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Pick up big stuff with your mind. Throw them at your enemies. What else do you need to know?
― Plasmid advertisement for Telekinesis

Telekinesis is a Plasmid that appears in BioShock, BioShock 2, and the BioShock 2 Multiplayer. Telekinesis is an active Plasmid that instantly picks up, draws in, and steadily levitates a movable object. Objects held by Telekinesis can be thrown with great force and distance at the cost of EVE. Objects thrown at enemies will cause heavy physical damage. In addition to its combat capabilities, Telekinesis allows the player to collect items, search containers, and loot corpses that are unreachable by normal means.


Telekinesis was one of the first Plasmid concepts showcased to the general public, as evidenced by the demonstrations shown in Fontaine Futuristics Plasmid showcases. As opposed to some plasmids, whose purposes were either unclear to the general public, or very specific, Telekinesis was a plasmid of which the uses were ubiquitous. Advertisements depicted uses such as lifting furniture during cleaning[1] or even more mundane things such sugaring your coffee and stirring it without lifting your finger[2].


Main article: BioShock

Telekinesis is a Plasmid available in BioShock. It is one of the first Plasmids acquired by the player, and it is necessary to advance beyond a certain point in the Medical Pavilion level. To drop a "held" object, press X or Square.


Advertisement for Telekinesis in BioShock.

Challenge Rooms[]

In Worlds of Hurt, Telekinesis can be bought at the Gatherer's Garden in the central hub for 120 ADAM.

Combat Strategy[]

  • Telekinesis is the most versatile Plasmid in the BioShock series. It can be used for the following:


  • Grabbing enemy grenades thrown midair and tossing them back.
  • Snatching the fire/ice balls lobbed at the player by Houdini Splicers.
  • Manipulating Trap Bolts, either preset or player-set. Use it to rearrange traps or throw the bolt at a Splicer for high electrical damage.
  • Forming a shield, partially protecting the player from ranged attacks. Corpses make great bullet shields, as do other objects such as trash cans. Explosives are not recommended for this usage.
  • Building a defensive barrier with stackable objects.


  • Picking up objects and throw them at the enemy. The best objects to throw are explosives, such as oil barrels and propane tanks, as they will ignite a target and inflict a heavy amount of damage at a radius. Heavy objects such as Big Daddy corpses, Splicer corpses, and other heavy objects are also effective in dealing damage.
  • Taking out entire groups of enemies at a time. When aiming at groups, try to line up as many enemies as possible before throwing an object. In the case of an explosive, try to hit the center of the group.
  • Throwing Molotov cocktails. To make a Molotov cocktail, use the Incinerate! Plasmid or spray Napalm from the Chemical Thrower to set fire to an alcoholic beverage, and throw it in an enemy's face. Molotovs do not explode, but rather create an immensely improved incineration effect.
  • Creating an "Anti-Big Daddy Bomb." This requires around five or six Proximity Mines to be attached to a large object able to be moved using Telekinesis, preferably an explosive of some sort. Throw the object for massive physical damage.
  • Shooting an enemy once with a Crossbow bolt, using Telekinesis to pull it back out and throwing it at the enemy repeatedly with nearly no reload time. Incendiary Bolts are more powerful with the ability to set enemies on fire, so use them in place of Steel-Tip Bolts if possible.

Other Uses[]

  • Telekinesis can be used to search a room from a distance, allowing great efficiency in thorough searching.
  • This Plasmid can also be used to stack objects to reach previously inaccessible areas.
  • Telekinesis can be used to check if an enemy is feigning death. If a corpse cannot be picked up, then it is an enemy feigning death (Note - some true corpses are part of the terrain and also cannot be picked up).
  • Telekinesis can be used to pick up burning objects then touch ice with them to melt it. This can save EVE Hypos in areas with lots of ice, such as the room where Peach Wilkins is fought.
  • Telekinesis can be used to transport objects, such as explosives, lockboxes, supplies and ammo, from one location to another. Picking up the object and switching to another Plasmid or weapon will drop it at the player's feet, at no cost of EVE.
  • Telekinesis is useful for eliminating Trap Bolts in levels by carrying or throwing objects through the wire. Picking up a large object and moving it into the Trap Bolt will detonate it without harming the player. Bolts themselves can be moved around but this causes risk of shock unless positioned very carefully.

Recommended Tonics[]

  • Apart from EVE Saver, no Gene Tonic really facilitates the use of Telekinesis more than any other.

Appearance in BioShock[]

BioShock 2[]

Main article: BioShock 2

Telekinesis is a Plasmid available to the player in BioShock 2. It is the second Plasmid obtained in the game, after Electro Bolt. As in BioShock, pressing the reload button drops any held object to the ground.

Upgrade Path[]


Minerva's Den[]

Immediately available at the start.

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Minerva's Den[]

First available at a Gatherer's Garden in Minerva's Den for 100 ADAM.

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Minerva's Den[]


Combat Strategy[]

The Telekinesis Plasmid in The Atlantic Express.

