Want to use guns? Try this Veteran build in Project Zomboid. Start with +2 Aiming and Desensitized trait, no need to worry about panic. Great for beginners that want to shoot zombies right away.
Negative Traits to Pick
- Very Underweight (+10)
-2 Fitness, but this will get balanced out by the Fit trait. Very Underweight is easy to fix, plenty of high calorie food available.
- High Thirst (+6)
A bottle will make this a non issue.
- Conspicuous (+4)
You’ll be gunning down zombies so no point trying to be stealthy.
- Pacifist (+4)
75% XP of Melee and Aiming skill. This will be offset with the Fast Learner trait.
- Prone to Illness (+4)
Just stay dry and warm.
- Unlucky (+4)
Plenty of loot to go around in single player.
- Weak Stomach (+3)
Just don’t eat rotten food.
- Short Sighted (+2)
Affects foraging radius in search mode. This is basically free.
- Slow Reader (+2)
You may want to switch out Slow Reader if you are on multiplayer.
If you need more points or want to switch a trait out Smoker (+4) is a great alternative.
Positive Traits to Pick
- Strong (-10)
With this build you will start with 9 Strength! Giving you a base carry weight of 18.
- Keen Hearing (-6)
See better behind you.
- Fit (-6)
+2 Fitness. This offsets your Very Underweight trait giving you the default starting Fitness of 5.
- Fast Learner (-6)
130% XP for all skills except Strength and Fitness. This will offset your Pacifist trait.
- Dextrous (-2)
Transfer items faster.
- Speed Demon (-1)
Drive faster. This is the only positive trait for 1 point and its actually quite good.
Customising your character? Check out the best traits to pick.
+2 Aiming, Not Ideal But Good Enough
Along with the exclusive Desensitized trait, the veteran occupation also starts with +2 Aiming and +2 Reloading.
This makes leveling Aiming much easier. Generally it is recommended that you use shotguns until you have +3 Aiming.
However you can get away with leveling with pistols and automatic rifles with just +2 Aiming. It’s not ideal, but it’s good enough.
Want a more shoot ’em up experience in Zomboid? Try Brita’s Weapon Pack Mod.
Prefer melee weapons? Try out a Lumberjack build.