How to Kill Runners (Zombies) | Last of Us 2

Welcome to Game8's Last of Us Part 2 guide. Feel free to get started by checking out one of our popular guides from the list below!

See our guides for getting 100% of the trophies!

The Jury is out! Read our full spoiler-free review here!

Runner - Banner 1.jpg

Runners are the most common infected enemy you will encounter throughout The Last of Us Part II. Learn how to fight against Runners efficiently to never get cornered again.

How to Kill Runners

Runners - Killing Runners.jpg

Fighting against Runners will happen frequently, as they are the most common type of infected in the game. Runners are extremely fast and can be quite dangerous to fight against in large quantities. Also, they can both spot you and hear you if you make a sound, unlike Clickers, which rely purely on sound.

Runners - Killing Runners 2.jpg

The best way to deal with runners is by taking them out before they find you. Runners are more likely to be found in groups, so when possible, try to take them out one by one to trim down their numbers instead of fighting the whole group at once.

Seeking out their locations in advance via Listen Mode, then strategically taking them out via Stealth Kills is the best bet!

How to Stealth Kill | Stealth Tips

Killing Runners Efficiently

Runner - Banner 2(1).jpg

Most weapons will work effectively against runners, but try to use weaker weapons to save your ammo for stronger enemies like Clickers and Shamblers. However, if you find yourself in a situation where they are about to surround you, it might be better to use powerful weapons to take them out quickly. In particular, the shotgun is a great tool to use when the runners are trying to rush you, as it is very powerful against close ranged foes, and its large radius means that it can take out multiple of them at once.

Runners - Runner Banner 1.jpg

Also, you can use glass bottles or bricks that you might pick up to make a loud sound that can lure Runners to a certain spot. This strategy can also be used to make the Runners group up together, where you can use a Molotov to take them out all at once, allowing you to save time and ammo.

Last of Us 2 Enemies

List of Enemies


Infected Enemies
Runners Stalkers Clickers
Bloaters Shamblers Rat King


Non-Infected Enemies
WLF Dogs
Seraphites Rattlers

Other Guides

Enemy Guides
New Infected and Enemies

    The Like Feature

    You can save a comment for later by giving it a Like.
    As a member:Get access to several features!

    Opinions about an article or post go here.
    Opinions about an article or post
    We at Game8 thank you for your support.
    In order for us to make the best articles possible, share your corrections, opinions, and thoughts about "How to Kill Runners (Zombies)" with us!
    When reporting a problem, please be as specific as possible in providing details such as what conditions the problem occurred under and what kind of effects it had.

    Walkthrough Menu

    New Comment

    • 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.

    All rights reserved

    Back to the Top
    Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more