All Zombieland Rules

Can you help us fill in the missing rules of Zombieland?

Zombieland Rules from the movie & promotional material

#1 – Cardio
#2 – The Double Tap
#3 – Beware of Bathrooms
#4 – Seatbelts
#5 – ???
#6 – The Skillet*
#7 – Travel Light
#8 – Get A Kickass Partner*
#9 – ???
#10 – ???
#11 – ???
#12 – Bounty Paper Towels*
#13 – ???
#14 – ???
#15 – Bowling Ball*
#16 – ???
#17 – Don’t Be A Hero
#18 – Limber Up
#19 – ???
#20 – ???
#21 – Avoid Strip Clubs*
#22 – When In Doubt, Know Your Way Out
#23 – ???
#24 – ???
#25 – ???
#26 – ???
#27 – ???
#28 – ???
#29 – The Buddy System*
#30 – ???
#31 – Check The Back Seat
#32 – Enjoy The Little Things
#33 – Swiss Army Knife*

*Rules marked with an asterisk are from promotional material and should not yet be considered canon.

Zombieland Deleted Scenes Rules

#2 – The Ziploc Bag

Zombieland Rules from interviews with cast and crew

4 new rules have been mentioned by the writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese but they don’t have numbers associated with them.
#??? – Always carry a change of underwear
#??? – Double-knot your shoe[lace]s
#??? – It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Unless it is a sprint, then sprint
#??? – Pack your stain stick

Zombieland Rules from the cellphone game

#2 – Zipplock
#3 – Double Tap
#5 – Shoot First
#7 – Incoming!
#8 – Break it up
#9 – With your bare hands
#10 – Don’t swing low
#11 – Use your feet
#13 – Shake it off
#22 – Opportunity knocks
#24 – Use your thumbs

568 Responses to “All Zombieland Rules”

  1. incerdimarc says:

    #23 – No open-toed shoes. Am I right? That’s gross!

  2. robert says:

    what about a crowbar its sturdy and extremly useful

  3. Rule #5 Reload
    Rule #6 Maintain your guns
    Rule #7 Keep your cool
    Rule #8 Stay alert
    Rule #9 Work as a team
    Rule #10 Don’t get attatched
    Rule #11 Always carry a melee weapon
    Rule #12 Use your peripherals
    Rule #13 Trust your instincts

  4. Hindean says:

    all these pre-trailer movie clip zombie rules are backwards from the final version of the movie….

    These are straight from the movie.

    #1. Cardio
    #2. Double Tap
    #3. Beware of Bathrooms
    #4. Seatbelts
    #7. Travel Light
    #17. Don’t be a hero
    #22. When in doubt, know your way out.
    #31. Check the backseat
    #32. Enjoy the little things

  5. admin says:

    @Hindean

    Nice one. List updated accordingly.

  6. Drifter says:

    After Wichita & Little Rock take Tallahassee & Columbus guns at the store. There should be a Rule# ?Trust No One!

  7. Drifter says:

    Rule # ? If you dress like a Zombie, You’ll Die like a Zombie!

  8. Meghan says:

    #20: learn to hunt/grow food.

  9. Chris Ellis says:

    #406 – Trust No One

  10. Tawni says:

    Tallahassee rule.. Learn to make twinkies!!!!!!!

    Steps to accomplishing this…
    Step 1- find head twinkie quarters
    Step 2- find top secret twinkie recipe
    Step 3- collect ingredients
    Step 4- MAKE TWINKIES!!!!!

  11. Cassie says:

    Rule #5 Double Knot Your Shoelaces

  12. admin says:

    @Cassie Double knot isn’t bad.

    @Tawni Should I put a Twinkie recipe up you think?

    There’s a lot of rules that you could learn from the film. Maybe I should start another page for us all to make them up.

  13. Kassy says:

    i think the quote “nut up or shut up” should be definitely one.

  14. Eibmoz says:

    Rule # ? Maintain good hygiene: When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer like Purell.

  15. ROBBIE says:

    Rule # 27 zombies are like mice leave them long enogh in a maze and they will get out so ……….ALL WAYS KILL THEM DON’T TRUST DOORS

  16. Dave says:

    rule#? Don’t turn on funfairs (durrrr, ya think?)
    Rule#? never use a melee weapon more than once (as shown by Tallahassee) their blood may infect you

  17. Michelle S says:

    In case of zombie attack always remember to severe the head.

