BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite Achievements

Scavenger Hunt

Completed the game in 1999 mode without purchasing anything from a Dollar Bill vending machine.    

The Dollar Bill vending machines are scattered throughout the game and sell items such as ammo, health, and salts. They are normally a refill station which you would use to help you along the way.


Note: Accessing or Possessing the Dollar Bill vending machine will NOT affect the achievement.

Only Purchasing from the Dollar Bill vending machine WILL affect the achievement.

Rate this achievementAverage Rating (Based on 11 votes)
User Comments
Comment #1 by SpongebobRoundpants
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:36:12 PM

This looks fun!

Comment #2 by LickableLemons7
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:40:51 PM

@1 I agree, it seems like this will be Infinite's version of Brass Balls.

Comment #3 by Harrison Drake
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:59:24 PM


Comment #4 by Zigo Acosta
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:52:32 AM

Not to Bad, just be explorative. Also better loot those baddies!

Comment #5 by DOOKH8R
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:25:25 AM

Melee time

Comment #6 by pined5551
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 04:59:36 AM

What is 1999 mode, anyone know?

Comment #7 by VirtualShakey
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 05:19:32 AM

We want to give our oldest and most committed fans an option to go back to our roots,’ says creative director Ken Levine. ‘In 1999 Mode, gamers face more of the permanent consequences of their gameplay decisions. In BioShock Infinite, gamers will have to sweat out the results of their actions. In addition, 1999 Mode will demand that players pick specialisations, and focus on them.

1999 Mode will also feature ‘demanding weapon, power, and health management’. There’s also a ‘much harder stand on player respawning, sending the gamer directly to a Game Over screen if he or she lacks the resources to be brought back to life.’We’re not sure what the relevance of 1999 is meant to be though, as that wasn’t a particularly memorable year for gaming. However it did see the release of System Shock

Comment #8 by Manwell Pablo
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 07:43:41 AM

Clearly a System Shock reference.

Comment #9 by Chizzy G
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:32:58 PM

Challenge accepted

Comment #10 by Darkforce412
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 02:55:18 PM

i hope this one doesnt ruin my completion in the bioshock games.

Comment #11 by E11I077H
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 04:13:54 PM

This achievement will be the end of me :(

Comment #12 by DarkOcelet
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 07:02:54 PM

I love Bioshock!

Comment #13 by RIVE
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 07:40:15 AM

This should be interesting.
-And, here I was starting to get annoyed at all these "Kill X enemies by Y means" achievements.

Such a dull list for a truly anticipated title. Then again, the first game's list wasn't anything special either.

Comment #14 by Spoof Ex
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 01:36:15 PM

This is gonna suck to do isn't it...? NICE!

Comment #15 by IceAssassin21
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 12:10:34 AM

Looks challenging and fun.

Comment #16 by BIG L RETURNS
Saturday, February 16, 2013 @ 04:49:11 PM

@13 what the hell are you talking about? would you rather them go the Tomb Raider route and throw in 1/3 of the achievements towards a multiplayer list? Thank god they took out multiplayer for infinite!

Out of ALL achievement lists out there...this isn't that bad.

Of course you could always skip this game and go play games such as Avatar and max them out in 4 minutes rather than actually "achieve" anything.

Comment #17 by Up x Rising
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 09:02:59 PM

Looking forward to this game.

Comment #18 by I_C0NN0R_I
Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 09:33:02 AM

#5 Definitely. This is the perfect excuse to build melee. BS 1 was so fun for wrench builds.

Comment #19 by Darkforce412
Friday, March 01, 2013 @ 09:20:41 AM

buying items in the vending machine was the only way keeping me alive on hard. Well i might be screwed, this cheevo might be the only way keeping me from perfection.

Comment #20 by NakedSnake
Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 09:16:49 PM

I'm going to be using melee sooo much!

Comment #21 by ShadowOfEden
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 09:04:53 AM

I don't care if I can't get all achievements in a game because of their difficulty. That's perfectly legit. I'm only annoyed with achievements that force you to grind something boring for a long time, like some multiplayer achievements. This list is pretty good compared to BS2!

