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Physical Tonic

Gene Tonics are special serums made from processed ADAM that insert modified stem cells into the body, allowing for genetic modification and mutation, giving the user what some might call "super powers". In BioShock 2, the player as Subject Delta is able to choose from a vast selection of Tonics to equip. With Tonic Slot upgrades, the player can equip up to eighteen tonics. Tonics can be equipped and mixed in any order up to the maximum number. Most tonics are purchased at Gatherer's Gardens or found throughout the game, the rest can be earned by doing research. Tonics can be swapped at a Gene Bank. Gene Tonic bottles in BioShock 2 glow a bright blue color.

Armored Shell Edit

Amor
Effect:Reduces physical damage taken.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:45

Armored Shell 2 Edit

Armored Shell 2 Icon Effect:Further reduces physical damage taken.
Location:Obtained by researching Brute Splicers to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Arms Race Edit

Arms Race Effect:Able to find more ammo when looting bodies or containers.
Location:Obtained by researching Big Daddies to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Booze Hound Edit

Booze
Effect:Drinking alcohol restores a small amount of EVE, rather than draining it.
Location:Through a locked door at the beginning of the 'Journey to the Surface' ride in Ryan Amusements, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:40

Careful Hacker Edit

Careful Hacker Effect:The hacking needle moves slightly slower.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:25

Careful Hacker 2 Edit

Careful Hacker 2 Effect:The hacking needle moves even slower.
Location:In Fontaine Futuristics behind coded door in Plasmid Demonstration area, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:50

Cure All Edit

Clean cureall
Effect:Health Stations also refill the player's EVE.
Location:Found in back room of Joe's Green Groceries in Siren Alley, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:40

Damage Research Edit

Damage Research
Effect:Increases research damage bonuses.
Location:Found in a red wagon at the beginning of Fontaine Futuristics, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:45

Deadly Machines Edit

Deadly Machines Effect:Friendly Turrets and Security Bots deal more damage.
Location:Obtained by researching Security to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Demanding Father Edit

Demanding Father Effect:Little Sisters harvest bodies faster.
Location:Little Sister Gift after rescuing 8 Little Sisters.
Price:N/A

Drill Lurker Edit

Clean drill lurker
Effect:Quiets the player's footsteps, and increases damage from melee attacks on unaware opponents, especially with the Drill.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:30

Drill Power Edit

Clean drill power
Effect:Increases damage dealt by the Drill.
Location:Just inside the El Dorado Lounge in Ryan Amusements, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:50

Drill Power 2 Edit

Clean drill power2
Effect:Further increases damage dealt by the Drill.
Location:In Fontaine Futuristics, in a room reachable through a hole on the second floor, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:75

Drill Specialist Edit

Clean drill spec
Effect:Significantly decreases EVE cost of Plasmids, but limits weapon selection to the Drill, Hack Tool and Research Camera.
Location:In Dionysus Park, in the back room of the J. Fischer Gallery, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:75

Drill VampireEdit

Clean drill vampire
Effect:Successful attacks with the Drill recharge the player's Health and EVE.
Location:Obtained by researching Big Sisters to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Electric Flesh Edit

Field
Effect:Grants the user an immunity to electricity and increases electrical damage done.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:35

Electrical Storm Edit

Static
Effect:Causes the user to emit a burst of electricity when struck by a melee attack.
Location:In the ladies' room of the Triton Theater in Dionysus Park, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:60

Elemental Sponge Edit

Elemental Sponge Effect:User gains EVE when damaged by elemental attacks.
Location:Found in Inner Persephone.
Price:N/A

Elemental Storm Edit

Elemental Storm Effect:Causes the user to emit a burst of fire, electricity or ice at random when struck by a melee attack.
Location:Obtained by researching Alpha Series to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Elemental Vampire Edit

Elemental Vampire Effect:Damaging enemies with a charged level 3 elemental Plasmid will recharge the user's Health.
Location:In Solitary Confinement in Cell Block North Quad of the Holding wing of Inner Persephone.
Price:N/A

EVE Expert Edit

EVE Expert Effect:Increases EVE Hypo carry capacity by 1.
Location:In Dionysus Park in the lobby of Lamb's Garden behind a broken door, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:50

EVE Link Edit

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Effect:First Aid Kits also give a small amount of EVE.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:30

EVE Saver Edit

EVE Saver Effect:Reduces EVE consumption of all Plasmids.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:50

EVE Saver 2 Edit

EVE Saver 2 Effect:Further reduces EVE consumption of all Plasmids.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:75

Extended Reel Edit

Extended Reel Effect:Increases the time the user can spend researching an enemy.
Location:In Dionysus Park in the projector room on the top floor of the Triton Theater, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:35

Extra Nutrition Edit

94 Effect:Gain a small increase in health from consumables.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:20

EZ-Hack Edit

EZ-Hack Effect:Hacking success zones become a little larger.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:55

Fire Storm Edit

Fire Storm Effect:Causes the user to emit a burst of fire when struck by a melee attack.
Location:Found in Pauper's Drop right before the door to the rooftop walkway, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:35

Fountain of Youth Edit

Fountain of Youth Effect:User slowly regenerates Health and EVE when in contact with a body of water.
Location:Obtained by researching Spider Splicers to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Freezing Drill Edit

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Effect:Increases the duration for which enemies are frozen and gives the Drill a chance to freeze the enemy upon impact.
Location:On a vent shrine in The Sinclair Deluxe in Pauper's Drop, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:60

Hacker's Delight Edit

Hack
Effect:Some Health and EVE are gained after a successful hack.
Location:Located in a small hole in the wall, accessed by a wooden plank extending off the roof of the Fishbowl Diner in Pauper's Drop, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:40

