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Left 4 Dead 2 Weapons Guide

by: Simon Hill ; edited by: J. F. Amprimoz ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Left 4 Dead 2 casts you into the middle of an apocalyptic fight for the survival of mankind. You’ll face rabid, infected zombies and frightening mutants and you’ll need to be tooled up to deal with them. Find out what to use in this Left 4 Dead 2 weapon guide.

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Weapons

    There are hordes of infected zombies intent on eating you alive in Left 4 Dead 2 and they are backed up by a range of horrible mutations with special powers. If you expect to make it through any of the five campaigns in one piece you’ll need to make sure you carry plenty of firepower. You have two weapon slots, a primary, a backup and then an additional slot for explosives. There are also two slots for medical supplies but we're going to assume that the best defense when beset by zombie legions is a good offense. So, we will focus on the game's many deadly weapons and provide you with a complete Left 4 Dead 2 weapons list. You can read more about the game in our Left 4 Dead 2 review.

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Melee Weapons

    Chainsaw - this is by far my favourite melee weapon, if it's good enough for Ash it's good enough for me. The chainsaw can do 200 damage per second and it will mow through groups fast. It does sadly have limited fuel though and once it runs out you'll return to the default pistol automatically.

    The rest of the melee weapons are pretty similar and they do 400 damage per hit. The katana and the axe have an added decapitation chance which makes them a little more desirable.

    • Baseball Bat
    • Cricket Bat
    • Crowbar
    • Electric Guitar
    • Fire Axe
    • Frying Pan
    • Katana
    • Machete
    • Tonfa (Police Baton)
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    Pistols in L4D2

    Your default backup weapon in Left 4 Dead 2 is the pistol and you can pick up a second for dual wield. It is accurate but weak and given the chance I recommend you switch it for a melee weapon.

    • P220 Pistol
    • Ammo Count – 15
    • Damage Per Shot - 36
    • Magnum Pistol
    • Ammo Count - 8
    • Damage Per Shot - 80
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    Guns in L4D2

    L4D2 weapons You can only have one at a time and different guns are best employed for different situations. My favourite is the Hunting Rifle or the Military Sniper Rifle but for tight indoor maps a shotgun always comes in handy.

    • Sub-Machine Gun (Uzi)
    • Ammo Count - 50
    • Damage Per Shot - 20
    • Silenced Sub-Machine Gun (Mac 10)
    • Ammo Count – 50
    • Damage Per Shot - 25
    • Chrome Shotgun
    • Ammo Count - 8
    • Damage Per Shot - 248
    • Pump Action Shotgun
    • Ammo Count – 8
    • Damage Per Shot - 250
    • Tactical Shotgun (Auto)
    • Ammo Count - 10
    • Damage Per Shot - 253
    • Combat Shotgun (SPAS)
    • Ammo Count - 10
    • Damage Per Shot - 252
    • Hunting Rifle
    • Ammo Count - 15
    • Damage Per Shot - 90
    • Combat Rifle (SCAR)
    • Ammo Count - 60
    • Damage Per Shot - 44
    • AK-47
    • Ammo Count - 40
    • Damage Per Shot - 58
    • Assault Rifle (M16)
    • Ammo Count - 50
    • Damage Per Shot - 33
    • Military Sniper Rifle
    • Ammo Count - 30
    • Damage Per Shot - 90
    • Grenade Launcher
    • Ammo Count - 1
    • Damage Per Shot - 400
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    Explosives in L4D2

    Molotov Cocktail - Creates a pool of fire, great for covering an area and setting infected alight.

    Pipe Bomb - Gives off a sound which attracts infected in and then blows them all sky high.

    Boomer Bile Bomb - Hit an infected with Boomer bile and they’ll be attacked by the horde in the same way survivors are when a Boomer vomits on you.

    L4D2 Propane Tank You can pick up the following explosives and throw them where you want them. A shot on target is enough to set them off and they are very handy for dealing with large groups of infected, especially in Survival mode.

    • Oxygen Tank
    • Gas Can
    • Propane Tank
    • Fireworks
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    Incendiary Ammo - Sets target on fire.

    Explosive Ammo - Explode on impact.

    Picking up ammo packs replaces your health kit if you have one but you can equip and then deploy them by pressing and holding left mouse until the bar fills.

    Laser Sights - Increase accuracy of any gun.

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