Zombies are the primary threats of 7 Days to Die and are currently found all around the world, especially in the game world of Navezgane County, Arizona. An unknown virus is transforming human beings into blood-thirsty Zombies. Nobody knows how, nobody knows why, and nobody knows how to stop it. Now most of the population has turned into these monsters. They shuffle across the land looking for survivors to kill and eat.
- Note: Information provided using default game settings and Nomad difficulty.
Zombie Types[edit | edit source]
Normal Zombies[edit | edit source]
Note: Zombies have been placed in the Normal List, until information regarding their Uniqueness comes to light. Uniqueness is defined by difference in damage that they can do, or some special feature or attack. A full List of Zombies is available.
- Bloated Walker
- Crawler Zombie
- Festering Corpse
- Fallen Soldier Zombie
- Hazmat Female Zombie
- Hazmat Male Zombie
- Hungry Female Zombie
- Infected Survivor
- Miner Zombie
- Motivated Cheerleader Zombie
- Plagued Nurse
- Reanimated Corpse
- Risen Woman Zombie
- Skater Punk Zombie
- Team Z Player Football Zombie
- Utility Worker Zombie
- Walker Male Zombie
- Zombie Arlene
- Zombie Biker
- Zombie Cowboy
- Zombie Darlene
- Zombie Farmer
- Zombie Marlene
- Zombie Stripper
- Zombie Yo
Snow Zombies[edit | edit source]
The snow zombies only appear in the Snowy Forest biome. All of them are similar to the Bloated Walker in terms of toughness, which may be due to their flesh hardening, because of the cold. They also have a chance to drop rare Tools as of A13.
Unique Zombies[edit | edit source]
Most zombies differ only in appearance. However, the following zombies have special features:
- Screamer Zombies are the advance scouts of the undead. When you produce a certain amount of "heat," a Screamer or two will spawn and investigate. If they detect you, they will scream and a horde will spawn in. Kill them quickly to avert the hordes! Your heat map rises when you perform various activities. Campfires and forges can raise it, as can cutting trees, mining, or even crafting. Using weapons and explosives can also draw them in.
However, the heat level drops if activity in the area ceases.
- The Zombie Dog is faster than other zombies and is not affected by sunlight, making it a dangerous predator at all times. They typically spawn in packs, and can thus maul a single survivor into shreds. This is currently one of the most dangerous zombies.
- Zombie Bears have more hitpoints and are stronger than regular Bears. They are covered in blood and will attack anything on sight. At later days screamers can call them.
- The Burn Victim can set the player on fire if contact is made. (Seems to die over time as though it slowly burns to death?)
- The Infected Police Officer has high amounts of vitality like the Bloated Walker, but also possesses a deadly ranged attack. Once it spots a player from a decent range, it will release a stream of acid towards him/her, which can destroy blocks and instantly kill unarmored players. When damaged but not killed instantly, it will attempt to sprint towards the player in a feral rage, and will cause a self-inflicted explosion once close to the player, unless it's killed. An Infected Police Officer tends to have good loot, but if it has killed itself by exploding, no bodies will be available for looting.
- The Feral Zombie is the strongest out of all zombies. It takes several headshots from a flawless quality Weapon to kill. These zombies will only spawn in cities, in the Blood Moon hordes every 7 days, in caves, or from screamers during later days. Once killed they give the most amount of experience points and carry the best loot of all zombies, sometimes including exclusive gun parts/schematics and other rare items.
- The Spider Zombie, as the name implies, can climb walls. It can only climb straight up walls(more testing needs to see if it can climb underneath walkways).
Previous Releases[edit | edit source]
- Feral Walker - removed in Alpha 2
- Decayed Cheerleader - removed in Alpha 13
- Nude Walker - removed in Alpha 13
- Infected Lady - removed in A13
- Infected Survivor - removed in A13
- Frostbitten Worker - removed in A13
- Frigid Hunter - removed in A13
- Infected Woman - removed in A13
Alpha 13 Features[edit | edit source]
Mocap[edit | edit source]
Zombies have Mocap rigger to their animations, making them more realistic-looking and harder to hit. They tend to twitch and lurch around, making it tricky to land a head shot on them. They also react to pain in certain areas. For example, if hit in the leg, they will hold their leg and be stunned for a couple seconds. If hit in the torso, the zombie may be stunned, causing them to fall to the ground. Note that this does not kill them, and they get up a few seconds later and resume their assault.
Dismemberment[edit | edit source]
You can now dismember zombies. If enough damage is done to a zombie's limb, it can fall off. Direct hits to the head have a chance to decapitate them, killing them instantly. If their legs are disabled, zombies will crawl along the ground like regular Crawler Zombies. This new feature is still a work in progress. Wood Spikes and Wood Log Spikes can make zombies into crawlers as well if they walk over them and take enough damage. So be careful of what's crawling at you!
Behavior[edit | edit source]
Zombies move slowly and are easier to kill during the day. However, once night comes, they start running. Once a zombie senses or begins hunting a player, they will generally move in a straight line towards their prey, destroying any blocks in their way. Feral Zombies, Infected Police Officers, Plagued Nurses, and Bloated Walkers drop the best loot, although the rest of the zombies all have a chance to drop any Recipe Book.
