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The Last Of Us 2 Director Addresses The Game's Haters

Seven years after the release of the original, The Last of Us Part II is finally out now on PlayStation 4. Even before release, writer-director Neil Druckmann acknowledged that some fans of the first game would dislike the sequel, and now that the game is out, he’s responded to more of the internet hate. This includes hate directed toward one of the cast members, not because of the actor herself, but the character she plays.

Speaking on former Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime’s podcast, Druckmann said it’s worthless to fight against people when they share their opinions about a game–whether it be good or bad. However, Druckmann said he can’t understand how people get so worked up and upset about fictional characters.

“I think you have to create some separation to say, we made this game, we believe in this game, we’re proud of this game, now it’s out there and it’s like whatever reaction people have–whether they like it or not–that’s fair,” Druckmann said. “That’s their reaction and you don’t fight that. The other thing with the more hateful stuff, the more vile stuff, that’s a little harder. It’s especially harder when I see it happening to team members or cast members who play a particular character in the game.”

“We have an actor, she’s been getting really awful, vile stuff because of a fictional character she’s playing in the game,” Druckmann added. “I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around that. The thing I try to do is just ignore it as much as I can. When things escalate to being serious, there are certain security protocols that we take and I report it to the proper authorities. Then you just try to focus on the positives and focus on distracting yourself with other stuff. But it’s kind of just the reality.”

Also in the interview, Druckmann said he’s been speaking with Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin about this topic. They are currently working together on the HBO TV version of The Last of Us.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with him about this stuff. He articulated it pretty well, it’s like people have to get educated. This is kind of the cost. When you’re doing something big, and you might disappoint fans, there is a cost to it now,” Druckmann said. “Which is, you’re going to get a certain level of hate, a certain level of vitriol that you just have to deal with. There is no other way to make it go away.”

Despite some portion of the audience disliking The Last of Us Part II, the game broke PlayStation’s sales records with 4 million copies sold in its first three days.

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The Last Of Us 2 Director Explains That Pearl Jam Plot Hole

The Last of Us Part II writer-director Neil Druckmann has cleared up the apparent plot hole pertaining to the band Pearl Jam. But first, some background. Guitars are used as a symbolic tool to show the bond between Joel and Ellie, with several songs popping up in cutscenes. Guitars even appear as playable objects, and it’s possible for experienced musicians to recreate songs on Ellie’s in-game guitar. But one thing has remained unclear–how is Joel able to perform a song in-game that would have never been released in his world because of the outbreak? The game’s director has an explanation. Whether or not you buy that explanation depends on if you think Joel watched concert videos in his spare time.

In an early cutscene, Joel performs a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Future Days,” which appeared on the album Lightning Bolt. This album released on October 15, 2013–several weeks after September 26, 2013, which is Outbreak Day in the world of The Last of Us Part II. So how did Joel know a song that never got released?

According to director Neil Druckmann, it’s simple–the song was performed live at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois on July 19, and Joel saw a video of it on YouTube.

This makes sense, but it’s a shame that Joel’s canonical backstory on this song doesn’t involve him getting to go to the concert himself. In fact, getting the song in the game was a bit of a difficult task, and Druckmann nearly flew to Seattle to meet with Eddie Vedder.

Joel’s performance of this song can actually be traced back further to a Last of Us performance by voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, which included an epilogue to the game in which Joel began teaching Ellie how to play the guitar. This scene ultimately made its way into the sequel.

Unlike the original game, The Last of Us Part II won’t get story DLC, although a multiplayer standalone mode is coming.

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Animal Crossing: Last Chance For These Limited-Time Seasonal Items

Summer has arrived in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Northern Hemisphere players. Not only does that mean there are new bugs and fish to catch in the game, but some new seasonal items are also now available to collect.

[Update: Time is running out to grab these new seasonal items. While the Father’s Day mug and Handmade cape and crown are no longer available, you have until July 6 to buy the Summer-solstice crown and Winter-solstice sweater. You’ll find both items under the Seasonal tab in the Nook Shopping menu.]

Nook Inc. has stocked its seasonal catalog with a handful of new, limited-time items. In addition to the Father’s Day mug, you can pick up a Handmade cape and Handmade crown in honor of International Children’s Day. A Summer-solstice crown and Winter-solstice sweater have also been added.

