Batman: Arkham City Side Missions Guide

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Scattered throughout the walled campus of Arkham City are special side missions that aren’t so easy to find. Each of these missions introduces you to one of the insane denizens of Arkham and gives Batman a task before leading to an event to cap their individual mini-plot. These side stories are definately worth tracking down, so keep scrolling to get a rundown of when and where to activate each of these jobs.

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Side Missions Guide

Arkham Assault

  1. This mission is available all throughout the main game. Everywhere you go, you might hear pleas for help from political prisoners. Help them out by following the signal and taking down the thug.
  2. Save enough and you’ll complete the side mission, it’s just that simple.

Augmented Reality Training

  1. These training missions are available right away, after Bruce Wayne suits up. Doing these is very important, as you’ll unlock upgrades to your gliding abilities. Definately try to complete the first set of Augmented Reality Training tests.
  2. The advanced sets are far more difficult, but the reward isn’t as crucial. Every one of these tests is located on your map. You can find more help completing these advanced tests with our video guides here.

Fragile Alliance

  1. This mission can be accessed any time early in the game, once Bruce Wayne has suited up as Batman.
  2. To activate the mission, head down to the GCPD building. Nearby a signal flare has been set off at the Krank Co. Toys building, easily spotted by the huge toy bear sign.
  3. Enter through the doors and talk to Bane. He’ll task you with finding six TITAN containers, marked on your map. You can use the explosive gel to destroy them.
  4. Several of these containers are easy to find, but some you won’t have access to until later in the game.
  5. TITAN Container #1 and #2: These are marked on your map, one is outside near the museum, the other is near the Steel Mill. They’re guarded by armed thugs, make sure to take them out.
  6. TITAN Container #3: Find this one on your first visit to the Subway Station. Every area can be returned to, sometimes through an alternate entrance, so you can always return to an area you’ve already explored by the end of the game.
  7. TITAN Container #4: This one is found behind the Penguin’s War Room in his Museum. You’ll be able to access it after freeing Mr. Freeze.
  8. TITAN Container #5: Find this container at the base of Wonder Tower, while following the ninja underground.
  9. TITAN Container #6: This one can be found while returning to the Joker’s HQ in the Steel Mill to get back the TITAN cure. It’s just off from the back door entrance.
  10. With all the containers destroyed, return to Bane. TYGER guards will rush in. Help Bane defeat them all, then blow up the remaining TITAN to complete this quest.

Through The Looking Glass

  1. After Vicki Vale’s chopper is shot down, you’ll have to rescue her from snipers. After she’s rescued, you might spot a little man in the cutscene.
  2. Leave, you’ll get a message from Alfred stating that the cure has been delivered. Go pick it up.
  3. It’s a trap! Break free and start fighting thugs. The Mad Hatter will periodically appear during this fight, make sure to punch him a few times before he escapes.
  4. When the Hatter is defeated, you’ll have finished this short but sweet side quest.

Identity Theft

  1. After leaving the Subway for the first time, you’ll be able to access this mission. Here, you’ll investigate three murders to find the culprit.
  2. The First Body: This one will appear on your map, in a general area. Find the body in an alley, just keep Detective Mode on and look for a body laying on the ground. Get all the clues and follow the trail to a suspect.
  3. The Second Body: Find this next body near Ace Chemicals, in another alley. Scan for clues here, too.
  4. The Third Body: The last body is south of Ace Chemicals, find it, scan for evidence, and follow the trail to the killer’s hideout.
  5. Inside, you’ll need to do some hacking, but you’ll finish up just fine.

Watcher In The Wings

  1. Another short but interesting side mission. When Batman is suited up and free to explore Arkham, keep an eye out for a mysterious man on the rooftops. You need to discover and scan four symbols.
  2. Symbol #1: The first symbol is just south of the courthouse, on the rooftop overlooking the courthouse plaza. This one can be found after you save Catwoman.
  3. Symbol #2: In the Industrial District, climb to the top of the Ferris Wheel to find this next symbol, only available after you complete the first visit to the Joker’s Steel Mill.
  4. Symbol #3: This symbol is on a roof northwest of the Bowery, which can be accessed after rescuring Mayor Sharp.
  5. Symbol #4: After saving Vicki Vale, this symbol can be found on a roof to the west of the GCPD.
  6. After finding all four symbols, align them with the dots on the map to solve the puzzle and scan the fifth symbol to complete this quest.

