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State of Survival Beginner’s Guide: Tips, Cheats & Strategies to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

State of Survival is an exciting new strategy game developed by KingsGroup Holdings. In this game, you control a colony of survivors of an infection that turned the world’s population into zombies. You will have to build up your base to defend yourself from the hordes, and also from other players.

That’s right, human greed knows no boundaries, and some people will try to profit off the anarchy that’s created because of the zombie apocalypse to try to rule the world. So without further ado, let’s delve into our State of Survival beginner’s guide for tips, cheats and strategies to survive the zombie apocalypse!

1. Keep Up With Building Upgrades, Unit Production And Development

As with many other mobile games in this genre, you can only build and upgrade your existing buildings one at a time, two if you spend money to unlock the secondary building slot. This means that you will have to make sure your workers are always working on a building. This is especially important for buildings that take a lot of time to complete / upgrade, like your Headquarters. Higher level buildings work faster, so for example higher level farms and lumberyards will earn you more resources, whereas higher level training camps will train new troops faster.

state of survival headquarters upgrade

The same advice goes for building up your army: every idle moment is a wasted one, so make sure you are always producing new units, it will make your colony much stronger. Make full use of the various building bonuses you get during the game, like Speedups and the VIP bonuses to speed up the process as much as possible.

Also, never forget to visit your research lab and keep researching new technology. This follows the same rule of everything else: there’s no reason to have an idle Research Lab, get your researchers to work!

There is always something to do in this game and it’s easy to lose track on what to do next, but luckily the game gives you plenty of suggestions on that, just check out the missions in the bottom left corner of the screen if you are unsure about what to do next. Maximize your time usage, and you will find yourself getting ahead of your peers.

2. Enhance Your Heroes And Find New Ones

Heroes play a crucial role in this game, as they help you get more resources and progress through the story by clearing “Trial” missions. Trial missions are missions in which you control a group of up to 3 heroes, and run through areas to collect up resources and items for your colony’s Doctor to help him find out the root of the infection.

Entering these trials costs energy, and they earn you very nice rewards when you complete them. Having stronger heroes means having access to higher level Trials, which in turn means you will be able to reap higher level rewards.

state of survival trials rewards

Rewards you can get from these trials range from Combat Manuals, Resources, Hero Badges, Skill Books, and even Hero Fragments. Hero Fragments are particularly interesting, as they allow you to locate new Heroes to add to your roster, or increase the tier of your current ones, if you have enough fragments.

Don’t worry, you can quit a trial anytime and the cost for the run will be refunded, so if you find yourself having issues progressing through a trial just give up and come back later stronger, and you will breeze through it.

To enhance a hero, simply access the “Heroes” tab, here you will see a list of all the heroes you have located so far, and you will be able to increase their level with Combat Manuals. Naturally, you can also just complete trials to earn experience as well, should you not want to spend your Combat Manuals.

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You can also increase a hero’s rank in this screen: hero’s ranks increase your heroes’ maximum level, unlock new abilities, and generally improve your battle power by a lot. To increase a hero’s rank, you will need Hero Badges of the same tier of the hero (Epic Hero Badge for Epic Heroes and so on), and enough fragments of the same hero.

You can equip gear on your hero to improve their stats on this screen as well. To get gear, you must first research it in the Workshop, which in order to be built requires a level 16 Headquarter.

3. Focus On Your Economy First

It is crucial for your settlement to be able to produce enough resources to sustain all the costs associated to building and upgrading new buildings and new troops. So you will want to build as many Farms and Lumberyards as possible, and then focus on researching economic upgrades first. You will also want to invest your initial skill points as a Chief in the Economic tree.

state of survival strategies

Also always make sure you always have the maximum amount of Farms and Lumberyards producing resources, and always upgrade all of them as soon as you upgrade your Headquarter, not having enough basic resources is the single biggest impairment you risk running into in the first days of the game.

It might seem like you have unlimited resources at the start, but trust me, they won’t be enough once you start upgrading everything. For example, getting your Headquarters from level 8 to level 9 will cost you 238.000 of both Food and Wood. Quite the steep price.

Do not overinvest in economy though, or you will find yourself in a spot where you can train as many units as you want, but they will also be weaker than other people’s troops as a result of your exceeding investments. Personally, I suggest you to get your food and wood production maximized and then start investing into war research.

4. Learn About The Different Types Of Units

There are 3 different buildings from which you can produce units: Barracks, Range, and Garage.

The Barracks produce infantry units. There are 2 categories of infantry units: Shields and Shotguns, the formers have extra defense against Bows, whereas the latter have extra defense against Riders. Infantry are the backbone of your army and are in the frontline of the battle: they are there to take the first wave of hits by your enemies, and as such don’t need any more range than they currently have (very low), and they can survive more hits than the units produced in the other buildings.

