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Dead Island

Dead Island Achievement Guide

Guide By: The Pants Party
There are 58 achievements with a total of 1250 points.

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Overview:
+Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
+Offline: 50 (1120)
+Online: 8 (130)
+Approximate amount of time to 1250: 45-65, depending on exploration
+Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1 (+3 Partial)
+Number of missable achievements: None
+Do cheat codes disable achievements? No cheat codes
+Does difficulty affect achievements? No difficulty settings
+Glitchy achievements? Yes, some issues with "Right 4 Life" and "There and Back Again"
+Unobtainable achievements? None
+Extra equipment needed? No

Introduction:
Dead Island is an open-world Action RPG with a heavy focus on co-op gameplay similar to Borderlands crossed with the feel of Left 4 Dead. An amazingly fun, frenetic experience with friends and a slower paced, more suspenseful feel alone. There is no difficulty to worry about. One thing you may want to do is back up your save file to a USB drive or memory card. There has been known issues with corrupt saves (completely random).

Step 1, Campaign:
First you'll want to pick your main character. You should know your playstyle, so choose the tank (Sam B), assassin (Xian Mei), ranger (Logan) or support (Purna). You can do the entire campaign any way you'd like. Completely solo, completely co-op or any combination of the two. You can also just follow the main story and nothing else, or explore and do everything possible.

Don't worry too much about the specific achievements for unique actions. These are mostly done easiest at the beginning of the game, so you can always quickly start a new save file to knock them out, or join a friend's level 1 co-op game. Play as you like and you'll grab most of the achievements along the way without even trying.

Step 2, Replay Act 1 Three Times:
Using the other three characters you'll need to finish at least the first act of the game. You can continue using any of them in the next steps, or revert to your "main" character since you might still need to hit level 50. See the "Right 4 Life" achievement for more info on this step.

Step 3, Co-Op:
The quickest way to get through your co-op achievements is to join three people in a game one of them made, all playing as different people. Do a minimum of five quests with them and spend fifteen minutes in the game. From there, you'll only need another 20 quests in co-op and seven other fifteen-minute friends.

Mop Up:
At this point, there is little that you likely haven't done. You may need to grind out some kills that weren't of your normal play style or reach level 50, things like that. You'll have four different save files minimum to go back to if you're missing anything though.

Bloodbath DLC:
It is probably easier to read the Road Map I wrote for the DLC itself in the forums. Click here for that.

Conclusion:
Some of the co-op achievements take a bit of co-ordination to earn, but for the most part this is a fairly painless 1000... and a very fun game!



Rootin' Tootin' Lootin'30
Loot 5 Exceptional Weapons. (177) 

Exceptional weapons don't always appear exceptional stat-wise, but will have Orange names regardless. Once picked up you have credit for it, so feel free to drop or sell it at that point. Finding these weapons is completely random, though you can get the Scavenger skill for Logan or Jackpot for Purna (in the Survival skill tree) that will increase your chance for better loot. The other two characters do not have a similar skill. These can be looted from chests or dead zombies, doesn't matter.

Tis but a flesh wound!10
Sever 100 limbs. (47) 

Your best chance to sever a limb comes from edged weapons, or modified weapons with saw blades attached, such as the sickle from an early quest reward or the Ripper pre-order incentive from Gamestop. Aim for the shoulders in a downward strike for arms or a horizontal strike just above the knees for legs.

There and back again30
Explore the entire island. (236) 

There are 72 unique points required for this achievement. You'll want to explore every area thoroughly as it seems some buildings in an area may count as a location by themselves, or what appears to be one area may be separate into a few (such as the interior of the hotel). To see if you're on track, you should have 18 at the end of Act 1, 45 at the end of Act 2 and then 57 at the end of Act 3. Make sure you have 57/72 locations before the "point of no return" (the game warns you when this occurs) as there are 15 locations to find in the prison before the game ends.

Note: If you have 71/72 locations before the patch released on September 14th, you will need to use this trick to reset your achievement data, because the patch upped everyone's count to 72/72 but did NOT unlock the achievement. Be warned that ALL your achievement data will reset, not just this one! I would suggest getting every other achievement in the game first. Your save files will not be affected by the trick. If you had less than 71/72 before the patch, you won't need to do anything and it should work fine when you reach the last location in the prison. If you started the game with the patch in place, you're also good there.

