Insurgency: Sandstorm – Frenzy: Basics

Intro to Frenzy. Things you could definitely find out on your own.


Originally fabled as an April Fool’s joke, Frenzy was released as under the Arcade mode with update 1.3. Simply, Frenzy is New World’s take on a zombie game mode. Layered on top of the Checkpoint game mode, you get the opportunity to either die slowly (as you’re butchered by AI) or die quickly (as you’re sniped with a molotov).


This is not a comprehensive guide and was only meant to fill the lack of documentation. You would pick up on most of these details within a few matches.


Enemies spawn in one of five classes: frenzied, jumper, suicide bomber, flamer, and bruiser.


These are your common enemies. Equipped with a knife, they will chase you and try to kill you. They’ll occasionally sidestep (crab style) to make you waste bullets, but they are pretty straightforward otherwise.


The Jumper enemy is distinguished by the trail of embers and its ability to teleport. If one in targeting you, you will hear a satisfying *whoosh* noise whenever the jumper teleports. I’m not sure if this enemy has any limits to where it can teleport and should be considered a counter to camping. (I’ve witnessed a jumper teleport on top of a car to kill the player who was prone on it.) Keep an eye out; this enemy can cause (even more) team kills by teleport right into a clump of teammates (sometimes).

Wearing only light armor, the Jumper is somehow able to keep its white jumpsuit pristine despite running through all of the dirt, dust, and blood.

Suicide Bomber

Just like in coop, the suicide bomber will run towards your team. Drop ’em before they are able to detonate their IED, signaled by the beeping noise. Nothing notable has changed from Checkpoint.


Running ablaze in a yellow jumpsuit, the flamer enemy will drop a Molotov cocktail once upon death. Expect to die if you are standing within a few meters of a flamer’s on death. This makes outrunning a flamer impractical, unless a Flamer fixates on a different teammate. Flamers are very easy to anticipate due to the gawd-awful yelling they make.


Bruisers are distinguished by their stylish floral shirts, heavy armor, and uncomfortable deep grunting noises. It is common to dispose of more than one magazine to kill a single bruiser. According to the “Visual Improvements” section of the 6/19/19 update for the Update 1.3 patch notes…

I haven’t verified this in-game yet (and bruisers already have a high health pool), so take it with a grain of salt.

Their Tools

Knife – Melee

Taking the form of melee damage, this is main source of most enemies’ damage. Expect them to swing at you once they are in melee range.


Just as you would see in Checkpoint, there is a class of enemy that comes equipped with IEDs and act as suicide bombers. If the carrier is not killed before the chirp of beeping finishes, expect a wall-penetrating explosion (as is implemented with IEDs and C4).


Close Range

Upon their death, the Flamer enemy will drop a Molotov cocktail at their feet. If you are standing adjacent to a flamer enemy as it dies, you will probably die too.

Long Range

Molotov cocktails act as one of two tools AI will use to counter players that camp in hard to reach places (see Jumper). As mentioned in the patch notes for the 6/18/19 Hotfix for Update 1.3.

If you try to outsmart the AI by camping out of melee range, expect an expertly placed molotov at your feet. According to Update 6/19/19, you should not expect a wild Molotov if you’re out of melee range but still in an enemy-accessible space.

From my experience, that is kind of bull ♥♥♥. I would not be surprised if standing on a couch is considered unreachable. If you did not trust the Checkpoint AI, do not trust the Frenzy AI either.

Your Tools


Same rules as the Checkpoint game mode. Come prepared. Support your Machine Gunner. Call in fire support.

Body Armor

Body armor affects how knife hits you can take before dying. Let me know if these stats need to be changed.

  • No Armor: 1-2 hit.
  • Light Armor: 1-2 hits.
  • Heavy Armor: 2-3 hits.

Gas Mask

The AI will call in fire support during a counterattack, just like Checkpoint. While you can usually duck away from toxic gas indoors, your gas mask will be life saving if you find yourself outside.

The Scoreboard

Your scoreboard gives you a snapshot of the classes of the last 15 enemies that spawned. It won’t give away positions, but you’ll know who is coming.

Volodymyr Azimoff
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I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

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