The commando generally serves as the eyes of the squad. His ability to see the specimens' health bars and detect cloaked enemies at range makes him effective at preventing foes from sneaking up on the team, especially in dark areas. By reading the specimens' health bars, the commando can gauge the best time for the team to coordinate its attacks on more dangerous targets.
The primary role of the commando is providing covering fire for the rest of his squad, and should typically focus on taking out the weaker foes: Stalkers, Crawlers, Clots, and Gorefasts. Although all perks can be effective at combating these specimens, the commando has large ammunition reserves for his assault rifles, and with his rapid fire rate, he can easily beat down large groups of weak specimens in quick succession. The commando specialises in using the bullpup, AK-47, M4, SCARMK17 and FN FAL. The commando receives a damage bonus, larger magazine, and less recoil for these weapons, as well as a faster reloading speed for all weapons.
|Category||Submachine guns||Assault rifles||Battle rifles|
|Tommy Gun||Dr. T's Lead Delivery System||Rising Storm Tommy gun||Bullpup||M4 carbine||AK-47||MKb42||SCARMK17||FNFAL ACOG|
|Ammunition||30 9||40 7||50 5||40 9||30 13||30 9||30 9||20 14||20 14|
The Tommy Gun can be placed between the M4 and AK-47/MKb42 in terms of damage and accuracy. It lacks the magazine and ammo capacity of the Bullpup, having the same magazine size of the AK-47, MKb42, and the M4. The Tommy Gun is highly accurate and fast-firing, similar to the M4, but lacking a red-dot sight, and on the other side of the spectrum, it does less damage than the AK-47/MKb42. However, thanks to its low recoil, it is easy to control in full-auto fire.
Dr. T's Lead Delivery System
The Dr. T's Lead Delivery System does the same damage as the Tommy Gun, but comes with bigger mag capacity, a slighty longer reload and a smoke effect on its ironsight after each shot. Compared to other Thompson variants, it sports a tighter spread per shot and stands as a reliable zed-time extender. Small ammo pool compared to the magazine size don't exactly support a sustained use in the long waves, but tight accuracy makes it reliable for extending zed-time as long as recoil is controlled.
Rising Storm Tommy Gun
A Tommy gun with a 50 round drum magazine and slighty longer reload time. Otherwise it's identical to the Tommy gun while boasting a larger magazine size. It doesn't exhaust an excessive steam like Dr.T's, but its bullet spread is same as classic stick magazine Thompson. Just like Dr.T's Lead Delivery System, it can be used for extending zed-time with haul of bullets. Usually it's preferred for clearing the pillowed specimen behind a big threat after its elimination more than being resourceful at the zed-time.
The Bullpup is the cheapest and most easily acquired assault rifle. It is a pretty basic weapon, lacking damage compared to other Commando weapons, but it has a very large magazine capacity and low recoil by comparison, even in full-auto. Even low-ranked Commandos will have little trouble purchasing one, and it is useful for mowing down weak specimens despite its low damage and fast onperk reloads. Against larger specimens like the Scrake, however, the Bullpup's shortcomings become evident. Its damage is low and disciplines one to aim for headshots if he wants to survive the odds but its immense supply of ammo, offers a very long sustain along the wave for multiple purposes. Within' soft decapitations to stagger the horde of small specimen, a Bullpup bearer seemingly never can lose ground as long as he has ammunition with lightning fast reloads from onperk bonuses.
A fairly powerful assault rifle, yet suffers from high recoil. This is a pretty good mainstay for most Commandos until they can afford a battle rifle. The AK-47 is a middle-of-the-road gun, doing mediocre damage, slowest fire rate but with a higher magazine capacity and wide spread. This assault rifle lacks the holographic, red-dot or the ACOG sight of the other assault and battle rifles, forcing its user to rely on somewhat intrusive iron-sights but rewards with fairly high accuracy on single shots. It costs the same amount as the M4 carbine; compared to the M4, the AK is less accurate and slower firing, but each round does more damage to offer direct stopping power.
The MKb42 is identical in damage compared to the AK-47, but has less full-auto recoil, a higher rate of fire but has higher spread per shot. The MKb42, like the AK-47, is also a middle-ground gun with its traits tweaked a little. This assault rifle lacks the holographic, the red-dot sight, or the ACOG sights, forcing its user to rely on ineffective point iron-sights just like AK-47. Having a smaller spread per shot, when sprayed with very small bursts the iron sights are accurate at medium distance as long as recoil control is ensured. Having a higher kickback overall compared to AK-47, it's not efficient to go down on iron sights at semi-auto mode. Compared to the AK-47, it shoots 10% faster on full auto, making its fire rate on par with Bullpup which comes into play when using small controlled bursts of shots or zed-time kicks in. This weapon is also 10% more expensive compared to AK-47 or M4 while sitting right inbetween them performance wise.