Commonly missed locations:

  • Southwestern Moresby: There is a fenced in warehouse, as well as the beach directly west of it.
  • Southern Moresby: The boat on the shore along the bottom of the map.
  • Northern Jungle: There are two small villages up there.
Catch!10
Kill an Infected with a grenade blast. (64) 

Once you find a grenade (you can purchase them from one of the barricaded traders in Moresby) you'll simply need to throw it near an Infected for an easy kill, best done after knocking them to the ground with a kick. It has to specifically be an "Infected" type, which are the second tier zombies that run fast.

Road Trip10
Drive a total distance of 10 kilometers. (8) 

Once you reach the Lifeguard station and everyone moves in, you will have a quest available from Hank near the work bench to repair the car. Simply head up the road and you'll find plenty of cars to loot parts from. Return four of them and then go joyriding for a while. Great time to knock out "Karma-geddon" as well.

Cardio10
Travel a distance of 20 kilometers on foot. (10) 

This comes extremely quickly, especially if you're an explorer. You'll likely have this by Chapter 2 or 3 at the latest.

Swing them sticks25
Kill 150 enemies using Analog Fighting controls. (75) 

You'll need to manually switch to Analog in the Options>Controls menu. The way this works is you need to hold down the Left Trigger, then use the Right Thumbstick to attack. If you want to chop off a head for example, pull the thumbstick all the way to the left/right and then quickly flick it in the exact opposite direction. It takes some getting used to. This is best done early in the game when zombies are slower and have less health.

A small trick to getting this with ease: kills while driving or shooting with analog controls turned on count toward this for some reason. You can avoid using this control mode at all if you get all 150 by running zombies over or using guns. There may be a glitch where those types of kills stop counting; to reset this issue, simply get a melee kill with the controls on and they'll start counting again.

Gesundheit!10
Heal yourself with a medkit 100 times. (25) 

Medkits will be scarce throughout the entirety of the game. The best option for this is to use whatever cash you have after completing the game to buy the remainder of what you need and use them all in a row while standing in some fire. You can start a new game and grab the one in the bathroom of the first room in the Prologue, use it and reload checkpoint to farm this. You can also load Chapter 18 in a NG+ as well, there will be a handful lying there in the beginning.

Light my fire20
Set 10 zombies on fire simultaneously. (55) 

Using a Molotov is likely your best bet here. Throwing a meat bait out will easily group them and keep them off you if you have that as well. During Act 2 you can exit the church and see an ambulance on a bridge to the right. Head across it and aggro those zombies and the few at the end of the bridge as well. Run back and stand on top of the ambulance to get a group of ten, then drop your Molotov on top of them.

There are multiple other places throughout the city to get this. Use a pistol from far off to aggro zombies and jump onto a car or truck (truck is best). You can run around the area quickly to find more then go back. Shoot anything in the distance so that they come to you.

10 heads are better than 115
Kill 10 zombies in a row with headshots. (46) 

The headshots must be from guns. You will start to see guns in Act 2 in the city. At first they will be rare, but then start to be fairly common (specifically when fighting human enemies). Also, this achievement does not count the humans, has to be zombies. The headshot must be the finishing blow, it does not have to be instant kills. You can shoot an enemy several times (or use other weapons). Just each kill must end as a headshot.

There are a few different methods to get this achievement:

  • In the city area from Act 2, run around on the streets until you see a bunch of zombies roaming around. Run near them and then jump onto a car. From here you can pick off the zombies very easily.
  • First kick the zombie you're fighting to the ground and then line them up for an easy headshot. It can be done with any gun, but a shotgun would work best (wider shot).
  • Another method is to join a friend at the very beginning of a new game with your high level character. The Level 1 zombies will easily die in a single shot.

A taste of everything25
Kill a zombie with 10 different melee weapons. (12) 

There are plenty of different melee weapons available for this. Different types of hammers still count as one type of item though, so it will have to be unique item types. Click here for a list of all the melee weapon types.