Anyways, I got "I Chose the Impossible" in Bioshock 1 (extra difficulty Survivor on PS3 done without Vita-Chambers) and it wasn't that bad, so this shouldn't be too hard.

Comment #22 by COWBOYFRMHELL77
Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 11:41:57 AM

@13 well put sir. I for one am interested in this mode an will be putting full effort into gaining this achievement. Having said that, I WILL not be starting out on this difficulty using the konami code

Comment #23 by bblue2344
Sunday, March 24, 2013 @ 04:17:25 AM

@22 I agree, its always better to start on normal or a medium-hard difficulty, that way you can focus on the games story and level design without devoting too much of your attention to not dying. Also, 1999 mode will not be available until after completing the game, which proves that Irrational agrees with this method.

Anyone know what the melee weapon will be? Clearly we will have to depend on melee frequently when hunting this chievo.

Comment #24 by Grohlvana
Sunday, March 24, 2013 @ 08:25:17 PM

@23 Not true, you can unlock 1999 mode from the start by inputting the Konami code.

Comment #25 by Total Shinobi
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ 05:13:14 PM

Can I use the other two types of machine? I mean the Vigor and Weapon upgrade machines? Also when you can't afford to respawn, does it mean it's over and you need to start from the beginning or from the latest checkpoint? Thanks in advance! :)

Comment #26 by headpot
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 04:02:08 AM

yes you can and 1999 mode carries over Kinetoscope,Telescope Voxophone.. enjoy the game is awsome if anyone would like to play 1999 mode hmu and we can discuss the mind boggling ending haha

Comment #27 by Ryigenchi
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 06:03:33 AM

#25 it sends you back to the main menu if you can't pay for the respawn. Then you just start over from the last check point. (honestly it should just start you from the last checkpoint and revive ALL the enemies and reset the items...going back to the main menu seems like it'll be bothersome)

Comment #28 by Monro
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 01:45:03 PM

@16 def agree with you!! I was so mad that the cheevo list for tomb raider had that many for multiplayer! Got all the sp ones on first playthru n while the game itself was good enuf for a second run i still didnt even have one cheevo to get like maybe one for beating it on the hardest difficulty would of been nice ya kno!? Shit why even have the different difficultys without a reason to play any of them imo... Anyway i think this list is just fine. Not the best ever but the game is great so that def makes up.

Comment #29 by meltinzone
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 09:22:53 PM

Can you use the weapon upgrade and vigor upgrade machines?
What about accidentally opening a Dolla Bill machine but closing it without buying anything? Does just opening the Dolla bill mahcine trigger the achievement void, or does it have to be a purchase before it's void? Just the machine look so similar...

I think these questions are what a lot of people will want to know.

Comment #30 by Jrb Twiztid
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 11:25:41 PM

@26 how do you get 1999 mode to carry over? cant figure it out...cause everything i try ends up with a new game reguardless.....any help?

Comment #31 by bblue2344
Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 09:39:28 AM

@24 Im sure that the devs did not intend for that code to be used otherwise they would have just had 1999 mode available from the start. My point being that the creators would prefer us to get to know the game before jumping head first into the hardest difficulty. However, I do realize that this is a matter of opinion which is why the code exists.

Comment #32 by bblue2344
Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 09:46:44 AM

@30 #26 just is just saying that the collectibles will carry over into 1999, not everything. So u will have to recollect all vigors, infusions,upgrades, and gear.

@29 Its okay if u accidentally enter the dollar bill machine, the description says u just cant purchase anything from it. The Vendi vigors and Minute Munitions are alright to buy from. soo no ammo, health, or salts can be purchased or it is void.

Comment #33 by TommyD758
Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 12:24:06 PM

@31 "1999 Mode doesn’t require you to complete the game before you can experience it. However, since we don’t want just anybody stumbling across it by accident and getting overwhelmed, we’re toying with the idea of “unlocking” it from the main menu. I’m sure you can imagine some ways we might do that."

Comment #34 by jromer57
Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 06:18:50 PM

can you buy weapons and vigor upgrates and still get the achievement ????

