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Category Weapon
Heavy Load
Function Weapon
Equipped Two-handed
Condition max. 10
Type Blade
Swing time 3
Range 0.61–1.4 tiles
Damage 8–8
Tree damage 1
Door damage 8
Knockback 0.5
Technical details
Base ID Base.Katana

A katana is a two-handed long blade weapon. The katana can alternatively 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 weight reduction.


Pros Cons
  • Highest damage of any weapon in the game.
  • Good durability.
  • Hard to level up long blade skill due to the katana and Machete being the only long blade weapons.
  • Cannot be repaired, ideal to make it last longer by levelling up your maintenance skill before using it.
  • Very difficult to find.


In modes with multi-hit enabled, a katana can hit a maximum of three targets in one swing.

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, dealing 1 damage. For comparison, an axe deals 35.



The katana can be found in residential buildings in furniture such as wardrobes and drawers. Another possible place are gun shops such as the one located in West Point, KY.


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



From items_weapons.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)

Version 41.53
    item Katana
        MaxRange	=	1.4,
        WeaponSprite	=	Katana,
        MinAngle	=	0.8,
        Type	=	Weapon,
        MinimumSwingTime	=	3,
        HitFloorSound	=	BladeHit,
	ImpactSound	=	BladeHit,
	HitSound	=	BladeHit,
        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  =   BreakMetalItem,
        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,

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