The Handmade crown, cape, and Father’s Day mug will all be available to purchase until June 30, while the Summer-solstice crown and Winter-solstice sweater will be available until July 6. To get the items, access the Nook Shopping menu from the Nook Stop terminal in your Resident Services building and flip to the seasonal tab.

That’s not all that’s new in Animal Crossing this month. June is wedding season, and you can earn some special furniture as part of a limited-time event. All month long, you can travel to Harv’s Island and help the llama couple Reese and Cyrus celebrate their anniversary by taking wedding photos of them. Do a good enough job and you’ll earn a new type of currency called heart crystals, which you can exchange for wedding furniture and other items.

If your game is set to the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll also find a new material called summer shells. These can be used in crafting some new seasonal DIY recipes that you’ll find in balloons and message bottles. However, as with the cherry blossom petals that appeared in spring, these shells and recipes will only be available for a limited time, from June to August (or December to February in the Southern Hemisphere).

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The Last Of Us Part 2 Workbench Locations – Where To Find All Workbenches

Note: We’ve gone out of our way not to include spoilers for anything that happens in The Last of Us Part 2, but looking at any photos or reading any descriptions might give away plot details you’d rather now know. You’ve been warned.

There are 25 Workbenches scattered throughout The Last of Us Part 2, and they can be pretty essential to your survival. They’re the only places that you can use gun parts you scavenge throughout the game to upgrade your weapons. What’s more, finding and using every Workbench in the game unlocks a Trophy you’ll need if you want to get Platinum for The Last of Us Part 2. Here’s every single Workbench in the game, divided by chapter, to help you get the most out of your weapons and stay alive as you seek revenge.

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Patrol

Workbench 1: Library

After the blizzard kicks up, you’ll shelter in a library. As you explore, Dina will point out the Workbench and suggest you upgrade your guns. You can’t miss this one.

Seattle Day 1

Downtown

Workbench 2:5th and Marion Checkpoint

Use your map to navigate to the corner of 5th and Marion, where you’ll find an old FEDRA checkpoint and a sealed gated marked West Gate 2. Find a ladder near West Gate 2 and climb to get onto the checkpoint wall. Head around to the side to find some tents. Inside is your Workbench.

Capitol Hill (after leaving Eastbrook Elementary)

Workbench 3: Gas Station Garage

Head to the left from after passing through the motel to find a gas station down the road some. Attached to it is a garage whose door you can slip under to find the Workbench.

Workbench 4: Gym

As you continue toward the TV station, you’ll find an area with tripwire bombs. To get around them, break a nearby window on the right side of the street to get into a gym. Past the training dummies, in the back of the building, is the Workbench.

Tunnels

Workbench 5: Subway

Your path will divert into the subway after reaching the TV station. Keep moving until you come into a red-lit room with an acid-scoured body hung up in a hole in a fence–Ellie will comment on it. To the right of the body is a ladder you can climb, with the Workbench waiting at the top.

Seattle Day 2

Hillcrest

Workbench 6: Rosemont

Right after you enter Hillcrest, you’ll find stores you can go inside: Natural Remedies is right ahead, and The Rosemont clothing store is across from it on the other side of the street. Go inside Rosemont and to the back of the shop, where you’ll find a hole in the wall leading to the basement. You’ll find a Workbench waiting there, along with artifacts suggesting the place belonged to an archer named Boris.

Workbench 7: Bike Shop

Your path through Hillcrest will drop you into the basement of the bike shop and the Workbench that waits there. This is another one you can’t miss.

The Seraphites (Seattle Day 2 – Dusk)

Workbench 8: WLF Apartment Safehouse

Your path will bring you to a locked metal gate that you can’t open (if you hop to the other side, you’ll find a puzzle involving a dumpster you’ll need to solve). On the other side of the street is an apartment building with a truck you can climb to access the second floor. Get inside to find an apartment you can scavenge, then leave to access the hallway. Across from the apartment you left is another one–in the back, you’ll find the Workbench.

Workbench 9: Weston’s Pharmacy

Once you’ve passed through the Merci building, you’ll drop into a pool and climb out on the other side of the road. Look for Weston’s on the left side of the path forward. There are a lot of supplies inside, as well as a safe, and a Workbench in the pharmacy’s back room.

Seattle Day 3

Road to the Aquarium

Workbench 10: Store’s Barricaded Room

After you leave the theater, your path toward the aquarium will divert you through a storefront, and then into the back hallways of the building between shops. As you head down the hall, look for a blocked door on your right, which you can crawl under. The Workbench is inside.

