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| Chapter 4|
|Swamp Fever Chapter Chronology|
- "I'm standing by a big gate. In front of a big house."
- "Stay there right now, I'm comin for ya."
- For the actual in-game plantation house, see Plantation House.
The Plantation is the fourth and final chapter in Swamp Fever.
The action takes place during a journey to and at a rundown plantation house with an overgrown formal garden fronting a gated wall that leads on down to a half-flooded river jetty. This chapter's finale is unique because on higher difficulties, two Tanks may spawn at once during the second Tank attack.
A Heavy Machine Gun is mounted on the plantation house's upper veranda, but it is of limited practical use on account of its lack of mobility.
During the finale, players are confined to an area comprising the plantation house and its garden until enough time has passed. Then the gate at riverfront wall is blown apart, thus allowing them to sprint to Virgil's boat. Various strategies to complete this chapter are outlined below.
Also see: Tactics
All campaign walkthroughs are done on Normal difficulty in single player, and are meant to give tips on what to do and generally point out things that might otherwise be missed.
There are, of course, a few key things to always remember:
- Stop, look, and listen.
- Stopping to observe your surroundings might allow you to prepare for something nasty, like a Witch or Special Infected in a really bad place for them to be. Maybe even a Tank at possible times.
- This cannot be stressed enough. Left 4 Dead 2 is supposed to be a cooperative game. Communicate with your teammates, if you're playing with others, or if you're by yourself with Bots, point out things they might otherwise miss. In all cases, watch out for each other and take care of each other. You are not going to survive the zombie apocalypse by yourself.
- Be ready for anything.
- Don't panic.
At the beginning, the AI Survivors will grab:
- Nick will grab an Assault Rifle.
- Coach will grab an Auto Shotgun.
- Rochelle will grab an Assault Rifle.
- Ellis will grab a Sniper Rifle.
Once all the players have stocked up on ammo, selected their firearm of choice, healed if need be and grabbed any other items, they exit the safe room.
The area outside the safe room is a marshy paddock on a slight hillside sprinkled with trees and undergrowth amidst which a moderate number of individual Common Infected are loitering. Players should press on straight up the paddock towards the buildings visible on the opposite side mopping up as they go. They must be alert as Special Infected (e.g. Charger, Jockey and Spitter) are certain to appear at this time while a mini-horde often storms out down the hillside from the buildings once players get just past a nearby patch of water.
On reaching the buildings, players should inspect the barn on the left, which usually houses pipe bombs and molotovs. Moving on, to save time, a good idea is to toss a pipe- or bile bomb into a dirt road lined with shotgun shacks, and so safely and conveniently clean out the area of the many Common Infected milling around. Note that one or two Special Infected will also put in an appearance in this area.
Bearing in mind that the route is down the dirt road to the right towards a double-storied house at the end, the two lines of one-room shacks can be quickly inspected for supplies such as individual pipe bombs, molotovs, Adrenaline shots, Pills, various melee weapons and firearms. If the team is pretty well stocked up, they can safely ignore the shacks apart from making a fast visual scan as they go past. The second barn in the area on the left behind the high rail fence is worth a look as its top floor often gives up a Chainsaw. Note that a Smoker is very likely to spawn in the doorway if the entire team goes up the stairs.
If a team is lingering in the village, a mini-horde is certain to appear by the time players get to the area in front of the second barn at the T-junction.
Facing down the dirt road at the base of the T-junction is the two-storied house referred to earlier. This is always worth exploring since the roof over the front door usually gives up a Tier 2 weapon and ammo. To get to the roof, it is simply a case of going up the stairs to the second floor and jumping out the open window onto the roof.
At this point, players will most likely have to face a horde. Defending from the roof is easy, but watch must be kept for such things as a Smoker in second barn or Spitter in the dirt road off to the right.
Once all is quiet, players head on down the dirt road to the right, thus putting the hard sunlight into their eyes.
After a short distance, players pass a stalled tractor on the left-hand verge and swing left into the driveway leading up to the plantation house. Most commonly, the area will be thickly populated with Common Infected. A good idea is to toss a Bile bomb or Pipe Bomb as either of these will quickly and safely delouse the area.
Players proceed up the long driveway to the plantation house and enter it by climbing a ladder to the upper floor attached to construction scaffolding just to the right of the line of approach. Have one person go up the ladder while the other three keep guard and once he or she is at the top take up an overwatch position and protect the next player up.
