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The Last of Us Part 2 Exploration Tips

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The Last of Us Part 2

Exploring and hunting for materials makes up a lot of The Last of Us Part 2 and you will spend a lot of time searching, so we’ve found a few of our most useful tips and tricks to get you fired outright.

  • Search everywhere. Going off the beaten path will often take you to more than just making materials, supplements, or ammunition. It can also unlock more dialogue. So be sure to interact with letters and things scattered throughout the map to get the most out of the story.
  • Learn the tools of the trade. While weapon fragments and additions may seem straightforward to come by, you’ll never find enough of either to completely upgrade Ellie or her equipment in a single playthrough. So be clever and focus on maximizing your preferred playstyle when using those valuable resources. Also, don’t be afraid to gather up your weapon scraps for a massive upgrade, the weapon workbenches pop up reasonably regularly.
  • Study survival training. Complete skill paths are locked behind training instructions that are sprayed throughout your journey. Make sure to examine every area and unlock every safe to get access to these upgrades.
  • Look for Clues. Safes are something you’ll find often, and the sequence for that safe is almost always nearby. Look for letters around the safe location that will at times flat out give you the code, or give you a clue on where to get it, such as a special date or even a phone number. If you can’t find a letter, check the room itself for clues or hints.
  • Become a safecracker. Having difficulty finding the combination for a safe? Well, have I got good some great news for you! They can also be cracked. With a bit of persistence and the volume turned up you’ll be able to detect a slight change in the tone of the dial’s clicks when you get to the correct number. It’s very detailed but could save you time in the long run.
  • Be a survival expert. Exploring is excellent for getting resources but you can only take so many items, do not hoard the items. It would be a disgrace to pass up alcohol bottles because you’re already having too many when you have available health kit slots that aren’t being used. Likewise, don’t be scared to finally throw that Molotov cocktail if you’ve been taking 3 for the last 3hrs.
  • Enjoy the views. Early in the story, Ellie, Dina, (and Shimmer) will get in one of the more open-world sections of the game. Here, you’ll actually have a map and full freedom to roam around. Use this time carefully to explore every structure Ellie jots down. You’ll find key items that will invite you to explore more buildings, collectibles, story moments, and a lot more. When you feel it’s time to leave a building or area, you’ll know for sure that you’ve found everything by Ellie’s literal callout that the place is clear. She’ll even cross it out on the map.
  • You can always go back. When playing through the story for the first time, don’t get tired about collecting everything all in one go. The Last of Us Part 2 has a large chapter select system that shows you how many collectibles you’re missing in a chapter after you beat it. You can always go back and hunt for them.
  • Crawl for items. Don’t ignore that Ellie can go fully prone, and of course, Naughty Dog used this mode to hide even more items. So when you’re really on the lookout for items, make sure to crawl under toilet stalls, or even under the beds.
  • Break everything. Don’t be scared to break all the glass you can. As long as there are no foes around to hear you of course. Vending machines usually got health and some windows may even take you to areas not otherwise accessible. Also, it’s worth acknowledging that the game shows you that you can break a glass by throwing something through it, but if you can also fire or melee it.
  • Eye it all. If you’re looking out for collectibles, don’t neglect cork boards and walls. Someone may have pinned a valuable trading card up amongst some papers.
  • Beware of spawn randomness. We’ve seen a few important items that can appear in various locations. If you miss a manual or new gun the first time around it may come in a few sections later. Occasionally collectibles emerged in slightly different locations too; the cause of this is still not sure. But that’s just all the more reason to leave no drawer unopened or area checked.
  • Get every last one of them. Trying to get Platinum Trophy? The Last of Us Part 2 doesn’t have difficulty-based trophies, but you will have to play at least some of the game once more to completely upgrade your character.
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