In Polygon’s The Last of Us “The Quarantine Zone” collectibles guide, we’ll show you the location of the 8 artifacts and 3 Firefly pendants. (There are no Training Manuals, comics, or tools in this chapter.)
“The Quarantine Zone” has four sections: 20 Years Later, Beyond The Wall, The Slums, and The Cargo, but you won’t see those names as you’re playing the game. You can find, select, and begin playing at any section from the Chapters option on the main menu. We’ll explain where and when each part begins and ends at the top of each section below.
20 Years Later collectibles
This section begins after the opening credits roll and a much older Joel wakes up in his apartment, and ends when Joel and Tess enter the secret tunnel.
There are no collectibles in this section.
Beyond The Wall collectibles
The next section starts as Joel and Tess enter the secret tunnel, and ends when they pass through the door guarded by a child.
Boston Q.Z. Map and Military Pamphlet artifact location
After you’ve walked through the streets to the checkpoint, and followed Tess when that path doesn’t work out, you’ll head into an apartment building. You’ll move an entertainment center to take a hidden path through the wall. A little bit along the tunnel, you’ll automatically receive Boston Q.Z. Map and Military Pamphlet artifacts when you pick up your backpack, gun, and gas mask. (Just open your inventory to find them.)
David Michael Vigil Firefly pendant location
Outside of the pizza shop and across the square, you’ll find and climb a ladder into an apartment. Walk past the pool table, past the kitchen (where you’ll find some supplies), and into a room with two bunk beds and two mattresses on the floor. The David Michael Vigil Firefly pendant is on the only table in the room.
Note To Bomber artifact location
Downstairs, make your way through the spores, past the infected, and up the stairs to clean air. At the top of the stairs, before leaving the building, turn left and open the door. The Note To Bomber artifact (note) is on a table inside the room.
Ben Glueck Firefly pendant location
Outside that building, you’ll cross a swampy courtyard, and duck into another building. Inside, you’ll have to get a plank for Tess. Back outside, follow her until you have to crouch under the broken metal walkway. Stop on the other side, and the Ben Glueck Firefly pendant is hanging from a branch on the tree in front of you. Shoot it down.
The Slums collectibles
The Slums section begins as Joel and Tess enter the alley (after bribing a child), and ends after they confront Robert on the docks.
Drafting Notice artifact location
To exit the alley, walk through the bus, and under the blue tarps. Head straight instead of following Tess to the right. The Drafting Notice artifact is on the ground on your left next to a table with two yellow canisters beneath it.
Don’t leave yet. The next artifact is only a few feet away.
Wanted Poster artifact location
Stand facing the table where you found the previous artifact, and look to your right at the green shipping container next to the fence. The Wanted Poster artifact is glowing for your attention.
Warehouse Key artifact location
Follow Tess through some alleys and cutscenes. You’ll have a quick shootout with some of Robert’s men. Duck through the hole in the chain link fence, and kill the guys in the warehouse. One will drop the Warehouse Key artifact, which you’ll need to progress.
Shipping Manifest artifact location
A bit later, use the chain to open the garage(-like) door out of the warehouse, and you’ll exit into a cutscene in which you spot Robert.
As soon as you gain control behind cover, look to your right for two blue square containers (and five oil drums between them). The Shipping Manifest artifact is behind the one farther away — on the ground next to the railing.
Don’t leave the area yet. You’re not far away from the next artifact, and we’ll find it starting from there.
Docks Note artifact location
Continue cutting to the right across the waterfront to the far right side of the warehouse. Toward the back, there’s a blue dumpster. The Docks Note artifact is to the right of that dumpster.
The Cargo collectibles
The last section in this chapter starts after you chase Robert out of the office on the docks and ends when Joel and Ellie reach the apartment.
Philip Liu Firefly pendant location
After a cutscene, you’ll do some running, climbing, and cross a rooftop to get into a building. Through the blue sliding door, you’ll continue through the building and out into a heavily guarded area under a bridge. Keep stealthing your way through the guards until you reach another cutscene (where you meet Ellie).
When you get control on the other side of that cutscene, look for a corpse across the square and a little to the left — he’s next to a parking meter. You’ll find the Philip Liu Firefly pendant next to him.