Last of Us Part 1: All 12 Training Manual Locations

This Last of Us Part 1 Training Manual Locations guide will showcase all training manuals for players!

Last of Us just got a remake, and it seems like there is an even more interesting storyline that will have veteran and newer players hooked. Amongst other collectibles, players can also collect training manuals. Our Last of Us Part 1 Training Manual Locations guide will uncover all 12 manuals players can come across. 

Key Takeaways
  • Collecting Training Manuals gives you upgrades such as Bomb Shrapnel or Containment, Molotov Construction or Deployment, Health upgrades, Melee Techniques, and more.
  • When you’re near a Training Manual, a pamphlet icon appears, at which point the player can press the triangle button to pick it up.
  • The Shiv Sharpening manual is inside the bar called Safehouse in Bill’s Town.
  • The 4 manuals in Pittsburgh are Health Splinting, Shiv Reinforcement, Melee Knots, and Molotov Construction.
  • You’ll find the Bomb Containment manual inside the Sewers of the Suburbs and the Melee Techniques manual inside a house behind you after you exit the sewers.
  • The Smoke Chemistry manual is in Tommy’s Dam.
  • The Health Sterilization and Molotov Deployment manuals are inside the University.
  • You can find the Smoke Shaping manual at Lakeside Resort.
  • You’ll find the final Bomb Shrapnel manual on a truck at the bus depot in the underground tunnel.

In essence, training manuals in Last of Us will be pamphlets that act as collectibles and can be collected by players. They will be scattered all across the map in Last of Us, and it is up to the player to complete their collection or not. 

Once the player encounters a training manual, it will be automatically denoted by a “pamphlet icon” that will appear on top of the collectible, after which they can use the triangle button on their controller to pick it up. The main function of training manuals is to provide the player with certain buffs and passives that will make them all stronger in-game.

Let’s now briefly review each Training Manual in the table below along with their effects:

Training ManualNameChapterSectionUpgradesEffect
#1Shiv SharpeningBills TownSafe HouseShiv durabilityShivs last one hit longer
#2Health SplintingPittsburghAlone and ForesakenHealth KitsHealth kits are now 33% stronger
#3Shiv ReinforcementPittsburghHotel LobbyShiv durabilityShivs last for an additional hit
#4Melee KnotsPittsburghHotel LobbyMelee weaponsModifications last one hit longer
#5Molotov ConstructionPittsburghEscape the cityMolotov cocktailsExplosion radius is now 1.5x wider
#6Bomb ContainmentThe SuburbsSewerNail bombsExplosion radius is now 1.5x wider
#7Melee TechniquesThe SuburbsSewerMelee weaponsModifications last an additional hit longer
#8Smoke ChemistryTommy's DamHydroelectric DamSmoke bombsSmoke lasts ten second longer
#9Health SterilizationThe UniversityGo Big HorseHealth KitsHealth kits are now 67% stronger
#10Molotov DeploymentThe UniversityScience BuildingMolotov cocktailsExplosion radius is now 2x wider
#11Smoke ShapingLakeside ResortCabin ResortSmoke bombsSmoke lasts 20 seconds longer
#12Bomb ShrapnelBus DepotUnderground TunnelNail bombsExplosion radius is now 2x wider

Shiv Sharpening  

Last of Us First Manual
First Manual

Players in Last of Us part 1 will be able to find the first training manual called the Shiv Sharpening, and it will be located in an area which is named Bill’s Town. Once the player is in Bill’s Town, there will be a bar/restaurant known as the Safehouse. 

Essentially the player will be taken to the Safehouse after they have been rescued by a person known as Bill, and a cutscene has been played already, which depicts the player being hung upside down. Bill himself will drop you off at a bar that has been completely abandoned. 

Once you are in the bar, take a second to look around and see your surroundings. The bar will be covered in dust, and accessories and several tools will be scattered all around, leaving the bar a complete mess. 

Players will need to start walking slowly, cross the first wooden table they can encounter, and then keep moving until they reach the bar itself, and there will be five bar stools, two of which will be turned over. Continue moving forward until you cross the five bar stools, and just a bit ahead of the bar stools, there will be a small pamphlet on the table, which will be your first training manual. 

