- "Don't let the pretty boy looks fool you. Nightwing here is tougher than he looks."
- ―The Penguin[src]
Nightwing was a playable character in Batman: Arkham City. He was only available through DLC and did not impact the storyline. He returned in Batman: Arkham Knight, appeared in the main story, and was the main protagonist of the GCPD Lockdown DLC.
Dick Grayson was part of a circus family, dubbed the "Flying Graysons" for their death-defying stunts and acrobatics. After a performance that Bruce Wayne attended, as did Tim Drake, Dick was left as an orphan by the hands of the mob. After he felt sympathy for the child, Bruce decided to take the boy in as his own and treat him as family.
Eventually, Batman gained enough respect and trust for Dick that he bestowed upon him his great secret, and even went as far as to train the acrobat and develop a new sidekick, Robin. Through hard work of training and exercising, the Dynamic Duo was almost unstoppable.
Batman: Arkham Origins Multiplayer
Batman: Arkham CityNightwing was available as DLC as of November 1, 2011. He included the playable character, his costume from The New Batman Adventures, and two additional Challenge Maps, Wayne Manor Armory (Combat) and Wayne Manor Main Hall (Predator). While Batman and Robin were in Arkham City, Nightwing defended Wayne Manor from home invaders who were trying to ransack the mansion, and who took advantage of the fact that Bruce Wayne was incarcerated in Arkham City. He was playable on all the other Challenge Maps also. Nightwing did not make an appearance in Story Mode, unlike all of the other playable characters.
Batman: Arkham Unhinged
Nightwing was seen alongside Batman investigating the mysterious Abramovici Twins, whom he had heard stories about during his childhood as an acrobat. Alongside Batman, he concluded that Thomas Elliot had performed their separation. In addition, Batman informed him that the Abramovici Twins were separated and that Mister Hammer and Sickle were working with the Joker and The Penguin, respectively.
Nightwing returned to offer assistance to Batman in tracking down a shipment of Penguin's weapon caches in Gotham City. When Barbara was abducted by the Arkham Knight, Batman found a clue of Penguin's involvement. Batman attempted to find Penguin's location by following a North Refrigeration truck. Nightwing provided useful aid by bringing Batman to a rendezvous site for a weapons shipment drop-off at Gotham's Renelagh Ferry Terminal in the northeast corner of Miagani Island where a North Refrigeration truck was located. Nightwing informed Batman that he'd been tracking the freezer truck every since he discovered its presence in Blüdhaven. Not willing to risk losing anymore allies, Batman ordered Nightwing to leave to which Nightwing reluctantly seemingly obeyed but not before he gave Batman a newly reconstructed Disruptor that was developed by Lucius Fox that would enable him to place a tracking device on the truck and would lead him to Penguin's hideout.
Utilizing the Disruptor, Batman tracked the truck back to a warehouse and attempted to interrogate Penguin about the Arkham Knight and Barbara. Unfortunately, Batman was overly unfocused and was taken by surprise by Penguin's vast crew who were about to beat him when Nightwing arrived and provided in taking them down. Together, the original classic Dynamic Duo took down the crew with an impressive flow of Combat and left them incapacitated.
Batman reluctantly asked for help from Nightwing in remaining in Gotham to track down the remaining weapon caches around the city by tracking the remaining freezer trucks.
As the night progressed, Batman destroyed almost all of the weapon storage warehouses. With only two remaining, Nightwing recklessly went off on his own and attempted to find one, but in the process, got himself captured by Penguin. That was, however, a deliberate ruse that was orchestrated by Nightwing to give Batman the exact location of Penguin.
Batman arrived on the scene, and Nightwing caused a distraction, which gave Batman the opportunity to put an end to Penguin's operation for good.
Upon destroying the last weapons cache and capturing the Penguin, Bruce congratulated Dick, expressed his true proudness of him, and asked him to promise that he'd continue to keep Bludhaven safe as after tonight, they would never see each other again. Dick initially thought of that as an attempt to persuade him to leave Gotham as to not steal Batman's limelight. But then Dick saw the confirmation from Bruce that this was the seriously the end, and he promised that he would keep Blüdhaven protected and left.
