The Last of Us features deep character interaction, and you can experience the full extent of it by making sure Joel talks to Ellie whenever he gets a chance. These optional conversations will unlock ‘I want to talk about it’ trophy in the game.
Engaging in these optional conversations gives you a background about the post-pandemic world and unlocks tags. Every time an optional conversation is available, you will notice a triangle button appear on the screen. When it appears, press it to start the discussion.
Don’t forget to read our Ellie’s Jokes Locations guide for rest of optional conversations. Furthermore, read through the comments for any optional conversations that we might have missed.
The Last of Us Optional Conversations
There are 37 optional conversations you need to participate in, if you want to unlock the conversation tags and ‘I want to talk about it’ trophy. You can trigger these conversations at the following places:
Optional Conversation #1 Location. 20 Years Later – Quarantine Zone
When you are heading towards the checkpoint with Tess, stop by the couple newspaper machine and talk to them.
Optional Conversation #2 Location. Quarantine Zone – Beyond The Wall
After exiting the Pizza shop through the front door, try your luck by attempting to romance with Tess.
Optional Conversation #3 Location. The Outskirts – Outside
At the start of the chapter, talk to Tess at the window.
Optional Conversation #4 Location. The Outskirts – Downtown
When you enter the titled building, you will come across a dead soldier in the hallway. Talk about him.
Optional Conversation #5 Location. The Outskirts – Museum
After getting rid of the runners in the top floor of the museum, talk to Tess near the open window. Conversation is about whether she is okay.
Optional Conversation #6 Location. The Outskirts – Museum
After getting rid of the runners in the top floor of the museum, talk to Ellie near the open window. Conversation is about whether she is okay.
Optional Conversation #7 Location. Bill’s Town – The Woods
After entering Anthony’s Pizza and Subs on main street, talk to Ellie at the arcade machine.
Optional Conversation #8 Location. Bill’s Town – Safehouse
When you are inside the bar, talk to Ellie about the chess set in the booth.
Optional Conversation #9 Location. Bill’s Town – Graveyard
After entering the next house by cutting through the tree house, talk to Ellie in the kids room on the second floor.
Optional Conversation #10 Location. Bill’s Town – High School Escape
Encouraging Ellie in truck is final optional conversation you can trigger in The Last of Us.
Optional Conversation #11 Location. Bill’s Town – High School Escape
Give Bill Frank’s suicide note to trigger this conversation.
Optional Conversation #12 Location. Pittsburgh – Alone and Forsaken
Enter through the overhead door after the first fight and talk to Ellie about the bodies in the hunter camp.
Optional Conversation #13 Location. Pittsburgh – Alone and Forsaken
After cutting through the hunter camp and dropping back into the street, talk to Ellie about the bodies.
Optional Conversation #14 Location. Pittsburgh – Alone and Forsaken
After climbing over the bus, go towards the graffiti on the right wall just before the checkpoint and talk to Ellie about the message.
Optional Conversation #15 Location. Pittsburgh – Alone and Forsaken
From the flooded street, take a right and you will spot an advertisement on the wall with a skinny model. Talk to Ellie about it.
Optional Conversation #16 Location. Pittsburgh – Hotel Lobby
Move to the bar towards the left of the hotel lobby and interact with the coffee machine.
Optional Conversation #17 Location. Pittsburgh – Hotel Lobby
Climb the furniture in the second floor room to reach the third floor. Go to the bathroom and you will spot a couple in the bathtub. Talk to Ellie about it.
Optional Conversation #18 Location. Pittsburgh – Hotel Lobby
After exiting the restaurant, enter the ballroom and move to the right corner. Talk to Ellie about the photo.
Optional Conversation #19 Location. Pittsburgh – Financial District
Talk to Ellie about the hunter hanging next to the bank once you are done with the hunters in the plaza.
Optional Conversation #20 Location. Pittsburgh – Financial District
When you drop to the street having climbed the fire escape next to the credit union, talk to Ellie about the military school sign to the right.
Optional Conversation #21 Location. Pittsburgh – Financial District
Move to the parking lot from the street mentioned above and talk about the ‘Dawn of the Wolf’ movie billboard on the side of the building.
Optional Conversation #22 Location. The Suburbs – Suburbs
You will come across a house with ‘Will Shoot on Sight’ sign. Approach the house and discuss the looters.
Optional Conversation #23 Location. The Suburbs – Suburbs
Participate when Henry discusses barbeques in the destroyed kitchen in the first street.
Optional Conversation #24 Location. The Suburbs – Suburbs
You will come across an ice cream truck at the bend of the road. Approach the truck and talk about it.
Optional Conversation #25 Location. The Suburbs – Suburbs
Close to the dead end, in the living room of the house, watch the kids play darts.
Optional Conversation #26 Location. Tommy’s Dam – Hydroelectric Dam
After raising the gate to cross the water drop off the walkaway through the hole and jump over fallen tree ahead. At this point, talk about the grave market.
Optional Conversation #27 Location. Tommy’s Dam – Hydroelectric Dam
As Tommy and Maria show you around the dam, talk to Ellie when you reach the horses.
Optional Conversation #28 Location. The University: Go Big Horns
Discuss football with Ellie as you pass by the football banner in the university.
Optional Conversation #29 Location. The University: Go Big Horns
As you exit through the courtyard and move towards the dormitory, press the triangle button at the logo of the fireflies.
Optional Conversation #30 Location. The University: Science Building
After crossing the walkway, discuss the fireflies luggage next to the stairs.
Optional Conversation #31 Location. Lakeside Resort – The Hunt
When you reach the mine camp elevator having escaped the clickers using the sky bridge, collect the supplies and talk to David about the bodies.
Optional Conversation #32 Location. Bus Depot – Highway Exit
Moving down the free way when the triangle button appears, press it to ask Ellie if she wants to learn guitar.
Optional Conversation #33 Location. Bus Depot – Highway Exit
Before exiting the free way, take a right towards the airline advertisement to trigger this conversation. Ellie tells you about a dream about flying a plane.
Optional Conversation #34 Location. Bus Depot – Highway Exit
Inside the station, look for a ladder which will trigger a comment from Joel.
Optional Conversation #35 Location. Bus Depot – Highway Exit
Having chased Ellie out of the bus station into the next building, you will come across a giraffe. Interact with it.
Optional Conversation #36 Location. Bus Depot – Highway Exit
As giraffe herd is passing by, press the interact button to enjoy the scene.
Optional Conversation #37 Location. Bus Depot – Highway Exit
Before you exit the triage area and cut through the city bus, give picture of Joel and Sarah to Ellie.
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