Bioshock Achievements
Find every audio diary.

There are 122 Audio Diaries in the game. You must collect them all during one save. If you save before going up the elevator to fight the final boss, you can return to almost any location in the game. In the thread linked below, Diaries marked with an asterisk (*) are ones that must be collected while you are in the area because you can not return to it later.

Check this thread for locations and maps.

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Comment #1 by Rust_Bucket888
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 @ 01:19:08 PM

My game glitches on this one, after picking up the "First Encounter" diary, it doesn't appear in my collection, and I found all of them, still no achievement. Do I need some kind of live update?

Comment #2 by BeatboxingKing
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 03:44:28 PM

It is under Neptune's Bounty not Arcadia or Farmer's Market.

Comment #3 by achievementguy
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 02:04:12 PM

can someone make a video for this

Comment #4 by HateCrEw666
Sunday, January 02, 2011 @ 11:49:02 PM

It is so much easier to find all the diaries in Bioshock 2...

Comment #5 by hippo79
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 01:41:16 PM

From what i understood i have to collect them all without saving the game even once?
I give up! I am a achievement hunter but this one just take to much time!

Comment #6 by Melink422
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 04:54:28 PM

No way, that would be way too hard. You can save as many times as you want and still get all the diaries (as long as you are playing on the same saved game). I actually didn't find this achievement all that difficult, especially if you go to and pay special attention to the two diaries you can't access after leaving the first area heading to Medical Pavilion.

Comment #7 by Shawty71
Thursday, March 03, 2011 @ 08:18:39 PM

I don't know if anyone noticed, but the roadmap on the top of the page that lists each level and how many diaries are in each level is not completely correct. Fort Frolic has 15 diaries (not 14) and there are 16 diaries in Arcadia before Farmer's Market and a single diary (Arcadia's 17th diary) during your return to Arcadia. No one seemed to address this so I just thought I would point it out in case anyone else was confused.

Comment #8 by Zubble Bee
Sunday, March 27, 2011 @ 06:15:46 PM

What about the three audio diaries in Steinman's section of the Medical Pavilion? I forgot to pick them up and then the tunnel flooded on my way out. Does anyone know if I have to restart to get back in there or will I regain access by the end of the game?

Comment #9 by Choco Sjoerdson
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 05:23:50 AM

Isn't there a place where you can see how much you already have?

Comment #10 by bigsilentrob
Sunday, May 15, 2011 @ 12:57:01 PM

During gameplay, push the Back button, then press LB or RB to get to messages, choose the level you want to check and it will show a list of the audio diaries you've collected for that level.

Comment #11 by Sle7en
Monday, May 16, 2011 @ 09:36:59 AM

Thanks Shawty71 that helped out a lot.

Comment #12 by IAmsSplosion
Friday, May 20, 2011 @ 12:49:58 AM

anybody know how many there are in total?

Comment #13 by Beefdagreat
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 04:28:24 PM

122 diaries to be exact.

Comment #14 by NegativeCreep65
Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 11:37:18 AM

After I beat it with Big Brass Balls setting, I went back with the Big Daddy armor to the locations that I missed some. The armor helped becuase you can walk around freely. Also, at #1 JonR888, and anyone else, some diaries (bout two of em) are listed in one level of the game, even if you found it somewhere else. First Encounter I believe you find in the Farmers Market but it counts under Fontaine Fisheries. I think one other does the same thing..gets confusing.

Comment #15 by Danieljj99
Thursday, June 09, 2011 @ 06:50:44 AM

has anyone else had a problem getting back into andrew ryan's office. I go tone left in Hephaestus and its in his office but the door wont highlight and wont let me in.

Comment #16 by SzilardUK
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 03:36:48 PM

Baah.. Should have read this thread earlier. I have just binned an hour's play because of that bloody First Encounter. I remembered that I picked it up and when I checked what I had, I could not see it in the list. So I went back but the diary was not there. Then I loaded an earlier save without saving my progress thinking that I had some glitch.. Poor working people can not just lose an hour's play..
Beware 2K Games!!

Comment #17 by LukeSniper
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 02:02:56 AM

GAH! I missed one in the VERY first area... one of the two you can't go back and get. This is the only achievement NOT tied to difficulty that I won't be getting on my first play through. :(

Comment #18 by TheeGothicTink
Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 09:45:47 PM

this achievement took me and my husband from about 4pm last night till around 7 in the morning, long achievement to get but we got it

Comment #19 by chickentrout
Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 07:45:56 PM

I'm having trouble with the diary, "The Great Chain". It's the one that's supposed to appear after you come back to Arcadia from the Farmer's Market. The description I have says that when you come out of the bathysphere from Farmer's Market it's on the right side, on a bench. Well, there's a bench there, but no diary. I've loaded the game a few times and it hasn't appeared. The only thing I can think it could be is that it means the bathysphere to the next section, after Arcadia. Can anyone confirm this, please?

Comment #20 by Babydoll123
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @ 08:21:04 PM

It is a long painful process just finding the diaries. I finished the game
6 times and still haven't found them all.But,it turns out that a guy
made videos of the location of the diaries on Youtube.If you want help,
copy this:

Comment #21 by joshbirch2812
Monday, September 19, 2011 @ 09:56:13 AM

Boring. I've played this game so many times i can't be bothered

Comment #22 by EDDorDEAD
Sunday, January 08, 2012 @ 07:44:23 AM

I followed the list, collected all but Achievements not popped. I've double checked in messages in the menu too and i've got them all but no achievement. Very annoyed.

