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Lumbering undead monsters, Zombies are stealthy foes in the Catacomb Adventure Series that are animated by Nemesis's evil necromancy. They first appears in Catacomb Abyss, and show up again in Catacomb Armageddon.

They resemble pale-skinned humanoids with red eyes, pale skin, and tattered clothing. They also have messy hair in Catacomb Armageddon.

In Catacomb Abyss[edit]

The first enemy encountered in the Cemetery.

"Also a weak enemy, less annoying than bats and not used in hordes. Zombies only appeared in Catacomb Abyss and Armageddon. They do a fair amount of damage if they somehow manage to get behind you (or you just really suck at the game) One or two shots pretty much clears these baddies out of the way. A really cool feature was added to the zombies that you don't know where they are going to pop up, so your radar won't detect them. This keeps you from running through a level too fast."
--Description, Catacomb Crypt

The Zombie is a threat that nicely encapsulates exactly how much more aggressive than Catacomb 3D the sequel trilogy is. Despite being the first enemy the player will encounter in The Towne Cemetery, the Zombie is actually fairly dangerous. It has 5 Hit Points and is more damaging than the Orc was in Catacomb 3D.

What makes Zombies a different caliber of threat entirely is that Zombies do not start visible or active, and emerge from below ground when the player gets close enough, effectively lying in wait. Even worse, Zombies do not show on the Crystal Sphere until the player has the Purple Jewel, which makes them extremely good at ambushing the player. Making matters worse, their damage is quite high for an early-game enemy.

The good news is that Zombies are extremely straightforward and, once you have the Purple Jewel, you can easily tell when one is getting ready to attack since it will show up as a purple dot on the Sphere. They aren't hard to focus down with Magick Missiles, and big clusters of them can be handled rather easily. Multiples at close range are perfect fodder for an Xterminator.

When destroyed, they are torn limb from limb by the player's magic and collapse in a pile of bloodied remains.

In Catacomb Armageddon[edit]

The old classic returns.

"This zombie is basically the same as the zombie you encounter in Catacomb Abyss, but retains hair, and is just an overall cleaner looking version of the zombie. Still does Minimal damage. They do take one more shot than the one in abyss though, but that wont keep you from taking these undead nasties out with ease."
--Description, Catacomb Crypt

The Zombie returns as a common foe in the early levels, albeit with a graphical facelift. It now has messy brown hair. Like the original, it tends to hide underground until it detects the player, at which point it burrows up and attacks.

Statistically it's similar to its counterpart in Catacomb Abyss, doing the same damage, but it's slightly tougher, with 8 hit points. This makes them a little harder to put down, and means that they can do more damage before being put down if not detected.

Like the Zombies in Abyss, the ones in Armageddon are only visible on the Crystal Sphere if the player has the Purple Jewel.


  • The Axe Zombie from Blood rises up from the grave and uses melee attacks against the player in a very similar fashion.
Catacomb Abyss
Characters: Petton Everhail - Nemesis
Enemies: Zombies - Bats - Wraith - Skeleton Warriors - Mages - Blue Demons - Water Trolls
Orcs - Green Trolls - Evil Eyes - Red Demons
Items: Magick Missile - Cure Potions - Treasure Chests - Keys - Zappers - Xterminators - Scrolls
Jewels - Crystal Sphere - Gates - Crystal Hour Glasses
Catacomb Armageddon
Characters: Petton Everhail - Nemesis
Enemies: Zombies - Giant Ants - Treants - Bats - Killer Rabbits - Mages - Skeleton Warriors
Vipers - Two-Headed Demons - Wretched Poxes - Evil Eyes - Succubi - Sea Serpents
Items: Magick Missiles - Cure Potions - Treasure Chests - Keys - Zappers - Xterminators
Jewels - Crystal Sphere - Gates - Crystal Hour Glasses - Barriers