Back 4 Blood is the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead 2 and it’s the closest thing we are going to get to a sequel to the Left 4 Dead series. From the Alpha, we can tell you that Turtle Rock Studios have done a great job with the game. The zombies in the game look wonderful.
That brings us to the question you are asking – what are the various Back 4 Blood zombie types. Well, there are ten types of Zombies that we known of and what the game will launch with including the general Zombie hoard. Some of the zombie types have sub-types as well. Let’s have a look at the various types of boss enemies you can encounter in the game.
What are Back 4 Blood Zombie Types?
The various types and sub-types of zombies in Back 4 Blood are listed below with images.
This is the zombie type that’s the most abundant in the game and quite easy to kill. The challenge with them is they are often in large groups of dozens of zombies. These zombies are similar to what you would have seen in most movies and games. The common infected have all the traits of a normal zombie you know such as slow speed, walking in groups, being drawn to the slightest sound, etc. However, their speed increases depending on the corruption card drawn at the start of each level.
Hocker, Stalker, and Stinger
Hocker and its sub-types the Stalker and Stinger can be distinguished with their hands. All the three zombie types in the Hocker class have four hands. One set of larger hands coming from the shoulder and another set coming out from under the ribcage.
Their appearance is slightly different, but overall they look the same. Hocker, Stalker, and Stinger all attack from above. They pounce at you and pin you down. This zombie type also fires a projectile of phlegm from its mouth that will make you immobile until help arrives. If no player is around, you are at the mercy of the Hocker.
The zombie also uses another type of projectile that it spits and can be small damage to players. These zombie types are mostly found on walls.
Bruiser, Crusher, and Tallboy
Another zombie type in Back 4 Blood is the Bruiser, Crusher, and Tallboy. Like all zombie class, these three are also similar in appearance, but the fight and power varies. Think of them as more powerful versions with Tallboy being the toughest.
All the three zombies have a massive hand, but the Bruiser has spikes on the large arm that it uses to smash the ground and nearby Cleaner. If you are close to the zombie, the smashing can do quite a bit of damage even if it does not hit you.
The Crusher does not have spikes in its powerful arm, but it has extra muscle which makes the arm even longer and allows the zombie to wrap it around the cleaner and lift him/her above the ground. The longer you remain constrained by the arm of the Crusher the more damage you will take.
Tallboy is the best version of the three and can smash the ground so hard that if a player is in front of it, they are fall flying.
Exploder, Reeker, and Retch
Exploder, Reeker, and Retch are zombie type that is bulky in size. While the three zombies have a similar body shape, they are quite distinct in their body traits.
The Exploder has spikes on the body and as the name suggests they will explode when shot at by the player. They can also self-explode when closer to a cleaner sending them flying backward in the air and dealing damage.
The Reeker is faster than the group and can be a pain to handle when cornered with its punches. But, they are quite vulnerable to gunshots and don’t take a lot to take down.
The Retch’s main attack is a vomit projectile of acid that can hit the player and do damage over time.
The Breaker is more of a defensive zombie, but don’t let that fool you. If you come into the proximity of its slam it can do a lot of damage. Compared to the other zombies, this one can be a pain to take down. Its main attack is jumping around and hitting the ground forcibly with its fists joined.
Back 4 Blood Hag
The Hag is one of the most fearsome zombies in the game due to its speed and the ability to surprise you. Out of nowhere, you will see it coming at you fast. It has hands in its mouth that it uses to grab the Cleaner and devour them alive. Unless you have your teammate nearby to help you there is no way to get out of the grip of the Hag.
The Snitch in itself is quite easy to beat and when you come across one you would want to take it out quickly. When it’s damaged a bit, it will send out a piercing call that will spawn a hoard of common infected. We are not sure, but the zombie sometimes also calls out the hoard in the mere sight of a Cleaner, so the best technique against it is to take it out before it calls out.
The Ogre is a zombie that we didn’t see much during the Alpha, but that was a long time ago and the game would have certainly changed a lot since then. The Orge is a boss that’s featured in the trailer of the game and does not seem to die no matter how much you fire at it. The strategy to defeat the Ogre is to keep moving and attacking it. Ogre is slow and you can easily run from them if you run out of bullets. They have a fixed area beyond which they cannot follow you.
Worm (Unconfirmed Name)
We do not know much about this type of zombie and Back 4 Blood. We will update the post when we do. It bursts from under the ground and takes out the cleaner.
Main Boss (Unconfirmed Name)
This is probably the toughest boss in the game and you will come across it in the final stages. It’s much larger than the Ogre.