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The Last of Us | Beginner Tips & Guides

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Learn all you need to know about The Last Of Us in this beginner tips & guide! Including combat tips, survival tips & more.

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Combat Tips

Use Environment And Cover To Sneak During Combat

Use Environment And Cover To Sneak During Combat

Using stealth in your favor is crucial when it comes to surviving battles in The Last Of Us. Whether you are facing hostile Survivors or Infected, you will be outnumbered most of the time. Use your environment and cover to sneak to get the drop on your enemies to even out the odds.

Utilize The Listen Mode

Unless you are playing on harder difficulty, the Listen Mode will be your best friend when it comes to scanning your surroundings. Be sure to listen and scan for any suspicious sounds before proceeding to a new and/or confined area.

Avoid Combat With Dormant Infected


In The Last Of Us, you do not always need to face every enemies in battle. The Infected especially may sometime be found in a dormant state. Try to sneak around them to bypass the combat entirely.

Learn More On Enemy Types & Faction Here

DO NOT Engage Clickers Unless Fully Equipped

One of the most lethal enemies early on is the Clickers. These Infected have long since lost their humanity, and will overpower you in a single grapple and kill you instantly. Do not attempt to engage them unless you are equipped with upgraded Shiv or powerful weapon such as Molotovs.

Save Ammo, Make Your Shots Count


As this game takes place in the modern post-apocalypse, your ammo supplies will be very limited. Make sure you save up on ammo when you can, and make each shot count by aiming for the weak spots. Utilizing both Long Gun & Pistols will help you maximize your ammo efficiency.

Click Here For All Weapon List

Consider Using Bows To Recycle Arrows

The bow, though being a primitive means of ranged weaponry, are a great choice of Long Gun in The Last Of Us. Not only are these completely silent, allowing for stealth takedowns, you can also sometimes recover arrows from dead targets granting a great ammo economy.

Use Melee To Save Ammos

In certain scenarios, you can choose to take out your enemies with a few well placed melee strikes. Melee attacks will attract less attention, but also save you some precious ammos for later use.

Use Brick As Bludgeon When Out Of Options

If in case you run out of all means of attack (aside from your fists), try grabbing a brick for a makeshift bludgeon. You can also use Bricks as a melee weapon, that can take down most enemies with 3 strikes.

When In A Pinch, Run

When cornered at gunpoint or surrounded by hordes of Infected, run and relocate. Enemies will have harder time hitting you on the run, and if in case they lose track of you, they will attempt to spread and search your last known location. Use this chance for stealthy takedowns or ambush.

Stock Up & Utilize Shivs

Stock Up & Utilize Shivs

The Shivs are your best friend when it comes to taking down Survivors and Infected alike. Shivs are especially useful for taking down unaware Clickers when upgraded. Be sure to stock up on few sets in case you need to sneak past Infested, or need to use them to open locked doors.

Melee Upgrades Are Second Priority

Although upgrading and binding blades to your melee weapons can make them a one-hit kill weapon, it uses the same amount of materials needed to craft a shiv. Try to minimize the melee weapon upgrades, as you can often find replacements with ease.

Survival Tips

Upgrade Your Maximum Health Skill First

One of the most useful Skill Upgrade to get first is the Maximum Health. As the name suggests, it will provide you higher maximum health, allowing you to sustain more damage from incoming shots and damages. Note that you will still be vulnerable to instant death.

Click Here For More Details On Character Skill Upgrades

Craft Weapon Holsters First

The first upgrades you want to prioritize would be the Long Gun Holster. This will allow you to equip 2 Long Guns at the same time. Pistol Holster, will allow you to carry a second pistol, but can be saved for later when powerful guns like El Diablo are available.

Choose & Prioritize Weapon Upgrades

Requires Tool & Parts To Upgrade Ranged Weapons

The amount of parts you can find to use for weapon upgrading are limited. Consider choosing and prioritizing which weapon upgrades you want to take first. We recommend upgrading Hunting Rifle's Armor Piercing & Ammo Capacity and Bow's Range early on in the game.

Click Here For Other Recommended Weapon Upgrades

Loot All That You Can Before Proceeding

 Loot All That You Can Before Proceeding

Take your time to scan your surroundings for any loots and ammos found before proceeding. You can never have too much materials in stock, and when you have maxed your carry capacity, try crafting extra items to make space for additional materials.

Click Here For All Materials & Item List
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