The M4 features a very high rate of fire at the cost of higher recoil, and an aimpoint scope, but the second-lowest damage of all Commando weapons. This rifle is generally used by Commandos wanting a faster but lower-damaging weapon setup to extend zed-time that carries a generous reserve of ammunition. It is extremely accurate on single-shot mode, capable of decapitating weak specimens with a single headshot, which when coupled with its large ammo reserve makes it a very efficient weapon for thinning the horde. As a drawback it's slower to reload than most weapons and in a hectic scenery, M4 users have to switch between full-auto and semi-auto to time their reloading and stagger the large crowds by soft decapitations to have space for reloading it safely.
The SCAR MK17 does more damage than any of the assault rifles and is very accurate, but suffers from a much smaller magazine size and high recoil. It features a larger red-dot scope than the M4, improving its usefulness over distances. It also features a rate of fire slightly slower when compared to the M4, but faster than the AK-47, and weighs the least of any high grade Commando weapons barr DLC Sub Machine Guns, at only 5 blocks.
FN FAL ACOG
The FN FAL does the same damage and has the same mag/ammo capacity as the SCAR MK17, but fires some 12% faster, the same speed as the M4. It also features an ACOG scope, giving a longer zoom than any of the other weapons' sights or scopes. The FAL is heavier than the SCAR by 1 block, is more expensive, reloads more slowly and has less recoil than MK17.
Though these tactics make it easier to level up, the commando remains notoriously difficult to level.
- Killing Stalkers with an assault rifle counts towards leveling the commando perk regardless of the perk currently selected by the player, so carry an assault rifle whenever possible and use it when confronted by Stalkers. This also works toward the general damage requirement. The field medic, berserker and demolitions expert can all make good use of an assault rifle as a sidearm.
- Bloats are juicy damage point targets for all perks, decap them with a strong assault rifle whenever you spot them.
- Decapitation bonus will be count towards your damage requirement. Try to headshot trash specimen and practice hipfire alot.
- Farm's open spaces allow the commando to run if things take a turn for the worse, making it ideal for a solo game. Higher difficulty levels and longer games yield more Stalkers.
- When holding a position, switch between single fire and full auto, depending on bullets left in magazine to manage your already slow reloads.
- Generally keep one of your two rifles at single fire and the other at full auto. When ZED time triggers switch to full auto rifle and mow down any weak specimen in your sight by emptying your whole magazine. Your ZED time expanding capabilities are useful for your team to eliminate more specimen in that given time.
Helping the commando
- Do not shoot Stalkers unless you are surrounded or at a dire situation; the commando will happily kill them for you.
- Try to spare Bloats for your Commando as a Medic or Sharpshooter. Holding at a long sightline at the open might help you to consider passing up some non-immediate threats to other teammates.
- Support the Commando against stronger targets such as Scrakes and Fleshpounds; assault rifles do not damage them much.
- The Commando perk levels slowly; donate some money to help the Commando buy a SCAR Mk 17 or FNFAL as soon as possible.
- Commando shouldn't be left behind for prolonged times in a kite route, someone have to take over while Commando better push at the front.
- Commando will have better chances to hunt down Stalkers at the open sightline with two or more lanes in a hold point rather than a one gate funnel spot.
- If players do not spawn with an assault rifle as a low-mid level Commando, they can search for a Bullpup, or any other weapon at weapon spawn points throughout the map. If players cannot find a bullpup, they can at least sell any found weapons to go toward buying an assault rifle for next wave. Commandos can work with anything given to them and they will appreciate and put any starter weapon tossed at them by teammates to good use. Commando is a flexible perk and with it can utilise many different starter weapons. When players have any level 5 or level 6 perks, they can change for a wave to benefit from discounts or gather a starter weapon. If teammates are willing to contribute and help, any firearm from a level 5-6 player, considering not too heavy, maybe put to good use at the hands of a Commando at early waves.
- Commando shines when the team holes up but its potential rises when team is at the open to hold more than one lane. While Commando might be seemingly undisturbed when team holds a funnel spot, this also greatly dents his ability to hunt down Stalker for required perk progression. The Commando can handle groups of Crawlers and Stalkers with ease and pin down their spawn points at the open. This lets Commando's teammates focus on larger targets. Most perks that stand by the front - such as Berserkers and Firebugs - will appreciate any attempt of sweeping. Similarly, core perks that stand by the middle - such as Support Specialists and Sharpshooters - will require help to not lose their ground, so the Commando's role should not be underestimated on any difficulty or map.