Workbench 11: Department Store Office

You’ll pass an area with a lot of scaffolding in front of storefronts before attempting to make your way up to a footbridge between two buildings. Your path will take you to the left through a destroyed, multi-level department store. Climb to the top floor, but instead of heading to the bridge, turn around and look for a path to the offices behind you. The Workbench is waiting among them.

The Flooded City

Workbench 12: Manufacturing Building

Once you’re done with the mall, you’ll get a boat that you can use to traverse the rest of Seattle to get to the aquarium. Continue until you ride down some rapids and Ellie is forced to restart the boat’s motor. From here, look ahead for a storefront with a blue awning and a sign that reads “Manufacturing.” Hop out of the boat and go in to find the Workbench.

Workbench 13: Barcade

Eventually, you’ll take your boat into the flooded front of a barcade restaurant. The path is blocked here by a gate you have to raise, but the chain is obstructed by debris, forcing you to get out. You’ll find stairs in the back to get to the barcade’s second floor; head to the right, past the arcade machines and pool table, to find the Workbench against the right wall.

Seattle Day 1

On Foot

Workbench 14: Boat Repair Shop

After passing through the hardware store, you’ll use a rope to climb up on top of a boat shop and enter it from the roof. The Workbench is inside and hard to miss as you pass through the building.

The Forward Base

Workbench 15: Tents Outside Hotel

Another one that’s tough to miss, this Workbench is located in one of the green tents as you walk toward Serevena Hotel.

Hostile Territory (Seattle Day 1 – Dusk)

Workbench 16: Scar Camp

Once you’ve pushed through the destroyed building and climbed to the top, you’ll exit into an abandoned Scar camp on an outdoor patio. You’ll find the Workbench in the back corner before you leave.

The Forest

Workbench 17: Garage

After you exit the forest, you’ll slip under the door of an auto garage. The Workbench is against the back wall of the building.

The Coast

Workbench 18: Construction Site Office

Keep moving until you hit a construction site. Climb over the fence and enter the building on the far side to find the Workbench inside.

Seattle Day 2

The Shortcut

Workbench 19: Cellphone Store

Your meandering path will take you up the rapids that have flooded the street, through several stores. After you’ve gone through the apartment that takes you to the roof with the arrows, you’ll soon enter a cellphone store. Look to the left of the entrance to find a Workbench against the wall.

Workbench 20: Near the Prophet Shrine

Once you’ve entered the skyscraper, you’ll ascend toward the sky bridge. Keep going until you see the Prophet Shrine; in the next room is the Workbench.

Ground Zero

Hospital

Workbench 21: Electrical Room

Working through the hospital, you’ll find several of the doors are locked without power. Eventually, you’ll climb into the electrical room, where you can restore the hospital’s generator and power up the doors. There’s a Workbench in the same room.

Seattle Day 3

The Island

Workbench 22: Past The Logging Camp

Making your way across the island will take you to the Logging Camp, and you’ll have to cross through the mill on the far side to continue. The other side is empty of Seraphites, and just ahead, you’ll come to a pair of buildings. The one on the right contains another shrine, but the one on the left has a Workbench inside.

The Escape – Old Town

Workbench 23: Radio Station

When you get to the Old Town section of the island, you’ll make your way to a radio station, which you’ll enter from the roof. The Workbench is inside.

Santa Barbara

Pushing Inland

Workbench 24: Mansion Kitchen

You trip through Santa Barbara will take you down a street where you’ll encounter some infected, and you’ll then spot a clicker on a rooftop. Heading through the hole in the roof, you’ll enter the mansion and then drop down to floor below. Check to your right to find a Workbench in the kitchen.

The Resort

Workbench 25: Workshop

You’ll enter the resort by crawling through a hole in the fence after following the train tracks. Once you get inside, just ahead of you will be a workshop building, past a tent, in the center of the yard. The final Workbench is inside.

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The Last Of Us 2 Downtown Seattle Collectibles Guide – Where To Find Everything

Warning: This guide minimizes spoilers to help keep the story fresh for you, even if you need help tracking down all the collectibles and items hidden throughout The Last of Us Part 2. However, if you want to know nothing about the game before playing, you should stop reading now.

