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
#??? – Itโ€™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

779 Responses to “All Zombieland Rules”

  1. zman says:

    dont depend on guns allways trust your melee best things to use swords,metal-bats, small-sledge hammers,crow-bars also have a med-kit

  2. Emily says:

    This movie is kick ass!

  3. Rod says:

    Celebratory gun fire is just a waste of ammo.

    Don’t let the hot girl (or guy) cloud your judgement.

    If someone does something stupid, that’s on them.

  4. matty says:

    14- always carry a change of underwear

  5. lauren says:

    i go to sleep every night to this movie so i can remember all of the rules. i love all the acters in this movie. its just a total bad ass movie!

  6. obflyer says:

    i’m guessing a few more rules will show up in Zombieland II?

  7. john d says:

    logiocally rule number 23 go crazy and of course puppies are the only thing trustwothy

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  9. AJ says:

    The double tap is just a waste of ammunition that will be very limited during a ZA. Skillets could be useful in combat during a close range attack, but it can also be a death wish since you need to hit them dead on in the right spots or you’re in trouble.

    Other rules to remember:

    1) The human body can only survive a few days without water– find a clean and safe water source if bottled water isn’t an option

    2) Plan long-term, since raiding and looting will only get you so far. Prepare for the possibility that you’ll need to start farming.

    3) Like in movies such as Dawn of the Dead, there will be lots of downtime during a ZA–find ways to keep yourself active and free from boredom (it may be a bigger killer than a zombie bite!)

    4) No place is safe, only safer

    5) As cold and emotionless as it may seem, being a hero is a stupid move. Self-sacrificing is noble, but if you are concerned about your survival, don’t put you or others in the line of danger because of a person in distress.

    6) Don’t get close to others. Like in Zombieland, doing so will make it harder to put someone out of their misery if they become infected

    7) Even if you’re religious, avoid going to church; they will be infested with both the non-infected and the infected trying to find salvation and refugee. Also, avoid military bases, hospitals and supercenters (like KMart or Walmart).

    8) An education is a terrible thing to waste. Most schools now are fortified with strong gates that could serve as a good barricade to keep the dead out. Warehouses could be useful as well, assuming they haven’t been overrun.

    9) Dress appropriately; no loose or baggy clothes or clothing that’s too tight and constricts movement or breathing. Also keep the elements and terrain in mind as well.

    10) Zombies can climb stairs, but not ladders. Keep a ladder near each staircase you destroy.

  10. rishi says:

    14 always keep dumb dumbs out
    never allow any chance for zombie to enter your warehouse or safehouse
    25 meele weapon is a must
    gun is good for few zombies, not for zombie horde. Because if you run out of bullets while facing zombie horde, but you you will never run out of bullets while using a machete, bat or even a knife
    26 weak head
    all zombies have a weakness that if you attack a zombie’s head it will die instantly
    29 single entrance and exit is a killer
    never hide in any place where is only a single entrance or exit because if zombie come and run behind you, its only 0.000168percent chance of survival

  11. Eddie says:

    I Love The Move Zombieland And I Hope They Make A Zombieland 2 Well Not So Much One Of Them Might Die And I Love All The People SO I Don’t Know So Yea I Loive the Movie

  12. Ashton says:

    I watch this movie every night and think of twinkies

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  14. Andra says:

    The Zombieland shirt is SO awesome! I think I’m getting one for all of my friends! Live by the rules!

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  16. Edwin says:

    Thsi is Aswome

  17. Amanda says:

    I would just like to say that rule number ten is check the back seat not number 32 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you

  18. shannon says:

    The Double Tap
    Beware of Bathrooms
    Wear Seat Belts
    No Attachments
    The โ€œSkilletโ€
    Travel Light
    Get a Kick Ass Partner
    With your Bare Hands
    Donโ€™t Swing Low
    Use Your Foot
    Bounty Paper Towels
    Shake it Off
    Always carry a change of underwear
    Bowling Ball
    Opportunity Knocks
    Donโ€™t be a hero (later crossed out to be a hero)
    Limber Up
    Break it Up
    Itโ€™s a marathon, not a sprint, unless itโ€™s a sprint, then sprint
    Avoid Strip Clubs
    When in doubt Know your way out
    Use your thumbs
    Shoot First
    A little sun screen never hurt anybody
    Double-Knot your Shoes
    The Buddy System
    Pack your stain stick
    Check the back seat
    Enjoy the little things
    Swiss army Knife

  19. Kill joy says:

    Zombieland rocks. If someone hasn’t already mentioned it find good transport, and find something that’s big enough to run a lot of the Zombies over not just one that if you run something over your car breaks.

  20. Zombieland rocks. If someone hasnโ€™t already mentioned it find good transport, and find something thatโ€™s big enough to run

  21. erik says:


  22. erik says:

    ZombieLand Yes New York

  23. Zombie says:

    Ar You Zombie ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Zombie says:

    (emo) Yes Zombie Left4Dead2

  25. Zombie says:

    ๐Ÿ™ Zombie Land Very Good Xesoy

  26. Zombie says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ D:D Dead

  27. Lauren says:

    #5 – Check your corners.

  28. The Zombie land is a wonderful and entertaining movie to see for all.

  29. ben says:

    what if you were to make a fort

  30. easynews says:

    It’s going to be finish of mine day, except before finish I am reading this enormous article to improve my knowledge.

  31. jim says:

    i always thought rule number 1 was to never take passengers

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  34. Teresa says:

    I like this websight it has all zombie tips

  35. calypso says:

    i know one but i dont know the number, on the last scene columbus said ” i know this really has nothing to do with anything but a little sunscreen wont hurt anybody. “

  36. alec says:

    can i write rule 34# DOn’t make to much sOund( tHe undead has a strong scence of hearing they can easily hear it)

  37. mcguiness says:

    i like trains

  38. Clereus says:

    I wished that it could be a zombie apocalypse for one week and everything will be as the same.. Cuz I wanna be a survivor and I’m gonna use my phone and use this website all the time… BEST WEBSITE EVER!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Ezrala says:

    these rules are even funnier when you think of them as sexual rules/guidelines

  40. CJ says:

    Do you know what they call Twinkies in Mexico? Los submarinos.

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  47. cedric james says:

    Rule :25 play safe . Because if you don,t play safe with your door open zombies will eat you. Next:Rule:5 do not forget to bring guns .because if you do not bring guns you will die !): NTX Rule . ……. … Rule :23 Lock your door . This Rule is very important because if you do not Lock your door you will someday DIE!): next rule…. Rule :26 Make a team . Now it is time to kill all the zombies Oh YEAH! (: next .Rule:19 be aware of what happend . Ok now what Happend .Say it ! Oh man .Last Rule . Rule:27 it’s time to nut up for shut up. Ok Columbus it’s time To nut up for shut up to that zombie clown . Ok guys i will see you next time .Bye , Bye . (: – CJ


  48. Sgt.Raven says:

    I love the rules but one thing i dont agree with is the stain stick . People we are going to be killing zombies. We are going to get messy. So leave the stain stick at home and pack more ammo.

  49. If there was a zombies taken over the world. I will have house’s full movie , games , food , guns,and I will fix to where we have power.

  50. soccerlover1890 says:

    I think rule 5 is no attachments leave all family and pets behind

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