A Defender Squad is made up of a group of Defenders, characters with special attributes that increase defense to a zone's Storm Shield. Each Each of the four zones - Stonewood , Plankerton , Canny Valley , and Twine Peaks - can be assigned one Defender Squad and each Squad can only have one of five weapon types of a Defender: Assault Rifle, Melee, Pistol, Shotgun, and Sniper. There is no Leader in a Defender Squad.
Unlike Survivors , Defenders do not have personalities that need to be matched. Like Survivors however, Defenders can be upgraded and come in different quality versions. The higher the quality, the higher thay can be ranked. The ability to use a Defender will need to be unlocked in the player's Skills.