Every Batman Arkham Knight Gadget & How to Use It

Batman Arkham Knight is arguably the best video game you’ll play all year. Certainly, it’s a top contender for the best game available on both the Xbox One and PS4. Built specifically, for this console generation its graphics are spectacular, Gotham City is vast.

The array of different gadgets you have at our disposal in Batman Arkham Knight can be absolutely mind-boggling. Different gadgets in the game grant you different powers. Adding on top of those, video game developer Rocksteady designed each gadget to be of use when you’re doing different things. Some are to be used just before combat to give you an advantage. Others can be used before and after combat. Some Batman Arkham Knight gadgets are just for puzzle solving and gaining entry to new areas.

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Here’s every gadget available in Batman Arkham Knight so far. In addition to breaking down each gadget, we’ve added some tips for using it in combat based on our experience with the game.

The Batarang

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The Batarang is arguably, the most diverse tool you get in Batman Arkham Knight. On a moment’s notice the Batarang can act as the ultimate distraction tool and weapon. Sneaking around and throwing a batarang lets you stun opponents before you go in for the knockout. Wait until an opponent is charging at you to throw a Batarang and you have instant knockout. As you level up you’ll unlock more Batarang abilities, including the option to throw them while gliding.

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On Xbox One

On the Xbox One press LT and RT at the same time to throw a Batarang directly in front of you. Press and hold LT then throw it with right to if you need to aim the Batarang before you throw it. When you’re in combat just tap LT and you’ll throw a batarang.

On PS4

On the PS4 press L2 and R2 at the same time to throw a Batarang directly in front of you. Press and hold L2 then throw it with right to if you need to aim the Batarang before you throw it. When you’re in combat just tap L2 and you’ll throw a batarang.

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The Remote Control Batarang

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The Remote Control Batarang doesn’t have any effects on thugs and the environment that the regular Batarang doesn’t. It stuns and can knock out enemies when used at the right time. The big difference is in how you throw It. Instead of quick aiming it, the Remote Control Batarang allows players to steer it up until the moment of impact. This mechanic is crucial when you’re trying to get to a switch or button that’s out of reach otherwise.

On Xbox One

On the Xbox One LT and RT let you throw the Remote Control Batarang. RT let’s you speed up and LT lets you slow it down. If you’re having trouble steering it press the right bumper.

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On PS4

On the PS4 L2 and R2 let you throw the Remote Control Batarang. R2 let’s you speed up and L2 lets you slow it down. If you’re having trouble steering it press the right bumper. You have to select this gadget from the menu before you can throw it.

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The Disruptor

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The disruptor is the ultimate weapon in Batman Arkham Knight. Really, it’s the closet thing the game ever gets to having a gun. It tracks vehicles, lets you rig things to explode and disable all sorts of weapons in a gun-heavy situation.

On Xbox One

Choose from your list of gadgets and press LT on your Xbox One controller to aim the disruptor. Then press RT on your controller to fire.

On PS4

Choose from your list of gadgets and press L2 on your PS4 controller to aim the disruptor. Then press R2 on your controller to fire.

The Batclaw

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When you’re puzzle solving the Batclaw can act as your tether. Pulling objects closer to you. When you’re in combat it can do the same thing, only with bad guys and damage. The Batclaw will also ground any electrical charge an enemy has at their disposal too.

On Xbox One

On the Xbox One press the LT to aim the Batclaw and RT to fire it. The Batclaw has a quick fire option since it can be used in combat. To fire it at someone use LT and press Y at the same time.

On PS4

On the PS4 press the L2 to aim the Batclaw and R2 to fire it. The Batclaw has a quick fire option since it can be used in combat. To fire it at someone use L2 and press Triangle at the same time.

Smoke Pellets

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There are going to be times in Batman Arkham Knight when you’re spotted. There’s no way around that. When this happens you can quickly grapple around vantages points until your enemy loses sight of you. You can also throw a smoke pellet and still take out the people around you.

On Xbox One

If you’re already noticed, press Y on the Xbox One controller to drop a Smoke Pellet. If you’ve gone unnoticed use LT to aim the pellet and RT to throw it. LT & RB lets you just drop a smoke pellet outside when you aren’t getting shot at.

On PS4

If you’re already noticed, press Triangle on the PS4 controller to drop a Smoke Pellet. If you’ve gone unnoticed use L2 to aim the pellet and R2 to throw it. L2 & R1 lets you just drop a smoke pellet outside when you aren’t getting shot at.

The Remote Hacking Device

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The Remote Hacking device isn’t for close combat It’s for the setups you’ll need to pull off in what Batman Arkham Knight calls fear missions. You can open doors, and blind drones with the Remote Hacking Device as long as they already haven’t managed to spot you.

