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This is a BioShock Wiki project, a collaboration of editors working to improve articles and other content related to a particular subject.

This project aims to coordinate the creation of high quality level maps from the BioShock game series for use in level articles. Another (currently inactive) portion of the project is an attempt to create a map of the entire city of Rapture. (For the 'Map of Rapture' portion see the collapsed section below.)

Creating Level Maps[]

Basic Overview[]

Creating level maps is a multi-step process. Basically, it involves:

  1. Capturing screenshots of maps in each level at the highest resolution possible. (See the Map Quality Requirements and Tips section for more information about capturing images.)
  2. Stitching the map screenshots together in an image editing software if the map is too large for a single screenshot.
  3. Uploading the map images to the wiki and placing them in the correct map categories.
  4. If possible, creating an ImageMap with coordinates for each icon on the map and links to articles about the objects the icons represent. (See the Making ImageMaps section for more details.)
  5. Placing each map image on a subpage of the level article it will be displayed in. (See the Making Subpages section.)
  6. Displaying the maps in the appropriate level article by using the Tab view extension. (For more about using Tab view, see the Tab view Format section.)

Detailed Guidelines[]

Map Quality Requirements and Tips[]

  • When taking screenshots of a map in BioShock 2 and its DLCs, always zoom in as far as possible on each level and take as many overlapping screenshots as are needed to capture the whole map.
  • Do not use the 'Print screen' button to take screenshots. Instead, use the "Shot" console command to save a bmp screenshot to the same directory as your User.ini file. This will allow you to create much higher quality screenshots.
  • Map screenshots should include all icons which have stationary locations. This means that the screenshots should include icons for all vending machines as well as the ADAM corpse icons which can only be seen when the player is with a Little Sister. The screenshots should not include the icons for dropped Little Sisters or quest arrows, since these move around.
  • Once you have all the needed screenshots, piece them together in an image editing software.
    • For a map with multiple floors, create separate layers for each floor. Make sure that all overlapping rooms line up correctly between floors.
    • Make sure that the colors of the map background and rooms are consistent. When you are standing in a room in game, the color of that room will flash on the map: do not let this color change appear in the final image.
    • Crop the image so that there is very little extra space besides what is needed to show all rooms in all levels.
  • Save each layer as a separate image with a name that clearly describes the level name and floor number. As an end product, you should have high quality images of each floor which overlap perfectly and are the same dimensions.

Making ImageMaps[]

ImageMaping makes the icons on a map clickable links to pages with more information about the objects the icons represent. For a detailed explanation of creating and using ImageMaps, see the MediaWiki article about the ImageMap extension: MW:Extension:ImageMap. Various online utilities exist for making ImageMaps, and there are also ImageMap plugins for image editing software such as the GIMP.

For this project, ImageMaping is especially useful to display custom maps that have added icons which show Audio Diary, Tonic, and Plasmid locations.

  • Each vending machine icon should link to the article about the specific type of vending machine.
  • Icons for ADAM corpses should link to the ADAM article.
  • Added icons for Audio Diaries should link to the specific Audio Diary transcript page, and the title of the link should include the name of the Audio Diary author.
  • Added icons for Tonics and Plasmids should link to specific Tonic or Plasmid pages.

Making Subpages[]

A map image must be placed on a subpage before it can be displayed in a main level article. For example, the map of the first level of the Adonis Luxury Resort is placed on the page Adonis Luxury Resort/L1, which is a subpage of Adonis Luxury Resort. The level number should be the same one it is labeled as in game. For example, the Adonis Luxury Resort actually contains a Level Zero.

For a custom map, the word "extra" should be added to the normal subpage name. For example, a map of the first floor of Dionysus Park with added icons would be placed at Dionysus Park/L1 extra.

