The game takes us five years after Ellie and Joel’s dangerous journey across the post-pandemic United States. Now living in a thriving community of survivors in Jackson
, Wyoming, the two find themselves in a violent event that disrupts the supposed peace and stability of their new home. Ellie embarks on a relentless journey for revenge and closure as she hunts down all those responsible, at the same time face the devastating repercussions of her actions, physically and emotionally.
Welcome to Supercheats’ unofficial guide for the game. Please use the menu on the right to navigate. We have a lot to cover and since we’re only able to secure our copy on the game’s release date, we will try to catch up with lots of the content we’re planning to cover here!
In this guide we will cover the following:
* Full walkthrough of the game (including collectibles along the way)
* Dedicated collectible locations (Workbenches
, weapons, Manuals, Trading Cards, and more)
* Safe Code solutions
* Secret Trophies
Tip #1: Toggle the Accessibility Options!
Aside from the standard options offered to you when starting a new game, the game offers a hefty load of gameplay-related options that can help a wide range of players (including physically-challenged ones) to adjust to fit their experience. You can freely toggle these on/off by accessing the game’s Options menu. For a quick list, here are some of the settings that you should check out:
* High Contrast Display
: This setting “cleans” up the environment textures and adds distinct color contrast to allies, enemies, items, and interactive objects. This setting is especially helpful in finding collectibles or just navigating your way around dark areas. You can toggle this on/off by swiping Left on the Touchpad.
* Alternate Controls > Assistance
: Recommended for players who find themselves struggling with the aiming and throwing in combat. Even if you don’t need the aim assist, it’s still a good idea to turn on Auto Weapon Swap and Auto Pick-up for convenience.
* Enhanced Listen Mode
: While Listening, this option allows you to scan for items using Circle and enemies by pressing Square.
* Combat Accessibility
: This option has a lot of minor options that will allow you to directly adjust the settings to make combat easier for you. While we suggest not turning this on for immersion and moderate challenge, it’s still worth noting that you have this set of options to make the game a lot of manageable for you if you find yourself struggling in combat.
* Hud > Gameplay > Awareness Indicators
: Recommended for players who haven’t played stealth games before, setting this option to Stealth will display an indicator if an enemy is about to spot you.
Tip #2: Search for Supplies and Open Safes!
For a game about survival, you’ll have limited supplies and ammo so it’s imperative to explore as much as needed so you’ll be stocked with valuable ammo and crafting materials. The availability of ammo and material pick-ups will depend on your chosen difficulty of course.
There’s a lot of locked safes
that you’ll encounter during your journey. All of them will locked and the code to unlock them can be found by checking out clues in the immediate areas (or skip the search entirely and just check our Safe solutions
page for the combinations). safes
usually contain valuable items like ammo, manuals, supplies, even new weapons. There portions of no return in the game so if you’re keen on finding the clues yourself, it will be a good idea to create a manual save and avoid proceeding to new areas, especially those that require a button prompt.
Tip #3: Use Stealth as Necessary
Use stealth often! There are several encounters in the game where you can just avoid combat altogether by sneaking past enemies or running towards a safe spot. This is essential as well in higher difficulty where you have to conserve ammo and resources for engagements that are required for story progress. Stealth kills are pretty much the best way to dispatch some enemies as you can kill them easily without alerting nearby enemies.
How to Find All Trading Cards
In the original Last of Us, there are collectibles in the form of a fictional comic book series, Savage Starlight. With the sequel, there’s no surprise that the developers will include a ton of collectibles for players to hunt and find. One of the many collectibles are Trading Cards. These small pieces of illustrated cardboard can hide in plain sight and you normally won’t be able to spot them from a distance without using High Contrast mode or getting near enough to see the pick-up prompt. You can also consider turning on the Enhanced Listening Mode (in the Navigation and Traversal section in the Options menu) which will enable you to use mapped buttons to send a ping to find nearby collectibles in your immediate location.
