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General questionsEdit

What is The Last Stand Wiki?Edit

The Last Stand Wiki is a collaborative website (also known as a wiki) dedicated to providing information about The Last Stand series of games, produced by Con Artist Games. It is hosted on the Wikia network and powered by the MediaWiki software.

The Last Stand Wiki is a wiki — this means that anyone can edit and modify our content, without the need for a Wikia account, without requiring special permission to do so, and mostly importantly, without paying a cent to do it. Wikis are collaborative, and The Last Stand Wiki has resources available to allow editors to communicate with each other and discuss improvements to the website as a whole.

The Last Stand Wiki is a fan-based website. It is not run by, affiliated with, or written by Con Artist Games. The website servers are run by Wikia, and the content written by volunteer users with no special training or employment.

See also our About page.

How do I join The Last Stand Wiki?Edit

Simply do anything that leaves your mark on the wiki, and you're automatically a member! Many of our members got a start leaving article comments (yes, that counts!). Others saw they could make an improvement and got straight to editing articles! That's it — you don't even need an account!

While you can still be a member without an account, you can make your name on the wiki stronger by creating an account. This will allow you to pick a unique username to be identified with, and entitles you to many other benefits, such as achievements, blogs, and much, much more.

I think I found an error on one of the pages on this website. What can I do about it?Edit

The best solution is to click the "Edit" button at the top of the page and fix it yourself! We encourage our editors to Be Bold and fix problems they see by themselves. If you aren't able to fix the problem (we encourage you to at least try fixing it first), you can ask for assistance at the help desk.

What are administrators?Edit

Administrators are highly-trusted users on The Last Stand Wiki that are entrusted with a few extra buttons not normally available to other users. Administrators have the ability to delete and protect pages, and can block users that vandalize our wiki. Aside from the few extra buttons, however, they are not in charge of the wiki, and are otherwise equal to all other users. This means that, during a dispute, an administrator has no more power than an unregistered user does.

Administrators are not employed by The Last Stand Wiki, Wikia, or Con Artist Games. They are volunteer users and do not earn a living on The Last Stand Wiki. Thus, their availability may vary depending on their life, and they, like everyone else, are free to leave the wiki for as long as they wish, for any reason.

The seriesEdit

What is The Last Stand?Edit

The Last Stand is a series of Adobe Flash games produced by Australia-based game developer Con Artist Games. All four games are free-to-play in the web browser and require no downloads or installation.

The games take place in a fictional universe where a zombie apocalypse has struck, causing the government and the military to collapse. Survivors must find items in order to survive, such as weapons, sustenance, ammunition, and other survivor companions.

What are the technical requirements for playing the game?Edit

There are no strict technical requirements for playing the game, although a computer with at least 2GB of RAM and a decent processor is recommended for better performance. As the games are all Flash based, the Adobe Flash Player must be installed on your system in order for the game to run. Most browsers and modern computers should already have a version of Flash player pre-installed. We recommend that you check for updates for the Flash player and install them as needed. Updates to the Flash player improve performance and security, as well as ensuring the latest content can be played correctly. (download and install the Flash player, or check for updates)

The Last StandEdit

Where can I play The Last Stand?Edit

The game is available on the following websites:

What are the controls for the game?Edit

The game is played using both the keyboard and the mouse.

  • Move-mouse cursor: Aim
  • Left-mouse click: Fire
  • W: Move up
  • S: Move down
  • A: Move left
  • D: Move right
  • R: Reload current weapon
  • Spacebar: Switch weapons
  • ⎋ Esc: Options menu (will pause the game)

I can't seem to be able to hit an enemy even though I aim and click on themEdit

Try moving around to get at an angle in which you can kill them.

I just completed a night, what else?Edit

Once you have finished a night, you will be given 12 hours to spend on either:

  • Repairing the barricade (able to repair 5% per hour)
  • Search for weapons
  • Look for more survivors

I can't seem to be finding any weapons, what's going on?Edit

Invest time into looking for weapons. The "Weapon-o-meter" on the left of the clipboard at the end of every night will fill up when you search for weapons. Once it is full, a new weapon will be found.

