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The Last of Us 2 Infected Types

There are new infected enemies to contend with in The Last of Us Part 2. Here's every type you'll fight.

An armoured Clicker in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5
Image credit: Naughty Dog
Update: The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered is now available on PS5, adding a new level of graphical fidelity to an already mesmerizing experience. This means all of the infected types are now even more horrific, with new lighting showing off every terrifying detail of the improved visuals. We've added some new screenshots to show them off in all their glory.

The Last of Us Part 2 continues the story of Joel and Ellie, two survivors of a deadly infection that has decimated the world. Infected humans litter the streets, having succumbed to a fungus that turns them into rabid monsters. There are many different types of infected and each requires a slightly different tactic to take on. To help you come out on top against any infected enemy you come across we've put together this guide on Infected Types. We'll show you an image of each type and describe the best strategy for dealing with them.

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The Last of Us Part 2 Infected Types

The four infected types from the first game have all returned for The Last of Us Part 2. They are as follows:

  • Runners
  • Stalkers
  • Clickers
  • Bloaters
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A female Runner in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5
The most common infected in The Last of Us Part 2 is still deadly | Image credit: Naughty Dog

Runners are the first stage of infected in The Last of Us Part 2. They are still fairly close to human in appearance and can sprint after you. They are pretty weak, one shot to the head with any weapon will kill them so we recommend trying to use stealth. You don't really need to be wasting ammo on Runners unless swarmed, and a well placed brick or bottle will be enough to stagger them.


An infected Stalker in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5
As if this game needed any more jumpscares | Image credit: Naughty Dog

Stalkers are essentially halfway between Runners and Clickers. As they lose their sight they start to cower in dark buildings, waiting for the opportunity to strike. To take them down, you will need to move slowly through the area you are in. Once you spot one peeking its head out from cover, rush it with a shotgun. This will draw any other Stalkers out from hiding. You can group them and take out multiple Stalkers with one shotgun blast too.


A female Clicker in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5
The most iconic and scariest foe in The Last of Us Part 2 | Image credit: Naughty Dog

Clickers are completely blind, but use echo-location to track you down. This means you have more leeway in how you approach them. If one gets close to you, stand completely still, just like in Jurassic Park. Clickers have hard fungal plates on their skulls which means that one shot to the head isn't enough to take them down. We recommend killing them stealthily with Ellie's knife or a shiv. If a Clicker spots you, kill it before it grabs you, otherwise you're toast.

If you're looking for more of our guides on The Last of US Part 2 then head to our Walkthrough Hub. You'll find locations for safes, weapons and training manuals, as well as story guides and a look at Easter eggs.


A Bloater in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5
Bloaters are large and in charge | Image credit: Naughty Dog

Bloaters are what happens after someone is infected for many years, decades even. They are huge and covered in thick fungal plates that give them a lot of health. Use a flamethrower or molotov cocktails on them, or a shotgun. Bloaters will intermittently throw spore bombs at you which will damage your health and stun your for a short while. If a Bloater grabs you it will kill you.

New Infected Types

There are actually two new infected types to deal with in The Last of Us Part 2. One is a bit of a spoiler for a later boss fight, so proceed with caution.

  1. Shamblers
  2. The Rat King


Watch out for the corrosive spores | Jake Green/USG

Shamblers are a new, and quite frankly horrifying, new addition in The Last of Us Part 2. They are kind of like Bloaters, but instead of throwing spores at you, they emit a cloud of corrosive spores that follows them around. Because of these spores it is seriously dangerous to get anywhere near them. Use fire and bullets here, they go down surprisingly easily. You cannot stealth kill a Shambler.

The Rat King

The Rat King in The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered on PS5
The loathesome Rat King is a force to be reckoned with | Image credit: Naughty Dog

Finally we have The Rat King. This absolute abomination is a long-gestated form of infected, composed of multiple individuals. Its concept is based on a real-life phenomenon that can happen in densely populated rat nests, which is something you absolutely don't want to look up.

The Rat King is essentially patient zero for the pandemic in Seattle, so has had plenty of time to turn into the thing you see before you. Just fire every single round of any weapons you have at this thing, after some damage it will split into two enemies. The enemy that splits off is essentially a Stalker, but with a larger health bar. Use your newly acquired flamethrower to take it down. Thankfully there is only one Rat King in the whole game.

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