The Last of Us Joel Supplements and Skill Upgrades Guide

How to upgrade all the skills of Joel with the help of supplements in The Last of Us.

The Last of Us

The much-anticipated survival action adventure by Naughty Dog has been released, and we are ready to move on from the pleasant experience left by Uncharted. Among different gameplay elements, The Last of Us also offers players to upgrade the protagonist’s skills (Joel).

As in most RPGs, in The Last of Us, your character will become stronger as you progress through the game. However, to upgrade the skills, you will need supplements which I refer to as the skills points.

Each skill upgrade will require you to have a fixed amount of these supplements, and once you fulfill the required criteria, you can upgrade the desired skill anywhere you want as unlike weapon upgrades, skill upgrades don’t require any workbench.

Now that we have the basic idea about the skill system in the game, let’s move on the type of skills you can upgrade and the supplements required to boost these skills.

For more help on The Last of Us, read our Collectibles, Optional Conversations and Ellie’s Jokes Locations Guide.

The Last of Us Joel Supplements and Skill Upgrades

Maximum health
That’s the most important skill one should look forward to upgrading. You can upgrade the skill twice; for the first time, it will cost you 50 (supplement points). For the second upgrade, the requirement is 100. An increment in health is useful when those nasty creatures try to ambush you.

Listen Mode Distance
Joel has the ability to listen to the enemies in the surroundings, and with the help of that, he can guess their locations even across solid barriers. This option is quite useful, especially against clickers. After maximum health, it should be your second priority to upgrade.

For the first upgrade, it will cost you 20. It will be 30 for the second, and for the final upgrade, it will cost you 50 supplement points.

Weapon Sway
A third most handy skill to upgrade in the game. The utility of this skill is self-explanatory – it will reduce the weapon sway, and you will be able to aim the running targets efficiently. It is upgradeable twice, costing you 50 and 100 respectively.

Remember that the upgrade priority can vary depending on your play style, so choose them accordingly.

Crafting Speed
These upgrades will enable you to craft items faster. Not much use, but it can be beneficial if you craft health kits or explosives on the go during the fights. You can upgrade it thrice for 25, 30, and 50 points.

Healing Speed
Joel can patch up himself using the health kits. This takes a while, and if you are in a firefight or crowded by the infected, you will want to heal yourself quickly so you can get back in the battle without dying.

In such situations, Healing speed upgrades are useful. The two upgrades will cost you 50 and 100 points, respectively.

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