Batman: Arkham Asylum - Arkham Mansion - Library
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"Batman: Arkham Asylum" (Xbox 360)
Even through the front door of Arkham Mansion is unlocked there's no getting through due to a pesky electric barrier blocking the path. You're going to need to find another way in. That 'other way' is the ventilation grate located above the balcony that's on top of the mansion's entry way. Grapple up to the balcony and use the Batclaw to yank the grate off then enter the newly accessible ventilation shaft.
Go through the doorway in the small room you just entered and behold the Arkham mansion foyer. Down below are three inmates, one of them armed with an assault rifle. Glide kick in and make disarming the gun-toting enemy with the Batclaw your priority. Follow up by knocking out the remaining inmates then grapple up to the ventilation pipes above and access the grated-in shaft. Climb in and detonate the weakened wall there to reach the other side and drop into the next room.
As Batman enters the next area he sees The Joker's men ravenously searching for something that can be assumed is Dr. Young's research notes which means there's no time to waste in finding them before the inmates do. Drop into the room and give the thugs a taste of Batman's brand of punishment. Locate the removable grate nearby to access the next room.
Sneak behind the inmate keeping watch over two Arkham guards and use the silent takedown technique before he even knows what hit him. After you knock this guy out though The Joker makes it known that this was one of many goons equipped with neck wear that makes noise when they're knocked unconscious and will attract any enemies in the vicinity. Look out for these enemies throughout the rest of the game.
Head into the records room and run a quick Detective Mode appraisal of enemy locations. Some of the inmates start off in the center of the room near the tied-up guards. Sneak up behind one of the inmates patrolling the surroundings and take them out, doing so attracts the other inmates' attentions. With the inmates separated it's easier to take them out since they are all armed with assault rifles.
Use the gargoyles that line the walls of the records room to your advantage, taking out the solitary inmates that investigate their fallen comrades. Once all of the inmates have been taken care of, head to the center of the room to rescue the guards that have been tied up there. After speaking to them, the Dark Knight learns that The Joker's search for the notes has moved on to Dr. Young's office.
Make your way over to the door in the northern area of the records room to gain access to the north corridor. Break open the grate that's close to the ground and use it to drop into a small cell-filled area. Grapple up to the grate on the wall across from the cells to get to the grated walkway that is the ceiling above the room you were last in and head to the ventilation duct on the other side to reach the area right outside Dr. Young's office.
Drop into the area right in front of Dr. Young's office and sneak up on the rowdy inmates trying to get into the office proper. Once The Joker's goons have been taken care of head over to the laboratory area and grapple into the ventilation shaft above the sinks. Crawl through the vent to get inside Dr. Young's office. Batman discovers that the notes have been removed from the safe by Dr. Young. so he's going to have to figure out a way to track her down and recover them.
Activate Detective Mode to run a scan of the office in search of any clues that might lead you to Dr. Young and the notes that The Joker is looking for. Focus on the safe where the notes were stored to identify Dr. Young's fingerprints; use these prints as a breadcrumb trail to find where she hid the notes. Get back into the ventilation shaft you entered the office in and drop back into the laboratory area right outside where there is a band of inmates looking to reduce the Batman population by one. They don't have any firearms so a simple melee barrage should do the trick to get them out of your way. Continue retracing your steps while following the trail of Dr. Young's fingerprints back out to the Arkham Mansion main hall.
Quickly dispatch the inmates in the main hall and go through the door in a nook further down the corridor. Continue down the length of the hallway following Dr. Young's fingerprint trail until you reach a group of The Joker's men that are hanging around. Disarm the gun-wielding inmate before getting to the others as just a few shots from him mean lights out for Batman. After dispatching the inmates, head into the library to get one step closer to finding Dr. Young's notes.
Upon entering the library quickly grapple up to the walkway above ground level to avoid detection. Get the drop on as many inmates as possible without being seen but don't worry if you're spotted, none of the guards are packing heat so getting caught in an all-out hand to hand combat bout gets the job done just as well.
With the inmates out of the way, turn on Detective Mode and follow the fingerprint trail into the side room where you're greeted by an electrified barrier that's keeping you from rescuing the two Arkham guards inside. The Joker appears on the overhead monitor and informs you that he's going to release a batch of his Joker toxin into the room if you don't rescue them in time. Time is of the essence, or so it seems, as you can take as long as you want rescuing them without penalty.