It's taking forever to kill zombiesEdit

Try aiming for the head. Also, invest time into finding better weapons every day. A better weapon may be more efficient than wasting too much time on repairs.

How do I equip different weapons?Edit

You can equip different weapons via the Weapon Selection screen before each night. Simply click on a weapon and then on either "Main" or "Backup". You can alternate between the two by pressing Spacebar. You can only have two weapons per night, though, so choose wisely.

What's the name of the guy that I play as?Edit

His name is Jack.

The Last Stand 2Edit

Where can I play The Last Stand 2?Edit

The game is available on the following websites:

What are the controls for the game?Edit

The game is played using both the keyboard and the mouse.

  • Move-mouse cursor: Aim
  • Left-mouse click: Fire
  • W: Move up
  • S: Move down
  • A: Move left
  • D: Move right
  • R: Reload current weapon
  • Spacebar: Switch weapons
  • ⎋ Esc: Options menu (will pause the game)

I can't seem to be able to hit an enemy even though I aim and click on themEdit

Try moving around to get at an angle in which you can kill them.

I just completed a night, what else?Edit

Once you have finished a night, you will be given 12 hours to spend on either:

  • Repairing the barricade (able to repair 5% per hour)
  • Searching for supplies

If you have enough supplies to travel, a "Travel to new location" option will appear on the left of the "End of night" screen. You can use that to travel to a new town and get closer to Union City.

It's taking forever to kill zombiesEdit

Try aiming for the head. Also, invest time into finding better weapons every day. A better weapon may be more efficient than wasting too much time on repairs.

How do I equip different weapons?Edit

You can equip different weapons via the Weapon Selection screen before each night. Simply click on a weapon and then on either "Main" or "Backup". You can alternate between the two by pressing Spacebar. You can only have two weapons per night, though, so choose wisely.

How do I give my survivors weapons other than their pistols?Edit

Before each night, during the Weapon Selection screen, click on any weapon to pick it up, and then click on the survivor you want to give it to. Survivors can only be given one weapon at a time.

How come I can't give a particular weapon to a survivor?Edit

Survivors cannot be given the Hand Grenades, RPG, Chainsaw, or Compound Bow; these weapons can only be equipped by the player.

How do I place traps?Edit

Before each night, click on the "Setup Traps" button on the left. Choose a trap you want to place on the right, and then click on where you want to place them via the tiles on the left. To remove a trap, simply click on its tile. You can place up to 16 traps at a time.

How do the Gas Cylinders work?Edit

Just shoot at them and they will explode. They will damage any nearby zombies, and may cause other gas cylinders to explode.

What's the name of the guy that I play as?Edit

His name is Jack.

The Last Stand: Union CityEdit

Where can I play The Last Stand: Union City?Edit

The game is available on the following websites:

What are the controls for the game?Edit

The game is played using both the keyboard and the mouse.

  • Move-mouse cursor: Aim
  • Left-mouse click: Fire
  • W: Jump
  • S: Crouch
  • A: Move left
  • D: Move right
  • R: Reload current weapon
  • Q: Switch weapons
  • Spacebar: Shove
  • ⇧ Shift+A or ⇧ Shift+D: Run
  • F: Toggle flashlight
  • E: Interact with object/talk to person/search container/pick up object
  • ⎋ Esc: Pause menu
  • C: Character menu
  • B or Tab ↹: View backpack
  • J: View journal
  • X: View achievements
  • G: Swap weapons with companion

How do I search containers?Edit

Move your mouse over a searchable container. Four 90° corners should appear around the object. Press E to search the container.

How do I pick up dropped objects?Edit

Move your mouse over the object. Four 90° corners should appear around the object. Press E to pick it up.

How do I talk with other characters?Edit

Move your mouse over the person you wish to speak with. A speech bubble should appear above them. Press E to talk to them.

How do I equip different weapons/clothing?Edit

Open your backpack. To equip weapons, click on either one of the two weapon slots, and then click on a weapon. To unequip weapons, click "Unequip" on the weapon slot, or simply equip another weapon in the same slot. To equip clothing, simply click on its entry in the list. To remove clothing, click on it again.

