Martial Artist is a melee-based perk that grants a survivor a strong, two-hit unarmed attack, a handful of points in the fitness stat, a point in strength, and the ability to raise fitness one point above its maximum cap. To offset the perks, a martial artist is unable to use firearms and motorized weapons.

Martial Artist appears to be the counterpart of the Big Bruiser perk which behaves similarly, providing an unarmed attack and a handful of strength points instead.


Upgrades for Martial Artist can be purchased from Peak Performance Perks in exchange for Zombo Points.

Unlock Unlocked by default
Level 2 2 Zombo Points
Level 3 4 Zombo Points

Trait Interactions

  • BERSERK! - provides the highest starting fitness stat (7 fitness) which can be trained up to 8
  • Warrior - supplements the melee-only nature of the Martial Artist perk
Perks & Traits
Peak Performance Perks
AthleteUltrafitMegabuffBig BruiserMartial ArtistHidden PotentialEx-WrestlerT*S*T*C
Weapon and Shooting Perks
Perks of the Mind
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