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Melee weapons are items or tools that are used in close-range combat. Since just about any usable object can be used as a makeshift weapon in DayZ Standalone, items that are listed in this category either have use only as a melee weapon or deal a significant amount of damage, relative to other items, when used as a weapon.
Ranged weapons are weapons that fire a projectile and are used in mid- to long-range combat. Although all ranged weapons require ammunition in order to function. These weapons are typically the most effective.
In DayZ Standalone explosive weapons consist of lethal, non-lethal and multi-function explosive devices. Almost all of the weapons in this category are thrown and all of them can be used as a trap/improvised trap.