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The Explosive Gel was one of Batman's core gadgets. This tool was used break walls and obstacles but could also be used to take down thugs. using structurally unsound walls. If a single spray of Explosive Gel was set off on a normal, structurally sound wall, the thug would only be knocked down and be made vulnerable to Crouching Takedowns.



Batman used this tool since his earliest days operating as vigilante, keeping it in his Utility Belt.

Blackgate riots

Batman once got a Gel Launcher from a WayneTech crate hidden in Blackgate Penitentiary. With this device he could fire the gel much further to explore the prison. He has never been known to ever use it again.

Joker's Arkham Island takeover

For reasons unknown, Batman was not carrying any Explosive Gel in his belt the night he brought Joker back to Arkham Island. Instead he had to retrieve some Explosive Gel from the trunk of the Batmobile after the facility had been taken over by the Joker. Batman managed to defeat the Titan-infected Joker by spraying his right Knuckle with Explosive Gel, and detonated it as he connected with Titan-Joker's jaw. The gamble allowed to the Dark Knight a narrow victory over the Clown Prince of Crime.

Arkham City

Batman continued using the gel in brawls during this time.


Batman: Arkham Asylum

Explosive Gel could be used to stun or take down thugs, confuse Titan Henchmen, and destroy weak walls. It was also utilized to knock down the Titan-infected Joker for good during the latter's takeover of Arkham Island. On weaker substances, such as paper, it did not need to be detonated: it burned the object instead, such as Dr Young's Titan Forumla.

Explosive Gel Upgrades included:

  • Auto Proximity Detonation - Exploded when an enemy got near.
  • Multiple Frequency Detonator - Zoomed in on a specific Gel patch to detonate only that specific patch.

Batman: Arkham City

The player must use Explosive Gel to defeat Solomon Grundy. Although it was not used as often as the gel was in Arkham Asylum, it was still used as a Combat technique and could still be used to break open walls. The Multiple Frequency Detonation feature from the previous game was left intact from the start of the game, but the Auto Proximity Detection was removed - instead, Batman would be alerted whenever hostiles were close to a gel-applied surface. Batman was also able to drop a gel-coated Batarang to the floor and detonate it quickly, which allowed him to use explosive mines in busy combat situations.


  • Batman and Batgirl tended to only spray the Gel in a crude bat shape, whereas Robin sprayed it in a trade mark "R" symbol, and Azrael did it in a cross mark.