To survive the helicopter event in Project Zomboid, you will need to hide and wait it out. During the event, the helicopter is going to draw in a ton of zombies, thousands if you are unlucky.
So, your best hope of surviving the helicopter event is to hide and wait it out more often than not. Hiding in your base or running into the forest are good options for avoiding the helicopter.
But be careful if you opt for the forest, as zombies are going to migrate, and they may pass through the forest you are hiding in. That said, if you remain unseen for at least one hour, the helicopter will leave, but it will come back in an hour.
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What if the helicopter finds me in Project Zomboid?
When the helicopter finds you, it will hover and follow you around and cause zombies to head towards your position. In this situation, we recommend losing the helicopter in a forest and to keep moving.
Don’t stop and hide in a forest and the same goes for your base. The helicopter will just hover over both and lead zombies to you anyway. Because of this, it’s best to keep moving and to try and avoid the approaching hordes.
If you run into hordes, lose them in buildings and forests to break and slow the horde down. As the day progresses, the helicopter will eventually leave at the end of the day.
When does the helicopter event start in Project Zomboid?
The helicopter event can start happening from day 6 to 9 from 9 am to 7 pm on default settings. You can also tune into the automated emergency broadcast using radios to know when the helicopter event will happen. The radio will display text that says air activity detected when a helicopter event is pending.
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