Comment #35 by Jrb Twiztid
Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 07:04:21 PM

@31 I understand ill have to recollect all the gear/vigors/upgrades/fusions but the collectibles dont transfer either, well at least for me...cause after my first playthrough on hard im only missing 1 telescope and 2 voxophones and when i start up 1999 i start off as if its my first time playing. So i was just asking if there was something special i have to do when starting up 1999 mode to get them to transfer over.

Comment #36 by FreelanceOBGYN
Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 10:17:48 PM

First to the guy who thinks the konami code wasn't meant to be there come on. That doesn't end up there on accident and the reason people know its there is from interviews with ken Levine. Second for anyone who's trying this, it's hard as hell to start but once you get the shield it's not too bad. I did this on my first play through and found it to be the most rewarding way to play (I restarted after an hour or so because hard was way too easy). I reccomend doing this achievement on your first play through as it really makes you experience everything in the world, where as on hard supplies are abundant and you will likely miss a lot following the direction arrow around (in 1999 the arrow it removed leaving you to navigate on your own). I must say I am beyond impressed with this game.

Comment #37 by xx12intheairxx
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 09:01:12 AM

@36 you haven't even beat the game, so you cant really be saying what your saying.

Comment #38 by jOiSeYzDEVIL
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 04:44:47 PM

I just beat it and I bought Weapon/Vigor upgrades and I also opened the Dollar Bill machine(I didn't buy anything) and I didn't get it. I'm extremely disappointed because the game was difficult at times so next playthrough I'm not touching anything. Learn from my mistakes people!

Comment #39 by EL1T3x
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 04:53:38 PM

Does anybody know if 'possessing' a dollar bill machine for money voids the achivo? Or am I ok to possess one?

Comment #40 by xCurbSNipex
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 07:17:18 PM

This achievement isn't as daunting as it seems, it took me just under a day of gameplay to complete. The only tricky part is the three encounters with a certain siren.

Comment #41 by TommyD758
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 07:19:25 PM

#38 I hope that doesn't happen to me... I opened it by accident wondering if I should reload my checkpoint but thinking that it should be fine.

Comment #42 by TommyD758
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 10:13:12 PM

It still unlocked for me, in case some people are worried.

Comment #43 by TaylorJG22
Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 12:02:22 AM

If you load a checkpoint from the main menu instead of using continue(Say i want to bring a certain weapon to a fight) will that void the achievement?

Comment #44 by FreelanceOBGYN
Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 04:29:46 AM

I'm glad you know what I have and haven't played so well 37. Ive almost done this achievement twice . There's plenty of supplies and all the hard parts are scripted actions and fairly easy to learn. Definitely glad I did this too start

Comment #45 by Escargotkiller
Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 08:21:20 AM

Please, can somebody just write if it´s ok to buy vigor upgrades and weapon upgrades?

Comment #46 by XxFrAsZeRxX
Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 06:22:04 PM

@45 According to a guide on Trueachievements you are allowed to buy vigor and weapon upgrades. Just don't buy anything from the Dollar Bill machine (the one that sells health, salts, and ammo) and you'll be fine.

Comment #48 by meltinzone
Sunday, March 31, 2013 @ 09:15:22 PM

What about possessing the dollar bill machine, technically that gives you money from the machine and hence might appear as a transaction.
As was asked earlier, can you possess a dollar bill machine?

Comment #49 by SKORPIONxKNIGHT
Monday, April 01, 2013 @ 01:37:37 AM

Half-way Done.

Comment #50 by CLAW3D
Monday, April 01, 2013 @ 02:17:57 AM

Gonna be doing this on my second playthrough (first one on medium to enjoy the story and focus on collectibles) :D Can't wait!

Comment #51 by LimeJuice
Monday, April 01, 2013 @ 04:06:54 AM

Got this done, incredibly difficult to fight Lady Comstock without vending machines. Good luck to you all!

Comment #52 by Monro
Monday, April 01, 2013 @ 03:48:27 PM

i was wondering the same thing if you can possess the dollar bill machines to get the coins n still get this cheevo!!??