One is all I need20
Kill 5 Infected in a row with a single blow. (95) 

This description here seems to be misleading some people, but all you need for this is five consecutive one-hit kills with a melee weapon. I got this with the sickle you earn in an early side-quest, while using Analog controls. With the analog control scheme, it is actually much easier to pull off a head slice with the right-to-left motion of the thumbstick. Let zombies charge you as their momentum seems to aid the decapitation. A good spot for this is while defending the gas station during Chapter 2. About 6-8 zombies will charge you when you open the garage door.

Another method is to join a friend toward the beginning of a new game with your high level character. The lower level zombies will easily die in a single shot.

Can't touch this20
Use a hammer to kill a series of 15 zombies without taking damage. (56) 

This achievement is made more difficult than necessary due to the game's lack of a block function, but this is best done very early in the game. You should be able to loot a hammer somewhere in the bar/pool area. You can then either wander and wait to find zombies feeding, killing them unaware, or attack the slower zombies with a kick to get them on the ground, then finish them. If you're attacked by multiple zombies when attempting this, don't hesitate to run away. You can get in the grapple sequence while doing this, so long as you don't mess it up. You don't take damage if you're successful. You can also kill using other weapons/methods during your streak, so long as you don't take damage and come back to the hammer at some point.

Another method is to join a friend at the very beginning of a new game with your high level character. The Level 1 zombies will easily die in a single shot.

Humanitarian15
Kill 50 human enemies. (15) 

Human enemies will show up during Act 2. Sticking only to the quests provided, you should net this before the end of the Act.

Tae Kwon Leap25
Kill 25 zombies with your bare fists. (8) 

This is another achievement best done early on. Simply scroll through your available weapons with the Right Bumper until you have nothing equipped, then go brawling. Your firsts are surprisingly strong early on, though your stamina drops quickly. Sam B's rage skill also counts toward this.

I want one of those30
Customize 25 weapons. (9) 

Unfortunately an upgrade does not count toward this achievement, it has to be a complete mod using any available blueprints. Does not matter which weapons you make or how many of each. The Deo-Bomb (side-quest reward) is probably the easiest to make at only Deodorant x2 and Duct Tape x1, or the Meat Bait at Meat x3 and Duct Tape x1. These items can generally be looted and purchased with ease.

Karma-geddon15
Kill 50 zombies using a vehicle. (5) 

This is extremely simple and can be done the first time you get in a car. Just drive the island and mow down anything in your way. Note: turn on analog controls while doing this as vehicle kills count toward that achievement as well.

To put it bluntly25
Kill 250 zombies using blunt melee weapons. (1) 

Blunt melee weapons include anything such as a baseball bat, pipe, hammer, etc. Best done using Sam B since his skills are tailored toward these weapons.

Note: Throw kills count toward this achievement.

Hack & slash25
Kill 250 zombies using edged melee weapons. (2) 

Edged weapons include any type of knife, sword, machete, sickle, etc. Best done using Xian Mei as her skills are tailored toward these weapons.

Note: Throw kills count toward this achievement.

Guns don't kill but they help25
Kill 250 zombies using firearms. (25) 

If it fires bullets, it counts. Since there are so few bullets found in this game, your best option of doing this is reloading the checkpoint in City Hall with the mounted gun. Kill any immediate zombies, reload and repeat. You can get 15+ each time.

Note: Purna's rage skill counts toward this achievement.

Need a hand?10
Join another player's game. (14) 

This can be the first thing you do in the game by having someone invite you. Otherwise, complete the prologue, then pause the game and see if any players are available to join.

Warranty Void if Used10
Create a customized weapon. (5) 

Once you have a blueprint, visit any workbench to see what weapons and materials you will need to create it. Once you have at least one weapon from the list on the left and at least one of each material on the right, you can create the unique weapon.

Gotta find'em all20
Find 60 collectibles. (9) 

See "Nearly there" for more info.

Nearly there25
Find 120 collectibles. (48) 

There are actually a total of 140 collectibles in the game (hence you're "nearly there"), though this is the max you'll need achievement-wise. Anything labeled as a Fact, ID Card, Recording, etc. will count toward this. Weapon mods and blueprints do as well. Click here for a collectible guide.

One small trick to this though: collectibles are counted multiple times for each save file. You could technically pick up the first one in 120 different games if you wanted. So you don't need to worry about this one really.

