The Ultimate Dead Island Strategy And Information Guide, ZoKnowsGaming’s Dead Island Central

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Welcome ZoKnowsGaming’s Dead Island Central. This guide has information for everyone, from the novice zombie killer seeking general advice, to the Pro zombie exterminator who just misplaced his electric machete.

As any survivalist knows, knowledge in your head is worth more than a ton of gear on your back. We want you to have both the knowledge and gear to survive the onslaught of the undead hordes you will be facing, and come out on top in the face of adversity. This guide will do that and more.

Table Of Contents :

  • Dead Island Survivors
  • Know Thy Enemy
  • Tools Of The Trade
  • Scavenging
  • Easter Eggs
  • A Brief Note About XP Related Talents


Dead Island Survivors

We’ve compiled the most comprehensive character guides available for all your survival needs, featuring all talents, skills, bios, and info on how our four heroes are meant to be played and more.

Logan Carter– A former American football star, spoiled by life and successful in every possible way, Logan’s ego finally put an end to his bright future. Taking part in a reckless street race with tragic consequences, Logan not only killed a young woman – his unfortunate passenger; he also fractured his knee, putting an end to his sports career. His fall from stardom inevitably followed and he plunged swiftly into a life of bitterness and despair. In an attempt to get away from the demons hunting him, he gladly takes the chance to experience the beauties and wonders of Banoi. Soon enough though the getaway he was dreaming about turns into a real life nightmare…

Sam B– A one-hit-wonder rap star of fading fame, Sam B was booked by the Royal Palms Resort Hotel to perform his well-known song “Who Do You Voodoo?” at a high-profile hotel party. He gladly took the chance to play this gig. Once strong, self-confident and proud, Sam B has had a troubled past and a history of drug and alcohol abuse, as his private life became caught in a haze of fake friends and bad advisors. Trying to pick up the pieces and earn some extra cash, he suddenly finds himself surrounded by a whole lot of different problems…

Xiam Mei– 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.

Purna– A former officer of the Sydney Police department. After losing her career when she killed a child molester who could not be touched legally because of his wealth and connections, Purna then turned to working as a bodyguard for VIPs in dangerous places all over the world. She is hired not just for her skills but her looks as wealthy men did not mind showing up with Purna on their arm…


Know Thy Enemy

You’ll be faced with a variety of horrific and terrifying monstrosities in Dead Island, luckily we’ve put together an in-depth guide presenting these foul creatures and how to deal with them.  Below is a brief outline, or you can check out our full-blown Zombie Slayer’s Guide.

Walkers- Slow, shambling undead, roaming the island of Banoi, looking for flesh to devour. Walkers are most dangerous in groups where their speed is less of a disadvantage.

Infected- Fast, agile, and vicious, the infected attack any target they see, announcing their presence with a bone-chilling shriek. Taking them out from a distance or fighting one on one is the best strategy.

Floater- His bloated, partially decomposed body produces corrosive slime capable of hurting, blinding or disorienting enemies from a distance. Floaters are harder to kill, their tissue is able to absorb a lot of punishment. A less known fact is that their “slime” is flammable, use this to your advantage.

Thug Zombie- Big, badass, steroid using zombies. Sure there slow, but don’t let one hit you or you’re gonna pay.

Ram- Extremely tough, strong and ferocious, these undead were already made before the outbreak. Now they single-mindedly pursue any survivors in sight and try to take them out with a single ramming attack. Frontal attacks are known to be ineffective against these terrifying undead specimens.

Butcher- Meaner, tougher versions of the infected, Butchers slice and tear with whatever is left of their limbs. Their leaping attacks and lighting quick reactions make them hard to fight with melee attacks. Attacking from a further distance helps.

Suicider- This poor creature trapped in a disfigured, pulsing form retains a semblance of awareness even though its instincts drive it to get close to an uninfected survivor and attack with a self-destructive explosion. Fighting suiciders in a confined space or from close range is … Suicidal..

Tools Of The Trade 

Weapon Parameters:

Damage– This is the damage done directly to a targets health.

Force– This reflects the damage done to a targets stamina and effects knock back effect.

Handling– The better a weapons handling score, the less stamina it takes per swing.

Durability– Dictates the number of attacks a given weapon can make before breaking.

Accuracy– How accurate your firearm will be at a distance.

Reload Speed– How fast you can slap more rounds into your gun.

From the humble frying pan, to the devastating chainsaw, weapons are a huge key to fending off the slew of threats presented to you in Dead Island. With so many options to choose from(Check out our comprehensive weapons list) and so many upgrades available, it may seem overwhelming. Fret not friends, for ZoKnowsGaming has walked through the hellish scenes of Dead Island and emerged unscathed, and you can too.

