General Hints and Tips

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General Hints and Tips

After the prologue, the resort can be pretty much explored to your heart's content. This walkthrough will only assist you in finding collectables and performing quests. I won't dictate what you need to do step by step as this won't make your game any more enjoyable.

Tracking Quests
Quests can be tracked. Aside from the obvious red flag marker on the map, you'll even get to see white dots lined up to show you the path in your mini-map. You don't have to worry since all characters share the same quests. Just refer to this walkthrough for additional help.

Fast Travel Exploit
You can basically use the 'Load Last Checkpoint' trick to get by faster, especially if you're just doing continuous quests. Take note that YOU SHOULD NOT use this especially if part of a main/sidequest includes collecting something and delivering it back to the questgiver; otherwise, you'll lose the item you collected and you'll have to redo the whole process again. Watch the video below to learn how to do it. This will save you A LOT of time.

Fast Travel Exploit

Health Recovery
You can restore a bit of your health by drinking numerous scattered energy drinks and eating snacks. These recovery items re-spawn over time. You can't stock up healing items, only medkits. It is a good habit to keep a lookout for these since you won't know when you'll need a quick drink to save your butt.

Don't just swing your weapon haphazardly; if it doesn't connect, you're open for the biting. A good way to deal with fast, aggressive (normal) zombies will be kicking them. This will stop them on their tracks, giving you more than enough time to decapitate them or crack their heads open. Kicking can also be used with dealing with hordes of zombies to keep your composure and give you some breathing space. By jumping and kicking, you can easily knock down infected and walkers with ease, leaving them open for you to stomp.

Materials and Workbenches
Workbenches are essential to keep your weapons in top shape. As such, make it a habit to scour every searchable containers, luggage, cabinet you come across with. Modified weapons sport some really impressive base stats and additional effects normal weapons don't have so make sure you're always carrying one. If you happen to find a merchant selling some uncommon materials, make sure to buy a good number of them so you won't have problems creating the mods that need them.

Collect Everything
Pick up almost everything that you come across with. Fortunately, only weapons, grenades, medkits and alcohol count towards your inventory limit. Miscellaneous items (materials and mods) don't count to your limit so there should be no reason for you for not picking them up.

Keep Your Weapons in Top Shape
You must remember that restoring a completely destroyed weapon is MUCH more expensive than maintaining it. As such, always keep your (main) weapons in top shape. It will be a hassle if you'll find yourself unable to afford the repair cost when you direly need it.

Look out for 'resupply points'
These are the places where you can find lots of recovery items such as drinks and food, as well vending machines (even better). There are several of these in the resort and in the city so remember their locations. In the jungle, you'll find these in front of stone idols as offerings. They may save you when you're in a pinch.


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I have shock gun,shock rifle ,sniper,shock shock shotgun bazooka,hand weapons:paralyzing katana and voltage katana

Added 19th Jul 2015, ID #586601

How do u get third gun on dead island

Added 25th Apr 2015, ID #547691

I need help getting out of the first part of the game

Added 10th Apr 2015, ID #540564

I can't get out of the quest to give the juice boxes ?..... Is there something else I should be giving

Added 1st Jan 2015, ID #493911

how can i do to have bullets in my gun?????

Added 12th Jun 2014, ID #398344

The only way I know is to go back and kill more of the living

Added 26th May 2015, ID #561557

and why does no one say much about using continous quests?, I use the water quest, and molotov quest from mike as save points for making money and looting items, run around collecting water or booze, and whatever items weapons or money you wish, sell what you want, then turn into one of those quests, which saves the game as a quest checkpoint, exit, restart your game, and BAMN! all the stuff you just looted and sold has respawned in its respective locations/containers

kinda like borderlands 1 and 2 huh?

by doing this I am to the point that money is pretty much not a concern for me, and as a result have the best weapons, upgrades and also always have medkits..this can also be used to gain additional xp and money, in addition to building your molotov arsenal to ridiculous levels instead of having only 1 or 2 at a time

p.s I am only 13% into the game and have already gotten to this point

Added 1st Mar 2014, ID #360061

alot of the tips and hints on the net for this game are either improperly described crap, lies or just plain wrong
According to the internet:

Zombies have a hard time climbing stairs: untrue, many times a zombie has used the stairs much easier and quicker then I can resulting in an unexpected attack

stand/crouch on vehicles to fight zombies without injury: untrue, I have tried every variation of this and find it no easier then simply running around them.

zombies cannot climb ladders: either this is an outright lie or a bad game glitch, after completing the quest where you shut off the power at the gas station, I returned, got chased, climbed up onto the stations roof via the ladder, looked around, saw nothing, then immediatley got bit in the butt by a zombie that was not there before, did he learn to fly or something?

alot of this stuff is people who dont know what their talking about pretending that they do.

Added 1st Mar 2014, ID #360058

How can I get out of garner city

Added 15th Dec 2013, ID #329889

How can I get out of the tunnel

Added 15th Dec 2013, ID #329855

How do you trigger the shock mode and other modes

Added 25th Nov 2013, ID #322139

to get out of the door in the beginning you need to "shoulder" it open. hole lmb (attack)(I think) and then pull the mouse toward you then back up and you'll hit the door. do it 3 or 4 times to break it open.

Added 27th Oct 2013, ID #316520

Easy Kill hint for city of moresby, zombies that have a green looking gas emanating from their bodies will catch fire instantly when hit with a weapon that has the "scorch mod", so its basically one hit one kill, good for saving your weapons lifespan.

Also good tip, jumping kicks are more powerful than standing kicks so all walkers including runners will be knocked down first time

Added 23rd Oct 2013, ID #315909

gear sign over a bag simply means that youve opened that bag but its empty

Added 23rd Oct 2013, ID #315908

I cannot get out of the first section of the game

samuel w puzzo
Added 18th Jul 2013, ID #298332

when I frist start the gan I cannot fine my way out

Added 18th Jul 2013, ID #298325

There are bags in the game with a gear highlight icon. But it won't let me pick them up??? What ate they for?? Txt me at 8707611829 for help ASAP please. Names chase

Added 28th Apr 2013, ID #278490