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Out of desperation, citizens during a zombie apocalypse often need to resort to one incredibly effective (yet dangerous) tactic: meat shields. Introduced in Season 6, the Watchmen is a job any citizen can choose to take up (in addition to their profession), be it Small hero.gifSmall hero.gifHero Hero or Item basic suit.gifItem basic suit.gifResident Resident.

Uses

  • Any Small human.gifSmall human.gifCitizen Citizen can join the R guard.gifR guard.gifWatchmen Watchmen by selecting to join at the Watchmen tab in town. They will stay on guard as a watchman for Small fight.gifSmall fight.gifThe Attack The Attack that night, and block off any zombies that get past the town's defense from the remaining citizens.
    • You earn R guard.gifR guard.gifWatchman Watchman distinction if you stand watch during that night.
    • After Small fight.gifSmall fight.gifThe Attack The Attack, they will be relieved of their watchman duty. They need to sign up again if they want to join watch again. There are no limits on signing up.
  • The number of zombies you can block off is equal to your personal defence.
    • The defence provided by the watchman still counts even if they die on watch. There was a bug which the defence of one random living watchmen will be ignored for 1 death on watch. It is fixed in mid-Season 8.
    • In Season 9 First Patch, dead watchman is said to block off all zombies except 1. That single zombie will intrude into the town and attack the citizens' homes. However it is bugged and is not working, i.e. no overflow actually occurs.
  • In Season 10 The watch chance for guardians was nerfed slightly to give value to the 'pro-watch' heroic "feat".
  • Item shield.gifItem shield.gifGuardian Guardian has a base 99% survival chance while other watchmen 95%. There is also 10% chance of Status wound.gifStatus wound.gifWounded Wound or Status terror.gifStatus terror.gifTerrorised Terrorisation.
    • The chances of survival for watchman are always personal. Initially it indicates the percentage of your survival chance when you mouseover the Small human.gif icon but the percentage is no longer visible now.
    • Your personal defence no longer affects your chances of survival.
  • Any class besides Item shield.gifItem shield.gifGuardian Guardian that is a Small ghoul.gifSmall ghoul.gifGhoul Ghoul will have 100% survival chance without going over.
  • Certain items placed in their Item bag.gifItem bag.gifInventory Inventory, Status tired.gifStatus tired.gifStatus Effects Status Effects or Small human.gifSmall human.gifProfessional tools Professional tools of Small hero.gifSmall hero.gifHero Heroes will affect the survival chances and the number of zombies a watchman can block off, both positively and negatively.
  • If someone dies on watch, all items in their rucksack are lost forever, which is unlike the case when someone dies in their home. In this case all items from rucksack will be all dropped into their chest, ignoring the slot limit of their chest.
  • In Season 9 First Patch, everyone faces the same risk of being attacked (but the number of zombies attacking at them is random and can vary a lot) if there is an overflow and they cannot cover the attack. In the past watchmen passed after the non-watchmen.
  • R guard.gifR guard.gifWatchmen Watchmen survival chance drops by 10% after staying on watch for a night and 5% is regained while resting for a day.
  • The Injury Chance on watch is 5% higher than the death chance. Except in hardcore, where the Injury chance is 20% higher.
    • If your chance of death is 6%, then your chance of injury is 11% or in hardcore: 26%.

Zombies Blocked and Safety

The following items and statuses influences the effectiveness and safety of citizens on watch:

Professional tools

Name Defense Safety
Item shield.gifItem shield.gifRiot Shield Riot Shield (Guardian) 30 4
Item tamed pet.gifItem tamed pet.gifThree-legged Labradoodle Three-legged Labradoodle (Tamer) 20 0
Item shaman.gifItem shaman.gifVoodoo Mask Voodoo Mask (Shaman) 0 0
Item keymol.gifItem keymol.gifHandyman's Toolbelt Handyman's Toolbelt (Technician) 0 0
R jermit.gifR jermit.gifSurvival Guide Survival Guide (Survivalist) 0 0
Item pelle.gifItem pelle.gifSmall Spade Small Spade (Scavenger) 0 0
Item vest on.gifItem vest on.gifCamouflage Vest Camouflage Vest (Scout) 0 0
Item basic suit.gifItem basic suit.gifTown Uniform Town Uniform (Resident) 0 0
Item basic suit dirt.gifItem basic suit dirt.gifDirty Uniform Dirty Uniform (Resident) 0 0

Statuses

Note: The effect stacks up.