Zombies move slowly during the day and will not chase after you if the player stays far enough away. They will mostly stay idle around their position. At night time zombies start running and wandering around. They will also attempt to detect survivors at night, using proximity, smell, sight and light. They will try to occupy the space directly above (or below) the players location. If the 'Feral' difficulty is enabled, zombies will be this aggressive at both day and night, and can also detect a survivor through walls at night. During the night, zombies appear to be more active the closer a player is to them. For example, if a player stands directly on top of a wall, no matter the material, the zombies will destroy the blocks in the wall very rapidly. However by contrast, if the player is standing in the middle of a room, and is 15 or more spaces from all the walls, zombies will not congregate in one spot to destroy the wall and it will take them much longer. This being considered, larger bases are usually more effective than smaller ones.
Any zombie will not notice any version of hatch and or wooden poles. This is very useful for long pits to trap and or harm a zombie for a clever death trap.
Zombies can climb ladders. It is rare and seems to be a glitch, but it happens from time to time.
Combat[edit | edit source]
With the exception of the Infected Police Officer, all zombies have a single style of attack, which is a melee swipe, slash or punch. All attacks have a chance of causing an Infection, Stunned or Bleeding debuff, the latter being more prevalent when fighting against Zombie Dogs. Melee combat against zombies can be simple - aim for the head and walk in and out between strikes. However, against a horde, this can lead the player to being surrounded which can be extremely dangerous, especially at night. Against hordes or when safety is of the ultimate priority, projectile weapons are the safest in this regard, but they heavily rely on ammo and other resources.
Headshots, with all weapons, inflict the most damage to zombies.
The Stealth System can be used to avoid zombies. Crouching (by default 'Ctrl' key) makes less noise while moving and searching, but moves slower than walking. Zombies will detect a player if the player is in their line of sight, or external factors have drawn their attention (e.g. using tools, looting containers, carrying food with an odor, etc.). Using Sneak while scavenging has a greater chance of going undetected. The Crossbow and Wooden Bow can be used for stealth kills without drawing much attention from other zombies. Both get double damage from stealth shooting. Some attacks will stun zombies, after which they fall to their knees, or to the ground. Attacking stunned zombies will give a stun bonus of 3 times the normal damage, making it easy to finish them off. However, this feature also means that zombies the player believed dead may stand up again and keep fighting, having only been stunned. Some objects, such as Small Stones and Empty Cans, can be thrown to create noise as a distraction, or to lure zombies to other areas.
Defenses[edit | edit source]
Generally, a base is never perfectly safe from zombies. Repairs are a normal duty; fixing blocks, replacing traps, etc. Even the most fortified base can fail when under siege by wave after wave of zombies, particularly during the 7-Day hordes. The following tips can help extend the longevity of a base:
- Use traps. For static traps, there are only two options: Wood Spikes or Wood Log Spikes. The former does more damage but breaks down faster, while the latter does less damage but will last longer before breaking. Other forms of traps include land mines or pitfalls, but require extensive pre-building or restocking. Wood Log Spikes can now be upgraded all the way to a fourth stage of steel as of A15.
- Build walls at least two block higher than the zombies can jump (usually three blocks high) to prevent them from breaking an upper block on a two-high wall and jumping over it.Wood Log Spikes underneath an overhang is a particularly strong defense design.
- Build double layer walls to rely on more than one layer of defenses should a zombie siege occur. This is especially true if the player wishes to fortify their base, but do not want to break down their original layer of walls.
- Make frequent repairs. It is wise for a player to always check for damages whenever possible, especially after a siege. The Claw Hammer, Wrench, Nailgun, and Stone Axe can all repair broken blocks or damaged blocks. Also, most blocks can be upgraded to more durable materials.
- Allow visual sight of your entrance from inside your base. This is most commonly achieved by having a 'balcony' or a roof access, so as to make it possible for a player to shoot at zombies while remaining more or less safe.
- Make a way to attack the zombies through your defenses where they can't attack you. Whether by Wood Spikes or Wood Log Spikes, a high wall with a direct line of sight down, or Iron Bars inset into the walls, you need a way to clear out large numbers of zombies safely. They will always find a way into your base otherwise.
- Moats and ditches. These take time and planning to build and as such should only be attempted once a base has other defenses. Combined with spike traps these are very effective defenses, though hinder attempts to farm food or any escape routes. Also if building near water the banks of the water body will cause problems for the ditch. Note: having a moat or ditch requires strong defenses at the "bridge" of your moat since this is the easiest access point.
- Escape routes. A base can have an easy access escape route that zombies or other players cannot enter. One suggestion would be to build a tunnel out of the base and then block up the entrance with one layer of Dirt, thus making it inaccessible to zombies or enemy players whilst allowing for easy escape should your defense become over run. An escape kit can be maintained near the exit to the passage so that it is possible to survive until your base can be reoccupied Food, Bottled Water, and medicines are recommended. As of patch 12 the Minibike could be placed here as well for easy escape.
- Underground bases can take quite a long time to make and require the player to have pre-existing resources, but are extremely easy to fortify and defend in both PvP and PvE.
Zombies also have no regards for their own safety and will attempt to charge even through Wood Spikes or other traps even if it means certain death. However as swarms of zombies die, defenses slowly degrade and eventually zombies will clear the path to player character attempting to overrun opponents.
Fall damage for any zombie at any height will only reduce its health by half and will stun the zombie, making it vulnerable to double-damage while stunned.
- ladder if you break the bottom part of the ladder the zombies wont know how to climb it but if its a large enough group they will walk on each other and climb it.
Zombie Table[edit | edit source]
A list of all Zombies is available in the List of Zombies page.