Best Weapons to Have In a Zombie Apocalypse

The Top Ten
1 Shotgun

This is a weapon proven in many events and scenarios. Being robust, reliable, simple, and common to come by, this weapon has been around for more than a century. It's so prevalent that you might find it at your grandparents' house, just laying around in a cabinet.

Shells are no problem, given that they're common around the world, and if you can't find any, you can just make makeshift ones. Criminals and poachers have used these when ammo is limited, and they are just as effective as the real deal. If it can kill a deer, it can kill a zombie.

Just make sure to take account of the sound when you shoot. It's loud, so it'll draw in some zombies, a horde of them even.

2 Katana

Great weapon for slicing off limbs and heads. Just hope it's not a Decoration Weapon, instead of the real deal. Decorations don't carry an edge, and they're hard to keep sharp. But even with the real deal, you have to keep it sharp and baby that edge, else you could break the entire blade. It can get stuck in a zombie, much like any blade.

Shotgun ammo runs out. Do you know how to make gunpowder and cast the brass of a shotgun shell? Nope. Do you have arms? Yeah? Well, then the Katana is a much better choice. No ammo is required. You can create a makeshift one with a grinding wheel and a plank of metal. It's fast, light, has a longer reach than an arm, and can cut through a neck or skull, especially when decomposed.

Someone wrote that you need to completely dice the brain into bits, which is foolish. If the head is removed, you could carry that head around by the ear for a decade, and as long as you don't hold it against your flesh, you're fine.

Katana, hands down, all day. Except for a Brush Axe, aka, ditch bank blade. That may be even better. Think of a Naginata/ax made of tool-grade material.

3 Chainsaw

I watched MythBusters. Axe vs. Gun vs. Chainsaw. The chainsaw killed all 190 out of 190 zombies. True story.

It's useful for killing zombies very quickly, but it makes a lot of noise.

It would be terrible if the zombies had one of these.

4 Spiked Baseball Bat

Spikes or no, this will do the job for you all day, every day. Durable, easy to wield, it'll break skulls and never run out of ammo. You could vote for a katana, but we need to vote with accessibility in mind. You will never find a real katana in a zombie apocalypse.

It is a baseball bat. The spikes will shred the zombies while the bat will decapitate them.

It is the best, I think. You have infinite ammo and no fear of losing arrows.

5 Axe

Any blade can get stuck in a zombie if you swing it hard enough, but at least this one can double as a tool. Still, you have to take care of that edge, but it's got weight behind the swing to help deprive zombies of their extremities.

The axe is like a katana, but is easier balanced, more powerful, and simpler to use. It's a classic apocalyptic weapon used for more than killing zombies, in ways ranging from hacking down doors to amputation.

The force and weight supplied by an axe swung onto a human head is enough to either mash it or split it right down the middle. Overall, it's not just a good weapon, it should be one of the best.

6 Bow and Arrow

The simplest things are the best things you can get, and what can be simpler than a bow and arrow? Quiet, ranged, and easy to craft. You just need the training or find yourself a Compound Bow.

Just as good as a crossbow, but even better. The reload is faster, especially if you've had practice. The only thing is it relies on the user's strength to fire it, and that could tire a person out. Also, the same problem as the crossbow: the supply of arrows could be a problem.

It's easier to use, in my opinion, than any type of gun. The bow and arrow can both be deadly weapons if combined and used properly. While guns have more power, the bow and arrow can be upgraded. For example, the arrows can be sharpened, made longer, or have poison applied. If you did all those things, there is no chance of a zombie surviving.

7 Assault Rifle

Guns are about the best weapons. Those of you who voted for a flamethrower have probably never used one. Feels like someone opened a damn oven in front of your face.

Accurate, although there is an issue with reliability. If you are worried about reliability, use an M4 Carbine or an HK416.

These are good for taking out hordes. They are more mobile than machine guns.

8 Baseball Bat

Wood flexes, so it might last a little longer than a metal baseball bat, which will dent over time. But you'll have to worry about the wood splintering off eventually or even breaking. And you certainly don't want to put spikes on it. One good swing into a zombie, and the spikes will get stuck - then you're out a weapon.

