Supply Crates

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Supply crates contain supplies airdropped by military helicopters to help support survivors. If your character notices a helicopter passing overhead, then you can be sure a supply crate has been dropped somewhere nearby. Crates are dropped on 'special days', such as holidays and the game's birthday as a gift for players.

When opened or bashed open by survivors, the person who opened gains a random number of items and bullets, equal to several days worth of searching (even if this would take them above their inventory limit). Because of this, they are highly valuable and can start impromptu PK wars over who will get to open the crates, as only one person can have the items of a particular crate.

A zombie who smashes open a crate does not get any items; instead, all of the items inside are lost, and, since the most recent airdrop, grants the zombie XP.

It has been confirmed that opening a supply crate with a fire axe can damage the contents, reducing the amount of items received. Conversely, opening a supply crate with a crowbar appears to increase the chances of opening the crate with a particular action (and comes with different flavor text). Crates appear to work similar to barricades and are about as strong as a level-one barricade.

Since the end of December, the dropping of supply crates seems to have ceased entirely, leading many to the speculation that it was Kevan's Christmas present to the survivors. Supply drops also occurred on April 16th, 2006 (Easter Sunday for most branches of the Christian religion) and the third set of the supply drops occured on July 3rd – Urban Dead's one year birthday, keeping in the "holiday/special date present" theory.

Crates were back as of December 2008, apparently related to a December 17th News message:

  • Survivors are once again looting the long-abandoned seasonal storerooms of the city's shopping malls, to find lights and trees for their safehouses. Lights are now clearly visible from neighbouring blocks; while this may attract unwanted attention, it could also catch the eye of military air traffic, over the next few weeks.

It is at this time unknown for how long they will be appearing. Lomd 17:06, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

Example in-game messages

Attacking with most melee weapons
You smash at the crate.
You smash at the crate. Something inside of it falls over.
Open
You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find contents.
Crowbar
You lever the lid off of the crate. Inside, you find contents.

Items Found

Items found in crates so far include:

  • Pistol clips
  • Shotgun shells
  • Flare guns
  • Flak jacket
  • Loaded pistols
  • GPS units
  • Spray cans
  • Mobile phones
  • Fuel cans
  • Generators
  • DNA extractor
  • Necro Tech Syringes
  • First-Aid Kits
  • Bottle of beer

Dates

13th Jan. 2009

Outside Santlerville Factory Contents: 2x Loaded Pistols and 4 Pistol Clips Opened with Fire Axe (40% accuracy) in 6 attempts --Darethen 00:43, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

12th Jan. 2009

Outside Bridgewater Crescent PD Contents: 6 bottles of beer Opened with bare hands (untrained) in 2 trys 19:36, 13 January 2009 (UTC)~

8th Jan. 2009

NE Corner Mitchem Mall Contents: 2x Loaded Shotguns and 5 Shotgun Shells Opened with Fire Axe (40% accuracy) in 4 attempts --Happykook 19:46, 8 January 2009 (UTC)

6th Jan. 2009

Club Hesse Contents: 2x fuel and 1 portable generator Opened with crowbar (5% accuracy) in 3-4 attempts --Fenian 01:45, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

6th Jan. 2009

The Sweeney Building Contents: 6x Bottle of Beer Opened with Fire Axe (40% accuracy) in 2 attempts. Sage|Carr Cobra 21:07, 6 January 2009 (UTC)

5th Jan. 2009

Lumber Mall Contents: 1x Generator, 2x Fuel Cans. Opened with Fire Axe (40% accuracy) in 2 attempts. Schwin47

5th Jan. 2009

Shalle Building Contents: 5x: pistol clips, 5x shotgun shells. Opened with Fire Axe (40% accuracy) in 3 attempts. Schwin47

4th Jan. 2009

Borrer Street Police Dept. Contents: 2x loaded pistols (6 rounds), 4x pistol clips. Opened with Fire Axe (40% accuracy) in 1 attempt. Schwin47

27th Dec 2008

Mitchem Mall. 2x Loaded Pistols, 4x pistol clips. Opened with Crow Bar. Nequa 21:53, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

27th Dec 2008

Found 3 crates in about 6 blocks square. 2 loaded Shotguns and 6 loose shells at 89,79 Rumler Way School. Extractor and 3 syringes at 90,78 Neave Auto. 2 loaded pistols and a flak outside 91,79 NW corner of Joachim Mall. All opened with fire axe, and none in more than 4 attempts. --Ninja4hire 17:12, 27 December 2008 (UTC)

26th December 2008

Found two supply crates. One outside the Sixtus General Hospital and the other outside the NE corner of Dowdney Mall. Both supply crates contained a DNA extractor and three syringes.--LithedarkangelMeth! 22:22, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

Spotted a supply crate on the NE corner of Pole Mall in West Grayside. Bashed it open with my bare hands and got a portable generator and two fuel cans. --Ewan Devlin 11:32, 26 December 2008 (UTC)