Shot In The Dark

  1. Once the Steel Mill is completed on your first visit, you’ll be able to investigate a series of assassinations. There are three murders, leading to the conclusion.
  2. Murder #1: This one will appear on your map. Scan the scene and follow the trajectory.
  3. Murder #2: After some time passes, another murder will occur. You’ll hear a loud gunshot. The body is on the highway, scan and follow the trajectory again for more clues.
  4. Murder #3: The last body is west of the church, just keep detective mode on to find it. Scan the area for the last clues you need.
  5. With all the clues, you’ll proceed to the conclusion.

Cold Call Killer

  1. This mission can be accessed at any time after Bruce Wayne suits up.
  2. The missions are generated randomly, any number of pay phones around the city will ring. Travel around enough and you’ll hear ringing, activating detective mode will help you find them.
  3. Pick up the phone, after clearing the area of enemies, and the caller will demand you pick up another phone. Race to the next phone under a time limit, and the mission will procede.
  4. As the killer talks, keep your cursor over the moving icon to track his location. It’ll take ten or so attempts to finally find his hideout.
  5. Once his hideout is discovered, head there for the mission’s conclusion.

Enigma Conundrum

  1. After saving the medical team from Joker’s thugs at the church, you’ll eventually get a distress call. Return to find them all kidnapped.
  2. This is by far the most difficult and complicated of the side missions. To complete it, you’ll need to discover many of the Riddler trophies throughout Arkham City. Finding enough will activate a riddle that must be solved.
  3. The first can be saved right away in the Courthouse. Saving him leads to a discovery — the Riddler has informants everywhere. They’re high-lighted in green, and interrogating them shows where every Riddler Trophy in an area is located.
  4. Finding and interrogating informants will keep you from going insane trying to find every trophy.
  5. Each of the riddles leads to a hideout. These hideouts are complicated, but the riddles aren’t anything too insane. Here are the answers for each riddle.
  6. Riddle #1: Use detective mode to scan the Organ.
  7. Riddle #2: Secret
  8. Riddle #3: Darkness
  9. The third and remaining hideouts require the Line Launcher to finish, make sure you have it before continuing.
  10. Once all five hideouts are clear, you’ll finally get some revenge against the Riddler.

Remote Hideaway

  1. After you rescue Mayor Sharp, you’ll get a call from the undercover cops. Return to the Iceberg Lounge for a special upgrade to your Disruptor, allowing you to remotely explode concussion mines.
  2. There’s nothing else to this one, just a reward. Definately pick this device up.

Heart of Ice

  1. This mission can be activated after fighting Mr. Freeze, but before going to the Joker’s Steel Mill the second time.
  2. Talk to Mr. Freeze in the GCPD building, he wants you to find his wife Nora, kidnapped by the Joker’s thugs.
  3. She’s being held in a building along the shoreline of the Industrial District. Jump down to one of the boats in the water and look towards the docks.
  4. Just above the water, you’ll see that one of the buildings has a weak structural wall you can’t normally reach.
  5. Use the Freeze Blast to create a block of ice and stand on it. Then use the batclaw to pull yourself to the weak wall. Using some explosive gel to knock the wall down, and you’re in.
  6. Crawl through the ducts and pop up, defeating the thugs and saving Nora. Then you just need to return to Mr. Freeze and give him the good news.

Hot & Cold

  1. During your second visit to Joker’s Steel Mill, talk to a tied-up Harley Quinn to start the mission up.
  2. Your goal is the boiler room. To get there, use the REC to open the east door in the Loading Bay, then hack the console in the following room.
  3. Follow this path to reach the Boiler Room, taking out the guards in your path, and you’ll find the Freeze Blast Grenades.

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80 Comments on Batman: Arkham City Side Missions Guide


On October 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

So, I’m at the Steel Mill the Second Time and I’m confronting the Joker, will I not be able to rescue Nora afterwards?


On October 22, 2011 at 12:49 am

Yes after you start in the city just go to the back door to bypass the level. Just follow the map from there


On October 22, 2011 at 2:31 am

Anybody got batman code suit, for the new bat man I got Robbin and cat to trade, my gt is shadowdark Kane


On October 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

i am having a problem with the game. after i finish the remote hidaway side mission. they gave me mine disruptor gadget but i can not equip neither it is shown in my gadgets can anyone help me plz


On October 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

is there a specific amount of time that passes before the second victim appears in “shot in the dark”?


