By using the best upgrades for both Alan and Saga, you’ll have a better chance against the different enemies that cross your path in Alan Wake 2. And if you want to get far in your investigation against the Cult of the Tree and the battle against Scratch, then you’re going to need to constantly up your game via these upgrades.
Alan Wake 2 Best Upgrades Overview
Here is an overview of the best upgrade choices in Alan Wake 2:
|Serial No.||Upgrade Name||Cost||Description|
|1||More Bullets||12 Manuscript Fragments||Increases Pistol magazine size by 50%.|
|2||Another Headshot||18 Manuscript Fragments||Stuns enemies for longer after two headshots.|
|3||Out Of Action||14 Manuscript Fragments||Deals more damage to stunned, blinded, or knocked down enemies.|
|4||Magnetic Pull||12 Manuscript Fragments||Draws bullets towards hit enemies with the Crossbow.|
|5||God Rays||3 Words of Fix||Increases health recovery in Safe Havens by 30%.|
|6||Goes Around||3 Words of War||Recovers 15% health when shooting enemies with the Flare Gun.|
|7||It's Personal||3 Words of Action||Increases overall damage dealt by 15%.|
|8||In The Headlights||3 Words of Lamp||Stuns enemies when using Flashlight Boost.|
|9||Magic Pocket||1 Words of Stuff||Increases inventory by 1 row for more storage.|
|10||ER||3 Words of Aid||Enhances Trauma Pad effectiveness by healing 10% more.|
1. More Bullets
|12 Manuscript Fragments|
One of the earliest upgrades you can get in Alan Wake 2 is the More Bullets upgrade. It increases the Pistol magazine size by 50%, allowing you to hold 18 bullets. It is quite helpful as the pistol will usually be your go-to weapon against many enemies. Pistol ammo is the easiest to come by, so having extra magazine space is always helpful.
Additionally, you’re rewarded more ammo based on how much you’re already using. Therefore, if you use up all your ammo in reloading your pistol, you can find more ammo through stashes and crates.
2. Another Headshot
|18 Manuscript Fragments|
Unless you’re targeting an enemy’s weak spots or directly at their heads, you’ll waste a lot of ammo trying to take them out. That is why the Another Headshot upgrade is a good option for increasing damage against enemies.
Another Headshot allows you to stun an enemy longer after landing two successive headshots. The upgrade can be further paired up with another upgrade on the list to increase your overall damage.
3. Out Of Action
|14 Manuscript Fragments|
Out of Action is an upgrade for the Sawed-Off Shotgun. You can learn how to get the shotgun by following the general store shotgun code guide. But essentially, it allows you to deal greater damage to enemies that are stunned, blinded, or knocked down. If you pair this upgrade with “Another Headshot,” you’ll be able to deal significant damage to stronger enemies and bosses.
4. Magnetic Pull
|12 Manuscript Fragments|
The Crossbow is a weapon that you unlock in Return 3: Local Girl. It deals a significant amount of damage but is equally slow in its fire rate. Ideally, you should be using the Crossbow as a sniper to start off combat interactions.
Magnetic Pull complements that mentality by allowing bullets to get drawn toward enemies that have been hit by the Crossbow. As every single bullet matters in Alan Wake 2, being given the option to hit enemies even if your aim is wonky is quite a nice upgrade to have.
5. God Rays
|3 Words of Fix|
When playing as Alan, you’ll have a lot more opportunities to enter Safe Havens as compared to Saga Anderson due to the Angel Lamp in Alan Wake 2. That is why choosing an upgrade that can help you restore your health in Safe Havens is far more useful than any other health upgrade. God Rays increases health recovery in Safe Havens by 30%.
6. Goes Around
|3 Words of War|
Goes Around lets you recover 15% of your health whenever you shoot an enemy with the Flare Gun. The Flare Gun is already quite a useful weapon against the Shadow enemies in the Dark Place. Being allowed to dispel or stun the enemies while also regaining health makes Goes Around a must-have upgrade.
7. It’s Personal
|3 Words of Action|
It’s Personal increases your overall damage dealt by 15%. Although the combat for Alan isn’t as hardcore as Saga Anderson’s, having extra damage is overall a good option. Being limited to just having a revolver and shotgun as the main weapons, being able to deal more damage will allow you to finish fights with lesser ammo usage.
8. In The Headlights
|3 Words of Lamp|
In The Headlights allows you to stun an enemy whenever you use Flashlight Boost on them in Alan Wake 2. As Alan, the enemies you encounter mostly start as just Shadow figures. Therefore, using the Flashlight Boost is going to be a must in every combat situation. Being able to stun an enemy before even starting the fight will give you the upper hand and let you finish the job with fewer shots.
9. Magic Pocket
|1 Words of Stuff|
Unlike Saga Andeson, Alan can’t increase his inventory by collecting upgrades throughout the world. For that purpose, he must rely on his upgrades. Therefore, Magic Pocket is a great upgrade to have as it increases Alan’s inventory by 1 row, allowing you to store more ammo and health resources and manage your weapons with ease.
|3 Words of Aid|
Although the best way to heal in Alan Wake 2 is to use first-aid kits, Trauma Pads are just as effective, even if they don’t heal as much. But, with the ER upgrade, you can increase their effectiveness and let them heal you 10% more than usual. Considering Trauma Pads are more readily available than full health kits, the upgrade can improve your survival chances by a lot.
I personally focused more on Alan’s upgrades than Saga’s weapon upgrades in Alan Wake 2. That is because later down the line, Alan has to fight against shadow figures that throw projectiles, and in almost every puzzle-based situation Alan is in, there tend to be multiple enemies that you have to fight. Saga’s arsenal of weapons made it easier to get through combat situations, even without insane upgrades.
With that, you know all about the best upgrade choices in Alan Wake 2. Alan and Saga have their own set of upgrades, whereas Saga’s are more focused on Weapons, whereas Alan has a wide array of upgrades. If you’re finding Alan Wake 2 too challenging or easy, I’d recommend reading about the best difficulty to ensure you’re getting the best experience.
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