Steam Punk30
Create weapons to rival the gods of fire or thunder. (26) 

Any weapon created using either the "Shock Mod" or "Torch Mod" will unlock this achievement. The Torch Mod is the first you'll come across as a reward from the "Counsel of Despair" side-quest. The Shock Mod is a reward from the "Black Hawk Down" main story quest.

Originality10
Play in a co-op team of 4 different playable characters. (205) 

Like the description says, you will need to join or host a game where you and three people are all playing as different characters. Use this thread if you don't have enough real life friends to help out.

Together in the light10
Complete 5 quests in a single co-op game with the same partners. (34) 

Despite saying "partners" this can be done with only one friend. Start a new game and do some of the first few quests/side-quests from the Lifeguard Station. Must be done in a single play session, so if you disconnect or someone leaves, you will need to start over.

Going steady25
Complete 25 quests while playing with at least one co-op partner. (21) 

This one is cumulative, so feel free to take breaks or change partners whenever you need to. Simply finish 25 total quests in all your time of playing the game in co-op.

Rageman25
Kill 100 enemies with Fury attacks. (18) 

Fury attacks are triggered by holding down the B button when you've acquired enough rage. Various skills will increase the rage you generate, so invest in those and trigger this often while in combat to work toward your 100 total.

Your rage icon will fill with every kill and only shows up briefly next to your life bar (looks like a bullseye) at that time. When it is completely filled, it will stay on-screen and pulse. This is when you can activate it. You can also hold RB to bring up the weapon wheel and the full HUD will display so you can check your status.

People Person10
Play with 10 different co-op partners for at least 15 minutes each. (80) 

This does not have to be done on the same character or during the same playthrough. You will generally find new games popping up all the time, so start one yourself and then just latch onto someone for fifteen minutes. Once your achievement tracker pops up, repeat the process with nine more people. To make it go a little faster, try to find open games with 2-3 people at a time.

Ménage à trois25
Complete 5 quests with 3 co-op partners. (99) 

Despite the achievement's name implying only three people will be involved, this is actually going to be a Menage a Quatre. Get a full party (may as well get "Originality" at this point) and do any five quests. Obviously the same five you did for "Together in the light" are the easiest. In fact, you can couple that achievement with this if you want.

Right 4 Life30
Complete act I with 4 different characters. (68) 

For this you will need to complete the first act of the game with each character: Logan, Sam B, Purna and Xian Mei. This can be done in any order, and only the main story quests need to be completed.

Note: The achievement tracker in-game appears to be broken, as it will sometimes not remove anyone's name even though you've finished the act with them, or remove the wrong person's name. The achievement still works though. If you don't get credit for completing the Act with someone, start a new file with them at Chapter 4 (this can only be done if you've completed the chapter previously) and then finish it again.

This CAN NOT be unlocked by joining someone else's co-op game as they finish Chapter 4. You do need to complete the entire act's main story quests, not just "finish" the act. Just run from location to location doing what you need and it will go rather quickly though. Avoid any fights that aren't required to progress.

A very special day30
Kill 250 zombies with modified weapons. (6) 

Just like with "I want one of those" this will require a complete mod to a weapon, not a simple upgrade (as of patch 1.1), so use any of your blueprints to modify a weapon and go killin'! You'll be using modified weapons with much more regularity in the later parts of the game, so don't worry about it too much in the beginning.

School of hard knocks30
Reach level 50. (99) 

You will likely be at about level 36-38 after completing the game once, doing pretty much everything possible. From this point, if you can find someone who is already level 50, join them and grind out the remainder to make it go a little faster. Find a highly populated area of zombies (the more special ones the better) and grind there. Using your Fury skill to kill enemies awards bonus experience, especially if you kill enough to get your multiplier up a few ranks.

The best way to get to level 50 is probably abusing the repeatable quest "Dreamtime" as shown below. To duplicate a weapon, hold to ready it for throwing, then hold at same time, and press . If you're using Logan and your "Boomerang" skills pops, it won't dupe. Otherwise you'll now have two of the same weapon on the floor.

So in essence:

1. Dupe a ton of your best, high-selling weapon.
2. Sell them all and buy as much Oleander as possible.
3. Turn in x5 Oleander for 1000xp in the repeatable "Dreamtime" quest in the Jungle.

