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Primary Weapon Slot[edit]

Tier 1 Weapons[edit]

Tier 1 Weapons are primary weapons found early on in a campaign. They are also commonly found in safe rooms. Players rescued from rescue closets will only hold Tier 1 Weapons even if they were holding a Tier 2 weapon before dying.

Pump Shotgun[edit]

  • Magazine Capacity: 8
  • Total Ammo Capacity: 8 + 56 (64)

Shorter range than the Chrome, but much greater spread as well as two more pellets in a shot. Like any Shotgun, it is great for taking out a horde at close range as well as clearing out infected indoors. Its relatively slow rate of fire means you can better control your ammo usage as well as fewer friendly fire incidents. Its wide spread and short effective range means that you'll have difficulty dealing damage beyond close range. Its slow rate of fire as well as having to reload each shot individually makes it harder to deal with a lot of infected or a fast-moving target.

Chrome Shotgun[edit]

  • Magazine Capacity: 8
  • Total Ammo Capacity: 8 + 56 (64)

The Chrome Shotgun is the other Tier 1 shotgun. It has the tightest spread of any shotgun, though it has less pellets per shot compared to the Pump Shotgun but more damage per pellet, which makes it deal less damage compared to the Pump Shotgun. The tight spread makes it much more effective against infected in mid-range. Other than that, it can do what any other shotgun does, clearing infected indoors, taking out hordes in chokepoints and cr0wning the Witch.


  • Magazine capacity: 50
  • Total ammo capacity: 50 + 650 (700)

The Submachine Gun and it's silenced variant is the alternate choice to the powerful but slow and limited to close-range Shotguns. It deals weak but noticeable damage to compensate for it's fast firing rate. It excels at close to midrange targets, though suffers from poor damage and bullet penetration. When using this weapon, remember to fire in short bursts. While it might have a large ammo capacity, just holding the trigger button and mowing down infected will leave you with little to no ammo halfway through the chapter. Therefore, most experienced players manage their ammo carefully and fire in quick bursts. Only go full auto against a horde, a Tank or a startled Witch.

Silenced SMG[edit]

  • Magazine capacity: 50
  • Total ammo capacity: 50 + 650 (700)

The Silenced SMG inflicts more damage than the normal Submachine gun, but is less accurate at longer ranges. Like the SMG, it has a very high rate of fire. One of the most common Tier 1 weapons, it's damage is high enough that a short burst will easily kill a Common Infected, and while it's less accurate than the SMG, it still performs relatively well at mid-range. Burst firing and fire discipline is useful for conserving ammo for larger threats like Tanks and hordes. Once you attach laser sights to it, it becomes the best Tier 1 weapon and one of the best weapons overall, doing great damage as well as being very accurate.

H&K MP5 (German Version Only)[edit]

Tier 2 Weapons[edit]

Tier 2 Weapons are generally more uncommon than Tier 1 Weapons, and they're typically found about halfway through the later chapters. Tier 2 Weapons are generally stronger variations of Tier 1 Weapons, though picking up one is advisable if you have a Tier 1 Weapon.

Tactical Shotgun[edit]

  • Magazine capacity: 10
  • Total ammo capacity: 10 + 90 (100)

The Tactical Shotgun is the automatic equivalent to the Tier 1 Pump Shotgun. It has a wide spread and more pellets per shot, but less damage per pellet than the Combat Shotgun. Both this and the Combat Shotgun are fully automatic. Holding the fire button will fire shells automatically at a steady rate of fire, while tapping it rapidly allows you to shoot even faster.

Though it has a larger ammo capacity than the Tier 1 shotguns, that ammunition can go fast if you don't conserve it, and reloading all 10 shells takes a while. Don't waste shells by shooting every stray common infected you encounter. Instead, try to line them up in a row or make them bunch up in a choke point, like a doorway, and you can kill multiple targets with each shell.

With its high rate of fire, high damage and large ammunition capacity, the Tactical Shotgun excels at mowing down tightly packed hordes, cr0wning Witches, and quickly killing Chargers and Tanks, but its wide spread makes it ineffective against distant special infected and increases the risk of friendly fire incidents. Choosing a Magnum as your secondary weapon can help compensate for this range deficiency.

The Tactical Shotgun and Combat Shotgun are both so devastating against the Tank that they're given a 15% damage penalty versus Tanks for balance purposes. Even then, they remain very effective Tank killers.