Name Defense Safety
Status clean.gifStatus clean.gifClean Clean 0 0
Status drugged.gifStatus drugged.gifDrugged Drugged 10 0
Status addict.gifStatus addict.gifHooked! Hooked! 15 -10
Status drunk.gifStatus drunk.gifDrunk Drunk 20 4
Status hung over.gifStatus hung over.gifHungover Hungover -15 -5
Status tired.gifStatus tired.gifExhausted Exhausted 0 0
Status hasEaten.gifStatus hasEaten.gifFed Fed 0 0
Status hasDrunk.gifStatus hasDrunk.gifRefreshed Refreshed 0 0
Status thirst.gifStatus thirst.gifThirsty Thirsty 0 0
Status dehyd.gifStatus dehyd.gifDehydrated Dehydrated! -10 0
Status wound.gifStatus wound.gifWounded Wounded -20 -20
Status infect.gifStatus infect.gifInfected Infected -15 -20
Status healed.gifStatus healed.gifHealed Healed -10 -10
Status terror.gifStatus terror.gifTerrorised Terrorised -30 -45
Small ghoul.gifSmall ghoul.gifGhoul Ghoul 0 5

Heavy Items

You can only bring one Small heavy.gifSmall heavy.gifHeavy object Heavy object on watch.

Note: If an item is Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken..., it will not increase the number of zombies pulverized.

Name Defense Safety Becomes
Item machine 3.gifItem machine 3.gifBeer Fridge Beer Fridge 19 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item pet pig.gifItem pet pig.gifStinking Pig Stinking Pig 20 0 Item undef.gifItem undef.gifUnspecified Meat Unspecified Meat *1!
Item carpet.gifItem carpet.gifPersian Rug Persian Rug 6 0 Disappears
Item chest tools.gifItem chest tools.gifToolbox Toolbox 4 0  ???
Item chest.gifItem chest.gifChest Chest 8 0  ???
Item bureau.gifItem bureau.gifHastily-built desk Hastily-built desk 23 0 Disappears
Item home box xl.gifItem home box xl.gifIron Chest Iron Chest 8 0 Disappears
Item chair basic.gifItem chair basic.gifEktorp-Gluten Chair Ektorp-Gluten Chair 8 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item door.gifItem door.gifOld Door Old Door 10 0 Disappears
Item car door.gifItem car door.gifCar Door Car Door 23 0 Disappears
Item bed.gifItem bed.gifMattress Mattress 25 0 Disappears
Item deco box.gifItem deco box.gifFlatpacked Furniture Flatpacked Furniture 8 0 Disappears
Item lawn.gifItem lawn.gifLawnmower Lawnmower 15 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item table.gifItem table.gifJärpen Table Järpen Table 15 0 Disappears
Item machine 1.gifItem machine 1.gifOld Washing Machine Old Washing Machine 19 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item trestle.gifItem trestle.gifTrestle Trestle 4 0 Disappears
Item pc.gifItem pc.gifPC Base Unit PC Base Unit 11 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item machine 2.gifItem machine 2.gifCarcinogenic Oven Carcinogenic Oven 15 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item chainsaw.gifItem chainsaw.gifChainsaw (loaded) Chainsaw (loaded) 30 0 Item chainsaw empty.gifItem chainsaw empty.gifChainsaw (incomplete) Chainsaw (incomplete)
Item engine.gifItem engine.gifEngine Engine 30 0 Disappears
Item cart.gifItem cart.gifShopping Trolley Shopping Trolley 20 0 Disappears
Item chair.gifItem chair.gifRocking Chair Rocking Chair 15 0 Disappears
Item water can 3.gifItem water can 3.gifWater Cooler Bottle (3 rations) Water Cooler Bottle (3 rations) (1, 2, or 3 rations) 20 0 Item water can empty.gifItem water can empty.gifWater Cooler Bottle (empty) Water Cooler Bottle (empty)
Item renne.gifItem renne.gifSanta's reindeer Santa's reindeer 30 0 Disappears
Item kalach.gifItem kalach.gifKalashni-Splash Kalashni-Splash 11 0 Disappears
Item pet snake.gifItem pet snake.gifHuge Snake (Ophiophagus trouser) Huge Snake (Ophiophagus trouser) 15 0 Item meat.gifItem meat.gifTasty-looking Steak Tasty-looking Steak *1!