Another excellent method is abusing the passive Thug inside Harlan's Hut during the "Make yourself at home" quest in Act 1. Once you beat the game, start a New Game+ and complete the quests Passport to Life, Lazarus Rising and Ashes to Ashes, then drive to the location in the video. Save Harlan and begin the quest mentioned previously. Make sure you DO NOT end the quest, and try not to kill the thug. When its health is low, reload your last checkpoint to reset the Thug.

Follow the steps below:

1. Accept the quest from Harland and break into the house.
2. Break the Thug's arms (may need to use a stronger weapon).
3. Use a pair of BROKEN brass knuckles to punch at the broken arms.

Knock, knock15
Breach a locked door with the first blow. (24) 

Locked doors will present a short mini-game for you in order to break through them. Pull back on , then try to time pushing back up on the thumbstick so that the moving white line falls in the dead space in the middle. There is a bit of a delay, so push up maybe at either 30% or 70% depending on if the line is moving up or down at the time.

There is a door in the prologue that you can try on repeatedly by reloading the first checkpoint, though there are dozens of these throughout the game including the one in the video below.

Note: Sam B's tackle skill does not work for this achievement, you must successfully complete the mini-game.

Busy, busy, busy60
Finish 75 quests cumulatively. (20) 

This includes all save files, any co-op games, etc. Easy to get alone, but coupled with any co-op achievements and playing the first act four times, this will come just working on the rest of the achievements.

Learning the ropes10
Reach level 10. (3) 

See "School of Hard Knocks" for more info.

Dedicated student25
Reach level 25. (3) 

See "School of Hard Knocks" for more info.

 
Secret Achievements
 
Everybody lies20
Use a large medkit to heal an injury of 5% or less. (26) 

If you have a large medkit on hand, let a single Walker slap you once, get burned for a short second or drown yourself in a pool for a second - then use it right away. You'll need to have lost less than 1/2 of a health bar for this to work.

Florencio at the Warehouse in Moresby sells these if you can't find one. At the beginning of Chapter 18 you will always get one of these if you can't find it anywhere else though. Load that in a NG+ if necessary.

Hell in paradise30
Complete act I. (3) 

See "Banoi Redemption" for more information.

Ah! Spoiled meat!10
Kill a Butcher using an axe. (42) 

The Butcher enemy isn't all that difficult. Xian Mei will likely have the easiest go of this with some upgraded edged weapons and skills.

Oh, no you don't10
Kill a Ram using tackle skill. (34) 

Sam B has this skill under the Combat tree. The lowest level you can get this at is level 5. The Ram enemy does not appear until Act 2. They are the bigger enemies in straight jackets. Your best bet against the Ram will be to dodge his initial attack and let him run into a building or something, then whack away at him until he's very low on health. From there, use a few tackles to finish him off. The skill doesn't do too much damage though, and you'll still have to hit him in the weak spot in the back so it can take quite a few hits. Upgrade this skill to level 3 for best results.

Savior20
Save 5 people besieged by zombies. (5) 

If you are diligent with your side-questing, there is no way you'll miss this. Plenty of them are rescue missions. Otherwise, when running around you will see skulls on your mini map indicating enemies to kill. If they are surrounding a building or vehicle (or something else) then kill the zombies and you will have saved the person trapped. If there are multiple people inside that you save, it still only counts as one for that particular besiege.

How many days exactly?10
Play Dead Island at least 28 days after starting it for the first time. (90) 

This can be gotten quickly if you are impatient by moving your system's clock forward 28 days and playing offline. Otherwise, just wait four weeks and get it normally.

No raccoons in here30
Complete act II. (8) 

See "Banoi Redemption" for more information.

King of the jungle30
Complete act III. (7) 

See "Banoi Redemption" for more information.

Banoi Redemption30
Complete act IV. (10) 

Story related. Simply complete the game.

First!15
Kill a Suicider with a grenade. (32) 

The Suicider enemy is found a bit later in the game, as are grenades, but the method is fairly simple. Just keep your distance and toss the grenade at its feet/in its path depending on if it has reacted to your or not. This can also be accomplished with anything that explodes (shooting a red gas can, throwing a Deo-Bomb, etc.) despite those not technically being grenades.

