We wanted to give a broad overview of zombie information to our readers. We realize that the majority of you are familiar with the legends and folklore of zombies but we wanted to put this into our own words. This will better help you understand your enemy. Knowing their strengths and weaknesses will aid in your survival. This article will not go into the actual creation of the zombies and the theories behind that. Possible origins of zombies and other zombie info can be found here.
The traditional undead zombie has the same anatomy as a non-infected human. However, when the human is transformed into the zombie, significant changes happen to the body. The most obvious change is the fact that they are deceased yet still moving. This change is what gives the zombie it’s greatest power and weaknesses.
Because the zombie is essentially dead, there is no need for organs to support it’s life functions. Destruction of the heart or other vital organs will have no effect of the zombie. As many of you know, the brain must be destroyed in order to “kill” the undead. Zombies do not feel pain and have no fear of you whatsoever. They cannot be demoralized and they will stop at nothing to feed on you.
The biggest weakness of the zombie is that they no longer have higher brain function. They also lack coordination, speed, problem solving abilities and situational awareness. Zombies are essentially a machine with one purpose, to feed. Using your head in a zombie survival situation is what will get you through safely. The second you panic or have not prepared for this inevitable outbreak, you give up your greatest advantage.
Zombies have traditionally been thought of as slow creatures. The theory of “runner” zombies does not hold up. Because zombies do not have feeling in their body, they cannot use their legs in an efficient manner. The brain functions only allow them to walk… very slowly. Although they cannot run, they have unlimited stamina and will eventually catch you if you are not careful.
This is a highly debatable area. Some believe that zombies have incredible strength. This is due to the zombie not feeling pain, they do not know when to stop pushing or pulling before bodily harm is done. The other theory is that zombies do not have much strength at all. This would be due to the lack of muscle coordination, not allowing them to effectively use their limbs. Either way, make sure your barricades are strongly built and do not let them get their hands on you.
Obviously, the lack of intelligence is the greatest weakness of zombies. They are biological machines with one purpose, to eat you. This is what makes the zombie terrifying, they will stop at nothing to devour you. It is believed by some that zombies retain some ability to learn or adapt. We are not in this group, you must not look at them as people. This will cause you to hesitate when you are inevitably confronted by the undead.
Use this zombie info to better prepare your defenses, pick your weapons and train for the zombie outbreak.
We will eventually be writing about “Voodoo Zombies” in a later article. This process has been well documented and is considered a factual by most. These “zombies” are humans with extensive brain damage and are controlled by a zombie master. Their only purpose is to perform mundane tasks such as working in fields. We do not believe of voodoo zombies is something to be feared… unless you are turned into one.