On October 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

@ali you just use the disruptor for that


On October 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

How to free mister freeze in war room after you beat up the thugs in there I’m stuck


On October 24, 2011 at 5:03 am

I have the stupidest problems with this game LOL
It takes me about half an hour to glide properly and another twenty to use my remote control batarang correctly. I have no coordination what so ever. Wish the first game relied heavily on gliding and using that device, maybe if it did I would have been decent enough by now.


On October 25, 2011 at 3:34 am

Is there a certain spot on the rooftop to spot the man for the side mission watcher in the wings?


On October 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Adam, you can go to Nora after the game, all you have to do is become Catwoman and do her one mission where she has to beat Two-Face, then you can play as Batman again. You can also play as her afterwards, she does have her own missions and such.


On October 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Grayson, actually, the first game did rely on gliding A LOT. In fact, if you bootlegged the game, you’d be screwed. The cape wouldn’t work, and you do need it.


On October 25, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Where exactly is the last sign for the watcher mission?


On October 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

i have done all the side mission except watcher in the wings and i cannot find symbols 2,3 or 4


On October 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

Andy go to the gcpd building to the west of it you should find some him watching you then go to the ferris wheel he should be on the top of it,.


On November 3, 2011 at 8:59 am

where is the chest they were speaking of in Shot In The Dark


On November 7, 2011 at 5:04 am

I’ve got the freeze grenades but can’t get back to where I came from and I’m stuck there as the elevators don’t work anymore!


On November 7, 2011 at 8:09 am

you have to do the elevator puzzle in reverse- you can fire the electric gadget at the base of the right elevator and it will make it work

Kevin Thielenhaus

On November 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

Bingo, Richard has it. Just look up and use the REC, or the electricity shooting gadget thing, on the generator below the elevator. Hit it two or three times if you have to, then use the Grapnel to get back up and over those elevators.


On November 8, 2011 at 6:03 am

Another quick question, I returned to the Iceberg Lounge but the door is blocked. I can see an exit on the map but can’t work out how to get to it.


On November 8, 2011 at 8:05 am

I just found the freeze tech, im stuck in the basement of the steel mill and can’t figure the elevator out…can anyone help me?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On November 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

Hey Rob and Steve,

To enter the Iceberg Lounge, you’ll need to use the exterior door — you won’t be able to reach the lounge from the museum. Also, I think you may have to wait for the cops you saved to call you back, you’ll hear their distress call later in the game.

To exit the boiler room with the Freeze Blast upgrade, just look up at the elevator and use the REC on the generator. You might have to hit the generator two or three times in a row to make the elevator raise up high enough for the Grapnel to work.

scott pierchorowicz

On November 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

hey guys

I finished the game and got all the side mission except the random acts of violence. im about 90%. is the side mission still up or am i out of luck


On November 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I found Nora Freeze, but can’t get in to the police department to get to Dr.Freeze….any tips thanks.

scott pierchorowicz

On November 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

steve use the back door to the police dept. the way you came out after beating mr. freeze

Kevin Thielenhaus

On November 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm

The random acts of violence sidequest can still be done after finishing the main story, so just keep flying around and you’ll eventually hear someone yelling for help!


On November 10, 2011 at 2:21 am

Hey guys, I have finished the game am trying to get the last Titan container in the museum. Any help to get across the large body of water? Just remembered the line launcher.


On November 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

@Qrich – Rescuing mister freeze isn’t too difficult. When you get to the war room he’s being kept in one of the exhibits by Penguin. Use dectective mode and blow up the structually weak wall. Once that’s been done a group of thugs will come from behind the wall, take them all out. When you’ve finished there go into the new room behind the collapsed wall – find the security panel behind mister freezes exhibit case, hack it and then mister freeze is free.


On November 18, 2011 at 8:39 am

I’m having trouble getting the TITAN container in the museum. I’ve already completed the main campaign and cannot get to the war room either through the gladiator pit or the iceberg lounge. Any suggestions?
(The gates are locked in the pit and I can’t batarang the fuse box or get rid of the electrical charge on the doors anymore.)

Jeremy C

On November 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Can someone please help me out? I am stuck in the freight elevator section in Jokers still mill. I just finished the hot and cold side mission and cannot figure out how to get out of the elevator shaft. I can’t seem to figure it out. Can someone please help me!


On November 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

i still cannot find the 4th symbol in watcher in the wings


On November 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

Can someone answer my question fast? Ive been for the second time at the steel mill and beat the Joker but forget to do the side quest hot n cold. can i still do it?


