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Basic inventor
Ps3 Basic invent

Basic Inventor is an Achievement/Trophy in BioShock. The Achievement is worth 5 Gamerscore and the Trophy is bronze.

Description: Invent at least one item.


U-Invent machine

A U-Invent machine.

The player has to invent an item at the U-Invent vending machine.


  • Any item invented will do.
  • The U-Invent machines first appear in Arcadia (Waterfall Grotto), as well as the invention components which are all lootable items.
    • The requirements for inventions are listed on the U-Invent page.
  • This Achievement/Trophy is not possible to miss, as to progress in the story the player has to invent the Lazarus Vector in Arcadia, which will grant the Achievement/Trophy.


  • As soon as you start the Arcadia level, loot everything in sight to get as many invention components as possible.
  • Hacking a U-Invent machine and/or using the Clever Inventor Gene Tonic reduces the requirement of each component by one, down to a minimum of one. Both can be stacked.
  • If no invention components were found in a lootable object, the Scrounger Gene Tonic will allow the user to search a second time, giving another chance to find some.

Behind the Scenes[]

  • The Achievement/Trophy icon depicts a lit lightbulb. A lit lightbulb is often used to represent a person having a bright idea.