Non-heavy Items

Note if an item is Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken... it will not increase the number of zombies blocked off.

Name Defense Safety Becomes
Item watergun opt 5.gifItem watergun opt 5.gifAqua-Splash (5 shots) Aqua-Splash (5 shots) (1 to 5 shots) 8 0 Item watergun opt empty.gifItem watergun opt empty.gifAqua-Splash (empty) Aqua-Splash (empty)
Item torch.gifItem torch.gifTorch Torch 15 0 Item torch off.gifItem torch off.gifBurnt out Torch Burnt out TorchSmall broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item torch off.gifItem torch off.gifBurnt out Torch Burnt out Torch 4 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item chain.gifItem chain.gifRusty Chain Rusty Chain 8 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item home box.gifItem home box.gifBoxes Boxes 4 0 Disappears
Item lamp.gifItem lamp.gifBedside Lamp (off) Bedside Lamp (off) 4 0 Disappears
Item lamp on.gifItem lamp on.gifBedside Lamp (on) Bedside Lamp (on) 10 0  ???
Item vibr.gifItem vibr.gifPocket Vibrator (charged) Pocket Vibrator (charged) -4 0 Item vibr empty.gifItem vibr empty.gifPocket Vibrator (incomplete) Pocket Vibrator (incomplete)
Item sheet.gifItem sheet.gifGroundsheet Groundsheet 10 0 Disappears
Item small knife.gifItem small knife.gifPathetic Penknife Pathetic Penknife 5 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item wrench.gifItem wrench.gifAdjustable Spanner Adjustable Spanner 2 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item iphone.gifItem iphone.gifMobile Phone Mobile Phone 8 0 Destroyed. Leave behind:

Item deto.gifItem deto.gifCompact Detonator Compact Detonator (~5%), or
Item pile broken.gifItem pile broken.gifCrushed Battery Crushed Battery (~16%), or
Item electro.gifItem electro.gifElectronic component Electronic component (~21%), or
Item metal bad.gifItem metal bad.gifScrap Metal Scrap Metal (~58%) (Last update: 4 Nov 2013)