On November 21, 2011 at 8:15 am

Got it


On December 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

hi evryone. i finished all missions and now im 47 levels.but now im looking for something but nothing is anybody know what will i do now? thnx…


On December 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

In the iceberg lounge, there are three cops with their guns pointed at a barricaded door. Is there a way to remove the debris and furniture from the door and go through? Bat claw and explosive gel does not work. Thanks for your help!


On December 19, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I have a question, I have finished the game and went back to finish up some of the side missions I forgot about. I got the first 2 symbols for watcher in the wings but it will not let find the other 2 and the crazy symbol thing is not on my map any more? Is that because I finished the game without completing that first or I just can’t find them? Thanks very much for your help!!!!


On December 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Hi, I have a question, I just finished the main story and I went back to finish the side missions I forgot about. I have 2 symbols for watcher in the wings but I can’t find the others. The weird symbol thing is not on my map anymore. Did I finish the too soon without finishing that first or am I looking in the wrong spots? Please help!! Thanks!!


On December 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I’m on the side mission in the steel mill. Got the freeze part, got up the elevator shaft. But how do I get out? I can’t get up stream all the way and can’t find another exit.


On December 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Tcloth, Bobbi,

For Tcloth, no that is a dead end, no way to get through there, but go back there and look to the right of the door, there is a Riddler trophy there.

Bobbi, Sounds like your game is bugged, cause I did the same mission after I finished the game. Try refreshing it and see if that works


On December 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Justin! I will try that. Thanks again!!!


On December 29, 2011 at 12:26 am

i have all side missions done, but cant find the last titan container, it says its in the steel mill but i get right on the icon but it isnt there?? help?


On December 30, 2011 at 11:30 pm

finished Hot and Cold and got up the elevator but cant leave cuz of the stupid stream. how do i get out of the steel mill???


On December 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm



On December 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm

the titan container is in the basement of the steel mill below the frieght elevator


On December 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm

dear batboy have u went to the boat near the idustrial district?
because if u havent go to the little square of wood on it and take out the cyryptographic sequencer and do those words(cityof terror) its an easter egg dosent do much sorry


On January 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

after reading this forum i see that many others are asking the same questions without first reading.
so here is the big to facts you need to know

1 all side quests can be completed after the main story is finished you just need to take a moment, breathe, don’t panic and use some common sense (like how did i get here) especially when comparing maps for locations to current objectives.

2 the only thing you cant get after completing the story is the Kroc Easter Egg and this is because batman is then cured from the poison (i gotta replay to get that one).


On January 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

@batboy play new game+ on hardest difficulty then u got something to try

then you will kneel and be knighted and rise as Sir batman (joking).


On January 2, 2012 at 10:37 am


if you aint done that side quest yet then my tip for you is ur suppose to look for the Unknown guy not the symbols. (he carves them)


On January 3, 2012 at 3:24 pm

hello everybody. i’ve juust started the game and i got the electric gun to start motors and stuff, i got closed in the room by that first girl that apears. in the level were i folow thre radio signal and finaly i fing a girl arested to a chair, i tried every thing and tried the gun on one dor engine but it wont open, i tried everithing and went arownd everywere please hellp me get out of here so i can continue my game,please….


On January 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

please,, someone hellllllllllpppppppppppp i feel desperade. sory for my henglish but i+m portuguese from europe near spain, i+m from ronaldo’s land he…he..


On January 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

i finished the story mode and right now i’m working on all of the side missions, at the moment im working on hot and cold but i cant find a way to the boiler room. does it close off after the story mode is completed or is there a way to get in there. i really want the freeze grenades haha


On January 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hey Guys. I’m at the side mission hot and cold. Harley led me to the side mission and i got the freeze bomb upgrade. How do i leave from the area to follow up with the main plot and meeting joker. Cuz i didnt do that


On January 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I’m trying to complete Shot in the Dark…I see the second victim and the bullet hole but when I scan nothing happens. I’m so confused…did I wait too long or something?


On January 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm

ohhh….and Batman says he doesn’t have time for this when u get to the murder scene for victim #2

Mason Deetz

On January 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm

What happens after you complete the story mode and all side missions?


On January 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Yes after you confront Joker you can save Nora thats what I did. Theres a Scarecrow thing to go on a boat and the panel will be hidden use your cryptographic sequencer to hack it it’s level 5 security the code is Cityofterror. then go down the ladder and walk up to this guy till you can see him then zoom in one him and he will scream and die


On January 30, 2012 at 6:32 am

don’t understand why everyone is finding the game difficult…… it was easy…. just need to use ur common sense


On January 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

is it possible to still do the side missions after the fight with Joker in the steel mill?


