Portal 2 Easter Eggs
Though they make some of the most powerful and emotionally-affecting games around, the designers at Valve still love a good joke. With this sensibility in mind, it becomes worthwhile to comb their games for hidden humor and Easter Eggs. The Portal series is one of the most irreverent in the Valve stable, and its first installment featured a number of amusing hidden features. Portal 2 is similarly seasoned — check out the videos below. For more Portal 2 gameplay and advice, consult our full walkthrough.
Testing Chamber 20 Glitch
Band of Turrets
P-Body Sneaking Around
“Door Prize” Achievement
The Borealis and the “Ship Overboard” Achievement
“Portrait of a Lady” Achievement
“Exile Villify” by The National
The band The National has written and recorded a song just for Portal 2, and you can find it in your adventures in Chapter 2. It’s located in the second Rat Man den you come across, playing on a radio there. Watch the video below to see how to find it, as well as all the Rat Man dens.
Rat Man Transmissions
In a few key places are special audio signals you can hear through radios. These are signals sent by Rat Man, a character you never meet in Portal 2 who escaped GLaDOS’ testing chambers and lived in the walls. Get more backstory on Rat Man from Valve’s comic, and find and decode his transmissions with our Rat Man Signals Decoder Guide.
Just about every character in the game will spew all kinds of extra dialog lines at you if only you’re willing to let them. Any time a character gives you an order or asks you to advance to the next section, just sit tight and listen to them. They’ll almost always just keep talking for quite a while, and the lines are often hilarious.
Aperture Science posters
Keep your eyes peeled in the Testing Spheres in chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8 for various posters from Aperture about procedures, information and emergencies. When you first hit the Repulsion Gel test, for example, you can read about how it was originally designed as a pudding-form dietary supplement, until it was involved in many lawsuits. Other posters encourage testers to work safely to avoid investigations that will slow down Science, and explain what to do in the event of a rogue A.I.
Discover even more of Portal 2′s secrets with our Cheats How-To. Unlock a few accouterments for Atlas and P-Body with our Co-op Content Guide for the PC version and reshape the game to your will by accessing our Dev Console Explanation. You can also hit up our ever-growing library of Achievement FAQ Videos and Trophy Walkthru Videos. Plus, you can learn more about the Portal 2 story by locating Rat Man’s dens with our Rat Man Dens Guide and the Transmission Decoding Manual.