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The Bowling Ball is a weapon in Dead Rising. It is a heavy ball used in a game of bowling.

Its durability can be increased by using the Entertainment or Sports books.

A headshot will instantly kill any zombie or survivor.


  • Primary: Tap the X button button to swing the bowling ball in a downward strike.
  • Thrown: Hold down the Right trigger trigger to go into aim mode and press the X button button to roll the bowling ball forward. This attack is capable of knocking down a target.


  • In beta versions of the game, the bowling ball had a unique "bowling pin knockdown" sound effect when hitting zombies. This was removed from the final version.
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  • One of the empty stores in North Plaza has several pylons (traffic cones) set up like bowling pins, with two bowling balls ready to be used.
  • The achievement Strike! is earned by rolling the ball into a crowd of zombies and knocking ten of them over.