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The Queens are the adults of the Ampulex Compressa Giganteus species, the biologically and genetically modified wasps responsible for the zombie outbreak.[1] They are weapons in Dead Rising.

Carlito unleashes these wasps on Willamette, zombifying almost the entire population. Dr. 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.

Locating Queens[edit | edit source]

The easiest way to find queens is by:

  1. listening for a high-pitched buzzing, or
  2. looking for a zombie standing still, looking up with its arms clawing slowly above its head.

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, although they hardly cause 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.

Origins[edit | edit source]

This parasitic insect was found in a "region bordering the Pachacamac River." by Dr. Russell Barnaby's research team. "Particularly notable is this species' extremely large size. Some fully-grown specimens easily dwarf what were heretofore considered to be the largest known wasp species."[1]

Dr. Russell Barnaby's research team were planning to use the species to speed up the production of livestock for American consumption. The researchers experimented on rats, then cattle to observe what the newly discovered species would do to its host.[1]

Dr. Barnaby's Research Notes[edit | edit source]

Notes from Dr. Barnaby, Lead Biologist:[1]

Notations on Research of Parasitic Wasp Organism

This document will attempt to outline certain details regarding the parasitic insect extracted from the region bordering the Pachacamac River. Such a specimen has never before been recorded. We are assuming it to be a new species.


Judging strictly by the organism's physical appearance, it likely shares some genetic similarity to the Ampulex compressa, commonly known as the jewel wasp. It utilizes its conical ovipositor to implant eggs directly into a host. The eggs then hatch, forming a parasitic relationship with said host.

Particularly notable is this species' extremely large size. Some fully-grown specimens easily dwarf what were heretofore considered to be the largest known wasp species. This has led to speculation that this particular species is likely an evolutionary offshoot of one of these known large-scale varieties.

The Parasitic Process

1) A fertilized female incubates its eggs within the womb.

2) When the parasite discovers a potential host (generally the South American butterfly known as Thysania agrippina), it injects an egg into the host's body.

3) The virus injected along with the egg effectively prevents the host's immune system from recognizing the contamination, facilitating the larva's growth while keeping the host's physiology blissfully unaware of the danger lurking within.

4) The larva excretes a parahormone that stimulates the host's appetite, then absorbs the resultant nutrients to fuel its own growth cycle.

5) Once the parasite has grown to the appropriate stage, it devours the host from within, emerging from its cocoon as a full-fledged adult.

Research Applications

The parahormone excreted by the larva could have myriad practical applications.

The details can be found on the attached sheet, but allow me to summarize that data by stating simply that this biological agent represents nothing short of an epochal advance for both the pharmaceutical industry and the field of animal husbandry.

Researchers at the site are currently working around the clock to discover ways of harnessing the amazing potential that this hormone and the creatures that secrete it represent to the advancement of science and industry.

Allow me to summarize in the space below the results of a recent experiment whose results were quite promising.

Parasitic Effect on Lab Rats

Wasp specimens drawn directly from the wild are unable to deposit their eggs in organisms other than those to which they are typically naturally drawn (see above reference to the Thysania agrippina).

This experiment utilized a group of lab rats whose immune system had been deliberately weakened.

Specially altered larvae were then injected by researchers into said rats and the parasitic process observed.

The process was observed thusly:

1. Injected larvae move through the rat's bloodstream.

2. Larvae enter the spinal column and begin moving toward the brain.

3. Because the larvae display a proclivity for consuming brain tissue from within, the simultaneous injection of multiple subjects results in the rapid death, paralysis, or, at the very least, significant reduction in the motor skills of the host.

4. For the duration that the rats remained alive, they displayed a marked increase in appetite brought on by the larvae's parahormone.

5. Additionally, rats who reached stage 4 were able to consume items that no rodent would normally consider to be appropriate food. We postulate that this mechanism is in place to guarantee a steady supply of nutrients for the parasite.

As we delve into further research, we will doubtless learn how to harness the properties we have seen displayed thus far.

It is our duty as scientists and stewards of knowledge to guide humanity down a path paved with great biological advancements, utilizing natural phenomenon to our advantage.

It is my firm belief that this project will not only benefit our fine nation, but will also have great and lasting implications for the entire planet.

Russell Barnaby, lead Biologist


I have elected to call this as of yet unnamed species "Ampulex compressa giganteus" due to its similarities to the aforementioned Ampulex compressa and its unusually large size.

Since this name is rather long and unwieldy, some of the staff members here have taken to calling the specimen "zombees" -- a rather crude reference to the nature of the host's reaction to infection.

Personally, I think they've indulged in too many B-movies, but I cannot argue with the appropriateness of their chosen moniker...

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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  • Queen-infected zombies will throw up blood if Frank comes too close. The blood makes Frank cough and take damage.
  • Queens kill zombies through elevator doors and on different floors. For example, if Frank drops a queen on the second floor, zombies on the first floor will also die.
  • The jars Frank uses to capture the Queen seemingly appear out of thin air, although this is likely just a game mechanic.
  • When nearby zombies are dying from a broken Queen jar, Frank cannot hit them or shoot them. While in the middle of dying, they cannot take damage from any of Frank's attacks.
  • Usually, a player would just stand in place and throw the jar down to clear out a crowd of zombies. But it's actually quicker to target with a crosshair quickly, and throw the jar.
  • The larva-esque insects that exit a zombie killed by a broken Queen jar can actually be stepped on, although it does not always work properly.
  • In 72 Hour Mode and before giving Isabela the supplies in Overtime Mode, the maximum amount of queens that can spawn is 4. The only way to get more queens after this is by using nectar.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b c d Li, Richard, The Origins of Dead Rising's Zombies Little parasitic wasps could be the culprit,, (August 28, 2006). Provided by Capcom.

    The web-page explains:

    No one knows what happened to the residents of Willamette, Colorado.

    Willamette was like any other city -- children playing on the streets, people going to work, families shopping in air-conditioned malls.

    But something strange happened. As if a diabolical experiment gone wrong, the entire population turned into flesh-eating zombies, robbed of their own free will except for one thing: to devour any humans in their way.

    Although the zombie origins are still a mystery, 1UP uncovered startling new details about parasitic insects and its relationship with the zombies. The report "Notations on Research of Parasitic Wasp Organism," authored by lead Biologist Russell Barnaby, may explain what created the zombies.

    From Barnaby's notes, the most alarming matter is how a new species of wasps, found along the Pachacamac River, act as a parasitic entity with its host, then a common lab rat. By entering the bloodstream, the wasp moves through the bloodstream, up the spinal chord, and towards the brain, where it will slowly devour the tissue until the host becomes a vapid shell. "...some of the staff members here have taken to calling the specimen 'zombees' -- a rather crude reference to the nature of the host's reaction to infection," said Barnaby, rather skeptical of his coworkers observations.

    It remains to be seen if this Barnaby's research is a direct correlation to the events of Willamette, Colorado, but for those who want to know more about the backstory of Dead Rising, Barnaby's research notations, provided by the nice folks at Capcom, is definitely an interesting read.

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