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Arc Restraint

Reaper Collar
Arc Restraint in effect on a Reaper Conduit
Mission gained: Blood Trail
Location obtained: Neon District
Attributed to: Electromagnetism
Upgradeable: No
Appears in: inFamous
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Arc Restraint is one of Cole's powers. In order to use this ability, stand over an injured pedestrian or stunned enemy, then lock on to them. Simply press the circle button, and Cole will send electrical energy into the ground around the target, forming into electric shackles around their hands and feet, trapping them in place until the Police can arrive to arrest them. This can save or kill an opponent.

It is most likely that arc restraint works by aligning the electric "shackles" around the victims arms and legs to the earths natural electro-magnetic field, thus holding the person to the ground with a force stronger than gravity. Because of this enemies and civilians appear to only ever be restrained with respect to the ground (the ground, a roof top, or in some cases the top of a car, train, railroad tracks, etc.) and not a wall or other vertical or metal object.

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Cole performing the "Tough Collar" stunt.

Using Arc Restraint on downed enemies gains you a single experience point and some positive Karma for taking them alive, while using it on innocent civilians gains you negative Karma and no experience. Capturing a Conduit alive with this power gains you extra experience, and is referred to as a "Tough Collar".

Another way to gain negative Karma with this ability is to capture an enemy alive and then kill them while they are helpless to get an "Execution" bonus though this Evil Karma is negated by the good.

Due to the fact that the Karma you gain depends on which you use it, it can be considered the neutral touch-related ability.
InFamous 1 Arc Restraint

A restrained civilian in InFamous


  • Originally, in one of the inFamous demos this power was called "Hogtie", not "Arc Restraint".
  • In inFamous, when this power is used on a downed enemy on the street, civilians can be seen giving the enemy the middle finger and kicking him.
  • There is a similar power to Arc Restraint that appears in inFAMOUS Second Son, known as Subdue, and its effects are somewhat similar to its predecessor.
  • Out of Cole's three basic abilities, the other two being Bio Leech and Pulse Heal, Arc Restraint can be considered neutral as it can give Cole good Karma points or bad depending on who he uses them on. Whereas Pulse Heal only yields Good Karma and Bio Leech only yields Bad Karma.



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