Like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, The Last of Us Part 2 has an open-ended area where you can take your time gathering resources and uncovering secrets in optional locations. To ensure you get the most out of this section, we’ve detailed below everything you can find, so you don’t miss a thing!

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Downtown Seattle

This section of Seattle is a large, open area you can explore at your leisure. You’ll need to visit the dome building and the courthouse to advance the story, but everything else is optional. That said, it’s worth checking everything–you’ll find a number of collectibles, notes, weapons, and upgrade materials hidden throughout the area, as well as tons of supplies. We’ve marked areas based on their locations on the map and their cross streets, in most cases. Ellie will also mark up the map as you go, both when you find notes that indicate potential stashes, and when you clear areas out.

We’ve found that some items in downtown are dynamic; if you take a different path than we did through the area, you might find some of them in different places than we did. The major locations will stay the same on the map, and while you might locate different objects at some of them, you should still find something at each spot we’ve marked.

Westlake Bank (5th and James)

Check the Safe Deposit Box Room for a bag on the floor near a body. You’ll find the Bank Heist Plans artifact with the vault code. The vault safe is on the left wall and opens to the code 60-23-06.

Inside you’ll find the Pump Action Shotgun weapon on a body. To the right of the body is the Bank Robber Letter artifact. Check the corner for a safety deposit box that holds the Antique Ring artifact, which will unlock the So Great And Small Trophy.

6th and Marion St.

Look for a staircase around the back of the destroyed wall of the building. Climb it and throw a brick through the window to get outside. Continue to the top and open the cases you find there to discover some supplements and the Doctor Uckmann Trading Card.

6th and Spring (under the highway)

Look inside the FEDRA truck spray painted “FASCISTS”. You’ll find the Note to Informant artifact inside.

6th and Spring (across from the Courthouse)

Head to the south side of the courthouse, to the building across the street at 5th and Madison. You’ll see stairs; go up and open a bag on the ground to find the WLF Community Supply Chest Note artifact, which will give you a line on a nearby supply cache.

West Gate 2 (Madison between 5th and 6th)

Head south from the courthouse and slip through the fence at West Gate 2. Around the back, you’ll find a safe. Open it with the West Gate 2 gate code: 0451. Inside is a mess of useful supplies, including ammo, supplements, and the Flo Trading Card.

5th and Marion (Checkpoint, Music Shop)

Near West Gate 2, climb the ladder to get onto the checkpoint wall. Head around to the side to find some tents. You’ll find some parts and, most usefully, a Workbench.

On the bridge that leads to the music shop from the workbench, look in the guard tower for the Street Drawing artifact. You’ll also trigger a Journal Entry right afterward if you stay in the lookout tower for a second.

Climb back up the wall and head to the left. A walkway will take you to an open window where you can enter a Music Shop. Look for a guitar case in the back room to trigger a cutscene. Downstairs, look in a drawer behind the clerk’s counter for the Das Wort Trading Card.

5th and Columbia

Not much here except a piece of destroyed wall near Westlake Bank. Look for a bag near a skeleton that contains the Cache Hunter’s Note artifact, pointing you toward Westlake Bank.

6th and Columbia (Plaza with Tank)

Look for a skeleton west of the tank with a bag beside it, containing the Letter from Isaac artifact that mentions WLF tunnels.

Highway Overpass (6th and Marion)

Approaching from Marion street, you’ll see some collapsed roads and a fire engine. Ride to where the military trucks are parked, get out, and climb the one closest to the edge near the fire engine. You can jump across from that one to the other overpass. Check the fire engine for a fire ax melee weapon. Go around the right side of the engine to find a rope you can use to repel down over the edge of the overpass. Swing down to the chunk of broken highway below to get inside a cargo crate. Inside is a Training Manual and some supplements.

5th and Spring North Corner (Coffee Shop)

Break the window to get inside the coffee shop. Get the WLF Safe House Supply Note artifact off the counter, as well as ammo and parts. Check the drawer in the back corner for the Big Blue Trading Card.

Head into the bathroom and look on the baby changing table for the key to Barko’s at 900 Marion and 6th.

Barko’s (Marion and 6th)

Just inside, check the copier for the Join WLF Note artifact. You can also activate an optional conversation after you inspect it. Get supplements from the shelf ahead on the left. Find a Stun Bomb on the table past the whiteboard, which unlocks a new crafting recipe. In the back room, grab a Long Gun Holster off the counter to make it easier to switch between your weapons.

