Zombie Fortress

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This article is about a custom game mode. For other uses, see Zombie game mode and Zombie (Disambiguation).

Zombie Fortress is a SourceMod plugin and unofficial game mode for Team Fortress 2. There are two opposing teams: the Survivors (RED) and the Zombies (BLU), who wish to eat the Survivors. Survivors need to complete their objective, which may vary depending on the game mode. Survivors have the advantage of having ranged weaponry while the Zombies have the main advantage of having the ability to respawn and convert slain Survivors into Zombies. When a Survivor is killed, they are switched to the Zombie team. When no Survivor players remain, the Zombie team wins. One could compare the game mode to a mix between Arena and Medieval Modes, respectfully, each affecting a different team simultaneously.

The Survivors and Zombies can only select certain classes. The Survivors can choose the Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Engineer, Medic, and Sniper classes. They are armed with regular weapons and several perk choices for modified effectiveness against the Zombies. The Zombies can only choose the Scout, Heavy, and Spy classes, which are only equipped with their melee weapons (there also can be servers with more or all classes who can be played as Zombies, but they are very rare) , most lunchbox items (such as Bonk! Atomic Punch, and Sandvich), a choice of perks, and the ability to use Kill taunts.

Gameplay demonstration


Zombie Fortress is a very versatile mod that can work with many styles of gameplay. The following are a list of the major types of Zombie Fortress maps:

Survival: In survival maps the Survivors attempt to live until the map timer runs out by running away, hiding, or mowing down the Zombies. The Zombies' goal is to kill every survivor before the timer runs out. Good survival maps tend to be enclosed and well laid out. They generally have lots of camping spots but make it easy for players to get around the map. This is currently the most popular type of map in Zombie Fortress.

Attack/Defend: In attack/defend maps one team is charged with protecting various control points from the other team until the timer runs out. Normally in Zombie Fortress the survivors are the attacking team and the zombies are the defending team, due to the fact that the zombies have infinite lives and can simply charge en masse repeatedly to win. Good attack/defend maps have fair control point capture rates compared to the length of the map and usually contain a few traps here and there to snare unsuspecting survivors. The really good attack/defend maps have special kill triggers that kill survivors attempting to delay the round by hiding in spawn or well behind the attacking group.

Capture the Flag: In capture the flag maps one team is charged with protecting an information brief case (sometimes given a special model to be something else) while the other team hunts down the briefcase to return it to their home base. In Zombie Fortress this map style is widely unpopular due to the difficulty of pulling off a fair and balanced gameplay. Usually, however, survivors are charged with capture while zombies are charged with defense. There are currently no maps that have survivors and zombies both capturing and defending.


  • Not all servers use the perk system. The perk tidbits are there for people who play on perk-enabled servers.

Survivor strategy

  • All: Survivors should stick together so that the cluster is more difficult to kill, and, on control point maps, to increase the speed at which points cap. In addition, some Survivor perks affect nearby teammates, letting a cluster receive boosts in attack, defense, and crit-chance.
  • Soldier: In Zombie Fortress, the Soldier is considered to be the best ally for the Medic when attacking. The Soldier is also the best class against hordes of Zombies due to his rockets' explosion radius (especially with crit rockets) and his ability to use the Buff Banner, Concherer or Battalions Backup to provide mini-crits, healing, or a crit-negating defense boost. In addition, like the Demoman, he can increase capture speed using the Pain Train. In Zombie Fortress, the favored Soldier perk is "Wise" or "Tantrum" due to their ability to further increase the already high damage output of the Soldier.
  • Pyro: The Pyro is highly limited in the mod due to the fact that the Flamethrower's ammunition is restricted to 125 rather than the usual 200. Collecting ammo can increase the Flamethrower's ammo past 125, but will decrease by 10 every second. The Pyro is useful against large hordes due to his airblast and afterburn abilities. However, the Pyro uses up large amounts of his ammo every time he airblasts, so the Pyro has to be selective about how often the ability is used. The Pyro's survivability has increased since the Degreaser and Powerjack have been released. The Pyro is also useful for extinguishing survivors that have been set on fire by "Scorching" zombies. The Pyro's ability to attack through Sentry Guns and Dispensers make them an exceptional ally to Engineers in Zombie Fortress survival maps. The favored Pyro perks include "Wise", "Resourceful", and "Psychotic" for the improved damage or for the ability to constantly spam their fire.
  • Demoman: The Demoman is the best ally for the Medic in defensive situations due to his ability to lay sticky traps over entrances. The Demoman is also deadly in melee fights, especially if he gets a few heads with his Eyelander. In addition, on CP maps he can help increase the cap speed by using the Pain Train. A Demoman will often use the "Juggernaught", "Selfless", or "Ninja" perks due to increased damage and their talents in melee combat.
  • Engineer: The Engineer is the most defensive class, but can be useful when attacking by using the Gunslinger. The Engineer's buildings are also changed in the name of balance. The Sentry Gun starts off with reduced ammo and cannot be upgraded past level 1, the Gunslinger's Mini-Sentry starts with reduced ammo, loses ammo at 1 bullet per second, and cannot be repaired, the Dispenser is unable to heal or dispense health or ammo but can be used as a blockade, while the Teleporter works as it would normally but cannot be upgraded. Due to balance issues, server administrators often disable the ability to teleport. An Engineer will often use the "Supplier" perk for he can gain additional metal to help build Sentry Guns and Dispensers when in times against a horde, or the "Resourceful" perk due to its ability to restore ammo, metal, and health.
  • Medic: The Medic is an extremely useful asset in Zombie Fortress. His Overheal does not decay and his Syringe Gun does not need to be reloaded. He can also use the Crusader's Crossbow to heal survivors out of range of his Medi Gun and his health regenerates. However, the Medic should constantly watch his primary ammo so he does not run out and leave himself vulnerable. A Medic will often use the "Charitable" perk to increase his allies threat against the Zombies or "Turtle" to allow them to withstand great punishment while their allies take care of the zombies. With the Australian Christmas update, the Medic can also use the Amputator taunt to heal a group of Survivors without the need to use his Medi Gun but will suffer slightly more damage from all sources while doing so.
  • Sniper: On open maps, the Sniper is extremely useful due to his long range of fire. In smaller maps, however, the Sniper may have to resort to using his Huntsman to deal with close-range threats. His ability to give teammates mini-crits by using Jarate and the Sydney Sleeper can come in handy when dealing with hordes. The Sniper's SMG does not need to be reloaded, although care should be taken not to run out of ammo in a critical situation. Snipers using both the Bushwacka and Jarate can defend themselves against most zombies with the Bushwacka's crit attribute. Using the Razorback while sniping is also a viable option since Spies will most often aim for Snipers. The favored Sniper perk is "Zenlike" in survival maps due to its ability to grant Sniper Rifles nearly insta-kill capabilities against zombies (even with body-shots). In other maps most Snipers will resort to perks such as "Trapper" or "Leader" to improve the effect of their melee and support items.