Hacker's Delight 2 Edit

Hacking Expert 2 Icon Effect:More Health and EVE are gained after a successful hack.
Location:Under Daniel Wales’ apartment in the dark room with two Machine Gun Turrets in Siren Alley, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:60

Handyman Edit

Handyman 128px Effect:Allows the user to repair damaged Security Bots and Turrets, also assigning them a random name.
Location:In Siren Alley on the bottom floor of a locked shop in the center of Little Eden Plaza, or purchased at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:65

Hardy Machines Edit

Hardy Machines Effect:Friendly Turrets and Security Bots have more health.
Location:In Dionysus Park in front of the Safe in the back room of Imago Fine Arts, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:50

Headhunter Edit

Headhunter Effect:The player's headshots do more damage.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:50

Hurried Hacker Edit

Hurried Hacker Effect:Landing in a blue bonus zone completes a hack instantly.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:45

Ice Storm Edit

Ice Storm Effect:Causes the user to emit a burst of ice when struck by a melee attack.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:35

Keen Observer Edit

Keen Observer Effect:Increases the research score gained by damaging enemies.
Location:In Pauper's Drop on a table with a microscope near Grace Holloway's room, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:40

Keen Observer 2 Edit

Keen Observer 2 Effect:Further increases the research score gained by damaging enemies.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:50

Machine Buster Edit

Machine Buster Effect:User deals more damage against Turrets, Security Cameras and Security Bots.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:45

Medical Expert Edit

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Effect:Increases First Aid Kit carry capacity by 1.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:25

Natural Camouflage Edit

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Effect:Grants invisibility when standing still for a period of time.
Location:Obtained by researching Houdini Splicers to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Proud Parent Edit

Proud Parent Effect:Little Sisters give the player an extra 20 ADAM after gathering.
Location:Little Sister Gift after rescuing 4 Little Sisters.
Price:N/A

Quik-Hack Edit

Quik-Hack Effect:Hacking has fewer stages.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:45

Scrounger Edit

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Effect:Allows the player to search corpses twice for different loot.
Location:Obtained by researching Thuggish Splicers to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Security Evasion Edit

Security Evasion
Effect:Security Cameras and Turrets take two seconds longer to track the player.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:45

Short Circuit Edit

Short Circuit Effect:Security is disabled for longer when hit with electricity.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:35

Short Circuit 2 Edit

Short Circuit 2 Effect:Security is disabled permanently when hit with electricity.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:65

Shorten Alarms Edit

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Effect:Reduces the length of hostile security alarms by 20 seconds.
Location:In Pauper's Drop on a cabinet in the northernmost room on the roofs of Town Square, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:30

Shorten Alarms 2 Edit

Shorten Alarms 2 Icon
Effect:Reduces the length of hostile security alarms by 40 seconds.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:50

Sports Boost Edit

Sports Boost Effect:Slightly increases movement speed
Location:At the beginning of Ryan Amusements, under the sign "Memorial Museum", or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:40

Thrifty Hacker Edit

Thrifty Hacker Effect:Hacked vending prices are even cheaper.
Location:Obtained by researching Leadhead Splicers to the maximum level.
Price:N/A

Vending Expert Edit

Clown
Effect:Provides a slight reduction to prices in vending machines.
Location:Downstairs in a flooded section of Siren Alley, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:75

Vending Expert 2 Edit

Vending Expert 2 Icon
Effect:Provides a substantial reduction to prices in vending machines.
Location:Reward for "following" the Unstable Teleportation Plasmid in Fontaine Futuristics, or bought at a Gatherer's Garden.
Price:90

Walking Inferno Edit

34 Effect:Boosts the effects of the user's fire-based attacks while providing a resistance to fire damage.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden.
Price:40

Minerva's Den Edit

Drill Dash Edit

Drill Dash Effect:Unlocks the Drill Dash ability when equipped.
Location:Found in the Security Bot showroom right after the entrance of McClendon Robotics, in Minerva's Den, or bought in Gatherer's Gardens.
Price:75

Master Protector Edit

Master Gatherer tonic Effect:Increases harvest times for any Little Sister the player's chaperoning, thereby increasing the amount of ADAM they collect by 40.
Location:Bought at Gatherer's Garden only if the player bought the Protector Trials DLC and obtained every star.
Price:Free

Mentioned Gene Tonics Edit

Animal Magnetism Edit

Tonic Animal Magnetism
Effect:Increases the user's charisma and seductory prowess (if male).
Location:N/A
Price:Unknown

Anti-TB Edit

Tonic Anti-TB
Effect:Immunizes the user against tuberculosis.
Location:N/A
Price:Unknown

Brain Boost Edit

Tonic Brain Boost
Effect:Improves the user's thinking capabilities.
Location:N/A
Price:Unknown

Slim-Down Edit

Tonic Slim-Down
Effect:Sheds the user's excess fat.
Location:N/A
Price:Unknown

ReJuvenaEdit

Tonic ReJuvena
Effect:Tightens skin to reduce wrinkles.
Location:N/A
Price:Unknown

Behind the Scenes Edit

  • In BioShock 2's game files, there is a "TonicBasicTraining" video. When played, it plays a short version of the Enrage Plasmid's video, except "Tonics" is layered over the "Plasmids" at the start, and it seems to state it is a "PLACEHOLDER" for Tonic use videos. Considering this, one may assume the developers were planning on making the same Plasmid introductory videos for Tonics. This can be seen at Ryan Amusements on a screen in the Hall of The Future. There's no sound and the "Tonics by Ryan Industries" sign does not appear.

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