Wasteland Historian achievement in Wasteland 2: Director's Cut

Wasteland Historian

Read every lore entry in the game

Wasteland Historian0
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How to unlock the Wasteland Historian achievement

  • VirusTk GaMBitVirusTk GaMBit766,875
    17 Jan 2016 06 Dec 2015 02 Apr 2020
    8 1 18
    EDIT: 04/02/20

    As mentioned in the comments: Don't forget to actually read each single book. Just collecting them isn't enough.

    Some new information about "The Story of John Henry 3" has been posted in the comments. Thanks for that!

    "This list is very good and I found all but story of John Henry part 3. After googling it, everywhere references either in a boxcar between arcade and haunted cars or a mound of dirt being the car with the model train on top. It is not there. It is on a shelf in Casey Jones house in the achinson camp.
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    Hi,
    as mentioned in the other solution this achievement requires you to collect 46 books in the different locations of the wasteland.

    I was searching for guides on the internet but found many of them to be quite inaccurate since they refered to the PC version of the game. Some (not all, though) locations differ in the director's cut. Therefore, I want to add the list below. This list contains the locations of the books as you can find them in the director's cut.

    Arizona: 35 Books

    Ag Center - Central Complex: Lab Journal, found on Rose's Desk.
    Ag Center - Basement: History of the Ag Center Part 3, found in the room with Skinner on the left side of the mushroom cave.
    Ag Center - East Field: History of the Ag Center Part 4, found in a safe in a building near the area's entrance.
    Ag Center - West Field: Garden Journal, found in a dig mound in the Northwest (Perception of 4+ Required)
    Ag Center - West Field: History of the Ag Center Part 2, Pickup
    Ag Center - Lab Area: History of the Ag Center Part 1, found in Matt Forrestal's safe. Code is 80085.
    Ranger Citadel: Intelligence Report Part 1, on a shelf near Cartographer Thrasher
    Ranger Citadel: Intelligence Report Part 2, on a shelf in Museum
    Ranger Citadel: Memories of My Time in the Rangers Part 1/2, on a shelf in Vargas's Office
    Ranger Citadel: Memories of My Time in the Rangers Part 3, on a shelf in Museum
    Ranger Citadel: The History of the Desert Rangers Part 1/2/5, on a shelf in Museum
    Ranger Citadel: The History of the Desert Rangers Part 3/6, on a shelf next to the cartographer
    Ranger Citadel: The History of the Desert Rangers Part 4, give a bunch of pain killers to the doctor
    Rail Nomads: The Story of John Henry Part 1, on a shelf in the meeting hall
    Rail Nomads: The Story of John Henry Part 2, on a shelf inside Casey's yurt
    Rail Nomads: The Story of John Henry Part 3, in the boxcar between the arcade and haunted cars
    Prison Valley: Farmer's diary Part 1, on a dead body near the entrance, to the left
    Prison Valley: Farmer's diary Part 2, in a locked chest near Brown's farm
    Prison Valley: Farmer's diary Part 3, in a dresser next to Anna (she asks you to kill her)
    Prison: Anger Management for Angry Managers, kill the RSM heavy gunner just south of the farm
    Prison: Farmer's diary Part 4, in a chest in Auwaerter Farm (near the red kennel)
    Canyon of Titan: Your Friend The Great Glow, dig spot in the raider camp with Tom's wife
    Temple of Titan: The Servants of Titan Part 1/2/3, on a shelf near the monks on the east side
    Damonta: Blood-stained journal, on a corpse in the Northeast section of the map
    Damonta: The History of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, corpse in the Southwest section of the map
    Damonta: KPOW playlist for Monday July 21st, inside Werewolf Wally's office
    Silo 7: Double Six tragedy report, found in the Sierra Madre plane (you'll need Perception at 7+ or have Baychowski following you after saving him in Damonta)
    Temple of Titan (after dealing with nuke in Silo 7): The Flame Deluge Canticle, in a toaster near the western exit to the Wasteland
    Prison: Farmer's diary Part 5 (after fixing the robot and entering the compound), in a safe on the back wall