Comment #53 by PatrykO5
Monday, April 01, 2013 @ 05:25:07 PM

#52 Yes you can still possess the Dolla Bill machines AND go into them but DO NOT buy anything.
I did this and the achievement popped up! 1000G done! :D

Comment #54 by snake rockt
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 05:32:02 PM

doing the second playthrough on 1999 now and was wondering about a "teared" vending machine in hall of heroes.. it is a dollar bill in a vox populi-look. when using it, it sells gun upgrades.. any ideas if this can be used?

Comment #55 by DARTHMARC0720
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 08:24:21 PM

Just got the achievement. You can look in the dollar bill machines, just can't buy anything, and you can buy upgrades.

Comment #56 by Siho
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 04:23:10 AM

Just finished the game on 1999 mode without purchasing anything from a Dollar Bill vending machine. I didn't know I was allowed to buy upgrades, but oh well! This was a total b*tch to get. I've never been much of a achievement hunter, but this was one achievement that was interesting yet challenging.

1999 mode has some really tough levels to get through. Fighting the Siren (Lady Comstock), entering Comstocks house (those white suit psyco boys almost got the best of me) and the command deck. There are some great online guides to help you get through though.

Also, the operating room was a drag for me, probably even the most challenging in my opinion. I had no bullets, no upgrades, was low on money and health and I was facing a heavy hitter and some heavy armored shot gun types(Ain't th

Comment #57 by MAXBOX360888
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 10:22:55 AM

so just to confirm do possesing dollar bill machines disable the achievment ????

Comment #58 by Monro
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 09:40:52 PM

@54 i was just wondering the same thing and popped on the laptop just now to look into that! i stopped here 1st but ima try n google it n see what other info there is on it. the "teared" in vending machine also has a 50% off sign hung kinda over top of the dollarbill sign. i dont wanna get hung up here too long tho cuz this 1999 mode playthru while going for scavenger hunt cheevo is going to take long enough as it is!! but if i should find anything else ill b back to post. i def dont wanna risk it tho this far into this playthru thats for damn sure!

Comment #59 by Monro
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 10:26:04 PM

@54 ok so i did find one spot that had someting relating buyin from the hall of heros teared in vending machine n the one comment says that u can use it without affecting this cheevo n it has some pistol upgrades at a discount. i guess thats why its ok cuz its selling weapon upgrades even though it does have a dollar bill sign under the sale sign... either way its not a big deal i dont think because when i opened it all it had was a 50% pistol clip upgrade for a lil cheaper then the vending machine u def can use right in the next room!! but if anyones interested in reading the comment i saw heres the page and its also got some useful info for 1999 mode when going for this cheevo...

Comment #60 by MAXBOX360888
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 04:25:51 AM

can anyone else confirm #57 ?????

Comment #61 by SomthingSquishi
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 09:39:21 AM

@57 Opening dollar bill machines does NOT disable the achievement, as long as you don't buy anything from it you will be fine. But you can still use possession to get money from them without preventing you from getting the achievement.

Comment #62 by MAXBOX360888
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 11:25:08 AM

thanks !!!

Comment #63 by uratitmouse
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 09:13:38 PM

wow...first fireman killed me and my lonely pistol and then i was taken back to the main menu...this is gonna suck

Comment #64 by snake rockt
Saturday, April 06, 2013 @ 06:16:23 AM

Thanks for sharing your findings so far! In my case it was a machine gun upgrade for a lot cheaper. Will risk it and will definitely get back to this thread if it causes me to fail :-D

Comment #65 by Alex1906
Saturday, April 06, 2013 @ 09:44:50 AM

Just got this, actually found it easier than hard mode oddly. Probably as you know where enemies will come from so in set battles place lots of vigor traps.

Siren battle is easiest with charge vigor fully upgraded; vampire, brittle skin and that fire melee gear with a shotgun equipped. Kills her in about 30 seconds.

Also I accidently went into dollar machines / possessed them and still got achievement so don't worry about doing that.

Comment #66 by eulatoski3
Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 03:13:49 PM

Just got this today. Some tips for those of you about to undertake this:

Scavenge everything. Obviously. But if you find food or pop that you don't need, exit the trashcan or wherever you're searching and leave it for later. Many areas you have to backtrack through and you will need it for your return trip.

