The Last of Us Part 2 Playable Characters: Who Do You Play As?

The Last of Us Part 2 Playable Characters: Who Do You Play As?

The main story of The Last of Us Part 2 is told from a few different perspectives. Here's who you play as.

SPOILER WARNING: In this guide we have detailed locations and chapters featured in The Last of Us 2. There are major story spoilers in this guide, and details on general story direction and playable characters. We recommend proceeding with care.

The Last of Us Part 2 features a slightly different storytelling structure than its predecessor. You'll experience time periods from multiple perspectives, even switching playable characters at points. To help give you an idea of how the game plays out we've detailed the playable characters below. Spoilers ahead, of course.

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Who Do You Play as in The Last of Us Part 2?

The Last of Us Part 2 is primarily Ellie's story, but not by much. You'll also play as a couple of other characters, building out the story that spans many years. We've gone into more detail on these characters below:


Joel returns for The Last of Us Part 2 | Jake Green/USG

You'll play as Joel for a small portion of The Last of Us Part 2. For more info on whether Joel makes it through the game alive, head here.


Ellie's story continues | Jake Green

As mentioned previously, you'll play through most of the game as Ellie. The story concerns Ellie's quest to seek revenge for the events that occur at the beginning. She can be considered the main protagonist, but you will spend a large portion playing as a character called Abby. To see how long it'll take you to beat The Last of Us Part 2, head to our Chapters Guide.


Abby plays a big role throughout the story | Jake Green/USG

Surprisingly, you'll play nearly half of the game as a brand new character called Abby. She is a member of a group called the Washington Liberation Front, and is dragged into Joel and Ellie's story via a traumatic event. Abby gets her own weapons, upgrades and more, as she follows Ellie's wake of destruction across Seattle.

There's more The Last of Us Part 2 content where that came from. First up there's our look at the part guitars play in the story. Elsewhere there's Kat's review.

Jake Green

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Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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