Combat Shotgun[edit]

  • Magazine capacity: 10
  • Total ammo capacity: 10 + 90 (100)

In Tier 2, the Combat Shotgun is to the Automatic Shotgun what the Chrome Shotgun is to the Pump Shotgun in Tier 1. Fewer pellets, but more damage with each one, and tighter spread. This makes it marginally more effective against distant targets, and slightly less effective at shredding crowds. It remains very potent in close quarters, so it's probably the more versatile weapon of the two.

Besides the differences in spread, the Combat Shotgun shares the ammo capacity and rate of fire characteristics of the Tactical Shotgun, and is used in much the same way. Like the Tactical Shotgun, it is very effective against hordes, Witches, Chargers and Tanks, and also has the 15% damage penalty against Tanks.


  • Magazine capacity: 40
  • Total ammo capacity: 400 (360 + 40)

The AK-47 is the most powerful of the three assault rifles, but it also has the slowest rate of fire and a smaller magazine capacity of 40 rounds. It is also the least accurate, especially if fired while on the move or in bursts. For best results, crouch and fire 1-3 shots at a time. Like the Silenced SMG in Tier 1, this weapon's main drawback is poor accuracy, and it likewise benefits hugely from the laser sight upgrade. With a laser sight fitted, it is one of the best weapons in the game, with good damage, accuracy and ammo capacity.

M-16 Assault Rifle[edit]

  • Magazine capacity: 50
  • Total ammo capacity: 410 (360 + 50)

The M-16 lies in the middle ground between the AK-47 and the Combat Rifle, and is one of the most versatile weapons in the game. It's good for clearing out infected indoors, picking off Special Infected swiftly and mowing down hordes. It has a higher rate of fire than the other assault rifles and reloads faster, though it does deal the least damage of the three. Still, it's a very dependable weapon, valued for its flexibility.

Combat Rifle[edit]

  • Magazine capacity: 60
  • Total ammo capacity: 420 (360 + 60)

This rifle's defining characteristic is that it fires three-round bursts with each press of the trigger. Holding the fire button down will continually fire three-round bursts. It's the most accurate of the three assault rifles, and does slightly more damage than the M-16, though less than the AK-47.

Hunting rifle[edit]

  • Magazine capacity: 15
  • Total ammo capacity: 150 (135 + 15)

Sniper rifle[edit]

  • Magazine capacity: 30
  • Total ammo capacity: 180 (150 + 30)

Less accurate than the hunting rifle.

SIG SG552 (German Version Only)[edit]

Steyr Scout (German Version Only)[edit]

Accuracy International AWSM (German Version Only)[edit]

Special Primary Weapons[edit]

These weapons take up the same slot as the other primaries, but are much rarer and more powerful compared to the others. They also have unreplenishable ammo, using it up means losing the weapon.

Grenade launcher[edit]

  • Magazine capacity: 1
  • Total ammo capacity: 31 (30 + 1)

This weapon appears in limited quantity in the campaign, usually in a side room off the main path. It cannot be refilled at ammo piles, but has enough ammo to last through a given level.

It can be found in stadium in The Concert, the final area of the Dark Carnival campaign.





  • Magazine capacity: 15

The regular pistol, with a new skin, from the original Left 4 Dead. (This game's pistol is a P220, and a Glock when dual-wielding). Like in the previous game, the pistol can be dual-wielded. If you trade your two pistols for a melee weapon or a magnum, you will only be able to trade back for a single pistol. It's a reliable sidearm, having infinite ammo, and can serve as a primary weapon for shotgun users.

When dual wielding you will be able to fire 30 rounds instead of 15 as well as doubling your rate of fire. The only downside to dual-wielding is a longer reload time, but that is virtually negligible, and you should always take the second pistol if you don't want to take a Magnum or melee weapon.


  • Magazine capacity: 8

The Desert Eagle magnum has a smaller magazine capacity, but deals more damage—80 points to the P220's 36. Like the regular pistol, the magnum also has unlimited ammo. Its speed is usually a factor when deciding between two regular pistols or a melee weapon. One thing that is valued a lot is the ability to one-shot common infected without needing a headshot on any difficulty or in Realism, as well as retaining your standing accuracy while incapitated. It's rarer than a normal pistol and usually spawns where a normal P220 would have spawned.

Melee weapons[edit]

The melee weapon will take up your pistol slot. While only working at short range, they inflict more damage and can generally take care of the infected as they are close up.

If you are knocked down, you will use a single pistol instead of swinging your melee weapon.

Baseball Bat[edit]

The bat is only available to players that pre-purchased the game, or players in the same server as a pre-purchaser. If a player has downloaded The Passing DLC, the Baseball Bat can be found as normal. It has average damage and swing speed.


