- "...people just... started killing each other. The ones they killed didn't stay dead."
- — Jackson Hall
Zombies, or Infected, are the main antagonists in the The Last Stand series.
They appear to have lost all sense of humanity and only their most basic instincts remain, with the addition of a desire for feeding on the living. It is unclear what caused the outbreak, but it was probably caused by some kind of infection. Most people who have been bitten by zombies also turn into zombies, explaining why the phenomenon spread so rapidly.
All zombies are restricted to melee combat, as they lack the necessary intelligence to use projectile weapons. Once they reach melee range, however, they are typically capable of immediately killing most people with a single bite, which will turn their victim into another zombie. Even those that are immune can be overwhelmed by the zombie's strength, which allows them to harm even those wearing a full set of body armor.
Zombies rely on sight and sound to find their targets, and will simply wander around if not alerted. Once they are, however, they will pursue the survivor that alerted them unless the survivor evades them without making any noise or they're distracted by another survivor who's either closer, attacking them, or is making more noise.
Zombies tend to congregate in groups if they haven't encountered a survivor yet, and will generally attack as part of that group once they're alerted.
In TLS:UC, Shambling, Running, Fat and Armored zombies can occasionally grab the player, immobilizing them and causing small amounts of damage until either the zombie or the player is killed, or the player presses either A or D enough times to shove the zombie off.
Zombies will always take the shortest path towards a survivor they're alerted to, and will smash through or go around any obstacles in their path, if possible. In TLS:UC, however, they will climb over barricades and obstacles instead of battering at them. Zombies in TLS:DZ will only attack obstacles that are destroyable, such as a Small Barricade.
Shambling zombies are the stereotypical slow and stupid zombies which ignore all pain and injury. They are featured in all installments of The Last Stand series. They will simply walk towards any living person and attempt to attack them. What they lack in quality, however, they make up for in quantity, and they may distract survivors from other, more dangerous zombie types.
Some shambling zombies move faster than other shambling zombies, but not as quickly as runners. They are otherwise identical to other shambling zombies. Conversely, in TLS:DZ, some limp rather than walk, making them even slower than other shambling zombies.
These zombies behave much in the same way as Shambling zombies and are indistinguishable in appearance, but sprint towards survivors instead of walking. This makes them a high priority target, as they can build up quickly if left unchecked, allowing them to overwhelm a barricade or individual survivors.
They begin appearing in Level 3+ hordes in The Last Stand: Dead Zone and have less health than Shambling zombies.
Infected HERC ScientistsEdit
These zombies are similar to Shambling and Running zombies, but are much fatter, allowing them to take more damage before they die. The upside is that the extra fat makes them a much larger target and they move slightly slower due to their increased weight, though running fat zombies do exist.
Fat zombies never appear in SWAT or Military armor, this is most likely due to the fact that people with those professions have to be physically fit. Fat zombies are never turned into Crawlers by explosives, instead, they will die instantly.
They begin appearing in Level 6+ hordes in The Last Stand: Dead Zone.
Crawlers are created through explosions in The Last Stand 2, and occasionally spawn in The Last Stand: Union City. They move and strike faster than Shambling zombies, and can often be difficult to see, especially when there are lots of corpses on the ground or when there's a foreground object in the way. They can also be run past in TLS:UC, unlike most zombies.
Zombie dogs are very fast and can be difficult to hit, as they are much lower to the ground. They can easily overwhelm a barricade or a group of survivors if not dealt with quickly. They also attack much faster than other zombies, quickly draining a barricade's durability or a survivor's health. Their weakness is their low health, making them an annoyance at best to a skilled survivor.
In TLS:DZ, they were added after the 1.04 patch on May 7th, 2012 and start appearing in Level 3+ hordes. They can alert other zombies with their barking once they themselves are alerted, which is also easier to do.
Armored Zombies wear kevlar vests, which protects them from melee attacks and most projectiles, including assault rifle rounds. Their head and legs are usually not protected, though some wear helmets, forcing the player to shoot at the legs or at the unprotected face.
Generally, these zombies do not run, but have been seen to do so occasionally, making them very dangerous enemies, especially if they are carrying weapons. It should be noted that explosives will penetrate their armor, as will Rifles in TLS:UC.
In The Last Stand: Dead Zone, they take damage normally, but are the most durable zombie type and give additional XP upon death. They are divided into three types, Police (Level 14+), Military (Level 16+) and HERC (Level 18+), in order of appearance. Police and Military zombies are equal in durability and XP, but HERC zombies are higher on both counts.
Weapon Zombies are present in The Last Stand, The Last Stand 2 and The Last Stand: Union City. They typically carry a melee weapon, though zombies carrying firearms have been sighted. As zombies lack the required intelligence to properly use the latter, however, they've been exclusively used as bludgeons.
On certain days in TLS1, a zombie will be carrying a firearm that can be scavenged for use afterwards. They have the same stats and do not behave any differently than their base type. They are, in order of appearance:
- Day 3: A Fat Police Zombie carrying a .357 Magnum.
- Day 6: A Fat Biker Zombie carrying a Shotgun.
- Day 17: An Army Zombie carrying a M4A1.
In TLS2, Shambling, Running, Fat and Armored zombies carry a variety of melee weapons, allowing their strikes to instantly kill any survivor (except Jack) behind the barricade if they're directly in front of them. They begin appearing in locations after Glendale.
In TLS:UC, the same zombie types as in TLS2 can carry melee weapons, though their effect is toned down to simply causing more damage. They begin appearing in areas after Newtown, and their carried weapons cannot be looted.