  18. Barts says:

    Zombie Apocolypse Rules
    1. Cardio
    2. Double Tap
    3. Beware of bathrooms
    4. Seatbelts
    5. Double Knot your Shoelaces
    6. Cast Iron Skillet
    7. Travel Light
    8. Don’t Get Attached
    9. It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint, Unless It’s a Sprint, Then Sprint
    10. Pack Your Tide Stain Stick
    11. Reload
    12. Bounty Paper Towels
    13. Maintain Your Firearms
    14. Stay Alert
    15. 16oz. Bowling Ball
    16. Work as a Team
    17. (Don’t) Be a Hero
    18. Limber Up
    19. Always Carry a Change of Underwear
    20. Always Carry a Melee Weapon
    21. Use your Peripherals
    22. When in Doubt, Know Your Way Out
    23. Trust your Instincts
    24. Trust No One
    25. Purell
    26. ???
    27. Beware of Doors
    28. ???
    29. The Buddy system
    30. Sever the Head
    31. Check the Back Seat
    32. Enjoy the little things
    33. Swiss Army Knife

  19. admin says:

    Nice set or rules @Barts, any of them legit or you’re able to back them up with an interview or video?

  20. James says:

    #19 No unnecessary lights or noise.

  21. peter says:

    my ideas for additions (not real… just throwin some things out there)

    1. avoid populated cities (intro / getting the map / amusement park)
    2. plan ahead (the whole list basically)
    3. improvise when needed (shower curtain / hammer)
    4. avoid major light and sound (amusement park)
    5. always be fully loaded (not shown really)
    6. carry extra ammo (amusement park)
    7. look before you leap (shooting twinkies / bill murray)
    8. always have a melee weapon (baseball bat / banjo / amusement park out of ammo)
    9. noise and light can be used as a distraction (drawing zombies away from girls at carnival)
    10. use surroundings (swinging ship)
    11. dress like a zombie, die like a zombie (murray)
    12. water
    13. don’t scream (draws more zombies)
    14. learn to cook, food expires
    15. be careful (there are no doctors)
    16. be alert
    17. zombies dont know when to stop (injuries dont stop them destroy the brain / wooden doors wont stop them)
    18. sunscreen
    19. bugspray
    20. nut up or shut up
    21. hand sanitizer (its a virus… stay clean)
    22. fuck clowns (excuse the language)
    23. get a hobby
    24. virus’s can mutate (idk maybe something can be creative here)
    25. use high capacity magazines (double barrels need to be reloaded frequently)
    26. shoot fast ones first (zombies dont need to be strong to bite
    27. take shifts (zombies know when you at your weakest)
    28. strength in numbers (draw them out one by one)
    29. if you havent seen it its new (no movies or tv shows in production, but plenty of dvds are available)
    30. zombies dont care about age, neither should you (shoot the little fuckers)

    just some ideas.. some are alright… not to comedic though :P

  22. Avery says:

    Best source for the best rules: the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. Its “Top Ten Lessons for Surviving a Zombie Attack” are:
    1. Organize before they rise!
    2. They feel no fear, why should you?
    3. Use your head: cut off theirs.
    4. Blades don’t need reloading.
    5. Ideal protection = tight clothes, short hair.
    6. Get up the staircase, then destroy it.
    7. Get out of the car, get onto the bike.
    8. Keep moving, keep low, keep quiet, keep alert!
    9. No place is safe, only safer.
    10. The zombie may be gone, but the threat lives on.

  23. Logan says:

    what about the part when the girls are all on the car with the woman whats that rule?

  24. Logan says:

    also a good place to be would be a train =) unless the tracks are blocked, don’t stop keep Rollin

  25. Killbane says:

    @Logan

    A train would be good…EXCEPT:

    1) It requires fuel
    2) Getting Fuel requires leaving the train.
    3) Leaving the train may get you killed.

  26. Chad says:

    Rule #? A Little off the top wont do

  27. Nick says:

    I have a suggestion for everyone, I don’t want to cause any arguments. pick up a copy of The Zombie Survival Guide. Its written by Max Brooks and it is in most humour sections in any book store in Canada and not sure where it would be in American Stores.

    Another additional Rule – Blades don’t need reloading (machete, katana, any Japanese Sword or blade works really well

  28. I just got finished watching Zombi 2 and Night of the Living Dead. I am paranoid as hell right now.

    Max Brook’s Zombie Survival Guide is awesome.

