The Watch Dogs 2 Key Data locations revealed by the following guide must be visited if you want to unlock all skills for Marcus, the main character in the latest action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal.
As we have mentioned in our Watch Dogs 2 guide for Research Points, the Key Data are required to unlock more powerful upgrades for Marcus.
When you start the game, if you check the Research app on your in-game phone, you will notice that the first tiers of upgrades, only require Research Points. These Research Points can be earned by leveling up or by finding them within the city. Feel free to check our Watch Dogs 2 Research Points guide for all locations.
After you unlock the said upgrades, you will see that you won’t be able to unlock more powerful skills because besides the Research Points, you also need Key Data.
Simply put, the most advanced skills in Watch Dogs 2, require both Key Data and Research Points.
The Watch Dogs 2 Key Data locations, appear on your map just like other collectibles such as Paint Jobs, Clothing Items or Money Bags. Basically, you need to scan the areas where they are located in order to reveal them.
To do so, however, you need to know where to look, and our guide will help you find them, by offering a series of maps showing their exact locations.
Furthermore, since these Key Data are usually located in restricted areas, our guide will provide useful information on how to retrieve them without alerting the guards.
Last but not least, the guide includes 4 videos revealing all locations, and the strategies we have used to get these specific Watch Dogs 2 collectibles. These videos are part of our complete Watch Dogs 2 walkthrough available on YouTube.
If you have questions regarding these items, don’t hesitate to contact us in the comments section below.
Marin Key Data Locations
Key Data 1 – Gates Houseboats – The first Key Data unlocks the Massive System Crash skill. The location marked on our map depicts a building with a motorcycle on roof. To get the Key Data which is also on roof, you need to use the forklift in the back alley and load one of the crates nearby. Jump on the crate you have loaded, then move the forklift close to the back wall and raise the forklift’s platform. Now, get on the roof, open the door where the Key Data is locked inside the air duct, then deploy your RC Jumper and use the hole in the right wall to reach the CCT box. Hack it to unlock the grate, then hack the router with the Key Data.
Key Data 2 – Alcatraz – The Key Data on Alcatraz unlocks the Speed Boost for your RC Jumper and Quadcopter; therefore, you should collect it as soon as you can. You will find it inside the prison, where you need to reach the third floor. Once there, look for a cell with an open grate and deploy your RC Jumper. Head inside the air duct under the sink, then jump on the pipes on your left side to get to the Wi-Fi sniffer.
Key Data 3 – Vista Point – The Watch Dogs 2 Key Data in Vista Point unlocks the Expert Tinkering research and it’s located in a restricted area. First, scout the area using your Quadcopter and you will find it on a construction platform. To get there, go around the camp and look for a ramp made of mud. Near the ramp, you should see several bikes. Use one of them to jump on the ramp and you will land exactly on the platform where the collectible can be found. Climb one of the boxes, and drop near the Key Data. If the guards spot you, let them look around or call the cops to fight them while you exit the area.
Key Data 4 – Kirby Cove – The Key Data in Kirby Cove is harder to get but it will unlock the Watch Dogs 2 Steady Hands research. To get this collectible, you need to infiltrate a restricted area. Using your RC Jumper try to lure the guards near the collectible, to the left side of the bunker, by stunning one of them. While they investigate their fallen partner, go around the building and enter the bunker through the hole on the right-side wall. Since you are now behind them, they will not see you when you collect the Key Data.
Oakland Key Data Locations
Key Data 1 – Prescott – If you visit the Watch Dogs 2 Key Data location in Prescott, you will be able to unlock the Fast Trigger Finger upgrade This collectible is quite easy to retrieve, even if it’s inside a restricted area. Locate it in a small backyard, then place Marcus as close as you can but without entering red zone. Use your Quadcopter to stun the guard close to the electrical box, and while the other guards investigate him, deploy your Jumper, and rush towards the collectable.
Key Data 2 – Bayview Rise – This Key data unlocks the Botnet Savings for Vehicle and it is located on Yerba Buena. While standing in front of the gate leading inside the restricted area, go left and look for a hole in the fence. Nearby is a forklift. Take control of it and take it outside the restricted area, through the said hole. Now, go right and place the forklift near the fence and close to the Key Data. Use your RC Jumper to reach the forklift’s platform, go up, and jump near the briefcase.
Key Data 3 – Jack London Square – The third Key Data on our Oakland map above, is in Jack London Square, on the roof of a restricted building. The collectible unlocks the System Crash upgrade. To get it, follow the stairs in the back alley, and when you reach the top, stop. Don’t enter the restricted zone with Marcus. Instead, deploy the RC Jumper, and simply sneak inside the office where the briefcase is located. The only guard you need to worry about is the one patrolling close to the stairs where you have placed Marcus. The rest of them can be easily avoided.
Key Data 4 – Elmhurst – This Key Data unlocks the Gang War upgrade and it is inside another restricted area. What’s interesting about this collectible, is that the main street close to it serves as a limit between the areas of two rival gangs; therefore, most of the time there will be a conflict here. If you are lucky, you will be able to walk inside and get the briefcase while the gang members protecting it are engaged in a conflict with their neighbors. If not, use the RC Jumper to sneak inside while Marcus remains outside the red perimeter.
Silicon Valley Key Data Locations
Key Data 1 – Palo Alto – The Watch Dogs 2 Key Data in Palo Alto is one of the most important because it unlocks the Enhanced Spring for your RC Jumper, allowing it to jump higher. It is also very easy to collect. Start by hacking the CCT box in the back alley of the building we have marked above. You RC Jumper can sneak inside the shack where the box is located, through the hole above the boxes. After you hack the box, send your Quadcopter to the tower on the roof and hack the security breach to get the collectible.