Entering the open window brings players into a child's room with a large hole in the floor. After culling the Common Infected down below, players jump down together bearing in mind that this is a point of no return, so there is no way of saving a team member who is incapacitated in the child's room if everyone else is in the room below. Should a pinner Infected appear as you climb the ladders, it should be taken care of first before going down.
Depending on where the Director places supplies, you may or may not want to defend at your planned location. All health kits are at the table on the east wing of the plantation, and throwables at a cabinet near the "Glory Hole".
- Option A: Weapons + ammo dump at "Glory Hole" area
- Option B: Weapons + ammo dump at west wing of plantation (look at plantation from gate view)
- Option C: Weapons + ammo dump directly outside the gate
As such, there are three methods that are best effective at dealing with the incoming hordes once Virgil is notified of your position:
West Wing methodEdit
The West Wing of the plantation contains two sets of Pain Pills and Adrenaline Shots, which will help should the team not use their Health Kits yet. Stay on the staircase to create a decent funnel effect against the Infected. Two players should be on the ground while two should be at the staircase in case the Infected try to attack from both floors at once. Once the Tank appears, move out to the plantation yard to get more space while fighting him. Once the Tank dies, grab any supplies you need before returning to the west wing. This is recommended on harder difficulties due to its excellent funnel effect against the Commons.
"Glory Hole" methodEdit
Heavy Machine Gun methodEdit
At the second floor of the plantation is an HMG which will decimate any Infected that it hits; however, it is almost useless in this case as the Infected will come down from the "Glory Hole" most of the time while the very few that do come from the outside are protected by the hedges of the plantation's garden. Infected will surround you quickly from all sides, so rifles or shotguns are required to clear them out. When the Tank appears, if there are any heavily wounded Survivors, get on the HMG; Tanks will always target the person manning the HMG so if you can avoid his attacks, it will help the whole team out. Not recommended on higher difficulties due to the Infected being able to swarm the team easily.
At the gate where you contact Virgil, there is a very nice funnel effect from all three sides so damage can be focused quickly on several sides depending on where the Infected come from. It also gives better overall movement compared to the other methods, as when playing on harder difficulties two Tanks arrive on the second wave, and open movement is helpful in avoiding their attacks. However, a Tank spawn is near this area and players can be hit with surprise attacks so this method is not recommended on higher difficulties.
Though they might be immune to the Infection, they aren't immune to death; no one is. Work together to make sure they're victims of this rampant virus, one way or another. Do not let the Survivors escape; use any means necessary!
This can be one of the easiest finales in both games if the Survivors know where to hold out and are experienced. It is highly recommended to try to kill at least one Survivor before the Plantation house is reached since once the Survivors are set up and entrenched it is hard to get at them.
- Survivors that have been separated from their teammates are significantly more vulnerable to attack than Survivors that are in groups. Make an effort to attack Survivors that are far from their teammates, as you will be able to deal significant damage before they are saved and you are killed.
- The Survivors all have outlines around them, showing their status and location. Green means they're healthy; yellow means they're hurt; red means they're low on health. Purple means they've been covered in Boomer bile. You can probably discern which to seek out first if possible.
- Think like a Survivor. When you play as one, when are the worst times that something could come at you? Exploit that knowledge.
- Teamwork, as aforementioned. Has a Boomer gotten their bile all over the Survivors? Jump one of them or a clean one. They can't see their teammates' aura until they're clean...and by then, it might be too late.
- As much as teamwork is a strength for you and your enemies, a lack of it will be their downfall. If you can focus all of your energy on killing one of the Survivors, the rest will be that much easier to take down. Not only will they have one less gun, but they will have three Survivors to your three incapacitating Infected.
The Plantation is suited well for all types of Special Infected because it involves both indoor and outdoor parts. There are a few key spots to attack during this level and the opportunity for Survivors to explore multiple houses can leave them spread out and open for attack; use this to your advantage.
This level has some wide-open areas at the beginning, so use that to your advantage. When the Survivors first leave the safe room, try hiding behind some of the bushes in the marsh and jump out in front of the Survivors, knocking them back and hopefully dealing a lot of damage early on. If this is not to your liking, you can wait out in the small grouping of houses and try to get a Survivor that has broken off from the group to explore.