Only upgrade the necessities. I beat 1999 mode with only minor weapon upgrades. I stuck to damage boost for my shotgun, rocket launcher, and carbine; even those I purchased very late in the game. Vigor upgrades are more imporant but again, stick with the necessites. Get possession of humans right away to help conserve ammo. Next you'll want to upgrade devil's kiss to add mini clusters. Now, save up your silver eagles because the next thing you want is possession for less.

Comment #67 by eulatoski3
Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 03:15:40 PM

This goes a long way toward saving your salts (and ammo) for the rest of the game. Finally you'll want crow's trap, devil's kiss boost, and undertow boost to double the effective range.

Save your silver eagles for respawn. In the final battle with the Siren I went through about 1,000 silver eagles as death carries a cost of 100.

Utilize the handyman glitch in the Plaza of Zeal.

Crows traps are effective for stunning enemies and once you have the upgrade the ones you kill become crows traps themselves.

Undertow, undertow, undertow. Especially for the last 1/4 of the game.

Be patient; anytime you can duck behind cover and use tears like rocket automation and mosquitos do it. Saves you ammo, salts, and health.

Be sure to equip the correct gear for your situation. Hopefu

Comment #68 by eulatoski3
Sunday, April 07, 2013 @ 03:16:46 PM

Be sure to equip the correct gear for your situation. Hopefully you preordered and got the Handyman gear that inflicts 50% more damage to Handyman. Fire bird is great for jumping on/off hooks/sky-lines to burn and stun foes so you can take aim and undertow them to their deaths. Swap gear out on the fly and your needs change, even in the middle of battle.

Good luck!

Comment #69 by Monro
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 @ 11:32:13 AM

@snake rockt No prob! N damn i wish it had somethin worthwhile in there for me cuz once i found out i could use the damn thing i opened it n found that it only had a shitty pistol upgrade anyway n i didnt wanna waste the creds on it! But at least i was able to put some info up here about it cuz alotta other peeps were asking the same question elsewhere. This isnt to hard of a cheevo at all so far but i kno when i get to the siren i wont b feeling that way at all!

@68 where did u preorder from? I did from gamestop n all i got was a cheesy weapon skin that i didnt even notice for the shotgun!! But that handyman gear sounds awesome! Wish i had that! Im at finktons now right b4 the 1st handyman fight too!

Comment #70 by eulatoski3
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 @ 01:36:28 PM

@Monro I pre ordered from Gamestop also. I also pre ordered the season pass for future DLC.doing so I gave me access to the Fink Manufacturing website and the Industrial Revolution mini games. If you completed all the levels you unlock additional content for the game which is where the handyman gear came from.

Comment #71 by A Starved Cat
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 @ 09:13:06 PM

A fully upgraded Hand Cannon is the way to go. This just rinses through enemies

Comment #72 by Jonny1872
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 04:16:38 AM

Got this today.Used the machine gun and carbine along with the sniper for most of the battles and stayed back and taking enemies out from a distance.I upgraded the sniper rifle to its max.For the Lady Comstocks fights I managed to hide in postions eg 1st fight,stayed behind where the tear is with the medikits at the back.2nd fight,stayed in the vault and sniped her away and the 3rd one,set traps by the vending machines and stayed there and again sniped away.Thankfully Elizibeth gave me ammo a few times.I was lucky with the Handymen as they seemed to kill themselves??????.For the final fight I equipped return to sender(fully upgraded)and planted them around the power source.Then I went to battle with undertow and shock jockey.Ended up using the repeaters that the vox where dropping(along wi

Comment #73 by Jonny1872
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 04:20:19 AM

Just to add,i possessed a few dollar bill machines along the way and got the achievement,upgraded a couple of guns and vigors,just don't buy anything from the dollar bill machines.

Comment #74 by BenjaminJames
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 03:44:38 PM

I can confirm, just like everyone else has, that possessing the Dollar Bills and accessing their wares does NOT void the achievement. Only buying from them will void it. Also, buying from the other vending machines is ok, buying weapon and vigor upgrades is fine!

