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The Last of Us
Strategy Guide

Author(s): James Bowden
First Published: 23-06-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 21-05-2020 / 19:11 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 28-05-2020 / 20:31 GMT

The Last of Us Guide

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Controls - Basics and Tips

Basics and Additional Tips

Menu Options


Difficulty: Easy/Normal/Hard/Survivor

Game Hints: On/Off

Strategic Tips: On/Off

Tutorial Hints: On/Off

Gore: On/Off

Listen Mode: On/Off

Melee Prompts: On/Off


Aiming - Sensitivity Adjustable Bar

Aiming - Horizontal: Normal/Flipped

Camera - Vertical: Normal/Flipped

Camera - Horizontal: Normal/Flipped

Camera - Vertical: Normal/Flipped

Show Controls

Reset Defaults



Reset Defaults


Volume - SFX: Adjustable Bar

Volume - Music: Adjustable Bar

Volume - Speech: Adjustable Bar

Volume - Movie: Adjustable Bar

Output - Format: Default/Stereo Speakers/Stereo Headphones/Dolby Pro Logic II

Output - Change Speaker: Small/Large

Output - Dynamic Range: Default/Maximum/Wide/Normal/Narrow/Midnight

Reset Defaults


Text: English/Francais/Italiano/Deutsch/Español/Dansk/Português/Nederlands/


Subs: English/Francais/Italiano/Deutsch/Español/Dansk/Português/Nederlands/


Speech: English/Francais/Italiano/Deutsch/Español/Português/Russian/Polski


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.

Note: Not all items disappear on harder difficulties. Weapons, Skill Pills, Parts, Training Manuals, Comics and Artefacts can be gotten during any of your playthroughs.

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.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Platforms
    PS3, PS4
  • Genre
    Action-adventure, Survival Horror
  • Guide Release
    23 June 2013
  • Last Updated
    21 May 2020
  • Guide Author
    James Bowden

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