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Melee weapons in State of Decay 2 are for dispatching enemies and threats up close and personal.

About Melee Weapons

Melee weapons fall into four categories: Blunt, Bladed, Close Combat, and Heavy. Each category has it's corresponding skill that makes your characters use the given melee type more efficiently against the threats crossing your path by unlocking special fighting moves or providing bonuses to certain stats when using the appropriate melee weapons.

Bladed Weapons

Bladed Weapons usually have higher Dismember, Lethality and Speed values than Blunt Weapons, making them more efficient in mowing down singular or small groups of zeds in quick succession, however you can only hit one target at a time. When you specialize your survivor's Fighting Skill in Swordplay you'll be able to do Leg Sweeps with Bladed Weapons to cut down the zombies' legs, making them a lesser threat and easier to kill. If this action is preformed while sprinting, both legs will be dismembered else only one will be taken off (although this makes virtually no difference). However keep in mind that Leg Sweep won't dismember Hostile Survivors' and Freaks' legs. When you reach level 7 with Swordplay you'll be able to instantly execute regular zombies and Screamers even if they're on their feet. (You must have a Bladed Weapon equipped.) It works both from standing behind or in front of them.

See stat in bladed weapons table.

Bladed Weapons in the game:

Note: The Golden Eagle, Razorbite Axe, and Veteran's Machete weapons can't be obtained without modding the game.

Blunt Weapons

Blunt Weapons usually have higher Impact, Knockdown and Durability values than Bladed Weapons, making them more efficient in crowd control by knocking down zeds. You're also able to hit multiple zeds at once with them. When you specialize your survivor's Fighting in Striking you'll be able to do Grand Slams with Blunt Weapons to knock down every zed facing your swing.

See stat in blunt weapons table.

Blunt Weapons in the game:

Close Combat Weapons

Close Combat Weapons are your emergency weapon in case your Melee Weapon breaks. You can also use them purposely as main melee weapons but without the Close Combat Fighting specialization it's not a good idea. The Close Combat skill allows you to quickly trip zombies by kicking them from behind and quickly dispatch zeds when executing them from a grapple. When you reach level 7 with Close Combat you'll be able to instantly execute regular zombies and Screamers standing in front of you. (Only works if you don't have a Melee Weapon equipped or your Melee Weapon broke.)

All Close Combat Weapons share the same stats, making each of them cosmetic only.

List of Close Combat Weapons:

  • Antler Knife Bundle Up Pack
  • BBQ Fork (Independence Pack)
  • Bowie Knife Open Range Pack
  • Chef's Knife
  • Combat Knife
  • Echo-C1 Stiletto
  • Echo-C2 Tanto
  • Echo-C3 Karambit
  • K-Bar
  • Lathe Chisel
  • Police Knife Critical Response Pack
  • Rescue Knife Critical Response Pack
  • Rusty Screwdriver
  • Señor Pokey Fearsome Footage Pack
  • Shriek Knife Fearsome Footage Pack
  • Ultimate Survival Knife
  • Wrench Blade Go Bag Pack
  • Wyrmling Pawn Shop Pack

Note: The Ultimate Survival Knife can't be obtained without modding the game.

Heavy Melee Weapons

Heavy weapons trade melee swing speed (and stamina cost) for superior reach and the ability to hit several enemies with each swing. They are expected to be difficult to wield for beginners, but rewarding for players who spend time learning the best timing and positioning.

Some heavy weapons are blunt, and some are bladed, but they all benefit primarily from the advantages granted by the existing Powerhouse specialization of the Cardio skill.

See stat in heavy weapons table.

Heavy Weapons in the game:

Trivia & Notes

  1. The Señor Pokey, the Slasher Machete, and the Barbed Wire Bat weapons are references to famous films and TV series.
  2. The Wyvern was originally cut content, however you could still obtain them through modding. Since the release of the Pawn Shop Pack, it can be obtained through the Bounty Broker.
  3. The Ancestral Talwar, the Heirloom Khanda, and the Industrial Wrench weapons are iconic pieces from the original State of Decay. They got added to State of Decay 2 when the game turned 2 years old.
  4. The Bilge Rat Shovel and the Dead Man's Cutlass weapons are inspired by the videogame Sea of Thieves.
  5. The Shriek Knife was unreleased content, however you could still obtain them through modding. Since the release of Update 26, it can be obtained through destroying Plague Hearts.
  6. The Magic Wand weapon can only be obtained by calling in the limited-time Wizard Van with your radio. The weapon is an easter egg for a SoD2 community member, magikman79.
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