 
 
DLC: Bloodbath Arena
Cost: $9.99 USD Achievements: 10 Points: 250
 
Wave and Smile10
Play any Arena in co-op. (25) 

This will unlock as soon as you begin any of the arenas, so long as you have one or more co-op partners.

Extreme Firefighting25
Set 5 enemies on fire and then kill them with explosives. (24) 

This does not have to be five at one time, just five in total. You'll want to stock your character with a good amount of Molotovs and either Grenades or something like a Deo-Bomb. Throw down a meat bait, then a Molotov to set a group of enemies on fire, then quickly switch to the bomb and throw that as well to blow up the flaming group. You can also put the meat bait next to an exploding barrel and shoot it rather than trying to switch to a grenade. In fact, the flames from the Molotov will likely explode the barrel on its own. Depending on the type of enemy and their level, you'll need to be quick before they die from the flames. You do not actually have to have personally set them on fire for this to count, just be the one to blow them up. Some enemies spawn on fire; those will count for this as well.

Out of honey? Chew bees!25
Survive 5 waves using only your fists and legs. (14) 

After the Title Update, kicks now use Stamina which will make this a bit harder. However, unlike most of the achievements in this DLC it does not have to be consecutive waves, so you can simply do the first wave five times if you find that easier. Really though, with a high level character, everyone dies in one kick for the first few waves in Arena A anyway.

Complete a set15
Kill enemies of 6 different types during a single round. (21) 

The word "round" in the description does not mean "wave" but rather "session" - so you have a full playthrough to get this for however many waves you do. All of the below need to be killed before exiting the arena.

  • Infected
  • Thug
  • Suicider
  • Ram
  • Floater
  • Butcher

You'll need to do this in Arena C (Hard). By Wave 14 all of the different types will have spawned (last being the Butcher). If you are playing with a friend, make sure you get the killing blow on the enemies for it to count.

Looking for trouble15
Survive 5 waves in each of the 4 Arenas. (3) 

See "Gladiator School" for more info.

Stick it to the enemy30
Survive 15 consecutive waves using the analog combat controls. (15) 

You'll need to manually switch to Analog in the Options>Controls menu. The way this works for melee combat is you need to hold down the Left Trigger, then use the Right Thumbstick to attack. If you want to chop off a head for example, pull the thumbstick all the way to the left/right and then quickly flick it in the exact opposite direction. It takes some getting used to... however, you can avoid any hassle by simply using guns, kicks or thrown weapons the entire time the settings are enabled. If you play in co-op and have a friend do all the work, you'll want to make sure you hit at least one enemy each wave for it to count.

Gladiator school25
Survive 15 consecutive waves with each of the 4 characters. (60) 

Using your highest level character, you'll want to find a co-op group and go for "Morituri te salutant" and "Death Incarnate." With the remaining three characters, you'll still want to use Arena A (Easy), since then you'll only need five waves of each of the harder arenas to finish "Looking for Trouble" and can do so using your highest level character to make it easier.

Fancy25
Survive 10 consecutive waves using only custom weapons. (6) 

You'll likely get this without trying, but make sure you don't use any punches/kicks, or anything generic like a Molotov or Grenade. Your rage and the explosive barrels in the arenas will also void it. Make sure you have some kind of mod on most of your weapons as well so you don't accidentally switch to a generic weapon and void the achievement. If you play in co-op and have your friend do all the work, you'll want to make sure you hit at least one enemy each wave for it to count.

Morituri te salutant30
Survive 30 consecutive waves with at least one co-op player. (130) 

See "Death Incarnate" for more info.

Death Incarnate50
Survive wave 30. (50) 

You'll want to couple this with "Morituri te salutant" to make it a bit easier, and use a full group if possible. Arena A (Easy) will be the easiest option obviously. The enemies start at lower levels and level up as you progress, so the higher level your group is, the better off you'll be. So long as one person is alive at the end of a wave, you'll all respawn and continue. If your entire group dies, you have to start from the beginning.


 
 
 
Game Info
Developer:
Techland
Publisher:
Deep Silver
Genre:

Release:

US September 06, 2011
Europe September 09, 2011

HDD Space Required : 3.9 GB
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