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Iron Will achievement in Alan Wake

Iron Will

Special 2: Survive the final encounter without being seriously hurt.

Iron Will+0.6
4 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle Player

How to unlock the Iron Will achievement

  • HaganeGirHaganeGir90,768
    12 Oct 2010 12 Oct 2010
    58 0 5
    This is obviously quite full of spoilers. Please be careful when reading!

    Being ‘severely hurt’ means having less than a quarter of your health left. This is when the game becomes black and white, and your heart beat becomes loud and erratic. As the description reads, you must avoid this state of health throughout the final encounter.

    The final encounter comes in several stages. You will initially fight Barry on the bridge heading towards Bird Leg Cabin, though you only need to shine your light on him at this point. From there, Barry will send several waves of familiar faces after you, in the form of speedy Taken (First Hartman, then the Anderson brothers together). Each enemy is accompanied by pesky birds. Since these are speedy Taken, who often keep their distance until you’ve removed the darkness from them, it is possible to focus on the birds initially, as they can whittle away your health fairly easily if left alone. If you have spare flares, they can help you easily deal with the birds. There are ammo crates for the revolver, shotgun and batteries that you can use to stock up when necessary.

    A tip that worked for me when needing ammo was to remove the darkness from an enemy, shoot them a few times, and stun them with your flashlight, while moving into position near an ammo crate. This gives you a brief period in which you can restock. After fighting Hartman and the brothers, you will face Barry three more times, with the last encounter being a speedy Taken form. Each ‘wave’, so to speak, plays out the same, so find a way of dealing with the encounter that suits you and stick with it. Just remember; deal with the birds first, then the Taken!

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    GuruThaGreatApparently if you die it doesn't count as being seriously hurt. I died during the part with the brothers and I still got the achievement. I didn't reload a save or checkpoint or anything. After the death I never was seriously hurt and I got the achievement after defeating Barry. On another note, as NorrisMM points out, the flares are great. If you need more ammo you can throw a flare next to the ammo crates and restock without worrying about enemies.
    Posted by GuruThaGreat on 25 Jun 11 at 00:55
    LaPsferDayz@GuruThaGreat - Dying effectively just reloads the last checkpoint, at which point you presumably hadn't taken enough damage to fail the achievement

    I found backing myself up against the....it looks like a refrigerator....the object blocking your path from retreating back onto the bridge quite helpful. It prevented the Anderson brothers and all 3 versions of Barry from flanking me from behind, and it seemed to limit the bird attacks as well.
    Posted by LaPsferDayz on 04 Nov 11 at 12:54
    xCHRONIC KAOSxI just started playing this Dlc and i did go under a Quarter Health but got the Darlings Achievement...So i was just about to start my Clean up run and i Hit Continue and it took me back to the start of the Fight and the Flares that i wasted i didnt Waste this time, and every time i seen Birds i Popped a Flare and just Walked into Barry so i would get him and the Birds with 1 Flare..So i was on the Last Barry Fight and i had almost Full Health and Bleep Achievement Unlocked...Just need the 1 Collectable and Lucky it at the Secret Spot and then the Dont Die or Reload Achievements and im done...Must say i did move around a Lot didnt stay Static and just like i said Pop a Flare and walk towards the Enemy and you will get some Birds at the same time...Good Luck and Thanks...
    Posted by xCHRONIC KAOSx on 05 Jun 13 at 19:14
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  • spineboxspinebox292,853
    12 Oct 2010 16 Oct 2010
    25 0 1
    what also helps is if you do get seriously hurt just reload last save point. it depends on what part of the fight you're on but it should only take you back to the start of the part of the fight that your on at that point. just watch out for the birds they'll get you every time!
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    DauntingAbyssJust wanted to note that this helped a lot. Sure, you can't do this if you going for the No Punctuation achievement (and you'll probably get this achievement with that one any way if you are). But as someone who wants to do No Punctuation -one day- without any other achievements hanging over my head during the DLC I just went ahead and got this one right away.

    This might be one of those "mileage may vary" things but when reloaded during the fight it took me back to when the 2 brothers started attacking me, and no matter when I reloaded after, even during the last phase vs. the main opponent, I'd go right back to that spot in the fight -which was very helpful once I got a feel for the fight.
    Posted by DauntingAbyss on 07 Sep 11 at 17:17
  • greenApp7egreenApp7e222,429
    10 Apr 2013 10 Apr 2013 18 Apr 2013
    23 0 5
    This is how it worked for me on normal mode.
    When the fight begins, pick up ammo and easy go back to the point, where the BRIDGE was.
    You are now with your backside to a stone or something like that and cant get attacked from behind and the sides. Now the only thing is to watch your frontside, using your flashlight and reload it if necessary.
    Hope it helps
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    Apostle92627This is how I got the achievement.
    Posted by Apostle92627 on 05 May 17 at 20:25
    SaraSassypantsLegend. Worked perfectly thank you
    Posted by SaraSassypants on 24 Mar 18 at 03:54
    TheCMHammondThis worked perfectly, thank you! I restocked at the start and once during a part where I wasn’t in danger, but hardly needed to at all. I was so worried I would mess up and have to play the entire thing again, as I was going for No Punctuation as well. smile
    Posted by TheCMHammond on 28 Sep 18 at 23:40
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