You can pick up various items in Alan Wake 2 to help with exploration and progression. One, in particular, is quite important, as it lets you access some late-game areas. Our guide discusses how to get the Bolt Cutters in Alan Wake 2 so you can pry open the last few remaining locks. Likewise, please be reminded that this guide contains minor spoilers.

How to get the Bolt Cutters in Alan Wake 2

You’ll obtain the Bolt Cutters in Alan Wake 2 during the Return 5 – Old Gods chapter, where Saga Anderson is playable. We don’t want to spoil all the major details, but here’s a quick summary:

  • Both Return 4 – No Chance and Return 5 – Old Gods take place in Bright Falls. These lead you to the western portion of the town, where you’ll eventually arrive at Valhalla Nursing Home.
  • While chatting with the old folks, you’ll realize that something is amiss. The main objective then requires you to open a portal to the Overlap in this area.
  • After acquiring the Anger’s Remorse record and playing it on the jukebox, a portal will appear over the pond at the courtyard.
The layout of this Overlap (left) is downright confusing and creepy, but you'll eventually reach a room that has the Bolt Cutters (right).

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