25th December 2008

A supply crate was spotted at Holloms Auto Repair in Darvall Heights. --Sigma 7 22:37, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

24th December 2008

Found one outside the Herbert Building in Roftwood. Pryed it open with a crowbar (10 attempts!) to find two fully loaded pistols & 4 Pistol Clips. Should come in handy over the holidays. --KempyClassic 05:31, 24 December 2008 (GMT)

22nd December 2008

Found one outside the the Dewes Building near Dowdney Mall, contained a crate of beer. Time to celebrate I guess.--Lithedarkangel 00:32, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Found one outside the SE corner of Giddings Mall, and subsequently smashed it. BARHAH! --ZsL 00:38, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

21st December 2008

Found one outside of I think it was the Beer Building in Lockettside, one east of the mall. Contained 2 loaded pistols and a flak jacket. I opened the crate with my bear hands. --Ewan Devlin 14:27, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Found a supply crate outside Club Golding in Wyke Hills[53,99]. Used a crowbar to pry the lid off."You lever the lid off of the crate. Inside, you find a crate of beer."--LD 50 14:34, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

20th December 2008

Found 2 outside Blesley Mall. 1 was empty and the other gave 3 syringes + 1 Dna Extractor. Opened both crates using Fire Axe.--Natakaasd 10:31, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

Found one outside the Anthony Building in Santlerville. Contained 2 full loaded pistols plus 4 pistol clips. --Lithedarkangel 21:18, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

Got one by the NE end of Thompson Mall. It have 5 shotgun shells, 5 pistol clips and a flare. On a side note this is the second or third crate found by Thompson in as many days.--Dragon fang 00:17, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

19th Decemeber 2008

Found a crate outside of Pole Mall and smashed it open with a fire axe. I received 2 fuel cans and a portable generator. This confirms that crates still arrive at Christmas time. --Warmarshal 17:47, 19 December 2008 (UTC)

3rd July 2008

Found a supply crate in Wray Heights on Newborough Road. Smashed it open with a fire axe and got 5 shotgun shells, five pistol clips, and a flare gun. John Ibans 11:21, 5 July 2008 (BST)

A supply crate was found in Yorke Grove (Darvall Heights).

Supply crate found at Harkness Street (41, 12) Yagoton. Contained 3 syringes and a DNA extractor.

You are at Essell Road (Houldenbank). There is a supply crate here. You smash the side of the crate open. Inside you find two pistols and some clips of ammo.

You are at Kendall Row (Lockettside). A supply crate has been dropped here. You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find a pack of first-aid kits.

A supply crate was found on Silly Grove in Williamsville. Although it was opened with a fire axe, it yielded 2 loaded pistols and 4 clips of ammo.

A crate was found in Spicer Hills.

A helicopter passed over Tikhon General Hospital in Ruddlebank, and dropped a crate in Loweth Alley. It had 7 fuel cans inside.

Another crate was found in Shackleville at Snelgrove Walk

Another helicopter passed over Pegrum Place Police Department in Dulston, and dropped a supply crate somewhere nearby. A lucky survivor reported over the Dulston Alliance radio that he had found 5 syringes inside.

A crate was found at Fathers Street in Shore Hills, with 2 pistols and a flak jacket inside. Another survivor heard the thrum of a helicopter flying over St. Hormisdas' Church in New Arkham, but unfortunately was killed by zombies before finding the crate.

A crate was found at Naisbitt Auto Repair in Brooksville, But Zombies broke into the crate and loosing all contents.

A crate was found at Tompson Walk (23,26) in Darvall Heights. The contents were destroyed by a zombie.

25th December 2007

A military Helicopter passed over Fort Creedy Gate house... pity really, might dampen the effects of Silent Night Slaughter.. 'A military helicopter passed overhead. (2 minutes ago)'

3rd July 2007

Helicopters have been heard and seen in the skies over Malton again.

25th December 2006

All of my characters have heard or seen helicopters passing overhead, meaning that supply crates have likely been dropped or will be soon.

3rd July 2006

More supply crates have been dropped on the city

16th April 2006

Military helicopters have been sighted in the grey skies above Malton.

A military helicopter passed overhead. (04-16 07:10 BST)
You heard the thrum of a helicopter flying over the building. (04-16 07:10 BST)
19th December 2005

Black military helicopters have been sighted in the grey skies above Malton this week, airdropping occasional supply crates into the empty streets.

Crate locations, attacks and items found

4 July 2008

Supply crate found @ Kempsterbank at a junkyard [52,71]

  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find an assortment of junk. You dig through and pull out a GPS unit, a phone and a couple of spraycans. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)
  • (my second crate with the same alt)

3 July 2008

You are standing outside Naisbitt Auto Repair, a four-storey concrete building criss-crossed with police tape. The building's doors have been left wide open.

