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Plank Spiked Plank
Category Weapon
Heavy Load
Function Carpentry
Equipped Two-handed
Condition max. 10
Type Blunt
Swing time 4
Range 0.61–1.3 tiles
Damage 0.4–0.6
Knockback 0.3
Knockdown 2
Technical details
Base ID Base.Plank

A plank is a melee weapon used in many carpentry recipes.



The plank is melee weapon which has poor durability, but is effective at knocking down zombies.

The plank is a heavy weapon (weight 3) and has a slow swing rate. Its main benefit is that it works well for pushing zombies away from the player.

A plank is a multi-attack weapon, and can attack 2 zombies at once. It also can cause 5 door damage per swing, but no tree damage.


A wooden plank is the staple fortification reserve in Project Zomboid. They are primarily used to barricade doors and windows or to fortify/create structures by making wall pieces, doors, door frames, window frames, crates, stairs, and barricades.

Planks used as barricades use their current health as part of the barricade. If a plank is at half durability and is nailed to a window/door, that durability is the strength of that piece of the barricade. Wooden planks can also be obtained by ripping away barricades on houses (though planks may be damaged from previous attacks by zombies).


For main article see Carpentry.

Wooden planks are used to make bridges/flooring that can be crossed by both the player and zombies.


Planks can be used as a fuel source for some heat sources.


Planks can sometimes be found in crates in a warehouse or any other shed/storage building. Wooden planks can also be retrieved by smashing down doors and by sawing logs into planks. A plank cannot be repaired.


A plank can be turned into a nailed plank, which increase its damage output. As of Build 34.28, the extra nails do not lower the durability of the plank (unlike the baseball bat, where adding nails gives a weapon penalty).

Product Recipe Description Skill Level
Spiked wood.png
Spiked Plank x1
Plank.png + Nails.png + Hammer.png
Plank x1 Nails x5 Hammer x1
(consumed) (consumed)
Makes a wooden plank a more deadly weapon. Level 0


Planks can be created by sawing logs.

Product Recipe Description Skill Level
Plank x3
Saw.png + SmallLog.png
Saw x1 Log x1
A normal plank used as a weapon or for construction. Carpentry Level 0


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

Version 41.50
	item Plank
		MaxRange		= 1.3,
		WeaponSprite		= Plank,
		MinAngle		= 0.75,
		Type			= Weapon,
		MinimumSwingTime	= 4,
		KnockBackOnNoDeath	= FALSE,
		SwingAmountBeforeImpact	= 0.02,
		Categories		= Improvised;Blunt,
		ConditionLowerChanceOneIn = 2,
		Weight			= 3,
		SplatNumber		= 1,
		PushBackMod		= 0.3,
		SubCategory		= Swinging,
		ConditionMax		= 10,
		MaxHitCount		= 2,
		DoorDamage		= 5,
		SwingAnim		= Bat,
		DisplayName		= Plank,
		MinRange		= 0.61,
		SwingTime		= 4,
		KnockdownMod		= 2,
		SplatBloodOnNoDeath	= FALSE,
		Icon			= Plank,
		RunAnim			= Run_Weapon2,
		IdleAnim		= Idle_Weapon2,
		BreakSound		= BreakWoodItem,
		TreeDamage		= 0,
		TwoHandWeapon		= TRUE,
		CriticalChance		= 30,
		CritDmgMultiplier	= 2,
		MinDamage		= 0.4,
		MaxDamage		= 0.6,
		BaseSpeed		= 0.9,
		AttachmentType		= Shovel,

See also

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