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Witch-deathtoll3-writing

Tips left from survivors on how to avoid or kill the Witch.

Graffiti is found all over the five campaigns of Left 4 Dead, most commonly within the safe rooms. The graffiti is left by other Survivors who had been through the area. This graffiti generally includes messages, tips, and warnings for loved ones, other Survivors, or simple comments, such is the case with the infamous Chicago Ted. Graffiti tells the story of the game, without cutscenes. Some pieces of graffiti seem to be conversing back and forth.

Left 4 Dead[]

No Mercy[]

The Apartments[]

  • S.O.S (painted in white, sprayed at floor near where the survivors start)

In-game

The Subway[]

  • NO CURE (scrawled over a quarantine poster)
  • NONE OF YOU WILL SURVIVE
  • Radio Is Saying Fairfield Has been Quarantined
  • ENTIRE CITY IS GONE – IF YOU CAN READ THIS, LEAVE!!!
  • Keith, Waited 3 days at the meeting spot after we got seperated. I can’t wait anymore. Meet me at Mercy Hospital –Krista
  • SARAH!! Jen is fine meet us at Riverside -Aaron
  • (Evacuation notice with the address of Hewlitt Recreation Center crossed out and 'overrun' written underneath)

In-game

The Sewer[]

  • NOBODY IS GOING TO SAVE US.
  • HEATHER Ignore the plan, airport is quarantined - Meet me at Mom's. -Rick
  • They Can Talk
  • TO HELEN LANE, DAD AND ME LOVE YOU AND WE FEEL ARE ALRITE -Will
  • Andrew Hale, Danny and I love you
  • NOBODY IS COMING TO SAVE US. THEY ARE GOING TO BOMB THE CITY GET OUT
  • (Safety checklist poster with 'NOT AIRBORNE' written beside it, specifically directed at "SECURE THE DOORS AND WINDOWS WITH PLASTIC SHEETING AND DUCT TAPE.")
  • (Evacuation notice with address of the Brigham Jumior High School crossed out, with 'MERCY HOSPITAL' written underneath.)

In-game

The Hospital[]

  • MERCY HOSPITAL IS OVERRUN
  • PETER, waited until Thursday. Couldn't wait any longer went to Riverside with others. I'm so sorry! - Kate
  • John I'm safe I got out and I am traveling with good people. They are immune too we are going to find a super market and fortify it. We will hide until the army comes. I love you. XOXO Sharon [1]
  • Domes - got bit bad and feel O.K. See you at the airport. Katie
  • "I KILLED 63
  • 77
  • 86
  • 104,
  • 109 Bitch's
  • LIES!"

In-game

Rooftop Finale[]

  • “NO ZOMBIE IS SAFE FROM CHICAGO TED”.


It takes at least 4days to change

  • No it doesn't
  • 3 Days


  • 2 1/2 HOURS
  • I saw it happen in 5 min!
  • Move during the day they only come out at night
  • That's vampires moron!!

In-game

Crash Course[]

The Alleys[]

(note- These writings can be found in a normal room, not a safe room)

  • THE ARMY LEFT A HOWITSER BEHIND
  • THERESA (above the image of a cracked heart)
  • Sick Bastards
  • the alleys are safer!
  • No they aren't. 5 of my buddies Died Back here today
  • ANGELS OF DEATH
  • BRENDA JERRY CHRIS Phil SEAN BROCK JASON
  • World coming to an end and they are drawing pictures

Graffiti texture

In-game

The Truck Depot Finale[]

  • Jonathan, you have touched my very being. I shall remember you. You taught all that knew you what courage meant And have shown us an example in death as you did in life. God give me strength in my life without you . And I shall thank her. I can only hope that our souls shall intwine entwine again In the place where there is only love, no tears, no sadness, no injustice, no cruelty, no white, no black, no zombies no hate, no war, only love. Only love, Alison
    • PS IM FAT
  • QQ
  • GO BACK TO POETRY SCOOL!
  • Cool story bro! [3]
  • You should hit a zombie with your thesaurus!
  • Jesus, lady
    • I'm hiding from zombies and reading this was the most terrible thing to happen to me today
  • Alison, / Roses are red Violets are blue / You suck
  • Alison, / Reading your poem ruined heaven / Thanks a lot, / Johnathan's Ghost
  • Gone to church - Susie
  • (Beneath CEDA instructions to leave radios on) Radios make noise! SHITHEADS
  • Karen and I are holed up in recycling plant / Have plenty of food and water / Look for the hollow container / Love you, Jason
    • PS DONT TELL ALISON
  • PETER ARMY'S STILL IN RIVERSIDE WAITING FOR YOU AT THE DEPOT WE FINISHED THE TRUCK HURRY

In-game

Unknown[]

The following are graffiti found on the SDK but it is unknown where they are found in Crash Course. However this graffiti was later used in both versions of the The Sacrifice DLC.

Graffiti 03

Unknown Crash Course graffiti as seen in the SDK.

  • Watch out for these! (drawing of a Tank)
  • I saw it smash Tom with a car!
  • They quarantined this entire area, they won't let us out
  • RAE
    • WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE SAFER HERE

IT'S NOT!!

  • Get out while you can!
  • Marty 09
  • LISA- GEORGE IS NOT DEAD HES WITH US
-EL
  • TRAY THE ZOMBIE KILLA
  • THE DEAD HAVE RISEN
  • They arent undead
  • THEY DIE JUST LIKE YOU WILL
  • Adam- I was hiding in the Bathroom
  • See you in hell jerk!
  • Probably crappin yerself
  • The army pulled out this morning. We're on our own now.
  • COWARDS
  • they were overrun dumbass!