    California: 12 Books

    Rodia: A Brief History of the Watts Tower, on a shelf in the mayor's office
    Santa Fe: The Story of Samson Parts 1-4, can be read in Brother Thomas' inventory (you can recruit him here after installing your first radio booster in Rodia). You can't take the books from him, but reading them is enough. Later, they can also be found in Bastion to loot for yourself
    Wasteland: Blood-stained journal, on a corpse in the Southwest-most shrine on the map.
    Wasteland: Stoll's Journal, on an enemy in a random encounter north of Angel Oracle labeled "Mannerites on the nearby rooftops"
    Hollywood: Welcome to Hollywood!, on the street just as you enter the city
    Hollywood: The Ten Commandments of James King, on the ground in the cemetery
    Los Feliz: The Griffith Observatory: A History, on a shelf in Laban's Rest
    Seal Beach: Your Golden Future, in an ammunition crate behind some mines on the east side outside the compound
    New Citadel: The Gospel According to Matthias, on the helicopter pad inside a crate in the Northwest corner


    * I don't take credit for this guide. It was originally published on xboxachievments.com by The Pants Party. He deserves all the credit! I just want to help some people who use TA primarily and weren't aware of this awseome guide of his.

    ** The order of the guide coincides with the order of the abbreviated walkthrough that you can find right here http://www.xboxachievements.com/forum/showthread.php?t=63224...

    Hope this helps!
    Any improvements`? Please let me know in the comments below! wave

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    VirusTk GaMBitThank, I updated the solution.
    Posted by VirusTk GaMBit on 02 Apr at 07:35
    P33MannI cannot for the life of me find The Gospel According To Mathias anywhere in or around New Citadel. No its not on the helipad. I've checked every wall and corner inside. I have killed every enemy and nothing.
    Posted by P33Mann on 02 Apr at 08:58
    Nelmzy85I just realised that I didn't follow Tom to get The Great Glow book. Now I'm just about to go to LA but when I go back to Canyon of Titan the map is different and I can't find the stash. Have I missed it and screwed up my plat run?
    Posted by Nelmzy85 on 05 Jun at 23:56
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  • FreebirdX3FreebirdX3696,813
    07 Nov 2015 07 Jan 2016
    3 1 8
    Well after going through the game carefully checking every corner I could find.
    Loading/saving on choices I made to see if there was any room/areas unlocking which I could not get with a certain approach etc.

    I was bummed when I got to the end and no achievement. I decided to google this shit,cause I was pretty confident I had found em all,felt like it ;) hehe

    Well I was wrong,hence why I dont have the achievement, This game came out 1-2 ? years ago on PC so there is allready a guide up for this achievement.
    Why I couldnt think of googling that before I started is beyond me ;) Guess the badge of a desert ranger isnt fully deserved.

    I missed the garden Journal In AG center,Arizona,guess I didnt have high enough perception when visiting that spot. And A john henry journal which I can not understand,but but ;)

    So more people dont have to do the same mistake Im just copy/pasting whatever info I found :

    You choose either AG center og Highpool in the start,you wont be able to pick up the books from area you didnt choose. But this will not affect the achievement. Just be sure picking up those belonging to the area you choose ;)


    You have to find and read at least 45 books.
    Here is a brief list of some lore included in the game and its locations:
    A Brief History of the Watts Towers (¿Rodia?)

    Anger Management for Angry Managers (Prison: Random drop from a RSM heavy gunner)

    Blood-stained journal (Damonta: Dead body near the entrance)
    Blood-stained journal (Donald,California,found on a mysterious Shrine spot)

    Double Six tragedy report (Damonta: Crate inside Tinker's hangar)

    Farmer's diary Part 1 (Prison: Dead body near the entrance)
    Farmer's diary Part 2 (Prison: Crate in Auwerter's farm)
    Farmer's diary Part 3 (Prison: Crate near Red Baychowski's well)
    Farmer's diary Part 4 (Prison: Crate near the Militia blockade)
    Farmer's diary Part 5 (Prison: Buried in a mound near the fallen tower)

    Garden journal (Ag Center: West Field at the Northwest. Perception required)

