Dead Island Character Breakdown And Strategy: Xian Mei

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Xian Mei

BIOS:

Xian is an employee at the Royal Palm Resort , she was born and raised in China  where she gained the skills and knowledge that allowed her to find an occupation which allowed her to leave China in order to experience different cultures.

She is very intelligent and a quick learner. Being very athletic she is quick on her feet.As a newcomer to the island, Xian was responsible for all the menial tasks before she started working as a receptionist. P.S. She may or not be an assassin…. just saying.

Playing As Xian Mei

Xian Mei is a deceptively well-trained fighter, ready to cut any adversary down to size at a moment’s notice. Xian is strictly a damage class, bringing to a group setting high damage and quick kills. She plays a lot like a rogue class, sporting: high damage attacks,  loads of stamina, increased speed, a class-unique jumping attack, increased damage for back attacks, an agro reduction talent, and increased damage with sharp weapons. If you’re a “good offense is the best defense” type of gamer, you’ll find no better example than Xian Mei.

Xian is a specialist with sharp weapons so naturally you’ll want to try to find sharp, pointy things during your time playing as Xian, like: diving knives, kitchen knives, meat cleaver, military knives, machetes, and baseball bats with electrically powered circular saw blades attached to them, you get the picture. If it’s pointy or sharp Xian can kill with it.
Just by glancing over her talents, you will see how all these skills could rack up some very serious damage numbers quickly (and trust me they do). When I say quickly, I mean that literally. Xian has many stamina boosting talents, allowing her to unleash relentless assaults without tiring out. That huge stamina pool mixed with an ability like lightning moves makes her very agile, easily out maneuvering even the fastest undead foe.
Some of her talents (like flying strike) deal up to 99% extra damage per hit, but that’s nothing compared to her Blood Rage ability… Her fury ability is awesome! Once activated she will pull out a razor-sharp blade and hack anything standing in her path to shreds with blinding speed. The first time I used it I had about 5 or 6 zombies nearby, before the duration had even ended all that was left was severed heads, limbs, and a torso left spurting blood on the sun beaten sand. The zombies all had fallen victim to Xian’s blade, it was if every strike had severed a limb. Like I said, that was only the first time I had used it, at level two mind you, so you can only imagine what you can do with a few more upgrades to that skill tree.
If big damage numbers is your thing, you like pointy things, you enjoy running circles around your enemies before stabbing them in the jugular, or just like the idea of a rogue, or ninja style character, then I would recommend Xian to you hands down.  Being that she is a very specialised class when compared to the other classes, you’ll either love her or hate her, however I’ve personally found all classes are enjoyable to play with, each offering their own unique set of skills and personality. Below is a complete list of all Xian’s skills and talents.

 Blood Rage Skill Tree

Blood Rage
Activate Fury and unleash deadly attacks to finish off enemies quickly.
Grim Inspiration
Kill zombies with sharp weapons and gain more rage.
Level 1: +6% rage
Level 2: +12% rage
Level 3: +18% rage
Lightning Moves
Activate Fury to make yourself fast.
Level 1: +33% speed
Level 2: +66% speed
Level 3: +99% speed
Assassin’s Guile
Increases HP when Fury is activated.
Level 1: +30% health
Level 2: +60% health
Level 3: +90% health
Boiling Bloodrage
Fury lasts longer and makes you effective in combat.
Flowing Strikes
Get critical hits score you more rage.
Level 1: +27% rage
Level 2: +54% rage
Level 3: +81% rage
Rerage
Chance to restore 20% rage after Fury. This is one angry lady.
Level 1: +10% chance
Level 2: +20% chance
Level 3: +30% chance
Volatile
Decreases the amount of rage required to activate Fury.
Level 1: -5% rage
Level 2: -10% rage
Level 3: -15% rage
Burning Bloodrage
Fury lasts longer and makes you effective in combat.