Riot zombies are a type of zombie introduced in The Last Stand: Union City. In addition to body armor, they carry riot shields that render them almost completely invulnerable to bullets. However, their shields limit their speed, making them unable to run.
They can be killed by explosives, crouching and shooting the feet, shooting the top of the head, shooting when they attack, jumping and shooting them from above, or with melee attacks to the legs. High-caliber weapons like the M24 will penetrate their kevlar armor and helmets, but not the riot shield.
In The Last Stand: Dead Zone, they lack the riot shields, making them simply an exceptionally durable Armored zombie variant. They begin appearing in Level 15+ hordes and are distinguished from regular Police Armored zombies by their visored helmets and slightly heavier body armor.
Sleeping zombies are a type of zombie introduced in The Last Stand: Union City. They lie down on the ground and appear to already be dead. However, if alerted to the player's presence, they will rise and attack. Once they have risen, they will behave like a regular zombie.
They will always be Shambling, Fat, Running or Crawler zombies, never Riot, Armored or Dog zombies. They will also never carry weapons, but they can drop items; therefore a body wearing an item backpack is a dead giveaway, as background corpses never wear backpacks. They can be killed before they manage to stand up, and doing so 10 times will grant you an Achievement.
Backpack zombies are a type of zombie introduced in The Last Stand: Union City. These carry items in their backpack (determined by random chance, can be affected by the Luck stat), which are dropped when they are killed. All zombies except Crawlers and Dogs can carry backpacks.
Bruiser zombies are a type of zombie introduced in The Last Stand: Dead Zone. Formerly bikers, their strength is so great that they will always knock back survivors they manage to hit. They are also more durable than most other zombies, aside from Armored and Riot zombies, and some are even capable of running, making them very dangerous enemies. They begin appearing in Level 16+ hordes.
Rotter zombies are a type of zombie present in The Last Stand, The Last Stand 2 and The Last Stand: Dead Zone. They all have green skin, but are otherwise identical to their base zombie type in TLS1 and TLS2, while TLS:DZ's variation is tougher than regular zombies. They can be Shambling, Running or Fat zombies, as well as Armored zombies in TLS:DZ. They begin appearing in Level 20+ hordes in TLS:DZ.
In The Last Stand: Union City, zombies will attack in very large groups every ninety in-game minutes. If the player is outdoors, zombies will attack from the left-most side of the current area. If the player is indoors, a section of the ceiling will collapse and the zombies will attack through there. Each horde attack is preceded by an audio cue, and its own soundtrack plays. If you leave an area/room before the horde attack is complete, it will continue in your new location.
The number of zombies that can be involved in a horde attack is dependent on the danger level of the section of Union City the player is in. Zombie dogs, sleeping zombies, and crawlers never take part in an indoors horde attack, otherwise, what types of zombies take part in the attack solely depends on which section of the city the player is in.
In The Last Stand: Dead Zone, there are two kinds of horde attack. The first is very similar to the TLS:UC incarnation and strikes randomly during missions in the Dead Zone. It's preceded by an audio cue and the screen flashing red, while a red border appears around the screen and an alternate music track plays during the attack. Every zombie will run towards the closest survivor and they will spawn more rapidly for the duration of the attack.
The other kind periodically hits the player's compound only when survivors are present and the player is tending to their compound. The player will be notified via a dialog box, and will be given the option to immediately begin the fight or get an extra three minutes to prepare. The player cannot access the city map, Alliances panel, or the Bounty Office during this time. If there are traps present, the player may choose to arm them from this dialog box.
Once the attack begins, survivors will spawn at their assigned locations and will be armed with their assigned defensive weapons and gear. In the event that either one or both have not been done, they will spawn in random locations and/or will equip the weapon with the highest DPS.
The horde's level is equal to the Leader's level, which determines the strength of the zombies. Once the 3 minute time limit has expired, zombies will stop spawning, and the player wins once all remaining zombies are eliminated. Failure will not cause any additional penalties aside from the injuries sustained and buildings destroyed.
In The Last Stand: Dead Zone, zombies with unique appearances show up alongside regular zombies during special events and holidays. This is only cosmetic, and they behave exactly the same as regular zombies.
4th of July (American Independence Day)Edit
All of these zombies wear a blue and gray short-sleeved shirt with stars and red stripes on it, red and white striped pants, beards, and a top hat similar to the ones seen in depictions of Uncle Sam. They behave the same as Shambling zombies and only appear during Level 4+ missions.
These zombies resemble regular zombies with normal bodies, but have Jack o'-lantern heads, complete with glowing yellow eyes. They appear during hordes normally during Halloween 2012, while they only appear with the "Jack-o-Infected" Trick that might be obtained by opening a Treacherous Trick or Treat Trunk.
Evil Pumpkin Head (Halloween 2013)Edit
Evil Pumpkin Head infected have Jack o'-lantern heads with glowing red eyes and horns growing out of it. Their bodies appear to be Fat zombies with a unique blood-stained shirt and they are also larger than all other zombies. They are the target of the "Halloween Hunt!" Dead Zone task and begin appearing in Level 6+ hordes.
These zombies are all dressed up similarly to the common depiction of Santa Claus, namely a white-bearded plump man in a red and white tunic, pants and hat. They behave exactly the same as Fat zombies and begin appearing in Level 6+ hordes.
- Civilian zombies' clothing are randomly generated and can result in hundreds of different combinations.
- Dog Zombies in the first three games are always black-furred rottweilers, while TLS:DZ introduces German Shepherds.
- In TLS:UC, Weapon Zombies can be seen wielding Machetes, Hatchets, Claw Hammers or Cleavers. This is purely cosmetic.