The Last of Us 2 Cheats and Secrets

Secrets, Unlockables, and Easter Eggs in The Last of Us 2.

The Last of Us 2 is no doubt full of mystery and intrigue – and hides many ways secrets within Seattle’s Quarantine Zone and beyond. Being mindful of potential secrets can help you in both seeking revenge and discovering overlooked details of interest. Below you’ll find a list of known cheats and secrets you can encounter in The Last of Us Part Two.

The Last of Us 2 Cheats and Secrets

Listed are all the hidden secrets tips & tricks and unlockable achievements & trophies that you can unlock by completing certain tasks or levels. So, let’s take a look.


Hey there, treasure hunter! Stuck trying to decipher the combination of an old safe in a forgotten city? Have no fear, I’ve got a trick for you. When you hit the right number, you’ll hear a distinct clicking noise. It’s a sound that’s different from the normal clicking of moving the dial, so be sure to pay attention. Give it a try and see if you can unlock that safe!

Enhance Your Vision

“Last of Us 2” players, enhance your gaming experience with increased accessibility! Choose from options such as enemy difficulty, text-to-speech, and more for a personalized journey. Having trouble spotting enemies or collectibles in the dark? Try the “highlight important objects” option by swiping your controller’s touchpad. This will bring your surroundings to life, with allies in blue, enemies in red, and interactive items in yellow, making it easier to navigate, take out enemies, and loot.

Stalker infected won’t show in red, but they’ll still be easier to spot in the dark. Enjoy the hunt!

Spotting Stalkers

Stalkers are a fearsome and persistent threat in “The Last of Us 2.” They elude detection, hide in the shadows, and can attack unexpectedly from seemingly harmless locations. In some instances, they may even blend in with the environment by hiding in fungal growth on walls. But there’s a trick to spotting them. Look for Stalkers embedded in walls wearing jeans – if you spot them, you can shoot them first and avoid being ambushed!

Breaking and Entering on a Budget

In “The Last of Us 2,” you’ll find that breaking windows is a faster way to get inside buildings than using locked doors. Instead of searching for bricks or bottles, use melee attacks by simply getting close and tapping the X button. This works on most glass windows, displays, and vending machines, and even to retrieve out-of-reach items like supplies and snacks to restore health. Plus, striking windows won’t affect your weapon’s durability, so feel free to break away!

Additional Dialogue

When traveling with companions in “The Last of Us 2,” they may suddenly halt the conversation. If you hear a chime, make sure to turn towards or approach them to see a speech bubble icon. Press the triangle button when prompted to reveal more dialogue and conversations that may offer new insights or just some entertaining moments.

Replay Chapter Sections

In “The Last of Us 2,” you can easily revisit areas without manually saving files. As you progress, completed sections will be accessible from the main menu by choosing from available chapters and sections within each chapter. The collectible stats for each area will also be listed, allowing you to see how many items you still need to find.

Keep in mind that starting a new game or loading a save file at a different point may affect the available chapters, so make sure to load the most recent save file before going back to the menu to select a specific chapter.

Unlockable – New Game+

Once you finish the story of “The Last of Us Part 2,” you’ll unlock the New Game Plus mode. This feature enables you to replay the game while retaining your upgrades and skill unlocks. This is the only way to fully upgrade all weapons and unlock all skills in “The Last of Us Part 2” and is crucial for those aiming to earn every trophy and platinum.

Easter Egg – PlayStation References

It wouldn’t be a Naughty Dog game without plenty of PlayStation references, which have been scattered all over the game:

  • Many homes have PlayStation 3s stashed away or near the remains of home entertainment systems – complete with PlayStation controllers and an assortment of PS3 games, which are usually Uncharted 1 and 2, and the Jack & Daxter Collection – which were developed by Naughty Dog.
  • When exploring Eugene’s secret hideout in the Library outside Jackson, you can inspect a stash of VHS tapes (all of which are porn), to find one labeled “Smash Brandi’s Cootch”. This is a pretty perverted nod to one of Naughty Dog’s games: Crash Bandicoot.
  • The remains of a Halloween store can be explored when moving through Seattle’s Capitol Hill area. If you look closely along the back of the store, you can find a costume section that includes a Nathan Drake costume – the main character in the Naughty Dog game, Uncharted.
  • One of the members of the Washington Liberation Front, Whitney, can be seen playing on a PlayStation Vita handheld system. If you look and listen, you can also pick out that she’s playing Hotline Miami, and it’s constantly blaring one of its iconic tracks: Hydrogen.
  • There are two secret collectible artifacts that are unlike anything else you’ll find in the game. One is a mysterious ring you can find in Downtown Seattle’s bank vault, and bears the inscription “Sic Parvis Magna”. This is the same ring once worn by Sir Francis Drake – and the one Nathan Drake wears around his neck in Uncharted. The second artifact is a strange egg-like relic found in a Chinatown district further into Seattle, and bears the likeness of a Precursor Orb from Jak & Daxter!
  • When exploring an arcade near Seattle’s waterfront, be on the lookout for Naughty Dog’s racing game – Jak X: Combat Racing, originally made for the PS2, and now in the form of an arcade cabinet!

