The Smoker and Extent of Mutations
The Smoker like the other special infected are heavily mutated by the strain of infection, though it looks like a normal infected, he is taller and has mutated growths located on his body that cause a large black haze when ruptured during death. The face of the Smoker seems to be bloated that is covered by a large tumor. Because of the infection it has developed an extremely large tongue that is capable of extending to great distances that easily can strangle the target. Like the other special infected it is not distracted by flashing lights of a pipebomb or car alarms like a normal infected. Some people say that the "tongue" is actually the Smokers intestines.
Similar to the Hunter Infected, the Smoker is an Infected who looks fairly human-like but has boils on his skin and is partly disfigured. His main weapon is his enormous, one hundred foot-long tongue which he can use to grab survivors and reel them in from long distances, both at vertical and horizontal angles. While grabbed by the tongue a survivor is slowly choked to death unless helped by one of his or her comrades. If the Smoker manages to reel the survivor all the way in, it will attack the survivor with claw swipes until the survivor is dislodged by another survivor, or until the survivor dies. During his tongue attack the Smoker is completely immobile, even if he misses. As his name suggests the Smoker emits an sight obscuring cloud of smoke after he has been killed. This cloud of smoke makes the survivors cough, rendering them unable to talk until they are out of the smoke, or it clears.
The Smoker is a playable Infected class in Versus mode.
There are a few achievements associated with the Smoker in Left 4 Dead. They are:
- Drag and Drop: Rescue a Survivor from a Smoker's tongue before he takes damage.
- No Smoking Section: Kill 10 smokers as they are pulling helpless survivors.
- Tongue Twister: Free yourself from a Smoker who has grabbed you with his tongue.
- Chain Smoker: Constrict two survivors in one life as a Smoker.
- Big Drag: Drag a Survivor 100 feet with your tongue as a Smoker.
- Slippery Pull: Smoker pull a bile-covered Survivor until you hold him during Crash Course.