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- "Grabbin' a bread slicer."
It is similar to a Katana or Machete, but with higher speed. This weapon can spawn in any campaign, although it is rare to find more than two in a given campaign. Despite the Combat Knife's smaller size, its reach or range matches that of any other melee weapon.
Melee Mechanics[edit | edit source]
Melee weapons replace Pistols in the secondary weapon slot. Unlike Pistols, close combat weapons never need to be reloaded and cannot run out of ammo (excluding the Chainsaw). They have two main drawbacks: a limited reach and (with a few exceptions) relatively long cooldown periods. Close combat weapons cause minimal friendly fire damage to the Survivors, even on Advanced and Expert difficulty levels (the Chainsaw is an exception).
These weapons are extremely effective. All melee weapons, on all difficulties, kill Common Infected and most Special Infected in one hit, aside from the Charger (which takes two—but see point below), the Witch (which takes four), and the Tank (which takes twenty, excluding the Chainsaw). Due to their death effects, it is generally advised to melee neither the Boomer (unless there is no choice) nor the Spitter (unless it is possible to move away immediately from the resulting acid splash).
The melee weapons appear to do more damage if an Infected's head or upper body is targeted. With the correct timing it is possible to kill a Charger with one hit while it is charging, allowing a Survivor to "level" a charge without first dealing damage to the Charger and to gain the achievement "Level a Charge".
The Combat Knife is classified as a slashing weapon. As such, hits from this weapon will sever limbs and splatter blood.
Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]
Pros[edit | edit source]
- Fast swings.
- Can be found in all campaigns.
- Can cut a Smoker's tongue.
Cons[edit | edit source]
- Short reach.
- Slightly slow attack intervals.
- Attacks may obscure user's vision.
- Not recommended for killing Boomers due to bile showering attacker and any nearby Survivors.
Achievements[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Achievements
|CONFEDERACY OF CRUNCHES||(30G)|
|Finish a campaign using only melee weapons.|
|Kill a Tank with melee weapons.|
|BEAT THE RUSH||(15G)|
|In a Survival round, get a medal only using melee weapons.|
|LEVEL A CHARGE||(15G)|
|Kill a Charger with a melee weapon while they are charging.|
PC exclusive[edit | edit source]
|With a sharp melee weapon, cut a Smoker's tongue before he ensnares you.|
|Kill a Witch using only a sharp melee weapon, without anyone getting incapacitated or killed.|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The Combat Knife is based on that found in Counter-Strike, the Knife, which is itself based on the real life Bad Land Bowie by Mick Strider.
- The Knife does spawn in the demo of the Xbox 360 version of the game, and functions as normal.
- As of The Last Stand Community Update, the Combat Knife's swing speed was heavily reduced, now being on par with most other melee weapons. Previously it was one of the fastest melee weapons in the German versions of Left 4 Dead 2, along with the Nightstick.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
|Left 4 Dead|
|Tier 1||Pump Shotgun / Submachine Gun|
|Tier 2||Assault Rifle / Auto Shotgun / Hunting Rifle|
|Melee Weapons|| Axe / Baseball Bat / Chainsaw /|
Cricket Bat / Crowbar / Frying Pan /
Golf Club / Guitar / Katana /
Machete / Nightstick
|New Melee||Shovel / Pitchfork|
|Grenades||Molotov Cocktail / Pipe Bomb / Bile Bomb|
|Upgrades|| Explosive Ammunition / Incendiary Ammunition /|
|Other Weapons|| Minigun / Heavy Machine Gun / |
Gas Can / Oxygen Tank / Propane Tank /
Fireworks / Explosive Barrel / Cola /
|Counter-Strike Weapons||Combat Knife / H&K MP5 / SIG SG 552 / Steyr Scout / Accuracy International AWSM|