Some time later, after he returned to Bludhaven, Nightwing uncovered several thugs affiliated with Penguin at the docks who tried to find illicit money that Penguin had stashed away. He then beat up the thugs before they could successfully recover the money. Wondering why Penguin would need that cash when he's supposed to be in jail, Nightwing was then ambushed by the sole remaining thug who was still conscious, only for him to easily subdue him. He then interrogated him as to what they were planning, and eventually learned that they were planning to bust Penguin out of jail, and, that they in fact, were already in the process of doing so.
Later, Nightwing arrived in Gotham, and made contact with Lucius, who was the head of Wayne Enterprises since the latter disappeared following The Knightfall Protocol. He then asked Lucius when near the broken Batsignal why Bruce had installed a self-destruct protocol into the Batsignal, and Lucius stated that it was never a popular word in Bruce's vocabulary.
Nightwing then witnessed some of Penguin's thugs tampering with the system (as well as unintentionally botching their employer's escape by prematurely cutting the power before he got out of the elevator) and noted they were "tractable" while Lucius told him he should stop them immediately. Nightwing then proceeded to beat the thugs up with so little effort that he jokingly asked them to put up more of a fight, and then was tasked by Lucius to put a remote uplink device to the equipment they sabotaged to see the extent of the damage.
While waiting for Lucius to complete his analysis, Nightwing got a call from Penguin demanding a status update from his men, with him also faking Penguin out by posing as one of Penguin's thugs who said that they couldn't do anything because "they just got [their] asses kicked." Penguin then instantly recognized Nightwing, who then told the crime boss that he'd make sure that he's back in jail. Lucius then mentioned that the thugs had done a good job at cutting the power, but not good enough, as he could restore power, although it would require rerouting several junction boxes. Nightwing then asked if Lucius had thrown any mad parties, and Lucius said that they were off the chain. Nightwing then proceeded to reroute the junction boxes, although not before he took out several of Penguin's thugs who had the same idea.
While rerouting the junction boxes, Nightwing also learned from Lucius that Tim and Barbara had sent their regards for their honeymoon and pictures. Afterwards, power was rerouted, although Lucius warned Nightwing that two choppers had arrived delivering reinforcements, and that he'd hold Penguin's elevator down. Nightwing then told Lucius to cut the lights while he's at it. He then managed to take down all of Penguin's thugs, and then told Lucius to restore power.
Nightwing then apprehended Penguin, although not before he rubbed salt to the wounds by pranking him once more by posing as one of Penguin's men and acted like they subdued him in order for Penguin to literally walk right into him. Nightwing then delivered Penguin back to the GCPD Lockup, although he politely refused Aaron Cash's suggestion that they repair and replace the Batsignal, as his presence in Gotham was only temporary.
Equipment and Abilities
Nightwing was taken under the wing of Bruce Wayne, and was given the mantle of Robin, The Boy Wonder. To do so, he had to be trained by the Dark Knight himself. He was trained to physical and mental peak, being almost as trained as Batman. His strength was beyond most humans, and barely fell under uncanny.
Nightwing's gadgetry included Wrist Darts, a stealthy way of taking down enemies. He only carried three darts at a time and they did not appear to regenerate over time. Those darts were used in a first-person view. He used two electric Eskrima Sticks, one for each hand, which could be thrown at opponents as a projectile weapon which ricocheted up to hit the enemy, even around corners. Both sticks also had a shock feature on their tips. Those were Nightwing's trademark weapons, which he also used in the comics. He also had a Batclaw, a Line Launcher, a Disruptor, Wing-Dings (stylized Shurikens, essentially personalized Batarangs), and Electric Blasts (similar to Explosive Gel, only quicker).
Nightwing lacked a cape and any other gliding mechanism built into his suit. As such, he could not glide in the game.
- It could be assumed that during Catwoman's alternate ending, that Nightwing had perished defending Wayne Manor or that he was the one that Oracle was trying to contact during the attack, though this would be considered non-canon.
- Though the character spoke no lines throughout the game or during The Riddler's Challenges, it stated that Nightwing's voice actor was Quinton Flynn.
- In the games, Nightwing's Eskrima Sticks could produce quick, focused bursts of electricity. That was originally unique to the games, as Nightwing's Eskrima Sticks usually had no technological function. As of the New 52, however, that was made canon by the comic books.
- The Robin Suit that Dick Grayson wore in Batman: The Animated Series, was a skin that could be worn by Robin in the Challenge Maps and in Harley Quinn's Revenge.