First let’s start off by choosing the correct weapon type for our class, this is very important because if you’re not using the correct weapon type for your class, you’re not benefiting from all those hard-earned talent points. You can check out our detailed character sheets to see just what weapons your chosen character uses proficiently.

Second, to manage your resources properly it is important that you are sure you’re going to be using a weapon for quite a while before you decide to upgrade it, or in some cases even repair it. As a general rule of thumb, in most cases, I would not upgrade anything unless it was at minimum a green item, and in most cases I will not waste my valuable resources upgrading unless it’s a purple or orange item. Repairing can also be pricey, especially later in the game. Don’t waste your hard-earned cash repairing an item that you can easily replace since its lying around everywhere, unless it’s absolutely all you have left.

Our third tip for you is to carry a good variety of weapons, as you never know what obstacle or enemies you may face just around the corner. I personally keep one pistol, one  single shot rifle, one fully automatic rifle, one shotgun, two sharp, and two blunt weapons, as well as a few molotov cocktails. This may seem like a lot of gear to be lugging around, but it’s not actually bad if you take the deep pockets skill, which I highly recommend and is available to all characters.

Another good little trick for maximizing your ammo capacity is to fill up guns before you pick up an ammo box, and guns that have ammo in them, even if they are of low quality. Then take them back and store them when you can to free up your inventory space. The reason for this is if at some point in the game you find yourself in need of ammo, you can simply pull those guns out of your storage, equip the firearm and hold triangle. This will cause your character to throw the weapon on the ground and doing this will remove any ammo from the gun and put it into your inventory.

Using the right tool for the job can make fighting enemies that much easier, and can make you a much more effective combatant. Do not waste your precious ammo on walkers, infected, or thugs (if your really in a tight with a thug a well placed head shot at close range from a shotgun will put him down) . All of those enemies are easily taken down with melee attacks. You will find that breaking the limbs of some enemies may be more effective that slashing away at them, other times you will find that slicing a head off of a weaker enemy like an infected is very effective.

Be an opportunist, use your environment to your advantage. If you see a propane tank by all means use it, it’s much more efficient to use a single bullet to kill a mob of zombies then wear your weapons out on them. As I mentioned before, repairs can get to be very costly, especially if you are using high quality weapons.


Embrace the awesome environments found in Dead Island, explore, and search every nook and cranny for useful items. Check everything from trash cans to lock boxes. In Dead Island you are often times rewarded by searching around, from secret weapons, to rare blue prints, you never know just what you’ll find lying around.  Wouldn’t it suck to find an awesome weapon and not have the required materials to put that cool new mod on it? Don’t be that guy, search as your progressing through the game, it’s not a race after all, and chances are if you bought it new you spent $60 on the game, so why not take your time and enjoy all it has to offer?

Besides rummaging through dumpsters, take note of your surroundings, as items respawn. For example, there’s a nice little spot in the city I know of where the looters are always lurking, anytime I got low on ammo I paid them a little visit and beat them to death with my favorite hammer, picked up their ammo, and I’m on my merry way with ammo in hand. Some other items are random but respawn all the same. Fast travel seems to reset or cause a respawn, so if you are really low on materials and don’t feel like fighting your way to resources, traveling back and forth between two safe fast travel areas with multiple searchable containers can be an excellent way to restock your supplies. In short, pick up what you can, when you can… you never know when you may need it.

Easter Eggs

There are many Easter eggs hidden through out Dead Island, everything from Ted Bundy, to Friday the 13th references can be found if you take the time to explore. Not only will you find many cool, and sometimes funny things hidden in the game, you can find rare weapons as well! Rather than risk spoiling your game experience, we’ve provided a separate link to some interesting, funny, and unusual Easter eggs in the game for you, right HERE.

A Brief Note About XP Related Talents 

I’m not going to try and sway you one way or another on your characters spec or skills, however I would like to present this to you and hope you take it for what its worth.

At the current time there is no option to respec your character and because of this, once you are level capped, your XP talents will no longer benefit you in any shape, form, or fashion. Sure it will help you cap more quickly, but again there’s no race to the finish line here. Just something to think about as your building your skill trees or maybe even before then. In the end, it is only 3 skill points after all, but its 3 skill points that you’ll never get back.

Quick Links

Dead Island Review    Logan Character Guide    Sam B Character Guide

Purna Character Guide  Xian Mei Character guide  Zombie Slayer’s Guide

Weapons List    How To Get The Chainsaw   Easter Eggs

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