The open area up to the mansion can be useful; try charging a Survivor back down to the entrance causing the Survivors to have to slow down. Once inside the Mansion, your job is to separate tight Survivor formations. The darkness will help and try attacking when the horde is strongest. Another good tactic is to charge someone away when the Tanks are attacking. The Survivors will be separated and have their attention focused on killing the Tank so it should be easy to dispose of a pesky Survivor. If they hold out near the Heavy Machine Gun, this is actually an advantage for you as you can easily carry a Survivor off the balcony, dealing high fall damage, as well as separating them from the group.
This level has lots of areas suited for you. The marsh area in at the start is not ideal, but a quick Jockey attack against a Survivor that is taking their time leaving the safe room could be devastating. The grouping of houses is more ideal for this guy. Wait unseen just outside of the house, and when a Survivor goes in, quickly follow them and pounce. With any luck, the Survivors will be focused on exploring and spread out so they will have to cover a lot of ground to get to their friend. The open road and area up to the Mansion are not good because you can be spotted easily and disposed of quickly.
Once in the mansion, your job is to make Survivors who try to stock up on ammo and supplies mid-finale pay the ultimate price, although any ride that takes a Survivor onto another floor or off the balcony is a good ride. Find the ammo pile (or another important item such as first aid) and hide out near it using the dark to your advantage or the hedges if the ammo is outside. When a Survivor goes to get ammo, pounce them and take them further away from their team members. In general, it is a good idea to also attack when the Tank is around, as this will draw the Survivors attention.
The outdoor areas are more suited to the Smoker. That being said, there are really no great locations for a Smoker in this level. Like the Jockey, your best bet for an early attack is to wait near the houses for the Survivors to split up and explore. If you can manage to entangle a Survivor who is away from the group, you can deal a lot of damage. The open areas and lack of truly tall buildings will limit your effectiveness in the early stages of this level. Do not get discouraged, though; a crucial Smoker pull can make the Survivors slow down and could cause just enough chaos to allow your fellow Infected to deal massive damage to the Survivors. One great place for a Smoker attack is the ladder and scaffolding that is used to access the Mansion. Wait for the last Survivor to climb up the ladder and then pull him/her back down.
The fall will hurt him or her, and although you will probably be killed quickly, you will make the Survivors slow down. If the team you are playing against is not very skilled or good at teamwork, you can wait to see if they go down the hole into the mansion one at a time; if they do, simple entangle the last Survivor and you should have an easy kill. During the finale, your job is to break up close formations of Survivors. You are also very important for disturbing Survivors who use the Glory Hole method as their position is defensible from almost every other Special Infected. Pulling Survivors off the balcony is also a great way to deal massive damage and separate players. As with the Charger and Jockey, taking a Survivor off the balcony or higher floors of the house works very well for you.
The open areas at the start of this level can be a little tricky to navigate as a Hunter. Remember that you are silent unless crouched so make sure stealth is a large part of your game. Like the other pinning specials (Jockey, Smoker, and Charger) the abandoned houses are a great place to launch a surprise attack and you will have the easiest job of hiding. Make anyone who is falling behind or rushing forward pay a dear price for leaving their companions. Once inside the Mansion, you will be less effective since players will tend to stick together. Like the Jockey, one good idea is to wait by important items (ammo pile, health packs, etc.) and pounce anyone foolish enough to leave their group. If that is not your game, you are better as a second attack. Wait for a Charger or Smoker to grab a Survivor and then when others are going to the rescue, pounce the last one in the group. You should have valuable seconds to cause chaos and deal massive damage.
Remember to always attack relentlessly when a Tank is around. At the mansion, sometimes one Survivor will go alone or far from the group to use the radio and start the finale (this will not happen if the Survivors are using the Gate Method); make sure that this will be his/her funeral and make a 25+ pounce from the roof of the mansion. Keep in mind a few factors:
- Do not crouch, as if you do, the Survivor may hear you and prepare for the encounter.
- Wait for him/her to start the finale and be half-way back; if you try to pounce him/her too far or too close from the mansion, you will fail. Starting the finale will attract the Common Infected, buying you more time to incapacitate.
- As a Hunter, you can easily kill a Survivor, but only with synchronized teamwork -- have your Infected teammates distract the other Survivors, so they cannot help the unlucky one. The Boomer is the best support here, as he can easily cover the Survivors in bile so they will easily panic, and not see that their friend is getting killed.
