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If It Flies, It Burns achievement in Alan Wake

If It Flies, It Burns

Burn 1,000 birds.

If It Flies, It Burns0
05 April 2020 - 7 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerCumulative +

How to unlock the If It Flies, It Burns achievement

  • WildKingdokWildKingdok165,670
    26 May 2010 26 May 2010
    65 1 0
    In chapter 5, just after the helicopter crashes and you leave the old woman to investigate, you'll pass through a checkpoint on a cliffside where about 4 groups of birds will attack. After defeating the birds, instead of continuing to the crash site, walk across a log straddling the gap in the cliffs to your right. This log takes you back up to the area prior to the checkpoint. Continue back down the hill towards the crash, through the checkpoint again, and the same groups of birds should respawn and attack just like before. It seems that this loop can be repeated endlessly until the achievement unlocks. I was able to use this method to get the achievement without quitting out of the game or restarting.
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  • misfit119misfit119996,789
    16 May 2010 18 May 2010 19 May 2010
    36 1 8
    Honestly unless you're really impatient to get the achievement there is no need to worry about this one. You will get it as you get the rest of the achievements. During your normal difficulty playthrough you will get between 750 - 850 birds, as a rough average. When you attempt your nightmare difficulty playthrough you will often get slightly less than that amount of birds. Thus over your two playthroughs you will get about 1,500 birds, easily enough to get this even if you run past some of them or just chase them off with flares.

    EDIT: According to True Marvelous they were able to get this on one playthrough. The easiest way to do this would be using your flare gun very agggressively to take out flocks and timing flare use so that you catch any birds diving at you. The flashlight is good for finishing off a large group from a distance.

    I personally acquired this replay levels to find all of the collectibles but this definitely seems to be doable in one go.
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    OnzaCool. Like I said, can't say with 100% certainty, but it seemed to happen (it happens with the Taken in other spots, so why not with the birds?). I'm doing my nightmare play-through now, and I'll try to check too (if the birds are not too tough... So far they seem OK, but I'm getting better with my flashlight).
    Posted by Onza on 27 May 10 at 14:37
    Barnsley PalI also did this on the first playthrough on normal without any repetitions (about 1200 birds). I rarely used the flare gun and instead just kept using the flashlight until they were all gone at each attack. You will know you have cleared a swarm when they flash yellow for a brief second.
    Posted by Barnsley Pal on 23 Nov 10 at 22:31
    Barnsley PalAlso, I got the achievement just before I approached the crashed helicopter in Ch. 5.
    Posted by Barnsley Pal on 23 Nov 10 at 22:33
  • Muzzer 7Muzzer 7378,731
    14 May 2010 15 May 2010
    33 1 2
    After one play through I had around 860 birds killed.

    Replay the end of Episode 2 where Barry is in the house and you have to scare away the birds. Use the flare gun on them, over in a few minutes, check your stats, reload last checkpoint and do until you have the achievement
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    MaggzaThis is how I did it. Just wait until Alan says 'Barry, you can open the door now', then reload your last checkpoint. Piece of cake!
    Posted by Maggza on 01 Jul 10 at 23:13
    Apostle92627I got the achievement this way.
    Posted by Apostle92627 on 29 Apr 17 at 02:34
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