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Starting from October 14th, 2020, roaming gangs of Bandits could now be spotted around Secronom Bunker, looking for a fight with the normal, slightly more law-abiding citizens of Fairview.
While nowhere near as intimidating as a giant mutated creature clad in black spikes or a giant dog with a hundred teeth, these Bandits are still more-than-capable of maiming or killing formerly-smug survivors who had gotten used to simply dodging clumsy zombie hordes.
Thus, survivors will need to use fundamentally new tactics in order to confront these more intelligent enemies.
Bandits are currently separated into two tiers:
- HEALTH: 17,500
- WEAPONS: FM Mitrail / Criss Victor / 577 Rex / Alpha Bull / GM94
- APPEARANCE: Winter Coats & Motorcycle Jackets
- HEALTH: 25,000
- WEAPONS: Hammerhead 47 / Uziel 14mm / Ironsight 33F / Greyhawk 55
- APPEARANCE: Trench Coats & Cloaks
- Bandits do NOT enter Critical status, so they do NOT incur the -50% statistic reduction.
- Bandit weapons are influenced by their weapon statistics - so they CAN deal critical damage according to the same patterns.
- Player-centered statistics such as Strength, Endurance, and Agility do not influence bandit performance.
Bandits always spawn in groups of 4 normal bandits and 2 elite bandits (offering six possible loots), and have their own boss slot on the bossmap.
As gunfire generates a lot of noise and therefore a high amount of attention from local zombies, a limited amount of event aggro can be expected for the duration of the fight.
Bandits follow the same spawning rule as normal boss cycles, but the timing is much tighter:
- The player must be present within the first 10 minutes of their spawn for them to appear.
- The player only has 30 minutes to defeat them to be eligible for loot.
Failing the first requirement and they will not appear on your screen, and failing the second causes them to not drop loot upon death.
In order to facilitate battles and give survivors extra cover, most bandit areas will also have obstacles rearranged, removed, or added (commonly in the form of a military truck near the bandit group).
Bandits will always spawn close together in a particular region of the area, represented by a series of red dots on the mini-map (you can view an enlarged map of the local area by pressing N). These dots will remain red even if you have PvP disabled.
Bandits have a few behavior states:
- Idle: The bandit will perform a basic scan of their immediate surroundings, looking for a target, like other NPCs.
- Alerted: The bandit has detected a player within their visual range (indicated by a yellow vision cone for firearm-using bandits, or a small yellow circle for grenadiers). Bandits using explosives can detect players through walls and other large obstacles.
- Targeting: The bandit will always aim at the closest valid target (that they can hit), and will continue to track the player until the player enters cover or moves out of their visual range for roughly 3 seconds.
- Engaged: The bandit will begin shooting at the target (indicated by a red cone/circle).
- Reloading: The bandit will stop shooting and reload with a prolonged cooldown. When complete, they will revert to the Idle state, resetting their vision cone/circle.
The speed at which bandits can track their target with their weapons varies based on the bandit's tier and what weapon type they are using, with Elite Bandits having a multiplier that increases all tracking speeds slightly. In addition, bandits using high-precision weapons track their target faster than ones using a crowd control weapon.
Bandits and zombies typically do not interact with one another: bandits will not actively attack zombies and vice-versa. The sole exception to this are zombies with vomit attacks; they will actively target bandits as well as players, whoever is closer.
A bandit will occasionally change positions, but at random intervals. Their movement is limited to a certain range based on their initial spawn location. They will not move beyond that range regardless of their target's location or their behavioral state.
A bandit's movement behavior is also determined by the type of weapon they have equipped:
- Idle (All Types): The bandit will move to a random position.
- Rifles and Explosives: The bandit will tend to move away from their target and engage at longer distances.
- Pistols: The bandit will attempt to stay at a medium distance from their target.
- Machine Guns: The bandit will tend to move closer to their target.
Overall, bandits have very basic rules that affect their movement.
Typically, they will remain in their original location, allowing the player to move behind vehicles, buildings, or other obstacles for cover and from there, attack with relative ease. They will never deliberately move around obstacles to flank players or dodge zombies, but they do have a limited ability to detect when a player is using circling tactics and move in response.
To hamper leeching, a kill participation is implemented, in which the player must deal damage to the bandit to be eligible for loot. This is represented by a small bar to the right of the bandit's HP bar, which goes in 3 stages:
- Red: The bandit will not drop loot when defeated.
- Yellow: Achieved by dealing 2% of the bandit's total HP. The bandit will drop loot when defeated, but not if you are in AFK mode.
- Dealing a large amount of damage will automatically set all alive bandits to yellow status, even if you have not attacked them.
- Green: Achieved by dealing 5% of the bandit's total HP. The bandit will drop loot when defeated, even if you are in AFK mode.
- This degrades over the course of 1 minute back to yellow status (represented with a white timer beneath the HP bar), but can be reset with additional attacks.
Upon death, the corpses of bandits can be looted for a weapon or armor like regular bosses.