In Polygon’s The Last of Us “The Outskirts” collectibles guide, we’ll show you the location of the 9 artifacts and 4 Firefly pendants. (There are no Training Manuals, comics, or tools in this chapter.)
“The Outskirts” has four sections: Outside, Downtown, Museum, and The Capitol Building, 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.
This chapter and section start with Joel waking up in the apartment, and follows our trio of heroes through the rain (and several drain pipes) as they avoid patrols. It ends after a cutscene in which Ellie and Tess discuss a vaccine.
Tess’ List artifact location
After a quick conversation with Tess right at the beginning of this section, turn around and head back into the room with the couch. The Tess’ List artifact note will be on the side table to the left of the couch.
Patrol Routes Map artifact location
In the next room, you’ll power up a generator and ride an elevator down. As soon as you come off the elevator, turn right and head to the wall to find the Patrol Routes Map artifact.
This chapter starts after you escape through the storm drains, and ends when our trio climbs out of the subway.
Evacuation Leaflet artifact location
After the cutscene, you’ll start heading into downtown Boston. One of the first things you’ll have to do is climb up a collapsed bridge. At the top of that ramp, the Evacuation Leaflet artifact is at the base of the traffic light ahead of you and a little to the right.
Joseph Lenz Firefly pendant location
When you reach the collapsed section of downtown, you’ll snake through the ruins to the right. On the other side, you’ll see a sign for “THE OL STONE BUIL IN.” Continue along the outside of the building on the right. You’ll see a few trees in planters. The Joseph Lenz Firefly pendant is in the farthest (and greenest) tree.
Field Ops Log artifact location
Head into the “OL STONE” building, and continue into the hallways. Take the stairs up. On the first landing, you’ll find a body. The Field Ops Log artifact is on the ground right next to him.
Firefly Map artifact location
Continue through the tilted building. You’ll have a couple encounters with infected people and meet your first clickers, but there are no collectibles inside the building. When you reach the basement, you’ll find a Firefly corpse and pick up a Molotov cocktail.
From that corpse, look to your right for some stairs. The Firefly Map artifact is up those stairs near a corpse on the right side.
Note to Derek artifact location [Safe code]
Just past where you pick up the Firefly Map, you’ll run into an area full of clickers. Off to the left, there’s a shop to duck into. Inside, look to the right, and you’ll find the Note to Derek artifact inside a drawer by the cash register.
This note has a safe code on it. The safe is on the opposite side of the basement — in the bookstore along the right wall from where you entered.
This section starts after you climb out of the subway under the “OL STONE” building, and ends when you reach the museum’s roof.
Medical Pamphlet artifact location
Up on street level, you’ll need to handle some infected and drag a dumpster to a semi trailer. When you climb over the trailer, turn around, and check inside for the Medical Pamphlet artifact.
Michael Kiper Firefly pendant location
Shortly after that, you’ll duck into the museum’s loading dock and find a workbench. In the next room, you’ll climb up a collapsed floor. As you’re climbing up that ramp, jump up to the narrow ledge on your left. Shuffle back to the display case behind you to find the Michael Kiper Firefly pendant.
The Capitol Building collectibles
The final section of this chapter starts after you leave the museum roof, and ends when Joel and Ellie swim out of the subway tunnel.
Firefly Orders artifact location
As soon as the cutscene as you approach the capitol ends, you’ll head down some stairs. At the bottom, turn around to your right, and you’ll find the Firefly Orders artifact on the ground next to a corpse.
Melinda Davidson Firefly pendant location
After you climb into the open street (with all the cars), you’ll descend to a flooded area. Look for the stone gazebo (rotunda?) on the left. The Melinda Davidson Firefly pendant is in the water near a pillar opposite where you’ll enter. You won’t be able to see it, though, so watch for the Firefly prompt.
Smuggler’s Note artifact location
After you escape the Capitol Building, you’ll head across the street and down some stairs into a spore-filled subway station. Keep moving through the station and into the deep water. After you pass the diving underwater section, you’ll surface in an open area and Ellie will rejoin you. She’ll find a flashlight where she shows up along the left side of the tunnel. Head over to her, and the Smuggler’s Note artifact will be at the top of the stairs.
Shiyao Jiang Firefly pendant location
From the Smuggler’s Note, head down the stairs and into the water. Surface to catch your breath, and then dive back down. Opposite the stairwell you entered through, there’s a room underwater here. Swim inside and to the left to find the Shiyao Jiang Firefly pendant on some shelves.