Need a High School Escape walkthrough for The Last of Us 1, including all collectibles? In this The Last of Us 1 guide, we're going to show you how to achieve 100% completion in High School Escape, which is part of the Bill's Town chapter.
There are 2x Artefacts and 2x Optional Conversations to find in High School Escape, as Joel faces his first Bloater.
The Last of Us 1: High School Escape Walkthrough
Out of the Graveyard and into the High School Escape. Wait, that's not how the saying goes! Bill's battery plan has gone awry, and now you're trapped in an abandoned school.
Of course, there are Runners and Clickers in here. Keep your profile low and take them out with Shivs and stealth kills. There are supplies on the stairs so grab those, then cut through the science classroom on the right. There are more Runners and Clickers in here, so if you're going to go loud, make sure you're prepared. Alternatively, just pick them off with stealth kills again. As you come out of the science classroom and back into the hallway, there are three more Runners which you can deal with using a well-placed Nail Bomb or Molotov Cocktail.
Make sure you're healed up and prepared before you open the locked door at the end of the corridor, because there's a Bloater on the other side and he's no pushover. You're going to want your most powerful weaponry here, so pull out your shotgun and give it hell. The Bloater isn't particularly fast, but it will throw clouds of spores at you to bridge the distance. Stay on the move and hit it hard when you have the opportunity. We recommend using Molotovs and your Shotgun. Once he's done, head into the room he came from to grab some supplies.
Boost Bill up to the bleachers and you'll be ambushed by three Runners immediately, so take them out as efficiently as you can. Then return to the bleachers and Bill will pull you up. Shimmy along to the window and climb through and out of the school. You can cut through the fence but will be rushed by a Runner, so be sure to dispatch of him first. Run to the ladder and climb over, before the Runners catch up. Head into the house with Bill and Ellie and watch the cutscene.
Artefact #1: Note from Frank
Before you push the car, head back into the house and loot the Supplements from the kitchen. Then go into the bedroom on the far side of the house and find an Artefact on the table underneath the window named Note from Frank.
Optional Conversation #1
Artefact #2: Note from Frank (Crumpled)
Optional Conversation #2
Speak to Ellie in the car before you begin pushing it for an Optional Conversation.
Once you're ready, start pushing the truck. It won't start immediately and you'll be ambushed by Runners and Clickers as you try to get it moving. Every time infected approach, let go of the vehicle and take them out. Then get back to pushing. Once you reach the hill, Ellie will get it started. Run after the car and climb on the back. It's time to take the trip to Pittsburgh, where you'll find yourself Alone and Forsaken.
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