Men in Black Vans

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Men in Black Vans
MissionTitle MenInBlackVans.jpg
Region: Solomon Island
Zone: Kingsmouth
Start Location: Skateboard Park
Start Coords: (421,565)
End Coords: (556,843)
Given by: Danny Dufresne
Type: Investigation
Recommended Level: 13
Reward: 4,584 Experience
Repeatable: Yes
Game Version: SWLicon.png SWL
Added in: Update 2.0

Young pop-culture survivalist Danny Dufresne watched as the Men in Black arrived to combat the supernatural menace or did they? According to Dufresne, they seemed more interested in experimenting on the monster population. If they had ulterior motives, you should discover them.

Journal Entries

Mission Investigation.png Men in Black Vans       Main Mission
REPEATABLE (Recommended Level 13)
Young pop-culture survivalist Danny Dufresne watched as the Men in Black arrived to combat the supernatural menace or did they? According to Dufresne, they seemed more interested in experimenting on the monster population. If they had ulterior motives, you should discover them.
Tier 1
The Men in Black made a conspicious arrival in a convoy of black vans. Search the van parked to the north of the skate park.
  • Investigate the black van
Tier 2
The remains of the van's occupants are sprawled up on the beach nearby, where a cluster of draug pods writhes wetly. Their van still contains a laptop uplink, currently blinking on a login screen.
  • Log in on the laptop
Tier 3
A communication on the laptop refers to the "Occult Attractor" and the importance of not leaving technology behind in the field. On that point, you agree with Orochi protocol. Use the tracking device to hunt down the missing technology.
  • Use the tracking device
Tier 4
The Attractor has been dragged out into the low tidal waters, but is still active and working exactly as intended - attracting occult creatures. Discover how to shut the Attractor down before it lures something even worse in from the sea.
  • Find out how to deactivate the Occult Attractor
  • Deactivate the Occult Attractor


There are 4 tiers to this mission.

Tier 1/4

  • Investigate the black van
    • It is down road towards Orochi at bridge, marked on your map at (437,846)

Tier 2/4

  • Login to the laptop
    • It's in the back of the van
    • Use the "hint" on the laptop to get a password hint
Clue 1      
It's not obvious from any of the text you get, but if you read the journal entry - it mentions the bodies a little further down the beach from the van.
Clue 2      
Search the bodies, and you get their employee ID cards. They are Emily Chan (#1689477) and Kitsune Hayabusa (#1688490).
Clue 3      
Try looking more information about them online
Clue 4      
Use the in-game browser (or any browser) to go to the Orochi web page
From the Orochi website, under the "Who Are We" section, you can look up Kitsune and see that his wife is "Sally". Sally is the password
  • Once logged in, get the Assembly Sequence for Occult Attractor.

Tier 3/4

  • Use the tracking device
    • Pick it up from the back of the van, next to the laptop.
    • Use it out of your inventory to start the tracking
The tracking device will lead you to a device at (556,843)

Tier 4/4

  • Find out how to deactivate the Occult Attractor
    • Use the control panel on the device
  • Deactivate the Occult Attactor
Clue 1      
There are multiple yellow-outlined areas on the device. If you hover over each, you will see what component each is.
Clue 2      
Disassemble in the reverse order of assembly
  • Etheric Transponder Antenna
  • Manifest Agitator
  • PK Pulse Unit (this is the keyboard on the top, which can be very easy to miss as the outline is almost the same colour)
  • Note: This quest has been known to be buggy if multiple people try to deactivate it at the same time. It is supposedly fixed, but even so, if you come up on someone else doing this mission, it's best to wait until they're done, just to make sure.


Dragon.png FROM: The Dragon
To: <Character Name>
SUBJECT: Men in Black Vans
It is said the technology of the Orochi Group is twenty years in advance of their competitors. Did those twenty years save them here? Did that technology serve them any better than our predictions?

Witness a microcosm of the whole. Reliance on rigid rules will be the downfall of Orochi. Their dragon is false, manufactured, machined. Straight lines and square boxes. They quarantine themselves from chaos in white rooms and black vans, ignorant that chaos ignores lines, change overcomes walls.

