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As Frank levels up in Dead Rising, he'll learn new skills and moves. Below is a list of all of the 21 moves available to Frank.



Your level is displayed underneath your health

Leveling is a system by which the player can increase Frank's talents and attributes. You can level up by obtaining numerous prestige points throughout the game, either by killing a certain amount of zombies, taking pictures, especially Photo Ops, or by doing other things in the game. Leveling effects Health, Inventory, Throw, Skills, Speed, and Attack. If you get to level 50 in the game, you will get the Level Max achievement.


As Frank levels up he learns new skills. What Frank earns as he levels up is different for each game file. For example, Player One may have a health block and the Jump Kick by level 5, while Player Two has an inventory slot and the Zombie Ride by level 5. It is different for everyone and there is no set level for each skill.

List of MovesEdit

Name Level available

Exact game description[1]

Prestige Point bonus[2]
Disembowel 43[3]
Dead rising skills disembowel

This skill allows you to quickly thrust a hand inside a zombie's body and yank out their putrid organs.

Push Left toward a zombie from the front while simultaneously pressing X and {{{1}}}.

The Disembowel skill is particularly powerful against Special Forces troops and can instantly kill.[4]

Double Lariat 20[3]

Utilize Frank's upper body strength by extending both arms and spinning in place rapidly to knock down surrounding enemies with this skill. Frank will lose his grip on any equipped weapon or item as the Double Lariat is finishing, so it's best to have your hands empty while performing it.

Press X while clicking Left.

Face Crusher 36[3]
Dead rising skills face crusher

This skill allows you to grab a zombie by the scruf of the neck and smash its face into the ground.

Press X and {{{1}}} simultaneously while pushing Left toward a zombie from behind.

Flying Dodge 8[3]
Dead rising skills flying dodge

Ultimate Evasion Skill.

Push Left in the same direction twice in rapid succession to throw yourself in that direction.

You are invincible at the beginning of this move, but the end will leave you open for a moment.

Football Tackle 15[3]

Make use of Frank's burly physique with this fierce tackle skill.

Press {{{1}}} while clicking Left.

Giant Swing 38[3]
Dead rising skills giant swing

Grab a zombie by its rotten ankles and take it for a spin with this over the top skill.

Stand near a fallen zombie's feet and press X and {{{1}}} simultaneously.

Hammer Throw 34[3]

This skill allows you to grab a zombie and give them a good shove.

Press X and {{{1}}} simultaneously while standing at a zombie's side.

Choose a direction to push with Left and shove using X.

Judo Throw 16[3]
Dead rising skills judo throw

This powerful skill calls on the art of Judo and takes out a zombie with style.

When grabbed by a zombie, push Left away from the attacker repeatedly to toss them over your shoulder.

Jump Kick 5[3]
Dead rising skills jump kick

This skill allows you to kick during jumps. It is useful in clearing a path through crowds of zombies.

Press X in mid-jump.

Karate Chop 30,[5] 42[3]
Dead rising skills karate chop

A properly trained fist is more powerful than any blade. This incredible skill demonstrates the ancient art of karate at its most brutal.

Press X to unleash the attack on zombies behind Frank.

Kick Back 9[3]

Skill used for evading zombies.

When grabbed by a zombie, repeatedly push Left in the direction Frank is facing to deliver a kick to the attacker.

Knee Drop 30[3]
Dead rising skills knee drop

Make zombies eat dirt by bringing your knee crashing down on them with incredible force.

During a jump, press X while pushing Left downward.

Frank can also use this skill to fall without damage.

Lift Up 21[3]
Dead rising lift up

Lift Up

Lift a zombie and give them a toss with this skill.

While facing a zombie, simultaneously press X and {{{1}}} without pushing Left. Then, press X again to throw the zombie forward.

Neck Twist 37[3]
Dead rising skills neck twist

This skill allows you to grab a zombie's head and give it a brutal twist.

Stand near the head of a fallen zombie and press X and {{{1}}} simultaneously.

Power Push 11[3]
Dead rising skills power push

Avoid Zombie attacks with this skill.

When grabbed by a zombie, repeatedly push Left to the right or the left to repel the attacker and escape danger.

Roundhouse Kick 26[3]
Dead rising skills roundhouse kick

Unleashes a powerful kick just as you land.

Press X at the exact moment Frank contacts the ground following a jump or drop from a higher plane.

Called Roundhouse in Off the Record.

Somersault Kick 44[3]
Dead rising somersalt kick

This skill allows you to unleash a kick so powerful that it can decapitate a zombie in one hit.

Press {{{1}}} to jump, then immediately press X.

Suplex 29[3]
Dead rising skills suplex

Grab your opponent and send them flying.

Facing a standing enemy's back, simultaneously press X and {{{1}}} without pushing Left.

Wall Kick 32[3]
Dead rising skills wall kick

Use your momentum from kicking off a wall to deliver a punishing kick to zombies with this skill.

Press X while pushing Left in the opposite direction of the wall at the moment you make contact with it.

Zombie Ride 3[3]
Dead rising skills zombie ride

This skill allows you to climb on unsuspecting zombies. You can even walk along the top of zombie crowds.

Press {{{1}}} while pushing Left toward nearby standing zombies.

Called Zombie Hop in Off the Record.

Zombie Walk 50[3]

Only those who have observed and mastered the art of zombie movement can utilize this skill. Blend in with the crowd with the ultimate deception and keep their attacks at bay. Continuously hold X


Dead rising lift up

The "Lift up" skill in action

  • Doing the Giant Swing move for too long leaves Frank dizzy.[Verification needed]
  • A zombie walk is an actual event, where people dress up as zombies and walk into the streets, sometimes for charity. Many movies also had their characters do a Zombie Walk.
  • When jumping off a high place, do a Knee Drop to avoid any damage.
  • Most of the skills can also be used against survivors.
  • The Somersault Kick is a signature move used by Guile in Capcom's Street Fighter series of video games, whereas the Double Lariat is an attack used by Zangief.



  1. The exact game description is the exact wording as it appears on the "status" screen. Italicized information does not appear on the status screen.
  2. xbox360, (Japanese).
  3. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u xbox360, (Japanese).
  4. Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. 
  5. a b c d e f g h Dead Rising: Saint Achievement Walkthrough, GameFAQs, (December 17, 2009).

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