State of Decay: Breakdown DLC Survival Guide

The long-promised endless survival mode for State of Decay finally arrives with the Breakdown DLC. The first major downloadable pack changes up the base game, taking away the story and replacing it with a randomized experience that steadily amps up the difficulty.

Resources are scarce, and this time they never respawn. When an area is depleted, it’s time to move on. That’s where Breakdown really tests players — after discovering a mobile home, you’ll be able to move into a new Trumbull Valley. Resources repopulate the zone to help keep survivors alive, but the challenge is increased. There are 10 Breakdown Levels, and getting to the final difficulty won’t be easy. To even things out, players can now unlock unique heroes that start with additional items and abilities.

Learn all about the Breakdown DLC with Game Front’s survival guide below, where we’ll show you how to stay alive. For an in-depth look into the regular game, with more tips and tricks to get through the story campaign, check out the State of Decay Beginner’s Guide. If you need help picking the best bases, check out the Base Construction Guide.

Have your own survival tips? Share them in the comments!

Table of Contents

Breakdown DLC

  • The Basics – What’s Changed
  • Heroes – Starting Items & Abilities
  • Breakdown Level 1 – Getting Started
  • Breakdown Level 2 – RV Bases & Heroes
  • Breakdown Level 3 – Scavenging & Car Dealerships
  • Breakdown Level 4 – Survival Checklist & Overview
  • Beginner Tips & Tricks

  • 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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    9 Comments on State of Decay: Breakdown DLC Survival Guide


    On December 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Zombie games have become the new zombie movies: cheap, uninteresting experiences that are so tired they need to be taken out into a field and shot. In the head, of course. How about a survival game whose backstory is more like this: the government continually spent and printed money until it was worthless. Oh wait, that would be more of a near-future simulator than a game..the military is probably already running it.


    On December 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Resources never respawn, but luckily resources respawn.

    Kevin Thielenhaus

    On December 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm


    Resources don’t respawn on the current map, until you enter a new Trumbull Valley with the RV. Then they do, as stated above.


    On December 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Can you please fix,state of decay break it keeps loading and it freezes my 360 if you read this please fix


    On January 13, 2014 at 7:40 am

    I really love this game.
    But it did freeze at I was loading my RV and brought NONE OF MY SURVIVORS!!!!
    Still love it.


    On March 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm


    Perhaps, but perhaps not. I love the game, and obviously it got you here to write about it. Everyone has their genre of choice, and it all goes in cycles. Hell, remember the early ’90s and dinosaurs? Fuuuuuck.

    On June 24, 2014 at 9:13 am


    Jeez, can you conservative types shut up long enough to enjoy ANYTHING without politicizing it? Maybe you don’t like shooting zombies because you and your political ilk ARE zombies. But instead of “braaaiiinnsss” its “Obama suucckkksss” and “debtttttt” AMD “Roooonnnnnn Pauulllll!” Apparently everything was a-ok before 2008, though.


    On June 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

    This guide is actually a bit off. When I went to get the RV, I was required to refuel the RV, not disinfect it. Is there maybe a bit of randomness to what resource you need to collect to move up a level?


    On August 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    excellent advice OP

    I discovered a nice trick, I was in a warehouse scrounging for supplies when a horde started pounding on the door trying to force it open – I threw a molotov tail at it and the flames went through the closed door and, the pounding stopped. when I checked the zombies were all burned . apparently fire will penetrate walls and doors killing something near it on the other side