon, and try to knock out any guards who make their way to the gun cabinets. If you took out any console tossers in the previous rounds, you should have nothing to worry about there, and the guns should be your only concern. ================================================================ ADMINISTERED PAIN.........................................[PT5d] ================================================================ Administered Pain is Joker's fourth challenge map, and his second sneaking challenge. It takes place in the Arkham Mansion library, where Cash is captured at some point later in the main game. This is also where Batman's... The library is one of Batman's easier challenges, simply due to the sheer amount of hiding places he can grapple to. So you can imagine since Joker has no grappling hook, this is going to be MUCH tougher. Round 1- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x5 Note: All enemies in this round are armed with machine guns. From where you start, there's 1 guard patrolling the catwalk to your left, 1 guard patrolling the center area, 1 guard who patrols from the center to the left area (between stairs), 1 guard who patrols from the center to the right area (between stairs), 1 on the left catwalk across from where Joker starts, and 1 who just stands on guard near the stairs in the right area. Naturally, there's the careful and stealthy way to do this mission, or the loud and quick way. The stealthy way is infinitely safer, but it will cost you any hopes you have of making the leader boards. When being stealthy, I recommend disposing of the guard on the catwalk next to Joker first (with a silent takedown. A ledge takedown will alert the other guards.) From there, sneak around the catwalk to the right area, and while hugging the wall, sneak up on the security guard standing there. If you're feeling gutsy, you can make a move on the guard walking away from the right area. From there, it's almost certain a guard will notice their downed comrades. You can either choose to blow them all up with some chattering teeth, or sneak around and dispose of them at your leisure. Now, the quick and loud way requires a monumental amount of luck. Due to the guards all being spread out so far, it's difficult to get them all in one spot quickly, and make them stay there. Practice, and try to determine which guard to take out first, or the best area to trap them all. There's a number of ways you can go about this. Find the best one for you. ================================================================ CAGED FIGHTER.............................................[PT5e] ================================================================ Caged Fighter is Joker's fifth challenge map, his third combat challenge, and one with a theme, yay! The map takes place in the high security prison wing area. (if you remember from the main game, it's the room with all the electrified floors, where you can see Mr. Freeze's cell.) The hazards here include gun lockers mounted on the walls of either arena on the left or right side. This isn't a big deal, as most guards will ignore it. But watch out by round 3, as Cash will most likely make a break for it as soon as he's able. It's worth noting, though, that if a guard has a gun, he will NOT attempt to shoot Joker until he's in the same arena as him. So if a guard does go for a gun, don't panic. Simply wait until he jumps back in, and take him out the second he touches the ground and has a chance to do anything. So the name of the game here is speed. At the start of the fight, a counter will appear on the right side of the screen, letting you know how much time remains. When the counter goes down to 0, the floor lights up, and it's game over. Not right away, of course, but a few more seconds after. It's worth noting if you're taking out the last enemy with a takedown, you will NOT be killed. The animation spares you from certain death. I've even discovered that if you kill your last enemy while the screen is even fading to black, you can still net a victory! Handy, huh? Round 1- Security Guard x2, Riot Guard x2 A straightforward enough battle. Taking them out quickly and safely should be no trouble. Note: You will have 28 seconds until the floor powers up. Round 2- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x5 note: The Security Guard and one of the Riot Guards are armed with cattle prods. The cattle prods are a new addition to the combat challenges. If you remember them from Batman's rounds, you'll know that if you try to strike a guard wielding a cattle prod, then you will be blocked, shocked, and take a bit of damage. Guards wielding cattle prods are also unable to be countered, and cannot be stunned. So the answer to dealing with them is to evade over them. This will stun the guard temporarily, and you'll be able to beat them down. You are also able to hit a guard if he's going to pick up a cattle prod (they technically won't be "equipped" with it until they assume their goofy stance.) Or if a guard with a cattle prod is getting up off the floor. Nevertheless, they are not to be taken lightly. If a guard has a cattle prod, put them down with a quick takedown or gunshot. Note: You will have 38 seconds until the floor powers up. Round 3- Riot Guard x7, Cash x1 note: Two of the Riot Guards are armed with cattle prods. This is the fight where things go downhill... If guards haven't gone for the gun cabinets yet, they will now for sure. But if they do, don't fret- let them go. They won't shoot until they return to the same arena Joker is in. And when they do return, they're easily dealt with if you have a good combo with momentum going. There will no doubt be guards picking up cattle prods left on the ground from previous battles, so watch out for them first and foremost. Note: you will have 48 seconds until the floor powers up. Round 4- Security Guard x2, Riot Guard x5, Gordon x1 note: Gordon is armed with a cattle prod. This is the fight that will make or break you in this challenge. It's certainly not a tough roster to take down. Your worst enemy in this round is the time limit. The second a guard drops a cattle prod or gun, another will move to pick it up, meaning you'll be wasting time on disarms and takedowns. I won't lie: You're gonna need a little bit of luck here. But I know you can do it! Note: You will have 58 seconds until the floor powers up. ================================================================ HELL'S HACIENDA...........................................