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The game starts with the player controlling Marcus Campbell, who has been cut off from the world on a fishing trip at Mt. Tanner with his friend Ed Jones, for two weeks. The outbreak hadn't started when Marcus left and on the way back to town Marcus will find that everything has gone to hell. The world has been taken over by zombies....[1]


In State of Decay, there are a wide variety of missions survivors can participate in. Some of these missions progress the story, while others are generic side events that are randomly generated by the simulation either independently or because of the player's actions.  Lily serves as the hub for most of these missions, and will contact the player by radio when they become available and reminding them of unsolved missions.

Storyline missions are static and do not appear to vary significantly between playthroughs. There are several different mission "arcs" given by different Enclaves (e.g., Army, Wilkerson, The Grange, etc.) and within each arc, the missions can only be unlocked and completed in a fixed order. Additionally, there may be trigger links between different arcs, and the player may need to progress to a certain point in one arc to unlock new mission in another.

Some storyline missions can be failed, resulting in the death of NPCs involved.

Side missions, however, must be started within a certain period of time, or they will resolve themselves on their own (possibly with survivors dying, loss of morale, etc.) and that instanced event will no longer be available to the player.

Storyline MissionsEdit

Introduction Missions Edit

Army Missions Edit

Courthouse Missions Edit

Ray Santos Missions Edit

Wilkerson Missions Edit

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The Grange Missions Edit

Misc Storylines Edit

Backup RequestsEdit


  • Rumor: Scavengers
  • Rumor: Survivor Activity
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Search and RescueEdit

  • Search and Rescue: Find Missing Survivor
  • Mission: Ally in Trouble

Random EventsEdit

Do note that some random events, such as "search and rescue" or "clear infestation" missions, will mean that one or more of the player's survivors will be unavailable since they are the focus of those open missions. These survivors are sometimes marked as "missing" and cannot be played until the mission is completed and the survivor returns to the base alive.

Survival TacticsEdit

  • Survival Tactics: Culling The Hordes

Special MissionsEdit

State of Decay: BreakdownEdit

These missions are specific to the State of Decay: Breakdown DLC.

State of Decay: LifelineEdit

These missions are specific to the State of Decay: Lifeline DLC.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Q&A - World of Class3 6/29/12 (29 June 2012). Retrieved on 12 March 2013.

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