The Nursery Rhymes in Alan Wake 2 are a fun way to explore the game world and learn more about the story. They are challenging puzzles that are associated with collectible dolls. To solve a puzzle, you must place the dolls in specific locations on the rhyme setup.
Once you correctly place all the dolls, something in the world will change, and a charm for Saga’s bracelet will appear nearby. Charms give Saga passive abilities, such as increased health, duration effects, or damage resistance. Read on if you’re looking for the solution to all the Watery Nursery Rhyme puzzles.
Where to Find the Watery Nursery Rhymes in Alan Wake 2
You can find and solve most of the Nursery Rhymes in Watery during the Return 3: Local Girl chapter, except for one. The final puzzle requires you to get the tool Boltcutters. You can get them at the end of Return 5: Old Gods chapter. Here’s a map with all the Watery Nursery Rhyme locations, marked in chronological order.
Nursery Rhyme #1: North of Downtown Watery
Once you’re done talking to the Koskela Brothers, who are near the flooded bridge at the start of Return 3: Local Girl, head north on the path that leads out of Downtown Watery. At the fork in the road, take the path on your right. Follow it until you reach the end, where you’ll find the Nursery Rhyme near a shooting range.
You will need the Moose Doll to solve this puzzle. You can find it right next to the rhyme scene. Additionally, you should also grab the Deer Doll, as it will come in handy for solving other rhymes. To finish the Gentle Beast Nursery Rhyme puzzle, you must place the Moose Doll on the tree symbol.
Once you have done that, backtrack until you come across a giant statue of a moose drinking coffee. You will find the Coffee Mug Charm by the statue’s feet. Also, don’t miss the two Watery Cult Stashes on your way to the next Nursery Rhyme!
Nursery Rhyme #2: Near the Radio Tower
You’ll find this Nursery Rhyme by the picnic tables near the Radio Tower in the northeast corner of the map. To solve the Radio Tower Nursery Rhyme puzzle, you will need to find the Deer Doll. You can find it near the previous Nursery Rhyme location. Once you have the Deer Doll, you need to place it on the house symbol to solve the rhyme.
After solving the puzzle, backtrack towards the Radio Tower to find the Deer Charm lying near a deer’s corpse. Beware of two lurking wolves – defeat them before safely collecting the charm.
Nursery Rhyme #3: On the Trailer Park Pier
To find the Trailer Park Nursery Rhyme, head to the end of the southern fishing pier in Lighthouse Trailer Park. You can access this area once you finish the Return 3: Local Girl chapter. You will need the Bear and Wise Elder dolls to solve the puzzle. You can find both of them by the sink at the Fish Clean station.
Make sure to pick up the Child Doll and the Mother Doll on the pier’s bench, as they are necessary to solve other rhymes. To solve this puzzle, place the Bear Doll on the candy symbol and the Wise Elder Doll on the waves symbol.
Once you’ve solved it, turn around and follow the fish trail to the Fish Clean workshed and pick up the Coffee World Token Charm. Be careful, though – there will be new Taken enemies in the area. Also, don’t forget to unlock the nearby Trailer Park Cult Stash.
Nursery Rhyme #4: Near Watery Lighthouse
There is a Nursery Rhyme located next to the Lighthouse in the southern part of Watery. To solve this puzzle, you will need two dolls: the Trickster and Wise Elder dolls. You can find these dolls on the Lighthouse stairs.
To complete the Lighthouse Nursery Rhyme puzzle, place the Wise Elder Doll on the eye symbol and the Trickster Doll on the waves symbol. After that, follow the dark trail past the Break Room and down the stairs to reach the main road. Then, follow the off-path on the right before the bridge to find the Lighthouse Charm on the coastline.
Make sure you don’t miss the Cult Stash near the Lighthouse. To unlock it, you’ll need to input a specific combination of symbols.
Nursery Rhyme #5: On the Latte Lagoon Pier in Coffee World
Once the flooding in Watery goes away at the end of Return 3: Local Girl in Alan Wake 2, you can return to Coffee World and visit Latte Lagoon. It is located in the northeast corner of the area. You will need the Trickster, Deer, and Moose dolls to solve the puzzle.
To solve the Latte Lagoon Nursery Rhyme puzzle, place the Moose Doll on the waves symbol, the Deer Doll on the ship symbol, and the Trickster Doll on the jewelry symbol. Once you have completed the puzzle, look to your right. You will see a paddle-striped boat floating towards the pier. On this boat, you will find the Mr. Drippy Charm. Equipping this charm will increase the damage dealt when Saga’s health is low.
Nursery Rhyme #6: Behind Ranger Cabin
Head over to the Ranger’s Cabin in the northwest corner of the map to find the Nursery Rhyme behind the cabin. You can solve this puzzle with the help of two dolls – the Bear and the Maiden. The Bear Doll can be found on the Fish Clean station in the Trailer Pak, while the Maiden Doll is upstairs by the bed in the Ranger’s Cabin. Don’t forget to pick up the Monster Doll near the Maiden, as it’s necessary to solve other rhyme puzzles.
To solve the Nursery Rhyme puzzle in the Ranger’s Cabin, you need to place the Bear Doll on the heart symbol and the Maiden Doll on the tree symbol. After that, follow the black trail leading you to a bed upstairs in the Ranger’s Cabin. Here, you will find the FBC Charm.
Nursery Rhyme #7: Inside the Downtown Trailer
To access this Alan Wake 2 Nursery Rhyme location, you first need to get the screwdriver from Coffee World as part of the main story. Once you have the screwdriver, you can head back to Downtown Watery and use it to unlock the trailer in the north.
Inside, you’ll find the Nursery Rhyme in a small room on the left. But, before you can solve the puzzle, you need both the Maiden and Trickster dolls. The Trickster Doll can be found on the Lighthouse stairs, while the Maiden Doll is near the upstairs bed in the Ranger’s Cabin.
To solve the Downtown Nursery Rhyme puzzle, place the Maiden Doll on the house symbol and the Trickster Doll on the jewelry symbol. Once you’ve completed the puzzle, head outside and check the mailbox. You’ll find the Coffee Mug Charm inside.
Don’t miss the Downtown Cult Stash on the southeastern pier in Watery Downtown! It has a really cool math puzzle for you to solve.
Nursery Rhyme #8: Behind a Locked Fence in the Trailer Park
To find this Nursery Rhyme in the Trailer Park, you must first get Boltcutters to unlock the fence. Once inside, you will need the Deer and Wise Elder Dolls to solve the puzzle. You can find the Deer Doll north of Downtown Watery, near the Gentle Beast Nursery Rhyme location. The Wise Elder Doll is located on the steps of Watery’s Lighthouse.
To solve this rhyme, place the Deer Doll on the heart symbol and the Wise Elder Doll on the eye symbol. Once you complete the puzzle, the Deerfest Charm will appear on a small wooden cabinet on the opposite side of the trailer. Make sure to defeat the nearby enemy first before collecting the charm.