Nov 24, 2014

Contagion: Player controlled zombies and how to be deadly as zombie.

Some people may took their time to read how to get rid of player controlled zombies, but in this message, I would like to explain how to be deadly on dark side. Zombies.

Before moving on...

I wont be surprised if people wont read anything here and instead they are going to keep complaining about how boring to play as player controlled zombie or how they arent ready to play as player controlled zombie. Let me show you example:
(Demonstration purpose only. No name and shame as usual.)

In my opinion: If you are rushing at survivors and you keep dying, of course its boring, but if you doing something different - it starts to be interesting.

Alright...lets take a look what we can do as player controlled zombie.

"We can walk, yeah, we can run by holding sprint button, yeah, simple. We can attack with our swipes if we want kill Survivors or break the doors down. Dayumn, this game is like ZP: S2, I like this game already. Oh, I see him, lets get him. *Running straight towards to Survivor who is carrying MP5K* *gets killed by one shot in brainbox* OH WTF, HE KILLED ME THAT FAST, WTF IS THIS GAME?"
-Typical logic of most players.

Let me warn you, if you are expecting Contagion game as Zombie Panic! Source 2, then Ill ask you to leave this page immediately and stop playing Contagion.

If you clearly understand that Contagion is not going to be ZP:S2 for you, then you are welcome to stay.

Yes, you can run, you can walk, you can attack with your swipes, but you also have 6 abilities for all cases.


A simple Zombie Vision. When you turn your ZVision on, your sceren will turn into bright red and you will be able to see which one zombie is following you, issued commands to AI zombies, footsteps, Survivors, glowing doors\barricades that allows you to break them down and who is infected. Simple usage.


The name suits for himself. When you use this ability, you are starting roaring and if you got AI zombies around, they will respond with same roar and will start following you. An HUD will show you how much AI zombies is following you. The maximum number of followers is 15.
AI zombies who is following you will have yellow splatter and they will move whereever you see. If AI zombies will spot Survivor near by while roaring, they will start attacking Survivor immediately. They will also start chasing Survivor down when you are looking at him, giving AI zombies command to start chasing him down. Be careful with roar though, Survivors will know about player zombie wandering around.


I cant believe how people cant realize that Blend ability is useful in some cases.
Blend ability allows AI take control over your zombie and attempt to hide yourself among the horde. This is useful when some Survivors arent careful enough. 
This one is greatly useful in Hunted gamemode, as Survivors is trying to stay quiet as possible and will avoid all AI zombies around, is it also useful in Barlowe Square at any gamemode type, because of the map size and limited ammo, Survivors will force to take their shots carefully and try not to waste their ammo, which means they may also will try to avoid AI zombies.
Also, the blend allows you to see whats waiting you behind that corner, as 3rd person camera mods activates whenever you are triggering blend mode.


Pretty much simple.
Roar>Command. Different strategy can be used with command ability. Useful for distractions.

Grapple attacking.

Ever wanted to break Survivor's lucky day by the infection or just want to slow their foot down?
This attack is just what you are looking for.
Grapple attack allows you to instantly infect Survivor(depends on difficulty), slow them down and sometimes make them jump scare. In exchange of this fun, this type of attack works only from behind (the special icon shows up, allowing you to grapple) and also you need to have almost full stamina bar. Also deals not much damage, but still.

Climb over the fences\hop on the small props\jump and climb on roofs.

If you get close to the fence, you'll notice the icon showing up allowing you to jump, hop on, climb on something. Useful if you want do some surprises from above or just need to get somewhere really fast.

Thats it. Lets take a look at common strategies.

Common strategies of typical player controlled zombies.

Running straight to Survivor and\or not dodging while on the way.

Completely useless strategy, but it works for average players.

Attacking from behind with swipes instead of using grapple.

Just like the previous one. Useless, but still works on new\average players.

Exposing yourself by running\walking around.

Even if they have AI horde with them, the Survivors will start shooting at player controlled zombies and only after putting him down, they'll focus on AI. Running around as well as different walking animation is what exactly expose these zombies and their cover. Not much people knows about this trick, so it still works on average players.

Jumping while chasing someone\trying to avoid fire.

Jumping zombie is a dead zombie, unless he is jumping at Survivor when he is close.

All of these common strategies usually leads to quick deaths of player controlled zombies. Instead of doing these common strategies, why wont you be a little smarter and do something unusual? Lets take a look on it...

Different strategy for you or how to not let yourself die that quickly.

These strategies are unusual for most players in Contagion. Use them and enjoy the stuff.

Attacking from above.

Roofs\ledges\jumping from second floor to the first floor, doesnt matter. If you are jumping right at Survivors heads, you will surely hit them once or twice before they realize what just happened and starts shooting at you. Attacking with grapple is also great move, but you know exchange.

Using grapple attack when some Survivors arent careful, lonely.

Like I said, it can infect you instantly(depends on difficulty), slow them down and such. Works perfectly when you got AI horde too. They either distracts Survivor while you sneaking them behind, or while grappling them, the AI horde deals additional damage. The more AI's beating Survivor up, the more damage will be dealt and sometimes, Survivors will die because of this kind of attack.
One little thing that most player controlled zombies will hate: The grapple sequence attack must be fully completed in order to deal damage and transmitting the infection. This means, if your attack got interrupted by just getting shot or attacked with melee weapon, your grapple attack will not be completed, the Survivor will be set free and will shoot at you and no damage at all was dealt while attacking(swipes are different story).


