Testing.png "What if just your beard starts to turn?"
This article requires testing. You can help Left 4 Dead Wiki by experimenting with gameplay, and then changing it.



"Oh, MAN! This is just like Counter-Strike!"
Louis
"Grabbin' a bread slicer."
Ellis

The Knife is a close combat weapon in Left 4 Dead 2.

It is similar to a Katana or Machete, but with very slow speed. This weapon can spawn in any campaign, although it is rare to find more than two in a given campaign. Despite the 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 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]

  • Can be found in all campaigns.
  • Can cut a Smoker's tongue.

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Fire rate is rather slow.
  • As of The Last Stand Community Update, it has low hit detection rays, making its range low.
  • Attacks may obscure user's vision due to gore.
  • Not recommended for killing Boomers due to bile showering attacker and any nearby Survivors.
  • Cannot attack large groups of infected

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Main article: Achievements

Confedaracy of crunches.jpg
CONFEDERACY OF CRUNCHES (30G)
Finish a campaign using only melee weapons.

Tank burger.jpg
TANK BURGER (30G)
Kill a Tank with melee weapons.

Beat the rush.jpg
BEAT THE RUSH (15G)
In a Survival round, get a medal only using melee weapons.

Level a charge.jpg
LEVEL A CHARGE (15G)
Kill a Charger with a melee weapon while they are charging.


PC exclusive[edit | edit source]

Achievement Lickety-split.png
LICKETY-SPLIT
With a sharp melee weapon, cut a Smoker's tongue before he ensnares you.

Achievement New Haircut.png
NEW HAIRCUT
Kill a Witch using only a sharp melee weapon, without anyone getting incapacitated or killed.


Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The 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 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.
  • Most of the melee hit detection rays has been removed causing the knife to "miss" its target most of the time.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Weapons
Primary Weapons
Tier 1 Chrome invert.png Chrome Shotgun / Pump invert.png Pump Shotgun / MP5 Invert.png MP5 / Mac10 invert.png Silenced Submachine Gun / Uzi invert.png Submachine Gun
Tier 2 Ak invert.png AK-47 / Icon weapon rifle desert inverted.png Combat Rifle / M16 invert.png M-16 Assault Rifle / SIG Invert.png SG 552 / Auto invert.png Auto Shotgun / Spas12 invert.png Combat Shotgun / AWSM Invert.png AWP / Hunting invert.png Hunting Rifle / Steyr Invert.png Scout / G3 invert.png Sniper Rifle
Special Tier Grenade launcher inverted.png Grenade Launcher / M60Icon.png M60 Machine Gun
Secondary Weapons
Sidearms Pistol inverted.png M1911 Pistol / Deagle invert.png Magnum Pistol / Pistol inverted.png P220 Pistol
Melee Weapons Bat invert.png Baseball Bat / Cricket invert.png Cricket Bat / Crowbar invert.png Crowbar / Axe invert.png Fireaxe / Pan invert.png Frying Pan / GolfClubIcon.png Golf Club / Guitar invert.png Guitar / Katana invert.png Katana / Knife Invert.png Knife / Machete invert.png Machete / Baton invert.png Nightstick / Icon pitchfork inverted.png Pitchfork / Icon shovel inverted.png Shovel
Special Tier Chainsaw invert.png Chainsaw
Other Weapons
Grenades Bile invert.png Bile Bomb / Molotov inverted.png Molotov Cocktail / Pipebomb invert.png Pipe Bomb
Upgrades L4D2 ammo explosive.png Explosive Ammunition / L4D2 ammo incendiary.png Incendiary Ammunition / Laser sight HUD invert.PNG Laser Sight
Fixed Weapons MMG Icon.png Heavy Machine Gun / Minigun icon.png Minigun
Items
Usable Items Explosive Barrel HUD invert.png Explosive barrel / Fireworks icon.png Fireworks / Gas canister HUD invert.png Gas can / Oxytank icon.png Oxygen tank / Propane tank icon.png Propane tank
Special Items Cola.png Cola / Gnome icon.png Gnome Chompski
Featured in both games / L4D1-exclusive / L4D2-exclusive (Counter-Strike weapons / PC-exclusive)
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.