Walking Dead and Zombie
"Walking Dead and Zombies are magically animated corpses. Zombies have a 20% chance to cause disease in creatures they attack. Diseased creatures have their attack and defense ratings reduced by two for a period of three rounds." RoE manual
Walking dead can also be raised with Basic Necromancy if the hero has equipped the Cloak of the Undead King.
Special ability disease
Zombies have disease special ability, which may occur before the target stack has a chance to retaliate. The attack has 20% chance of causing the target to become ill, which causes the target stack to have their attack and defense values reduced by two for a period of three rounds. Disease can only be removed with Cure spell.
Heroes with a specialty
- Straker the Death Knight has walking dead as a specialty, which increases the Attack and Defense skills of any Walking Dead or Zombies for each level attained after 2nd level and gives them a speed bonus of 1.
Tactics and info
Zombies are bad. Tragically bad, mostly because they have the lowest speed in the game, next to the peasant. They're so bad, the AI computers usually won't buy them up or upgrade their graveyard (and you possibly shouldn't either). In the early game, they can usually go toe-to-toe with another second-level melee creature, but that's about the best you can hope for from these extremely weak level 2 creatures. Even when defending a castle, there usually are better deals than them. Save your gold. Necropolis Town is not the cheapest, and you'll want to be able to buy up those Dread Knights and Ghost Dragons when they become available.
As a "gift" from the Necromancers, the Forge was able to create its own zombie troops, the level 2 Cyber-deads and Cyber-zombies. The base unit had only a single regular chainsaw instead of a hand, while the upgrade was going to have 2 circular saws instead of both arms.