In twenty years, nothing of them shall remain but machines. Still measuring what they could never understand.

Illuminati.png FROM: The Labyrinth
To: <Character Name>
SUBJECT: Men in Black Vans
This was a big moment for you! You should always remember your first industrial espionage. I forwarded the data on this attractor thing to our tech guys. They'll be earning their pizza money tonight.

In a hypothetical situation where Orochi had warehouses full of these around the world, and they were to suddenly remotely activate - well, you'd hypothetically be a key enabler. Or, a key liability. My advice: keep it on the down-low for now.

The important learning for you is that we don't do free clean-ups of other people's messes. Bottom line, there's always a payback.


Templars.png FROM: Temple Hall
To: <Character Name>
SUBJECT: Men in Black Vans
Before I take the moral high ground, I feel I should qualify the position. We cannot damn these corporate interests for operating without thought to the Kingsmouth survivors. After all, is that not similar to the instructions I gave to you?

You, however, are working towards a greater good. These “scientists,” by leaving an open invitation to further horrors, are only making a greater mess. The technology is most impressive, but the common sense of those applying it leaves much to be desired.

And now they are dead. You see why our approach is so very needed.

R. Sonnac

"Secret World Legends"
Exp.png 4584
Anima Shards.png 400
  SWL Patron Icon.png Patron Bonus
Exp.png + 458
Anima Shards.png + 60
Weapon Reward Bag.jpg 1 Weapon Reward Bag

First Time Completion Rewards
Blue Bag.jpg 1 Investigation Vanity Reward Bag
XP Per Tier
  • Tier 1: 763 Exp.png
  • Tier 2: 763 Exp.png
  • Tier 3: 763 Exp.png
  • Tier 4: 2292 Exp.png


Danny Dufresne: Awesome! I knew it!
Danny Dufresne: First the zombies rise from the dead...
Danny Dufresne: then they send in the Men in Black...
Danny Dufresne: and then the guys with superpowers show up.
Danny Dufresne: This is totally like the August issue of Katana Guy and Headphones Girl.
Danny Dufresne: Y'know, the one in Antarctica with the tentacles and the mutant Nazi zombies?
Danny Dufresne: I am so psyched to meet you.
Danny Dufresne: Can you, like, fly?
Danny Dufresne: We could really use some superhero action in this town. I mean...
Danny Dufresne: its the zombie apocalypse!
Danny Dufresne: You'd think with all the hours I put into Left 4 Dead...
Danny Dufresne: they'd let me carry a gun.
Danny Dufresne: But I just get the runaround:
Danny Dufresne: "You're only 15!"
Danny Dufresne: Yeah, I'm also, like, the last man standing.
Danny Dufresne: Not counting Andy or Moose.
Danny Dufresne: Or Henry. Or Edgar.
Danny Dufresne: Anyway...
Danny Dufresne: it's not like I'm accidentally going to shoot anyone...
Danny Dufresne: living.
Danny Dufresne: The sheriff doesn't even believe I saw the MIB's roll up in their black vans with no license plates.
Danny Dufresne: I used my RC plane with a wireless webcam...
Danny Dufresne: got a bird's eye view of the action.
Danny Dufresne: They're packing some sweet tech...
Danny Dufresne: real made-in-Area 51 stuff.
Danny Dufresne: Good thing they are on our side.
Danny Dufresne: Um. They ARE on our side, right?
Danny Dufresne: Yeah, I figured they would be...
Danny Dufresne: since they're herding up the Mutant Smurfs – you know, the draug? -
Danny Dufresne: and probably experimenting on them.
Danny Dufresne: Think alien autopsy footage, in front of a live studio audience.
Danny Dufresne: That'd be really neat.
Danny Dufresne: In a totally gross way, of course.

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  • "Katana Guy and Headphones Girl" is a reference to two of the concept art characters introduced before The Secret World launched. See - File:Character_concept.jpg
  • Left 4 Dead[1] is a first person horror game.
  • Area-51[2] was a U.S. Air Force military base that conspiracy theories believe is used for testing advanced / alien hardware.





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