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If I drive some cars to a bridge and park them all next to each other, will they provide a road block for wandering zombies and hordes?

I want to create some roadblocks so I can use my outposts in other locations, but I want to feel safe when doing so.
So I don't want the vehicle to despawn after a while or get destroyed or pushed aside by the zombies, or that they climb over it.

I also don't want zombies to stack up at that location, preventing me from ever using that passage because a super horde has amassed at that location.

So the specific answers I am looking for:

  • Is there a chance that they will despawn after a while?

  • Will zombies push it aside/destroy it/climb over it?

  • Will the zombies "stack up" at that location because their progress is blocked?

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  • I never tried that. But I haven't heard anything about that being a valid game mechanic either.
    – CyberSkull
    Feb 6, 2017 at 13:13
  • @CyberSkull I only got the game a week ago, so i'm pretty new to it. I couldn't find anything about it online either if it would work or not, so I figured i would ask here.
    – Vahx
    Feb 6, 2017 at 14:24
  • My only thought is that a horde might just attack the cars.
    – CyberSkull
    Feb 6, 2017 at 14:25
  • What cyberskull said, never tried it but I would think that that would happen.
    – Wouter
    Feb 6, 2017 at 15:34

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Using cars as roadblocks seems like a great idea, but it's actually a very really very very bad idea....

As some things have been pointed out by DCShannon

  • Roadblocks outside safe zones will still have hordes spawning on the wrong zone's side of the roadblock and close to your home/outposts.
  • Hordes are destroyed when entering a safe zone, so zones are better then roadblocks

As per my own observations

  • Cars do not block passive Hordes!

    Each horde seems to have a main zombie that carries the horde icon on your map and when surveying. When the whole horde is blocked, the main zombie will speedrun an alternative route if close enough to bypass the blockade. In my case he just jumped in the river and then climbed back up to emerge on the otherside of the bridge. Then the rest of the horde will be teleported past the blockade to where the main zombie is, and they continue their late night walk. Saw this happen with 2 hordes in a row.

  • Cars do block aggroed hordes! But I don't advise to use this, as a player you cannot jump over cars or on top of them, so you have to be on the correct side of the blockade to have a good use for it. Blockades also hinder you from escaping and hordes usually attract some extra zombies from the area.

  • Single passive wandering zombies are blocked by a blockade, but they just wander around a bit and get somewhere else

To answer my 3 specific question about this:

  • Is there a chance that they will despawn after a while?
  • No, vehicles do not seem to despawn.

  • Will zombies push it aside/destroy it/climb over it?
  • No, even worse, they teleport through it. the game has a mechanic that prevents you from blocking off roads for hordes.
  • Will the zombies "stack up" at that location because their progress
    is blocked?
  • Only if you aggro zombies, they will try to reach u and get stuck at the cars. Not advised though.

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  • Nearly lost a Jacob to discover this and took me quite some effort to clear the blockade again, only to escape and head for "The Law" where i think i fought off 3 hordes worth of zombies with the local npc's
    – Vahx
    Feb 8, 2017 at 20:56
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I've played through this game many times, have all the achievements, and have played Breakdown up to level 19.

I've never actually tried what you're suggesting. It's never been needed, and I don't think it would work very well anyway.

It sounds like you want to block off the roads and move your outposts elsewhere, in order to keep your base safe. If you move the outposts, then you lose the safe zone. If the roadblock is outside of a safe zone, then zombies can just spawn inside the roadbloack, defeating the whole point. If it's inside a safe zone, then you don't need it, because your outpost will just destroy the hordes anyway (assuming you set traps, which you should always do).

Ignoring those issues, yes the cars should block zombies from walking across the bridge. But, again, that doesn't matter because either you're in a safe zone already, or you're not and they can just spawn on the wrong side. Additionally, the zombies will probably just find a way around. Vahx tested this, and found that once one of the zombies makes it past, the rest of the horde just teleports to them.

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  • +1 for pointing out some things, but cars only stop lone wandering zombies, Hordes actually just pass through it. I will post a small answer about it myself.
    – Vahx
    Feb 8, 2017 at 20:37

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