Dead Island Definitive Edition Achievement Guide

  • Author : ram ツ
  • Time To Complete : 40-70 Hours
  • Difficulty : 6.5
  • Online : 6/57
  • Offline : 51/57
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  • Glitched : N/A
  • Num Playthroughs : 1

Welcome zomble fans to my Dead Island achievement guide! A game that I simply love, you cannot hate it, its got zombies, zombies and wait for it…more zombies!

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Before you start this, you need to choose your character for your “main” playthrough, there are four to choose from. You have Logan (Throwing Expert), Purna (Support), Xian Mei (Assassin) & Sam B (Tank). I personally chose Logan here.

Once you’ve covered that hurdle, you’re now basically faced with the whole game and you choose how you want to play it. You can either play through it on solo, or work on it with a friend, or simply jump in and help a randomer, the game tells you when there is someone with a similar story progress near you if you’re playing alone, another really good feature.

The first achievement I recommend that you get is obtained by replaying Act 1 with the four different characters. It’s where you’ll get the majority of the other achievements as well, so you shouldn’t worry there.

Then after you’ve done that, or before, join co-op games and get the co-op achievements, but anyway, its your game and how you play is up to you.

Achievement Guide
I want one of those I want one of those
Customize 25 weapons.

The first thing I’ll note here is that upgrading weapons does not count, it must be a brand new weapon. You can get recipes for Molotov’s, Deo-Bombs and Meat Bait etc. You should be able to buy the materials easily.

One is all I need One is all I need
Kill 5 Infected in a row with a single blow.

The infected zombies are actually quite weak, but they’re a pain in the ♥♥♥ to get on the ground quick enough. The best way to do this is in Chapter 2, when you go the second gas station, you’ll notice a tunnel right at the end (far left hand bottom corner of map). The infected run out of there on fire, if you have a decent weapon and time it just right, you can kill the infected that runs out. Just rinse and repeat.

Can't touch this Can’t touch this
Use a hammer to kill a series of 15 zombies without taking damage.

This was one of the first achievements that I got, you pick up a hammer early on around the pool bar area and the best way to do this is by kicking your zombie to the ground and then beating its head like a mad man. If there are a couple of zombies chasing you, just run away or get a friend to help you.

Humanitarian Humanitarian
Kill 50 human enemies.

In Act 2, you’ll find plenty of human enemies. If you stick to the main quest, I’m sure that in all the locations that you visit, you’ll earn this before the end.

Light my fire Light my fire
Set 10 zombies on fire simultaneously.

The best way to get this is by using a Molotov. I recommend getting this in Act 2, just after you exit the church, proceed to the right and cross a bridge and you’ll see a couple of vans and quite a lot of zombies, rile them all up in a pack and then jump up on the van. Simply switch to your Molotov and burn them alive.

10 heads are better than 1 10 heads are better than 1
Kill 10 zombies in a row with headshots.

The first place that you’ll be able to even think about getting this achievement is in Act 2, this is where ammo is introduced (although I did get a gun in Act 1..), note that the final killing blow must be a headshot, you can get their health down any way you want. Similar to the previous achievement, stand on top of a vehicle and they just wave their hands in the air like they don’t care.


A taste of everything A taste of everything
Kill a zombie with 10 different melee weapons.

If you’re regularly picking up new weapons, this’ll come in time to you.

To put it bluntly To put it bluntly
Kill 250 zombies using blunt melee weapons.

Blunt melee weapons are anything thats not sharp, a rusty pipe, baseball bat, hammer etc etc. You can do this with any character, but note that Sam B’s skill set does compliment this achievement well.

Hack & slash Hack & slash
Kill 250 zombies using edged melee weapons.

Edged melee weapons are anything sickle, knife related etc. If its a knife, or a cleaver, use it. Xian Mei’s skill set is designed for melee weapons, but you can get this achievement with anybody.

Guns don't kill but they help Guns don’t kill but they help
Kill 250 zombies using firearms.

Firearms are weapons that fire bullets, so a gun basically. You first get to use weapons (unless you’re lucky and find one sooner) in Act 2, when you’re exploring the slums. They are not common to begin with, but as you explore more and find more survivors, you’ll get more ammo and then you’ll find them quite often. Simply score the finishing blow with a Gun.

Tae Kwon Leap Tae Kwon Leap
Kill 25 zombies with your bare fists.

The best way to get this is early on in the game when the zombies are at their weakest. Or join a low level players game when the zombies are level 1 and they should go down in one punch.

