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State of Decay 2 Traits Guide – All Character Traits, Effects

The State of Decay 2 Traits Guide is for the different Traits that you are likely to encounter in State of Decay 2. We have all the possible traits along with the unique ability that each one holds.

See which one you get and what it means for you going forward in your journey in the post-apocalyptic world.

State of Decay 2 Traits

When you select a character, there is absolutely no way of knowing what you will get because getting a trait is very random.

It is like being born into the world with a unique talent or knowledge. Alternatively, like having careers or work experiences before all the shit happened to the world and zombies were all around.

Traits, therefore, define a survivor’s personality and own uniqueness. These qualities have an effect on your performance and the world around you. Below you can find all the Traits that we have come across so far and the effects that each carries.

Trait Description Effect
Angler I’m pretty good at catching food, if we can find a body of water that isn’t full of corpses. Unlock skill “Fishing” which will add 2 pints of Food per day
Animal Lover I’ve had more friends with four legs than with two. N/A
Basketball Fan Honestly, it’s the sounds of the game that I miss, more than even the game itself. Morale bonus from facilities with a Projector
Birdwatcher You should see what I can do with a pair of binoculars. (Watch birds. That’s what.) Has some effect on skills
Blade Collector My bedroom wall was covered with swords. I could only take five or six of my favorites. Has some effect on skills
Bold Driver You can’t really know a car until the gas pedal hits the floor. N/A
Bleak Outlook This is more than just being sad. Everybody gets sad. This is… something much worse. A deduction of 7 points in the Morale attribute
Broad-Shouldered You can carry a lot on a good set of shoulders. +15 for total carrying capacity
BBQ Master You can make the egg salad, but nobody touches the grill but me. Unlocks skill “Cooking”
Carries Hand Sanitizer There is so much hand sanitizer left lying around stores. Is nobody washing their hands anymore? +50 when it comes to resisting Infections
Camp Physician I’m not a part of the military, but when the refugee camps needed doctors, I volunteered. Unlocks skill “Medicine”
Comic Book Dealer I traded and sold rare editions out on the convention floor, as well as a ton of other merch. Morale bonus is granted from an upgraded Lounge and “Geek Trivia” skill is unlocked
Decent Shot I’ve always been decent shot on the range, even without any formal training. Bonus to ”Shooting” skill
Delivery Driver I got to know the city like the back of my hand, just in time to leave it behind forever. Unlocks skill “Driving”
Dependable Friend I was a lot of people’s “one phone call”. +50% Standing Rewards
Frustration does not go up easily
Does Yoga You need to be limber and focused to survive out here. Morale is granted a bonus from Fighting training facilities and Fighting skill is also
improved.
Empathetic Have you ever read any Bulter? I feel like I am Lauren. If you feel it, then I feel it too. Looks for the more diplomatic effort to end a conflict.
EMT During the outbreak, I saved the ones I could, and made sure the ones I couldn’t never got up. Has some effect on skills
Exhaustion I can barely keep my eyes open. Addition of 60 points in Fatigue attribute
Deduction of 15 points in Morale attribute
Exuberant I’ve got that youthful exuberance that keeps me going all day! +20 to total Stamina
Fatigue Severity decreases by 50%
Film Director You have to have enough confidence in your vision to lead other people through the worst of it. Standing Rewards increase by 50%
Fleet Manager It’s been a while since I was shoulders-deep in an engine, but I still know my way around. Unlocks and improves ‘Mechanics’ skill
Food Critic The real tragedy here is the lack of a decent chef anywhere on the frontier. A deduction of 5 points in Morale attribute however an upgraded kitchen will increase Morale
Former Model I mostly modeled for local ads, but I looked great, I had an agent, and I was going somewhere. N/A
Grew Up Around Cars In my neighborhood, every driveway had some old beater that the owner was fixing up. Bonus to morale is granted from the Auto Shop
Grew Up Poor I grew up in a town with a few thousand people, and only a few hundred jobs. N/A
