"BASIC SKILL. Used to be shooting was just a hobby (sic). Now it's a daily requirement."

This basic skill determines a survivor's proficiency in handling firearms. Improved Shooting skill provides various bonuses, including reduced weapon recoil and increased accuracy. At shooting level 4, a character can choose to specialize in a Firearm type; at level 7, the skill unlocks a Special Technique.


"One in the head, you know they're dead. And you get better at Firearms."

  • Shooting, as well as Gun Specialization, is improved by killing zombies with firearms.
  • Player receives XP boost when performing a "Multikill"—killing 2 or more zombies with a single shot (easy to do with Rifles and Shotguns), or a Headshot Streak—scoring at least 5 headshots in a row (i.e no missed shots in between).

There are two ways to gain increased Shooting XP


  • When aiming a firearm, any zombies that die near the player will give shooting experience, including those killed by mines, thrown weapons or outposts.
  • According to game file, each single kill gives 10 point to Shooting, Multi Kill and Headshot Streak each gives a bonus of 20 points.

Shooting level detailsEdit


  • The "points" part is data taken from game file (presumably XP requirement). Needs more testing.
  • For each gained level of Shooting, the player gains 1 Fame.
Level Points Description Benefits
2 100

"The trick is to squeeze the trigger, not jerk it"

  • Recoil Reduction +10%
3 200

"I've learned how to move quicker while aiming."

  • Recoil Reduction +20%
  • Ability: Spray and Pray
4 200 "It's all about staying calm under pressure. I reload my guns a lot faster now."
5 300 "Anything else is a waste of time. I can lock onto a zombies head from farther away now."
  • Recoil Reduction +40%
  • Ability: Headhunter
6 300 "My guns don't wear out nearly as quick, and when they do jam I clear them faster."
  • Recoil Reduction +50%
  • Ability: Routine Maintenance
7 400 "I'm faster while aiming, I reload quicker, and I can lock in on a zombie's head from even farther away."
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