You are eventually going to want to save the guards to progress through the game, so grapple up to the highest accessible walkway and enter the ventilation grate there. Climb through and enter the small room only to access the next grate that's positioned high above. Crawl through that ventilation shaft and emerge on the third level adjacent to the large chandelier that hangs above the library. The chandelier is conveniently large enough to break through the library's reinforced glass floor into the room where the two guards are being held. Throw a Batarang at the rope suspending the chandelier and watch it crash down and allow you access to the lower level. Glide down and rescue the guards.
Once the guards have been freed activate Detective Mode and scan the shelves of books lining the walls of the room. Once you've spotted where Dr. Young's fingerprints are head over and investigate. There you find Dr. Young's notes but alas you also find out that The Joker doesn't even need them anymore as he informs you Mr. Zsasz has Dr. Young hostage in Warden Sharp's office. It's time to make your way over there pronto.
Exit the library back into Arkham Mansion to find that things are a bit different than when you were last here. As you walk down the hallway, your surroundings change from the inside of the mansion to crime alley, the place young Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents' murder. You briefly transform into a young version of yourself as you continue walking down the hallway into the next room.
As you enter the next room it becomes apparent that Scarecrow is responsible for this foray into Batman's psyche. Proceed forward to reach another area where you must avoid being caught in Jonathan Crane's illuminated line of sight by hiding behind what cover is made available in the crumbling structure.
Stay behind cover while Scarecrow is facing Batman's direction until you reach a large open space with nothing immediately apparent that can keep you out of his view. Use the Batclaw to pull the elevated crates down into the path so that Batman can hide behind them while Scarecrow passes over. Time your movements to allow yourself enough time to make it to the next source of cover before Scarecrow's deadly stare returns and move to the next section of this nightmare.
As you reach the pathway that is protected from Scarecrow's view by a tall wall on the left, the fear inducing villain lets loose a group of skeleton warriors in an attempt to take you out. A simple melee approach is enough to overcome these terrifying creatures, but make sure to steer clear of the bright area ahead as Scarecrow will take that opportunity to defeat you himself. After you've eliminated the skeletons, Scarecrow moves to another section allowing you to reach the next set of platforms where you must run, jump, and shimmy to survive. Prepare for another round against Scarecrow's skeletal minions as you enter the next area.
After taking on the second set of skeletons, push forward through another short section of platform jumping and shimmying to reach the spotlight and stave off Scarecrow's attack yet again.
Once you've regained your composure from the journey into Scarecrow's fear induced nightmare you realize you're in Arkham Mansion's bell tower with no apparent exit. Throw a Batarang at the rope from which the bell is suspended and send it crashing down into the mansion's main hall (much like the chandelier in the library). Drop into the main hall and enter the door opposite the one that led to Dr. Young's office, near the broken away cage bars, to reach the east wing corridor.
There's an inmate with a stun baton in the east wing corridor and, like the knife-wielding enemies, his attacks can't be blocked. Evade stun baton enemies with the quick evade maneuver and use the Batclaw to disarm them. Once this guy is out of commission enter the door he was standing in front of just in time to see Zsasz holding Dr. Young at knife point. You've got to think of some way to take him down quickly.
Sneak further into the room and take cover to the side of the doorway to Warden Sharp's office. From your new vantage point aim the Batarang at Zsasz when he peers out from behind Dr. Young, do this quickly though as waiting too long causes him to kill her anyway. Once you've rescued Dr. Young from Zsasz's clutches she goes to the safe at the back of the room and completely makes your daring rescue a waste as the resulting explosion takes her life and knocks you out.
As you regain your composure after the blast, Harley Quinn and a group of The Joker's flunkies appear. Harley escapes, but Batman isn't one to let evildoers get away without punishment. Take the inmates out and enter Detective Mode to find some way to track the warden down. Locate a piece of the cane on the floor and scan in it to identify Warden Sharp's DNA signature, the perfect trail to follow in order to find him.
Follow Warden Sharp's trail back out to the mansion's main hall and sneak through the room, silently taking down the three armed inmates from behind without making a peep. Push forward out of the mansion into the Arkham east courtyard to continue the pursuit.
The old Arkham Mansion, the former residence of Amadeus Arkham, became a regular part of Arkham Asylum after Amadaeus went insane. It includes a Records Room, doctor's offices, and a Library.
Shortly after the Joker had seized control of Intensive Treatment, security officer Louie Green and over a dozen guards were directed to Arkham East by the Joker, where their radios went dead. At least three security guards patrolled around the Arkham Mansion, and one was posted inside the Mansion Entrance Hall to prevent entrance.