In this link, we will list all Trading Card locations
divided per chapter. You can also check out our other dedicated pages for the other collectibles in the game. Finding all trading cards in the game will unlock the "Master Set
* How to Find All Trading Cards
How to Find All Artifact
Artifacts are basically notes that you can find scattered in the environment, usually left behind by other survivors. Some of these are somewhat tricky to find since they are either hidden in off-path spots or cleverly hidden in plain sight - like other collectibles. In this page, we will list down the locations of all artifacts in the game, divided into chapters. Since there's a lot of artifacts to find, we will be dividing the individual locations based on the story chapters per playable character.
For convenience, it is recommended to enable High Contrast mode
in the Accessibility options. You can also consider turning on the Enhanced Listening Mode
(in the Navigation and Traversal section in the Options menu) which will enable you to use mapped buttons to send a ping to find nearby collectibles in your immediate location. Finding all Artifacts
(and Journal Entries
) will unlock the "Archivist
* How to Find All Artifacts as Ellie
* How to Find All Artifacts as Abby
How to Find All Journal EntriesJournal Entries
are notes and drawings that Ellie will add to her journal after interacting with certain objects and experiencing certain events. These are also counted as Collectibles and of course, the opportunities to log these journal entries can be easily missed. Finding all journal entries (and artifacts) will unlock the "Archivist
* How to Find All Journal Entries
How to Find All Coins
In the original Last of Us, there are collectibles in the form of a fictional comic book series, Savage Starlight. With the sequel, there’s no surprise that the developers will include a ton of collectibles for players to hunt and find. One of the many collectibles are Coins. These rare collectibles are much smaller than Trading Cards and can hide in plain sight. You normally won’t be able to spot them from a distance without using High Contrast mode or getting near enough to see the pick-up prompt. You can also consider turning on the Enhanced Listening Mode (in the Navigation and Traversal section in the Options menu) which will enable you to use mapped buttons to send a ping to find nearby collectibles in your immediate location.
* How to Find All Coins
How to Find All Weapons and Holsters
You’ll start off with your trusty rifle and pistol but while exploring the post-apocalyptic world of The Last of Us 2, your chances of survival increases as you find new weapons and add them to your arsenal. With the scarcity of ammo, access to several weapons will give you versatility to deal with almost any situation, especially when you’re forced to fight a huge wave of enemies. Thankfully, there are several weapons you can find in certain locations.
Melee weapons can also be found in various locations but unlike guns, melee weapons are only temporary since they have durability and will be destroyed once its durability reaches 0. You can use the Crafting menu to fix a melee weapon back to its full durability. It’s also a bummer that you can only carry one melee weapon at a time. In this page, we will cover where you can pick up various guns in the game. Take note that if you miss the guns we list here, there’s a possibility that you’ll encounter them again later in the game. Collecting all guns in the game is necessary to unlock the High Caliber Trophy
In this list, we will also include the gun holsters
. Holsters will allow you to carry additional long guns and short guns, making it easier to swap between the equipped weapons. Throwables or Traps are explosives that you can craft as long as you find the very first "prototype".
* How to find all weapons and holsters
How to Find All Workbenches
Workbenches are the only places in the game where you can customize your ranged weapons using Parts that you scavenge while exploring. The upgrades are all beneficial and permanent but due to the number of parts you can find, you should prioritize which weapons to upgrade first and what upgrades to select first. The rifle and your pistol are reliable starter weapons and you should upgrade them first since their ammo are somewhat common. Prioritize upgrading Stability to reduce weapon sway (unless you disabled Weapon Sway in the Accessibility options) then Capacity, while the others will depend on the weapon. Damage upgrade for the rifle can be bought later to make it more potent in one-shotting most enemies and eventually adding a 6x scope to it will allow you to pick off most targets at great distances.Workbenches
can be used as often as you need as long as you can go back for it. Some workbenches especially those you encounter in one-off areas can only be used while you’re there so keep finding parts and use workbenches whenever you can. On this page, we will help you find all workbenches in the game. Most can be encountered along the way while others need some exploration to locate them. For convenience, we will have dedicated pages for the workbenches you can find per playable character.