To be honest, I'm not the best at these kinda games but I found the 1999 mode quite easy once the shield is given to you. The 5 infusions from the Season Pass help a lot too!

Comment #75 by Klayfish
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 07:03:38 AM

everyone is saying this is easy but its more annoying then hard

Comment #76 by Peck4
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 11:59:44 AM

I felt that this could have been a bit more difficult.

Comment #77 by HumorousObject
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 12:59:06 PM

1999 Mode is easy. I completely avoid the Dollar Bill machines and just upgrade my guns and vigors which makes it a lot easier. Swapping weapons constantly when you run out of ammo also helps

If you still haven't unlocked 199 Mode on the main menu do this:
Up,Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, LEft, Right, B, A

Comment #78 by TimJimRob
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 06:59:10 PM

I would strongly recommend getting the Winters Shield gear.
It makes the hand of the prophet mission very easy since it makes you invincible for about 7 seconds when jumping to and from a skyhook.

Gear pickups are random, so just restart a checkpoint to get a different gear if it isn't Winters Shield.

I only used Shock Jockey and Possession all the way through, except when fighting the Siren. Use Bucking Bronco. Fully upgrade them.

I mostly used the Carbine, machine gun and volley gun.
Just make sure you look around for supplies whenever you can and get all the infusions.

Took me 2 days. Good luck

Comment #79 by Fudgemuch
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 04:02:04 AM

Just upgrade your favorite weapons/Vigors and this one will be easy.

Comment #80 by Deathwing666
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 07:03:54 PM

With the Gear Winter Shield it's so easy, easier than medium. It can use in every area with skylines and also cargo hooks.

Comment #81 by Malachi2012
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 04:03:13 AM

There's really only 4 tough spots in the game to worry about. The 3 Lady Comstock ghost fights, and the final fight. I recommend playing it first on an easier difficulty to fully enjoy the game, then tackle this mode. Make sure to loot EVERYTHING but leave food for when you're low on health. If there's beer and salts around, and you need health, drink the alcohol to replenish your health, then drink the salts. Not too tough, but a good challenge. Good luck!

Comment #82 by Malachi2012
Thursday, April 18, 2013 @ 04:09:59 AM

Add me if you need help with any of this list. I've gotten them all. Malachi2012 is my GT

Comment #83 by XenonWolf
Sunday, April 21, 2013 @ 05:34:24 PM

After I played this game 4 times (Easy, 1999, Easy then finally 1999 for this achievement)I really only have one tip to give :)
If your unsatsified with the gear you got (I prefer Over Kill) you can reload your checkpoint and get something new over and over until you get what you want!!!
Good Luck to anyone trying to get this!

Comment #84 by Darkie
Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 02:19:57 AM

Hi guise, does this mean no power up for the weapons as well?

Comment #85 by Jonny1872
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 03:21:02 AM

@84 No,you can upgrade weapons and vigors,just don't buy from the Dollar Bill machines(the ones with ammo,health etc)

Comment #86 by snake rockt
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 08:54:21 AM

ok, the teared vending machine can be used without any issues -> got the chievo.

one thing that worked out for me even in the most difficult fights wasthe winter shield:

Comment #87 by Sewer Shark
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 02:39:47 PM

This is honestly true, when Lady Comstock's ghost comes out of the glass coffin you don't have to fight her. I hid in the tomb with the medkits on the right waiting for her to come round so that i could snipe her but she never did and the soldiers stopped coming after a few RPG's so i just thought sod it and I just ran back the way i came. The brother and sister are blocking the exit and then you start looking for the three tears. so yeah, unless it was a lucky glitch you don't even have to fight her!

Comment #88 by FaSCoRP
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 03:50:31 PM

@87 can anyone else confirms it ?

Comment #89 by JayneCobb
Thursday, April 25, 2013 @ 08:56:36 PM

Lol I still haven't bought anything from a Dollar Bill, and I'm on my 3rd playthrough. Even on 1999 mode there's plenty of stuff to scavenge. This was a great addition, and presented the perfect amount of challenge.

