This guide is mainly targeted towards new players who want play expert, but keep getting shot or shoot teammates by accident. If you are a long time player of this game (unlike me) this guide may not help you, but you never know.
What is friendly fire?
If you are new to this game or only have a few hours you may not know what friendly fire is. Friendly fire is a feature in Left 4 Dead 2 (and many other games) that prevents you from shooting through your teammate, because you will hit them instead inflicting damage on your teammate instead of the enemy.
Friendly fire can be really dangerous in certain game-modes and in others it does barely anything.
How dangerous friendly fire is is determined by the difficulty that you are playing on, there are 5 different difficulties:
See the next sections for more information on what friendly fire does in these game-modes.
Easy is like it suggests the easiest game-mode in Left 4 Dead 2. Sparing you extra information about damage numbers and getting straight to the point: What does friendly fire do in Easy mode? To simply put it friendly fire is non-existent in Easy mode, shoot your teammates all you want because you won’t be able to damage them with your guns and melees. You can still damage them with fire and explosions, but this will do little to no damage.
If you play on Normal friendly fire does exist, but it does barely any damage. So don’t worry if you accidentally shoot your teammates on Normal, it does barely any damage anyways. I recommend you to still avoid shooting your teammates, but its not a big deal if that happens.
Friendly fire only inflicts 10% of the weapon’s damage to the Survivors. If you don’t know the damage weapons do check the damage chart at the end of the guide, this also includes the friendly fire damage numbers.
Advanced is the second hardest difficulty option in Left 4 Dead 2. friendly fireadvanced still doesn’t do that much damage, just try to avoid it.
Friendly fire inflicts 30% of the weapon’s damage to the Survivors. Be careful when firing at close quarters.
Expert mode is the hardest mode to choose when playing campaign. Expert is really unforgiving and friendly fire is even worse.
Friendly fire inflicts half damage to the Survivors. Avoid friendly fire at all costs!
Yeah… Versus isn’t really a difficulty, but rather a game-mode. friendly fireversus is the same as in as Normal mode, except that in this case nobody cares if you shoot them by accident, because you want to cover as much ground as possible as fast a possible friendly fire can occur, but it is not a big deal.
How do I avoid friendly fire?
So time for the long (or shot) awaited answer to how to avoid friendly firethe 2009 hit Left 4 Dead 2. There is one golden rule to avoiding it and it is:
If someone was shooting a gun irl, would you walk in-front of it or behind it?
Congrats, now you won’t walk into lead anymore. I know this is a simple rule, but it saves a lot of friendly fire damage. I even have some bonus tips, that you should use in expert matches:
1. Be predictable
2. Do not shoot if you can’t get a clear shot
3. Do not try to free your teammate with a shotgun (when they are not downed)
4. Sit in spots where you teammates can easily pass you without walking in-front of you or through you.
5. Do not YOLO shoot, or in other words: Don’t go in gunsblazing.
Weapon damage chart
This is a chart of the weapon damage and friendly fire damage. There was one mistake made: the pump shotgun doesn’t do 9 damage but over 100.
This is the end of my guide, hope you learnt something, bla bla bla. If you find any spelling/grammar mistakes or wrong information please tell me in the comments. Also if you have any suggestions how to make this guide easier to understand or look better also pls tell me, or not I’m not your mom.
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