How do I throw away objects?Edit

Move your mouse over the object's entry in the backpack, and then click on the "Trash can" icon that appears on the right. Some objects cannot be thrown away, such as quest items, ammunition, and cash.

I can't move my character, what's going on?Edit

If you see a "Too Much Weight" flashing at the top of the screen, it means your character is carrying more weight than their Max Carry Weight allows them to. Either level up your character's strength, or dispose of objects as mentioned above.

What does the "Shove" function do?Edit

It allows you to push back enemies that are within melee range, creating distance. Useful if you're being swarmed.

A scary musical cue just played and zombies burst through the ceiling! What's going on?Edit

You've just encountered a zombie horde attack, in which a massive wave of zombies suddenly spawn and rush towards you. Hold tight and get ready to fend them off!

I'm being overwhelmed by a horde of zombies. What do I do?Edit

Try shoving them by pressing the Spacebar.

What is a safehouse?Edit

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Safehouses are marked with this symbol.

A safehouse is a location in which no zombies will spawn in. Safehouses will contain a bed and a storage footlocker, and some may also have uninfected NPCs for you to talk with.

It appears to be "night" and it's getting very difficult to see. What do I do?Edit

Try turning on the flashlight, which you can toggle by pressing F.

Is there an in-game clock that governs the day and night cycles?Edit

Yes. You can view it by pausing the game and looking at the top-right corner of the screen. You can pause the game by opening the Backpack (B or Tab ↹), Character menu (C), viewing your Journal (J), or opening the Achievements menu (X).

What is the storage footlocker and what does it do?Edit

The storage footlocker, located in all safehouses, allows you to store objects that you may not have a use for now, but may have one in the future. Items you place in the footlocker will be removed from your backpack, which will reduce the amount of weight you have to carry. Items placed in the footlocker can be retrieved from any safehouse, even from ones that you did not place the object into. For instance, if the player places a PPM 9 in a safehouse in Pinedale, and then goes to a safehouse in Canal Park, they can retrieve that PPM 9 from the Canal Park safehouse footlocker, even though the object was initially placed in the Pinedale safehouse footlocker.

How do I get a companion?Edit

There are two companions in the game — Kelly and Hank — and you must complete their quests in order to acquire them. You can acquire Kelly from the Help Kelly quest, and Hank from the Find Hank's Dad's Rifle quest. Once you get a companion, they will follow you around, helping you kill enemies, until they die.

How do I give my companions different weapons?Edit

First, you must equip and be armed with the weapon that you want to give them. Then, walk up to them and press G to swap weapons. The companion's current weapon will be given to you, and your current weapon to the companion.

It is generally best to give companions ranged weapons, as they tend to rush up towards zombies if they have melee.

My companion has fallen and is calling for help. How do I save them?Edit

Walk up to them and press G to help them up. This does not work in the Kongregate version of the game due to a glitch.

You can also save them by saving and quitting the game, and then reloading it. This works in the Kongregate version, and as such, is the only way to save downed companions in said version of the game.

If you fail to save a companion in time, they will die permanently.

Can I have more than one companion at a time?Edit

No. If you recruit one companion and then attempt to recruit the other, a dialog box will appear asking you whether you wish to replace your current companion with the other.

How come Hank doesn't have his rifle once I complete his quest?Edit

If you recruited Kelly before completing Hank's quest, his starting weapon will be the one you initially gave Kelly, and the rifle will disappear. Thus, if you want Hank's rifle, you must ignore Kelly's quest and only complete Hank's quest.

My companion just died, but the other one is still alive. Can I recruit him/her and replace the deceased companion?Edit

You can only if you did not complete their quest. For example, if Hank dies, but Kelly has not been recruited and her Help Kelly quest has not been completed, you can go back, complete Kelly's quest, and acquire her. However, if you complete both companions's quests and one dies, you'll lose them both permanently.

The Last Stand: Dead ZoneEdit

My game runs slowly, why?Edit

The Last Stand: Dead Zone uses the Stage3D feature in Adobe Flash Player 11, but is fairly picky on what hardware it can run on. If your GPU isn't supported by Stage3D, the game falls back to software rendering, which can be slow and laggy.