Key Data 2 – Crystal Spring Dam – The Key Data in Crystal Spring Dam is used to research the Electro Shock Optimization and to get it undetected you will have to use a crane. Marcus must be on the platform near the highway. From there, take control of the crane (notice the explosive barrel on its platform), and get the said platform close to your location. Deploy the Jumper, jump on the platform, then lower it on the roof of the building where the collectible is located. Make sure that the platform is placed on the wooden planks on the roof. Using the Jumper, go to the other side of the roof and detonate the barrel, then drop inside the building and get the briefcase.
Key Data 3 – Swan LeAvitt Observatory – To get the Key Data which unlocks the Botnet Savings for Personal Devices, reach the third location on our map, and look for a scissor lift in a parking lot west from the restricted area. Place the scissor lift close to the building in the corner of the yard you have to infiltrate. Get Marcus on the roof, and pay attention to the patrolling guard below. When he is away, drop down and climb the yellow stairs to reach the building in the center of the yard. On the roof, you will find the collectible. Now, exit following the same path.
Key Data 4 – Stanford University – The Key Data at this location unlocks the Stun Amp Up upgrade for Marcus’s teaser. It is fairly easy to collect, because all you have to do is to solve a puzzle by moving some circuit nodes. When you reach the location, start climbing the planters near the main entrance of the building, then go around toward the back side of the roof. Hop on the air conditioning boxes, deploy the Jumper and send it inside the air duct. Hack the Security Router inside the tunnel, then deploy your Quadcopter outside and start moving nodes. The trick here is to follow the red lines, and to know that there are two nodes under the cars parked outside. If you move them, the whole puzzle is very accessible. Once you solve it, take Marcus to the door on the upper roof, using the air conditioning boxes.
Key Data 5 – Galilei – The Key Data in Galilei contains the Explosive Optimization upgrade and it is extremely hard to acquire undetected. The infiltration point is the wall surrounding the restricted area; therefore, use the nearby crates to reach it. Move on the wall but pay close attention to the guard in the tower, and to the one around the corner, when you are right under the said tower. Take out the guard at the bottom of the ladder, then climb it and stun the guard in the tower. Now hack the CCT box and use the Quadcopter to reach the security breach on top of the tower above you.
San Francisco Key Data Locations
Key Data 1 – Embarcadero Center – The first Key Data on our San Francisco map above, unlocks the Engine Overdrive upgrade. This collectible is related one of the game’s main operations and can’t be missed. Since we don’t want to spoil the game for you, we won’t insist on it, but we can tell you that it is located in an underground garage.
Key Data 2 – Fort Point – This Key Data unlocks the Botnet Savings for City Hacking. It is located inside a small structure, near the Golden Bridge Gate, just outside Fort Point. To unlock the door, you need to complete another puzzle by connecting the network nodes. It is an accessible puzzle for which you should use the Quadcopter.
Key Data 3 – Cliff House – The third Key Data above unlocks the Target Weakness upgrade. Look for it on the walkway in a restricted area. To get it undetected, use the scissor lift nearby to get on the roof of a large building, then deploy your RC Jumper and drop directly above the case.
Key Data 4 – New Dawn Facility – To unlock the Security System Shutdown upgrade you need the fourth key on our map. It is also inside a restricted area, but you can get it using the RC Jumper. Just sneak inside the front gate, and look for the briefcase near a gazebo. Distract the guard facing the collectible and pick it up when he is not looking.
Key Data 5 – Sutro Tower – The Key Data at Sutro Tower unlocks the Electro Shock Optimization upgrade and it is very accessible. Place Marcus close to the south-eastern side of the facility and look for a hole in the fence. Use the RC Jumper to get inside, then check the other side of the yard for a small building. Go around the corner to find another hole and pick up the collectable inside.
Key Data 6 – SFMOMA – This Key Data is required to unlock the Chopper Retreat Exploit upgrade. It can be found inside a container, under a car. Hack the car and drive it backwards to create a distraction. Now, quickly stun the guard near the barrier, then use the RC Jumper to enter the container and get the data.
Key Data 7 – Nudle Park – The Watch Dogs 2 Nudle Park Key Data is in a loading area, which is obviously restricted. For this collectible, first clear the way by moving the boxes blocking the container where the key is located. Now, create a distraction on the other side of the area, then use the RC Jumper to get inside and quickly retrieve the key. It unlocks the Keen Eye research.
Key Data 8 – Ferry Building – This one is by far the easiest Key Data you have to collect. It unlocks the Remote Gadgets and you will find it in the clock tower marked on our map. Fly your Quadcopter up and hack the security breach.
Key Data 9 – Coit Tower – Check the location near the Coit Tower (also marked on our map) in order to unlock the Strong Grip upgrade for Marcus. The Key Data here is very well protected by several gang members. Use the Quadcopter to scout the backyard where they hang out and you will notice multiple electrical switches. Use them to stun the guards, then get the data with your RC Jumper. If you play your cards correctly, you can stun all of them.
Key Data 10 – Chinatown – To get the Key Data in Chinatown, and unlock the Massive Vehicle hack you need to reach the roof of a building. Start by climbing the yellow ladder in the back alley and hack the red CCT box to unlock the grate of an air duct. Now, use the ramp above the small building where the CCT was located and the RC Jumper to enter the air duct, then hack the Wi-Fi sniffer inside. Alternatively, you can fly your Quadcopter through the air duct.
Key Data 11 – Lombard Street – The final Watch Dogs 2 Key Data included in our guide is the one in Lombard Street. It unlocks the Tweaked Blast upgrade and all you have to do is to use the Quadcopter to fly on the roof of a white building, and scan the Wi-Fi sniffer under a wooden terrace.