How to Change Your Playstyle on Your Project Zomboid Server

Project Zomboid has multiple default playstyles available, each playstyle affecting the amount of loot found in houses, the strength and amount of zombies spawned, and much more. You can change your preset playstyle or create your own by following the steps below.

Choosing a Predefined Playstyle

Each predefined playstyle has different pros and cons. Deciding which one to use may be difficult for new players, so you can compare the key differences in styles below.

Preset Initial Infection One Week Later Survival Six Months Later
Resources Abundant Common Rare Rare
Zombie Speed Shamblers Fast Shamblers Fast Shamblers Fast Shamblers
Zombie Senses Poor Poor Normal Normal
Horde Size Small Moderate Huge Large
Utility Shut-Off 6-12 Months 2-6 Months 0-30 Days Instant

Setting a Predefined Playstyle

Once you’ve chosen your preset, you will need to join your server with an admin account.

  1. In-game, open the Admin Panel by clicking the red admin button on the left side of the screen.
  2. Open Sandbox Options.
  3. In the Presets tab, select the playstyle you would like to use.
  4. Click Apply Preset and then Apply Changes.

Creating Your Own Playstyle

If you aren’t satisfied with the built-in presets, you can customize individual settings to fit your needs.

  1. Open Sandbox Options by following the previous steps.
  2. Choose a base preset to work off of.
  3. Go through each tab on the left and change your settings accordingly.
    Note: Some settings may significantly change the game, so be sure to read the information pop-ups carefully when changing these.
  4. Click Apply Changes and close the tab.

You've now fully customized your server playstyle!

If you’re new to running a Project Zomboid server, be sure to check our guide on How to Setup Your Project Zomboid Server.

If you require any further assistance, please contact our support at:

Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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