Zombie strategy

  • Scout: The Scout still maintains his speed and double jump. The Scout excels at distracting Sentry Guns and ambushing lone Survivors due to the ability to use Sandman, Bonk! Atomic Punch, Mad Milk and Crit-a-Cola. A Scout in Zombie Fortress will often use the "Thieving" perk, which can create havoc among survivors in maps with limited ammo packs, or the "Scorching" perk, which can be coupled with the Boston Basher to cause panic on survivor teams without a Medic. The Flying Guillotine is allowed, though limited, on many servers and can be used in conjunction with other perks for an even greater effect.
  • Heavy: The Heavy in the mod functions much the same as he does in regular gameplay. The Heavy excels at picking off stragglers in a Survivor group and then attacking the bulk of the Survivors using his High Noon taunt kill and the Crits from the K.G.B.. The favored Heavy perks include "Alpha", "Vindictive", "Roar", and "Vampiric", all of which can either increase damage output or allow the Heavy to live far longer.
  • Spy: The Spy still remains a very large threat due to retention of his Cloak (the maximum Cloak he can have is 80%) and backstab but is unable to disguise. The Eternal Reward cannot grant a disguise due to it acting like the Knife. A Spy in Zombie Fortress will often use the Magnetic perk so they can disable Sentry Guns while cloaked with the Cloak and Dagger but "Thieving" is also a great favorite due to the Spy's Ambassador and Enforcer being incredibly useful. The Dead Ringer can be used but is pointless because it needs 100% Cloak to work.


Perks are special abilities that both the Survivors and Zombies can use. They can change health, defense, attack, speed, and introduce new gameplay mechanics. Some perks stack up on each other when used by several players. Perks have been updated by various users, namely the original mod creator Sirot, the person who took after him Dirty Minuth, the most recent public updater Weenie, and the current updater Requiesta de Silencia.

Super Zombie Fortress

Super Zombie Fortress is a remake of Zombie Fortress and was developed by Mecha The Slag.

Super Zombie Fortress works the same as perk-less Zombie Fortress. Survivors only start with melee weapons and collect randomly generated weapons from spawn and from certain areas around the map. Players can only pick up class-specific weapons (multi-class weapons such as the Shotguns can be picked up by all classes who can use this weapon). This makes class variety and teamwork even more important due to limited firepower (and for the Medic, healing power) and distribution of weapons. Not all servers can run this private mechanic, but Super Zombie Fortress is still playable without it.

It is not uncommon for survivors to lack key weapons such as the Medi Gun or the Rocket Launcher for the majority of the map, especially on smaller teams. Therefore teams should have a variety of different classes to ensure that most weapons can be used and less weapons need to be passed up due to the lack of the corresponding class in the team.

Most popular Super Zombie Fortress maps are Attack-type maps where the survivors capture points from zombies. Other map types such as survival-based maps are usually used in Zombie Fortress instead.

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