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Read this to learn about how to upgrade weapons in The Last of Us 2 (TLOU2). Includes the upgrade priority, required parts, tools, work benches, & more on The Last Of Us Part 2.

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How Do You Upgrade Weapons?

Use Weapon Benches To Upgrade

 Use Parts To Upgrade Ranged Weapons

Long Guns and Pistols you acquire throughout the game can be upgraded at a workbench found throughout the world. You can spend Parts to upgrade your weapons.

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Available Upgrade List

  • Reload Speed
  • Fire Rate
  • Ammo Capacity
  • Draw Speed
  • Stability
  • Damage
  • Scope
  • Burst Fire
  • Rangefinder

Long Gun & Pistol Upgrades Are Persistent

Long Gun & Pistol Upgrades Are Persistent

Applied weapon upgrades will be installed permanently, and will also be available if in case you pick up a different gun of the same type when when you do not have it equipped.

Melee Weapons Also Upgradeable

Melee Weapons Also Upgradeable

Most melee weapons you find, such as the 2x4, can also be upgraded / crafted into a more lethal weapon with binding & blade materials. Unlike ranged weapons, melee weapons does not require a workbench to be upgraded, and can be created in the fly from the crafting menu.

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Upgraded Melee Weapon Are One-Hit Kill

Upgraded melee weapons with serrated edges will allow you to deliver one-hit kill on most enemies. These upgrades will only last for few blows before it breaks.

Weapon Upgrade Priority & Recommended Customizations

Upgrade Priority & Recommended Upgrades

The weapon upgrades you want to invest, ultimately boils down to your preference. However, here are some items we found useful that you may use as a reference when choosing which weapon / upgrades.

Recommended Upgrade Priority

WeaponsUpgrade Priority
Semi-Auto / Military Pistol★★★★
Pump / Double Barrel Shotgun★★★★
Revolver / Hunting Pistol★★★☆
Bow / Crossbow★★☆☆
Bolt-Action / Semi-Auto Rifle★☆☆☆

The table above recommends the sequence or the priority of upgrades as Parts are quite limited in the game. Note that spreading the upgrades and not concentrating on only one weapon also helps in the long run as you can change weapon depending on your ammo reserves.

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Semi-Auto & Military Pistols


Handguns in the game greatly benefit from an increased ammo capacity. As there are multiple occasions in which you will be attacked by multiple enemies, having a large capacity helps in pulling off quick headshots. This is true from the start to the end of the game, so get this upgrade during the early stages if you have the Parts.

Shotgun & Double Barrel Shotgun


A deadly close range weapon needing no introduction, the Shotgun can be grabbed relatively early on in the game while packing a punch, perfect for taking down tougher enemies. Upgrading the Damage will allow you to increase the already impressive damage output of these guns.

Revolver & Hunting Pistol


These 2 weapons suffer from low capacity and excruciatingly long reload times. However, they have decent accuracy and good damage to compensate for that. Try to prioritize getting their damage up first and then reload times. Having these as reserve once you run out of ammo for your high-power weapons is recommended.

Bow & Crossbow


Perfect for silent takedowns and having great ammo economy thanks to being able to recover arrows, the Bow are very useful weapon for all mid-range engagements. Upgrading these weapons for Draw or Reload Speed will further help taking down enemies safely.

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Bolt-Action & Semi-Auto Rifle


These guns have innately high firepower backed with decent accuracy. They can be left at their base levels without any upgrades and they would still be highly effective in battle. They can be replaced with the better weapons in certain situations. Leave these guns' upgrades for later.

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