Item can opener.gifItem can opener.gifCan Opener Can Opener 4 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item dish tasty.gifItem dish tasty.gifTasty Homemade Dish Tasty Homemade Dish 6 0 Disappears
Item dish.gifItem dish.gifDodgy Homemade Dish Dodgy Homemade Dish 4 0 Disappears
Item can open.gifItem can open.gifOpen Can Open Can 2 0 Disappears
Item grenade.gifItem grenade.gifWater Bomb Water Bomb 8 0 Disappears
Item bgrenade.gifItem bgrenade.gifExploding Water Bomb Exploding Water Bomb 20 0 Disappears
Item bone.gifItem bone.gifBroken Human Bone Broken Human Bone 10 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item hmeat.gifItem hmeat.gifHuman Flesh Human Flesh 20 0 Disappears
Item meat.gifItem meat.gifTasty-looking Steak Tasty-looking Steak 4 0 Disappears
Item undef.gifItem undef.gifUnspecified Meat Unspecified Meat 2 0 Disappears
Item bone meat.gifItem bone meat.gifMeaty Bone Meaty Bone 10 0 Disappears
Item cutcut.gifItem cutcut.gifMachete Machete 5 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item screw.gifItem screw.gifScrewdriver Screwdriver 5 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item pilegun up.gifItem pilegun up.gifBattery Launcher Mk. II (loaded) Battery Launcher Mk. II (loaded) 11 0 Item pilegun up empty.gifItem pilegun up empty.gifBattery Launcher Mk. II (empty) Battery Launcher Mk. II (empty)
Item pilegun.gifItem pilegun.gifBattery Launcher 1-ITF (loaded) Battery Launcher 1-ITF (loaded) 10 0 Item pilegun empty.gifItem pilegun empty.gifBattery Launcher 1-ITF (empty) Battery Launcher 1-ITF (empty)
Item radio on.gifItem radio on.gifRadio Cassette Player Radio Cassette Player -8 0 Item radio off.gifItem radio off.gifRadio Cassette Player (no battery) Radio Cassette Player (no battery)
Item music.gifItem music.gifMini HiFi (on) Mini HiFi (on) -15 0 Item music part.gifItem music part.gifMini HI-Fi (Broken) Mini HI-Fi (Broken)
Item cutter.gifItem cutter.gifBox Cutter Box Cutter 10 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item staff.gifItem staff.gifStaff Staff 4 0 Item staff2.gifItem staff2.gifBroken Staff Broken staff
Item knife.gifItem knife.gifSerrated Knife Serrated Knife 10 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item taser.gifItem taser.gifTaser Taser 5 0 Item taser empty.gifItem taser empty.gifTaser (incomplete) Taser (incomplete)
Item big pgun.gifItem big pgun.gifDevastator (loaded) Devastator (loaded) 10 0 Item big pgun empty.gifItem big pgun empty.gifDevastator (empty) Devastator (empty)
Item watergun 3.gifItem watergun 3.gifWater Pistol (3 shots) Water Pistol (3 shots) (1, 2 or 3 shots) 8 0 Item watergun empty.gifItem watergun empty.gifWater Pistol (empty) Water Pistol (empty)
Item swiss knife.gifItem swiss knife.gifSwiss Army Knife Swiss Army Knife 10 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item mixergun.gifItem mixergun.gifElectric Whisk (charged) Electric Whisk (charged) 9 0 Item mixergun empty.gifItem mixergun empty.gifElectric Whisk (incomplete) Electric Whisk (incomplete)
Item rlaunc.gifItem rlaunc.gifStake Launcher Stake Launcher 8 0 Disappears
Item distri.gifItem distri.gifEmpty Vending Machine Empty Vending Machine 30 0 Disappears
Item boomfruit.gifItem boomfruit.gifExploding Grapefruit Exploding Grapefruit 8 0 Disappears
Item flare.gifItem flare.gifSpy Rocket Spy Rocket -10 0 Disappears
Item pet chick.gifItem pet chick.gifChicken Chicken 8 0 Item undef.gifItem undef.gifUnspecified Meat Unspecified Meat *1 !
Item pet rat.gifItem pet rat.gifGiant Rat Giant Rat 4 0 Item undef.gifItem undef.gifUnspecified Meat Unspecified Meat *1 !
Item pet cat.gifItem pet cat.gifFat Cat Fat Cat 8 0 Item meat.gifItem meat.gifTasty-looking Steak Tasty-looking Steak *1 !
Item guitar.gifItem guitar.gifMakeshift Guitar Makeshift Guitar 19 0 Small broken.gifSmall broken.gifBroken Broken...
Item claymo.gifItem claymo.gifClaymore Mine Claymore Mine 34 0 Disappears
Item chkspk.gifItem chkspk.gifPsychadelic Spiritual Counsel Psychadelic Spiritual Counsel 20 * N 0 Disappears

N = every citizen on watch.
Effect does not stack so you need one only that night.

