- "Powerful arcs of electric doom have interesting effects on ATMs."
- —Combo card description
This weapon can be used to hack ATMs and slot machines to make them eject more cash than usual, as well as shock zombies. The player can hack ATMs to retrieve $10,000 from each one, four times the normal amount of $2,500. The Hacker lasts for about 6 to 8 ATMs if used sparingly, as the battery drains completely in less than three seconds of total use.
The Hacker makes any machine capable of dispensing or taking money that can be damaged to give out 4x its normal amount except cash registers. For example, slot machines reward $300 for normally winning (without magazines), the Hacker will make it provide $1,200 destroying the machine in the process.
It can be used to shock enemies and hack ATMs, slot machines ($1,200 per slot machine), gun machines ($400), and snack machines ($400 per machine) to make them eject more cash than normal ($2,500 per ATM if smashed open, $10,000 if it is used on a non-smashed ATM or $5000 per ATM if smashed and $20,000 if the money hacker is used in Off the Record).
This combo weapon is described as:
- "This is basically a makeshift Taser which can zap zombies at very close range. Limited battery life means you're only able to zap for so long."
Attacks and combo cardEdit
|Hacker combo card|
|Prestige points|| Main: 100 PP|
|Main attack (press /)||The player will zap the nearest zombie.|
|Description||Powerful arcs of electric doom have interesting effects on ATMs.|
|–All prestige points listed here are halved when the weapon’s combo card is not owned and the player only has a scratch card.|
Combo card locationEdit
- In Dead Rising 2, the combo card for the Hacker is unlocked by leveling up. It is the 8th card out of 34 total cards awarded by leveling, and is generally unlocked at levels 12 or 13.
- In Off the Record, the combo card is obtained by earning a gold medal in the Sandbox challenge One Armed Bandit.
Weapon component locationsEdit
Dead Rising 2 general locations of weapons needed to make the Hacker:
- The Hacker is not an effective use of self-defense; switch to a different weapon to avoid draining its durability.
- You can be interrupted while hacking if you sustain damage from a zombie or a mercenary, so make sure there are no nearby enemies while you are hacking, since it takes only one hit to disrupt the player's progress.
- ATMs appear to have slight resistance toward the Hacker, so in that case, it is better to hack slot machines, since ATMs can drain your Hacker's durability at an alarming rate.
- "Hacking" is a popular term for manipulating computer data. It is likely that the device was named for this, noting its ability to "hack" ATMs.
- The easiest and quickest method of making the Hacker is to enter the Palisades Mall, through the shortcut from Hot Excitorama in the Silver Strip, or, failing that, the Atlantica Casino. The service hallway there contains a maintenance room with both a flashlight and a computer case (to the left/western side if you enter from the casino).
- In Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, the Hacker is called the "Money Hacker," and can be made rather easily using components near the first workbench Frank encounters.
- In the Off the Record PC game file items.txt, this weapon is called the "ATMHacker" (ATM Hacker).
- This weapon is a successor to the Stun Gun from Dead Rising.
- Unlike in Dead Rising 2, looters can use the hacker as a weapon in Off the Record.
- In both versions of Dead Rising 2, looters and mercenaries are weak to the Hacker. A single zap will instantly kill either of them, although it takes a bit longer in the original Dead Rising 2.
- The weapon may be slightly inspired by the trademark 'Sonic Screwdriver' device from the long-running television series Doctor Who, as both are elongated, rod-like objects that emit light when activated, are mostly held in one hand during use, and are capable of overriding machinery/incapacitating enemies.
- ↑ Frushtick, Russ (August 31, 2010). "'Dead Rising 2' Combo Weapons Guide - Duct Tape Is Your Friend". MTV. Archived from the original on February 20, 2016.