The Queens are the adults of the Ampulex Compressa Giganteus species, the biologically and genetically modified wasps responsible for the zombie outbreak. They are weapons in Dead Rising. Carlito unleashes these wasps on Willamette, zombifying almost the entire population. Dr. Russell Barnaby is one of the scientists who helped to create them, originally intended to cure a disease and curb a beef shortage.
They are also the main ingredient in creating Zombrex.
Queens are first encountered by Frank inside the warehouse around 6pm. Before it can sting Frank, he swats it out of the air and stomps on it, causing all the surrounding zombies to immediately die. After this, queens can be found anywhere on certain zombies and can be used to kill large groups of zombies. These zombies stand in the same spot and move their arms in the air, almost like they are yawning, and will sometimes throw up blood (stunning Frank if he comes in contact with it), then will fall to the ground and their heads will literally explode. Zombies that have a queen attached to them are immune to its effects. When Frank drinks a nectar juice, a queen will automatically be attracted, and queen zombies become more common. The queen can be picked as if an ordinary weapon and will be stored in a jar which can then be thrown at the ground near Frank or in the distance. The queens will not harm Frank. However, at night the queen larvae which are glowing green that come out of the zombies killed using the queen will jump at Frank, but barely causing any damage.
In Overtime Mode, the queens (specifically ten) are used by Isabela to temporarily halt the zombie infection on Frank along with other ingredients in after the Special Forces invade and the survivors escape the mall.
- The jars Frank uses to capture the Queen seemingly appear out of thin air, although this is likely just a game mechanic.
- The Queens seem to be a series staple as they play key parts in the games story, and are present in each game.
- Ampulex Compressa Giganteus, the article on the wasps as a species.