State of Decay: Beginner’s Survival Guide

Learn how to get started right with the State of Decay survival guide, where the zombie-hunters at Game Front provide expert tips and tricks for managing this survival sim. Unlike other zombie games, there is no central character and the plot isn’t really the focus — building your base and keeping your survivors productive is the biggest goal.

There’s still plenty of brain-smashing, but you’ll spend more time sneaking into homes and carefully searching for gear in a desperate bid to keep your camp well-stocked while hordes of the undead stalk the streets. Death comes quickly to those unprepared, and the game doesn’t really explain many of its core features.

Instead of wandering around in the dark, get a helping hand with our beginner’s guide below. Learn how to earn new playable characters, how to use unique items, when to unlock powerful new fighting abilities, and what to do to keep your base safe. State of Decay is a brutal and punishing game for beginners. Don’t let the hungry dead munch on your character’s corpse. Get our tips and tricks and become a survival expert.

Once you’re a master scavenger, check out more of Game Front’s secrets, unlockables, Easter eggs and extras on the State of Decay cheats list.

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Table of Contents

  • Your Survivor – Getting Started
  • Zombies – Freaks & Hordes
  • Base Management – How to Keep it Safe & Morale High
  • Upgrading Skills – Becoming a True Survivor
  • Scavenging Materials – Where to Look & How to Keep it Coming
  • Side-Quest Tips – Managing Infestations, Hordes & Freaks
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    3 Comments on State of Decay: Beginner’s Survival Guide


    On June 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Juggernaut zombie is cake. Hit it with a bomb and it’s down and out.


    On November 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    What about the trade missions?


    On December 10, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Reflexes > Powerhouse

    Some people prefer powerhouse and the 4 snacks in one slot is useful, but he reflex kick that downs any z for an easy kill is insanely useful.