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It is similar to the chainsaw in that it is a two-handed weapon. When used, Frank stabs it into the nearest enemy nearby. The zombie starts spinning and with that Frank is able to hit other enemies with the zombie that is spinning around on the Excavator's shaft. It is used in construction projects to break through concrete or the ground. It cannot be stored in the inventory.
Its durability is increased with the Engineering book.
- Start Up: Tap and Frank will start the Excavator.
- Stationary: The excavator is capable of damaging targets by simply coming into contact with them after it has started up.
- Primary: Tap after starting the Excavator and Frank will thrust it forward, impaling any zombie on the drill.
- Secondary: After using the primary attack, Frank will lift the excavator, pulling the impaled zombie off the ground and spinning it wildly, bludgeoning other nearby zombies. Over time, the force of the spinning will forcibly remove appendages off the zombie until only the torso remains.
- Thrown: Hold down the trigger to go into aim mode then press the button to throw the excavator.
The secondary attack can be used to go through crowds of zombies very easily.
- Although Special Forces are hurt when stabbed by the excavator, they do not twist like zombies do.
- In Dead Rising 2, the Excavator's upgraded appearance is the Auger.