However, shortly afterward, an army of escaped Blackgate convicts stormed Arkham East, armed with weapons stolen from the guard armory. The security guards posted around the mansion were overpowered and several killed. The convicts entered the Main Hall, murdering the lone guard and bypassing the security barrier. Three remained to guard the Mansion Entrance Hall, while many other convicts penetrated deeper into the mansion. Eager to find Dr. Penelope Young's formula for her Titan Project hidden in the mansion, the Joker ordered many of his men to search the mansion for the formula. The disorganized facilities were stuffed full of scattered discarded documents, so the Joker's men were facing a hopeless situation in trying to find the paper with the formula. The convicts entered the reception area of the Main Hall, killing four members of security personnel who attempted to stop them. One convict entered the West Wing Corridor, capturing at least two Arkham employees. Batman arrived in the Arkham Mansion shortly after, defeating the three convicts in the Mansion Entrance Hall, the one in the West Wing Corridor, and the others in the Main Hall.
In the Records Room of the Arkham Mansion, six convicts intercepted Dr. Young along with two security guards, Zach Franklin and Aaron Cash. The two guards were taken hostage while Young escaped to her office. Batman arrived to free Cash and Franklin, while three convicts discovered Young's office and tried to break into it. Using the Ventilation System, Batman reached the North Corridor, where two cells were, one in which Amadaeus Arkham spent his last years. Meanwhile, many of the Joker's men had moved down the South Corridor, securing the multi-level mansion Library. It was here Dr. Young fled, encountering an orderly and an unidentified member of security personnel, identified only as "Bill". Bill attempted to defend Young, but all three were inevitably captured. Batman, meanwhile, had managed to defeat the convicts breaking into Young's office and learned from the security moniters that Young had taken the formula from her office safe and fled. Batman rushed to the South Corridor and then to the Library, finding the Joker's men tearing the area apart in search of Young's formula. Young herself had been taken to the Joker, who decided to use Victor Zsasz to torture the formula out of her. On the lowest level of the Library, Batman discovered Bill and the orderly tied up in front in front of a bomb, later revealed to have been a fake. The Scarecrow, meanwhile, had proceeded to the mansion, rigging the South Corridor with his fear gas to entrap Batman. Wandering around in a drugged state, Batman awoke from an intense nightmare in the Arkham Mansion's bell tower. The Dark Knight cut the rope of the bell to send it crashing to the floor below, causing extensive damage to the mansion's East Wing Corridor. Zsasz was hiding in Warden Sharp's office, having tortured the formula out of Young. He used her as a hostage, but Batman used a batarang to knock him out. Young was killed by a booby-trap rigged in the Warden's safe while trying to retrieve the security codes.
Bill was one of the many security guards present in Arkham Asylum, when the Joker was recaptured and bought back to the institution by Batman. Bill was posted at the lowermost level of the library in the Arkham Mansion in Arkham East, where most of the staff worked. Two other of Bill's colleagues were also posted here for guarding the doors leading to the multi-level Library. Unknown to Bill and his colleagues, the Joker escaped custody in the Intensive Treatment Center in Arkham North. The results were chaotic, as the Clown Prince of Crime and his accomplice, Harley Quinn unlocked the cell doors throughout the Intensive Treatment Center, unleashing the inmates to cause untold chaos. The Joker soon had wrestled control of Arkham North from the guards, sending most of the security personnel led by Louie Green to Arkham East using a fake radio call on the guard radios. The sole surviver in the Joker's wake of destruction, a security guard named Eddie Burlow, tried to contact Bill on the radio and warn him and his colleagues of the impending situation, only to have the radio go dead, due to the fact that the Joker had seized control of the radio channels. As the situation worsened, so many guards had been killed by the Joker's men that they started using the guard radios to keep in contact with each other and the Joker as well. Unknown to everyone, the Joker's real motive for allowing himself to be captured and sent back to Arkham Asylum was to steal the research for Penelope Young, an asylum doctor who was working on the top-secret Titan Project. Young was actually modifying the steroid drug Venom drained from the villain Bane to create a stronger formula, which she discovered turned people into monstrous beasts. The Joker thus ordered that the Medical Facility in Arkham West where Young worked be seized so that his thugs could capture her. The Joker's hordes of escaped inmates secured the Medical Facility and captured Young working in the X-Ray Room.
