How to Start Being Stealthy by thegoldenfrog at Jan 7, 2014 5:14am
Let's cut to the chase, you need to become less visible to other players and/or zombies. You dont need your player getting shot right as you found that new gun. So here's the beginners guide to stealth. This guide is for people who are new to the game, or haven't played much.
So this is purely for people who are new to the game. There are 3 different positions your character can be in.
Standing - Obviously your player is completely vertical. This is the fastest way to move, but also the easiest to be seen, and to be heard.
Crouching - Your player is hunched over and he is slower than standing, but is less visible, and is a lot less noisy.
Prone -The slowest of all movement, would not recommend moving like this at all unless your are scouting an area out, you cannot be seen easily at all and noise is little to none, but you are soooo slow.
Movement in Cities
Roads and Small Towns - This is the main topic because how else are you going to move around the map, but still be stealthy? Well the most basic thing to do is stay off of the roads and train tracks! Snipers and Bandits will notice you almost IMMEDIATELY! If you don't know where to go except to follow the road to the next big city, stay off a few hundred feet to the side of the road, or run just inside the treeline. It will conceal you enough, and you can still follow the road.
Medium Cities - So when I say medium cities I mean it might have a supermarket and it wouldn't take more than 20 minutes to walk through all the houses, so not any along the south coast, more inland. These cities don't have a good chance of anyone being in them as the same time as you, but none the less you should be careful because there might be someone in/around this town. Try your best to stay crouched but if completely necessary, stand up but do it at your own risk.
Large Cities -I'm referring mainly to Cherno and Elektro. If you're playing on a server with at least 10 people it's almost guranteed that there is someone watching watching over from the firehouse or on the outskirts of the town. You have 2 options, actually try to be sneaky and be careful, or just sprint in grab. Being sneaky is definitely safer, but to successfully go through enough houses to find some decent loot, it may take in upwards of 45 minutes. The sprint and grab will attract player and zombies both, but it wont be as easy to catch up to you or follow you. Not recommended for people who dont know how to do that.
So there basically 2 types of weapons, guns, and melee. Within the guns, there are 3 types of them which I will go into. Overall, melee are silent, but require you to get right next to your enemy. Guns can be loud and attract zombies and players.
Melee Ranging from your fists, to firefighter's axes. They require your player to use something to hit something else. This could be your fists, blunt objects, sharp objects etc.. You will find these almost anywhere that loot can spawn. My personal favorite and what I think is the best melee weapon is the firefighter's axe. It kills a zombie in one hit and a player in two.Tip any melee weapon can be used to open up cans of food and such.
Mainly pistols, they aren't effective at any distance but up to about 75 meters. You can attach sights and such to them, and since they do not fire the same caliber of rounds that more powerful guns, they aren't as loud and wont attract as many zombies. Supposedly there are shotguns in the standalone because you can collect the ammo, but I have not encountered any in my 100+ hours in the game.
These consist of assault rifles mostly. The most common of which, is the M4. The M4 comes with the standard iron sights, butt stock, and handle, but no magazines or ammo, you will need to get these later. The easiest way to be more stealthy with these is have a silencer, you will not find these around the gun usually. It works like a real life silencer in that it doesn't actually make it "silent". Depending on how damaged it is, you will still here a distinctive pop every time you pull the trigger, but it will be considerably less noisy than it first was.
SNIPERS!! Possibly the best weapon to have (when accompanied with a pistol) The main one I've heard of is the Mousin. 1 shot 1 kill. How to be stealthy when sniping? Stay on the outskirts of a town near a tree line. You must keep in mind that there is bullet travel time so lead your shots and set the zeroing distance based on judgement but I've found its not too important, leading your target is more important.
So I know I just covered the real basics of stealth but thats what this was for, I wasn't trying to teach you how to achieve a ghost status. Hopefully it was helpful none the less, have a great day!