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Zonaco: The Ultimate Zurvival Guide
By MonkeyPocket
Grab your shotgun, make sure you're carrying enough ammo and get ready to kill some zombies. But first, read this humble guide; know your enemies.
What is Zonaco?
Zonaco is the Zombie evil-twin of Monaco. To access it just choose "Zombie" in the Mode selection, in the main menu. Civilians and Guards are no more; it's just you and hordes of zombies. When palying Zonaco, the screen turns Sepia, giving it a different feel from the Classic mode we all know and love. You can play any map in Zonaco, be it the original campaign stages or custom maps, even the new Origin levels. What's new to it? Instead of tranquil civilians and righteous security guards, you'll be robbing buildings filled with vicious undead creatures, far more vicious than the Gendarme themselves.
Zonaco desperately wants you to massacre zombies, and it gives you the means to do so. For example, the amount of ammo that loot gives you is doubled, to make sure you don't run out of ammunition shells if you're fending off enemies with your good old trusty shotgun. At the same time, the threats are generally bigger. There's sometimes twice as zombies as there would be guards in a map, so don't get careless and go around wasting your resources.
Type of Zombies
There are only two type of zombies, but both are bad for your health:

1-The Wretch
Sneaky little zombies, extremely fast and corrosive. These guys move in packs, and can catch up to you in no time. Triggering an alarm will draw their attention immediately, and in a matter of seconds you'll be in trouble. They deal very low damage, but their "rate of fire" is insane. When killed, a small gib will happen, leaving no traces behind.

Strategy: Wretches are fast, and they lurk everywhere. Lookout is an appropriate character when playing Zonaco, as she's fast enough to climb vents and enter Stairs if some Wretches spot you and start stalking you.
Cleaner is possibly the best option; when you knock an unalerted Wretch, it's an insta-kill. Stealthy and incredibly powerful, a must in a zombie apocalypse.

What to use to kill: Any weapon will do, but stealthy ones work better. Machineguns are an exception, you can kill many Wretches per shot if they start gathering around an area. C4 is not the most viable way to take them out, as they'll just run past the area of effect before being blown to bits.

2-The Bloater
A fat, nasty zombie with indecent thoughts. These guys move incredibly slow; if you've ever shot a guard but he survived, you know just how slow they move afterwards. These sluggish zombies deal even more damage than Gendarme. If they catch you, they explode a la C4, knocking you back and taking 3/4 of your total health. Organs and blood splatters everywhere, not a pretty sight.

Strategy: They are a bit difficult to deal with, if you face one without knowing how they work. If you're a cleaner, just don't knock them or they'll explode, albeit dealing less damage than they would if they attack you themselves.
As redhead, they are to be avoided. Due to their incredibly slow pace, he won't be of any use, not to mention you can't even use charmed Zombies for anything for that matter (opening Doors using charm, like a normal guard would).

What to use to kill: If you carry crossbows, you can't put them to sleep, you'll just mak them go boom. It's a stealthy way to get rid of them though, and can prove life-saving in tight situations.
Overall, shoot them from afar, and just expect hordes of Wretches to come and look at what's going on, so save some ammo.
Zombies have brains too, albeit they use it differently than normal, living people would. The Wretches seem to have an allergy to bushes, you can easily lose a pack of wretches chasing you by simply hiding in a bush, even if they're seeing you do it. They will just stop attacking, and run off to their own business (this seems to work randomly). Bloaters however, do not follow this principle. They work pretty much like normal guards, so they will keep chasing you for as long as you're within their line of sight.
Players can get creative and use the zombies abilities to their advantage. For instance, if a wretch or two are near a Bloater, you can shoot the latter and have his explosive death take out the small fries for you. Make sure you're close enough though, as Bloaters are known to being able to take a ton of damage before falling.
A disadvantage for Zombies are locked spaces. Open windows and Closed doors, which serve as patrol blockers, are as far as zombies can wander around. If you're escaping from a bunch of zombies, try to go though a window to lose the heat. Also, don't be afraid of forcing Scan Doors, as once through, zombies won't be able to follow you inside.
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macdoodleer Nov 24, 2017 @ 10:56pm 
helped loads:steamhappy:
Snarplord, Junior Detective Sep 30, 2015 @ 4:32pm 
Could you add a section giving tips on which character to play as and how to play them well in this mode?
QIj'ej Wov Ram Jun 8, 2014 @ 6:02am 
Great guide for Zonaco! :D I usually enter Zonaco as either pickpocket, lookout, cleaner or redhead if I'm in multiplayer.
MonkeyPocket  [author] Apr 13, 2014 @ 10:17am 
Oh, you can check that in the guide I linked you to, since it's the same as in Enhanced/Classic.
dony Apr 13, 2014 @ 10:11am 
so when i kill them and i didnt set anywhere to be respawned they will respawn?
MonkeyPocket  [author] Apr 13, 2014 @ 10:03am 
Basically, whatever NPC you place down will be random'd to be either a Wretch or a Bloater.
dony Apr 13, 2014 @ 9:35am 
i ment for zonaco. like i dont know where the respawn of badies is
MonkeyPocket  [author] Apr 13, 2014 @ 6:20am 
Is that even a thing though?

Here's a guide that'll help you understand better the in-game editor:
dony Apr 13, 2014 @ 12:00am 
can you make editor guide for zonaco?
Mad Man with a Spoon Apr 3, 2014 @ 5:27pm 
@jujube then God help you