Melee weapons are typically quieter than ranged weapons, they also do not require any ammo. The downside to melee weapons is that the player must be dangerously close to the target and can become exhausted if they use them for an extended period of time. This can be mitigated by improving the player's fitness.
Melee weapons are grouped into two main categories: blunt and blade, while improvised weapons are classified into one of these categories as well.
Using these weapons levels up the blunt combat skills. Increasing the blunt skills allows the player to improve damage, accuracy, defense (guard), and weapon degeneration (maintenance), when using blunt weapons. A hotkey can be used to quickly equip a blade weapon using 1 by default, so long as the player has one in their main inventory.
Using blade weapons levels up the blade combat skills. Increasing the blade skills allows the player to improve damage, accuracy, defense (guard), and weapon degeneration (maintenance), when using blade weapons. A hotkey can be used to quickly equip a blade weapon using 3 by default, so long as the player has one in their main inventory.
Stab weapons have a special "jaw-stab" instant-kill move when used while stationary at minimum range, making them much more useful as weapons than they may appear at first glance. They're an effective tool at dealing with single zombies, as it kills them quickly and quietly, limits exertion and is effective regardless of strength or accuracy. The player can even whittle down a group with it, if careful enough. Still, it does have some caveats, which are listed below.
Requires timing: Too early leads to a regular(useless) attack, but too late and the player could get hurt before doing any damage.
Modest recovery time: If facing a group, it is recommended to isolate one foe by at least a few feet before striking to prevent getting flanked.
Weapons break easily: common cuttlery break especially fast.
Other blade weapons
Currently, the axe is the only weapon in this category. The combat of these weapons is very similar to the blunt weapons.
* Having blade/blunt maintenance above level 0 would increase this figure proportionally.
Ranged weapons are often very powerful and can be used to attack at range or to draw zombies to certain parts of the map, giving players the chance to visit other parts with less danger. A hotkey can be used to quickly equip a ranged weapon using 2 by default, so long as the player has one in their main inventory.
Firearms require ammo to use and are loud, attracting the attention of nearby zombies.