State of Decay Survivors Guide – How To Recruit and Gain Trust

By   /   Jun 10, 2013

In the world of State of Decay, survivors can be regarded as few of the remaining alive people in the game. Throughout the game, players will come across many survivors who will show no reluctance whatsoever in joining your cause. They might show a little resistance at some point but eventually give in.

Another thing to be kept in mind is that none of these survivors impose any kind of threat on players.

Each survivor in the game has its own set of abilities, skills, etc., and it is wise to assign them duties accordingly. If not done so correctly, it can even lead to their deaths.

Players might also come across a bunch of people – survivors – who will not join them at any case but that certainly doesn’t mean that they won’t help you. Of course, they will but at a price.

At the beginning of the game, you will have a few survivors with you but as you, progress through game, you will meet many new people who will be willing to help you and will join your community. There will be some survivors who will be un-miss-able, and you will definitely encounter them at one point or another but there will be a few which you will have to find yourself via various side missions.

The survivors present in the game not only differ from each other in terms of skills, attributes, etc. but also in age. At some point, you may have a feeling like some of your survivors are getting old, which isn’t true. They do show some signs of aging, but they don’t age.

Along with assigning them with tasks and stuff, players can actually play with survivors once they have gained their friendship. Another interesting thing is that you can’t kill a survivor no matter how hard you strive to do so.

At least not through a direct approach, however, you can do so through various ways. For example, by deciding not to help them when they are being attacked by zombies, etc.

For more help on State of Decay, read our Outposts, Bases and Facilities and Resource Farming Guide.

State of Decay Survivors

These are some of the survivors you can recruit with their brief details:

Maya Torres
Maya Torres is the first survivor you will come across in the game. She can be found near the ranger station at the river. Maya can also be regarded as one of the best fighters in the game in terms of intelligence, shooting skills and melee combat.

Marcus Campbell
As soon as you start playing with Marcus, you will realize that besides being a great leader, he has above average in every skill. He can be regarded as one of the best characters in the whole game.

Ed Jones
Ed is a miss-able survivor in the game. To unlock Ed, you will have to complete “The Old Farmstead” side mission within a specific amount of time. If not done correctly, you will find Ed dead.

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The Wilkinson’s
Wilkinson’s can be regarded as crooks in the world of State of Decay. Wilkinson’s are a group of criminals comprising
of 6 members which will supply you with ammunition.

Survivor Skills

As I have said earlier that each individual survivor has his/her own unique set of abilities, skills, characteristics, etc. that you can put to use. However, you should be careful when assigning a particular task to a survivor. A survivor with a medical background will obviously be not good with ammo and weaponry.

The survivors which you encounter during the main story-line will tend to have more skills that will help you progress through the game more easily. However, the survivors which you will come across through side missions will have random abilities.

Survivors become a part of your community as you make your way through the game. Your community members will help you in building various facilities in your home base that will allow you to achieve higher influence points and keep the morale of your community at an exalted level.

However, you will have to choose the right person for that work! A person, who does not have any particular experience of repairing and making new things, e.g. a doctor, can’t work in a workshop. The game makes it somewhat easy for you by allowing survivors to work on their own if you have not already assigned a survivor to work at that place.

Moods of the Survivors

The survivors you will come across in the game will have their specific mood swings depending upon the morale of the community. The morale of the community is something of grave importance in this game. The community morale keeps on fluctuating throughout the game.

It is up to a player’s skill to keep the community’s morale at a higher level so as to avoid these random mood swings of the players. Keeping a player’s morale high is easy enough. Just make sure that you provide them with food and other resources in plenty and keep them safe.

Following are the few moods a survivor can exhibit in State of Decay:

Anger
Survivors are capable of exhibiting the emotion of anger if the community morale is low.

Calm
Survivors will feel contended and calm if they have enough of everything. This is a positive emotion.

Fear
As the name suggest, survivors would feel fearful when they is an eminent zombie apocalypse threat or when the supply run is low.

Hope
Keep the morale of your community at peak and your survivors will begin to show the emotion of hope of getting out and living their lives like they once used to.

Pride
Players will also come across many survivors displaying a behavior which will be full of pride and arrogance.

Sadness
Survivors in the game are also capable of becoming sad over the course of time. This is also a negative emotion related with the low morale.

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Shame
If done anything wrongly, your survivors will become ashamed of their doings and so will exhibit the emotion of shame and remorse.

Survivor Abilities

Abilities also hold great importance in this game. But know that these abilities don’t develop overnight. Practice makes the man perfect! Keep on using a melee weapon or a firearm and your ability to use that weapon will be enhanced.

Some survivors in this game have their in-born skills which are only available to them. As for the basic abilities, they are total four in number.

The abilities of a particular survivor are rated in stars ranging from 1 to 7.

These abilities come in very handy throughout the game. For example, a survivor who has good wits will search areas quicker. As a survivor gains experience in a particular ability, he/she then will have option to choose a specialization for that ability.

Basic Abilities
Following are the basic abilities that every survivor in the game will have:

Stamina
Stamina is very important if you want to survive the ultimate zombie threat. Stamina makes you run for a long time and evade the zombies rather than getting killed.

You can improve your ability of stamina by practicing running and walking for a long time.

Intelligence
Intelligence is another basic ability that every survivor will have! Intelligence will allow your survivors to search and scavenge items quickly. And when reached level 4, you will unlock the ability to search without making any noise hence avoiding any zombies lurking around.

Players can learn and improve this ability by searching more areas.