Death Toll[]

The Drains[]

  • October 2ND Johnny killed 12 infected with his bare hands
  • October 4TH Johnny was killed by friendly fire

In-game

The Church[]

  • WHERE IS THE ARMY!
  • All Dead
  • They'r around! They just pulled back.
  • Riverside - Overrun Newburg - Overrun
  • The ARMY'S NOT COMING BACK GET OUT!!!
  • They can't change back Don't take them w/you
  • SAVE YOURSELF!!
  • CLAUDE HUGGINS
  • YOU ARE A COWARD
  • AND YOU LET YOUR CHILDREN DIE
  • Stay Away from the ones that cry I saw one RIP Apart ten people Listen for them and WALK AROUND!!
  • No. sneak up behind Them, and if it doesn't hear you coming it's a sitting duck
  • You go ahead, sneaking works for me.
  • I'm happier now

I CAN KILL ANYBODY I like

  • PHYSCO

[Outside saferoom]
(On a road sign)

  • Riverside
  • POP 3450
  • welcome to Riverside HELL
  • (The names of Survivors and their dates of death are written on the wall outside the safe room)

In-game

The Town[]

  • Don't LET THE INFECTED BITE!
  • better safe than sorry (written 180 times)

[Outside saferoom]

  • "Fight!" (in a drawn heart)


In-game

Boathouse Finale[]

  • WE HAVE SOWN THE SEEDS OF SIN THIS IS OUR PUNISHMINT
  • Are you the pope?
  • Jesus loves you (behind the van)
  • END THIS NOW... BRING OUT THE NUKES
  • we're gonna bomb these things off the face of the earth!
  • THEY DIE- JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE!
  • THE ARMY LEFT US TO DIE
  • SARAH MARSHALL WERE ER October 13 2009
  • RICHARD KAGNIRE 6.47 Oct 15 09 EVACUATION OUTPOST ECHO
  • DAVID BARBER 8am 10/15/09
  • WHERE IS EVAC ECHO?
  • NORTH FOLLOW TRAIN TRACKS
  • IT DOESN'T EXIST YOU PEOPLE ARE WALKING TO YOUR DEATHS.STAY IN RIVERSIDE THE ARMY IS COMING
  • "Never Forget My Angel" (Scratched into the wall, surrounded by several torn pictures beside the exit)

In-game

Dead Air[]

The Greenhouse[]

  • NEED HELP
  • GOD IS DEAD
  • Help! Need food!

In-game

The Crane[]

  • This is our PUNISHMENT
  • It's just dead air
  • Where are the evacs?
  • BOARD UP AND WAIT
    TO DIE
  • They DON'T Eat
  • They DON'T Sleep
  • What keeps them going?
  • I hope they get me in my sleep
  • I hope that's where they get you too
  • BONNIE
  • When you read this, head to the gas station on fifth & platt. I have guns and food I'm going to barricade it and wait this out. TYLER
  • Sorry I couldn't wait

Its already too late

  • Rip Vim & Kathy Timer

(On Exterior of safe room)

  • LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT

In-game

The Construction Site[]

  • the planes are falling out of the sky
  • TREVOR

Were going to the airport anyway NO OTHER CHOICE WE'RE SORRY C AND L

  • Mark & Brianna
    Catch up if you can, i'll keep and eye out for you - KP
  • NOTHING IS COMING BUT A BOMB
  • WHEAR IS THE GOVERNMENT?
    the government has a
    cure and only the
    RICH are getting it
  • GOOD
  • OPEN YOUR EYES
    This virus was a military
    experiment. It was engineered
    in a lab!
    <-- BY ALIENS
  • What if this
was first contact?
  • WHAT IF YOU'RE
AN IDIOT?

In-game

The Terminal[]

  • WE ARE THE REAL MONSTERS'
  • You are a real MORON (Responses to the above statement)
    No, that's the zombies.
    IDIOT
    I think it's them stupid
  • HOPE YOU ARE DEAD NOW
    Moron.
    Have you been outside JACKASS!!
  • (Picture of a mushroom cloud) BOOM
  • GOD IS DEAD (found in various locations around the level)
  • I miss the internet.

In-game

Runway Finale[]

  • |||| |||| |||| |||| |||
  • RIP M.ASHTON 3/??/?? (Most part of the date are faded out, presumed to be 3/10/09)

In-game

Blood Harvest[]

The Tunnel[]

  • HEAD NORTH TO ECHO
  • WE DESERVE THIS!!!
Maybe Maybe you did I didn't do anything
  • Head N
  • Get to Echo
  • for evac
  • to safe zone
  • DO NOT GO!
  • Army swarmed
  • Farm is Q'd
  • Anybody left??
  • The army is dug up north
  • they're still taking immunes
  • it's the only evac for miles
  • FOLLOW THE TRAIN TRACKS
  • Newburg is doing
  • HELICOPTER EVACS
  • TO SAFE ZONE
  • FOLLOW THE TRACKS

In-game

The Bridge[]

  • ECHO

In-game

The Train Station[]

  • KEEP N
  • follow the tracks echo


  • This is Q'd (On a CEDA evacuation notice)

In-game

Farmhouse Finale[]

  • Farm is Q'D
  • Go to Riverside
  • Boats are
  • leaving
  • & zombies
  • CAN'T SWIM!
  • DAVID,
  • We think the farm is overrun,
  • Everyone we meet keeps saying it's gone
  • We're heading North anyway
  • What else can we do?
  • Fingers crossed, see you there,
  • BARBARA
  • I heard cellphones
  • still work in
  • Riverside!!
  • Going on ahead
  • Lost Cori -Bill
  • Try to find help for Cory
  • going run for it in time
  • ECHO IS
  • THE LAST
  • EVAC
  • TO SAFE
  • ZONE


