For Vending Machines in Columbia, see Vending Machines (Columbia).

A Circus of Values Machine.

Vending Machines are permanent fixtures in Rapture which sell various items or dispense various services. Most vending machines require payment (either Dollars or ADAM) to use. Many can be hacked to reduce prices.

List of Vending MachinesEdit

Common Vending Machines in BioShockEdit

B1 El Ammo Bandito VendingMs

An El Ammo Bandito machine.

Main article: BioShock Items

There are 53 common vending machines in BioShock (43 Circuses of Values and ten El Ammo Banditos), carrying a total of 21 different items. Prices for different items vary by location. For example,in the Fleet Hall theater of Fort Frolic, there is a vending machine whose food items are marked up forty times the usual price.

Vending machines do not sell ammunition for weapons that are not yet available for the player to find (i.e. Medical Pavilion has the Pistol, Machine Gun, and Shotgun; its vending machines have ammo for these weapons, but not the Grenade Launcher, Chemical Thrower, or Crossbow.) They never contain inventable ammunition types, which can only be made at U-Invent machines. All El Ammo Bandito machines sell base ammunition types, and will also have two additional types of advanced ammo available at the end of their list. However, only very limited amounts of the advanced ammo types can be bought.


Hacking of vending machines will often cause other types of items not previously available to appear for purchase, as well as reducing prices to 75% of their normal value (except for advanced ammunition types, which are reduced to 50%). A few vending machines in the Medical Pavilion sell hacked items for slightly less than 75% (not shown in the references below). The tonic Thrifty Hacker and the Vending Expert line of tonics also reduce costs in vending machines.


There is a broken vending machine in Arcadia's Waterfall Grotto, with several Frag Grenades and First Aid Kits around it, and another in the Footlight Theater that serves little purpose.[1] There is also one in Hephaestus Core that will dispense a slow-burning grenade if the player tries to use it. One can step away before it explodes, or use the Telekinesis Plasmid to grab the grenade and toss it at an enemy. Gatherer's Gardens, Gene Banks, Power to the People machines and Bot Shutdown Panels cannot be hacked.

Locations and Available ItemsEdit

Vending Machines in BioShock 2Edit

Main article: BioShock 2 Items

Like in the previous game, Vending Machines aid the player by dispensing items such as First Aid Kits and ammunition for a price. Exceptions include the Power to the People, EVE Dispenser, Tool Dispenser, and Fuel Station, which can be used for free, and Gatherer's Garden machines, which use ADAM as currency. Slot and fortune telling machines also return, but are only found in one instance in Siren Alley and Ryan Amusements respectively.


Like in the first game, most vending machines can be hacked to lower prices and gain access to certain items. For both Circus of Values and El Ammo Bandito machines, landing on a blue square during the hacking sequence will also cause one or more free items to drop out of the machine. Achieving a blue bonus on a Health Station will automatically cause a First-Aid Kit to fall out of it, in addition to its usual benefits. While not exactly machines, Hack Panels are required to be hacked in order for the player to progress through a certain part of the level. Oftentimes they are inaccessible, requiring the player to use Hack Darts to hack them.


As in the first game, Gatherer's Gardens, Power to the People, Bot Shutdown Panels, and Gene Banks cannot be hacked, as with any of the free vending machines (Tool Dispenser, EVE Dispenser, etc.).



  •  Icon mac Icon pc Icon xbox Icon ps3 The "Epstein the Swami" will still work even if the player has no money.
  •  Icon mac Icon pc Icon xbox Icon ps3 Slot Machines will still work even if the player has less than ten dollars.
  •  Icon pc Icon xbox Icon ps3 Due to a bug, vending machines in BioShock 2 no longer produce any sound tracks or jingles. They however work fine in both DLCs, The Protector Trials and Minerva's Den. This problem was ultimately fixed in BioShock: The Collection, where the machines produce sounds in the main game as well.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Both the Circus of Values and El Ammo Bandito have the same indistinguishable yellow print under their top images. However, with enlarging the image for El Ammo Bandito, the fine print is revealed to say:
All Sales Final * Select With Care *

  • The Circus of Values and El Ammo Bandito vending machines use the same model, with the only physical alteration being their top and bottom images.

See AlsoEdit


  1. Originally intended to supply extra Pistol Rounds if the player got stuck. See the Footlight Theater article for more detail.

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