Combat
Another basic skill your survivor will have is hand-to-hand combat ability. This ability will allow your players to live longer. This ability can obviously be improved by fighting off more and more zombies.

Shooting
As the name suggests, this is a survivor’s ability to carry firearms and ammunition. Advancing through this ability will enable your survivors to improve their accuracy and have less recoil on their weapons.

Moreover, players can have specialized heavy firearms when they level up enough.

Individual Abilities
As mentioned above, there are some abilities present in the game which are related to a specific person/survivor. Each survivor has his/her own set of these abilities and these abilities can’t be developed by other survivors at will.

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Following are those individual abilities:

  • Acrobatics, Arts and Crafts, Bludgeoning, Bruiser, Chemistry, Construction, Counseling, Gossip, Hack and Slash, Hoarding, Leadership, Medicine, Powerhouse, Reality, Research, etc.

Survivor Special Skills

When a survivor improves certain abilities then some special skills for that particular ability get unlocked.

Following are some special skills that you can unlock while playing the game:

Weaponry Special Skills
There are some special skills related to weapon which a player can unlock after reaching a certain level for a specific ability:

  • Blunt Weapons
  • Edged Weapons
  • Heavy Weapons
  • Pistols
  • Revolvers
  • Rifles
  • Assault Weapons

Specializations for Basic Skills
There are also some special skills related to basic abilities that every survivor in the game has. Following are those special skills which a player acquires once he/she has reached a particular level for that ability:

  • Marathon
  • Combat Endurance
  • Ninja
  • Rage
  • Focus Aim

Utility Abilities

Utility abilities are related to melee combat system. The special skills for melee combat system are:

  • Shoving Away
  • Power Kick

Defensive Abilities

Defensive abilities are also related to hand-to-hand combat system and enable players to perform certain powerful counter attacks for taking out zombies quickly:

  • Pro Wrestling
  • Double Kick

Survivor’s Characteristics

Characteristics or traits are in-born and are specific to certain survivors. These characteristics can’t be developed by any survivor at will. These characteristics provide comprehensive information regarding a survivor’s family and professional background.

These characteristics can also cause hindrance when meeting new survivors and gaining their trust along with settling well with rest of the community. Moreover, these characteristics can neither be developed nor suppressed.

Following are a few characters, a survivor can carry:
Bum knee, carpenter, chatterbox, chronic fatigue, clerk, cop, coward, cycling, historian, homebody, iconoclast, knitting, liked range shooting, liked to hunt, liked to travel, live a little, loved books, loved cycling, practiced taxidermy, preacher, presence, problem solver, reading, scary Santa, selfish asshole, service job, sleaze soldier, strong as an ox, student, stylist, team player, etc.

Diseases

As you progress through the game – fighting off zombies and other threats. You will come to see that many of your survivors will become victim of various diseases and injuries while fighting off zombies, etc.

If anything like this happens, it is advised that you let that survivor rest for a bit and have proper medical attention before getting him/her to work.

Some typical injuries/diseases a survivor can experience in the game include internal injuries, loss of blood, broken joints, broken ribs, etc.

Along with these diseases, your survivors can become severely ill and it can turn out to be pretty bad as they may face death. One of those diseases your survivors can experience is Black Fever.

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And no, you can’t cure them of these ailments as you will have no cure hence making these diseases fatal.

How To Gain Trust and Recruit Survivors

As mentioned before that gaining trust of other survivors is important in this game. After a certain period of time, your character will begin to lose stamina and will become wary. This is where trust you earn comes in handy. You can switch to any character which you are friends with and let your first character take a little rest.

The game does tell you that you can make friends with other survivors by making them trust you. But the question is – how exactly do you do that? Well, a simple answer is by helping them. When a stranded survivor calls out to you for help, do that immediately and you will become friends with that person.

“Ally in Trouble” side missions allow you to gain trust and friendships of other survivors.

When your radio informs you about some trapped survivors in your vicinity, set the waypoint to the ‘green’ icon on your mini-map and rescue them. At least one of the survivors will become your friend as soon as you get them home.

But what about the survivors who are already in your camp? Well, if you head into your character menu, you will see a green bar next to the character, when this green bar is filled; you will become friends with that person. However, this takes time and you will have to be patient to do so.

Help those survivors when they call you out for help to gain their trust and they will become friends with you. The missions, these survivors throw at you vary from fighting off zombies to scavenge for goods.

Another way of making friends is by using the radio properly. Keep your ears on and answer to any help that comes your way.

Sometimes, during the game, you will also notice that some survivors will go missing. Explore the area for a while and you will be notified that a particular survivor needs your help. Rescue them by marking the ‘green icon’ on your mini-map and you will gain their trust.

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As I have said earlier that each individual survivor has his/her own unique set of abilities, skills, characteristics, etc. that you can put to use. However, you should be careful when assigning a particular task to a survivor. A survivor with a medical background will obviously be not good with ammo and weaponry.

The survivors which you encounter during the main story-line will tend to have more skills that will help you progress through the game more easily. However, the survivors which you will come across through side missions will have random abilities.

Survivors become a part of your community as you make your way through the game. Your community members will help you in building various facilities in your home base that will allow you to achieve higher influence points and keep the morale of your community at an exalted level.

However, you will have to choose the right person for that work! A person, who does not have any particular experience of repairing and making new things, e.g. a doctor, can’t work in a workshop. The game makes it somewhat easy for you by allowing survivors to work on their own if you have not already assigned a survivor to work at that place.