(An Evacuation notice covered by "ALL GONE")

  • CEDA
  • SUCKS
  • Metro Intl Airport
  • Still Evacing!
  • Please wait
  • We'll try to find help.
  • WE'LL COME BACK!
Hank
  • R.I.P JAMES –
  • We love you
  • HOWARD
  • Push north
  • When you get there
  • Head for Echo farm
  • Army is evacing now
  • They can't hold out forever
  • HURRY!
  • TRAVIS
  • Kids Are Fine
  • I LOVE YOU
  • E
  • MARTIN - Went To Find
  • High ground to see if cell
  • would work. When I came back
  • You were gone. Waited as long as I could!
  • Sorry
  • ADAM

In-game

The Last Stand[]

The Lighthouse[]

  • 10/30/09 Derek lead us here. Dead end. Derek's dead now. Asshole. -KL,MN+PS (written in a back room in the lighthouse.)
  • JONATHAN KENSRUE I WILL KILL THEM UNTIL THEY GET ME (written on the left side of the lighthouse on the square platform.)
  • No Escape!-貴子 [5]
  • Leonard and Patricia Koester

We will climb a Mountain of zombies to get out of here WE WILL SURVIVE!!

  • Maddie, if you can read this RUN They followed us here. Only way out was the way we came. Thousands of them now. I LOVE YOU -DEAN
  • LEAVE NOW
They keep coming
NO WAY TO GET BACK
  • Denise Bauman There is no way off once you're here!! If you're reading this I'm sorry

Hold out as long as you can!!

  • My name is Keith Marshall

And I'm going to die here

In-game

The Sacrifice[]

The Docks[]

  • PUSH THE DAMN BUTTON (drawing of mushroom cloud)
  • ATLANTA IS SAFE!!
  • can't take it anymore goodbye
  • Dillan! Heading to Atlanta!! (drawing of heart)
  • I'M CHANGING INTO ONE OF THEM
  • Why is this happening?
  • DONOVAN DAD CAUGHT IT I HAD TO KILL HIM
  • MOLLY H, I CAN'T FIND THE KIDS, I HOPE YOU HAVE THEM. I'M LEAVING WITH THE OTHERS CLAUDE H. [6]
  • Pete was here (drawing of zombie/person getting shot in the head with a gun)
  • CEDA said Atlanta is safe
  • REA WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE SAFER HERE, IT'S NOT!
  • Get out while you can!
  • Marty 09
  • The army pulled out this morning, we're on our own.
    • Cowards (arrow pointing at army graffiti)
    • They were overrun dumbass!

In-game

The Barge[]

Safe House

  • ALLISON MARK HAS A SAILBOAT READY AT THE BRIDGE MEET US THERE
  • (drawings/notes of the map)
  • head 2 atlanta
  • It's in the water
  • Lars, we found Mom. She was sitting in a ditch crying. She killed Dad when he tried to help her. She's one of them now. Kat
  • Lou F. turned into one of the BIG ONES! [7] (possibly a Boomer or a Tank)
  • THE ARMY IS HOLDING OUT IN ATLANTA
  • i heard gunfire to the north today
    • EXPLOSIONS TOO!
  • INFECTED CAN'T SWIM WERE HEADING FOR THE BARGES!
    • There's NO FOOD ON THOSE BARGES
  • 滝… 愛してる。 さようなら。 ("Taki...Aishiteru. Sayonara.")
    • (English translation: "Taki... I love you. Goodbye." Louis is able to translate in-game, apparently interned in Tokyo.)

During level

  • (Tally marks: 54)
  • NONE OF YOU WILL SURVIVE

In-game

Port Finale[]

  • ALLISON- BRIDGE IS DOWN WE ARE SCREWED
  • They ate my cat
  • FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS
  • LISA- GEORGE IS NOT DEAD HE'S WITH US -EL
  • Hey Mol Meet me in town we'll have some fun! Brock
  • (Angels of Death) CLEARIN' THE WAY FOR YOU SORRY EXCUSES FOR SURVIVORS!

(Names: Brenda, Jerry, Chris, Phil, Sean, Brock, Jason, Jaime)

  • Sent 4 over to scout haven't returned.
  • Haven't seen or heard a peep in two days.
  • INFECTED MOVING IN AND OUT OF ALLEY!
  • Still hearing sporadic gunfire
  • There are still INFECTED on the ROOF!
  • GOING FOR THE BRIDGE GOD PROTECT US (drawing of cross)
  • Infected In The ally
  • This checkpoint was secured By C1/15th!

In-game

Highly Notable Instances[]

  • "Better safe than sorry." (Found written all over the wall in The Church.)
  • "I miss the internet." (Comment below an argument that resembles an internet forum argument in Dead Air, the Terminal Safe House.)
  • "GOD IS DEAD" (Found throughout Dead Air, referencing a famous quote by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The last time this is written, there is a dead body slumped on the wall with a pistol next to it. It would seem the writer committed suicide or the infected killed him)
  • "NO ZOMBIE IS SAFE FROM CHICAGO TED" (Found in No Mercy's rooftop safehouse.)