Dome Synagogue (5th and Marion)

Look for a ladder on the left side of the building’s facade to get up to the upper level. Check the guard booth on the wall for the Emergency Protocols Memo artifact in a drawer. To get in, go around the left side of the building, to a lower area where you can slip through a chained gate.

Inside, you can scavenge quite a bit from the lower floor. Use the rolling crate from near the gas tank to reach the upper floor, boosting yourself up by the exit gate. Continually talk to Dina in the offices to access a Journal Entry. After swinging on the cable, open the rabbi’s office before you leave and check the desk drawer to find the Rabbi Saunders’ Letter artifact.

Courthouse (6th and Spring)

After clearing the infected on the first floor, look for supplements in the room just past the courtroom, with the computers inside.

When you go down the stairs, check the FEDRA bodies for the Plea to a Friend Letter artifact. Break the nearby window and jump through to find a body with a machete in it and Lt. Torres’ Final Memorandum artifact. The file cabinet holds the List of Known WLF Agitators artifact.

Check under the desk beneath the window for a safe. The code is 86-07-22.

Gate

Return to East Gate 2 and use the gas to power the generator and open it. The code is 5345.

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Amazon Prime Members: Last Day To Claim These 6 Free Games

Every month brings with it a new batch of free games for subscribers to services like PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold, and anyone who’s signed up for Amazon Prime can look forward to free monthly games and loot as well. Twitch Prime, a membership included with every Amazon Prime subscription, has been giving away a bunch of free games in June, but today’s the last day to claim the official lineup of six freebies. That said, a few bonus freebies will be available into July along with the new lineup of free games going live on July 1.

The star of June’s freebies is definitely Observer, a first-person psychological horror game from Bloober Team, the developers of Layers of Fear and Blair Witch. Observer is set in the year 2084 in Krakow, Poland, where you’ll play as a detective who is able to hack into people’s minds (whether they’re alive or dead) to find clues and solve crimes. The game earned an impressive 9/10 in GameSpot’s Observer review for its haunting atmosphere, incredible cyberpunk storytelling, and inventive sound design.

“Cyberpunk is a reflection of where we’re headed as a society, an oddly alluring reality where we’ve allowed impressive technology into our lives at the cost of our humanity,” wrote critic David Rayfield. “This is a niche genre that needs new revisions and new pioneers so it can keep evolving as we inch closer to seeing its fictional warnings play out in real life, and Observer adds to the familiar parables in fascinating and unexpected ways. In that respect, and on so many other levels, Observer is a haunting and remarkable achievement.”

June’s free games also include The Flame in the Flood, a “unique and absorbing” survival game that earned an 8/10 in GameSpot’s review for its beautiful art direction, excellent Americana soundtrack, and more. You can also claim Forsaken Remastered, a first-person shooter set on a distant-future Earth that’s been destroyed and left for mercenaries to salvage its remains. While we haven’t reviewed the remastered version that released in 2018, the original Forsaken earned an 8.9/10 in GameSpot’s Forsaken review. Also up for grabs are Steel Rats, a 2.5D action arcade game, and Project Warlock, a first-person shooter with pixel-art visuals.

Twitch also announced on Twitter that the humorous and heart-warming dating sim Dream Daddy would be free in June for Prime members as part of its Prime Month celebrations. It’s free to own until July 3. More bonus free games launched throughout the month. PictoQuest is also free to claim now, along with Mad Tracks and Reus.

Twitch Prime also recently announced it’s giving away more than 20 free SNK games throughout the summer, and the first seven games are available now, including Art of Fighting 2, Fatal Fury Special, Samurai Shodown II, and more.

As usual, there’s plenty of free in-game loot to claim throughout June as well, such as exclusive skins for Loba and Gibraltar in Apex Legends, a Mullet Slayer Master Collection for Doom Eternal, and the Prospector Exotic Bundle for Destiny 2.

Below, you can check out all the free games available right now as well as some of the best free in-game loot you can claim in June. To claim any of the free stuff at Twitch, you need an active Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $119/year or $13/month. You can always sign up for a 30-day free trial if you’re a new subscriber.