Hiker There used to be nothing better than being alone in the woods. Bonus is granted to Morale from outdoor bed facilities. Cardio skill is improved
Hong Kong Cinema Fan I’ve seen every fighting style that exists. Plus a few that don’t. Morale bonus from facilities with a Projector
Affects Skills and Fighting skill improved
IT Worker Have you tried turning it off and on again? Unlocks and improves ‘Computer’ skill
LARPer Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! Unlocks “Acting” skill
Lies About Age I usually tell people I’m in my late twenties. They take me more seriously that way. Standing Rewards increase by 25%
Loved Riding Bikes When you’re a kid, a good bike means freedom. Has some effect on skills
Loved School For those few hours every day, the world made sense. N/A
Loved to Dance I’m not saying I’m great. I just like to be moving to the music Morale bonus from having a Lounge
Cardio skill improved.
Loved to Hunt I wasn’t necessarily the best shooter, but I loved my time out in the woods with friends. Has some effect on skills
Low Pain Threshold How do you people keep getting up? Just a couple hits, and I’m down for the count. Fighting experience rate goes up by 66%
Max Health is reduced by 30 points
Improves Fighting skill
Meal Delivery Driver I used to deliver meals to elderly shut-ins, when their kids were too busy to give a crap. Has some effect on skills
Majored in Chemistry I’d resigned myself to not really using my major for anything. Now it’s essential. Unlocks and improves ‘Chemistry’ skill
Minored in Chemistry Honestly, I just had a crush on a TA. I didn’t think chemistry would ever be important to me. Unlocks and improves ‘Chemistry’ skill
Needs Quiet Time Look, sometimes you just need to shut up a second, so I can think! Frustration can arise easily and the person with this trait can be irritated by others without much effort.
Neighborhood Watch I walked around my block every night, watching for anything suspicious. Has some effect on skills
Nosy There’s no such things as “my business” and “your business”. It’s all just business. Morale is decreased by 3 points.
Has some effect on skills
Partner in a Law Firm All those eighty-hour weeks, and I was finally made a partner… two weeks before the apocalypse. Unlocks “Law” skill
Plans Ahead You always have to go in with a plan, even if you know you’re going to change it. Unknown
Played Sports If it has a ball, I’ve played it. Affects skills (Doesn’t say which ones, but this character starts with a high base Cardio)
Quilter I used to organize these charity quilting projects out of my house Adds “Sewing” skill
Railroad Engineer Car engines are pretty different from the big ones, but I can still help out in a pinch. Affects “Mechanics” skill
Rescues Spiders They eat the bugs that contaminate our food. Of course I keep them alive! N/A
Science Teacher I wonder if I could’ve been a criminal mastermind, like that chemistry teacher on TV. Unlocks skill “Chemistry”
Sewer Dweller I took refuge underground during the outbreak. I’m not really comfortable around humans. Community Standing Rewards go down by 50%
Slightly Stocky I’ve always been a bit big-boned. I know it’s had to tell after months on the run. Total Health increased by 20 points
Total Stamina decreased by 10 points
Sold Fertilizer I did sales for a big fertilizer company. I had to know the product in and out. Unlocks “Gardening” skill
Telemarketer It’s half sticking to the plan, and half thinking on your feet Affects Skills (Presumably Wits?)
The Muscle My old crew kept me around because I was so physically intimidating. Powerhouse Skill
Undertaker I dug the holes at a small cemetery. Only equipment I needed was a shovel and a strong back. Improves higher base cardio skill
Vacationed in Spain My parents flew us all out each summer to their vacation home on the coast of Spain. N/A
Vlogger I got to the point where I was making a pretty good living just on reaction videos. Unlocks “Self-Promotion” skill
Will Drink Anything You’re worried about the worm in that tequila? I used to drink bottles with scorpions inside. Bonus is granted to Morale from Stills and Bars
Whittler When I actually bought a dentist’s drill to decorate my walking stick, I knew I had a problem. Bonus granted to Morale from an upgraded workshop and high “Craftsmanship” skill is unlocked

This is all we have in our State of Decay 2 Traits Guide. If there is anything else that you would like to add, let us know in the comments section below!