They held her prisoner, but Batman invaded the Medical Facility to rescue the Arkham staff, saving Young in the process. Armed with the knowledge that the Joker would no doubt go after her research, Young left the Medical Facility with security guard Aaron Cash to go to the heavily-guarded Arkham East and retrieve her research notes from her office in the mansion there. Young, protected by Cash, made her way across the island, where they were joined by Zach Franklin, another security guard. They entered the Arkham Mansion and set out for Young's office. However, the Joker was not about to let Young and her research slip through his fingers. He ordered an assault on Arkham East. Prisoners armed with rifles taken from the guard armory took Arkham East by storm, overwhelming the security guards. They then invaded the Arkham Mansion on Young's heels. The thugs came across Dr. Young, Cash, and Franklin in a mansion records office and finally caught up with them. Cash and Franklin were captured, but Young escaped to her office, where she finally reached her notes in the safe. Pursued mercilessly by the Joker's men, Young realized her office was the first place the Joker would search for her and thus took her notes and ran, the Joker's men hot on her heels. She reached the Arkham Mansion Library, where they pursued her. Entering the Library, Young was met by the two Arkham security guards guarding the door but they were easily overpowered and killed by the hordes of inmates on Dr. Young's heels.
Young fled to the lowermost level and rushed into the room where Bill was at his post with an unidentified asylum orderly. She managed to hide her notes as the escaped inmates broke in after her. Cornered, Young no longer had any place to flee as the only exit was blocked by the inmates. Bill attempted to defend her against overwhelming odds, but he was fighting a losing battle and was battered into defeat. He attempted to fight back, but the inmates were too numerous and he was lacking in backup or a weapon. Bill was knocked unconscious in the struggle, and the inmates tied him up in a chair. They then left the senseless guard and the orderly tied to a large, mysterious, purple present giftwrapped by the Joker and took Dr. Young to the villain. The hostages were left in the Library, as the Joker seemed to have viewed them as insignificant and irrelevant. One inmate armed with knives was left downstairs to guard Bill and the orderly while the others scoured the upper levels for Young's notes. Four henchmen remained upstairs, and two remained outside searching for where Dr. Young might have hidden her notes.
Once he realized the Joker's real motives, Batman hurried to Arkham East, finding the security guards decimated and armed inmates guarding the entire outdoor area. After dealing with them, Batman entered the Arkham Mansion, encountering an army of convicts in the Main Hall searching for Dr. Young's notes and defeating them. The Dark Knight realized that he had to locate the notes before Joker did. Finding his way to the Library, Batman knocked out the two inmates outside, then entered the Library, discovering a large group of inmates inside tearing the Library apart and rifling through stacks of Arkham documents searching for Dr. Young's notes. He attacked the inmates, and the noise aroused the henchman guarding Bill and the orderly, causing him to rush upstairs to join the fight. Bill revived, all alone with the orderly and the mysterious purple package left behind by the Joker. As he began to take down the convicts upstairs, Batman looked up to see the Joker himself watching the battle from a security screen. He welcomed Batman to the Library: "Welcome to the Arkham Library. History is so important. A traumatic event here! A murder there! It's enough to drive anyone crazy!" The Joker watched Batman knock down the last thug before adding, "Congratulations! Now all you have to do is take a stroll downstairs and save the helpless hostages. Right?" After descending down the stairs to the lowermost level of the mansion Library, Batman saw an open doorway and beyond it, Bill and the orderly tied to the purple gift. A large label on the package read: 'Do not open until April 1st [April Fool's Day] Love, Joker.' As Batman approached the doorway, an electrified barrier suddenly fired up to bar entry into the room. Bill and the orderly kicked furiously and struggled against their bonds, to no avail. The Joker appeared on a television screen above Bill's head, laughing and taunting Batman. He introduced his latest game: "Oh! How frustrating. Thought it was going to be easy, didn't you? Has tonight taught you nothing? In two minutes the room will fill with Happy Gas (Joker Toxin). The audience will be in fits of ecstasy. And then die!!" With that, the Joker signed off and his next deadly game had begun. As Batman desperately searched for some way to save the hostages, there arose an amplified, unmistakable, sound of a timer ticking and counting down, leaving Batman to come to the conclusion that the purple gift package contained a canister of Joker Toxin set to be released in the room. As Batman began trying to find a way into the room, the Joker announced: "One minute and thirty to go. Gotta say I'm getting bored already. Maybe I should just press the button and......Only joking!" Batman crawled into the ventilation system, finding his way to the Library attic. Here, he discovered a large, fancy, chandelier suspended over the floor below. The Joker eventually reminded him, "Remember the hostages? They're entering their final sixty seconds of remembering to breathe. Tick tock, tick tock." Batman then threw a batarang at the rope holding the chandelier to the ceiling, slicing it apart and sending the chandelier crashing through the imitation glass floor of the second level and into the room with the hostages, causing Bill to shout, "Batman! Get us out of here!" Now, with the Joker still counting down, Batman dived through the gap and into the room, landing next to the smashed chandelier in the floor. As Batman opened the top of the present, ready to disarm a bomb, a ridiculously large punching glove on a spring shot out, sending 'Joker' playing cards flying in every direction out of the purple box as the sound of a timer stopped ticking; the bomb was a fake. As the box sprang open, it also instantly released Bill and the orderly from their bonds. The orderly turned to Batman as he rubbed his sore wrists, thanking him and asking about the inmates upstairs: "Thank You, Batman. Are they all gone?" Batman replied to both the orderly and Bill, who was rising from the chair he had been tied to. "Yes, You're safe. What happened?" The orderly replied, "It....It all happened so fast. Some patients broke in. Began tearing up the place. Like they were looking for something. Bill here fought back, but there were too many! They took Dr. Young. She rushed in here and they followed!" Bill apologized for not being able to provide all the details as he was unconscious the entire time: "I'm sorry. When I came to, we were all tied up. Doc Young was gone!" With that, Bill walked over to the orderly and knelt next to him, placing his hand on his shoulder and trying to console him in low tones. The Dark Knight left the Library shortly afterwards.