June 2020 free Twitch Prime games

Available now through June 30 unless otherwise stated

  • Forsaken Remastered
  • Observer
  • Project Warlock
  • Steel Rats
  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Mad Tracks
  • Dream Daddy – ends July 3
  • PictoQuest – ends July 10
  • Reus – ends July 24

Free SNK games with Twitch Prime

Available through December 31

  • Art of Fighting 2
  • Blazing Star
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Pulstar
  • Samurai Shodown II.
  • The King of Fighters 2000
  • The King of Fighters 2002

Best free in-game loot in June

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Last Of Us 2 Director Responds To Internet Hate

Seven years after the release of the original, The Last of Us Part II is finally out now on PlayStation 4. Even before release, writer-director Neil Druckmann acknowledged that some fans of the first game would dislike the sequel, and now that the game is out, he’s responded to more of the internet hate.

Speaking on former Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime’s podcast, Druckmann said it’s worthless to fight against people when they share their opinions about a game–whether it be good or bad. However, Druckmann said he can’t understand how people get so worked up and upset about fictional characters.

“I think you have to create some separation to say, we made this game, we believe in this game, we’re proud of this game, now it’s out there and it’s like whatever reaction people have–whether they like it or not–that’s fair,” Druckmann said. “That’s their reaction and you don’t fight that. The other thing with the more hateful stuff, the more vile stuff, that’s a little harder. It’s especially harder when I see it happening to team members or cast members who play a particular character in the game.”

“We have an actor, she’s been getting really awful, vile stuff because of a fictional character she’s playing in the game,” Druckmann added. “I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around that. The thing I try to do is just ignore it as much as I can. When things escalate to being serious, there are certain security protocols that we take and I report it to the proper authorities. Then you just try to focus on the positives and focus on distracting yourself with other stuff. But it’s kind of just the reality.”

Also in the interview, Druckmann said he’s been speaking with Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin about this topic. They are currently working together on the HBO TV version of The Last of Us.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with him about this stuff. He articulated it pretty well, it’s like people have to get educated. This is kind of the cost. When you’re doing something big, and you might disappoint fans, there is a cost to it now,” Druckmann said. “Which is, you’re going to get a certain level of hate, a certain level of vitriol that you just have to deal with. There is no other way to make it go away.”

Despite some portion of the audience disliking The Last of Us Part II, the game broke PlayStation’s sales records with 4 million copies sold in its first three days.

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[Last Chance] Pokemon Go June Field Research Tasks And Research Breakthrough Reward

June is officially here, and there’s a lot happening in Pokemon Go this month. In addition to all the events Niantic has lined up for the game over the next few weeks, a new batch of Field Research tasks is now live, giving you a chance to earn a new Research Breakthrough reward.

Unlike Special Research questlines, which are assigned by Professor Willow, Field Research tasks are distributed via PokeStops. You’ll receive a random task when you spin the Photo Disc. These can run the gamut from catching certain types of Pokemon to winning a Raid, and you’ll earn various rewards for completing them, including berries, Poke Balls, and even Pokemon encounters.

The first Field Research task you complete each day will also net you a stamp. If you amass seven of these, you’ll achieve a Research Breakthrough, which will unlock even more rewards, including a chance to catch a special Pokemon. This month’s Research Breakthrough encounter is Trapinch, a Ground type and the first form of Flygon. You’ll also earn bonus Trapinch Candy for capturing it.

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Trapinch will only be available as a Research Breakthrough reward this month, so if you’d like to catch one, you’ll need to achieve a Research Breakthrough before July 1, when Niantic refreshes the Field Research tasks again. You can see the full list of June’s Field Research tasks, as compiled by The Silph Road, below.

That’s not all that’s happening in Pokemon Go right now. Reshiram, the Legendary cover monster from Pokemon Black, is appearing in five-star Raids until June 16. The first Galarian Pokemon are also available in Go alongside the game’s final Throwback Challenge research line, while June’s Community Day takes place on June 20 and features Weedle.

Pokemon Go June 2020 Field Research Tasks

Catching Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Catch 5 Pokemon with Weather boost Poliwag or Vulpix encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Catch 10 Pokemon with Weather boost 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Catch 5 different species of Ground-type Pokemon 2 Rare Candies
Catch 3 Grass-, Fire-, or Ground-type Pokemon Cubone encounter
Catch 3 Ground-type Pokemon Hippopotas encounter
Catch 10 Pokemon Magikarp encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Catch 10 Normal-type Pokemon 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokemon Drilbur encounter; 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Catch a Dragon-type Pokemon Dratini encounter; 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls
Catch a Ditto 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls

