How to find VHS stores & tapes in Project Zomboid

How to find VHS stores & tapes in Project Zomboid
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Written by 

Tarran Stockton

Last updated 

5th Feb 2024 12:22


VHS stores and tapes in Project Zomboid allow players to level up their key survival and crafting skills, allowing you to become more effective at surviving the horrors of the zombie apocalypse. 

Project Zomboid is a hardcore survival RPG set during a zombie outbreak and gives players plenty of useful skills to level up. While you can level skills by performing certain actions, another great way of earning XP is by finding and watching specific VHS tapes that relate to certain skills. 

Where are the VHS stores in Project Zomboid?

Though you can find VHS tapes in many places, a solid place to look is the game's six VHS stores. Inside these buildings, you can often find some tapes to use, but they are spread out across the map.

We've broken down each of the locations below: 

VHS Store 1

Riverside VHS Store in Project Zomboid
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The first store can be found on the Riverside map, located on the west side of the town. You'll come across a small car park and an L-shaped building, which is where the first VHS store is located.

VHS Store 2

Mauldraugh VHS Store in Project Zomboid
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The second store is in the area of Muldraugh, near the very south-west of the map. From the Minihall, travel south toward the police station, and you come across the next VHS store which has the words "Hit Vids" printed on the front.

VHS Store 3

Marchbridge VHS Store in Project Zomboid
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Next, we move toward the suburbs of Marchbridge. Located in the centre area of the town is another Hit Vids VHS store that can be accessed.

VHS Store 4

Louisville VHS Store near the horse tracks in Project Zomboid
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The last VHS stores are all located on the massive Louisville map, with the first one located near the horse tracks. Nearby, you will find an L-shaped building, which looks similar to the very first store we found.

VHS Store 5

Louisville VHS Store south of the bridge in Project Zomboid
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The second Louisville store is at the very north of the map. It's located just south of the bridge and dock area, and is another Hit Vids store that is located on a high street.

VHS Store 6

Retail park VHS Store in Project Zomboid
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The very last of the VHS stores is toward the northeast, in another Hit Vids with an L shape. It's located in a retail park near some other stores.

Project Zomboid VHS Tapes List

There are 26 VHS tapes to discover in Project Zomboid, many of which correspond to a certain skill and increase it when watched. All the relevant VHS tapes and their associated skills are listed below:

VHS Title Skill(s)
The Cook Show EP 1-7 Cooking
Woodcraft EP 1-7 Carpentry
OSCC '92 Mechanics
Stock Cars Mechanics
Carzone EP 1-3 Mechanics
Exposure Survival EP 1-2 Fishing
Exposure Survival EP 3 Farming
Exposure Survival EP 4 Carpentry
Exposure Survival EP 5 Carpentry and Foraging
Exposure Survival EP 6 Trapping
Exposure Survival EP 7 Foraging
Exposure Survival EP 8 Carpentry
Granny Nani Tailoring
Nof vid Metalworking
TV Repair Electrical
Muldraugh AV Club Electrical
RMFA First Aid
No 9 Metalworking
Tailoring 101 Tailoring
Grady v King Lightfooted
Tree Planting Guide Farming
Mathmatical Quadratics and Algebraic Configurations Long Blunt
Basic Gun Handling (Officer Use Only) Aiming and Reloading
Z-Squad S2.03 Mechanics and Metalworking
Dead Wrong Aiming and Reloading
Mother's Boy Short Blade

What are VHS tapes in Project Zomboid?

VHS tapes allow you to watch TV shows or movies, which will increase specific stats when viewed.

To start with, you can access these shows via a TV and the Life and Living TV channel, but only for the first eight days of in-game time. After the channel goes off-air, you will need to find the VHS tapes instead.

They can be littered across the in-game world, either in random buildings or the VHS stores.

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How to watch VHS tapes in Project Zomboid

A VHS tape and player in Project Zomboid
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Using a tape is a simple process, but it can be hard to figure out due to the game's many inputs and menus. Follow the steps below to make use of VHS tapes:

  • Find a TV somewhere and then left-click it
  • Open your inventory and drag the tape into the TV inventory, and it will begin playing 
  • Alternatively, you can right-click the TV
  • Select 'VCR Player' and select one of the tapes that appear

Check out our Project Zomboid homepage for more guides. We've also covered the best base locations, how to hotwire cars, and how to find the sledgehammer.

Tarran Stockton
About the author
Tarran Stockton
Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.
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