On January 30, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I finished the main storyline 2 days ago, and now I’m finishing up some of the side quests (unfortunately I missed the Killer Croc easter egg so I can’t get his bio.) I’m having a problem with one thing though: I can’t seem to ever find the Mystery Stalker symbols, nor the stalker himself. I’ve read the locations and everything, but I still haven’t even started the quest. Is it too late to get it started now, or is there still hope?

And I know people can be pretty aggresive with asking questions, so if anyone can answer this at your leisure, it’s appreciated.


On January 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Nevermind. Totally just saw him for the first time. Thanks anyway gents.


On February 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I have no idea what im supposed to do. I finished the main storyline and am working on sidemissions. I’ve finished most of them already, but im stuck on watcher in the wings. I have two of the symbols (one from the Ferris Wheel, and the one after the helicopter crash) but I can’t find the other two. I know im supposed to find him right after I save catwoman and the one after I interrogate the Mayor. BUT HE’S NOT THERE! It’s starting to get aggrovating, so please help… Thanks…

Alex CAM

On February 4, 2012 at 6:27 am

I’ve found Nora Fries I went back to G.C.P.D. and I don’t know how to get in to Mr. Freeze Hellllppppppp!!! Thanks!

Alex CAM

On February 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

DJ, that means you’ve already scanned it


On February 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm

cant get the third hideout in ruddler help


On February 8, 2012 at 4:07 am

Can someone plz help me! I alraedy beat the joker in his steel mill with all his goons and such after he was cured and I went back for mr freeze’s tech upgrade, the cluster freeze bomb. anyway I got out of the basement and everything but I cant leave the actual building! If I try using frozen ice pads and pull myself back up the stream theres this one part where I cant get past the overhang I had to duck under because I simply let the current slide me under. the angle to try to pull yourself back under it and upstream is impossible! or if I try going through the opened up shortcut to get entrance/exit from the catwalk above the end of the stream, there’s a door that is now locked blocking my way back. how do I leave the building? when I try to quit game and reload the game from the last checkpoint I’m still there in the passage I cant get out of! I cant even get to the totalled room you find yourself in after the cave in when you beat the joker and talia saves you. you cant get back to that room. plz tell me I dont have to restart the game. :(


On February 13, 2012 at 12:39 am

Love this game


On February 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

hey i have all the side missions done on the game and also the main story of the game so why is my progress still saying 70%. what else do i have to do


On February 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

also having problems finding the 3rd riddler room, looking for some help..


On March 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

HOw do you get into the east door of the Steel mill to get the grenades in the Hot n’ Cold side mission


On March 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

im stuck overloading fuse box through gate with remote batarang give me a hand please thanks


On May 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

ok for the watcher in the wings mission, the trick is to get on a paroling chopper, go in detective mode, and look for anyone alone, not moving, someone you can’t glide kick and someone that you can’t read their vitals. To make sure its him, his appearance is mostly red clothes, eyes only visible, and most importantly, he has a weapon that glows a blue flame and it looks like something out of halo.


On June 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I got to the boiler room and picked up the freeze blast grenades ,now I can’t get out of there. Help


On June 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm


Getting out is pretty tricky, actually! Return to the elevators, and look for the generators on the underside. Shoot the bottom of them with your REC to move one of the elevators until you can shoot a grappling line up to a surface — you only have a short window of time to do so. I believe that’s how you escape the boiler room.

If I’m wrong, please correct me!


On June 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I can’t find Nora.i go to where I am supposed to go but i just end up in the middle of a street


On July 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

In my game im at the protocal 10 section and there are no political prisioners anymore. What do i do? Did i have to complete that side quest early in the game? HELP PLEASE!


On July 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

In my game protocal 10 has been activated and i havent completed the political prisoners side quests. Theres no more politicions out anymore. Can i still complete this side quest or did i have to do it early in the game? HELP!


On July 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Question, is there any way to complete all of these side missions before entering Wonder Tower? Or at the very least, can I complete the deadshot mission beforehand? It annoyed me a little bit that it is connected to the main mission but completing after the main game feels out of cink with the story.


On January 21, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I am trying to get the cure and keep picking the wrong one HELP I am tearing my hair out of it’s roots

Kevin Thielenhaus

On January 23, 2013 at 9:16 am


Sorry, but I don’t quite understand the question. Please provide more details, and I’ll try to help however I can.


On February 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Qrich go into detective mode and the room he is in has an wall that you can use explosive gel on and that will cut tp a cut sene

Reece g-j

On February 21, 2013 at 2:46 am

Loving it