There are three other zombies here.

You smash the side of the crate open. Its contents spill out into the litter of the street, and are lost.


3 July 2008

Supply crate found @ Kempsterbank at Furneaux Lane [52,74]

  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find some ammunition and a flare gun. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)
  • (5x) pistol clip
  • (5x) shotgun shell
  • (1x) flare gun

3 July 2008

You are at Fathers Street.

There is a dead body here.

You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find two loaded pistols and a flak jacket.


3 July 2008

You are standing outside the Sidoli Building, a large yellow-stone building with a curved roof. The building's doors have been secured. Through the broken windows, you can see that the interior of the building has been ruined.

Somebody has spraypainted I am ready to die onto a wall.

There is a lone zombie here.

You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find an assortment of junk. You dig through and pull out a GPS unit, a phone and a couple of spraycans.


3 July 2008

You are at Gawler Row.

Somebody has spraypainted BQ and Rahrharz B,-: Happy New Year! onto a wall.

There is a dead body here.

You lever the lid off of the crate. Inside, you find two loaded pistols and a flak jacket.


3 July 2008

You are standing in a wasteland.

Somebody has spraypainted You aint ever been to the wasteland till.... onto a ruined wall.

You lever the lid off of the crate. Inside, you find a portable generator and some fuel (2 cans).


3 July 2008

You are standing in Tribe Park.

Somebody has spraypainted Cookies and Brownies, 50 cents @ St. Georges. onto a tree.

You lever the lid off of the crate. Inside, you find two loaded shotguns and some loose shells (6).


3 July 2008

You are at Lenthall Plaza.

There is a dead body here.

You lever the lid off of the crate. Inside, you find some NecroTech-branded extractors (1) and syringes (3).



3 July 2008

Supply create found @ Shackleville at Snelgrove Walk [52,69]

  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find a portable generator and some fuel. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)

Iwitness: [1] Yay!

  • Portable Generator
  • Fuel Cans x2

Supply crate found @ Loweth Alley [12,90]

  • Fuel Cans x7

Supply crate found @ a cemetery [87, 57]

  • A supply crate has been dropped here.
  • You fire your weapon into the crate.(Pistol %65, 5dam)
  • You fire your weapon into the crate.(Pistol %65, 5dam)
  • You smash at the crate. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)
  • You smash at the crate. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)

You smash the side of the crate open.(Fire Axe %40, 3 dam) Inside, you find two loaded shotguns and some loose shells.

  • Loaded Shotguns x2
  • Shotgun shell x4

Supply crate found @ Lukinswood - Bown Crescent [21,48]

  • A supply crate has been dropped here.
  • You smash at the crate. Something falls over inside it. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)
  • You smash at the crate. Something falls over inside it. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)
  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find two loaded pistols and a flak jacket. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)

Supply crate found @ Molebank - Pattison Row [16,41]

  • A supply crate has been dropped here.
  • You smash at the crate. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)
  • You smash at the crate. Something falls over inside it. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)
  • You smash at the crate. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam)
  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find some ammunition and a flare gun. (Fire Axe %40, 3 dam) 5 shotgun shells and 5 pistol clips.

Supply crate found @ Foulkes Village (6:15A.M. Central time) - Carpark [8,87]

  • A supply crate has been dropped here.
  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find a crate of beer. (Punch %25, 1 dam)

I found 2 loaded shotguns and 4 shells.


Supply crate found @ Foulkes Village. - A Junkyard [5, 85]

  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find two loaded pistols and some clips.
  • Loaded Pistol x2
  • Pistol Clip x4

Supply crate found outside a church at the bottom of Whittenside - Found 3 loaded pistols and 4 pistol clips


Supply crate found @ Miltown - the Baynes Building [98, 94] It appears to have been opened and has disappeared.


Supply crate found @ Huntley Heights - Pask Crescent School [64, 24]

  • You smash at the crate. (Punch 25%)
  • You smash at the crate. (Punch 25%)
  • You smash at the crate. (Punch 25%)
  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find a stack of fuel cans. (6 fuel cans)

Supply crate found at West Becktown, a junkyard

  • You smash the side of the crate open. Inside, you find a portable generator and some fuel. (generator + 2 cans of fuel)

Crate found @ 14,58 One attack with a crowbar, at 20%

  • You lever the lid off of the crate. Inside, you find a crate of beer.

(6 bottles of beer)


Crate found at Tozer Auto Repair [57, 8] on 3/7/2007 (holiday?)

Two zombie hand attacks at 50%

  • You smash at the crate.
  • You smash the side of the crate open. Its contents spill out into the litter of the street, and are lost. (10 xp gained)

Crete found Unknown on 7/6/2007(maybe left from 4th of july? one zombie hand attacks at 10%

  • You smash at the crate.
  • You smash the side of the crate open. Its contents spill out into the litter of the street, and are lost. (10 xp gained)
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