- His role is being a wingman to tank perks such as Berserker and Field Medic; offering back up fire and eliminating trash specimen and distracting everything at earshot by firing rapid bursts on them while tanking perk picks them off. Sometimes, when team position is too cramped, a Field medic may volunteer to keep trash zed spawns busy. In wide open hold spots, with long sightlines, a Firebug will be required to shield away Husk aggression from others. In short sightlines or areas with minimal cover Berserkers will need help to stand their positions as well. At these times, a dedicated Commando can keep the armour loss of Field medic, Berserker or Firebug at minimum. Be careful to cover the blind spot of the tanking or shielding player by covering just behind the corner from an angle. Your best bet would be sticking close to a wall for taking less attention from Husk fire and killing anything that steps in your sights.
- Even when fully levelled, a Commando greatly suffers from reload times when cornered. Suffice to say, he might need a good sidearm for bridging his reloads together and buy time with soft decapitation. Commando needs enclosed spaces to ensure his survival since he is not capable of being mobile with perk related weapons. Commando's job is small threat elimination from a distance, to achieve that, player must ensure lowest trajectory spread possible and reload when needed. Crouching helps cutting spread by a rate of 15%, switching to single fire mode cuts another 15% with diminishing returns, and finally getting down on iron-sights cuts spread by 50%; with extra 40% spread cut from perk bonuses, Commando reaches 78% spread cut. When positioned as crouched on an obstacle, Commando should be able to pull 2-5 bullet bursts without reaching maximum spread soon and can control the kickback easily.
- Despite having large ammunition reserves and an extensive list of abilities, Commando struggles when pitted against larger specimens. Even in fully automatic firing mode, his assault rifles output mediocre damage and reload for a long duration. In these situations, player should carefully monitor the specimen's health and coordinate with his team to strike effectively. Commando player should only attempt to finish off a wounded foe when he can certainly drop him before he himself can close in and attack him. Learning the behaviour of the larger specimens especially helps the Commando, and will give him good trigger discipline to ensure he/she does not unnecessarily cause a specimen to rage if it would otherwise deal little damage to the team. Commando should take proper cover when stronger targets such as Scrakes or Fleshpounds appear or has to be kited around as they will be drawn to the repeating gun fire noise. Focusing on lesser specimens from a distance benefits the team more than enraging such targets, allowing the appropriate classes to take them down easier without being attacked by weaker specimens.
- The ability to spot cloaked foes and see enemy health bars makes the Commando the ideal squad member for eliminating the faster and stealthier specimens, specifically the Stalker and Crawler. Stalkers can easily sneak up under the fire line of distracted or inattentive players, and block or blind them with their scratch attacks. Crawlers tend to attack in swarms and can easily surround a player or hide behind a bigger specimen. These smaller foes create big problems for the other squad members by interfering while they focus on the more dangerous specimens like the Fleshpound, Scrake, Husk and Siren. The Commando should therefore focus his attention on killing the enemies around larger specimens or any blockade in front of teammates first rather than the large specimens themselves to ensure a clear sightline. A Commando staring at large specimen as he were mesmerised to do nothing about the closing in trash, would result in team losing a squad member in mere seconds at high difficulties. Shooting at large specimen and ignoring small specimen, would cause more problems than it could ever solve and just as bad as staring to do nothing.
- Another benefit of being able to see health bars, is in dark places, and also with Perks that obscure vision, the Commando can still be very useful where other perks will at best, use more ammunition to get the job done and at worst be useless. Commando for this reason can work very good with a Firebug or Demo locking down a corridor or doorway. Since most specimens have similar head height, and their heads are usually a set distance from the hp bar, headshots based just on the location of the hitpoint bars is very doable. Paying attention to health bars, you can also know if Crawlers are coming because them and their HP-bar are much closer to the ground, and you can know if larger specimens are coming, due to it being higher in the air than for a Clot or Gorefast. While you can't know exactly what's coming if you're completely obscured, it is an often over looked benefit of Commando's perks.
- One last ability seeing HP bars can grant you is knowing when Scrakes will rage and being able to plan based on this and even communicate it to your team. On hard and below, they rage at 50% hp and one full magazine to the head from a Battle Rifle will finish them off. On Suicidal and Hell on Earth however they rage at 75% and that leaves a very small room for a mistake on aiming head after some pre-damage to head and reload. Most Commando players prefer to inflict mini flinch on the Scrake before they whip out their rifle to finish it after pre-damage at high difficulties.
