In Polygon’s The Last of Us “The Suburbs” collectibles guide, we’ll show you the location of the 10 artifacts, 4 Firefly pendants, 2 Training Manual, 2 comics, and 1 tool.
“The Surburbs” has two sections: Sewers and Suburbs, 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.
Sewers starts after you wake on on the shore of the river with Henry, Sam, and Ellie. It ends after running through a long gauntlet of infected and (finally) escaping the sewers.
Boat Note artifact location and Antiparticles comic location
From the start of this chapter and section, follow Ellie along the riverbank to the abandoned boat. Climb on board and open the door to the main cabin. You’ll find both the Boat Note artifact and the Antiparticles comic inside.
Josh Scheffler Firefly pendant location
Still on that abandoned boat, drop through the opening in the deck aft of (behind) the cabin. The Josh Scheffler Firefly pendant is behind the blue net along the back side of the hole.
Robert Righetti Firefly pendant location
From the boat, follow the group up the rocks to the sewer entrance. Inside, look along the right side of the first open(ish) area you come to. There’s a tunnel you can crawl along to another room. The Robert Righetti Firefly pendant will be off to your left with some supplies.
Sewers Note artifact location
Back in the main tunnel, the group will split up. Follow your fork until you find a caged-in room that Ellie opens for you. This note is on a bench in the back left of the room.
Eddie Fuentes Firefly pendant location
Rejoin Henry and Sam, and follow them to a flooded section of sewer. Off to the left, you’ll see a moss-covered car resting on its nose. The Eddie Fuentes Firefly pendant is under the water by the car’s front bumper.
Trading Note artifact location
From that flooded room, you and Henry will open a gate. On the other side, Joel will climb a ladder and take on a pair of clickers. In the room where you kill those clickers, look in the back left corner for a mattress on the ground. The Trading Note is on the mattress.
Tools level 3 upgrade location
After you shuttle Ellie (and then Henry and Sam) across the flooded room, you’ll climb out into another section of tunnel. Just a little bit farther in, there’s a small room on your left. The next tool upgrade is inside.
Bomb: Containment Training Manual location and tool level 3 upgrade
Past the next set of doors, you’ll come to a living quarters (you’ll see the House Rules sign along the left wall). Over the barrier, you’ll pick up the shorty (sawed-off shotgun). The Bomb: Containment Training Manual will be on the shelves along the left side of the tunnel a little farther in.
Rain Catcher Note artifact location
Through the next gate, you’ll have a quick encounter with some runners and a clicker. Once they’re handled, head into the hallway on the right. At the top of the stairs, loot the room and pick up the Rain Catcher Note.
Cornered Note artifact location
Back in the room where you were ambushed, hop the barrier and climb the stairs. At the top, pass the shelves, and look to your left for a door. The Cornered Note is inside that (super depressing) room with some more supplies.
Kid’s Drawing artifact location
After you and Sam get separated from Henry and Ellie, you’ll have to shoot a whole lot of runners and clickers. Once they’re handled and you start moving through the sewer settlement again, you’ll eventually come to a nursery or classroom with bit foam letters on the floor. The Kid’s Drawing is on the bookcase to the right as you enter.
The Suburbs section begins when you escape from the sewers (and spot the less-than-helpful warning), and ends when you escape the suburbs after a long sequence where Joel uses a sniper rifle.
Looting Note artifact location
As the section starts, head forward to the road where you’ll turn left to follow it. Duck into the second house on the right side (the slightly taller brick one). The Looting Note is in a second-floor bedroom on your left at the top of the stairs.
Father’s Note artifact location
Back on the main street, it’ll curve around to the right and head downhill. When Sam and Ellie ask about the ice cream truck, there will be an open garage with a workbench on your left.
Next door, there’s another tall, brick house. Head inside and up to the second floor. Take a left at the top of the stairs, and you’ll find the Father’s Note on a dresser.
Melee: Techniques Training Manual location
From that same bedroom, look back into the hallway. Open the trapdoor to the attic, and boost Ellie up. She’ll hand the Melee: Techniques Training Manual down to you.
Survivors Note artifact location
Head back outside and then into the house next to that one with the red trim and the dogs fighting out front. Up on the second floor, the Survivors Note is in the bedroom at the top of the stairs.
Messenger Particle comic location
In that bedroom’s en suite, you’ll find the Messenger Particle comic on the toilet.
Matchbook artifact location
Skip the second bedroom on the second floor for now, and head up to the third floor instead. The Matchbook is on the desk right at the top of the stairs.
The safe code written on it is for the safe in that bedroom at the bottom of the stairs.
Matthew White Firefly pendant location
Back out on the street, continue along to the dead end. Climb up into the yard on your left (where the Firefly logo is). The Matthew White Firefly pendant is hanging from the tree above the swingset and toys. (There’s a brick nearby so you don’t have to waste any ammo.)