On the subpage, the map image should be placed inside of a {{Wide image-noborder}} template using the following format:

  • For a plain image:
    {{Wide image-noborder|[[File:Mapname.png|imagesize|center]]}}
  • For an Imagemap version:
    {{Wide image-noborder|<imagemap>
    (coordinates and links)

Once the subpage is created, add it to the appropriate category. (Look at the subcategories within Category:BioShock 2 Level Maps for examples of how map categories should be organized.) Make sure that the category is within <noinclude> tags, or the main article will be categorized too!

Tabber format[]

Once all the subpages are created, the {{InteractiveMap}} template combined with the tabber extension is used to display the maps within the level article. Place the template in a section "Map".

Progress Report[]


(All maps already made.)

BioShock 2[]

Level Plain Map(s) Custom Map(s) ImageMap
Adonis Luxury Resort L0, L1 L0 extra, L1 extra
Atlantic Express L1, L2, L3, L4 L1 extra, L2 extra, L3 extra, L4 extra
Ryan Amusements L1, L2, L3 L1 extra , L2 extra, L3 extra
Pauper's Drop L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 L1 extra, L2 extra, L3 extra, L4 extra, L5 extra
Siren Alley L0, L1, L2, L3 L0 extra, L1 extra, L2 extra, L3 extra
Dionysus Park L1, L2, L3 L1 extra, L2 extra, L3 extra
Fontaine Futuristics L1, L2, L3, L4 L1 extra, L2 extra, L3 extra, L4 extra
Outer Persephone L1 L1 extra
Inner Persephone L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 L2 extra, L3 extra, L4 extra

The Protector Trials[]

Level Plain Map(s) ImageMap
The Adonis Baths L1
Atlantic Express Train Upkeep L1, L2
Pauper's Drop Market L1, L2
Simon Wales' Church L1, L2
Folly of Dionysus L1
Persephone Cell Block F L1

Minerva's Den[]

Level Plain Map(s) Custom Map(s) ImageMap
Minerva's Den L0, L1, L2 L0 extra, L1 extra, L2 extra
Operations L1, L2, L3, L4 L1 extra, L2 extra, L3 extra, L4 extra
The Thinker L0, L1, L2 L0 extra, L1 extra

Map of Rapture[]

'Map of Rapture' Project (click to show)


I want to start creating a Map of Rapture, but I can't do it alone. I'm going to need plenty of help, and the glorious part is that none of the work seems to be very difficult, only a bit time consuming. With that said it's only logical that the more help I can rally, the faster we will be able to see results. First thing's first though, for this to be a good, uniformed, and fully interactive map, i need to get floorplans cut out for each level. The map's of each level can be found for the respective location under each games headline (ie: Bioshock > Locations > Welcome To Rapture).

If everything goes well, this project will end successfully with that interactive map. For now, let's start with the first step.

Phase 1: Map Renditions

If you were to go to 'Welcome to Rapture's' wiki here, you would find this somewhere on it:

Welcome plasmid

From this form, the map's must be edited down to remove all of the un needed captions and markings. Don't worry everthing will come back with icons later, but for now i need everything removed except for staircases. Yes that means any piece of the brown background, circus of values markers, health markers, everything. The result should look something like this.

Welcome to Rapture cuts

I used MS Paint to cut everything out of this picture. MS Paint however cannot create the final form because it will leave a white background. To be able to put these to use they will all need a transparent background, which is only possible through programs such as photoshop or gimp. The final form I would like to see the cut-outs in is like this (with the transparent background).

Welcome to Rapture sub-cut phase 1

Having each piece separated will allow me to overlap floors. Wherever a staircase would be I can raise the next piece to simulate it being on a higher or lower floor to give a 3D effect along with correct placement and not being stuck with one part of the map permanently blocking the view of a lower level in the same spot.

To kick the project off, there is a list of the map's that still need to be edited down and cut apart (rendered) at the bottom of the page. It was time consuming work for me, but the more people that want to help, the easier it will be on all those that do. Please put your signature behind anything that you are working on so we do not waste effort and duplicate work. I've signed off the first 2.