You can see this page for a list of hardware that is supported by Stage3D.

You can also try toning down the graphics settings. Open the Options menu by clicking the "Gear" icon on the lower-right of the screen. Select "Video" and turn "Antialiasing" and "Shadows" to a lower setting, or turn them off completely for better performance. You can also try disabling Static and Dynamic Lighting.

Lag may also be caused by having too little available RAM left. A computer's performance will slow down dramatically if there is too little RAM left for it to use. You can view the amount of RAM your computer is using by following these steps. To free up more physical memory, try closing other applications that are currently running. Closing all other browser tabs should do the trick. Alternatively, try restarting the game by refreshing the tab it is on regularly if you're playing for long periods of time. RAM usage accumulates over time the longer the game is running, so occasionally closing the game will clear that usage. (We'd also like to remind you to take breaks from the computer — your survivors can certainly survive for an hour or two without you monitoring them)

It's also possible that your computer is becoming too hot. Most modern processors will slow down automatically when they overheat in order to prevent permanent hardware damage. Follow these steps to cool your computer down. If you are using a laptop, start by elevating the laptop (refrain from putting it on your lap, despite the name!) and adding an external fan underneath. You can also try cleaning the air vents with compressed air or a damp cloth. If your computer gets too hot now, try turning it off or putting it to sleep and giving it a break.

Failing everything else, you can also speed up game performance by panning to the very edge of the playing area. Your computer doesn't render graphics that are not shown on screen, and thus you can take the load off your computer by moving to the edge of the map.

What's the difference between Dynamic and Static Lighting?Edit

Dynamic lighting involves lighting that can change depending on the circumstances. For instance, the light from a floodlight is an example of dynamic lighting. If you move the floodlight around, the light moves with it.

Static lighting is lighting that is pre-determined on the map. Examples include the day-and-night cycles, lighting from different locations, etc. Static lighting cannot be modified by the player, and it is determined when the map is loaded.

Both dynamic and static lighting, when used together, adds to the aesthetic appeal of the game. However, it can really wear out your computer if it's not up-to-par with the game's demands. If you experience lag with your game, or if your computer doesn't sound like it's having a good time, try turning off both static and dynamic lighting.

Why won't my game settings save?Edit

The game uses cookies to save your settings. If cookies are disabled in your browser, if you're playing in incognito mode, or if you've told your browser to block cookies from the site you're playing on, your settings won't stick, and they'll revert to their default settings. To save your settings, make sure your browser is set to accept cookies.

How do I move buildings?Edit

You can move buildings after initially placing them by clicking on them and selecting "Move". Move them to the desired spot, and click again to plop them down again. You will be notified if your new spot is unsuitable for building placement. (i.e. you can't place a building on top of another one)

What are the blue tiles that appear when I move buildings?Edit

Those indicate the tiles a building takes up, along with the tiles reserved to allow survivors to walk between them. The dark blue tiles are occupied tiles; you cannot place any additional buildings on them and survivors cannot walk on them. The tiles with the footprints are tiles reserved for walking. You can't place buildings on them, but survivors can walk on them.

How do I rotate buildings?Edit

Click on the building and select "Move". Then press the Spacebar to rotate them.

How do I demolish buildings?Edit

Click on the building and select "Dismantle". You will be shown a list of the materials you will receive after dismantling the structure. Click "Dismantle" again to remove the building.

How do I join barricades together?Edit

Easy, just place them adjacent to each other on the ends. The ends of each barricades do not have any blue tiles on them, indicating that you are free to place additional barricades there. Make sure that the barricades are directly adjacent to each other, with end meeting end — even a one-tile gap in between them is a breach in the defenses!

What does a "loadout" mean?Edit

Loadout refers to the set of weapons and gear your survivors are equipped with. You have two loadouts: offensive, and defensive.

Your offensive loadout is used during missions, raids, and basically any time your survivors are fighting outside of your compound.

Your defensive loadout is used during compound defense. This includes zombie horde attacks on the compound, and when raiders attack you.

