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"Only true scavengers and survivalists can use such a mighty weapon in an Apocalypse."
―Coolraichu100
Shovel-3

Summary

The Shovel is a useful weapon, granting an upgrade to the normal punch and kick - while it may not the biggest upgrade, it's still an upgrade nonetheless. Its damage is negligible, but it still shaves off about one shot from most zombies. Note that this weapon seems weak, but remember that it stuns two zombies at a time.

Background Story

Before the apocalypse, Shovels were quite common in most households due to them being multi-purpose tools. Nowadays, they are still multi-purpose tools, but also can give some zombies concussions, stunning them for a few seconds. L-Brain Hardwork realized the simple and famous Shovel was the perfect weapon for getting zombies away from you, and so they sent scavengers out to find old shovels and refurbished them for other survivors usage.

Tips

  • Use this to mainly stun zombies.
    • The high energy consumption and low damage does not make it a reliable melee to kill.
      • You need five hits to kill a single zombie, and even then this takes up 75% of your stamina.
    • Since this can hit two zombies at once, you can easily buy yourself some time to run away.
  • Use this weapon to shove zombies away from objectives on Capture the Base.
  • If you think you can wait and save another $3,000 for the Axe, go ahead and wait. The Axe's stats are far superior to the Shovel's and worth the extra money.
    • That said, you still have to wait until Rank 5 for it.

Trivia

  • In R2D, where survivors first spawned in, Shovels were used in Buried Alive. Their purpose was to dig out and exit the cave.
  • Lowest damage of any melee weapon thus far, with 25.
  • One of the three multi-hitting melees.
  • Formerly uses the most amount of energy out of all melees with 13.
    • Before v0.9.4, the Shovel used to consume 15 energy with every swing.
    • As of v0.9.6, the Baseball Bat is the highest consuming energy melee at 15.
  • One of the few weapons in the game that requires no rank.
  • With the price reduction from 3,500$ to 500$ in v0.9.4, this officially the cheapest weapon in R2DA.
    • It will also be the cheapest weapon since the days of the Kalashnikova.
  • This is a returning weapon from the original release of R2D, all the way back in 2008.
  • The shovel mesh makes a cameo appearance in Farmhouse and Zero Kelvin Station.
  • The attack animations are a three-hit combo: the first one is up to down, the second a swing from right to left, and the third is a stab.

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