Battling Tasks

Field Research Tasks Rewards
Win a Raid Marshtomp encounter
Win 5 Raids Aerodactyl encounter
Win a level 3 or higher Raid Kabuto or Omanyte encounter
Win in the Go Battle League Rhyhorn encounter

Throwing Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Make 3 Great throws Gastly, Anorith, or Lileep encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Make 5 Nice throws Voltorb encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Make 3 Nice throws in a row 500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Great throws in a row Onix encounter; 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Poke Balls, or 5 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Great curveball throws 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Poke Balls, or 5 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Great curveball throws in a row 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls
Make 5 Great curveball throws in a row Spinda encounter
Make an Excellent throw 500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Excellent throws in a row Larvitar encounter
Make 5 curveball throws in a row 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Make 2 Nice curveball throws in a row 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls

Hatching Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Hatch an Egg Palpitoad encounter

Misc. Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Transfer 3 Pokemon Numel encounter
Trade a Pokemon Swinub encounter
Evolve a Pokemon Eevee or Sandslash encounter
Power up Pokemon 5 times Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle encounter
Send 3 Gifts to friends Barboach encounter
Take a Snapshot of a Ground-type Pokemon Diglett encounter
Spin 10 PokeStops or Gyms 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls

Buddy Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Earn 5 Hearts with your Buddy 3 Pinap Berries
Give your Buddy 3 treats Wooper encounter
Earn 3 Candies walking with your Buddy Stunfisk encounter

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[Last Chance] Destiny 2: Where Is Xur June 26-30? Location Of Exotic Weapons And Armor

Xur is back in the solar system in Destiny 2 for another day, offering you another chance to get new Exotic weapons and armor for your collection. Here’s everything you can get from Xur and where you can find him before the weekly reset on Tuesday, June 30.

Head to the EDZ to find Xur this week, hanging out in Winding Cove region. For his weapon, Xur is offering The Colony. Hunters can pick up the Young Ahamkara’s Spine gauntlets; for Titans, there’s the Synthoceps gauntlets; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Phoenix Protocol chest armor. Read on for a breakdown of each item’s stats and what you need to know about them.

Xur Location

Spawn in at the Winding Cove transmat zone and look to the north. Hop on your sparrow and drive up the road on your left to reach the cliff face bordering the area. You’ll see a crashed Fallen dropship above you. Make your way up, either by climbing or using the nearby cave path, to find Xur standing beside the ship near the cliff’s edge.

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Xur Exotic Items

If you don’t already have it, be sure to nab Xur’s weekly weapon offering, The Colony, and take it into next week’s Iron Banner competition. The Exotic grenade launcher fires spider robots that track targets, chase them down, and blow them up–perfect for PvP fire-and-forget situations. As for armor, all of Xur’s Exotics now comes with much higher stats than in past seasons, making them all worthy of your consideration. If you’re not a fan of his other options, Xur also sells an Exotic engram that will decrypt into an Exotic you don’t already own. He also has the Five of Swords challenge card, which lets you enable modifiers for Nightfall Strikes.

  • Exotic Engram — 97 legendary shards
  • The Colony — 29 legendary shards
  • Young Ahamkara’s Spine — 23 legendary shards
  • Synthoceps — 23 legendary shards
  • Phoenix Protocol — 23 legendary shards
  • Five of Swords — free

The Colony

The Colony is a longstanding PvP standby, and for good reason. It’s the kind of gun that usually guarantees kills if you manage to snag Heavy ammo in any given match. It first robot grenades that run along the ground and climb walls to chase down targets, making them very hard to avoid–perfect for getting hard-to-chase prey.

Young Ahamkara Spine (Hunter)

Hunters who like Tripmine grenades will find a lot of utility in the Young Ahamkara Spine gauntlets. The Exotic amps your grenades significantly, making tripmines last longer and blow up bigger. If you manage to get kills with them, you get grenade energy back, as well. Tripmines can be particularly effective in PvP if you’re careful with where you place them and when you use them, and with Young Ahamkara Spine, they can be pretty devastating.

Stats:

  • Mobility: 7
  • Resilience: 11
  • Recovery: 14
  • Discipline: 6
  • Intellect: 11
  • Strength: 14
  • Total: 63

Synthoceps (Titan)

Synthoceps make Titans into melee monsters, especially in dangerous situations. The gauntlets increase your melee lunge range, which is great in PvP situations, and gives you increased melee and Super damage when you’re surrounded, which can be helpful just about anywhere. If you want more effective melees, give Synthoceps a try.

