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Dead Island 2: How to easily kill each zombie apex variant

Published: 19:30, 30 April 2023
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Dead Island 2: Apex Zombie Variants
Dead Island 2: Apex Zombie Variants

Apart from regular zombies that are quite simple to fight off, as you progress through the game, you will face more dangerous, apex variants of zombies. This is how to easily defeat each of them.

Dead Island 2 , the newest zombie-slaying shooter from Deep Silver , is a game of many qualities, but most certainly the biggest one is constant action and many zombies to eradicate in the bloodiest and most disgusting ways imaginable. 

One of the most essential characteristics of Dead Island 2 is the variety of zombies you battle against as well, therefore, you will have the opportunity to meet over 20 distinct species of zombies that require different techniques to kill.

The zombies will be split into two groups: the common zombies, who can be killed using nothing more complicated than button-mashing tactics, and the so-called apex versions, which are a more difficult zombie species and will demand a bit more effort to kill. In this guide, we will show you which strategy to use to easily vanquish each zombie apex variant.

Different strategies to defeat different apex variants

There are 11 apex variants in total in Dead Island 2, and you can track the progress of how many of them you've killed inside Zompedia under the collectables menu.

Crushers and Inferno Crushers

Those two apex variants are generally the same zombies; the only difference is that Inferno Crashers will be on fire, thus they will be immune to any fire-based weapon modifications. Crashers and Inferno Crashers are very strong and also very slow apex variants that, once they detect you, will move towards you, trying to hit you with their strong punches. The best tactic against them is to keep your distance and use firearms against them. They will also use a very devastating jump attack that, if you are caught inside its radius, will knock you to the ground. To avoid this attack, simply jump at the same moment when Crusher hits the ground.

AltChar Dead Island 2: Crashers are very strong but also very slow zombies Dead Island 2: Crashers are very strong but also very slow zombies

Bursters

Perhaps the easiest zombies to defeat in the entire game are Bursters, the exploding apex variant that can also be used as the weapon against other zombies, if you are surrounded by many of them. Bursters, as their name implies, will burst into an explosion when they come close enough to you, hurting you, but also hurting all the zombies around you. The best strategy against them is to wait for them to come close to you, and when they are about to explode, dodge twice backwards—this will distant you enough from their exploding radius. Do not waste any bullets on them, just use this strategy to easily destroy them without taking any damage.

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Slobbers, Purified Slobbers, and Firestorm Slobbers

Slobers are among the hardest zombies to defeat in Dead Island 2. As is the case with crushers, there are three variants of slobbers: regular ones that spit acid, purified ones that spit exploding traps, and firestorm slobbers that spit fire. Regardless of which one you face, they will all have the same attack patterns: they will spit elemental matter on you, and they will also sometimes surround themselves with that matter, making it almost impossible to approach them.

The soundest strategy against them will be to keep your distance and use ranged weapons. Make sure, however, not to use weapons with the same elemental perks as the variant you are fighting because they will be immune to such attacks. While keeping distance, wait for their spitting attack and quickly dodge left or right, and then hit them with the ranged weapons. Keep doing this until they are down.

AltChar Dead Island 2: Slobbers are among the hardest apex variants to defeat Dead Island 2: Slobbers are among the hardest apex variants to defeat

Screamers and Volcanic Screamers

These zombie variations are extremely annoying because one of their best traits is their shrill screams, which are not only extremely unpleasant but also quite dangerous because they attract more zombies nearby. The best course of action when facing a screamer is to use guns to quickly dispatch it without letting it begin to scream. If they start screaming, though, try to stop them with throwables or ranged weapons. If you choose, you can also use melee weapons to fight them but always aim to stand behind their back as their attacks deal a great deal of damage.

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Butchers and Vicious Butchers

The most dangerous zombies in Dead Island 2 are, without doubt, butchers. They have several attack patterns, and all their attacks are very dangerous and devastating, but if you know what to do, they are not that hard to overcome. Once the butcher attacks you, use constant dodging until it finishes its attack pattern, then quickly attack it with a melee weapon making sure that you attack it from behind. Once you hurt it enough, a butcher will run off to find a dead body to eat it and replenish its health. Do not let it do that! When a butcher starts running away from you sprint after it and once it tries to eat hit it from behind. Do that twice and a butcher is as good as dead.

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Mutators

Mutators can be very easy, and also extremally hard to defeat, regarding of whether they notice you or not. If you approach them from behind and not let them to mutate, then they are as easy to defeat as a common zombie, but if they manage to change, then it is a different story.

To stand a chance against mutants, you must learn to recognise their various attack styles. The best tactic is to remain at a safe distance and use firearms to shoot them. They can also be attacked with melee weapons, but you must be careful not to get knocked down as they will attack you using the ground attack if they come near enough. Additionally, they will throw something at you with spikes. When they are carrying out this attack, hiding behind something is the best way to avoid them. Mutators can be easily defeated by shooting them from a distance and using throwables against them.

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