Many new players of Axiom Verge 2 feel that they’re thrown in the dark when they start the game and struggle to figure out how to get out of the first area. It may come as a surprise that the wooden crates scattered around in the beginning of the game can be broken, and may lead players to secret areas and items.

When you first start the game, you are introduce to the backstory through an NPC. When you start moving around, most players are tempted to go to the right, since that’s how many stories naturally progress. However, if you instead go to the left, you will find there is a small building that you can enter. Go inside to find the Pickaxe, as shown in the image below on the left.

How to break a crate in Axiom Verge 2

With a pickaxe now in your inventory, you can do many different things. Primarily, you can damage enemies and destroy the wooden crates. In the image above on the right, you will see the main character swinging at the crate with the pickaxe.

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To break a wooden crate with your pickaxe, simply swing it with the primary action button for your device. The list below shows you which button to press to swing your pickaxe at the wooden crate.

  • PC: F
  • Switch: Y
  • Xbox: X
  • PlayStation: Square

They will usually require you to swing repeatedly at them to destroy them. Once you have swung about two or three times, it will break. Most crates aren’t hiding anything. However, some of them are block areas you need to get to or hiding notes!

If you think you’ll need help to figure out the game, be sure to check out our Axiom Verge 2 homepage for the latest information!

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