Stats:

  • Mobility: 9
  • Resilience: 8
  • Recovery: 14
  • Discipline: 9
  • Intellect: 13
  • Strength: 9
  • Total: 62

Phoenix Protocol (Warlock)

For Warlocks reliant on Well of Radiance in situations like raids and other high-level content, Phoenix Protocol is an Exotic you want in the regular rotation. Though it’s not as powerful as it once was, the chest armor still is extremely useful for getting you more Well Supers more often. While standing in your well, you get Super energy for any kills and assists you make–which means you can get your Well back more quickly if you’re wiping out a lot of enemies with your fireteam. The more Wells you can cast, the more likely you are to survive tough encounters, so you’ll want this one handy for tough activities.

Stats:

  • Mobility: 10
  • Resilience: 8
  • Recovery: 15
  • Discipline: 8
  • Intellect: 14
  • Strength: 6
  • Total: 61

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The Last Of Us Part 2 Hidden Trophies Guide: How To Get The Platinum

There are a whole bunch of Trophies to find in The Last of Us Part 2. Many of them are linked to scavenging, requiring you to scour the world for collectibles, weapons, workbenches, and other items and elements you can use to make yourself stronger and more survivable. A few, however, are about more story-focused moments, and they’re easy to miss if you don’t know they’re happening.

Lucky for you, we’ve tracked down every Trophy in The Last of Us Part 2 and we know exactly how to earn them. The guide below will point out where you can unlock each one. Be warned that this is spoiler territory, however, so go at your own risk. Any information you see beyond this point is liable to reveal story elements to you that are best discovered on your own.

Check out our spoiler-free walkthrough, as well as a suite of other guides, in our huge The Last of Us Part II guide roundup–which also includes some essential tips you should know. If you’re curious about how the game stacks up, check out our The Last of Us Part II review.

Looks Good On You Trophy

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You can get this trophy during the first flashback you play through with Joel and Ellie. The scene takes place in a museum, where the pair can visit a number of exhibits. Right after you enter the first room of the museum, you can find a brown hat on a rack, which Ellie will wear. As you wander through the dinosaur exhibit, you’ll then get the opportunity to put the hat on the various skeletons, and then take it back off.

While you’re going, pay attention for a chance to ask Joel to get him to try it on. You’ll want to move slowly through the exhibit and interact with all the dinosaurs, because the prompt to get the Trophy is contextual and you won’t want to miss your opportunity by going too quickly. After putting the hat on two or three skeletons, you should get an optional prompt to put the hat on Joel. Once you’ve done it, you’ll earn the Looks Good On You Trophy.

Sharpshooter Trophy

Seattle Day 1 – The Stadium

Before heading out from the stadium, you’ll drop by the armory and pick up weapons. If you spin around from the quartermaster’s table before leaving, you’ll see a shooting range where you can test your guns. You also have a chance for a little friendly competition with Manny. Your goal is to beat him in a shooting contest. The best way to do that is to score all headshots, which isn’t too difficult. Take your time and line up your shots–the assault rifle is probably your best bet for this one because of its larger magazine and faster rate of fire.

The contest isn’t especially difficult to win, and once you do, you’ll earn the Sharpshooter Trophy.

Put My Name Up Trophy

Seattle Day 1 – Winter Visit

The last hidden trophy pops up during a second flashback in the aquarium. You’ll reach it at the end of the Hostile Territory section, after dealing with Scars in a few abandoned, destroyed buildings. The Trophy is another shooting contest, recalling a similar moment in Uncharted 4. You’ll see a toy bow on the ground in the middle of the aquarium, with a bunch of cardboard targets scattered around the room. The contest has you shooting the targets, with the goal of hitting as many as you can before a timer runs out. You don’t need to be a sharpshooter here. Your accuracy in hitting the target doesn’t matter, and you can shoot them from anywhere. This one is all about speed, but the tough part is in anticipating how much the arrows will drop as your range to a target increases.

A good strategy is to try to spot all the targets before you start the game, so you know where to shoot–especially toward the end, you’re liable to run out of time trying to find your last few targets. It’s a good idea to save right before you start so you can quickly retry to minigame if you run out of time. Earn the high score and you get the Put My Name Up Trophy, completing your hidden collection.

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