Karma-geddon Karma-geddon
Kill 50 zombies using a vehicle.

This can be done with the first car you get, simply drive around and just mow everything down that you see.

Catch! Catch!
Kill an Infected with a grenade blast.

You need to kill an infected with a grenade, you can get grenades in Act 2, I personally stood on top of a van, when the infected climbed up, I kicked him off so he was lying on the floor and lobbed the grenade, then ran the other way.

Road Trip Road Trip
Drive a total distance of 10 kilometers.

Once you’ve helped Sinoi get the guys to the lifeguard station, you’ll be tasked with finding car parts to fix a vehicle. Simply fix it, then go cruising.

Cardio Cardio
Travel a distance of 20 kilometers on foot.

If you’re like Dora The Explorer, you’ll get this by Chapter 4.

Tis but a flesh wound! Tis but a flesh wound!
Sever 100 limbs.

This will come over time, you can sever a limb by using an edged weapon, a knife, modded baseball bat etc. Just strike down by the shoulder to sever the arms, sideways just above the knees for the legs etc.

There and back again There and back again
Explore the entire island.

This is the achievement that most people will miss.. you need to (as it says) explore the entire island, leave no stone unturned! Some individual buildings may not seem like a location, but they may be an important one. I’ve read up some numbers that will help you keep track.

  • End of Act 1: 18
  • End of Act 2: 45
  • End of Act 3: 57
  • End of Act 4: 72

You can hop into other players games to aid in discovering other locations.

Gesundheit! Gesundheit!
Heal yourself with a medkit 100 times.

I hear that these are quite scarce, but I’ve found quite a few.. your best bet is to leave this until the end and then buy the remainder.

Everybody lies Everybody lies
Use a large medkit to heal an injury of 5% or less.

You get the opportunity to buy a large med-kit in Act II. Just take a small bit of damage (use snacks, apples etc to heal so you’re just below full health), then use the med kit.

Hell in paradise Hell in paradise
Complete act 1.

Make your way into the city.

No raccoons in here No raccoons in here
Complete act 2.

Get out of the city.

King of the jungle King of the jungle
Complete act 3.

Get out of the jungle.

Banoi Redemption Banoi Redemption
Complete act 4.

Complete the game.

Right 4 Life Right 4 Life
Complete act 1 with 4 different characters.

For this achievement, you need to finish Act 1 (Get onto the bus, lorry thing) with each of the 4 playable characters. These characters are Logan, Purna, Sam B and Xian Mei. You just need to do the main quest, so you can avoid fights and just run around and it’ll go quickly.

How many days exactly? How many days exactly?
Play Dead Island – Definitive Edition at least 28 days after starting it for the first time.

You will get this if you’re still playing after four weeks, or be a cheat and forward your computer clock.

Busy, busy, busy Busy, busy, busy
Finish 75 quests cumulatively.

This include Co-Op, all saves etc, you’ll get this overtime.

Learning the ropes Learning the ropes
Reach level 10.

You’ll get this before Act 2 if im honest, just keep killing zombies and questing.

Dedicated student Dedicated student
Reach level 25.

You should get this adchievement before reaching the jungle, again, keep questing and killing zombles.

School of hard knocks School of hard knocks
Reach level 50.

If im honest, depending o nhow you play this game, you could be anywhere between level 30 and level 40 by the end of the game. There are multiple ways that you could do this to get to level 50, but I really wouldn’t like to say how.
I wil lgive you a few tipes however…

  • Use your fury attacks on special zombies, Thugs Brusiers etc.
  • Use the weapon dupe bug an sell to buy certain stuff (I won’t tell you where!!)

Good luck!

Knock, knock Knock, knock
Breach a locked door with the first blow.

You’ll get faced by a door that will show a scrolling bar with a red blob in the middle, these are breach able doors. You need to make sure that the moving line lines up with the red blob. The door in the prologue is a good one to practice on, you can reload the checkpoint if you miss it /cheatmodoff.

Gotta find'em all Gotta find’em all
Find 60 collectibles.

Find 60 collectibles around the island, these can be Facts, Tapes, ID Cards or anything.

Nearly there Nearly there
Find 120 collectibles.

There happen to be 140 available for you to find, so you can afford to miss 20 of them. There are many guides on the internet as to their locations, so I have taken one that Grimfel has written to demonstrate this, all credit goes to him. Here is the guide

Savior Savior
Save 5 people besieged by zombies.