    History of the Ag Center Part 1 (Ag Center: Matt Forrestal's safe)
    History of the Ag Center Part 2 (Ag Center: Found as a pickup in the West Field)
    History of the Ag Center Part 3 (Ag Center: Found as a pickup in the Central Basement)
    History of the Ag Center Part 4 (Ag Center: Found as a pickup in the East Field)

    Intelligence report Part 1 (Ranger Citadel: Shelf next to Cartographer Thrasher)
    Intelligence report Part 2 (Ranger Citadel: Shelf in the office)

    KPOW playlist for Monday July 21st (Damonta: Wally's radio station)
    Lab journal (Ag Center: Rose's office desk or Rose's inventory if she is in your party)

    Memories of My Time in the Rangers Part 1 (Ranger Citadel: General Vargas' office)
    Memories of My Time in the Rangers Part 2 (Ranger Citadel: General Vargas' office)
    Memories of My Time in the Rangers Part 3 (Ranger Citadel: General Vargas' office)

    Mr. Manners' Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Etiquette (Angel Oracle: Given by talking to a random Mannerite woman near a bookshelf)***

    *** Note. This one is reported as one you might not need,ppl had issues finding this,and still popped the achievement. Personally I cant remember. I'll update once I get to my second playthrough aswell.
    Check comments for more info

    Stolls' Journal (Los Angeles map: body in random encounter between Hollywood and Angel Oracle. Encounter text: "Mannerites on rooftops")
    The Ballad of Bobby & Rex (Highpool: crate, ¿only available if you choose to save Highpool?)
    The Gospel According to Matthias (Seal Beach: crate in helicopter zone) ***
    ***Found in the tunnels BEFORE the helicopter zone,bookshelf/locker/crate. Check comments ,this seem to differ from the pc version,if more ppl could report where they found this we would be more certain. thanks

    The Griffith Observatory: A History (Los Feliz: dirt mound)
    The History of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (Damonta: Body near the motel)

    The History of the Desert Rangers Part 1 (Ranger Citadel)
    The History of the Desert Rangers Part 2 (Ranger Citadel)
    The History of the Desert Rangers Part 3 (Ranger Citadel: shelf near Cartographer Thrasher)
    The History of the Desert Rangers Part 4 (Ranger Citadel: Erik Tidemann when given/sold enough pain killers)
    The History of the Desert Rangers Part 5 (Ranger Citadel)
    The History of the Desert Rangers Part 6 (Ranger Citadel: shelf near Cartographer Thrasher)

    The Legend of the Red Ryder (Highpool: Jess-Belle's House)

    The Servants of Titan Part 1 (Canyon of Titan: Random drop)
    The Servants of Titan Part 2 (Temple of Titan: crate in underground with locked electronic door)
    The Servants of Titan Part 3 (Temple of Titan: Crate in underground)

    The Story of John Henry Part 1 (Rail Nomads camp)
    The Story of John Henry Part 2 (Rail Nomads camp: dirt mound)
    The Story of John Henry Part 3 (Rail Nomads camp: dirt mound)

    I found these in bookshelf in Bastion : Samson
    The Story of Samson Part 1 (Brother Thomas' inventory)
    The Story of Samson Part 2 (Brother Thomas' inventory)
    The Story of Samson Part 3 (Brother Thomas' inventory)
    The Story of Samson Part 4 (Brother Thomas' inventory)

    The Ten Commandments of James King (Griffith: crate in penitents' pen)
    Welcome to Hollywood! (Hollywood: crate in Swifty's sewer)
    Welcome to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (¿Angel Oracle?)

    Your Friend The Great Glow (Canyon of Titan)
    Your Golden Future (Seal Beach: crate)


    Cheers
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    FreebirdX3I found this in a bookshelf in the tunnels BEFORE the helicopter scenes as far as I can remember,you got that one ?
    Posted by FreebirdX3 on 07 Jan 16 at 14:07
    HeadCreepSir I could kiss you! Just found it in the interior part inside a metal locker, thank you!
    Posted by HeadCreep on 07 Jan 16 at 16:33
    FreebirdX3Youre welcome man,glad I could help,I'll update the solution aswell,seems like the location differs some from the pc version
    Posted by FreebirdX3 on 07 Jan 16 at 17:56
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