Control Hidden Locations guide: Get those Ability Points

Control is all about boosting Jesse Faden’s abilities, and to do that you’ll need all valuable Ability Points. While the lion’s share of those are from side missions, you’ll also need to find a number of Hidden Locations to max her out. This guide will help you do just that.

To date, we’ve found a total of ten thirteen Hidden Locations, all detailed below. Heading to these locations will certainly help you acquire the game’s Master Parautilitarian Achievement, unlocked by getting 100% of the game’s ability upgrades.

We’ve kept this as spoiler-free as possible, though locations are named below. Be warned.

Update: Three more Hidden locations have been uncovered, bringing the total to thirteen.

  • Hidden Location 1: [Central Research, 0:00] Using both Levitate and the dash move, get up to a window covered in mold and break through. There’s a baddie in here too, alongside a special collectible.
  • Hidden Location 2: [Central Research, 0:53] We used Levitate and the Ground Slam move to get up to this one, all the way at the top of the Central Research area. Head down the stairs in the new area to see something weird.
  • Hidden Location 3: [The Pit, 1:19] From the Control Point up the stairs, work your way upwards.
  • Hidden Location 4 [The Pit, 1:55] This is near the mold sample in the toilets. Again, work your way up.
  • Hidden Location 5 [Janitor’s Office, 2:25] In the pipes area past the Janitor’s office, Levitate into the firebreak and hang a right. You can unlock a door that takes you back to the pipes area afterward.
  • Hidden Location 6 [NSC Power Plant, 2:54] This is at the top of the structure at the centre of the Power Plant. There’s also a Furnace TV for future reference.
  • Hidden Location 7 [Black Rock Quarry, 3:26] When you first enter the Quarry, look for a path to your left seeming blocked by large cubes. There’s an entry point in the top right. Then, head downwards and be mindful of mold enemies.
  • Hidden Location 8 [Transit Corridor South, 4:06] Look for an office window up along the wall. Fly up, break through and also enjoy another special collectible item while you’re there.
  • Hidden Location 9 [Panopticon (4th Floor), 4:30] After defeating the Traffic Light, fly over to the back of the room.
  • Hidden Location 10 [Panopticon (5th Floor), 4:39] This is on the 5th floor to the right of the P6 Cell. You’ll need to strategically Levitate from one opening to another. A gigantic Easter egg (or two) await you in this location.

  • Hidden Location 11 [Communications Department, 0:00]: Head to a weird room on the upper level of the Communications Department area. Go through a set of double doors and jump on the top of the closest cube/thing/whatever it is.
  • Hidden Location 12 [Communications Department, 0:17]: On the same level as Hidden Location 11, go through a locked door and look towards the back of the room to find a mold-infested area. You’ll need to either build up immunity to the mold (“Old Growth” side mission) or just risk death to get this one.
  • Hidden Location 13 [Logistics, 0:44]: Directly up and through a small hole in the roof when you’re standing at the Logistics Control Point.

Control Foundation Hidden Locations guide

There are a total of 10 Hidden Locations found within Control’s Foundation expansion, as detailed below. Finding all 10 will earn you the Niche Position Achievement or Trophy.

  • (0:00) – Crossroads: Head behind The Nail and look for a passage boarded up with wooden planks. Head to the back.
  • (01:01) – Astral Plane via Canyon Rim: This is the same toilet cubicle you need to interact with for the Maneki-neko.
  • (01:34) – Astral Plane via Canyon Rim: At the Control Point, head up and to your right (facing your objective). This is at the very top.
  • (1:55) – Cave Bridge: From this Control Point, head to the right and inside the furthest path. A cube for a Maneki-neko is also present.
  • (2:45) – Warehouse: Head up the elevator to level six and blow the wall behind the elevator out.
  • (3:10) – Warehouse: Head to level 5 and then out the nearby hole in the wall. Float down and enter another hole in the wall.
  • (4:04) – Collapsed Department: This is in the same location as the Maneki-neki in the large office area.
  • (4:19): Collapsed Department: This is another office cubicle with a breakable wall in the same location as the last. Look for those telltale pictures on the wall.
  • (4:48) – Collapsed Department: Head towards the Transit Department and use a small lift to get to the next level. Rather than going up, activate the lift and stay off it, then head down to the area it was blocking.
  • (5:25) – Collapsed Department: Head through to the Evaluation Hall and look for a lone elevator on the left. Open it, fight the mold and then enter the elevator.

Control AWE Hidden Locations guide

You’ll need 4/5 to get the Chief Investigator Achievement:

  • In the Abandoned Offices, in the room required for the Nourish the Plants sidequest.

  • Underneath the door to the Active Investigations area in the turntable just before Eagle Limited AWE.

  • When in the Shifted Offices on the way to the Fra Mauro AWE, enter the first door and then head straight up.

  • In the Observation Deck, you’ll go down an elevator shaft to continue on. Before doing that, look to another elevator shaft to the left of it.

  • What’s being termed as the “Take Control” room, with a clock and a cool little Easter egg. Get there from the Shifted Passage.


Control is out now on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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