Comment #23 by Penedao
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 11:51:28 AM

This is the most annoying achievement in the game...

Comment #24 by Xfalling DeathX
Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 06:33:53 PM

Hey here is a way better map than the one in the guide, its also smartphone/tablet friendly.

Comment #25 by Jenrai
Monday, March 26, 2012 @ 05:04:03 PM

Xfalling Death = That map is atrocious mate. The numbers are too big and obscure half the area you're looking in.
I'll stick with the Bioshock wiki, ta.

Comment #26 by AndrewRyan1960
Saturday, April 21, 2012 @ 01:31:30 PM

this is so annoying! If only i'd read this sooner! Ive made multiple saved games incase i needed to go back for anything! Ive just picked up the last audio diary and NO ACHIVEMENT. Fuckkkkkssss ssaaakkkkeeeee!

Comment #27 by UnrealKhaos
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 09:28:49 AM

Welcome to Rapture Edit
This area is not accessible after completed. The Audio Diaries must be obtained as soon as they are available to attain the Historian achievement/trophy.
Diane McClintock - New Year's Eve Alone - On the table in the flooded area of the Kashmir Restaurant
Steve Barker - Hole in the Bathroom Wall - On the far wall in bathroom of the Kashmir
Medical Pavilion Edit
Diane McClintock - Released Today - Medical Pavilion foyer, on the reception desk
J.S. Steinman - ADAM's Changes - Emergency Access, on the desk
J.S. Steinman - Higher Standards - Medical Pavilion, near entrance on wall
Andrew Ryan - Parasite Expectations - Medical Pavilion, on the counter of the Enwell Life And Health Group.
Brigid Tenenbaum - Love for Science - Medical Pavilion, near Health Station.

Comment #28 by UnrealKhaos
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 09:31:11 AM


Comment #29 by UnrealKhaos
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 09:36:21 AM

there is more just go to the bioshock wiki

Comment #30 by Cheeks88247
Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 01:41:01 PM

I'm only half way though the game and I can already tell this achievement is going to be a b****h. I've wasted 3 hours looking for two of the audio diaries. They seem to be the two everyone is getting stuck on as they're not where they're meant to be.
If I don't get this when I'm done.... -_-

Comment #31 by Zandai
Thursday, August 09, 2012 @ 07:25:15 PM

i got them all in one go but no achievement so what went wrong?

Comment #32 by warborn718
Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 05:08:37 PM

Damn I just spent a half an hour trying to locate that damn first encounter tape. What ungodly reason did they have for throwing it in a different menu at the last minute? And by the sound of it I'm probably gonna be screwed outta this one since i did what the guide told me to do and made a bunch of saves, we'll see.

Comment #33 by Acuorius
Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 11:50:22 PM

I just got all 122 audio diaries, but no achievement, any idea what could have happened?

Comment #34 by oDTRAINo
Sunday, March 03, 2013 @ 06:42:08 AM

Definitely just missed 1 of those in the beginning...

Comment #35 by wesbranscum
Thursday, March 07, 2013 @ 07:41:11 AM

i missed it by like 3 so im going to run check and see if i can go back and find them, this is hands down hardest cheevo, i think its harder than brass balls, cause even on that you can play easy until the boss fight

Comment #36 by DayZDemon
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 02:35:04 PM

Thanks so much for the guide its been very helpful.

Comment #37 by captchunk
Saturday, April 06, 2013 @ 05:36:30 PM

great list

Comment #38 by TheInventinator
Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 06:22:12 AM

thanks for the guide. played this game probably 5 times (great game) but annoying to get 100% of them

Comment #39 by Deadsea 18
Thursday, May 30, 2013 @ 01:35:41 AM

Unbelievable I counted 120 out of 122. I knew the first 2 were miss able but didn't know that rapture control center was. I missed vita chamber. I am so mad. I'm at 46 outta 51 just need the secret room beat game on hard and maxed all weapons and this. I'm taking a long f'n break now. Fuck.

Comment #40 by Deadsea 18
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 @ 05:00:49 AM

Damn this achievement. It has haunted me since I had this game on ps3 three years ago. Oh well i had to do another play thru for the other 4 achievements anyway. To everyone the miss able ones are

Welcome to rapture. There are two in the level use a guide. You cannot return to this level. One is on a table next to some splicers that are in the water. Just upstairs the other is in a bathroom.

Hephaestus. The control room. There are 3 miss able ones. Two are hard to miss they are on a table underneath the pictures. The third is by a vita chamber. That's it the others can be gotten anytime. As long as u save before the Fontaine fight.

Comment #41 by Ironshield42
Sunday, August 18, 2013 @ 11:03:00 PM

I ended up getting this achievement while i was trying to get the brass balls achievement. I had got to the end to take the elevator for the boss fight and decided might as well get this achievement. bunch of people said dont go back cause it will be worse to find them on this difficulty and actually it was just fine cause once you get the parts for the big daddy outfit the enemys leave you alone anyhow...only if you provoke them.

Comment #42 by Liamm1986
Sunday, November 10, 2013 @ 07:08:20 AM

good guide major timesaver

Comment #43 by Uziel
Friday, November 22, 2013 @ 10:58:32 PM

are there any missing ones besides the first 2?

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Game Info
2K Games


US August 21, 2007
Europe August 24, 2007

Resolution: 720p
Sound: Dolby 5.1 Surround
Online Players : 1
ESRB: Mature
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