Left 4 Dead 2[]

Dead Center[]

The Atrium[]

  • NOT A FLU
  • ALL THE EVACS ARE Empty
  • WHERE IS CEDA?
  • this is not a flu get OUT while you can
  • Don't believe the signs. Washing your hands won't help when they ATTACK you
  • GAMERS 4 CROYDON

In-game

The Passing[]

The Underground[]

  • Otis,
Out of film, No Helicopter. Zombies are too fast. Not Going to make it. Frank West [8]
  • Went to save my dog. If I'm not back in fifteen minutes, Everyone drop everything and come save me. NICOLE [9]
  • Ed is king of the zombies [10]
  • REPENT THE END IS EXTREMELY FUCKING NIGH [11]
    • There's no call for language like that
      • I have to agree TOO MUCH
        • END OF THE WORLD OR NOT, THERE ARE STANDARDS
  • Roger Went to mall Francine [12]
  • Freddy- I TOLD YOU THAT MOVIE WAS BASED ON A TRUE CASE![13][14]
  • LOOKING FOR AN M60? COME SEE ME CRAZY DAVE [15]


  • CALL TERESA FOR A GOOD TIME!! 555-0934
    • DEAD
  • CHAD SITS DOWN WHEN HE PEES
  • KASIE'S UP FOR ANYTHING (555-6771)
    • turned into a boomer don't call
  • For a good time, don't call CEDA
    • They'll just put you on hold.
  • JIMMY K. LOVED BY THE LADIES. HATED BY THE MEN.
    • Killed by a zombie
  • I LIKE TO POOP!
    • My Dad died pooping you son of a bitch!
  • SHOTGUNS AND M16's EVERYWHERE AND NOT A SINGLE ROLL OF TOILET PAPER.
    • I take mine with me
      • CEDA's bringing more!
  • I JUST TOOK THE FIRST GOOD SHIT IN YEARS
    • Running from zombies = FIBER
  • DO YOU THINK THEY POOP?
  • I saw one POOP A FOOT!
    • They don't eat people
      • they eat feet
        • They don't eat feet - I am a doctor
  • Here I sit all broken hearted
    • Came to shit
      • And the world ended.
  • JUST CAUSE IT'S THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE DOESN'T MEAN THERE'S NO TIME TO FLUSH
    • I flushed it 50 times and now it DOESN'T WORK!
      • You IDIOT!
        • YOU ARE THE REAL MONSTER [16]
  • NO TOILET IS SAFE FROM TOILET-POOPING KEVIN [17]
  • YOUR MOM IS A MOM
    • so true
      • She was a great mother
        • tough but fair

In-game

Dark Carnival[]

The Fairgrounds[]

  • Moustachio rules!!!

In-game

The Concert[]

  • MIDNIGHT RIDERS R.I.P.
  • "KEEP ON RIDIN"
    • WE'RE GOING TO MISS YOU RIDERS!!!
      • Best band in the WORLD!
        • MIDNIGHT RIDERS FOREVER!!!
          • The Riders got me through some Rough times. They will be missed RIP
  • THE RIDERS ARE OKAY.. THEY GOT CHOPPERED OUT LAST NIGHT.
    • Probably heading off to play at a mall opening
      • COWARD BASTARDS
        • They haven't made a good album since Born Yesterday
          • must be nice to have enough $$$ to buy a helicopter
            • We wait around for weeks while they skip to the front of the line..?
              • Assholes!


  • WHY ARE WE STILL HERE?
    • NOT ENOUGH BUSSES
      • Not enough sense
        • THEY"RE TRYING TO SAVE US!
          • And there not
          • CEDA SUCKS!!!
          • CEDA SUCKS
            • +10 REP!

In-game

Swamp Fever[]

Plank Country[]

  • NO CEDA NO MILITARY STAY OUT!
  • GONE TO VILLAGE DES MARAIS

In-game

The Shantytown[]

  • Don't let outsiders in! We only got food and water for US!
  • NAPOLEON BABIN RAN OFF LIKE A COWARD
  • Jules,
Got tired of watching everybody die. Gone to find boat at plantation house. You're smart, you'll do the same.
RR
  • THEY'RE IN THE WATER
  • ANYONE STILL ALIVE - GET TO THE PLANTATION HOUSE
  • I WILL MAKE IT OUT ALIVE! AKW 11/15/2009
  • Pavre Defante Belle fonet 1972-2009
  • Magnolia Guidry
Amour pour toujours
1960-2009
  • Clotille, Louis & Emmy LeBlanc
A loving family till the end
  • Amedre Blanehard
1969-2009
You were taken too soon, ma cherie
  • DEFAN POP
VIRGIL DUGAS
1953-2009 [18]
  • I WILL MISS YOU NANAN

In-game

The Plantation[]

  • (Names next to tally marks) Clovis 17 Kevin 80 Leon 2
  • (Next to tally marks indicating their number of infected killed) Go to bed Kev, what a load of B.S.
  • YOU GET A GOOD VIEW ALL MY KILLINGS FROM YOUR HIDIN PLACE LEON?
  • WE'LL BE BACK VILLAGE EN MARAIS JENNY & REMY
  • GASTON SEE YOU DOWN BAYOU - K
  • Bonsoir Mes Amis Cornelius Derouen
  • Claree I hope to see you down river, cher PR
  • Elva Boutin If you're reading this meet me in NOLA Waited as long as I could child Lou B.
  • JULES GON UP BAYOU DIAIE + ROSELLA
  • Village En Marais we lasted longer than Shreveport longer than Bossier City
  • WE HELD OUT LONGER THAN ANYBODY

In-game

Hard Rain[]

The Sugar Mill[]