The Range produces Hunters, ranged units that can be divided into Bows and Snipers. Bow units deal increased damage to Infantry, and Snipers deal extra damage to Riders. Furthermore, they have the ability to completely ignore the enemy infantry with their shots, and focus on damaging Riders right from the start.

The Garage produces Riders, highly mobile units that move with vehicles. There are 2 types of Riders in State of Survival: Bikers and ATVs, Bikers deal increased damage to Hunters, and they will try to use their mobility to move past the enemy infantry and focus the enemy Hunters directly. ATVs simply deal extra damage to the enemy Infantry, so they are great to brute force your way through armies who focus on bringing a lot of Shields and Shotguns.

Upgrading the level of these 3 buildings will progressively give you access to more powerful units, that take more time to train and cost more. It’s always worth it to train these higher tier units, as they are simply much more powerful than their weaker counterparts, but of course you only start with the most basic types of units, so you will have to work your way up to the higher-level ones.

5. The Buildings In Your Base

There are a lot of different buildings in your base, and you should learn what each one does, here’s a comprehensive list of the buildings you will find in your base, and the ones you will be able to create once your Headquarters reach a higher level:

state of survival base buildings

Headquarters: the most important building in your base, it is the most expensive buildings to upgrade, and also it is the one that takes the longest. Its level influences what structures you can build in your base, and what types of buildings you have access to.

Hero Precinct: this building allows you to locate new Heroes, as well as sending the ones you currently own to Trials, expeditions that let you collect items and resources.

Farms, Lumberyards, Gas Tanks and Furnaces: these buildings allow you to collect resources for your settlement, farms collect food, lumberyards collect wood, gas tanks collect gas, and furnaces produce metal. Your headquarters needs to reach level 15 for you to be able to build gas tanks and furnaces.

Warehouse: this building is extremely important, as it allows you to hide your resources so they don’t get plundered. Its level also determines how many resources you can list at the Trading Post.

Events Billboard: this building is your hub for every information regarding the various rewards in the game, from the daily rewards, to the various events, to the items related to premium currencies and the VIP program.

Lookout Tower: this building becomes very important after the first few days, as it allows you to detect incoming Recons and enemy marches, basically it is your most important defensive structure.

Research Lab: here is where you research the various technologies that improve your settlement, divided into Development, Battle, and Economic upgrades. You can also put your Biocaps (premium currency) in the Incubator, allowing you to invest them and get more back after a set period of time.

Barracks, Range, and Garage: these buildings are where you train your troops, we already talked about them in depth in the previous section, so just scroll up if you need a refresh.

Hospital: the Hospital cures your wounded troops.

Intel Post: here you can decrypt transmissions that request help and gain information about the area around you. Very important building.

Barricade: your wall against external menaces, upgrading this will make it sturdier.

Training Camp: this building increase how many troops you can train at once, and how quickly they are produced.

Enlistment Office: this peculiar building enlists survivors to replace troops lost in battle. It requires your Headquarters to be level 10 before you can build it.

Workshop: here is where you can research and create gear for your heroes, to improve their Battle Power.

Decoration Buildings: they have their own section in the building menu, but they are just cosmetic for your city, they don’t provide any benefit. Feel free to build them to customize your settlement as you please.

6. Join An Alliance

In a world ridden with anarchy and zombies, finding allies is necessary to survive and grow. The first thing to do after joining an alliance is relocating next to your allies, the game gives you a specific item to do it, and it will tell you to do it as soon as you join an alliance, so don’t worry too much about it.

Alliance members can help each other with various tasks, like researching technologies and building constructions. Members are also expected to donate to the guild, you can donate towards various goals, like for example to increase the maximum number of members the alliance can have, or to improve the attack or defense of all the troops belonging to the alliance. Donating to the alliance will earn you Alliance Honor points that can be used in the Alliance Store to purchase goods like a Chief Rename or Relocators.

Alliance Funds can be used by R4 or higher-level members to restock the Alliance Store, the type of items you can restock your store with depends on the Alliance’s level. There are other, more advanced perks and features accessible to team members, but they are beyond the scope of this guide.

This concludes our beginner’s guide for State of Survival. To be fair, this game is not that different from the others in the same genre, although the trials help with the monotony of the classic colony building part. A lot of effort has been put in the game, and you can even earn VIP points simply by logging in daily, so it’s not as blatantly pay-to-win as other titles in this genre. If you have additional tips or tricks for State of Survival or just want to share your thoughts about the game, then feel free to reach out through the comment section below!


Monday 16th of August 2021

Where can I find shared hero coins?


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Can I send back resources to my backpack? I have missed click and now I cannot let it there.


Saturday 28th of November 2020

You need to join an alliance then it will come up in the alliance menu timer helps


Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Why is there no Donate button in my Alliance tab?


Sunday 13th of September 2020

The trading post is supposed to provide you with the ability to trade with others, but they have not released that ability yet. After contacting the dev team, they said it is being worked on