- As a level 5 or six, up to Normal or hard difficulty, a full magazine in the body from a SCAR or FN-FAL will make a Scrake rage, and a full magazine of Bullpup rounds to the upper torso and head can finish them off even in a full server. This will consume most or all of your ammunition in your magazine however, so a lengthy reload process is necessary before repeating, and failure to finish the specimen will certainly hurt or kill you.
- At Hell on Earth difficulty Commando still can pack a punch by getting two battle rifles together, that'll be costly and requires a lot of trigger discipline with a dedicated team. Scrake at 6 player health scale, can be brought near enrage state with around 14 headshots from SCAR then going full auto short controlled bursts on Scrake's head with FN FAL will kill it in a blink. If you fail to aim for the head Scrake most likely chew through your armor and health while you're helplessly reloading. In a 6 player scenery, it's better to carry a basic flinching tool such as Machete or Katana for this kind of scenery where you can not control the recoil or maintain the distance.
- The Commando can take on the horde even in the darkest places and can effectively pave the way to new safe spots. These advantages make Commando a great "commander" and team leader to clear the kite route ahead if you have a group willing to use voice chat and work together closely. To lead the team safely in a kite route, Commando player has to know how to read the remarkable areas in the map and has to keep safe distance ahead of the team to clog the sightline for denying potential surprise spawns from front on a kite. If team is late on trekking back from trader or had some retaliating front spawns, it'd be more fitting a Berserker or Support specialist to take the lead voluntarily for a while. Commando on a kiting team can not stand the aggro for long in a kite.
- Besides being trash cleaner, Commando is a great distractor. Because of the loud constant firing noise that's coming from Commando's full auto fire mode rifles; any incoming specimen will first notice Commando and mostly ignore other players in the room at first. That would be handy when there is a weak and wounded teammate who is escaping away from the specimen. Opening full auto fire to the horde from a corner, will distract them and they will channel their attention to the noise, hopefully when Field medic is on his/her way of healing the wounded ally. Firing noise even can confuse a Siren about when to scream, while there's no evident reason why this happens but when a Siren has no direct sightline of the squad, behind a wall or a bigger specimen, tend to listen to gun fire noise before screaming and coming out to the open.
- An alternative option for Commando is to make use of his improved reload speed with offperk weapons. Commando can take a more powerful weapon like a grenade launcher type, or a back up pistol with any shotgun to supplement his assault rifle preferably by means of a teammate's discount. Commando may use a Crossbow, Trenchgun, HSG-1, M79 or M32 as a sidearm; these weapons benefit greatly from the Commando's faster reloading. As off-perk options, these weapons pack a substantial punch even without a damage bonus. The faster reload can maintain a formidable DPS for the commando, greatly expanding his available options in the field.
- Getting a Katana or Machete to pair it with your double assault rifles of choice, allows you to pull infamous flinch then unload speedkill trick on Scrakes. Sometimes Machete paired with a Handcannon or MK23 to bridge reloads. At high player health and high difficulties 10-14 bullets to Scrake's head can be followed by a reload then flinch to unload the entire mag on their head. That is the expected hold spot equipment from a Commando with double assault rifles. An unusual but still effective approach would be losing an assault rifle but grabbing Lever-action rifle to flinch Scrakes and pick off ranged targets when you need to and pair this with a MP5M to heal teammates at front lines. Such melee weapons or medic rifle can be achieved by the help of a Berserker or Field medic teammate or a perk switch.
- Taking a SCARMK17 together with a Crossbow allows the commando to pick off lesser foes with the former and headshot medium ones with the latter. Alternative to the Crossbow, the DLC weapon Buzzsaw can be chosen as well. This combination also allow him to observe a Scrake's health bar nearing enrage threshold to time a heavy flinch on them with a bolt headshot or saw bodyshot as they are about to enrage to put them in a slow-rage state. DLC weapon Buzzsaw allow Commando to stun Scrakes via a headshot and still have space to grab extra 1-2 block weight equipment unlike Crossbow.
- Getting Flare revolver, Pipe bomb with HSG-1 with a battle rifle like SCARMK17 ensures that you won't run out of ammo for a long time and can gain a small mobility while taking on the horde at open areas. HSG-1 can be used to set-off darted pipe bombs from far as much as SCAR. As HSG-1 projectiles can pierce, it'd be easier to estimate a distance from Fleshpound to dart an emergency Pipe bomb in a hurry to set it off or retaliate in slow motion. Flare revolver can be abused to cancel damage threshold rage of Fleshpound as long as they're crisped and lit on fire or cause a slow rage on Scrakes once you cut eyesight.
