Jim

Never say no to a hunt.
— Jim

Jim Hossler is one of the ten playable Cleaners in Back 4 Blood. He is a middle-aged Finleyville native and outdoorsman who offers his hunting and scouting skills to the team.

Official description

Nobody knows Finleyville and the surrounding county like Jim. From an early age, he would head out into the countryside with his father, hunting and trapping with the best of them. After a stint in the military, he returned home, only to see it ravaged by the Collapse. Now he's found his place among the most trusted cleaners. When not fighting back-to-back with his team, he's scouring the countryside of his beloved Pennsylvania routing out the Ridden infestation.[1]

Traits

The following traits are being granted to Jim with his Cleaners card:

CLEAN KILL
Precision kills increase Jim's damage by 2.5%, up to 25% until he takes damage.

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+ 10% Team Weakspot Damage

QUICK AIM
+ 25% Aim Down Sight Speed

RAZOR SNARE
Start with a Razor Wire

Developer comments

In the video "Back 4 Blood - Breakdown of All 8 Playable Characters (Meet the Cleaners)"[2] by media news outlet IGN lead writer Simon Mackenzie and co-founder and creative director Phil Robb at Turtle Rock Studios did a breakdown of all eight playable Cleaners in Back 4 Blood.

The following quotes are shortened versions of the comments they've made about Jim's character:

Our game is set in a fictional city in western Pennsylvania where basically I grew up.
Jim is an homage to a lot of the folks in Western PA: they're hunters, they're fishermen, they're outdoorsmen.
He's sort of the guy that makes me feel at home.
We've tried to write in some of the western Pennsylvania speech patterns into his dialogue.
— Phil Robb, Co-Founder/Creative Director at Turtle Rock Studios

Yeah and he's got sort of feeling with the land and kind of scouting.
One thing we didn't want to do is to reinforce a redneck stereotype.
— Simon Mackenzie, Lead Writer at Turtle Rock Studios

We wanted it to be like he is like that but in a respectful way. Not in a mean-spirited type of way.
— Phil Robb, Co-Founder/Creative Director at Turtle Rock Studios

In the recent "Turtle Rock Studios Back 4 Blood Art Blast"[3] on artstation.com character concept artist Gue Yang shared information about the design of Jim's appeareance.

Jim was an early concept design that we liked early but went through some color/texture changes to get to this state.
— Gue Yang, Character Concept Artist

Journal entry

Jim's journal entry has been shared on the Back 4 Blood Twitter account on October 1st, 2021.[4]

Grew up here.

Hell, my family were one of the first to put down roots before there was a Finleyville.

But history don't matter much to the Ridden. Not much does. I hunted and fished these lands with my father and his, as they did before. We raised our families for generations in these hills.

But the Ridden took everything. Soured the soil and fouled the waters. Took blood, sweat, and tears to build something here. Took the same to tear it down.

It's too late for my family, but not for others. And for those that made it out alive...I aim to make sure they stay that way.
— Jim's journal

Notes

  • Jim was originally called "Kev" during development.


Sources

  1. Official description from the official Back 4 Blood website.
  2. "Back 4 Blood - Breakdown of All 8 Playable Characters (Meet the Cleaners)" by IGN article and YouTube video.
  3. "Turtle Rock Studios Back 4 Blood Art Blast" on artstation.[1]
  4. Jim's journal entry release (Twitter)

The following overview presents all cosmetic items that are associated with Jim.

Outfits

Item Sets

Head

Body

Legs

Banners

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Emblems

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Sprays

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