- For the currency in Columbia, see Silver Eagle.
Dollars were the prevalent currency in Rapture before its descent into addiction and chaos. The Rapture Dollar has Andrew Ryan's face on it, similar to the U.S. dollar. Dollars are used to purchase a variety of items from vending machines, such as First Aid Kits, EVE Hypos, and ammunition. Money is also used to "buy out" machines in lieu of hacking (the amount scales up quickly in later levels).
The Rapture Dollar became practically worthless as a result of the Rapture Bank Crash, at the beginning of the civil war in early 1959. While people no longer valued them greatly, many abandoned vending machines and similar devices were still set up to accept dollars, so there was still some worth in collecting them.
Dollars are somewhat abundant and can be located in nearly every area of Rapture. Common places to scavenge cash include:
- Whatever is left in Rapture Businesses, usually found in cash registers or scattered upon the ground.
- Corpses (often found in large amounts on the bodies of Big Daddies).
- Safes and other containers such as handbags and trash cans.
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Although the dollar bar has four digits, the maximum amount of money Jack can carry is $500. When at or near this limit, it is wise to stock up on some supplies and ammo, leaving open the ability to collect more money you find.
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Though Sofia Lamb has replaced Ryan as leader of Rapture, the city's currency remains and costs are generally higher. Subject Delta can carry up to $600 early in the game. However, he can obtain a wallet size upgrade by researching Thuggish Splicers to level 2. This will allow him to carry $800 rather than $600. Big Sisters also carry a good chunk of change when killed, so you can easily restock your supplies after defeating them.
Burial at Sea
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Dollars make a comeback in the Burial at Sea downloadable content for BioShock Infinite. Instead of paper bills, Rapture Dollars appear as coins, retextured Silver Eagles minted with a stylized "R". Items that provide Dollars are:
Money is used primarily to purchase
Money is used primarily to purchase items at Vending Machines, but it can also be used to Buyout a hack or get health from Health Stations.
Behind the Scenes
- Though money serves no purpose for the player in BioShock 2 Multiplayer, it still appears as decoration in the various maps.
- Early in BioShock's development, ADAM would have been the actual currency of Rapture. Early advertisements for Anchor Cigarettes show the currency symbol rendered as a stylized A.
|Items in BioShock|
|Single Use items||First Aid Kit · EVE Hypo · Spider Splicer Organ · Automatic Hack Tool · Dollar · ADAM|
|Ammunition||Pistol Round · Auto Round · Buck · Grenade · Film · Chemical · Bolt|
|U-Invent components||Alcohol · Battery · Brass Tube · Chlorophyll Solution · Distilled Water · Empty Hypo · Enzyme Sample · Glue · Kerosene · Rubber Hose · Screw · Shell Casing|
|Consumables||Arcadia Merlot · Bandages · Chechnya Vodka · Cigarettes · Coffee · Creme-Filled Cake · Fine Gin · Hop-Up Soda · Lacas Scotch · Moonbeam Absinthe · Old Harbinger Beer · Old Tom Whiskey · Pep Bar · Pipe · Potato Chips · Red Ribbon Brandy|
|Plot items||Audio Diary · Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb · Genetic Key · Quarter-Can of Ionic Gel · Lazarus Vector · Little Sister Gift · Lot 192 · Nitroglycerin · Pheromone · R-34 Wire Cluster · Rosa Gallica · Cohen's Muse Box|
|BioShock: The Collection only||Golden Film Reels|
|Items in BioShock 2|
|Single Use items||First Aid Kit · EVE Hypo · Spider Splicer Organ · Dollar · ADAM · Sea Slug|
|Ammunition||Drill Fuel · Rivet · .50 Caliber Round · Shell · Grenade · Spear · Hack Dart · Mini-Turret · Ion Cell (Minerva's Den)|
|Consumables||Aspirin · Bandages · Canned Beans · Canned Fruit · Chechnya Vodka · Cigarettes · Coffee · Creme-Filled Cake · Doc Hollcroft's Cure-All · Fine Gin · Hop-Up Soda · Lacas Scotch · Moonbeam Absinthe · Moonshine · Old Harbinger Beer · Old Tom Whiskey · Pep Bar · Potato Chips · Potted Meat · Red Ribbon Brandy · Sardines · Tate Merlot · Vitamins|
|Plot items||Audio Diary · Radio · Genetic Key · Little Sister Gift · Rose · Signal Relay · ADAM-Infused Plant · Master Key · Signal Beacon (Minerva's Den)|
|Items in Burial at Sea|
|Single Use items||Dollar · Teddy Bear · Bracelet · Doll · EVE · Gear · Gold Bar · Infusion · Ladies Shoe · Lockpick · Lockpicking Kit · Locksmith Bag · Medical Kit · Purse · Wallet · Necklace · Ring · Watch · Silver Eagle|
|Ammunition||Carbine Ammo · Hand Cannon Ammo · Radar Range Ammo · Shotgun Ammo · Tommy Gun Ammo · Bolt|
|Consumables||Absinthe · Apple · Banana · Bandages · Beer · Bon Bons · Bourbon · Brandy · Cake · Can of Beans · Candy Bar · Cereal · Crackers · Champagne · Cheese · Cigarettes · Cigars · Coffee · Cotton Candy · Gift Boxes · Gin · Hot Dog · Jar of Pickles · Medicine · Milk · Orange · Peanuts · Pear · Popcorn · Potato chips · Ration · Sandwich · Soda · Spinach · Tea · Thermos · Tomato Soup · Unknown Booze · Vermouth · Whiskey · Wine · White Oats · Watermelon|
|Plot items||Audio Diary · Need to Know Theater · Kinetoscope · Invitation Mask · Coded Messages · Cathode Tube · CO₂ Scrubber · Clock Key · Hair Sample · Lutece Particle · Voxophone|