On Xbox One

On the Xbox One select the Remote Hacking Device from your gadgets inventory then use LT to aim It. Use RT to begin the hack.

On PS4

On the PS4 select the Remote Hacking Device from your gadgets inventory then use L2 to aim It. Use R2 to begin the hack.

The Batmobile Remote

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The Batmobile is almost another character in Batman Arkham Knight. It equipped with weapons and extras of its own too. Sometimes you need to call in the Batmobile to assist you in a situation. When that situation arrives select the Batmobile Remote from your gadget inventory.

You’ll get to power up the car and use both of its modes to assist in riot suppression, puzzle solving or combat. It also makes a pretty good shield from gunfire and take down add-on. Note that you need to be in a safe place to use the Batmobile remote. You also can steer the car too far away from you.

On Xbox One

Once equipped press LB on the Xbox One controller to activate the remote.

On PS4

Once equipped press L1 on the PS4 controller to activate the remote.

The Voice Synthesizer

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The Voice Synthesizer bolsters your setup arsenal. Functionally, it can’t hurt bad guys on its own. Instead, you it needs to be used with an object. Say for example, you wanted to sabotage a weapons crate. Previously the only way to open that crate was to appear and threaten a bad guy into opening it. Now you can simply make the bad guy think they were given an order by their superior. Meanwhile you’re still safe from harm.

On Xbox One

Select it from the list of gadgets and use the LB button on the Xbox One controller to aim. You’ll need to find someone wearing a headset too.

On PS4

Select it from the list of gadgets and use the L1 button on the PS4 controller to aim. You’ll need to find someone wearing a headset too.

Remote Electrical Charge

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Some situations in Batman Arkham Knight call for a little electric shock therapy. That’s where the Remote Electrical Charge comes In. Using it, you can shut down equipment and badly stun bad guys around you.

On Xbox One

On the Xbox One you need to equip it then use LT to aim and RT to a positive fire. LT and RB allow you to quickly get fire a negative electrical charge. Press LT and B in a combat situation to immobilize an enemy.

On PS4

On the PS4 you need to equip it then use L2 to aim and R2 to a positive fire. L2 and R1 allow you to quickly get fire a negative electrical charge. Press L2 and Circle in a combat situation to immobilize an enemy.

Explosive Gel

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Spraying a wall with Explosive Gel can open up new areas. It can also be used like a remote grenade, able to disable thugs with just a button press. You can even spray your fits with it and use it on an opponent.

On Xbox One

On Xbox One equip it and then press LT to aim it. Press RT to spray the gel onto the floor or wall. Press down on the left thumbstick to detonate it. Quick firing Explosive Gel in a brawl is as simple as pressing the LT and the X button. In Quickfire you don’t need to hold down anything to detonate it.

On PS4

On PS4 equip it and then press L2 to aim it. Press R2 to spray the gel onto the floor or wall. Press down on the left thumbstick to detonate it. Quick firing Explosive Gel in a brawl is as simple as pressing the L2 and the Square button. In Quickfire you don’t need to hold down anything to detonate it.

 

The Line Launcher

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A key to Batman’s mystique is having vantage points. The right Vantage point gives him the ability to quickly dispose of enemies, sneak around and deliver even more damage. You can add your own vantage points with the Line Launcher.

On Xbox One

On the Xbox One arm the Line Launcher then press LT to aim it. RT fires the Line Launcher. If you’re gliding hold down the life joystick to create a tightrope. If you’re already zip lining and need a perch, press RB.

On PS4

On the PS4 arm the Line Launcher then press L2 to aim it. R2 fires the Line Launcher. If you’re gliding hold down the life joystick to create a tightrope. If you’re already zip lining and need a perch, press R1.

Freeze Blast

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In Batman Arkham Knight a little piece of Mr. Freeze is just waiting for you to find it. It’s called the Freeze Blast and Batman first acquired it in the Batman Arkham City.

On Xbox One

On Xbox One you aim it with LT after selecting it from your gadget menu. Press RT to throw it at the enemy you aimed at. If that’s not your style you can deliver a freeze blast in combat by pressing the RT twice in a row. You’ll freeze a reasonably sized thug almost instantly. It’s a very good idea to use this on enemies you know have dangerous power-ups.

On PS4

On PS4 you aim it with L2 after selecting it from your gadget menu. Press R2 to throw it at the enemy you aimed at. If that’s not your style you can deliver a freeze blast in combat by pressing the R2 twice in a row.

Good luck with Batman Arkham Knight.