Surviving the Horde Attack in LDE

Find out how to survive the hordes that come every 24 hours

Zombie Horde Attacks can be a huge pain in Last Day on Earth, especially at lower levels. You’ll constantly be building a base up, for a horde to just eventually come through and destroy it all in an instant.

You will spot an incoming horde attack by checking your map. Below, you can see that an attack will hit my base in 2 hours and 22 minutes. Quick tip, log out when the attack actually happens. We’ve explained it in more detail below!

Timer for incoming horde attack in Last Day on Earth
Keep track of how far away the horde is

There are a lot of things you can do to not waste time and make sure that each attack is more successful you than them. Horde attacks happen around every 24 hours, or at least they have to me so far.

It’s unknown whether these mechanics will be changed in a future update. One tip displayed in-game will mention that hordes are more likely to detect you if you do a lot of travelling by vehicle or running, so keep that in mind.

Obviously you can’t not travel somewhere, so ignore this tip. You’re going to get attacked no matter what. However, using our tips below, we can all make sure that we survive and don’t lose our base!

Zombies that attack in hordes will only destroy your walls and doors. All furniture including chests, containers, furnaces and anything else is safe so don’t worry about your precious belongings! Make sure to check the comments below to see some tips from other players.

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How to survive the Horde attack

Here are some basic tips for surviving attacks. Whilst as a player you should be able to survive easily, it’s more about preserving your base.

Save your supplies

Start saving everything you collect, including your wood, stone and other supplies. Build yourself a basic shelter to put your chests in. Don’t bother upgrading the walls until your ready to survive an attack.

The biggest mistake I made was upgrading all of my walls to the next level, to only have them destroyed by the horde. It cost me A LOT of wood planks and stone. I’d suggest upgrading your walls when you have a lot of traps in place.

Consider logging out

When the horde attack is imminent, consider exiting Last Day on Earth all together. Zombies wont be able to smell or detect you, so there is a higher chance of them avoiding your base.

Last day on earth horde attack
A horde in the process of destroying me base. I died seconds after this image..

It’s simply not worth trying to fight the horde at lower levels, and unless you want to admire the view, log out! If you want to see what a zombie horde looks like, look at the image above.

There have been a few occasions where I have left the game logged out during a horde attack. I have noticed that there is much less damage done to your base if you aren’t there to witness it. It makes the rebuilding process a lot easier!

Set up traps

One of the first set of traps available to you in Last Day on Earth will be spikes. They take a while to make, as they need 10 rope each (which is a lot). Make sure you know how to collect large amounts of rope.

traps around a base in last day on earth
Traps wrapped around a building

Wrap your base in spike traps if possible, this will at least prevent most of the damage and kill the zombies before they can break down your walls. Be careful though, your own spike traps can damage you for 10 HP per hit if you’re walking too close!

Make use of your time

The last bit of advice I can offer is to make good use of your time. If you see that you have 20 hours until an incoming horde attack, go out and gather enough materials to set up traps.

Keep fixing up the walls that have been destroyed and it will all be okay. Last Day on Earth can be brutal, and I can only see it getting even more so in upcoming updates.

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  1. Hi Phillip! Thanks for the help I thought I was going to lose everything and I just started yesterday. And if you play could we become friends on LDOE?Stay cool ?

  2. Phillip, please also add that you do not need a wall if you have not joined the raiders. After the 10th time they broke my traps and L2 walls I gave up. I waited till I got my chopper and generated to collect oak and built L3 walls.. I just log in when they come in and then log out and they disappear.

  3. I have heard before that they can spawn inside the dog crate and inside walls. Ive had mine wait for me by my mat when I came in. When I revived they where still there and killed me again. Happened 3 times in a row. I have L3 walls now and that sure keeps them out.

  4. I’ve been wondering for a while, if I stay inside my dog crate during the horde, will I be attacked and will the dog crate be destroyed or do they just ignore me?

  5. They must have changed something. I had level 2 walls around most of my base, and one spike trap. I left before the horde hit to farm rope. I came back to only 2 level 1 walls destroyed. I am level 21. Could it be that staying when you know a horde is coming causes more damage?

  6. Ok but say I build a single wood floor far from my baseand surround myself with walls, will the horde attack just that one little structure im in or will they continue to destroy my main base as well?

    • Collect your resources and then click on the furniture and building button on the right side of the screen
      Then select the wall you want to upgrade
      Press the green coloured upgrade button

  7. There was a trader in the beginning but now he is not there.If we beat the trader will he go away or he is for a little time??

    • They will always spawn outside of house or where ever there isn’t wood flooring. And you need to level up quite high to join a clan

      • Incorrect–they can spawn inside the house. I make a point of being at home, packing carrot stew and a bladed weapon, whenever the horde is due. And while running patrol and awaiting their arrival, I saw them appear… not from the area’s edge, as I’d previously seen, but in the middle of my stockade. They appeared in my courtyard and even inside my safe room constructed entirely of Level 3 stone. Some of the ones inside wooden walls bashed their way out; the ones inside stone walls seemed to sort of dissolve on contact.
        I will tell you, I have [as of this moment] 83 spike traps in a half-moon arc around my base, and between that and slaughtering/sheep-dogging them away from my stuff, I rarely lose even a single wall or spike anymore. Sadly, they don’t even drop coupons when killed. But it makes me feel better anyway. (If you’re quick on your feet, you can catch their aggro, draw them away from your stuff, and herd them to the edge without even really having to fight. But what’s the fun in that?) Hope that helps!

    • Eventually yes, probably. Right now the game doesn’t have official multiplayer, all other plays you see are AI Characters. Your base is safe without walls for now

  8. Then they won’t smash it down lol. But for the fun of it just make a tiny building for now just enough to keep chests in. They can’t do anything else apart from smash your walls down.

    • Zombies are not gonna do anything with your collected resources. Just in case if another player enters your base he will take away all your resources….so better build wall to avoid giving your precious stuff to anyone for free…..

        • The zombs just shamble past anything they’re not interested in smashing and destroy other stuff instead (walls, doors, and traps, in my experience so far). And, depending on how Kefir implements multiplayer, other players would just help themselves to your chests if they’re not contained in walls–especially anything below Lvl 3 walls (which require C4 to break). You can only make 40 chests and 20 small boxes, and the pickup truck doesn’t allow for building or furniture placement in its corner. You can try to establish a perimeter, but it’ll never be perfectly impenetrable. (And the cost of Lvl 3 walls is OBSCENE.)

  9. youre the best man, as a new player, the horde absolutely would be pain in the ass. this guide helps me alot to anticipate the horde, thanks!

  10. Its annoying because im trying to get planks these take 4 mins each to make and 1 wall is 20 planks so thats 80 mins for just 1 wall if i have 15 to walls to make thats going to take ages to build

    • Yeah it does take a lot of time. Just work your way up. You can have two of the tables that turn wood into planks which will halve the time. I usually just get it going before I go to bed, and wake up, upgrade, repeat.

      • Can the horde still destroy upgraded walls because I’m lv 68 now and I haven’t tried to upgrade my wall since they got destroyed despite being lv 2 & 3 before.And my only method of saving walls does not work (exiting the game before the horde attacks)

  11. Thanks this really help. Just started the game and was like what the hell what’s a horde and what dose it do, easy to understand the guide that you made. 😉


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