Guns or firearms are the basic weapons used for fighting the undead horde in the Zombie Panic Series. Every survivor will start with a random pistol (Glock17, Glock18c, USP, or for players who joined the survivor team late: PPK) and 10 bullets in their inventory.
- See also: Melee weapons
Types of GunsEdit
Guns appear in several initial groups with each containing a set number of weapons and each containing their own various tweaks which make them different, be it firerate, capacity, etc.
Pistols are generally considered as backup weapons but some prefer to use them as primary weapons due to their inherent usefulness. Many new players frequently drop everything including their pistol to gain access to more powerful weapons, going so far as to completely drop all their weapons and panic just to get the more powerful weapon first.
Experienced players often carry more than one pistol if they can to avoid reloading at the wrong moment, as drawing a pistol takes sufficiently less time than reloading one.
Pistols are commonly used to finish off a zombie or used to fend off zombies towards the beginning of the round before other weapons have been acquired. Pistols (with the exception of the Revolver) all do same damage, regardless of distance. Pistols use Pistol Ammo which come in sets of 15 bullets each in a red rectangular box. The Revolver however, uses Magnum Ammo which is depicted as a white box carrying 6 bullets.
Shotguns are generally considered defensive weapons due to their slow fire rate, short range, and their heavy ammuntion.
Shotguns are incredibly powerful at close range, a point blank shot will cause serious damage to normal zombies and can often score a kill with only one shot to the head at close range. Shotguns are notably less effective at longer distances, as the spread of the pellets leads to the survivor being less likely to hit a zombie, as they pellets may have strayed too far from the intended target. Shotguns use Shotgun Shells which come in packs of 8 shells.
Automatics are usually the main weapon most players seek, as they have a very high fire rate, resutling in high amounts of damage to be dealt very quickly. They are the most versatile weapon types, boasting high capacities, fast fire rate, and high damage which makes them viable weapons for almost all defensive and offensive situations.
However, players must take heed and be wary of their ammunition, as automatics quickly deplete ammunition despite having the largest supply of reserve ammunition that can be carried on a per person basis (142 rounds if no other ammo types are being carried). Zombie players are often dismayed when facing a team of survivors with several rifles, since one survivor with a rifle can easily kill several zombies with only one magazine.
Automatic weapons use Rifle Ammo which come in yellow boxes holding 30 rounds.
Explosives are weapons that are commonly used in a supportive role, usually in defence or as a means to attack opponents behind cover. Explosives are powerful weapons, they are the only weapons that use splash damage and are frequently used against groups of zombies or used against zombies that cannot be hit by regular firearms, such as in the instance of zombies lurking behind cover.
Explosives generally use up a single slot of the survivors weapon inventory, in such cases as an IED, but Grenades can be stacked with 3 grenades per weapon slot.
"Who's the asshole hoggin' all the guns!?"
Grabbing multiple weapons and ammo is considered hogging, and is highly frowned upon. A hogger or "hoarder" is often easily found, as it easy easy to spot the slowest moving human (however, they could be simply fatigued). If they are often changing weapons and one can see that they have multiple rifles, shotguns or too much ammo, they are considered a hoarder.
|Name||Ammo Capacity||Ammo Type||Inventory Slots||Damage (body shot)||Damage (headshot)||Fire Rate (shots pers second)||Reload Speed When Empty||
|Glock 17||17||Pistol||1||14||42||User-dependent||Very Fast||Semi|
|Glock 18c||17||Pistol||1||14||42||User-dependent||Very Fast||Semi|
|IED||1 Per Slot||N/A||1||Extraordinarily High||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Grenade||3 Per Slot||N/A||1 (3 per slot)||Incredibly High||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Damage does not differ by range (the shotgun is an exception as fewer pellets will hit a target at longer ranges) but does differ by hit location. Headshots do triple damage for all weapons regardless of range. A point-blank shotgun blast to the head does 270 damage, which will result in a one-hit kill on both regular zombies and the carrier alike. All non-headshot hits made on a target do identical damage.
Fire rate was determined by recording the audio of a clip being fired off from each gun, and the time in between shots measured using Audacity.
For the weight of items, check Item Weight.
When picking up ammunition it is recommended to leave the ammunition types that you do not need for other players, as they may have the proper weapons to use said ammo types. The ammunition types include Pistol, Magnum, Shotgun, and Rifle. On the player's HUD in the bottom-right corner, a small box displays the ammunition types being carried, the amount, and the weight of the ammunition. By pressing the default key "V" you can select any type of ammo as long as you currently have it. As well, when pressing the default key "T" you can drop selected ammo. This not only increases speed, but can be used to supply teammates in a stressful situation. Note that this does not discard the ammo, it simply drops it as any ammo would be in its box form. If you dropped it, you can pick it up again, if reachable.
When in a defensive situation, such as holding down a room or capturing an objective, you can be a specifically defensive ally by collecting ammunition to supply your team with while they fight. However, you should only do this when you are completely safe. This weighs you down immensely and can easily get you killed should you be too reckless. If holding down a large room, you should scout out in the safety of the surrounding area to supply with your team. If you can't openly talk, you should put the ammo somewhere the other survivors can easily get to it. This is critical to your group's survival. Also, don't waste ammo unless you have a clear shot. While being bombarded by attackers inside a barricaded area, there is no way to get out through that entrance to obtain ammo. If you do manage to escape, be extremely cautious, as if there are enough zombies, they will surely converge on you, not leaving you a chance to get ammo altogether.
Most useful when traveling with a partner. If you know your partner's ammunition type, sometimes it can be useful if your weight allows so to carry a spare magazine for them when facing a somewhat overwhelming amount of zombies. If this is so, remember to keep moving. If it falls "quiet", move quickly to a relatively safe area and transfer ammo with each other. This has also been known to be useful when converting to an emergency defensive stand.