Some might think Zombies climbing up steps requires a bit too much intelligence considering their mindless walking dead state. However, zombies can indeed navigate staircases in a rudimentary manner. Normally they will stagger about on relatively flat surfaces with the occasional stumbling and even tripping over bumps and obstructions. They mostly ignore steps unless there is movement or a smell coming from the direction of the stairs in question. Certainly, you shouldn’t believe running up steps is an escape to freedom when a horde of zombies is chasing you!
Can Zombies Walk Down Staircases?
Fortunately, they will move slower and many times they end up crawling rather than walking up steps. If the staircase is going down then there’s an excellent chance the zombies will trip and fall down the flight. This, of course, means they will catch up with you quicker. Unfortunately, the fall won’t really hurt them. The ones suffering from advanced rot may lose some body parts but that sure as hell won’t stop them from going for you! Unless of course, you luck out and they lose a leg or two. Running up steps quickly and then hoping the rails back down to the next staircase can be a distracting evasion maneuver.
You stand a better chance on moving escalators which confuse the hell out of them thereby giving you a pretty good chance of evading the cannibalistic corpses. Elevators can be great places to trap them but on the other hand, a dangerous place to be if cornered by a number of living dead. Naturally, during a zombie apocalypse, the power would be out and these options would be closed to you.
During a zombie apocalypse, you should exercise caution in stairwells as there could be zombies trapped on landings between floors. They could easily be lying there motionless and silent in the darkness. Once whatever lured them there has ceased, they’ll just lurch back and forth in place and eventually freeze following their natural behavior of avoiding the steps. This is only the case if doors are present since operating knobs is beyond their comprehension. Newly minted zombies may have some residual instinctual memory of using the steps when they were human. These zombies would therefore not avoid staircases. Thankfully those memories fade quickly! In addition, no zombie can climb a ladder so that can be an excellent avenue of escape if you can get to the upper location before they knock it down.🧟
Walking Dead Zombie Steps
Daryl Dixon of Walking Dead [Ad] fame deals with a new type of high-tech zombie. Despite their unusual ability to utilize Hoverboards [Ad] they still can’t figure out the enigma of a common staircase. Indeed, Daryl knows this and makes his escape from a zombie horde…