Watch Dogs Guide: ctOS Control Centers & Towers

Here's your Watch Dogs guide to all the ctOS Control Centers, insertion points, solutions and all ctOS Tower locations.

In the world that is Watch Dogs, in order to gain access to everything and everyone, you'll need to gain access into the main ctOS Control Centers. Besides Parker Square (that's already unlocked at the very beginning), there are 4 additional ctOS Control Centers. To open your map further, giving you additional hideouts (good place to get those 10 Audio Logs needed) and much more, you'll need to hack into the 13 ctOS Towers as well.

Note: To open the ctOS Control Center in The Loop City District will require you to play and complete the campaign Act I_Backstage Pass, then you can proceed with the rest of this guide.

This guide will cover their locations, various entry points and solutions for the ctOS Control Centers. I will tell you I went ahead and did this at the very beginning of my game. Having this done ahead of time makes everything so much easier, especially since most of the missions and investigations require this be done. So if you haven't done so already, unlock these all now and watch your skill points and progression rise!

Tip: after taking out all the guards at the various ctOS Control Centers (if you haven't done so already), roam around to pick up weapons, explosives and electronic parts.

ctOS Control Centers:

Brandon Dock City District

  • South Gate & Garage - Guarded gate and 2 snipers on the south walkway
  • West Gates & Garage - There are 3 ways to enter here: a guarded gate, a garage and a second unguarded gate

I chose the West Gate insertion point with the unguarded gate. This allowed me to sneak around and use the cameras undetected. I was able to get a better determination of how many guards there were and easily get the access code without being seen. In the garage, there's a sniper upstairs. Upon successfully taking out all the guards and gaining the access code, head over to the ctOS server to hack in. You'll gain XP +500 upon completion and district access.

Your solution for the Brandon Docks ctOS Server

The Wards City District

  • Beauty Parlor Fence Gap (South) - Unguarded
  • Rusty Stove Fence Gap (Southeast) - Guard nearby
  • Gates (South) - Guard nearby
  • Gates (West) - Guards around
  • Fence Gap (West) - Unguarded
  • Gates (North) - Guarded gate
  • Snack Shop Fence Gaps (East) - Unguarded

I used the cameras to get a good view of all the guards before I even decided what to do in there. I did end up using the Beauty Parlor Fence Gap as my insertion point, dealt with the guard from the south gate and got my access code. From there I hacked the forklift and climbed up top, hacked the protectors as my "shields" and took out the guards using a sniper rifle. A good tip is to take out the guard that can call in reinforcements first. After successfully taking out all the guards, climb back down and hack into the ctOS Server. Upon completion, you'll gain XP +500 and district access.

Your solution to The Wards ctOS Server

Mad Mile City District

  • Southeast Scissor Lift - Unguarded
  • South Gate - Guarded gate
  • Southeast Pedestrian Gate - Guards nearby
  • Northeast Security Door - Patrolling guard nearby, hack the door to get inside
  • North Gate - Guarded gate

By the Navy Pier, I chose the Southeast Scissor Lift as my insertion point. I used the cameras to determine the guards and gain the access code. I used my sniper rifle for most of the guards, then climbed down and finished off the remaining guard or two with the Goblin assault rifle. I pack some mean weapons when I play. Part of the fun of hacking money and buying weapons at the gun shop. After taking out all the guards, gaining the access code, head over to the ctOS Server to hack in. Upon completion, you'll gain XP +500 and district access.

Your solution to the Mad Mile ctOS Server

Pawnee City District (Located on Bernai Island)

  • Covered Jetty (West) - Unguarded for the most part
  • Rusty Jetty (South) - Really out of the way
  • Main Harbor (East) - Heavily guarded
  • Rugged Rocks Jetty (Northwest) - Guards nearby

I chose the Covered Jetty (West) and used my cover position to the container ahead of me to grab a frag grenade. With my silenced Spec Ops 1911 in hand, I proceed to my left, take out the guard and then in the opening of the fence, take out the guard on my right across the way. I then use a cover position and use the cameras to determine the location of the other guards, distract them, explode items to take them out, and grab the access code. After taking the guards out and getting the access code, head to the ctOS Server. Upon completion you'll gain XP +500 and district access.

Your solution to the Pawnee ctOS Server

ctOS Tower Locations:

Note: There are no ctOS Tower Locations in the Pawnee City District.

Parker Square City District

  • ctOS Tower 1 - Hill Park Tower
  • ctOS Tower 2 - Pequino Village Tower

The Loops City District

  • ctOS Tower 3 - South Side Campus Tower
  • ctOS Tower 4 - Theater Square Tower
  • ctOS Tower 5 - Riverside Tower

Brandon Docks City District

  • ctOS Tower 6 - Calumet Market Tower
  • ctOS Tower 7 - Des Monts Canal Tower
  • ctOS Tower 8 - Lake Shore Tower

The Wards City District

  • ctOS Tower 9 - Woodpark West Tower
  • ctOS Tower 10 - Rossi-Fremont Tower

Mad Mile City District

  • ctOS Tower 11 - Franklin Tower
  • ctOS Tower 12 - River East Tower
  • ctOS Tower 13 - Gold Coast Tower

Don't forget to turn to the Watch Dogs Guide Directory for tips, reviews and help!

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Venisia is a public relations professional, video game industry contractor, published author, freelance entertainment journalist, copy editor, a co-organizer of the Latinx Games Festival, and a member of the Latinx in Gaming and the Puerto Rico Game Developers (PRGD) community. Her passion is video games. She loves the adrenaline rush from a multiplayer match and understands the frustrations of a brand-new raid. Venisia finds immense value in gaming especially in the realm of mental health.

Published Jun. 2nd 2014
  • Si_W
    Unlocking the ctOS (is this the way to spell it, I've seen at least 3 variants now...) towers has been my primary goal. I'm more interested in opening up the full map before playing fully.

    That isn't to say I've not tried anything else, but I've essentially left the campaign alone, not bothered with Fixer contracts and ignored the online game until I achieved this.

    Of course, I've hacked absolutely everyone I've met without exception (coz this is how I roll...) and tried to prevent loads of crimes, but my primary focus was always on the towers first and foremost...
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Haha yes that's actually how it's properly spelled. I'm glad to see there's someone else who thinks like I do. Opening the map completely enables the ability for everything the actual campaign will require. I liked getting it done first and not having to worry about it later.
    I hack everyone too, especially for money! Paying attention to their indicator, when it's a blue color, will show if it'll be a money hack or music.
  • Si_W
    Sadly I'm finding it harder to find music now I have approx. 18 out of the 23 tracks needed for the achievement - although I still wonder why that is so important.

    I have far more money that I probably need already as well, especially as I'm now hacking people who just give me $5k a time rather than $680 or something just as trifling/miniscule.

    I'm now such a snob...
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Finding all the music is pretty random I will say. Standing near businesses that have music playing can help you I might add. I, too, have more money than I need lol.
  • Si_W
    Good call, I'll try that...
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Np :)

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