Lonely Survivor running around and\or avoiding AI zombies? Wanna stop that athletic guy?
Then this kind of strategy is what you are looking for.

Blend, and wait until Survivor will get close to you. When he is getting close, unblend in time and grapple him. Once seqeuence is done, the Survivor either will start shooting or will attempt to run away, making himself easy target to get killed. You will be able to hit Survivor with swipes at least 2 times before getting killed. You cant do anything much, because your stamina is gone due grapple, but in exchange, you dealt some damage to Survivor or killed him.

Grapple+AI horde.

This one is great for stopping lonely, not careful, hoarder junk. Same moves as "Blend+Grapple", but you need AI horde following you or some AI zombies moving\attacking Survivor. While grappling, ensure AI zombies are close to you. The Survivor wont be able to do anything as he slowed down and he cant shoot, while AI and you attacking Survivor dealing him a massive damage. If the grapple attack is finished and Survivor managed to kill you after grapple, he'll still need to take care of AI zombies. Hope for AI zombies to kill Survivor in this case.

AI distraction.

Command AI zombies who is following you and let AI do some distraction. The more AI, the longer distraction will work, but you got limited time. If you got Riot zombie with you, then you got a little longer time, but that doesnt mean you dont need to be hurry. Ensure to stay behind Survivors lines first, before AI zombie distraction. Use your grapple attack but be careful. Some Survivors may notice you and will start shooting at you immediately.

Sneaking around.

Theres a lot places allowing you to hide yourself and watching Survivor's approach. Use them and once they'll pass you or when they close, attack them. Be careful though: These hiding spots will not save you at all, if Survivor is experienced a lot.


Most official maps have a shortcuts. For example: Vent system. This allows player controlled zombie reach Survivors really quick in no time. Use them, if you want to finish Survivor off or you got spawned way to far.

Crouch while attacking.

This one is the most hateful move from player controlled zombies, but that doesnt mean you are going to be God with this kind of sequence. When you are close to Survivor, you can crouch a little to dodge enemy fire and use your swipes to deal some damage.

Things you should remember:

Brainbox=your life.

In order to kill you quickly, Survivors have to shoot you right in brainbox. Anything else will not kill you that fast as brainbox shot.

Stay away from Survivors sights if you are far away from them.

Survivors got firearms. Zombies dont. Who is going to win? Correct. Survivors, because they can shoot you from long distance in brainbox and you'll die. Either hide somewhere or stay away from them until they'll get close.

If you got spotted, do something useful instead of letting yourself die.

Run away from them and hope for not getting shot in brainbox or something else. Dont run straight to Survivor, as you'll die quickly.

Got infected while playing as Survivor?

So lets imagine, you got infected from AI attack. What are you gonna do next? 
Tell Survivors you are infected? But its not interesting, why you cant just surprise your friends by holding your head with hands and screaming like someone who is getting killed? 
Dont want surprise them? Simple hide somewhere not far from Survivors and wait until you'll turn and then get some fun as zombie. Careful though, some Survivors will start looking for you while turning.

Leave infected Survivors alone.

While playing as zombie with zombie vision on, sometimes youll meet some Survivors with yellow icon under their legs:
You may gonna wonder: What the hell is this?
The icon means the Survivor is infected and soon or later will turn into zombie. In most times its better to leave these kind of Survivors alone or kill him fast if Survivor is about to escape.

Doors are your worst enemies.

Depends on difficulty, but if you are playing on Normal difficulty, you will break the door with 1-1.5 minutes. Use AI horde if you want to destroy the door really quickly. Ensure Survivor will not close the doors after themselfs somehow.

Got cockroached? Dont worry.

Player controlled zombies got 6-7 lives by default. If you ran out of zombie lives, you will turn into cockroach. You can wait, or you can ragequit. Your choice. If you failed to be deadly as zombie, practice yourself.


The whole point of this message is telling you to use different strategies and stop complaining how boring playing as zombie is as well as doing ragequits whenever you are getting killed as Survivor. Like I said: Do something unusual and you'll enjoy the stuff. By the way: Most people will ragequit whenever they gets killed, so most of times, you will be lonely player controlled zombie, but youll get used to it. Manage your zombie lives\tactics properly and you'll become lord of damned. Some people will also rage at you when they died by your hands for example:

Its cute to see people ragin about player controlled zombies which may make you feel a bit happier.
(To-do: Upload some videos as examples...)

Thanks and have fun.

1 comment:

  1. A very nice guide how to play as zombie player :) One thing that I like to mention is that some of the people don't like to play as zombie in general. I love to kill player zombies in escape maps since they are unpredictable but I don't really like to play in the zombie team. I just don't want to ruin the fun for the remaining players who only wants to enjoy the coop aspect and especially in extreme mode.

    Well, everyone has their own opinion.
    The best choice to play as player zombie is on hunted mode imo.