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Freakers are humans and fauna that fell victim to an infection, turning them into ravenous cannibalistic monsters. They are a major antagonistic force, and catalyst for events, in Days Gone.
Two years prior to the events of the game, and unknown virus spread throughout the world, turning millions of humans and animals. As a result, civilization fell, and cities were abandoned in favor of smaller settlements in the wilderness.
Freakers remained a threat to the human survivors.
Freakers are the result when living creatures are infected with an unknown virus. The virus granted them superior strength, speed, and agility of a normal creature of their species, but become feral, cannibalistic, and mindless. All Freakers appear to have their skin covered in bloody soars, and the infected humans seem to have gone hairless.
Thus far it's only known to affect mammalian life, though other types of animals could be susceptible to infection.
Types of Freaker
There are multiple different types of Freaker.
Standard: Infected adults, who make up the majority of the Freakers. Alone they are relatively minor threats, but in swarms, they can easily overwhelm their prey.
Newt: Infected adolescents, who will attempt to ambush Deacon and jump on him.
Runner: Runners are wolves infected by the freaker virus are incredibly fast, capable of outrunning Deacon's Motorcycle.
Rager Bear: Rager Bears are infected bears. They have massively increased durability, and are able to take a lot of trauma, as seen with one having barbed wire and weapons embedded in its flesh, and being completely unphased by it.
Utilised by Humans
At some point, survivors began to use Freakers to their advantage. They have been seen as alarms systems and guard dogs to deter would-be intruders.
Freakers when unprovoked or unaware of the presence of non-infected human or fauna will merely wander around in search of them. When they find one they will chase them down in a furious frenzy.
Since Freakers are still living beings, they are fairly easy to kill and can be killed by the same methods a living being can be killed, such as ballistic and blunt force trauma, fire and being crushed. However, since they tend to move in a swarm it seems to be a good idea to simply avoid them where possible.
- The Freakers still being living creatures despite their infection makes them similar to the Infected from Left 4 Dead and The Last of Us, as opposed to more traditional undead zombies.