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Salts are a chemical substance enclosed in blue bottles which allow the use of Vigors. The player's current Salts level is shown by a segmented blue bar, displaying both the amount of Salts remaining and the number of times the player can cast the currently equipped Vigor before running out.  

BioShock Infinite[]

Main article: BioShock Infinite

Booker DeWitt can find Salts in many places, including Tears, the environment, loot containers, corpses, Dollar Bill vending machines, and even from Elizabeth if she comes across a bottle. Certain consumables, such as coffee and soda, will also replenish a small portion of the player's Salts, while drinking alcohol will deplete a small amount. Smoking cigarettes will also increase the player's Salts, though at a cost to Booker's health.

Salt Phials replenish a percentage of the player's Salts bar, rather than a fixed amount: a small phial restores 25% of the player's Salts, a medium one gives back 50%, and a large bottle or Salts Machine fully recharges the player's Salts.

Burial at Sea - Episode 2[]

Main article: Burial at Sea - Episode 2

While Elizabeth is in Columbia, Salts replace drinkable EVE, and can be found in Dollar Bill vending machines.


Behind the Scenes[]

  • Salts are the equivalent of EVE in the previous BioShock games.
  • Salts are likely based on smelling salts, also known as ammonium carbonate, which were used to revive a person if they had fainted (Victorian era women frequently carried smelling salts, as the corsets that were worn at the time restricted breathing and made fainting common).[1]
BioI Paul Presley Pick-Up Item Models

The Salts bottle model, among others of Paul Presley's design.

  • The Salts bottle was designed by Paul Presley.
  • Though the method of their creation is not explicitly stated within the game, an eerily similar liquid can be seen being created above the Siphon machine within Monument Island, likely harvested from Tears or from Elizabeth's power.
  • In Burial at Sea - Episode 2, when visiting Columbia, Salts can be used to refill Elizabeth's EVE bar. This suggests that Salts are a form of EVE or something with the same effect on a person as EVE when used.
  • In Burial at Sea - Episode 2, when Elizabeth visits Columbia and her EVE/Salts are full, while looking at a Salts bottle, it will say: EVE Full.


  1. Ammonium carbonate on Wikipedia