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The Last of Us Part I

Basics & Tips

Shane Williams

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Depending on how far you’ve progressed in the game, various tutorials appear here. If you’re a beginner it’s worthwhile to check all new entries in this section.

Restart Encounter

Restarts the game from the last checkpoint. Especially handy when you’re discovered by enemies while you wanted to do a full stealth run.


Depending on the difficulty, you’ll find more or less items during your quest for survival. The harder the difficulty, the less items you’ll find. You’ll still be able to find all collectibles regardless the difficulty you’re playing on.

The harder the difficulty, the more damage you take from enemy blows. Some enemy attacks (such as a Clicker grapple) retain their instant-kill effect on all difficulties. Enemies will also notice you considerably more quickly the harder the difficulty.

The Easy difficulty also has an additional option for ‘Lock On Aiming’, which makes it easier to shoot targets. The Survivor difficulty doesn’t have a Listen Mode nor Melee Prompts for in-game combat. You’ll want to be very familiar with the game before attempting it.

Movement and Sounds

Joel can crouch/sneak, walk, run and dash. Compared to running, other movements are either slower (sneaking, walking) or faster (dashing). As a rule of thumb: The faster you move, the more noise you make. Sneaking/moving while crouched is very quiet, but not completely silent, and Clickers will still be able to hear you when getting (very) close.

**Movement Type** **Speed (Compared to Running)** **Amount of Noise**
Sneaking while aiming 3.5x slower Very quiet
Listen Mode 2.75x slower Very quiet
Walking while aiming/preparing to throw 2.75x slower Very quiet
Sneaking (crouched) 0.4x slower Very quiet
Walking (slow - fast) 2x - 3.5x slower Quiet
Running Nominal speed Noisy
Dashing 0.25x faster Very noisy

Avoid making unnecessary sounds. The ‘click’ of an empty gun, or the sound of reloading can trigger enemy responses, especially from Clickers.

Health and Healing

Joel starts the game with five health bars. You can increase his maximum health by collecting Skill Pills and purchasing the ‘Maximum Health’ skill.

If you’re injured there are several ways to patch yourself up. Health Kits can be crafted (by combining a rag + alcohol); Health Cans and Bars can be found in various places but cannot be placed in your inventory - you’ll have to use them right away.

**Healing Item** **Heals** **How to Get**
Health Kit 3 bars Found - Crafted: Rag + Alcohol
Health Can 1 bar Found
Health Bar 1/2 bar Found

Crafting/Item Upgrades

The following items can be combined or used to create the following:

  • Health Kit = Rag + Alcohol
  • Shiv = Blade + Binding
  • Nail Bat = Wooden Stick + Blade + Binding
    It takes two seconds to craft these upgrades.

The Nail Bat grants one instant-kill bar, which appears underneath the (four) smaller bars, which indicate how many regular slashes you have left. More importantly, this instant-kill attack is also a stealthy attack; nearby enemies are not alarmed when you use your upgraded melee weapon.

A Runner typically takes four slashes, or one normal Wooden Stick. The Lead Pipe has nine regular bars and allows you to take down two Runners (and have one bar left).

Parts and Workbenches

Collect Parts to upgrade your weapons at Workbenches.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PS3, PS4
  • Genre
    Action Adventure, Survival Horror
  • Guide Release
    23 June 2013
  • Last Updated
    23 September 2022
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  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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Updating - For The Last of Us Part I

The Last of Us takes place in a bleak future, twenty years after a fungal infection has wiped out much of humanity, turning them in to mutated savages. Those who survived are not much better, with survivors huddled together in quarantined zones, struggling and scavenging for the remaining food, weapons - and anything else they can get their hands on. Joel is such a survivor, living a life of smuggling and black marketeering - and one with few morals. He’s hired to transport a teenage girl named Ellie across the country, but what seems like a simple job turns into a desperate and profound journey across what remains of America.

You’ll need all the help you can get as you battle your way through the mutant hordes and our guide has you covered:

Version 1.1:

  • The best way to conquer the whole game on Hard Difficulty.
  • The location of all 30 Firefly Pendants!
  • Where to find all 13 Comic Books.
  • The places to grab all 81 Artifacts.
  • How to master every weapon with all 12 Training Manuals.
  • The best way to sneak past or beat each and every enemy in the game!
  • Full Trophy list.
  • Left Behind DLC guide added (Hard Difficulty).
  • Location of every DLC collectible.
  • Where to find all DLC optional conversations.
  • How to unlock every additional trophy.

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