Comment #90 by Evilbob7
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 01:49:19 PM

Not as hard as it sounds.

Comment #91 by Magnumbeast
Sunday, April 28, 2013 @ 12:52:59 AM

@90 Agreed, I thought it was going to be much, much harder. There are times when you have to change your guns a lot though

Comment #92 by Darkforce412
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 @ 09:57:35 PM

just the last part was annoying but like everyone else is saying the game really wasnt that hard just takes patience.

Comment #93 by Accursius13
Friday, May 03, 2013 @ 03:24:15 PM

Best way is to Upgrade your possession vigor. helps you get extra cash from dollar machines (doesnt void the achievement) makes many of the staged fights

Comment #94 by SirFailzAlot
Saturday, May 04, 2013 @ 01:32:37 PM

I just began my first play-through. I accidently opened the vending machine interface yet didn't buy anything. Can I still get the achievement or do I need to start over?

Also, what are all the parameters of this achievement? Things you can and cannot do.

Comment #95 by Romaudi
Saturday, May 04, 2013 @ 09:08:10 PM

@94. As long as you don't spend money at the dollar vending machine you'll be fine. You can still use other machines, like purchase upgrades for your guns or possesions, just don't spend money on health, ammo etc.

Comment #96 by Invetro Pow II
Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 08:15:23 PM

Once you get a couple of vigors this isnt too bad for the most part. Think I'll grind out some money and gear at Soldiers Fields so I don't get bad game rage later on!

Comment #97 by D3VAST8ER
Friday, May 17, 2013 @ 06:02:02 PM

I just finished this. It really was not as bad as I thought it would be. Lady Comstock was the worst part.

Comment #98 by halomike927
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 06:52:49 PM

Easier than it appears to be.

Comment #99 by TheyCallMeNis
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 @ 10:28:37 AM

im just on chapter 12 now. So far nothing has been a real challenge. at the most I have died twice at a place just from being over ambitious. Stick to cover, pop out, pick a guy off, go back to cover and let your shield replenish. Or if you have the shotgun, wait for them to come to you. Draw them in somehow for an easy kill. Ive been sticking to this so far and its been a mixture of easy and fun yet challenging at the same time if you play smart.

Comment #100 by TheyCallMeNis
Thursday, June 06, 2013 @ 09:34:14 AM

chapter 26 now. Pretty basic until you fight 3 wave in Fink's (i think that is his name) place. The third wave is hard with a couple flying turrets that seem to ignore your cover as well as a patriot. It is also hard getting ammo for this part being that you just went through two rounds prior. Died a couple times. Definately challenging but no where near impossible.

Comment #101 by TheyCallMeNis
Friday, June 07, 2013 @ 09:15:18 AM

Lady Comstock is hard unless you sit back and literally hit her one bullet at a time from range. Takes long but its the only way to beat her. Up close you will get bum rushed by her minions who once you kill she will raise from the dead again and again.

Comment #102 by ResistantMortal
Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 03:59:15 PM

I hated 1999 mode the first time round. I dont think i could survive this again.

Comment #103 by Kore Seven
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 11:00:52 AM

The Siren is much easier with the Gears Electric Punch (with season pass DLC) or Burning Halo to disintegrate any corpse she resurrects. If the corpse is gone she can't summon it again. Another VERY USEFUL Gear is Spectral Sidekick. It is one of those rare Gears that can only be found in a certain place - The Bank of the Founders. That means you have to fight her at least once to gain access to it. This gear saved me many times while fighting her.

Comment #104 by Kore Seven
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 11:03:28 AM

As for this specific achievement, I never opened a Dollar Bill machine to look at its inventory, but I possessed every one I found and I still got the achievement at the end.

Comment #105 by Pe3Weee
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 12:16:44 PM

im flying through this. all i do is if i die, reload the checkpoint. there are very few parts where u will want to respawn and lose the money. most checkpoints are right before a fight anyway. i also use possession all the time. half the fights you wont even need 1 bullet. just possess and let them kill each other. the siren u just need the right spots to hide. in first battle i hide by the shotgun tear. very rare for anyone other then the siren to come up there. on the second fight, stay in the vault. on the 3rd fight, snipe her from the balcony right at the top of the stairs next to the vending machines. like i said, i think i actually paid for a respawn 4-5 times max.