  29. Michael says:

    got these from the zombieland cell phone game that verizon put out. some are wrong but hey some do fill in some blanks.
    #7 Incoming!
    #2 Zipplock.
    #22 Opportunity knocks.
    #9 With your bare hands.
    #10 Don’t swing low.
    #8 Break it up.
    #11 Use your feet.
    #13 Shake it off.
    #3 Double Tap
    #5 Shoot first.
    #24 Use your thumbs.

  30. MarkusAurelius says:

    Rule #30 Find national guard base and acquire APC, landmines, fuel, water and MREs
    Rule #31: Choose your approach…kill ‘em all or run like hell
    Rule 32: If you decide Kill ‘em all, lead them into large stadiums littered with landmines and crossfiiring automatic weapons. Enjoy.
    Rule #33: Read twinkie box to find headquarters of Hostess. Road trip!

  31. Eric Q6 says:

    Rule # 98 When chased by a mob of Zombies shoot the ones in front in the knees….this will slow the mob down making them climb over your newly created zombie obstacle! It works.

  32. Katelyn C says:

    Rule #0 Exlposives all the way
    Rule # -1 A Head Cutt Off Can Still Bite You!!!

  33. Survivorman says:

    Rule# 30 – Go on 3–not after 3
    Rule#40 – Grenade = instant doorway

    This was an awesome movie and I can’t wait for the sequel.

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  35. ZombieHunter says:

    All 33 rules of Zombieland:
    1. Cardio
    2. Double Tap
    3. Beware of bathrooms
    4. Seatbelts
    5. Double Knot your Shoelaces
    6. Cast Iron Skillet
    7. Travel Light
    8. Don’t Get Attached
    9. It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint, Unless It’s a Sprint, Then Sprint
    10. Pack Your Tide Stain Stick
    11. Reload
    12. Bounty Paper Towels
    13. Maintain Your Firearms
    14. Stay Alert
    15. 16oz. Bowling Ball
    16. Work as a Team
    17. (Don’t) Be a Hero
    18. Limber Up
    19. Always Carry a Change of Underwear
    20. Always Carry a Melee Weapon
    21. Use your Peripherals
    22. When in Doubt, Know Your Way Out
    23. Trust your Instincts
    24. Trust No One
    25. Purell
    26. Shoot fast ones first
    27. Beware of Doors
    28. Strenght in numbers (Drag Zombies out one by one)
    29. The Buddy system
    30. Sever the Head
    31. Check the Back Seat
    32. Enjoy the little things
    33. Swiss Army Knife

  36. matthew says:

    nut up or shut up DUHHH!!

  37. Sarah says:

    Columbus: Do you want a snowball?
    Tallahasee: No I Hate coconut…not the flavor the consistancy.

    Columbus: Can’t you eat around the buckshot?
    Tallahasee: It’s to soon man.

    *snaps the name of the game*

  38. Jason says:

    Rule-Always have a Spare gun. Another-Keep Hydrated.

  39. mr e says:

    safety first then teamwork

  40. World War Z Vet. says:

    Rule#?: Don’t be sentimental (goes with travelling light)
    Rule#?: Avoid using Fire. Fire onle stops the living, and the dead can see it.
    Rule#?: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. If it is, ditch it.
    Rule#?: Bottled water Yes, anything else, NO.
    Rule#?: Wear Layers.
    Rule#?: Save a Bullet for Yourself. (Because being a Zombie Sucks)
    Rule#?: Don’t Go swimming. Zombies dont need to breathe.
    Rule#?: Have Fun.

  41. Sweaty Balls says:

    Where’s rule 34?

  42. Amanda says:

    Never set zombies on fire. Cuz then you’re not only being chased by the undead, but you’re being chased by the undead on FIRE! Fire does NOT kill or even hurt Zombies. Explosives are a completely different story.

  43. Jesse says:

    Maybe pull a28 day later rule, Travel in daylight unless needed..stay together at all times

  44. Jon says:

    Rule # 34 Dual-Wielding your guns

    pw0nd.com/tag/dual/

  45. Matthew The Dark says:

    Rule number ?: if you are surrounded by zombies, if your out of ammo, your out of luck.

  46. Matthew The Dark says:

    Rule number ?: even if you are miles away, the zombies will catch up because they never get tired!

  47. zombielander says:

    rule#30
    take something of weapon

  48. Robin says:

    Here’s some rules that might be useful
    1. Don’t be alone
    2. Avoid getting infected (or eaten)
    3. If someone’s been infected shoot imediately
    4. Lock all doors and windows (while indoors)
    5. Shoot at a distance
    6. Remain silent (don’t scream)
    7. Keep traps prepared

  49. nyttyn says:

    24. Twinkies ARE worth it.

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