Finding all workbenches will unlock the Trophy
"Prepared For the Worst
* How to Find All Workbenches (Ellie)
* How to Find All Workbenches (Abby)
How to Find and Open All Safes
Like the original, The Last of Us Part II has several environmental puzzles. Among these are locked security safes
containing valuables like supplements, parts, manuals, even weapons. The clues to open these safes are found in notes (artifacts) in nearby spots or locations. If you're having troubles finding these clues, don't worry! We'll cover those for you. If you also just want to know the codes and jump right in in looting those safes, that's no problem either since there's no repercussions for opening the safes directly without finding their clues first.
Take note however, that some of the safe locations
may require spoiler-sque descriptions for better explanation. In this page, we will list down the locations and codes of all safes
in the game, divided into chapters. Finding all safes
and unlocking them will unlock the Safecracker Trophy
For convenience, it is also recommended to enable High Contrast mode
in the Accessibility options. You can also consider turning on the Enhanced Listening Mode
(in the Navigation and Traversal section in the Options menu) which will enable you to use mapped buttons to send a ping to find nearby collectibles in your immediate location.
* How to Find and Open Every Safe
How to Unlock All Skill Trees
You’ll find Supplements among the various essential supplies scattered in the post-apocalyptic world of The Last of Us Part 2. Supplements are somewhat rare consumables that are needed to unlock new skills for Ellie to better help increase her combat effectiveness and survivability. Ellie can have several skill trees; however, unlike other games, Ellie doesn’t start off with these skill trees. First, she has to discover Training Manuals - magazines and pieces of literature that impart knowledge to Ellie so she use supplements to learn and apply the five skills each manual has to offer.
The main thing about these manuals is they are also hidden like most collectibles in the game, making it very possible for you to miss them and get completely locked out of skill trees if you’re not thorough enough. In our guide, we will list down the locations of the training manuals you can find in the game. Take note however, that similar to some weapons in the game, it’s possible to find these manuals in certain locations other than what we have listed. Nevertheless, it’s worth checking out these locations in your playthrough.
* Training Manuals Locations (Ellie)
* Training Manuals Locations (Abby)
How to Unlock Chapter Select and New Game+
After completing the game, you'll get a prompt to save your game post-credit. Perform a manual save on a separate slot. The next time your main menu appears, you'll see the New Game+ option. This option allows you to start a new game and keep all the weapon upgrades, learned skills, unlocked weapons, holsters, and recipes for your playthrough. When playing as Ellie, you'll be able to have complete access to your weapons and recipes once you've reached Seattle Day 1. For Abby, you'll start off with your complete set from the start.
It is very important to save the "cleared" save file. If you failed to save the clear file and loaded a different file, you'll have to go through the normal story progress and finish the game normally to be able to access the New Game+
+ option again.
The Chapter Select
option is available from the main menu as you progress through the story. However, you have to be careful since selecting a chapter will overwrite your current auto-save; make sure you save your current progress in a separate slot to be safe. Chapter Select is useful for replaying previously-completed missions in case you missed some collectibles. This feature also has a breakdown for all collectibles found in specific chapters and missions.
How to get the Platinum Trophy
The game has 26 trophies, all of which can be unlocked within a full playthrough and halfway through New Game+. Most of the trophies are related to finding various collectibles and weapons in the game as well as fully upgrading weapons and learning all skills. There are no trophies tied to difficulty levels so even those who play the game in the easiest difficulty can unlock the Platinum trophy for this game. We have completely covered how to find all the collectibles in our online guide as well as dedicated pages on how to unlock the three secret trophies in the game.
* How to get All Trophies in the Game