Batman found several thugs trying to break into Dr. Young's office, but found her safe empty. He realized that Young must have saved her notes somehow. Batman calibrated his cowl's vision to track Dr. Young by her fingerprints leading across the mansion. He followed the prints out of her office and into West Wing Corridor, and from there into the Main Hall, and then back into the Library. Once there, Batman proceeded back to the lowermost level, where Bill and the orderly were still resting. Here, Batman found a displaced book on the shelf which contained Dr. Young's notes. He then destroyed them to prevent the Joker from getting his hands on them. The Joker watched this through one of the Library's security cameras, faking desperation. He then revealed he was going to use Victor Zsasz to torture the Titan Project information from Dr. Young. Bill then turned to Batman, revealing to him Zsasz's location: "I heard a voice on my radio. It sounded like they were being told to meet in the Warden's Office." Quickly, Batman set out to stop Zsasz and save Dr. Young, only to be gassed by the Scarecrow, which caused him to wander about the Arkham Mansion in a drugged state while Zsasz successfully tortured the information out of Dr. Young for the Joker. Batman hurried to the Warden's Office and defeated Zsasz, although Dr. Young was killed by an explosion in the warden's safe. Batman then left the Arkham Mansion for the Penitentiary to rescue the warden himself, who was being held hostage by Harley Quinn. Bill remained with the orderly in the mansion Library. Some time later, Poison Ivy's mutated plants overran Arkham Island and parts of the Arkham Mansion. Due to the plants, Bill and the orderly were trapped in the Library. While the orderly rested in his chair, Bill stood guard with his arms folded in the doorway of the lower level, waiting out the remainder of the Joker's takeover. Bill and the unidentified orderly both survived the attack on Arkham Asylum and returned to their normal duties after the Joker's defeat.
The Joker: [Over the P.A. system] Joker here with a little update for you all. First the good news. We have Dr. Young. Bad news is she's not talking. She's hidden a document somewhere in the mansion. I want it found! I've got a plan or 6 to loosen her tongue, but in the meantime, search every kook and granny. There's a prize for whoever finds them!
Batman: I need to find those notes before Joker does.
The Joker: [as Batman sneaks through the library's ventilation system] Reading the last page first? Shame on you! Well, here's the punch line ... 2 minutes and the giggle gas goes boom, permanently cheering up those miserable doctors. Tick tock, tick tock.
Batman: [finding Dr. Young's formula hidden in one of the library books] Oracle. I found Dr. Young's formula.
Oracle: [over the intercom] Great! So does that mean you've stopped Joker?
[Batman sets the formula on fire]
Batman: It's never this simple with him.
The Joker: [Over the P.A. system] What's that you've got there, Bats? No! Not the formula! What am I going to do? Who can help me now? ... What's that? How about our old friend Zsasz? Hmmm, I did bump into him on the way back from the Gardens, where no doubt he was acting out some twisted fantasy. Maybe he could get her talking? I think he probably can. Great plan, Bats!
The Joker: [as Batman sneaks around the guards in the records room] If you guys weren't so stupid, I'd recommend picking up a book or two. Still, I suppose I don't pay you for your smarts, do I? I pay you to stop the Bat. So don't disappoint me.
The Joker: [as Batman sneaks around the guards in the records room] C'mon, find him! It's just an old room full of books! How hard can it be?
Blackgate Prison Inmate: Why does Joker want a dusty old room full of books guarded anyway?