Joel carries a Flashlight at all times, which can be turned on by hitting R3, and an assortment of equipment that he scavenges through the game. Due to a limited backpack size, Joel can only carry a limited amount of ammo and have up to four things equipped and available quickly via the D-Pad:
- 1 Small Firearm (Right)
- 1 Long Firearm (Left)
- Brick or Bottle (Down)
- Health Kit (Up)
As Joel progresses through the game he will scavenge new weapons to help him make his way through the numerous infected and scavengers that wish him dead. Bombs can be quickly equipped by pressing up or down on the D-Pad to the desired bomb, but new weapons will remain unequipped and will have to be equipped by pressing left or right on the D-Pad and holding X to select a new weapon.
Note that if you create the "Holsters" at a workbench, Joel has the ability to equip 2 Small and 2 Long Firearms at once.