Comment #106 by Akatsuki Seven
Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 12:42:48 PM

I am currently in Comstocck house and have to say this game challenges you. Just be careful with your salts and cover. Reload checkpoints is a better alternative to dying. More money for upgrades. Lady Comstock was a walk in the park. Just place upgraded devil kiss bombs before your encounters (where she spawns) and youll be done in a sec(nd.

Comment #107 by pizzaknight
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 07:45:14 PM

When I completed this achievement I felt relieved and proud of myself. This achievement would be much harder if it included without dieing

Comment #108 by d3m0man360
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 01:26:44 AM

When going for this achievement, I highly recommend you upgrade the vigors such as charge, bucking bronco, undertow, and return to sender. They are really useful especially charge when you encounter the siren. Return to sender will also help you alot on the final battle of the game. For weapons, I highly suggest you upgrade the machine gun, carbine, and RPG. Boy the RPG helps a lot with taking down motorized patriots and handyman.

Comment #109 by DecadentBeaver
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 @ 11:37:36 AM

Not often I plan on playing a game on the hardest setting, but I will this time. Wanna torture myself haha.

Comment #110 by hydrokr0n1k
Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 02:46:18 AM

easier then expected even on second playhrough after getting it I still didnt use them

Comment #111 by TANGO518
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 @ 10:20:34 AM

really made the game more interesting.

Comment #112 by LayDownNtrafik
Saturday, December 28, 2013 @ 04:51:37 AM

Challenge accepted.

Comment #113 by aBeardedWolfman
Thursday, March 06, 2014 @ 02:29:32 PM

It really wasn't that difficult to do. You just have to keep a lot of money with you in case of death.

Comment #114 by Shad11131
Sunday, July 20, 2014 @ 01:23:00 AM

I completely agree with the above. (SPOILER WARNING)The only difficult part being the fight with Lady Comstock's ghost.

Comment #115 by grumpyyogi1968
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 12:42:24 AM

This is simple, i use carbine and hand cannon as my main weapon and when i run out of bullets, i just use everything that is around me. Pistol, rpg, machine gun, etc. Enemies drop them often and this let you use ammo you saved up. Once battle ends, get your good weapons back and move on. Of course upgrading damage on each weapon is a good idea.

-Combo i used a lot on soldiers is bronco followed by hand cannon or shotgun, killing them while they float helplessly.
-Patriots and that bird guy, i charge them then melee with electric punch that paralyze enemies for 4 sec. i then unload on them, rinse and repeat.
-Handyman, I find that running around some crate or anything similar, he can rarely catch you and you can unload on him each time he pauses.

As for money, spend it, if you die

Comment #116 by grumpyyogi1968
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 02:27:13 AM

oups, Handyman, i posted above to run around some crate and stuff, that works on easy level but on 1999 level, use the rail until he electrify it then let go and shoot him while he is hanging. once he let go, get back on the rail. repeat until he dies.

Comment #117 by mrben665
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 08:55:11 PM

got the achievement but it wasn't easy.

Comment #118 by nathanlink169
Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 05:16:11 PM

So in case anyone is still wondering:
-Opening a dollar bill vending machine does not void the achievement
-Possessing a dollar bill vending machine does not void the achievement
-Purchasing from a Vigor or Armory vending machine does not void the achievement

If you're confused as to which vending machine you can't purchase from, if the machine offers health, salts and/or ammo, do not purchase from it. Otherwise it's okay.

As for strategies, on big fights I found that the Murder of Crows traps help a lot (especially on the final fight, as well as the fight with the Siren). Any sort of gear which gives you invulnerability (I have two pieces of gear which do this, one for when you get on/off a skyline and one for whenever you eat food) is amazing, especially when combined with a sho

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Game Info
Irrational Games
2K Games


US March 26, 2013

HDD Space Required : 6.6 GB
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