At the later stages of Return 3 – The Heart chapter of Alan Wake 2, you will get an option to accept an optional task called “Investigate the Previously Flooded Area”, and accepting it would be beneficial for you.
Throughout Alan Wake 2, you will be given the choice to accept different kinds of optional tasks. Each of these tasks will require you to do something simple without making any impact on the main storyline of the game. You will come across one such optional task to investigate the previously flooded area in Cauldron Lake. In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about Investigate the Previously Flooded Area optional task of Alan Wake 2.
Alan Wake 2: Should you investigate the Previously Flooded Area
During the Return 3 chapter, you will meet Alan Wake and Alex Casey. After interacting with them, you will be given an optional task to investigate the previously flooded area in Cauldron Lake of Alan Wake 2. However, you will have the option not to accept this side mission and get along with whatever you are doing. But I would advise you not to do so, as you will miss out on a lot of useful rewards if you choose to skip this optional task.
When you first reach Cauldron Lake, some parts of the area stay flooded, which makes it inaccessible for you. However, later on in the game, the flood will go away, and you will get the chance to investigate the area which you could not before. Investigating this area would most definitely be a really good choice for you as the area is filled with Alex Casey Lunchboxes, Manuscripts, Cult Stashes, Nursery Rhymes, and many more puzzles that can be a good source for you to earn resources and useful items.
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How to Investigate the Previously Flooded Area in Alan Wake 2
After starting with the optional mission, make your way to the Witchfinders Station on the northwestern side of Cauldron Lake. Once you reach this location, head upstairs and investigate two documents that you will find on the table inside a room. Now, make your way back to the parking lot and meet Alex Casey to complete the optional task.
The optional task might be a small one; however, the area is filled with puzzles. You can solve these puzzles to earn a lot of resources or even weapons. Explore around the entire previously flooded area, and you will come across a lot of manuscripts, Alex Casey Lunch Boxes, Nursery Rhymes, etc. Collect the collectible or solve all the puzzles around this location to rip the most out of this area.
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Alan Wake 2 is available on the Epic Games Store, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.