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Bile bomb/ Vomit Jar
Hud icon Bile invert 
Weapon Type Grenade
Capacity 1
Carry Capacity 1
Damage per Shot 50
Rate of Fire Single use only


"Puke in the hole!"
Nick
"Here comes the Bile, you sons of bitches!"
Ellis

The Bile Bomb (a.k.a. Boomer Bile, Vomit jar or simply puke) is a new weapon which appeared in Left 4 Dead 2. The weapon was first mentioned in the achievement list. The Bile bomb is a throwable glass jar containing the green Boomer bile. When thrown, it sends the Infected horde to wherever it hits, and potentially causing "friendly-fire" by leading the Horde to attack any Infected coated in the bile. Bile bombs, overall, allow for a brief moment of rest and preparation during a battle.

The Bile bomb can often be found in the first two levels of Dead Center. It may also be dropped by CEDA Worker Infected, though this is less common. The Bile bomb will use the same inventory slot as the Pipe Bomb and the Molotov Cocktail, so only one of the three can be carried at one time.

The bomb spreads Boomer bile on whatever it hits, and the Horde summoned by the Survivors will attack whatever is covered in bile, including other Infected. If the Bile bomb is used on an empty space, it will summon a Horde and all of the local Infected to the place where the bomb landed. Usually, the Director will spawn a Horde if there are not a lot of Infected, and the Common or Uncommon Infected will mostly ignore the Survivors so long as the bile is still in effect, making them easy targets. The Common Infected hit by the bomb will begin attacking each other, as well.

The bomb can also help in Tank fights as it calls a Horde to attack it. The effect of this is only marginal, however, and usually just serves to slow the Tank down and damage it slightly rather than kill it. Sometimes, though, the Tank will be rendered immobile by the Common Infected hitting it. This can buy the Survivors a lot of valuable time―however, Survivors must be careful, as some of the Common Infected might survive and attack the Survivors, making this tactic especially dangerous on Expert and Realism. If the Tank is AI-controlled and bile is applied to other Infected, the Tank will ignore the Survivors and instead focus on attacking the Infected covered in bile, which can also buy the Survivors some time and cut down on the threat of other Infected attacking with the Tank.

The bomb can also be used to confuse Special Infected as it will make any two of them that have been hit to fight one another as well as the oncoming Common Infected. When a Bile bomb hits any type of Infected, Survivors will be able to see the affected Infected's aura outlined in bright purple. Throwing the Bile bomb on a Survivor will not draw a Horde to attack; however, the Horde will be drawn to the location where the bomb impacted, and will attack any Survivors within that impact area.

AchievementsEdit

Septic tank SEPTIC TANK (15G)
Use a bile bomb on a Tank.



Robbed zombie ROBBED ZOMBIE (15G)
Collect 10 vials of Boomer vomit from Infected CEDA agents you have killed.


Tactics Edit

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Bile bomb used on a Tank.