Much more practical than a gun. Guns make a lot of noise, require ammunition, practice, maintenance, and can overheat. With a simple item such as a baseball bat, it requires no practice. Just whack the zombie over the head. They make less noise and are more reliable.

Bats are easier to find as well. Get one made of strong, light metal as wood will wear and crack, and may give you splinters.

9 Crossbow

Silent and deadly. It's a little slow to reload, but if you're picking them off at a distance, that shouldn't be a problem. Doesn't rely as much on the strength of the user's arm to fire - just to reload it. A supply of arrows could be a problem, however.

These are silent but deadly. They have more range and attachments than bows.

Better than a bow and arrow because it is easier to use. The bow and arrow is very hard.

10 Pistol

Simple weapon, incredibly easy to get ammo for. Still a loud weapon, even if it's not as loud as a shotgun or assault rifle. Improvised silencers or suppressors don't last long, and you can't buy one either. Also, hope you know how to clean a gun properly, else it could build up gunpowder and misfire or jam.

Although it has less ammo and smaller bullets than the average gun, it's easy to carry, can be held in your pocket, and is more accurate when shooting, as it doesn't spray all over the place.

If you're knocked down, you could grab this lightweight gun and blast a few zombies away. Their rounds are common.

The Contenders
11 RPG

Great for large-scale zombie killing.

12 Hammer
13 A Nuke
14 Machete

Compact, easy to take care of, multi-use tool. You have to take care of the edge, and the blade could get stuck in a zombie if swung hard enough, but it's a great tool.

A long blade, lighter in weight, easy to carry, more common. Many weapons are great, but you can actually get this one and it can be extremely useful.

Think about it. A baseball bat, but with a blade instead of an aluminum bludgeon. Also, shotguns should be taken off the list, and a lot of other stuff, too. See Seven Zombie Weapons Which Would Get You Killed.

15 Throwing Knives

You don't have to buy ammo for them. You can learn to use them fairly quickly. If I had to choose, I'd say throwing knives and a bow.

16 A Tank

Do I have to explain? It is really heavy-duty and really protected. Also, it has huge tracks to run zombies over.

17 A Metal Baseball Bat

A little more durable than the wooden baseball bat. You don't want spikes on it because the zombies could get stuck, and then you're out a weapon.

A metal baseball bat is easy to find, doesn't require much skill to use, and is usually pretty lightweight.

A wooden one would also work, but there's a risk of it breaking, and it's typically heavier than a metal one. If you're strong enough and have more than one ready, then opt for a wooden one for more oomph.

Because it is better than a wooden one and it will not break.

18 Minigun
19 Drill

Yeah, so you can drill through the zombies' flesh.

20 A Grenade

If you've got a crowd and a place to hide from the shrapnel, it's a great weapon. It's really loud, however, which might deafen you in closed spaces, and may not kill all the zombies - it might even cause them to be dismembered and become an ankle hazard. Used sparingly and in the right situations, it's a great tool.

Think of it as an explosive baseball. You can throw it really far if you're skilled.

21 Flamethrower
22 Molotov Cocktail

Easy to make, very deadly in close quarters. Try not to burn yourself in the process.

23 Machine Gun

I vote for the machine gun. It's lightweight, easy to get, requires no practice (just spray them with bullets), efficient, has less recoil, and there's tons of ammo everywhere. Now, I know that some of you think katanas are more useful at killing zombies. But a zombie's grip is powerful, and they will steal it from you eventually. So there. Oh, and the machine gun looks kind of cool.

Light machine guns are juggernaut style. No zombies stop the juggernaut.

24 Frying Pan

Frying pans are everywhere. Every house, shopping mall, etc. They are probably as useful as a baseball bat except for range. A pan is also strong and, with enough force, you can probably blow a zombie's brain out.

Plus, look at Rapunzel.

25 Maxwell's Notebook

Yeah, just make a giant flaming shotgun held by a kraken with it.

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