Health Splinting 

Last of Us Second Manual
Second Manual

Moving on, the next Last of Us Part 1 Training Manual Locations will be located in an area which is known as Pittsburgh. Once plates enter the Pittsburgh level, they will quickly discover the building where the Health Splinting training manual will be located, and players won’t need to progress a lot to get their hands on the manual itself. 

You will be in a room that seems eerie. There will be a man seeping blood lying lifeless on a table, and there will also be continuous blood splatter on the floor and all around the man. Players will discover even more atrocities committed if you pan your camera around. 

Get out of the room as quickly as possible by steering to the left and leaving the room on the left. From there on, start taking the first flight of steps you encounter, then make a 180 turn and take the next flight of stairs. Head up two flights of stairs until you encounter a few scattered storage cases and an entrance to another room. 

Enter the room where players will encounter a mattress, and the pamphlet will be conveniently placed on the corner of the mattress for you to collect. 

Shiv Reinforcement 

Last of Us Third Manual
Third Manual

The next manual, known as Shiv Reinforcement, can also be encountered once players progress through the Pittsburgh level in the game. The manual cannot be found before encountering the Health Splinting manual, as players will need to go past the early levels of the stage to get this manual. 

Once in the hotel lobby, you will be knee-deep in the water since the entire lobby entrance will be covered with water all around. Pan your camera around to look at your surroundings, and players will find a ladder to their left end, climb up, and get onto the top floor. 

Turn right, and there will be a set of broken stairs that go down and then up again. Walk along the wall edge and move down the stairs, then straight ahead, and then up the stairs. Steer to the right until you stop at the top of the stairs. 

From there, all you need to do is a sprint towards the end of the first corridor where there will be a right turn, however, make sure not to take the right turn. Instead, pick up the paper where there will be a small code written. Players can head into a room with a safe located that can be opened with the code, and the manual will be placed there.

Melee Knots 

Last of Us Fourth Manual
Fourth Manual

As for the melee knots training manual, players will yet again encounter it while they are busy doing the Pittsburgh level. It can be achieved once players escape a hotel basement after finding a keycard that is crucial to the storyline. They will be saved by a character named Ellie, who will shoot down a hunter that was originally after the player. 

While in the Pittsburgh-level hotel lobby, pan your camera around to take in your surroundings, and you will see several things. The main thing to note will be the hallway leading to the back end of the hotel lobby. Apart from that, there isn’t anything much of note in the hotel lobby itself, considering it has been fully abandoned. 

Turn right around from where you were originally present, cross the woman standing against the wall and keep heading forth. Once you cross here, there will be a small intersection where you can turn right. However, players in Last of Us don’t need to take a right but keep going forward. 

On the dining table, there will be a pamphlet which will be the melee knots training manual. 

Molotov Construction 

Last of Us Fifth Manual
Fifth Manual

Next up, if players want to retrieve the Molotov Construction training manual, they can do so when theta re still completing the Pittsburgh level, which goes to show the importance of the chapter. While you’re still in the level, players can escape from the armored car and come across two characters, Henry and Sam, after which a small cutscene will trigger. 

Once the cutscene has finished playing, you will be present in an abandoned establishment. In front of the player, there will be an open kitchen layout, while there will be two doors, on the left and right, leading into different rooms. From your original point, you don’t want to head into the rooms but rather make your way into the kitchen. 

Once you are inside the kitchen, which will be a complete mess, there is no need to search around too much, as the pamphlet will be placed on the left corner of the kitchen counter, which will be marble. Players can pick it up, and interact with it, after which it will be automatically added to their inventory. 

Bomb Containment 

Last of Us Sixth Manual
Sixth Manual

The next training manual for players will be in the suburbs, but not in the posh area of the suburbs but rather in the sewers themselves. From the starting point of the player present in the sewer, they will be able to encounter a yellow basket or bag that will be hanging from the ceiling. 

Apart from that, there isn’t anything of note in the sewers from the starting point, so make sure to turn on your flashlight and start moving forward slowly. Once you are going forward, your path will be blocked by a few obstacles, such as a table and a few wood planks. Jump over them, and you can safely get to the other end. 

From there, start heading forward, and you will be able to cross a few intersections, but make sure that you don’t head there as you will be derailed from the main track, and it will be difficult to find your way back. 