Combat Skill Tree


Blade Fighter
Makes you an expert with sharp weapons by giving you +5% sharp damage, -10% sharp stamina cost, +1 % sharp critical hit chance and +5% for head trauma.
Maintenance
Increases durability of sharp weapons.
Level 1: +10% durability
Level 2: +20% durability
Level 3: +30% durability
Flawless Blade
Increases damage with edged weapons.
Level 1: +5% damage
Level 2: +10% damage
Level 3: +15% damage
Flying Strike
Attack with sharp weapons while jumping to deal more damage.
Level 1: +33% damage
Level 2: +66% damage
Level 3: +99% damage( Holy Crap!)
Backstab
Increases damage when attacking from behind with melee weapons.
Level 1: +20% damage
Level 2: +40% damage
Level 3: 60% damage
Effortless
Increases chance of causing a  bleeding effect with critical hits.
Level 1: +10% chance
Level 2: +20% chance
Level 3: +30% chance
Sharp Expect
Increases these stats: +5% sharp damage, -10% sharp stamina cost, +2% sharp critical hit
chance, +10% damage for head trauma and … Zombie head stomp’n!!!!!
Poisonous
Increases poison duration.
Level 1: +15% duration
Level 2: +30% duration
Level 3: +45% duration
Telling Blows
Increases chance of critical hit with sharp weapons.
Level 1: +4% chance
Level 2: +8% chance
Level 3: +12% chance
Serrated Blade
Increases bleeding duration of enemies.
Level 1: +30% increase
Level 2: +60% increase
Level 3: +90% increase
Stroke of Luck
Increases chance of getting an instant kill with sharp weapons.
Level 1: +1.5% chance
Level 2: +3% chance
Level 3: +4.5% chance
Master Assassin
Increases both bleeding and poison damage.
Level 1: +20% increase
Level 2: +40% increase
Level 3: +60% increase
Pressure
Increases chance of critical hit when health is below 50%.
Level 1: +3% chance
Level 2: +6% chance
Level 3: +9% chance
Blade Master
Boost  stats: +5% sharp damage, -5% sharp stamina cost, +5% sharp
critical hit chance, +15% damage on fallen enemies and you can stomp zombie heads, without the action prompt….

Survival Skills

First Aid

Makes medkits 25% more effective.

Vampire
Boosts your stamina after every kill.
Level 1: +10% stamina
Level 2: +20% stamina
Level 3: +30% stamina
Life Insurance
Decreases cash penalty upon death… Meh if you spend points elsewhere maybe you won’t die.
Level 1: +15% less
Level 2: +30% less
Level 3: +45% less
Spectre
Decreases your chances of attracting enemy attention. Reduces your agro, nice for an offense class.
Level 1: 5% chance
Level 2: 10% chance
Level 3: 15% chance
Endurance
Increases stamina regeneration rate.
Level 1: +15%
Level 2: +30%
Level 3: +45%
Deep Pockets
Allows you to carry more items in your inventory. ( I always get this one)
Level 1: +2 items
Level 2: +4 items
Level 3: + 6 items
Pick Lock
Let’s your open locked boxes… which usually have loot inside.
Level 1: Pick level 1 locks
Level 2: Pick level 2 locks
Level 3: Pick level 3 locks
Field Medicine
Makes med-kits 50% more effective.
Merchant
Reduces the price of items when you purchase them.. I’m not a big fan of the money related talents.
Level 1: price -10%
Level 2: price -20%
Level 3: price -30%
Custom Maintenance
Makes your modified weapon last longer by increasing their durability.
Level 1: +10% durability
Level 2: +20% durability
Level 2: +30% durability
Equal Chances
Decreases penalty when fighting enemies of higher level… There’s probably some hidden formula in the game that causes you to do reduced damage to higher level enemies. This is designed to take that penalty away. I debate its effectiveness since enemies scale to your level.
Level 1: No penalty for enemies 1 level higher
Level 2: No penalty for enemies 2 levels higher
Level 3: No penalty for enemies 3 levels higher
Rally
Increases your stamina regeneration when your HP drops below 50%
Level 1: +15%
Level 2: +30%
Level 3: +45%
Surgeon General
Makes medkits 75% more effective
As this is the last of the four characters to be detailed, we hope you’ve enjoyed this series and  we are still working on more Dead Island articles just for you. Stay tuned and check back often, and if you’re looking for some particular information about Dead Island leave a comment and let us know.
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