  • CEDA IS NOT COMING
    • CEDA SUCKS
  • City's gone to HELL. Let's use the sugar mill as a holdout
    • THE PLACE IS CRAWLING WITH WITCHES
    • The mill is full of WITCHES
  • Ronnie Meachum Where are you? Meet us at the Suger Mill
  • Diane: TOOK ABEL AND WENT TO SUGAR MILL
  • Ray, Jason CEDA's not coming We're heading to the gas staton And driving out tomorrow Meet us in New Orleans
  • STAY AWAY! WITCHES! (On large poster hanging on the front of the Mill)
  • PUMPS EMPTY GAS FOR SALE INSIDE (Arrow pointing to the front door)

In-game

Mill Escape[]

  • RATION THE GAS
  • Take what you need. Leave some for the rest of us
  • This gas is for EVERYBODY
    • So is the Infection. I take what I want
  • If you are caught taking more than one can you will be shot on site. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
  • Jennifer V Kids are Safe Heading to your mom's place in Baton Rouge 10/10/2009 Love Doug
  • Anthony Ortiz Houma NEED TO CHECK ON BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL OF YOU
  • Matthias, Headed to New Orleans Meet you there! Love Carolina
  • Tom - I left New Orleans on Oct. 7th 2009 I waited as long as I could I love you - maya
  • Lili - Headed south. See you in New Orleans Love Noel
  • JOEL - MET UP WITH V&B HEADING TO NEW ORLEANS TOGETHER. BE SAFE - BRONWEN OCT. 6TH
  • HENRIK KIDS & I ARE HEADING TO NEW ORLEANS I LOVE YOU JENNY
  • JAXON Took your sisters to New Orleans, Meet us at Kate's House BECAREFUL! DAD
  • SHANE PHELPS heading to Monroe to help family I'll miss you Adelle
  • We have Fuel, hurry! We can't wait very long... Nate P.S. Bring ammo!!
  • CHAD AND CMELLSEA WENT TO SLIDELL 10/6/09
  • Ian, Passed through on October 7th, Hurry and catch up! Mia
  • Melonie K Heading to Monroe Love, Chet
  • Tammy, Took the girls to your moms, Meet us there!!! Love You Matthew
  • Ann Murray, 10/09/09 - Meet me in New Orleans - bring the pup. I LOVE YOU! - ARESENIO
  • JASON, KATARA & I HIT THE GAS STATON - HEADING TO NEW ORLEANS! GOOD LUCK LOVE YOU MELLISSA
  • ALEX OLIVER IS SAFE! WE HEARD ABOUT A SAFEHOUSE AT THE RACETRACK. GRAB LOUIS AND MEET US THERE. LOVE YOU MATT
  • Steph B, Bring the little boys It's safe here You're strong, See you soon - Love Mike

Outside Safe Room

  • Danielle, I'll be where we first met. See you soon. Love, Mike
  • Luke - Stopped and grabbed a bit of gas. Stopping at Joe's since he's got guns, then heading to New Orleans - Jacob
  • Nick Boone The girls and I are heading to New Orleans Meet us there! Matt 10/15/09
  • BAILEY Please read! We have fuel & are headed to NOLA. If you want to SURVIVE meet us there. Love, Mom
  • MAX, MEET US IN THE FRENCH QUARTER. BRING EXPLOSIVES! - THE SHERMANS
  • Sara, Kids are safe Heading to New Orleans I love you Charlie
  • Amy - Me and the dog are heading to New Orleans. Meet you there. PLEASE HURRY! Love, Grant
  • Kristie, GRAB the dogs and head to New Orleans! I have LeMops with me. I Love you Ricky
  • PAUL Gehrig Girls left for New Orleans October 7 2009 I waited and I still LOVE YOU Kathy
  • Ray Backman left for New Orleans Oct. 1 2009
  • MIKE WAS HERE, GOING TO NEW ORLEANS

In-game

The Parish[]

The Park[]

  • Why are they separating everyone
    • Some people are carriers
      • They're immune but they can still spread the infection.
        • Who told you that?
          • That's BS
  • GO TO THE PARK. Army's Evacing Everybody Out.
    • THANK GOD
  • Finally some firepower
    • IVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY TO SEE A JET IN MY LIFE
  • CEDA BLOWS
  • GREG
    • GONE PARK EVAC
      • KP
  • I've been here a week and they're shipping out people who JUST got here!
    • THOSE ARE CARRIERS
      • GOOD RIDDANCE
        • THE ONLY GOOD CARRIER IS A DEAD CARRIER!
  • God I hate Zombies
    • Really? Way to step away from the Pack
      • LOL what a moron
        • I LOVE ZOMBIES
          • I WANT TO TAKE ZOMBIES OUT ON A DATE.
            • Would someone please hide the pens?

Graffiti texture

In-game

The Cemetery[]

Upstairs room of two story house next to trailer

  • 10 P.M. TONIGHT MEET HERE WE GO OVER FENCE
    • IT'S SUICIDE
    • THE MILITARY IS SHOOTING TO KILL [19]
    • THEY CAN'T KILL ALL OF US
    • YES THEY CAN

(On the first floor of a half-demolished house)

  • CEDA ABANDONED US
    • THE ARMY FENCED US UP
  • WE'RE NOT SICK
  • If you can read this, the military has cut us off. We are being left here to die! --Patricia West, 1977-2009

(On the second floor of the same house)

  • (A kill scoreboard apparently left by a soldier or a madman, with drawings representing zombies (17 kills) and escaping humans (7 kills))

In-game

The Quarter[]

  • Quarter grafitti

    God bless the Military!

