New Game Plus Guide: Difficulty and What Carries Over | Last of Us 2

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New Game Plus is back in The Last of Us Part II, available upon completing the game. Read on to find out what is different about this mode, New Game Plus Difficulty, and what carries over into New Game+!

Is There a New Game Plus?

New Game Plus is a mode originally introduced in the first Last of Us. New Game Plus was unlocked once you completed the main game for the first time. New Game Plus would allow you to replay the game, except you will be able to retain all upgrades you had gained in your first playthorugh, allowing you to focus on other upgrades in the second playthrough. Using NG+ was crucial for certain trophies which require you to obtain all upgrades.

New Game Plus makes a return in the Last of Us 2, allowing you to replay the game without losing any progress with your upgrades.

What Carries Over Into New Game Plus?


During the Jackson chapter, only your pistol and rifle are available. However, all weapons will become available when Ellie reaches Seattle.

Weapons List | Where to Find All Weapons

Weapon Upgrades

The weapon upgrades you obtain throughout the game will be retained in NG+, so you won't lose all that hard work you put into your artillery. An important thing to note though is that you will not start off will all of your weapons, so rather, they will have upgrades ready once they are all picked up after arriving in Seattle.

How to Customize Weapons

Player Upgrades

HP, Listen Mode Distance, Heal Speed, etc. are a few of the “stats” that Last of Us has. These can be upgraded via supplements. If you are looking to boost all of these to max, it will be very hard to do in a single playthrough, but much easier in NG+, since you will retain all of these upgrades as well.

In addition, the training manuals that give you each skill branch do not need to be picked up again.

List of Skill Branches | All Player Upgrades


Collectibles are carried over, so you do not need to pick up ones from the first run again if you are going for 100% completion. Collectibles can be picked up a second time in NG+, although they are already added into your total, so it is not necessary if you have already gotten them once. There is also a setting in Options that will show an icon over previously collected collectibles.

All Collectibles and Locations

New Game Plus Difficulty

The difficulty for the New Game Plus has been changed. Before, you could only play on certain difficulty levels when you finished the main game.

Now, all the difficulties are available to choose from. They also added a Custom difficulty setting where you can customize difficulty for different aspects of the game, such as Players, Enemies, Allies, Stealth, and Resources.

Difficulty Settings and Best Difficulty

Is New Game Plus Worth It?

While Many games will allow you to accomplish everything within one play through, The Last of Us 2 will not have enough resources to upgrade everything in one go, making your upgrade choices in your first play through very important. This will also increase the replayability of the game, as New Game Plus is great for completionists who cannot put the controller down until they've maxed out every upgrade and cleared the hardest difficulty.

Game Length | How Long is The Last of Us Part II?

Our veridict: NG+ is worth if you are a completionist and want to get all upgrades and trophies, or if you want to find a way to clear higher difficulty levels by balancing them with better upgrades.

Trophy Guide | List of Trophies

The Last of Us 2 Tips and Tricks

Tips & Tricks

Game Mechanics and Features
Combat Guide and Tips List of Skill Upgrades
How to Use Listen Mode How to Stealth Kill | Stealth Tips
How to Upgrade Weapons -
Controls and Techniques
Game Controls & Settings
How to Ride the Horse How to Heal
How to Use Quick Turn How to Run (Sprint)
How to Turn on Aim Assist How to Ride the Boat
Resources and Tools
What are Scavenged Parts? What are Ingredients?
Recipe List List of Training Manuals and Locations
List of All Workbench Locations How to Get Infinite Ammo
Exploration and Secrets
Safe Combinations and Locations How to Find the Downtown Seattle Map
Trophy Guide | List of Trophies How to Open the Bank Vault
Soda Can Code How to Earn the High Score in the Archery Game
How to Win the Marksmanship Competition How to Put a Hat on your Companion
How to Find the Engraved Ring How to Find the Strange Artifact
How to Unlock the Hidden Trophies Easter Eggs
Miscellaneous Guides
Which Skills Should You Upgrade First? Which Weapon Upgrades Should You Get First?
How to Play Guitar What Carries Over Into New Game Plus?
How to Use Photo Mode Difficulty Settings and Best Difficulty
How to Use Generators Scent Trails Explained

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    • I’m more of a stealth player so I didn’t enjoy the boss fight in the hospital. One touch and you’re dead, that’s not enjoyable or realistic. Might as well run outside and kick a bear. I’d get the same thing happen, dead. Too much story in this game as well, I feel like it’s hours of videos that takes away from the game play. Just give me the details and move it along. I don’t need to know who’s screwing who.

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