This page of The Last of Us game guide contains our recommendations on the best skills for Joel that can be unlocked and upgraded throughout the course of the game. This can make the hero stronger or unlock new useful attacks.
Supplements are required to unlock skills. Those can be found in the game world, along with other types of loot. Each supplement you acquire allows you to distribute 5 or 10 points. You cannot purchase all of Joel's abilities during a single playthrough of the game, as you will not find enough supplements. You need to start the game in the New Game Plus mode, to which the previous progress of the unlocked skills will be transferred.
In our opinion, those are the most important skills to unlock:
- Shiv Master - This ability allows the hero to use the Shiv blade to defend himself when grabbed by a clicker. This can save you from numerous potential deaths. If possible, you should purchase at least the first level of the ability before you start to run into more clickers (they will appear for the first time in the Suburbs stage). It is also worth to unlock the second level of the ability to use less blades.
- Maximum Health - Purchase the first level of this ability early in the game. Additional health points are always useful to help keep the hero alive.
- Listne Mode Distance - This is a very important ability used to track enemy movement and plan your attacks against them. Increasing the distance of the listen mode will allow you to locate more enemies and will decrease the chances of making a mistake. Keep in mind that this ability is not available on the Survivor and Grounded difficulty levels.
- Weapon Sway - we recommend to not wait for too long with unlocking both levels of this ability. Doing so will make aiming your weapons an easier task. This should cause you to miss your attacks less often, saving you valuable resources.