    GOD BLESS THE MILITARY!
    • NO MORE CEDA BULLSHIT LOCK AND LOAD
      • Thanks For Nothing CEDA.
        • CEDA SUCKS
  • Carriers = Zombies
    • Kill All Carriers
  • DON'T BREAK THE QUARNTINE LINE
    • If you help anyone from the compound They won't EVAC you
      • There's NOTHING WRONG with those people!
    • THOSE ARE HUMAN BEINGS OVER THERE THEY'RE BEING SHOT FOR NOTHING
      • They are being shot to save you
        • They are infected If you let them in I'll kill you myself

In-game

Cold Stream[]

Alpine Creek[]

  • (On the fire lookout, written in abnormal side of tower)
    • DEVILS HEAD FIRE LOOKOUT
    • ALPINECREEK NATIONAL FOREST
  • (Inside the fire lookout near the creek)
    • Leonard and Patricia Koester. We will climb a Mountain of zombies to get out of here. WE WILL SURVIVE!!
    • DON'T WORRY IF THE ZOMBIES ARE LOOKING FOR BRAINS. YOU RE SAFE HERE -KRISSY -RIPLEY
    • ALL FOR ONE AND ONE4NINE.KEY
  • (Inside the forest shed)
    • THE NOT SO SURVIVORS WERE HERE...
  • (Inside the forest house, before the drop)
    • No Escape!"-貴子 [5](First floor. Near the entry, next to fallen door)
    • KAMI ROCKS! (At the first floor toilet)
    • Zombies ate my homework Jensen (written above the study at the second floor)
  • (Inside the bunker, before the safe room)
    • LEAVE NOW
    • They keep coming
    • NO WAY TO GET BACK
    • CHET WAS HERE...

In-game

South Pine Stream[]

  • (Inside the safe room)
    • I KILLED 63
    • 77
    • 86
    • 104,
    • 109 Bitch's
    • 53,595!![2]
    • LIES!"
  • (In back of tunnel after crescendo event) Le Mapecha
    • Dr, Boo and the cold are best pals...
  • Kiss Exec!!! (Gilesy, Slickipe, Kami, Anna)
    • No Escape!"-貴子 [5]
  • (In front of the safe room)
    • NONE OF YOU WILL SURVIVE
    • A set of picture and tally marks. Zombies = 23, Human = 7

In-game

Memorial Bridge[]

  • (Inside the safe room)
    • WE ARE THE REAL MONSTERS
    • (Responses to the above statement)
      • You are a real MORON
      • No, that's the zombies.
      • IDIOT
      • I think it's them stupid
      • HOPE YOU ARE DEAD NOW
      • Moron.
      • Have you been outside JACKASS!!
    • I miss the internet
    • IT'S A TRAP
      • THEY LL LET YOU ON
      • BUT THEY WONT LET YOU LEAVE!!
  • (Outside of the safe room at the underground stairs)
    • TCQ BB!! PURPPLE BROS
    • NJK
    • MAJOR KISSMAN
    • SERVIET BUG
    • NEO JTM
  • S.O.S. (at the exit of makeshift manhole, the ceiling of underground utility room, near the ventilation where you exit)
  • (At the upstairs from the foot of the bridge to the up)
    • LEAVE NOW
    • They keep coming
    • NO WAY TO GET BACK
  • (Inside the shop at another side of river, base level)
    • Magnolia Guidry. Amour pour toujours. 1960-2009
    • Clotille, Louis & Emmy LeBlanc A loving family till the end
    • Amedre Blanehard 1969-2009. You were taken too soon, ma cherie
    • DEFAN POP VIRGIL DUGAS 1953-2009
    • I WILL MISS YOU NANAN
  • KOMPLETE_CHAOS [20]

In-game

Cut-throat Creek[]

  • The fields have eyes, the trees have ears... AND WE HAVE GUNS! - Bella

In-game

The Last Stand[]

The Junkyard[]

  • Do not let my death be in vain (written on a board under the bridge)
  • It's true that once the wheels of justice begin to turn, nothing can stop them. Nothing. -Kelvin[21] (found at first floor bathroom in the ruined waterwheel house)
  • They're getting closer, I can't run or hide anymore. I know I'm going to die here. Whoever you are, please remember me -Clyde Williams (found at the ruined waterwheel house, second floor wall)
  • LOOTERS WILL BE SHOT (found at ruined waterwheel house balcony, left before the drop)
  • Not a flu
    • All the evacs are empty
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:9 [22]
  • (All of these graffiti found at Junkyard office)
    • We're doomed there's too many Goodbye Everyone
    • Ill keep fighting, no matter what comes!
    • Erik you saved us! I hope you can handle that old engine. [24]
    • Where the fuck is the army?
    • Who the hell goes around censoring swear words in the fucking zombie apocalypse???
    • Dude stop!
    • never
    • The Army FAILED. Riverside has fallen.
    • Jacob, meet me at the light house -Daryl [25]
    • Zombies... guns... I just need some metal and I'm ready to Kick ass! -Xenogen [26]
  • (All of these graffiti found at Junkyard security post)
    • The bleeding wont stop. I'm not going to make it. Melissa I love you (pen scratched down) (apparently the writer succumbed to his wound and died)
    • RIP Jerry, we told her for you -Lee, Harris, Joe
    • やれやれだぜ ... (Yare Yare Daze) [27]
  • (found at the cabin near small ravine drop, on the left, where you can find a refrigerated woman)
    • L. Sinel, I saved you some sugar in our last home in Rayford, Cheryl [28]
  • (found at the cabin near small ravine drop, on the right
    • I was abandoned. I was backstabbed. I was left to die. My blood is on your hands now. -Martin
  • (found at the same cabin, at behind of the cabin)
    • Find me at the old mill, I build it myself, it has a bunker -Daniel (Apparently, this refer to the mill/water wheel the survivors encountered at the beginning of the campaign)
      • \\ignore him, he's mad
  • (Found at the red two-story house near the stream, where you broke the way to the Cliff Side)
    • Frank, if you see this, get away NOW. it isn't safe here. I don't make it. Farewell my friend. -Will
    • To K. Rechyl, got the sugar, hoping is not more salt. I hope to see you soon (it won't take long) -Niels. P.S. Jay, if you are reading this, damn you!! [29]
  • (Found atop the red two-story house near the stream, where you broke the way to the Cliff Side)
    • S.O.S.

