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  • Added on: Aug 13 2014 08:29 AM
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Left 4 Dead 2 Modding

A Short Tutorial on how to add mods/skins and maps to Left 4 Dead 2.

Posted by SinfulRaevyn on Aug 13 2014 08:29 AM

Hola! ^.^
I see that we are getting a Left 4 Dead 2 server so I wanted to show people how to use mods. This will allow you to not only make things look neat or fun, but give you access to even more maps!
There is a lot of content out there for Left 4 Dead, ranging from weapon and character skins, vehichle skins, soundpacks, and even custom maps and campaigns. I have seen neato things like a Legend of Zelda recreation of the Forest Temple from OoT, I have seen Silent hill and Resident evil mods, and have seen some really unique campaigns that beat even the regular campaigns!
First you need three things!
1: A comfy chair.
2: Winrar.
3: Mod Stuffs
One of the best sites to get mods is http://www.gamemaps.com/l4d2  They have tons of stuff to use. There are other sites such as http://www.moddb.com...s/left-4-dead-2 that are just as useful!

When all else fails use the Steam Workshop! http://steamcommunit...owse/?appid=550
Tip: For gamemaps please register. You will get access to better download mirrors.
Let's Begin!
First go get yourself some mods. For this tutorial I picked up:
Map/Campaign: We Don't Go to Ravenholm 2
Nick: Deadpool French maid Outfit
Coach: Duke Nuken Coach
(I even got a Duke voice pack for coach ^^ http://www.gamemaps.com/details/4422)
Rochelle: Princess Zelda
Common Infected: Mob of the Dead Infected
Spitter: Glowing One
Boomer: Abomination Boomer
Jockey: Diddy Kong jockey
Smoker: Chain Smoker
Hunter: Xenomorph (Aliens!)
Charger: William Birkin 1  (Resident Evil <3)


Pills: Mcdonalds Fries
Baseball Bat Frostmourne(Sword)
Pistols: Duke's Gold pistols
Rifle: FN 200 Assault Rifle
Pipe Bomb: Pipe Bobomb
**Sometimes some skins will conflict with each other, so you will have to turn one or two off. Keep this in mind.**

Once you download your mods, place all of the rar files into a folder of your choice. A fresh folder for just mods would be a good idea. ^.^  

Extract all of your mods with winrar into that folder.
Once extracted you will be left with a bunch of source files aka .vpk files. These are what you need to make the mods work in your game. 
Make sure you exit out of steam completely before installing these mods. :)

Navigate to your steam installation folder: C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam

From there you want to go to  SteamApps/common/Left 4 Dead 2/left4dead2/addons

Move all of your source files/vkp's into this folder. They should be officially installed!

Now launch Steam and then launch Left 4 Dead 2.

Once into the main menu, you should see an option called addons just above the Extras Menu. If you open this, you should now see all of your new skins and maps! :)

By checking or unchecking each box you can turn individual items off or on. Sometimes you will get conflict warnings. For example you can't have 2 ellis skins active at one time... So you must turn one of them off. Generally conflicts will show up red in the addons menu, so turn them off one by one until they turn white again :)

To access maps, when you choose your campaign, scroll to the bottom and click addon campaign. Then you can choose which one you want to play. Sometimes people will be playing the same campaigns you have downloaded so you can find games online as well.

Here is a small video I made (thanks for the help editing siddy) to show what my resulting mess of mods looks like. :D


There are tons of mods! Not only can you find fun or scary skins, but you can also find hi rez texture packs as well. There are even mods like realism mod to make the game more atmospheric.

Here is a Steam Workshop link to a textures and realism collection:


Have fun and good luck!