All finished and cut apart map images can be emailed to

Winston Hoffner 22:06, February 22, 2010 (UTC)

Phase 2: Layering

Hello, I'm Trace Barkley. I sorta just jumped into this project and organized the page. I have photoshop and am willing to layer the maps, all I need is a render (like the one above of welcome to Rapture) to start. I do not need the pieces separated, just the whole map rendered. The below designs are currentley still in need of approval by Winston, but are what I interpreted he wanted the maps to look like.

As you may have noticed, each map had a different 'floor' darkened and labeled. Which floor a certain part of the map is on is determined by its actual elevation within the game. If I did this right, each 'floor's' darkened areas would be at the same elevation if Rapture were real. I also apologize for the hugeness of the maps and the empty space; the plane had to be huge in order to keep the map pieces the same size and next to each other. At least now I know why the maps are the way they are in the game. Sincerely, Trace Barkley 21:12, July 5, 2010 (UTC)

To Do List

BioShock 1:

Welcome to Rapture

  • Rendered by: Winston Hoffner 22:06, February 22, 2010 (UTC)
  • Layered by: (IN NEED OF APPROVAL) Sincerely, Trace Barkley 20:06, July 5, 2010 (UTC)

Medical Pavillion

  • Rendered by: (IN PROGRESS) Winston Hoffner 22:06, February 22, 2010 (UTC)
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Neptune's Bounty

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Smuggler's Hideout

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Farmer's Market

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Fort Frolic

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Rapture Central Control

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Olympus Heights

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Apollo Square

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Point Prometheus

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Proving Grounds

  • Rendered by: Pauolo
  • Layered by: (IN NEED OF APPROVAL) Sincerely, Trace Barkley 19:37, July 6, 2010 (UTC)


  • Rendered by: Pauolo
  • Layered by: (IN NEED OF APPROVAL) Sincerely, Trace Barkley 18:38, July 6, 2010 (UTC)


I saw this map project and I tried to clear the last map (named as "Fontaine") so here it is. Is it good enough for this project ? Pauolo 16:13, July 6, 2010 (UTC)
Fontaine (Level) cleared

Another map for today: the Proving Grounds map. Pauolo 19:21, July 6, 2010 (UTC)Proving Grounds cleared


Hello everyone, I'm fairly new to this and just now found this project. I've been working on a similar project every now and then over the past couple of years and I wanted to share what I have, so here it comes: While thinking about Rapture and where things are on the Bathysphere map, I realized that there is one instance were you can walk from one Bathysphere station to another: From Neptune's Bounty to Arcadia. So I cleared out the maps and did the overlay (and I didn't do it half as good as you guys did, so this will probably have to be repeated in better quality).

Step 1: Stitching together Neptune's Bounty, the Smugglers' Hideout, Arcadia, and the Farmers' Market.

I then did an overlay of the Bathysphere map, placing the circles of the Bathysphere stations in the center of where the circles are on the map of Rapture.

Step 2: Map overlay.

Next, I added the composite maps of the Welcome Center and Medical Pavillon levels to the same map, placing the round part of the Bathysphere station in the middle of where the circles are on the map again.

Step 3: Add Welcome Center and Medical Pavillon.

I'm sure some of you will wonder about the rotation. Shouldn't the Welcome Center and Kashmir be closer to Fort Frolic/Fleet Hall? To be honest: I don't know. Fleet hall seems to be everywhere, but this rotation has another advantage: Towards the end of the Welcome Center level, Atlas directs Jack to a blocked entrance to Neptunes's Bounty.

Way to Neptune's Bounty below Footlight Theatre. Step 4: Connect Welcome Center to Neptune's Bounty.

Rotating the Welcome Center like I did places that room in the vicinity of the Neptune's Bounty Bathysphere station. It also places Kashmir directly above the Smugglers' Hideout.

Step 5: Checking for the best fit.

Put it all together and you get this:

Final (for now) version of the composite map.

Next step: Since placing Fort Frolic is rather difficult, I will probably skip it and do Hephaestus next, using the audio diaries to place the respective areas in the Farmers' Market and Hephaestus as closely together as possible.

Project Participants[]

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