This level has very few choke points for you to do your thing. Your best bet for an early attack is to scope out the abandoned houses early and see what items the Survivors may want. Hide near the house and when they go in spit in the small confines and you should deal some damage although quick Survivors will be able to escape virtually unharmed. The large house by the T-intersection usually has an ammo pile on the roof so spitting that when Survivors are around can also be beneficial. One of the best places to spit is the hole that drops Survivors down inside the Mansion. The spit will cause a panic and some players will jump down while others stay up top and combined with a successful pinning attack can be spell disaster for a team.
Once inside the Mansion, your job is to force the Survivors to break rank. Spit into their group and force them apart into hopefully different directions causing confusion. This is a great tactic combined with a horde attack because the Survivors will be so focused on getting out of the acid that a horde has a chance to get in and attack. Remember to attack when a Tank is around, although you are less effective than the other Specials at this time. The absolute best spot for the Spitter is the roof of the mansion. You will be virtually untouchable once the Survivors have jumped down, but you will have access to the main stairwell with the ammo pile through the hole in the roof, the garden, and even the mounted gun from the very edge of the roof. If you have a good aim, you might be the one doing the most damage to the Survivors during the finale.
Your job is simple: Cause confusion and panic to the Survivors. The abandoned houses are a great place to lie in wait particularly the barn to the left of the hill. The disadvantage of puking on someone inside a house is that they can easily spam the door with gunfire and easily deal with the horde, or they may not check the shacks altogether. Don't let this get you down; hordes slow down Survivors and give other Specials opportunities to attack. Once past the houses, the open areas will not be kind to the Boomer.
When inside the Mansion, puking can be devastating. There are many areas the Infected can come from and Survivors can easily be separated inside. Never attack a tightly formed group of Survivors head on unless you are close enough that being shot will dispense the bile. When a Tank is around, be sure to vomit at least one Survivor, as a horde plus a Tank often equals death for at least one Survivor.
In this level, a Tank spawn before the finale is very rare. If you do happen to spawn as a Tank, the open areas give the Survivors clear shots at you so be careful. There are a few cars around, so use them to your advantage if possible. Try to pin Survivors inside a building they cannot escape. During the finale, inside the Mansion can work for and against you. There are no pushable objects (cars, Dumpsters, etc.). The small close quarters will trap Survivors, but can also slow you down and give Survivors time to escape. Skilled teams can avoid you inside while rookie teams will panic and can be picked off.
Try to keep players inside as the garden is open and allows you to be shot from a distance. However, use whatever tactic works best for you as the garden can also separate Survivors and they can get hung up on the numerous bushes and trees. If Survivors are on the balcony, try to hit them off dealing massive damage and a possible instant kill. Also, the plantation house has many breakable walls, so use that to your advantage (Survivors hole up in a small room, wall crashes down, tank emerges). If you are a Tank after rescue has arrived, try to hit a Survivor into the deep water surrounding the boat, causing an instant death. If you're too far from them, try to catch up or throw rocks at them.
See also: The Survivors
The Survivors reach the Plantation House, they call for rescue but to their horror it never came. Now they must battle an endless wave of Infecteds bent on making sure they never try to leave. How long can they survive?
- Teamwork is essential to long-term survival.
- In this mode, most of the popular choke points, closets and easily defensible corners are removed. Even if you find one that has not been removed, it is not recommended that you fight from there as The Tank will quickly defeat you when he arrives.
- You have an infinite amount of time to prepare. Use this to your advantage. Take as much time as you can to set up gas cans, propane tanks, oxygen tanks and to find a good place to fight from.
- When searching for a place to fight from, remember that you need a location that not only limits where the horde attacks from, but also gives you a fair chance against the Tank. You either need to be able to fall back and deal with the Tank easily, or have a good enough vantage point to kill him before he can get too close.
- Ammunition is a problem. Unless you are being overrun with Infected or fighting a Tank, try to use your pistols as much as possible. Conserving ammunition should be a priority, as trying to get more during a horde attack can often be fatal. When you do head out for ammunition, remember to take at least one teammate with you.
Right side of the room methodEdit
- Funnel area, meaning Infected will be much more easier to kill.
- Secondary escape area in case you get overrun.