During you time on the island, you’ll come across people shouting for help, either they’re trapped behind a door, under a car, or in a cage and you’ll see a group of zombies trying to eat them. These zombies are marked as red skulls on your map (when you’re close to them), you need to kill these zombies and save the guy/damsel in distress, repeat 5 times.

Need a hand? Need a hand?
Join another player’s game.

You can get this instantly, just join somebody elses game, a friends or a randomer.

People Person People Person
Play with 10 different co-op partners for at least 15 minutes each.

One thing to note here, this does not need to be done with the same character or during the same playthrough. Just simply join people and play together with them, friends etc.

Originality Originality
Play in a co-op team of 4 different playable characters.

You should be able to get this with your friends, just each fo yo uplay as a different character and it’ll unlock.

Together in the light Together in the light
Complete 5 quests in a single co-op game with the same partners.

You can actually do this with one friend actually, so this should be easy, or join a randomers game and quest with them for a little bit.

Going steady Going steady
Complete 25 quests while playing with at least one co-op partner.

This doesn’t have to be in one sitting, so you can get this overtime which is really neat.

Ménage à trois Ménage à trois
Complete 5 quests with 3 co-op partners.

There will be four of you doing this, you can couple it up for some of the previous achievements.

Rageman Rageman
Kill 100 enemies with Fury attacks.

I have included this one with the zombies as I believe this is when you’ll get it, now you don’t have to just kill zombies with it, but seeing as zombies are the main enemy here, hard to see how you’ll not get this.

Warranty Void if Used Warranty Void if Used
Create a customized weapon.

To obtain a customized weapon, you must use a blueprint on another weapon to make an even better weapon. For example, I have a Shock Machete – I used the Shock mod with a Machete to create it, thus achievement.

Steam Punk Steam Punk
Create weapons to rival the gods of fire or thunder.

A weapon that is created using either ‘The Torch Mod’ or ‘The Shock Mod’ will net you this achievement, you earn ‘The Shock Mod’ by following the main story in Act 1.

First! First!
Kill a Suicider with a grenade.

Just as you’re finishing Act 1, you’ll come across a Suicider. They are zombies that seem to have a growth on their right shoulder that looks like its going to explode. They are very slow, simply throw a grenade and watch it blow up. Easiest place to get this is in Act 2 when you’ll exploring the slums.

A very special day A very special day
Kill 250 zombies with modified weapons.

You won’t get this achievement too early on, you need to upgrade your weapons using a weapon mod. As you’ll have upgraded weapons later in the game, you’ll get this achievement with time.

Oh, no you don't Oh, no you don’t
Kill a Ram using tackle skill.

There is one guy who can use the tackle skill and his name is Sam B! You fight Ram’s in Act 2 in the city, they are tall guys, usually wrapped up like somebody’s tried to confine them or something lol.. anyway, get his health down and then “tackle” him. Upgrade this skill to level 3 to do the most damage.

Ah! Spoiled meat! Ah! Spoiled meat!
Kill a Butcher using an axe.

You find Butcher’s when you make it to the jungle in Act III. You simply need to kill the Butcher using an axe. I’ve read that some people have held onto Axe’s from previous Chapter’s, but there are opportunities in Act 3 to get an Axe – via Loren’s Side Quest.

Rootin' Tootin' Lootin' Rootin’ Tootin’ Lootin’
Loot 5 Exceptional Weapons.

Exceptional weapons are any weapons that are orange (not the weapon.. but the name). Once you’ve picked them up, feel free to drop/sell them. There are skills in Logan and Purna’s trees that can help you aid in getting this achievement.

Wave and Smile Wave and Smile
Play any Arena in co-op.
Extreme Firefighting Extreme Firefighting
Set 5 enemies on fire and then kill them with explosives.
Out of honey? Chew bees! Out of honey? Chew bees!
Survive 5 waves using only your fists and legs.
Complete a set Complete a set
During a single round kill an Infected, Suicider, Ram, Butcher, Floater, Walker.
Looking for trouble Looking for trouble
Survive 5 waves in each of the 4 Arenas.
Stick it to the enemy Stick it to the enemy
Survive 15 consecutive waves using the analog combat controls.
Gladiator school Gladiator school
Survive 15 consecutive waves with each of the 4 characters.
Fancy Fancy
Survive 10 consecutive waves using only custom weapons.
Morituri te salutant Morituri te salutant
Survive 30 consecutive waves with at least one co-op player.
Death Incarnate Death Incarnate
Survive wave 30.