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Survivor!.io – Best Build Guide and Weapon Skill Tier List

Survivor!.io pits you against a large number of zombies through a nearly endless array of chapters. Your equipment loadout is important, but arguably even more important are the skills that you decide to incorporate into your character build. These skills can be picked up throughout the level, and the right combination of skills can mean victory or defeat.

Read on for a multi-part guide to making the best build, as well as a full tier list of skills in Survivor!.io!

The Lightning Emitter is the best of the weapon skills that you can have in your repertoire, far and away and bar none. The Lightning Emitter shoots out a bolt of lightning and randomly targets an enemy, and as you upgrade it, it shoots out more bolts of lightning, and does more damage with each one that shoots out.

The reason that this one is so effective is that when there’s a boss on the screen, all of the lightning will target the boss. This allows you to simply run around and dodge attacks, without having to worry about targeting the boss yourself. Not to mention that it evolves into the Supercell, which operates in a similar manner, but does absolutely astronomical amounts of damage with very large thunderbolts.

After that, having the best build starts and ends with using both types of drones, the Type-A and Type-B Drone. Both of these drones rain missiles down upon the enemies, and aside from a pallet swap and firing in different directions, they both work the same way and are equally effective against both large groups of zombies and big bosses.

Not only that, but when you have both of these drones together and you upgrade them to the maximum star level, they can be evolved into the Defender, which is one single drone that fires in multiple directions with unbelievable amounts of fire power and missile volume. Not only that, but because both drones transform into one Defender, you end up with one free skill slot after the evolution.

The next most important orange skill to have is the Force Field. This creates a permanent shield around your character, and when any zombie touches it, they will take damage, and for most zombies, this will be enough damage to knock them out in one shot. Without using this, you will be very easily susceptible to being defeated by large, rushing hordes of fast zombies, so this is an essential survival component.

The Lightning Emitter, the two drones, and the forcefield are the absolute necessities. After that, you can change things up a bit and lose out on very little, but there are still some orange skills that are stronger than others, starting with the RPG. What makes the RPG good is that not only does it do AOE damage, but it aims automatically and fires right at zombies, so that it never fires off into empty space.

The next best skill to have is either the Brick or the Durian. The Brick launches upward and then falls down or, making it very easy to control and aim, it does significant amounts of damage, and the upgrades add more bricks per throw for even greater levels of damage. Plus, when it evolves, it becomes the Dumbbell, which fires outward in all directions from your character and does loads of damage.

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The Durian rolls around the stage in a diagonal manner, endlessly bouncing off the walls and running over any zombie that it finds in the process. And being that it acts independently, it’s not possible to email it, although you can lure enemies and bosses into it by moving strategically.

This fills up all of the skill slots, at least until you evolve the drones, then you have one skill slot left. The leftover skills are the Soccer Ball, the Drill Shot, the Guardian, Molotov Cocktail, Boomerang, and the Lightning Emitter. So which of these are best and worst?

We’ll start off with the worst option, which is, by far, the Guardian. This creates a little spinning blades that circle your character and cut anything in their path. The problem with them is that they do far too little damage, and they constantly disappear and reappear, making them useless for all but the very beginning of the game.

The Soccer Ball, Drill Shot, and Boomerang are all useful, but they are all variations on the same theme, which is a randomly aimed shot that does damage to whatever is in its path. The damage is good, but it’s hard to pick one over any of the others.

The Laser Launcher sends a series of lasers bouncing vertically from where your character is. These lasers do a fairly light amount of damage, so they aren’t very useful against bosses, but they have a large area of a fact, which makes them very useful against hordes.

The outlier here is the Molotov Cocktail. The Molotov Cocktail is very easy to aim, and deals a moderate amount of consistent burning damage. Plus, when you upgrade it, you can fire many more of them at a time, and they cover a huge area.

Out of all of these, the Molotov Cocktail is arguably the best one due to the wide area of damage. All of the others are useful in their own ways, though. Except for the Guardian, which is almost useless for the majority of the game.

Here is our tier list of the best and worst skills:


Lightning Emitter

Type-A Drone

Type-B Drone

Force Field






Laser Launcher

Molotov Cocktail

Soccer Ball

Drill Shot




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Thursday 17th of November 2022

Guardian has knock back. It is easily a S-Tier. And it blocks most projectiles, it is a must have.