Best Project Zomboid Traits: Best Traits To Pick When Creating Your Character

Best Project Zomboid Traits: Best Traits To Pick When Creating Your Character
Images: The Indie Stone

Written by 

Tarran Stockton


17th Jan 2022 09:34

You might be wondering what are the best Project Zomboid traits, as when creating a character you have the option to select from a list of both positive and negative traits. As a hardcore zombie survival RPG, Project Zomboid has a litany of options to specialise your character, and the traits system displays this the best. You are given a pool of points to select traits from, with positive traits taking away points, and negative traits adding them. This balance is key to creating a character, but what are the best Project Zomboid traits to choose from?

Best Project Zomboid Traits: How Do Traits Work?

In Project Zomboid, traits give you additional skills and passives, with positive and negative traits defining whether you gain a permanent buff or debuff. You start with a pool of eight points to pick your traits from, and each trait has a numerical value associated with it. This is so you can't select all the best traits and make your character overpowered, and it means you will need some negative traits to balance them out.

The traits system also adds a lot to the role-playing aspects of the experience, and you can very well choose to select only negative traits to impose a challenge on yourself. Ultimately, the traits help to define your character more, but with so many to choose from, it's hard to know which are the best ones.

Best Project Zomboid Traits: Positive Traits

Best Project Zomboid Traits positive
Click to enlarge


The Wakeful trait will help you stay awake longer, and means your character requires less sleep. Sleeping obviously takes up valuable time that can be used to perform other activities, and it leaves you vulnerable if you're not secure enough. It only costs -2 trait points, making it quite cheap despite its great effect on your game.


This is another cheap trait, only costing -2, but it's also extremely useful and will save so much time throughout your game. The Dextrous trait reduces the time it takes to transfer items between yourself and containers, and will leave you more time for other things.


The Lucky trait makes it easier to find the rarer items in the game, and will often make your walkthroughs much easier, especially later in the game as it gets increasingly more difficult. Lucky costs -4 trait points, which is perfect is a mid-tier cost positive trait.


The Strong trait can be hit-and-miss mainly because of its obscene cost, but if you know how to use it, it will make combat and carrying items much easier. Your carry weight is increased by four points, and you gain an extra knockback effect to your attacks. The trait costs -10, so you will need to balance it out with a negative trait.

Fast Learner

This trait will gain you experience from reading skill books and watching the Life and Living TV channel at a much higher rate, giving you better levels in your skills much quicker than usual. At -6 points it can be somewhat steep, but you don't need to select a negative trait to balance it out. 


With the amount of fighting you can potentially take part in during your Project Zomboid playthrough, the Brave trait can sometimes be imperative to a long survival time. It makes you panic less, and during combat when your chance at panicking is high, it can be a lifesaver. It costs -4 trait points.

Cat's Eyes

This trait gives you better sight during the nighttime, letting you spot zombies and items before usual. This means you can avoid danger much easier, and your chances of finding better loot is improved with the more you can see. It costs -2 points, which is excellent for its effect.

Best Project Zomboid Traits: Negative Traits 

Best Project Zomboid Traits negative
Click to enlarge

Negative traits are hard to turn into a positive, but sometimes the negative effects that can be felt from them, can be mitigated to the point of nullifying them. They also allow you to acquire more positive traits, and can ultimately make your character stronger if played correctly. 


Costing +4 points, the Smoker trait means you need to satisfy your nicotine addiction during gameplay somewhat regularly. There are many cigarettes littered around the Project Zomboid map, and finding enough to nullify the Smoker trait isn't too much of a challenge.

Weak Stomach

This trait makes it that dangerous food will affect you more severely. Dangerous food counts as rotten food and even burnt food, so avoiding these are imperative to survival, however, stocking up on enough food can nullify the effects of this trait, and give you a handy +3 points to utilise. 

Slow Healer

The Slow Healer trait will make any wounds or illness' you pick up harder to get rid of, requiring more rest and recuperation. With enough resources and a safe base to sleep in, you can still effectively heal and see little of the negative effects, and the +6 points you will receive will allow you to choose more positive traits. 

That's our rundown of the best Project Zomboid traits, and you should know which ones to choose during character creation to make your survival against the undead hordes a little easier.

Make sure to check our Project Zomboid hotwire car guide too so you know how to get yourself some wheels.


Project Zomboid Boarding Windows: How To Board Up Windows And Doors
Project Zomboid First Aid: How To Heal Wounds And Cure Sickness
Project Zomboid TV Schedule: When Are The TV Shows Available?
Project Zomboid Trapping: How To Trap Animals
Project Zomboid Tips: 11 Ways To Survive The Zombie Hordes