The chainsaw runs on gasoline and can't be refueled. It will only use gas when you attack with it. It is, however, arguably the most powerful melee weapon in the game, dealing 200 damage per half-second and able to kill a Witch in 2 seconds on Normal difficulty. It's so loud it draws common infected to you. As long as you have it spun up, Smokers can't even grab you, as their tongue is instantly sliced off.

Cricket Bat[edit]

This bat deals 500 damage per swing and has a relatively long reach, but swings rather slowly.


Deals 500 damage, and swerves the player's screen a bit upon swings. A standard melee weapon otherwise.

Combat Knife (German Version Only)[edit]

The combat knife is one handed and the player slashes vertically when attacking. This is one of a few German exclusive weapons that comes from Counter-Strike: Source. Anyone can use it as long as someone playing the German version is present.

Electric Guitar[edit]

The electric guitar is a large, two handed melee weapon. It takes up a significant portion of your screen, and can behead enemies.

Fire Axe[edit]

The fire axe is the typical red-headed blade on a stick. Like the electric guitar, it is two handed and can be used to behead enemies. It is quite common to find and one of the most reliable, if slow, melee weapons. It has an extremely wide swing, which can take out a lot of common infected in a single swing.

Frying pan[edit]

The frying pan is a one handed blunt object. It is fast, but cannot behead enemies. It can be found relatively commonly.

Golf Club[edit]

A melee weapon only available in The Passing.


The katana deals 500 damage and has a fast swing, but has a slightly longer cooldown time.


While only dealing 250 damage, the machete makes up for it with good speed and cooldown. The low damage doesn't make a huge difference to begin with, as common infected never have more than 100 health.


Also known as a Tonfa, this weapon swings extremely fast but deals less-than-average damage. Riot Infected will sometimes drop these upon death.


Pipe bomb[edit]

The pipe bomb is a throwable weapon. It emits a loud beeping sound to attract common infected to the grenade before exploding.


The molotov is a glass bottle full of flammable liquid. It shatters on impact and ignites a large area for about 15 seconds.

Boomer bile[edit]

Boomer bile is a canister containing boomer bile. When thrown, it shatters and causes common infected to either approach the bile cloud or targets hit with the bile. The common infected will proceed to attack the bile in question.


First Aid Kit[edit]

A very important item, it heals you or your teammate for 80% of the damage taken, but never back to full health. Healing yourself or a teammate takes a bit of time, so it's not the best thing to do in the middle of a horde attack. You can use it to do a melee shove for as much damage as any other melee shove, but any other weapon is better for killing zombies. First aid kits always spawn in every safe room and campaign finale, though they sometimes spawn in the level itself like in first aid lockers. On Expert difficulty, most first aid kits are replaced with Pain Pills, so a first aid kit outside of a safe room or finale is very rare.


The defibrillator is used to revive survivors who have died, even survivors who are in a rescue closet, as long as their corpse is still present. Holding it out will reveal a revivable teammates corpse with a red outline. Approaching the corpse and hitting any of the attack buttons will revive them while giving them 50 health. It is usually advisable to have one designated player carry the Defibrillator while others carry first aid kits, especially on higher difficulties and realism.

Pain Pills[edit]

Pain pills refill 50 temporary health that will degrade at a rate of 1 point every 5 seconds. It can be given to other survivors by pressing alternate fire. It will restore your normal movement speed as long as your restored health is above 40.

Adrenaline Shots[edit]

Adrenaline shots restores 25 temporary health and puts you into a heightened state. For 15 seconds, you will move, reload, heal, pour fuel, revive and switch between items more quickly, do not suffer fatigue from melee shoves, makes you immune to the slowdown effect by common infected attacks and let's you maintain your speed while wading in water. As a side effect, you will get temporary tunnel vision and your sound becomes monophonic, which makes it harder to determine the location of infected and other survivors.



A laser is an accessory that is added to a primary weapon to improve its accuracy. It provides a laser dot when attached. Lasers cannot be attached to pistols, items, or melee weapons.

You can find lasers in white boxes, similar to the fragmentation or incendiary ammo boxes.

Fragmentation rounds[edit]

Fragmentation rounds explode on impact. A common infected struck with an explosive round will be killed instantly, and most special infected will stumble when hit. The only special infected that won't stumble is the Tank.

You can find fragmentation rounds within tan ammo boxes. They will either fill the current weapon's clip, or replace the ammunition.

Incendiary rounds[edit]

Incendiary rounds cause targets to catch fire.

You can find Incendiary rounds within orange ammo boxes.