  • Even though the Bile bomb is designed to make Infected attack each other, it can also be used as a distraction. Use it during Crescendo Events or finales to reach the escape vehicle to make the Special Infected the only threat when one is thrown.
    • It can also be used for speedrunning through a chapter in the following ways:
      • By throwing the bile inside the saferoom then closing the door, the ensuing Common Infected will attempt to attack the safe room door to destroy it. As safe room doors cannot be destroyed by any attack unless it came from a Tank, they will be stuck attacking the door. This results in little to no Common Infected as the current Commons are busy attacking the safe room door.
      • You can throw it off an area the team will most likely not visit and run through the hordes of Infected as they surge to that spot. Make sure everyone is ready to go before you do so.
      • Players should be wary of Special Infected spawning as they are not affected by the bile like Common Infected, especially for Tanks when speedrunning as it can create an unexpected and sudden fight.
  • When thrown at Special Infected, it will result in both of them fighting each other. This is rather rare as they are usually not bunched together and spawn in various areas to attack the Survivors from.
  • Do not use a bile bomb while a Survivor is soaked in Boomer bile. The AI Infected prioritizes boomer bile-soaked Survivors over that of the bile bomb if it does not hit any Infected.
  • Be wary of using Bile bombs during Hard Rain, as it will spawn Worker Infected. Unless other Common Infected are hit by the bomb, they will ignore its effects and head straight for the Survivors instead, which can be dangerous on Expert and Realism modes.
  • A Bile bomb should be used on a horde only if you anticipate one coming or the team is in critical condition.
  • Bile bombs are very rare to find during Dark Carnival and The Parish. In Dark Carnival, they only appear during The Highway and The Concert (one always spawns in this chapter), and for the latter during The Park and The Quarter. Teams should have one player carry a Bile bomb to be used during Crescendo Events or finales.
  • Bile bombs are much more effective in Versus than in Campaign Mode. As the Special Infected are now controlled by players, hitting them with a Bile bomb blinds them temporarily and allows the horde to attack and slow them down. This works well on Tank players who will struggle to get the Common Infected out of the way.
  • They are useful on The Hotel and The Bridge, as Common Infected will still chase after them and fall to their deaths, allowing the players to progress with ease.
  • With practice, players can kill or make Witches retreat if a Bile bomb is thrown from a long distance. When used against the Tank, it will not trigger the fight and will deplete most if not all of his health, making the fight against him easier.
  • Unlike Molotovs and Pipe bombs which bounce off surfaces, once a Bile bomb is thrown it will explode when it reaches a surface or wall. Be wary of how you throw it as improper throwing may waste the bomb.
  • Like Boomer bile, do not block incoming Infected as they run towards the impact zone. This will result in them stopping and attacking you because you are blocking their way, similar to blocking a Witch when she is chasing after the startler or retreating.
  • When facing a startled Witch, do not use Bile bombs against her. She will be too fast for the Horde to catch up, decimate them with ease and result in her targeting the thrower if hit by one. It does not slow her speed down either so use a Molotov instead for this purpose.
  • The Bile bomb is a mix of both the Pipe bomb and Molotov. It has the area effect of the Molotov while using the attention grabbing mechanics of the Pipe bomb.

Notes Edit

  • The concept for the Bile bomb was mentioned by a user on the official Steam forums[1]. Credit for the weapon, however, has not been assigned, as there has been no proof that one single fan came up with the idea, or if Valve coincidentally created it.
  • The Boomer's vomit is a dark green liquid, but the Bile bomb's is a lighter color. This could be because CEDA refined the bile for research purposes, possibly reducing its power to lure Infected in the process, as Common Infected are more attracted to Boomer vomit over a Bile bomb.
    • Another explanation is that human pheromones or tissue was added to "activate" the bile. Since bile from a Boomer does not summon Infected unless it hits a Survivor, it may be activated by human pheromones or tissue. Use of stale samples of these pheromones or tissues may be the cause for the infected's preference for bile-soaked Survivors over Bile bombs.
  • The bile from the Bile bomb will only cover Infected, while the bile from the Boomer will only cover Survivors.
    • It also appears to have originally affected Survivors near the blast radius, according to a game instructor line stating, "A Survivor bile-bombed you" ― however, this line is used when biled as an Infected in Versus. There were also, according to captions in the game files, lines stating that Boomer bile attracts the horde, and that you shouldn't throw it on them. It was removed due to the possibility of griefing, but altering the values of the console commands vomitjar_radius_survivors and vomitjar_duration_survivors will replicate its original behavior.
  • The Bile bomb may have indicated that the military was trying to research and create an effective bioweapon against the Infected. Or perhaps, simply, it was a result of efforts to find out the effects and extent of mutations from the virus.
  • It seems that CEDA may have come up with the names for the Infected, or at least the Boomer, since the label clearly states "Boomer" Excretion. It is also possible that they used the name the Survivors gave it, so that they knew what was in the bottle.
  • The achievement ROBBED ZOMBIE is a reference to movie director and rock artist "Rob Zombie".
  • The Bile Bomb label says "Sample 0841," which means that CEDA has been collecting samples for some time.
  • It is notably strange how Survivors in Swamp Fever can find Bile bombs, because the Village En Marais ignores help from CEDA, and the bile bomb is an improvised weapon as a result of CEDA research. However, these jars may have been carried there by other Survivors or scavenged from the inhabitants of the village.
  • Strangely, the Worker Infected is immune to the effect of the Bile Bomb and will attack the Survivors rather than chase the bomb. The Worker Infected wears nothing to show a resistance or immunity to this like he does for pipe bombs (he wears earmuffs).
    • The bile bomb shares the pipe bomb's programming when it comes to attracting the Infected. Since the Worker Infected is immune to the attraction of pipe bombs, he is also immune to the attraction of bile bombs.
    • The Worker Infected will, however, chase after the bile bomb IF the bile landed on another Infected.
  • It's possible for a jumping survivor to be launched high in the air if thrown below them.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=798716
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