- Trenchgun can be very fitting weapon for dealing with Fleshpounds at the open kiting sceneries. Crisped Fleshpounds may lose their damage threshold to enrage but it still requires you to tip on your toes and cut eyesight once or twice before them entering the crisped state. You must be sure that they're lit on fire again to unload your battle rifle of choice since they can still enrage by keeping eyesight for too long or enrage right away as you open fire when they're not lit on fire anymore. In a wide sightline hold spot, Combat shotgun or even a regular Shotgun with Machete and SCARMK17 will be superior to Trenchgun as it will require constant reloading and tedious to utilize fully. Burning mechanics require enough space to disable enrage triggers also cancel out flinch attempts upon Scrakes. The difference between shotguns' damage output shine especially when zed time triggers and extended by another Commando or a Berserker.
- M79 can be used to flinch and finish a Scrake from up close or enrage the striding Fleshpound on top of a darted Pipebomb before you shoot it with your SCAR to set it off if possible. Albeit slow, M79 is capable of mini flinch a Scrake from up close when needed a speedkill combo. If Commando is daring, he can easily grab MAC-10 to stack grenade tosses way faster at the cost of firepower or use it as a secondary weapon to set off limited amount of pipes he can access in an emergency. This combination only leaves enough space for a SCAR or one of the DLC Thompson submachineguns unless Pipe bombs excluded.
- If the player has a high-ranked Demolitions Expert, he could buy an M4/M203 between early waves. Player would have two assault rifles, with one being off-perked but would also have a grenade launcher to make it slightly more effective against Fleshpounds at no additional weight than a standard M4. When paired with a Pipe bomb, shooting M4 bursts from a distance at laid pipe bombs before they can arm would create a lethal explosion for any specimen nearby. Against Scrakes, M203 bodyshot flinch had to be reload canceled with M4 burst fire, by intentionally missing to switch back to your FNFAL ACOG and finish Scrake quicker. This choice, however, comes with the disadvantages of not having a semi-auto fire mode or scope and lacking damage, max ammo, and recoil bonuses that come with the regular M4.
- Lastly, similar to the M4/M203, another popular choice among Commando players are simply M32. It gives raw firepower to deal with Fleshpound and allow you to flinch up Scrakes to finish them with your main battle rifle. Also being a rotary grenade launcher you can cancel its reload any time you want. This also means, the death penalty whenever you die will be very severe to you and the economy of the team. As a comparable downside, reload speed will not cover the lack of damage burst the perk has with very limited grenade stock. This off-perk weapon best be left to a Support Specialist who has an immense belt of grenades and can utilize it much better.
- After the 2012 Christmas patch, a new unique neutral perk weapon added to the game, Zed eradication device is a powerful space-themed energy rifle that is perfect for supportive roles. Commando can carry it without sacrificing too much serious firepower. Its stasis field can disable and cause the specimen to incur double damage, once its stabled. It comes with a motion tracker radar that shows and quietly alarms the player about medium and big targets. It allows players to scan a 40 meter area in front of them and even locates Patriarch. With seeing the cloaked enemies ability that Commando possess, it could be an essential weapon to have for the final wave.
- Similar to the first ZEDv1, a weapon added at the third community DLC pack in 2013, called ZED Mk2.0. This model shoots stasis blasts instead of a single link chain and doesn't get blocked by teammates but still can be easily canceled by Sirens if they were to scream at energy ball's flight time. This model only beeps to warn the bearer against the incoming threats but weights lighter and easier to use without positioning. While it's highly effective against normal non-boss specimen, requires lots of effort to be any useful against Patriarch. Down side is, Commando lacking any proper damage over time effect to amplify the damage per second with this weapon's rather limited effects compared to original ZEDv1. So it's better be an option when you have Demolition, Firebug or at least a good Field Medic to burst down any enveloped big target tangled in stasis field.
- On the final wave, the commando can see the Patriarch when cloaked and gauge his current health. He should communicate with his team when the Patriarch cloaks to hunt him down and prevent him from healing. If you have no one in team to track him down then consider having stasis field weapons like ZEDv1 or incendiary weapons to tag or immobilize him.
|Rank||Requirements||Assault rifles||Reload speed|| Spawn
|1||25000||30||+10%||−10%||+10%||20%||+10%||8 m||4 m|
|2||100000||100||+20%||−15%||+20%||30%||+15%||10 m||7 m|
|3||500000||350||+30%||−20%||+25%||40%||+20%||12 m||10 m||1|
|4||1500000||1200||+40%||−30%||50%||+25%||14 m||13 m||2|
|5||3500000||2400||+50%||60%||+30%||Bullpup||16 m||16 m||3|
|*With perk weapons.|
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|Weapon damage table|