Items that are being used in an offensive loadout are marked with a red square, along with the name of the survivor that is using the item for offense. Items that are being used in a defensive loadout are marked with a green shield, along with the name of the survivor that is using the item for defense.

An item can be used for offense and defense simultaneously. If a survivor is using the same item for both offense and defense, there is no conflict and everything will work like normal. However, if a weapon is being used for offense by one survivor, and defense by another, you will have to watch out! If the survivor using it for offense is out on a mission, the survivor using it for defense will not be able to use that weapon when zombies or raiders attack your compound!

How do I use firearms on missions?Edit

Melee weapons can be used at any time, but ammo is required for the use of firearms, and before you can use ammo, you need a place to store it. Build an Ammo Storage building!

What does "Ammo Cost" mean and how does it work?Edit

Each firearm requires a certain amount of ammo in order to be used on missions. If a gun's ammo cost was "20", then 20 Ammo is needed in order to use the gun on a mission. Once the mission starts, survivors will have to reload via clips, but they will not otherwise run out of ammo, even after 20 shots were fired.

In other words, think of ammo cost as a "one-time fee." Let's say you had a mobile data plan, and you had to pay your provider a fixed cost of $30 every month. However, you could transfer an unlimited amount of data over the network. It doesn't matter whether you transfer 5 GB of data or just 1 GB of data over the network — you only have to pay $30.

Ammo cost works in the same principle, in that you are charged a certain amount of ammunition to bring the weapon along on missions, but you can fire an unlimited number of rounds.

One more thing: ammo cost does not apply while defending the compound. For example, if a gun had an ammo cost of "40", it will not count when used during compound defense. So technically, the ammo cost for guns during compound defense is always 0.

How do I scavenge containers?Edit

During a mission, simply move your cursor over a visible container. A box will appear around it. Just click on that and the currently selected survivor will go over to search it. The speed at which they scavenge at, along with the quality and quantity of items found, depend on their survivor class, the effects of any books equipped, any clothing or gear they have, and the survivor's luck rating.

Scavenging during a raid works the same way, except that you must hold down the Spacebar in addition to clicking on the desired container in order to search it, otherwise your survivor will simply take cover behind it.

Scavengers are the best at scavenging.

A scary musical cue just started playing and blood stains appeared on the edges of the screen! What's going on?Edit

You've just encountered a zombie horde attack, in which a massive wave of zombies suddenly spawn and rush towards you. Hold tight and get ready to fend them off!

What are tasks?Edit

Tasks are special "missions" you can undertake in order to further your advancement as a survivor in the Dead Zone. They will have a set of objectives and a reward(s) that you can collect once the objectives have been fulfilled. A list of all tasks can be found here.

Tasks are optional; you are never required to complete them. However, tasks often provide helpful or useful rewards, such as XP or even weapons!

What is a Dead Zone/Community task?Edit

A community task is a special, one-time task that the entire playerbase is invited to complete. They are occasionally made available by the developers, and will have a set amount of time for completion. All players are invited, but not required, to contribute their portion of the task. Like any other task, community tasks will have objectives that each individual player needs to complete in order to receive the reward. Once a player has fulfilled the objectives, they must wait for the timer to expire before they are able to collect the reward. When the timer expires, the reward(s) are made available for any survivor that completed their objectives.

Community tasks do not have a set occurrence and may appear at any time. Keep your eyes peeled for them!

The wikiEdit

Who created The Last Stand Wiki?Edit

A user named UndefineD did on September 30, 2010. He has since parted ways from the wiki since August 2011, and his last known action on Wikia was in February 2012 on the CoD Wiki. While the founder has moved on, the wiki lives on.

What's the difference between "The Last Stand Wiki" and "Wikia"?Edit

This can be confusing for new users, but in reality it is quite simple.

The Last Stand Wiki is a wiki, which is hosted on the Wikia network. Wikia did not create the wiki, and they normally do not curate the content of the wiki. Wikia maintains the servers, software, and much of the interface that The Last Stand Wiki runs on. Everything else on The Last Stand Wiki is run by volunteer users, not by Wikia Staff. The Last Stand Wiki's administrators do not work for Wikia.

