Evil West Cheats and Tips
Be thorough and keep lookin’ up
As you make your way through Evil West, you’ll notice it’s a fairly linear experience, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things to find off the beaten path. Take your time and keep an eye out for alternate pathways that lead to collectibles and Bucks – the latter of which is the game’s primary form of currency used for upgrades. You’ll often find these items tucked away in alcoves, inside boxes, or behind breakable walls, so be very thorough in your exploration. Take special note of what’s above you – you’ll frequently find hung bodies that can be shot down to reveal Bucks.
Replay missions from the in-game menu
If you miss anything along the way, don’t fret too much, as you can replay missions to ensure you get whatever you need. Simply open up your Menu and scroll over to the Lore tab. Here, you’ll see all of the missions you’ve already completed as well as what you’ve collected there, and you can choose to replay any mission of your choosing without impacting your current story progress. Using this to go back and round up any Bucks you overlooked can be especially useful since your upgrades can make or break your success.
Make good use of Zapper Pull and Zapper Dash
Since the game will often throw hoards of foes at you at one time, managing them all means staying on the move and finding moments to whittle down the pack – something made much easier with Zapper Pull and Zapper Dash. After a few missions, your gauntlet will get some fancy electrical upgrades that let you use an electrical whip of sorts to pull enemies to you or pull yourself to them, and since there is no cooldown for either ability, they change the dynamics of battle drastically. Find weaker enemies in the packs, pull them out to electrocute them, and then beat them down with your melee attacks. If you find a group of them together, dash over and use some energy attacks or your shotgun to AOE them down quickly. All of this mobility makes you a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.
Give ’em the boomstick
To drive that previous point home: shotgun, shotgun, shotgun. Your Rentier Boomstick is one of your most valuable assets, as it dishes out substantial damage at close range and can make quick work of smaller enemies while knocking back and interrupting larger ones. This shotgun is on a cooldown and must be used sparingly, but when you get an opportunity to unleash its power, it’s in your best interest to do so, as it’s very likely to make your life much easier. Don’t forget to power it up with Bucks in your upgrades menu, too, as this can improve its cooldown speed and more.
Visit Virgil’s workshop to reset your perks
Early in the game, you’ll gain access to a perk tree you can fill out using points earned by leveling up, as well as an upgrade tree that can be fleshed out with the Bucks you find while exploring. These are both very important and will augment your various armaments or provide passive bonuses that will give you a leg up in combat encounters, so make sure you’re filling these trees out regularly. However, if you happen to want to try a different build, you can always visit Virgil’s workshop while you’re in the hub town of Calico and use the device there to reset everything at no cost.