Item badge.gifItem badge.gifANZAC Badge ANZAC Badge (removed) 40 0 Disappears
Item paques.gifItem paques.gifEaster Egg Easter Egg (removed) 60 0 Disappears

Notes

  • If the watchman dies on watch, it will be reported as such in the Gazette:
    [Watchman's name] was devoured by X zombie(s)!
    where X is "number of zombies" (which pass through the gate) divide by "number of watchmen" that night
  • If a small enough number of zombies make it through the defenses, it is possible for a dead Watchman to be reported as such in the Gazette:
    [Watchman's name] was devoured by 0 zombie(s)!
  • Later on someone reported they see this kind of death too [1].
    [Watchman's name] tragically fell off the top of the wall.
    • It is said it is to replace the "devoured by 0 zombie(s)" message which the developer wants to avoid.
    • But for the person who saw this message, the situation was 2 watchmen fighting with 3 zombies (3/2 = 1.5) so the above assertion may be incorrect.
  • If the basic defence of the town is already over the number of zombies (i.e. all zombies can be blocked without the need of watchmen), it will be reported as such in the Gazette:
    Last night's watchmen showed incredible courage, it's just a shame the zombies were clearly busy doing something else!
    • Watchmen will not face any risk of death, wound or infection but CANNOT earn the watchman distinction in this situation.
  • Added in Season 9 First Patch. The log in the Gazette indicates which citizens were on watch that night.
    Last night, these watchmen showed incredible courage, but it was not enough to stay alive: X,Y,Z
    where X/Y/Z is the name of the citizen.
    Most likely a translation error, the message misleads the players into thinking that the names on the list were dead on watch. In fact it simply indicates who stood watch that night.

Changes

Changes in each season:

  • In Season 6:
    • The R guard.gifR guard.gifWatchmen Watchmen was introduced.
  • In Season 7:
  • In Season 8:
  • Further changes in Season 8:
    • This bug has been fixed: the defence of one random living watchmen will be ignored for 1 death on watch.
    • Base survival chance is no longer visible. Guardians appear to have 100% survival chance.
    • Survival chances decrease with consecutive watches. Guardians have a chance to die on watch on the third watch in a row.
    • Item chkspk.gifItem chkspk.gifPsychadelic Spiritual Counsel Psychadelic Spiritual Counsel was added. If a watchman holds it while on watch, every watchman gets 20 watchmen points. Disappears after use.
    • There is a bug where items which should be broken (e.g. Item guitar.gifItem guitar.gifMakeshift Guitar Makeshift Guitar, Item machine 1.gifItem machine 1.gifOld Washing Machine Old Washing Machine) disappear on watch sometimes. It is later fixed.
  • In Season 9:
    • Watchmen system has been altered to favour construction more than defensive structures. The attack curve has also been modified and is less steep now.
    • Chance of dying increases greatly each time you go on watch consecutively. The exact penalty is unknown.
    • Citizen who dies on watch no longer blocks all zombies. The number of zombies they block is random and can be anywhere between 1 and max. Zombies which do not block will intrude into the town and attack citizens' house. The death of watchmen can be fatal to the town.
    • The new adjustments are not welcomed by the community and attracts heavy criticisms. For example, they complain an unwanted citizen who signed up on watch can jeopardize the town.
    • The new watchmen system is proved to be buggy. No overflow will happen if at least one watchman stands on watch and all survive, even if the numbers they block cannot cover the attack.
    • The same bug about watchmen items re-occurs. Items which should be broken disappear on watch sometimes.
  • Further changes in Season 9 (April 4, 2014):
    • The developers patch and simplify the watchmen system. See the Patch Notes for details.
    • Everyone faces the same risk of being attacked (but the number of zombies attacking at them is random and can vary a lot) if there is an overflow and they cannot cover the attack. In the past watchmen passed after the non-watchmen.
    • The bugs of watchmen items which should be broken disappear on watch sometimes is fixed again.
    • A new log is added in the Gazette. It indicates which citizens were on watch that night.
    • Dead watchman is said to block off all zombies except 1. That single zombie will intrude into the town and attack the citizens' homes. However it is bugged and is not working, i.e. no overflow actually occurs.
  • In Season 12: Ghoul defense lowered from 20 to 0.

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