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Katana
Katana Model.png
General
Category
Weapon
Encumbrance
Moodle Icon HeavyLoad.png
2
Equipped
Two-handed
Function
Weapon
Skill
Properties
Max condition
10
Performance
Damage
8–8
Door damage
8
Tree damage
1
Range
0.61–1.4
Attack speed
1
Knockback
0.5
Technical
Item ID
Base.Katana

A katana is a two-handed long blade weapon.

Usage

Pros Cons
  • Highest damage of any weapon in the game.
  • Good durability and range.
  • Hard to level up long blade skill (The katana and machete are the only long blade weapons).
  • Cannot be repaired.
  • Very difficult to find.

Weapon

The katana has the highest damage output of any weapon in the game, surpassing all melee weapons and firearms. It can frequently kill zombies in just one hit, and has a good range and attack speed. However, katanas are very rare if not the rarest making it difficult to level up the long blade skill.

It can hit up to 3 enemies at a time (with multi-hit enabled), dealing 8 damage to enemies (unless a critical hit) from up to 1.4 tiles away at an attack speed of 1. Although equipped in two hands, it can be used as a one-handed weapon at the cost of reduced impact.

The weapon can be attached to the character's back for quick access and encumbrance reduction.

Breaking doors

The katana is quite ineffective at breaking down doors, dealing only 8 damage. For comparison, an axe deals 35.

Chopping trees

The katana is very ineffective at chopping down trees, as it only deals 1 damage. For comparison, an axe deals 35.

Condition

The katanas has a maximum condition of 10. Its rate of degradation is influenced by the long blunt and maintenance skills. The chance of losing durability can be simplified to the following formula: 1 in (15 + maintenanceMod × 2). Where "maintenanceMod" is calculated using the long blunt and maintenance skills.
Below is an example of the chance of losing durability at varying levels of the maintenance and long blunt skills.

For how this is calculated, see: Durability
Maintenance skill Weapon skill Durability lower chance
0 0 1/15 (7%)
0 4 1/17 (6%)
0 8 1/19 (5%)
4 0 1/19 (5%)
8 0 1/23 (4%)
4 4 1/21 (5%)
4 8 1/23 (4%)
8 8 1/27 (4%)
10 10 1/29 (3%)

Distribution

The loot distributions can be found in the table(s) below.

Containers
Building/Room Container Rolls Chance
SafehouseLoot counter 4 0.5
closet crate 4 0.001
pawnshop displaycase 4 0.1

Buildings

  • The best place to find a katana is in a boarded up survivor house.
  • Very rarely, the katana can be found in residential buildings in furniture such as wardrobes and drawers.
  • Katanas can also be found in gun shops such as the one located in West Point, and pawn shops, which can be found in Louisville.

Zombies

After 60 days have passed, the katana can be very rarely found impaled in the gut of a zombie.

Gallery

Code

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Source: ProjectZomboid\media\scripts\items_weapons.txt

Retrieved: Build 41.78.16
item Katana
    {
        DisplayCategory = Weapon,
        MaxRange	=	1.4,
        WeaponSprite	=	Katana,
        MinAngle	=	0.8,
        Type	=	Weapon,
        MinimumSwingTime	=	3,
        HitFloorSound	=	KatanaHit,
		ImpactSound	=	KatanaHit,
        DoorHitSound = KatanaHit,
		HitSound	=	KatanaHit,
		SwingSound = KatanaSwing,
        KnockBackOnNoDeath = TRUE,
        SwingAmountBeforeImpact	=	0.02,
        Categories	=	LongBlade,
        Weight	=	2,
        ConditionLowerChanceOneIn	=	15,
        PushBackMod	=	0.5,
        SubCategory	=	Swinging,
        ConditionMax	=	10,
        MaxHitCount	=	3,
        DoorDamage	=	8,
        SwingAnim	=	Bat,
        CriticalChance	=	35,
        CritDmgMultiplier = 6,
        DisplayName	=	Katana,
        MinRange	=	0.61,
        SwingTime	=	3,
        HitAngleMod	=	-30,
        KnockdownMod	=	0,
        Icon	=	Katana,
        RunAnim	=	Run_Weapon2,
        BreakSound  =   KatanaBreak,
        TreeDamage  =   1,
        CriticalChance	=	30,
        CritDmgMultiplier = 10,
        MinDamage	=	8,
        MaxDamage	=	8,
        BaseSpeed = 1,
        WeaponLength = 0.3,
        DamageCategory = Slash,
        DamageMakeHole = TRUE,
        TwoHandWeapon = TRUE,
        WeaponLength = 0.4,
        AttachmentType = BigBlade,
    }

See also