- Weapon hopping must be utilized to the max as the nearest ammo area can be very dangerous due to Special and Common Infected.
- Special Infected (especially Smokers), can and will attack from the top. Common Infected may also split up attacking from both directions.
- Funnel effect, Infected can be fought against at three sides.
- Very close to radio, making walking only for emergencies.
- Infected can surround you easily if you are unable to kill enough of them quickly.
- Special Infected can pincer squeeze you out of the area.
- Very far from a nearby ammo dump or weapons.
- Close to an ammo dump, Defibrillator, grenades and health kits.
- Infected can be funneled if done correctly.
- Several escape routes.
- The HMG can be used to take out Infected attacking in front.
- The HMG is almost useless and cannot help you.
- Infected can easily surround you.
- Infected can climb up the plantation's supports and attack from behind.
- There is some inconsistency in the elevation of the ground under the safe room between this chapter and the previous chapter. In the previous chapter, the ground slopes downwards, leaving part of the safe room raised above the ground. However, in this chapter, the safe room is completely at ground level. This can be seen by looking through the cracks in the wall.
- This is the only chapter of the campaign set in daylight, because the sun is visible in the sky. Earlier chapters took place just before the sun had risen.
- Witches in this level are stationary, likely for consistency reasons.
- When this chapter appeared in the Zombie Survival Guide video, the Heavy Machine Gun was located in another place―near the front door (at the bottom) of the plantation. Another strange note is the presence of Fallen Survivors, even though they were cut at the time and ended up in The Passing.
- If one is to use console commands and spawn the original L4D survivors as bots, Louis will control the Heavy Machine Gun at the bottom floor instead of the top floor.
- During the finale, the Survivors may face up to a total of four Tanks. This makes this finale unique as others tend to have only two or three Tanks (two for The Bridge and three for other finales).
- If players are playing on Normal or higher difficulty, when the second wave of Tanks arrive players may have to fight two of them at once. This will always happen on Advanced or higher. The Tanks do not spawn at once, but after the first spawns the second one will come quickly once the first one spots you.
- On Expert or Realism mode, it is possible for three Tanks to spawn instead of two.
- Near the mansion during the finale, there is a crate that allows you to restock ammo (if ammo spawns there) while holding off Infected. If you observe carefully at the side of the crate you will see the words, "Ration K U.S. 120 Rations." These also appear in Dead Air. Ration K does not currently exist in the U.S. Army, however. It used to exist in the U.S. Army during World War II as emergency food rations for paratroopers. It was canceled due to being overused by soldiers resulting in cases of vitamin deficiency and undernourishment. This can likely be explained by Valve reusing models from its World War II game; Day of Defeat Source.
- This chapter is one of three to feature the Heavy Machine Gun, located on the balcony of the plantation, overlooking the garden. However, it is almost useless, as of most of the horde comes from the back and the sides where there is no way to get them with a Heavy Machine Gun, and the ones who come through the garden maze are protected by the maze. Tanks will still target the Survivor on the Heavy Machine Gun and will quickly move out of view in order to climb the walls or go into the house itself, so the window of opportunity to shoot the Tank is small.
- If a Survivor dies in the plantation, the Rescue Closet near the throwables will instantly respawn them without waiting for the time limit.
- Using a bile Bomb during the pair of Tanks will not cause them to attack each other, since it would make the two Tanks quickly kill each other allowing the Survivors to be dealt with almost no damage.
- It is unknown how the back gates at the end explode. Virgil may be similar to Whitaker from Dead Center and carries a grenade launcher for such occasions.
- The Plantation is a 19th-century building, most likely from the slave trade era.
- The exterior design of the plantation house bears a striking resemblance to the real life Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, Louisiana.
- A rare glitch will occasionally occur where the finale will be skipped. When someone answers the radio, telling Virgil where they are, the exit gate will explode immediately and the "Skin of our Teeth" music will play as the boat arrives prematurely, ending the finale.
- As you enter the building on your left, as soon as you enter the village part of the level, if you look left, you will see a pile of objects covered by a cloth. It is possible to go around it, jump in the small gap and be permanently stuck.
- When you get onto the rescue vehicle, as all other finale endings, Common Infected chase after the Survivor's position. In this case, it is Virgil's boat that they are chasing after. However, when they reach a corner as the boat leaves, they instantly die upon touching it.