Cytopathic Reanimation
Nec Cytopathic Reanimation


Formation of complex neural structures enables re-animation of damaged cells and restoration of lower level vitals. Turns dead into zombies

DNA cost


Severity Increase



Very Slight

Infectivity Increase


Next Symptom

Anaerobic Resuscitation

Previous Symptom

Cannibalism, Delirium, Psychosis

Next Ability

Horde Instinct, Reanimate, Autolytic Delay

Cytopathic Reanimation is a tier 5 symptom exclusive to the Necroa Virus DLC. It repairs and reanimates damaged cells in dead bodies which makes infected dead bodies into zombies that the player can partially control. Other zombie-related symptoms and abilities also become unlocked.


Evolving cytopathic reanimation effectively renders the cure effort meaningless because zombies can't be cured.

However, they aren't without their flaws. Plague Inc. zombies are more realistic than zombies from other universes. Instead of long-term reanimation, they decompose within a few months, even with preservation abilities evolved. Zombies also don't need to kill anyone to turn them. Only having an infected person die or having a zombie kill someone else and infect them is enough to resurrect them as a zombie. Certain genes can increase the chance of a infected person reanimating after they die, and certain abilities can slow the decomposition process of the zombies, making them more effective.

Achievements Edit

Clearing the necroa virus successfully without mutating or evolving this symptom unlocks the Not Another Zombie Game achievement. For further information, see Strategy Guides/Not Another Zombie Game.