[PT5f] ================================================================ Hell's Hacienda is Joker's sixth challenge map, and his third sneaking challenge. It takes place in the large transfer hall, where in the main story, is a place of many events... namely where you find Frank Boles (in a less than ideal state) where the Riddler first contacts you, and a site of several very great predator missions. It's a very large map, with 3 floors, each with good hiding places to flee to if you're caught. The building in the middle is a great place to go to keep an eye on the rest of your enemies. The level itself is chock full of possibilities, so go wild. Round 1- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x5 Note: All enemies in this round are armed with machine guns. From where you start, there are 2 enemies patrolling the tunnel in front of and below you, 1 guard standing at guard on the balcony directly ahead of you, 1 guard patrolling the walkway to the left, 1 to the walkway on the right, and 1 patrolling in the central building. Now, you CAN take out the guard ahead of you, but it's risky. I personally recommend moving up to the left walkway and taking out the guard there first and foremost. From there, you can easily take out the one in the building and the one on the balcony with little trouble. Guards won't check up there (unless you're noisy, of course) so the rest of them are easy pickings. Of course, that was the stealthy way. For the quick way, try to figure out a quick way to kill one of the guards beneath you, and get him in such a spot that the others will be able to converge in a short time. Otherwise, they'll start to spread out and look for Joker, ruining any chance of a quick group kill. Once again, it requires more luck than anything else. ================================================================ GIGGLES IN THE GARDENS....................................[PT5g] ================================================================ Giggles in the Gardens is Joker's seventh challenge map, and his fourth and final combat map. It takes place in the Botanical Gardens lab, where in the main story, Joker was creating the Titan formula. It's noted for being the first point in the game you have to fight 2 Titans at the same time. This is also the area where Batman's Rumble in the Jungle challenges take place. It's the biggest of all the maps, so it's easy to lose a combo simple due to a guard wandering about, or take a hit out of nowhere from a console or gunfire. It is absolutely crucial that you know where your enemies are, what they're doing, and how you can take them out while maintaining a combo. Round 1- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x4 Let's start things off easy, shall we? Nothing to this fight. Making this a perfect fight should be no big deal. Round 2- Riot Guard x8 Note: One of the Riot Guards is armed with a cattle prod. Aside from the one cattle prod wielder, this isn't much of a challenge. Disarm him first, and take care of the battle normally. I suggest you watch out, as guards will start going for guns and consoles for sure. Round 3- Security Guard x1, Riot Guard x6, Cash x1 There's nothing to really worry about this round, as the guards will focus mainly on you. Watch out for the 2 or 3 guards who will opt for weapons instead. Round 4- Security Guard x2, Riot Guard x7, Gordon x1 Note: One of the Riot Guards is armed with a cattle prod. This fight has a real tendency to get out of hand. Guards will be going for weapons left and right, and it's a real handful to make sure they keep their paws off a weapon. Again, try to keep your momentum going strong, and they won't have a chance to do anything. ================================================================ CAVERN OF LOVE............................................[PT5h] ================================================================ Cavern of Love is Joker's eighth challenge map, and his fourth and final sneaking mission. This challenge takes place in the pump room, where in the main story, Batman must go to shut down the pumps spewing Titan into the waterways. It's a very interesting map, with numerous vents and walkways to hide around, but guards have very precise patrols, which can make it more than a handful. Round 1- Security Guard x2, Riot Guard x6 Note: All enemies in this round are armed with machine guns. This map is extremely tricky. Just getting out of the doorway in the beginning is a challenge, as there are guards every which way here. From where you start, there's 1 guard walking by right in front of you, 2 just to the left of that one (behind the large pump) 1 patrolling the bottom floor, 2 patrolling the walkway to the right (under the control room) and 2 just chilling in the control room. The tricky part is that guard right in front of you. Walking right by... boy, don't you just wanna take him down? Right there? Well, for the interest of the mission, I really recommend you don't. Because otherwise, the 2 left walkway guards will be right on you. Instead, try to wait a bit, then move downstairs and take out the guard on the lower floor. Another guard should be patrolling down there eventually. If you can, try to take him out before he find the body. Now, the other guards don't go to the lower floor, so you're free to go about the rest of the mission in various ways. My personal favorite is to send a set of chattering teeth to the control room for an easy 2 quick kills. The guards will be on edge, sure, but they tend to spread out... and here, spreading out is to your advantage. Now, the quick way? Well, fortunately, I was contacted by a high ranking player from the leaderboards on how he did it. He says the way to a quick victory is to wait until the guard walks past the door, then run down the stairs and drop down the grate. By now, the guards should be chasing you. Now if you pop up behind the wall, back up, and use the chattering teeth on the clustered guards, and if you're lucky, you'll take them all out in one go! (thanks to Antubis) ================================================================ ADDITIONAL NOTES AND TIPS.................................[PT06] ================================================================ - When fighting with Joker (or in general, really) It's important to remember it's better to REact than to act. Or, in other words, try to focus your combat on being on guard and countering your enemies actions rather than being on full attack mode. Doing so will result in a safer battle. - Don't forget your takedowns! If an enemy has a cattle prod, trying to evade over him and beat him with 2 or 3 other guards rushing you is a dangerous gamble. Try and work up a takedown, and kill the guard in one go. Remember, takedowns always work. Even on guards using weapons, and they are unblockable. The only thing is to make sure you're close enough to them when you do it. You can use takedowns from a bit of a range (Joker will dart up to them, not differently from a momentum-fueled attack) but the range isn't nearly as good as a regular attack with momentum. - Think through your attacks. You may have noticed that slow motion effect when you get a sweet combo going. It's useful in more ways than just looking stylish. Notice the enemies around you. See them as they run up to you, and try to predict attacks, and decide the best course of action. Do you try to counter them? Do you move on to attack the guy across the room? Do you use a quick fire gunshot? Try to think your battles through as you do them, and you'll be surprised with how well you might do. - I really cannot stress this enough: Play through the main story and give Batman's challenges a try BEFORE you attempt to play as Joker. Learning to do all the moves with Batman is crucial to success as Joker. Familiarize yourself with the combat techniques, takedowns, and hiding before playing, or you will regret it when you're the Joker. - Use the middle stick to dodge.( :D ) - If you would like to add something to my faq or comment, please do not hesitate. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org Remember! This is one of my first faqs. 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