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Dr. Howard was a medical practitioner employed at the Raccoon General Hospital. Following the spread of a modified ε strain of t-Virus into Raccoon City's drinking water, tens of thousands mutated into Zombies within a day. Howard was mauled by a Zombie, whether a patient or a fellow doctor, and was infected with the virus. He later mutated into a Zombie, and began roaming the hospital.
Howard is unlocked when beating the "The Hive" scenario of Resident Evil Outbreak on any difficulty and character. He is part of a set of three doctors unlocked this way, and is named "DOCTOR2". The set is purchased at a price of 6000 points. As this same set is unlocked by default and available at a cost of only 600 points in Resident Evil Outbreak File#2, owners of both games are advised to use the "Data Convert" feature to either unlock the set in Outbreak without having to play "The Hive", or to purchase the set at a lower price and carry-over the purchase.
Through hacking, the Zombified version of Howard that appears in-game can also be unlocked for play. As it was not meant to be played, further hacking is required to make him properly playable. Without this, the Zombie Howard is unable to damage enemies, and has a much slower running speed.
Howard is a George-type character who spawns in "FINE" status with an Antidote in his inventory. In the original Outbreak game, this means he could not be played online with another George-type character in the lobby, but this rule is absent in File #2.
In terms of health, Howard spawns with 2000-2500HP. His virus gauge is at 1.61% per minute. In terms of speed, Howard is calculated as "0.81" (that is 81% of the default speed), and has an attack value of x1 (default strength).
- BIOHAZARD OUTBREAK OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK. Japan: Famitsu. 2003. ISBN 4757718241.
- Ara, Masui, ed (2004). BIOHAZARD OUTBREAK FILE 2 GRAND BIBLE. Japan: Capcom.