In-game

Lighthouse Finale[]

  • Thank you Kerry [30] (found at the exit of the safe house)
  • (Found at another side of mason wall of the cottage, outside the safehouse exit)
    • Jim, thank you for your sacrifice
    • 1928–20xx
  • (Found at the base of the military outpost, it is very faint)
    • If you're reading this, Escape while you can
  • We dont go to the lighthouse (followed by arrowhead and skull drawing) [31] (found at the white board at second floor of the military outpost's fire tower)
  • They don't stop coming (written next to the deceased soldier at the top of military outpost tower)
  • (This graffiti found at the small cabin near the lighthouse where you can find a deceased survivor holding the pitchfork. Here, you can see a non-functional radio. The last Fix IT! overwriting the preceding text, followed by big blood splash. Apparently, the survivor committed suicide after falling to insanity due to unable to fix the radio to call for help)
Fix it, must fix it, i have to fix it (written repetitive 8 times)
fix it, fix it, fix it
Fix IT!
  • (Written over the lighthouse generator)
Rescue never came,
Don't turn on the Beacon
-Jay [32]
  • (Found at the same place with generator. Apparently, some survivors tried to holdout against massive horde of the infected bringing two tanks and failed. This explained why the lighthouse partially destroyed. This also refers to an event sequence that happens after you fill the generator's fuel tank)
    • There's too many of them! I saw two behemoths!
    • use the fire on them. we can holdout! [33]
    • Run. They broke through
  • (Written inside the lighthouse)
    • Ray was here [34]
    • I thought the countryside was supposed to be safe
    • The entire country is infected. Nowhere is safe!
    • Stop writing, start shooting
  • (Written in a back room in the lighthouse)
    • 10/30/09 Derek lead us here. Dead end. Derek's dead now. Asshole. -KL,MN+PS
    • First, I was robbing the white house. Now, I'm surviving the zombie apocalypse. I wonder what's next. David [35]
    • I am the last one here. Thank you to those who got me this far. -Sean
    • No Escape!"-貴子 [5]
    • Maddie, if you can read this RUN They followed us here. Only way out was the way we came. Thousands of them now. I LOVE YOU -DEAN
    • YOURE ALL GOING TO DIE (Followed by blood splash)
    • Good thing I brought my mittens -Joel
  • (Found at lighthouse top)
    • JONATHAN KENSRUE I WILL KILL THEM UNTIL THEY GET ME (written on the left side of the lighthouse on the square platform, below there, there is a body of deceased survivor)
    • (A blue hexagon crest above, crest of HeXaGoN, a L4D2 modder and member of The Last Stand Community Update team)
    • (Blue Salakirby picture also can be found inside, but very hard to see)
    • (These graffiti found at the top of the lighthouse, on opposite side of the Jonathan Kensrue's graffiti. All are the names of The Last Stand Community Update team member)
      • PRONAGANGWASHERE
      • Scout LLEAGE
      • wilson2234 SKYHEART
      • Byeah [36]
  • Who the fuck is Vespertine? [37] (Written outside the lighthouse, hidden behind the bush)

In-game

Notes[]

  • A majority of the names on the walls of The Church are actually Valve employees. For example: one particular employee, Arsenio Navarro (located on the wall left of the safe house door), who is responsible for managing retail for the Valve Store.
  • Considering the graffiti that state various dates, the earliest one refers to October 1st (the first date mentioned in September 25th, found on a newspaper clipping in chapter 1 of Dead Center), whilst the last one refers to November 15th therefore, more than seven weeks span between these two dates (As opposed to the opening cutscene: "2 WEEKS AFTER FIRST INFECTION", and that is, taking October 1st as the first day of the infection, which is unlikely), which means either the campaigns are actually connected and several days have passed between campaigns, or the developers made a mistake. With the addition of Crash Course, it makes it more confusing, but Death Toll looks like it's earlier (or later) in the night.
  • A person with the initials "KP" is seen in both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. It is possible he or she could have escaped successfully.
  • There seems to be less graffiti in Left 4 Dead 2 than the original game. The reason for it is unknown, but it's possible people aren't finding it useful or too time consuming to write anything. It's also possible there simply weren't as many pens available around then there was in the first game, or simply because the infection just hit and the citizens are in more of a panic to escape, or there are less citizens around.
  • Often, graffiti will reference internet forums with things such as chat speak, "+10 rep" etc. The "Will someone please hide the pens?" graffiti is similar to requests to lock topics on forums.
  • In the Port Finale and in the Alleys, a group calling themselves the "Angels of Death", who seem to be stay ahead of the Survivors during the majority of the game, write a single message on a wall. They even gained an extra member during their journey instead of losing any. The term "Angel of Death" is a popular term used in books, in songs, as nicknames, movies, and many other mediums. There are many religious figures that the name can be based on, like the Christian archangel Michael and the Islamic figure Azrael. Also there are Gabriel, Samael, and Sariel which originally come from Judaism. It is impossible to tell which, if any, of these the name is based on.
    • There is graffiti that appears in The Last Stand that is signed "Sean", stating that they were the "last one here" and declaring their gratitude to those that brought them this far. If this is the same Sean that is a member of the Angels of Death, this may suggest that the Angels of Death were all killed off or otherwise separated, with Sean being the last and/or only member to reach the Lighthouse.
  • The Sacrifice and Swamp Fever are the only canonical campaigns to feature graffiti written in a language aside from English (Japanese at the starting safe room of The Barge in the case of the former, and French at the starting safe room of the Shanty Town in the case of the latter).
    • Same wise, The Last Stand (Left 4 Dead 2) joins them as the only non-canonical official campaigns which feature graffiti written in a language aside English.

