By intertwining an intriguing, metaphysical mystery through the inner turmoil of a complex set of human relationships, the original Oxenfree proved itself to be one of the most thought-provoking and poignant indie titles of the last decade.
Oxenfree 2 followed up to build upon the foundational ideas the first game laid, whilst deepening the backstory of our favorite characters and providing reasons to care about new ones.
It also greatly enriched the lore which, once again, is explored through finding a collection of secret letters written several decades before by Maggie Adler — a pivotal character across both games as the linchpin for the ghostly occurrences.
While collectibles in many of the games we enjoy are very much a side activity, I think most would agree they’re an essential part of Oxenfree’s narrative. Some are dead easy to find, but others will have you as delirious as our protagonist as you forage about Camena searching endlessly to complete your set.
As to ensure Riley and Jacob a well-earned rest before the sun rises, here’s an Oxenfree 2 Adler Letter Locations guide to help you locate each letter!
Note: Naturally, some of the information divulged below will head heavily into spoiler territory, so be warned.
Bottom Line Up Front
If you’re in a rush — or would like only to be given a rough location — here’s a whistle-stop tour:
Letter 1: Tootega Falls
Letter 2: Camber Cape
Letter 3: Point Tilla
Letter 4: Garland Ghost House
Letter 5: Parking Lot
Letter 6: Point Tilia
Letter 7: Permmican Trailhead
Letter 8: Uptown Habor
Letter 9: Copper Creek Trail
Letter 10: Waterhead Bluffs
Letter 11: Charity Point
Letter 12: Horseshoe Beach
Letter 13: Berenson Creek.
Bear in mind that the 13th letter will only become available to you once you’ve found the other 12.
Also, don’t forget to check out the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this article for some more tidbits.
Before You Begin
First off, let’s cover a couple of adjuncts before we get onto each location.
You can’t go letter hunting until you reach Jacob’s house roughly half an hour into the game, and your window is bookended by a point of no return for the game’s finale (I won’t spoil it, but rest assured: you’ll be warned very obviously through the dialogue). If you miss any letters and finish the game, you’ll need to start a new game and collect all the letters again.
All letters are found on the floor and give off a flash of white light intermittently to reveal their presence. Once you’ve got your radio upgraded around the middle of the game, you can also tune around the 140 frequency mark for unique hints to where each letter can be found.
Unlike those in the first game, the letters have been grouped into categories: 3 each addressed to one of 4 different people for a total of 12 main letters. I won’t spoil who the 13th ‘secret’ letter is addressed to, but I will show you where to find it.
Each Letter and Where to Find Them
Below, you’ll find each letter as they are categorized in the menu. I’d expect that most people reading this guide have already got to the point of no return, and are now seeking to retrace their steps to find the letters they’ve missed.
As such, I’ll assume the whole map is open to you already, so I’d caution against reading ahead until you reach the final sequence of the game so as not to spoil anything for yourself.
You’ll also notice some of these letters are found in spots very close by to each other; there’s not really the fastest route to finding all of these as you’ll inevitably have already come across about 30% of them naturally, but be sure to check off other letters from the same map region before leaving.
With that said, let’s go letter hunting!
Location: Tootega Falls
The first letter from the menu can be found at the base of the waterfall in Tootega Falls. This location is directly below the steel bridge in this area, and you can reach it by scaling the steps on the far right of said bridge and hopping over a few rocks to reach the waterfall’s center.
Location: Camber Cape
For letter 2, retrace your journey through Camber Cape to the summit of the first transmitter you and Jacob placed. Once you’ve zig-zagged up the main path, and just before you take a left to head up to the main area, you’ll spot the letter off to the right where the badger hole is.
Location: Point Tilia
Make your way back to the gate where Charlie locked you out in Point Tilia and proceed left from there and across the bridge that takes you over the waterfall. Climb up the rock face, take another left to go past the hut with the blue roof, and then climb down another rock face to find Letter 3.
Ingrid White Letters
Location: Garland Ghost House
Letter 4, the first of those addressed to Ingrid White, is quite easy to spot. It can be found slightly to the left of the creepy cemetery in Garland Ghost Town. Simply head up the steps by the church to collect it.
Location: Parking Lot
For letter 5, you’ll need to head back to the parking lot, where you get the message about warning Shelly from the payphone. You’ll find the letter directly to the right of the phone.
Location: Point Tilia
Letter six can be found near the start of the Point Tilia area. Once you pass the small waterfall and get to the zigzagging staircase, head to the right instead of carrying on all the way up the stairs like usual. After passing over a fallen log, you’ll spot the letter glinting just beneath the large boulder at the top.
Mel Chapman Letters
Location: Permmican Trailhead
The first of the letters for Mel Chapman is found within the Permmican Trailhead area. As you approach this area and pass the bulletin board, carry on to the left instead of progressing upwards. The camera will pan out here as you cross over to a small section bridged by a fallen tree: the letter awaits you on the other side.
Location: Uptown Harbor
This is a nice and easy one; at the harbor, locate the general store and head up to the lookout post with the flag. You’ll find the 8th letter right there on the platform.
Location: Copper Creek Trail
Head to Copper Creek Trail from the Pemmican Trailhead route and go up the stairs past, over the steel bridge, and past the bulletin. Proceed up the hill, and rather than taking a left as you originally had, climb up the rock face on the trail that forks off to the right to find letter 9 at the top.
Kenneth Young Letters
Location: Waterhead Bluffs
For this letter, rather than climbing up to the top of the bluff and continuing on, you’ll want to take a diversion to the right once you reach the section where you have to shimmy up the rock face. Having done so, reach the platform and continue down to find your prize.
Location: Charity Point
Letter 11 is located at Charity Point. I made the mistake of venturing through the caves to try and get this letter, but you don’t actually need to do that.
Instead, don’t cross the wooden bridge at the top of the area and instead head down to the rocky path directly below it. If you follow this route you’ll see the letter on its own pedestal, and all you need to do is jump the small gap.
Location: Horseshoe Beach
Letter 12 has you return to Horseshoe Beach where you had the surreal encounter with your would-be son, Rex. You’ll need to be on the right-hand side of the archway to get to it; from this position, drop down onto the beach to grab the letter at the foot of the arch on the shoreline.
The Secret Letter
Location: Berenson Creek
Letter 13 may be the secret last letter, but it’s actually easier to find than most. Once you’ve located all of the other letters, venture to Jacob’s house, and a new underground area will now be accessible to you from the outside.
Head down and through this small area until you reach a metal hut, in front of which you’ll find Maggie Adler’s final letter.
Question: Hunting for all these letters looks like a bit of a slog — will it take long?
Answer: Oxenfree 2 is a small game with a small map. If you’re following this guide, finding all the letters will only take you about half an hour, and what you gain in understanding the game world is well worth that, I’d say.
Question: Do I need to play the first game to understand the letters in the second?
Answer: I think you could still enjoy the story of Oxenfree 2 at face value, but you’re definitely going to have played the first game to fully understand the weight of what’s happening. This holds true for the main story as well as the content you’ll find in the letters: those found here augment the themes and ideas of the letters from the first game.
Question: I’ve read all the letters and finished the game, but I still don’t really understand what happened. Should I replay the game?
Answer: I’m pretty sure everyone has puzzled deeply over the ending; to be honest, that seems the very point, in part. Delving back in for another playthrough will certainly aid in your understanding.
And that’s that. Having collected all the letters, you’ll be awarded the One Last Mystery achievement for your efforts and some much-needed extra insight into this fascinating tale. For more on Oxenfree 2, check out our review. If you are looking for other indie titles you can finish in one sitting, you can check out our favorites here.
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