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Zombie (or Zombies, Pandemic, and Dawn of The Dead) is a player-created game variant originating in Halo 2, although variants are also played in Halo PC. It's roots are now untraceable, and has become so popular that it has been translated into Halo 3 as Infection, with a few minor edits and many more custom game tools. The basic rules involve two teams: a small starting green (or blue in some cases) team and a relatively large red team. There are no shields; red team sports a Shotgun and a Pistol and green team (the zombies) sports an Energy Sword. Whenever a red team member is killed, they must switch to green team. The ultimate goal is to last as long as possible without getting killed by the Zombies, and becoming one themselves.
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The Gametype Infection features the living dead known as Zombies. With quotes such as Infected and New Zombie commonly appearing. The aim is for the Zombies to kill all of the living to join their ranks. Although people can do the Zombie gametype from Halo 2 in Halo Slayer, Zombies have now been given their own, specific game.
- Initially, the game variant has honor rules, meaning there is no in-game mechanic that forces the a red player to switch teams after being killed (infected). It was common practice, in the event of a player refusing to follow the rules, to boot the player from the game. Halo 3's Infection Mode, however, forces humans to become zombies after being killed, eliminating the honor rules.
- Infection—the Halo 3 gametype.
- Zombie Repeller—A Zombie Medal.
- Mmmm... Brains medal—Another Zombie Medal.