References[]

  1. Possible reference to The Mist by Stephen King.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Reference to the Dead Rising achievement, "Zombie Genocider".
  3. Reference to cool story bro meme.
  4. "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth."
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Meaning "Takako", a common Japanese name for a girl, which means "noble child".
  6. Possibly a reference to Claude Huggins mentioned in a graffiti in the beginning of The Church.
  7. Possible reference to Lou Ferrignos' role as the Incredible Hulk.
  8. Reference to the game, Dead Rising, in which the main character is a photographer, dropped off by helicopter, named Frank West. Otis is a janitor from the game who assists Frank. The zombies in Dead Rising are very slow moving as compared to the all-out sprints of Left 4 Dead zombies.
  9. Reference to the film, Dawn of the Dead [2004], where a character named Nicole leaves the shopping mall the film's survivors are held up in and enters a gun store across the street to save her dog. When the owner of the gun store becomes a zombie, the survivors are forced to go across the zombie infested streets to save her.
  10. Reference to the film, Shaun of the Dead, where a character named Ed asks "Who died and made you fucking king of the zombies?".
  11. Reference to 28 Days Later.
  12. Reference to the film, Dawn of the Dead [1978]. Roger and Francine are survivors of the zombie epidemic who hold up in a shopping mall with Roger's fellow police officer and Francine's boyfriend. Could also be a slight reference to the cartoon American Dad in which Roger, the alien, frequently leaves Francine, one of the main characters, to tell the others where he has gone.
  13. https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Source-1-Games/issues/1158
  14. Reference to the film Return Of The Living [1985] Dead, when Frank the office manager is talking to Freddy, his new employee, about the events of the film Night Of The Living Dead [1968].
  15. Reference to the game, Plants Vs. Zombies. In the game Plants Vs Zombies, Crazy Dave is your next door neighbor that sells you plant upgrades to fight the zombies in that game. Apparently, he's been surviving the green flu just fine here too.
  16. Possible reference to graffiti in The Terminal.
  17. Reference to Chicago Ted.
  18. Coincidentally, this person shares the same first name to Virgil, the captain of Lagniappe, his boat, who saves the four survivors in Left 4 Dead 2 to lead them to New Orleans. It's possible that he was been mistakenly presumed "dead" even though he's still uninfected. It could also simply be the case of it being a different person with the same name.
  19. Possible reference to 28 Weeks Later.
  20. This graffiti written out of the map, found at the end of the bridge. This graffiti likely dedication to KOMPLETE_CHAOS, or stylistically written as KoMpLeTe_ChAoS, a play tester of the L4D2 community that was worked along with R. T. Frisk, the creator of Suicide Blitz 2 community campaign during the development. Apparently, he was also involved in development of Cold Stream campaign.
  21. Reference to a monologue during the introduction of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis by the protagonist, Jill Valentine.
  22. "They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might"
  23. Reference to The Sacrifice.
  24. Erik is a L4D2 modder and member of The Last Stand Community Update team, who contributed on designing giant electromagnetic prop. "That old engine" might also be a jab at the Source Engine itself being more primitive than other game engines AAA developers were using at the time.
  25. Both Jacob and Daryl refer to two members from the Community Update Team.
  26. This graffiti dedicated to Xenogen, a L4D2 modder and musician who is known for the Tank metal theme mod. His work used in this campaign as a custom, unique tank cue during the finale.
  27. Yare Yare Daze (やれやれだぜ) is the catchphrase of the character Jotaro Kujo from the popular long running Shonen Manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The phrase is a Japanese term that expresses boredom or exasperation which literally translates as "Well Well".
  28. Reference to the Midnight Riders song Save Me Some Sugar, as well as C.Shadou, one of the artists from the Community Update Team. L. Sinel is an anagram of Niels L.)
  29. Another reference to Save Me Some Sugar song, as well as a response message to the graffiti in the previous cabin. Additionally, Niels is a member of The Last Stand Community Update team. K. Rechyl is an anagram of Cheryl K.
  30. Reference to Valve's Kerry Davis, who worked with the community team on The Last Stand update.
  31. May be reference to the chapter "We don't go to Ravenholm..." in Half Life 2.
  32. Refers to JAiZ, member of The Last Stand Community Update team.
  33. Coincidentally, it also refers to the original L4D1 version of this map on Xbox 360, where the chapter description for the Lighthouse is a file name, called L4D_HOLDOUT_LIGHTHOUSE.
  34. Refer to Rayman1103, leader of The Last Stand Community Update team.
  35. Refers to a member of the Community Update Team and Payday 2. It also a reference to Train to Miami, one of the Left 4 Dead soundtrack.
  36. Aside the name of The Last Stand Community Update team member, this may also reference to the Byeahs, natural inhabitants of Grand Theft Auto IV Liberty City which often found wandering the city streets or gathering while muttering incoherently. They often use "byeah" as agreement.
  37. Vespertine is a L4D2 modder and member of The Last Stand Community Update team.
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