  • The grenades thrown by Leadhead Splicers/Rosies or fired by Alpha Series/RPG Turrets/Rumbler are quite useful if they are grabbed out of the air and used. They can be thrown at a group of Splicers with the explosive range and power of a gas can.
  • Never use fuel tanks or gas tanks as shields, as they will explode and hurt the player if shot.
  • When fighting a Rumbler Big Daddy, picking up and throwing their Mini-Turret will instantly destroy the machine.
  • Getting a headshot with a Spear and Level Two Telekinesis will inflict more damage than a normal headshot from the Spear Gun and at a faster rate.
  • Throwing any object with any level of Telekinesis at an enemy will temporarily stun them. The stun lasts only a second, but a competent player may be able to pull off a headshot and kill the Splicer.
  • The fireballs thrown by Houdini Splicers can be caught and thrown back at them or other enemies for fire damage. Houdini Splicers that are on fire won't try to extinguish themselves and can be found much easier as the fire on them reappears before they do.
  • Splicers caught with Level Three Telekinesis can be used as literal human shields.
  • Grabbing Frag Grenades thrown from the Launcher and throwing them with Telekinesis will boost their range and speed.
  • Cyclone Trap can be used with Telekinesis 3 to launch smaller enemies into further areas and do tremendous damage, and with Cyclone Trap 2, there are more than half a dozen combinations to try.

Recommended Tonics[]

  • The EVE Saver line of Tonics will decrease this Plasmid's casting cost.
  • Damage Research will greatly increase damage versus researched enemies.
  • Drill Specialist reduces the player's weapon selection to the Drill, but will also greatly reduce this Plasmid's casting cost.
  • Fountain of Youth restores health and EVE when in water, which can allow constant (and free) use of this Plasmid.

BioShock 2 Multiplayer[]

Main article: BioShock 2 Multiplayer

Combat Strategy[]

Advertisements for Telekinesis in the multiplayer.

  • Avoid holding an object for too long, as it will drain the player's EVE.
  • When holding a Little Sister, this Plasmid allows the player to use projectiles against incoming enemies.
  • The player can use this Plasmid to grab resources from far away Vending Machines, also allowing them to steal from hacked Vending Machines without danger.
  • This Plasmid can be used to grab explosives from the air or items thrown by other players, as well as Crossbow bolts and Proximity Mines off the ground.
  • This Plasmid is a good way to protect teammates because it stuns the attacking enemy for a moment. This allows time for an ally to counter him/her.
  • This Plasmid can also be used to block explosives by throwing an object at them.
  • Proximity Mines and exploding barrels will instantly kill any enemies in its radius if thrown.
  • If near an enemy Turret, the player can use it as an unlimited ammo source, grabbing its projectiles in mid-air and throwing them at other enemies.
  • If the player is hit with Incinerate! or Winter Blast, their projectiles will be imbued with the corresponding element, allowing one to freeze or ignite enemies while damaging and stunning them.
  • Telekinesis is also very useful when hiding in the shadows, unlike Incinerate! and Electro Bolt, Telekinesis does not have a light effect caused by a flame or electricity, and that makes it harder to be caught.
  • While the items the player holds with Telekinesis are see-through, some objects are very large and will obstruct the player's view, like the world globes from Mercury Suites, newspaper stacks from the Smuggler's Hideout, and a mattress from the Fighting McDonagh's.

Recommended Tonics[]

  • EVE Saver will decrease the EVE cost when casting this Plasmid.
  • Metabolic EVE will allow the user to regenerate EVE after casting this Plasmid.

Appearance in Bioshock 2 Multiplayer[]


  •  Icon ps3.png If two players in BioShock 2 Multiplayer grab the same item at the exact same time with Telekinesis, the item will duplicate.



Telekinesis Plasmid Training Video

Throw objects at foes. Even catch grenades and throw them back.


Behind the Scenes[]

  • As stated by Dr. Suchong in BioShock, Telekinesis has the capability to catch high-velocity objects such as bullets, but normal human beings do not possess a sufficiently fast reaction time to achieve this feat.[3]
  • Telekinesis is somewhat "sloppy" in that it not only affects the target but also smaller objects around it. This is evident from the small pebbles suspended around any object held by Telekinesis in game.

The original design for the Telekinesis logo.

  • The Telekinesis logo was designed by Robb Waters.[4]
    • The eyes of the man seen on the logo were originally open.
  • BioShock had an upgraded version of this Plasmid (named Telekinesis 2) at one point in development that was supposed to cause more damage. The sales pitch was "Mind over matter has never been better, with new, improved Telekinesis! PULLS an object to you, then THROWS it with IMMENSE FORCE."
  • In the original Prelude level cut from BioShock 2, Telekinesis was the first Plasmid introduced to the player and was used to clear a blockade during the 1958 New Year's Eve riots.[5]
  • Although removed from the final version of the game, Telekinesis was part of Booker DeWitt's arsenal in BioShock Infinite. Booker could grab weapons from enemies' hands and use them against them. Also, when a projectile shoots towards him, he can stop it in its tracks, turn it around and throw it right back. The Bucking Bronco and Undertow Vigors appear to replace Telekinesis, as they have similar effects.


  1. Shown on an advertisement in BioShock 2 Multiplayer.
  2. Shown on an advertisement for free samples of Telekinesis at Dandy Dental.
  3. Yi Suchong's Audio Diary: Testing Telekinesis
  4. Robb Waters' Portfolio
  5. Unused Radio Messages: Prelude PRE_R_Lamb_GetTK