Collectables on this chapter: (4)
Remember : We’re playing on HARD difficulty and this means there are less weapon parts or health packs to pick up (compared to the easier difficulties). So if you’re playing on an easier difficulty then you’ll have an even easier time as our strategies are designed with access to fewer weapon parts.
Current Objective: Find a Med-Pack for Joel
The game begins in the main Atrium of the snow-covered shopping mall; so once you gain control, just head straight upstairs and make your way towards the statue with the man aiming an arrow at the skylight above.
As you turn the corner to your right, you can pick up a [Brick] here to add to your inventory and then make an immediate beeline for Weston’s Pharmacy . Crawl under the partially-open shutter, turn on your torch (with R3 ) and don’t waste your time searching the whole shop. Simply go straight to the locked door at the far-right corner (where the till is).
Search the floor behind the till for the first in-game collectable the [Combination Note - 1 of 4] . This note reveals the combination needed to unlock a padlock in the shop next door.
Note: Some collectables are obtained naturally as you play, so we won’t list them as they’re not optional or hidden.
Current Objective: Get the key to the locked pharmacy door
So make your way back under the shutter and press Triangle when you approach the locked shutter in the hallway outside to open it. Sneak under the shutter and then stay to the left and in the corner you’ll come across a Clicker corpse. Search his body for the [key - 2 of 4] and you’ll also uncover the second collectable, the [Pharmacist’s Note - 3 of 4] .
Current Objective: Open the locked pharmacy door
With the key in your pocket, make your way back to the front of the store where you’ll be greeted by a - not so friendly - Clicker wandering past outside. Simply sneak up behind it and use your pocket knife (which you can use an infinite amount of times by the way) on its fleshy head to kill it in one move.
Continue on to the pharmacy, unlock the door at the back and once you regain control of Ellie, search the open room on the right for a [1/2 Sugar] and [1/2 Rag - Easy/Normal only] .
Current Objective: Find another Med-Pack for Joel
Jump through the open window pane and hang a right where there’ll be an opening just up ahead. There’s two paths through here (but no enemies thankfully), so we suggest going left first and stick to the left side to find some shelving that have additional supplies for you to pocket including: [1/4 Scissors], [1/4 Rag] and a [1/2 Explosive] .
Come out from the shelving and look for the opening in the top-right corner. Crawl through here and run around the corner on the right to be greeted by a not very pleasant sight. Grab the [Bandages] (that you’re supposed to use right away, so you might as well). Watch out for the next collectable to pick up in front of the corpse, it’s the [Salon Note - 4 of 4] .
We’re almost done, so jump over the barricade to your left, run outside, run down the nearby stairs and press Triangle to leap over the barrier and to complete the first chapter in the DLC!