Easter Eggs – Movie References

  • When exploring a certain bank robbery gone wrong in Downtown Seattle, Ellie and Dina talk about a movie involving a heist with surfboards – referencing the famous movie Point Break starring Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, and Gary Busey.
  • During a flashback to a surprise visit to a museum, Joel tells Ellie about a movie involving dinosaurs – specifically some dangerous velociraptors. He also mentions a sequel that wasn’t as great and a line about a giant mound of shit. Joel is of course referring to Jurassic Park 1 and 2, and Ian Malcolm’s iconic line when encountering a large pile of dinosaur excrement.
  • One of the WLF members, Manny, is a huge fan of anime. At a certain point when traversing Seattle on foot, he mentions wanting to get drunk and watch a movie. If pressed on the subject, he’ll mention it’s the one about a girl riding a wolf. This is likely a big nod to Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke.

Warhammer Figurines

A fan of tabletop games appears to work at Naughty Dog, as you can discover miniature figures throughout Seattle. These figures closely resemble the space marines from Warhammer 40K. You can even find a comic book shop in Seattle that features a section dedicated to “Galactic War,” complete with a tabletop battlefield and a nearby merchandise store.

Unlockable Weapons and Holsters

During your journey in “The Last of Us Part 2,” you can discover several extra weapons and holsters if you know where to search. You can quickly switch between long and short weapons once you find makeshift holsters, otherwise, you’ll need to pause to retrieve them from your backpack. Here’s a brief guide on where to find them:

  • Revolver – You can’t miss this weapon, as it’s tied to progressing the story as you prepare to leave Jackson in Chapter 1.
  • Pump Action Shotgun – When exploring Downtown Seattle during Chapter 2, look in the southeast corner for the ruins of the bank, and explore it to find the combination to the bank’s vault. Inside you’ll find the body of a bank robber still holding a shotgun.
  • Long Weapon Holster – Also found in Downtown Seattle in Chapter 2, there’s a pet shop with a locked door in an alleyway near 6th and Marion street. In order to find the key, look for a coffee shop at the corner of 5th and Spring street, and enter the bathroom to locate the key. Once inside the pet shop, search the far room to locate a leash that can double as a holster.
  • Short Weapon Holster – This item seems to usually be found when exploring the Hillcrest neighborhood in Chapter 3. Once you reach a long street after passing through a bicycle shop, you can search the alley on the left for a garage to an auto shop swarming with Infected. They’re guarding a safe (and the combination can be found in a note across the street in a restaurant’s kitchen) and once you unlock the safe, you should find the holster within.
  • Bow – You’ll get this weapon automatically as you progress through the Hillcrest region in Chapter 3, though you’ll need to fight off its previous owner first.
  • Hunting Pistol – Once you reach Chapter 6’s On Foot section, you’ll be making several detours through abandoned warehouses and a building housing a large boat. Once on the other side, you can check out a nearby trailer that holds a note regarding a nearby safe, and the clue to its combination (search the walls for a winning lotto number). Crawl through a hole in the low building across from the trailer to find the safe in question, and open it to get the incredibly powerful and precise pistol.
  • Double Barrel Shotgun – When in Chapter 6’s Hostile Territory section, you’ll be making your way through a Chinatown section, starting with a narrow street lined with shops on both sides. Look on the right to find an antique shop that you’ll need to drop down into from above (after jumping the gap from the other side of the street). Fight off the infected in the shop full of vases, and then look behind the counter for a shotgun stashed in case of emergency.
  • Short Weapon Holster – Also located in the Hostile Territory section, there’s a checkpoint known as Martyr’s Gate just past Chinatown street. Once at the checkpoint, look to the right to find an old nail salon, and head into the backroom to find a holster you can pick up.
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