Crafting is an important element in The Last of Us 2 but it isn’t very elaborate since there are only 12 types of craftable items in the game. Finding all 12 recipes and crafting them all will unlock the “Tools of the Trade” trophy. In this guide, we will go over the basics of crafting in The Last of Us 2, finding crafting materials, and uses of different craftable items in the game.
The Last of Us 2 Crafting
Crafting an item in The Last of Us 2 first requires you to find its recipe. This can be done by simply progressing through the game and exploring mission areas. Aside from crafting recipes, you’ll also need to find a lot of materials that aren’t easy to come by.
Since the game doesn’t shower you with crafting materials wherever you go, you’ll need to be very picky about what you should and shouldn’t craft. You may also have to prioritize one thing over the other.
Lastly, there are some items that only Ellie can craft while others can only be crafted by Abby. There are a few items, however, that both of them can craft. We’ve prepared this handy table to help you learn all there is to know about how crafting works in The Last of Us 2:
Alcohol + Rag
It can be crafted by both Ellie and Abby. Automatically unlocked via story progression.
Alcohol + Rag
This item can only be crafted by Ellie. Automatically acquired from Dina during Chapter 4: Patrol.
Stun Bomb / Smoke Bomb
Canister + Explosive
This item can only be crafted by Ellie. The first place to get it is from Barkos Pet Store during Chapter 9: Downtown. You’ll need to enter through the delivery area and must’ve acquired the key from the bathroom in Ruston Coffee Shop.
You can also get it from the United States Court House. There should a Stun Bomb sitting on a shelf on the bottom floor. Picking it up will unlock the recipe for it as well.
Container + Explosive
Only Ellie is able to craft Trap Mines in TLoU2. At the start of Chapter 11: Capitol Hill, you should be able to find a motel. Toward its backside, there should be a green dumpster next to an open window. You need to push the dumpster so that you are able to climb through the open window and find the crafting recipe on the bed.
Rag + Canister
Gun Silencer can be crafted by both Ellie and Abby. For Abby, it’s automatically acquired. To unlock it for Ellie, you need to head inside the bookstore near the gas station during Chapter 11: Capitol Hill and acquire the Stealth Training Manual. Once acquired, unlock the “Craft Silencers” skill – the very 1st one.
Binding + Blade + Any Melee Weapon
This is another item that can be crafted by both Ellie and Abby. You can unlock it automatically for Abby. As for Ellie, you need to head inside the United States Court House during Chapter 9: Downtown and head to the lower floor. Once there, you should find a Training Manual in one of the rooms. You need to unlock the “Craft Melee Upgrades” to get the recipe.
Binding + Blade
This item can only be crafted by Ellie. You will get attacked by an infected with a bow on its back in one of the garages in Chapter 16: Hillcrest. Defeating the enemy should drop the bow and the crafting recipe for Arrows.
Explosive Charge + Binding
Explosive Arrows in The Last of Us 2 can only be crafted by Ellie. To unlock the recipe, you need to unlock the “Craft Explosive Arrows” in the “Explosives” skill tree. To find the Training Manual, you need to make your way toward the tall residential building during Chapter 18: Seraphites. You need to climb the truck to go through the window and inside the first room on the left side.
Once inside, inspect the Workbench to get attacked by a group of enemies. After dispatching these enemies, head inside the room from where they were hiding to find the Training Manual.
Alcohol + Container + Explosive Charge
Pipe Bomb in TLoU2 can only be crafted by Abby. You’ll automatically unlock the recipe during Chapter 25: On Foot.
Alcohol + Explosive
It’s another item that can only be crafted by Abby. To unlock the recipe, you need to unlock the “Craft Incendiary Shells” skill in the “Firearms” skill tree. In order to obtain the Training Manual for it, you need to head inside La Rosa’s Auto Shop after the fight with the woman during Chapter 30: The Forest. Once inside the shop, check the side office to find it.
Hunting Pistol Ammo
Explosive + Blade
Hunting Pistol Ammo is also only craftable by Abby. To unlock the recipe, you need to unlock the “Craft Hunting Pistol Ammo” in the “Firearms” skill tree. You can check the “Incendiary Shells” section of our guide to learn more about how to get the Training Manual.
Binding + Blade
The last crafting item in the game is also exclusive to Abby. In order to unlock the recipe, you need to get the “Craft Shivs” skill in the “Covert Ops” skill tree. To find the Training Manual, you need to search the hanging boat during Chapter 25: On Foot.
These are all the crafting items and their recipes locations in The Last of Us 2. For more help on the game, you can check out our detailed The Last of Us 2 wiki guides.