How to break down energy barriers – Returnal Wiki Guide


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Welcome to the How to destroy energy barriers IGN’s official Wiki Guide and Walkthrough page for Returnal on PlayStation 5. Here, we’ll break down everything you need to know about these mysterious energy barriers blocking your path.

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How to destroy energy barriers in return

When you start Returnal for the first time, you will quickly be immersed in the action. Much of what happens next will be pretty mysterious and that’s okay, it’s meant to be. However, the more you play, the more you will learn.

As you progress through the first biome – Overgrown Ruins – you will come across two types of obstacles quite often and you will probably have no idea what to do to overcome them. That’s why you are here, after all.

One of those barriers looks like a wall of orange vines – for more on that, head to IGN’s How to Destroy Vine Walls page – and the other barrier is an energy wall. massive and high. He’s also orange, but he towers way above you and just won’t let you pass.

If you’re looking for a way to get through it, don’t bother – there’s no switch to find or button to push or anything like that. Simply put, breaking through this energy barrier requires the Atropian Blade, which is a lightsaber-like melee weapon that you will eventually receive in the Overgrown Ruins.


Until you have the Atropian Blade, you will not be able to cross the energy barriers.

However, don’t worry, you cannot advance through the main “story” of the game until you obtain the Atropian Blade, as progression in the game requires that you be able to destroy the energy barriers.

If you are wondering what happens when you hit the energy barrier, luckily the answer is nothing – it looks like it could damage you, but it isn’t. It will just make you bounce a bit which is how this game tells you you won’t pass.

When you have the Atropian Blade, return to the Energy Barrier and press Square to use the blade. You will find that this will destroy the energy barrier, allowing you to pass. Congratulations, you did it!

How to destroy circular energy barriers in Returnal

You will more than likely come across Returnal’s Great Vertical Barrier when you first start out, but as you progress through the game, such as when you reach the second biome, the Crimson Waste, you’ll discover orange circular barriers. . Most of the time, you will be able to see an object lying on the ground or on a small table inside the orange-yellow circular energy barrier.

It’s tantalizing, of course, and you might think that a quick hit from the Atropian Blade will destroy the barrier between you and the object, but unfortunately it won’t work. This is because in order to destroy this circular yellow-orange energy barrier you will need the Blade Balancer item pickup for you Atropian Blade.


This can be found at random, so keep an eye out for him and come back to the circular barrier once you’ve equipped him. You can also purchase Blade Balancer from the Overgrown Ruins “store”, but this item is not guaranteed to be available for purchase on every run.


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