Right in front of you, there will be two large storage shelves that will be made of metal. One will be located towards the left end, while one will be located on the right end, and the pamphlet will be located on the left shelf. Click on it to interact with it, after which it will be yours to keep in your inventory and use further as needed. 

Melee Techniques 

Moving on, once you have managed to get your hands on the Bomb Containment training manual from the sewers in the suburbs, players will need to make it out of the sewers and head outside where they are physically present in the suburbs itself. 

Once you are at the starting point, you will encounter two vehicles, one of them being a van and the other being a car, and both vehicles will be abandoned and left to rot in a patch of grass. From here, pan your camera behind you, and you will encounter a house elevated up from the ground and leading into it with a flight of stairs. 

Go up the flight of stairs, and a mesh door will be fully open, allowing you to enter immediately without needing to find a cracked window or anything. Make sure to turn your flashlight on for better vision. 

Once you are inside the building, start heading up the stairs, and instead of entering any room, pull down on the piece of rope that is hanging from the ceiling. While it won’t open into the attic, players can take help from Ellie, who will find the Melee Techniques manual and hand it over to you.

Smoke Chemistry

Last of Us Eighth Manual
Eighth Manual

Moving further down the list, while we are on the topic of Last of Us Part 1 Training Manual Locations, there is also a training manual that can be found in a location known as Tommy’s Dam, more specifically, the hydroelectric dam. 

Once you can get into the dam area, pan your camera towards the left and start heading into the left area; you will find an open door, and it will be leading into an open door, and once you turn to your left, the pamphlet will be placed on a table. 

Health Sterilization 

Last of Us Ninth Manual
Ninth Manual

Once you head into the university, this is the place where players will be able to encounter the Health Sterilization training manual. Players will start by either being on horse or foot, and they will be in front of an entrance that will be barricaded; make sure to turn around and start heading back. 

Start heading down the flight of stairs, and steer a bit to the right until you encounter another short flight of stairs (about 4 or 5 stairs). From there, there will be two main pathways separating the area, and you want to steer left and keep heading on until you can drop off from the horse. 

There will be a white flight of steps, and from here, you can go up them, and then through the exposed window, turn left and go into the door, and take a second to look into your current surroundings. 

There will be a wooden table, and on top of the table, the manual will be located. 

Molotov Deployment 

Last of Us Tenth Manual
Tenth Manual

As for the next training manual for players to collect, they will need to go deeper into the university and the science building. Once you are in the corridor, keep heading forward, and you will come across two crossways. One door will lead out, and one will be heading deeper into the corridor. 

Instead of going out of the building through the door, you need to go deeper into the corridor and past the red vending machine, the blue chair, and head into the room colored blue. Once you are in the room, while it will be completely scattered and abandoned, the pamphlet will be placed on a table. 

The table will be colored black with wooden legs, and the pamphlet will be on the farthest corner of the table, and you can pick it up and add it to your inventory.

Smoke Shaping 

Last of Us Eleventh Manual
Eleventh Manual

For the second last manual, players must head into a location known as the Lakeside Resort. Once you are there, players will need to go to a cabin resort, and once you are at a starting point, you will be met with a speed limit sign. 

From there, start heading forward, and there will be a petrol pump and nothing here. Therefore you will need to keep heading forward. When you continue, you will encounter a broken-down motel sign and a car parking area with abandoned cars covered in snow. 

When you go into the room in front of the abandoned car, keep going forward until you can see a door towards your right, which will essentially lead into a bathroom that has been completely abandoned. 

From there, there will be a window you can jump out of, and a cabin door made of wooden planks will be shut close. Interact with it by pressing A on your controller to open the door, after which you can enter the cabin, and interact with the Smoke Shaping Training Manual and get it. 

Bomb Shrapnel 

Last of Us Twelth Manual
Twelth Manual

Last but not least, the Bomb Shrapnel manual will be present at the bus depot in an underground tunnel. To retrieve it, start by being on a platform, and you want to start heading forth. 

Make sure to carefully tread your way through the water and cross the cars that have been abandoned, including all the trucks too. Step onto the broken cement pieces completely covered by overgrown grass. 

From there, steer right, and the final manual will be located on top of a truck. With that, we will end our Last of Us Part 1 Training Manual Locations guide! Don’t miss out on our Last of Us Part 1 Things To Know guide!

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