While The Last Stand Wiki is one wiki on Wikia, Wikia hosts a number of other wikis, each with their own communities, content, and URL.

Wikia frequently refers to their wikis as "wikias", although The Last Stand Wiki does not do this. We generally prefer that you use the term "The Last Stand Wiki" instead of "The Last Stand Wikia" when referring to this wiki.

Lastly, Wikia is not Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a wiki, but it is not "Wiki". Wikipedia did not invent the concept of wikis, and the term "wiki" is not copyrighted by the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia. Thus, anyone can create their own website and call it a "wiki". See Wikipedia:Don't abbreviate "Wikipedia" as "Wiki"! and Meta:Wikipedia is not Wiki. Please do not call our wiki "The Last Stand Wikipedia".

How do I edit the wiki?Edit

The answer is remarkably simple: Just click the red "Edit" button on top of every page!

Okay, well, more realistically, there are some things you should know about editing our pages. First of all, you do not need to ask for permission to edit the wiki, and you do not need to register for an account to edit the wiki. Our wiki is free to access and free to edit, forever and that's a promise!

Secondly, Wikia, the service that hosts our wiki, offers a number of ways to edit articles. These are called "editors", which should not be confused with the "human editors", who are the humans that edit our wiki. Currently, Wikia offers three editors:

  • The new VisualEditor (default for new accounts)
  • The classic Wikia rich-text editor (available from clicking the drop-down menu next to the "Edit" button, or you can make it default in your user preferences)
  • The original, raw MediaWiki Wikitext "source" editor (available from clicking the "Source" tab in the rich-text editor. You can also make it default in your user preferences)

We strongly recommend that you use the classic rich-text editor, since it is tried and true and generally works well for new editors. You can also try using the new VisualEditor, although you should keep in mind that it is still fairly young and is notorious for causing errors and glitches on articles. Advanced editors may want to try their hand using the source editor, which shows the raw wiki-markup code of the page.

Regardless of what editor you choose, the contents of the page will load into the editor, and you can make your desired changes. Once you think you're ready to save your changes for the world to see, click on the "Preview" buttons to see what your changes will look like. Please Preview your edits before saving! Once you're satisfied with your changes, click on the "Publish" button to save your changes. The page will be updated immediately with your changes — there is no approval process for changes, and the world will be able to see your work as soon as you hit that button!

Is it really that simple to edit an article? Won't that be subject to abuse?Edit

Yes, and that is unfortunately the price of the free and open nature of a wiki. We do have systems in place for catching abuse, however. Wikia runs a few global filters in order to block some spam before it can be published. Wikia also operates the Volunteer Spam Task Force, a group of volunteers that can remove vandalism as well as spam when they see it.

The Last Stand Wiki also has a small but dedicated team of administrators that have special tools used for reverting, removing, and deleting vandalism and spam, and have the ability to block users that abuse the privilege of being able to edit the wiki.

Lastly, normal, everyday editors can also help out. Any editor, regardless of whether they are an administrator or not, and as long as they are not blocked from editing the wiki, can undo or revert an edit. Do not be afraid to do this! The administrators are always happy to see other editors help out in reverting nonconstructive edits!

How do I create a new article?Edit

The easiest way to create a new article is to visit Special:CreatePage. You will be asked to pick the title of the page you wish to create, and then you'll be directed to the editor, where you can write your content!

Another method of creating an article is to go to the URL of that article in question. URLs on The Last Stand Wiki begin with http://tlaststand.wikia.com/wiki/ followed by the title of the page. For example, the L86-A2 article is located at http://tlaststand.wikia.com/wiki/L86-A2. If you went to a non-existent article, say, Foo, it would be located at http://tlaststand.wikia.com/wiki/Foo. You will be given a message telling you that the page you have requested does not exist, and will give you the option of creating it.

The last method of creating a new article is to follow a link that points to it. Links that point to an article that does not yet exist will be colored dark red. Clicking on that link takes you directly to the editor to create the article of that exact name.

Please note that all article titles are case-sensitive, except for the first letter.

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