Dead Island 2 weapons list – all melee and ranged weapons

Dead Island 2 weapons list – all melee and ranged weapons
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Looking for all of the Dead Island 2 weapons in the game? This zombie brawler is stacked to the rafter with all manner of weapons to aid in your Hell-A-spanning zombie killing spree. Variety is the name of the game here with virtually every single type of cleaving, hacking, poking, and clobbering tool you could possibly ever want. Better yet, Dead Island 2 allows you to spruce these up with upgrades that grant everything from damage boosts to status effects like shock.

So without further ado, here’s a breakdown of all the Dead Island 2 weapons you’ll come across. For more on weapons, read up on all of the Dead Island 2 legendary weapons and learn how to get guns in Dead Island 2.

Dead Island 2 melee weapons list

Melee weapons break down into four distinct categories:

  • Maiming – Cutting off limbs regenerates stamina and targeting limbs grants critical hits.
  • Frenzy – Rapid attacks cause critical hits and a stackable attack speed boost.
  • Bulldozer – Heavy attacks are all critical hits and when thrown cause forceful explosions.
  • Headhunter – Target heads for critical hits. Heavy attacks boost agility and don’t slow when charging.

Here’s a list of all Dead Island 2 melee weapons: 

  • Crescent blades / bear claws
  • Katana
  • Machete
  • Baseball bat
  • Cleaver
  • Axe
  • Bo-Staff
  • Pike
  • Officers cutlass
  • Wrench
  • Brass knuckles
  • Pickaxe
  • Claymore
  • Spade
  • Meat mallet
  • Hammer
  • Golf Club
  • Metal Pipe
  • Scaffold bar

Dead Island 2 ranged weapon list

There are four types of ranged weapons:

  • Demolition – All attacks on vulnerable zombies become critical hits. Reloading increases toughness.
  • Tactical – Blocking or dodging triggers critical hits, while boosting agility and reload speed.
  • Sharpshooter – Aim mode boosts damage. Grants critical hits when targeting heads and limbs.
  • Rapid-fire – Rapid shots trigger stackable critical hits and an accuracy boost.

Here’s a list of Dead Island 2 melee weapons: 

  1. Hunting rifle
  2. Carbine
  3. SMG
  4. Shotgun
  5. Pistol
  6. Nail gun

Dead Island 2 weapons rarity explained

There are five different weapon rarity levels in Dead Island 2, with common being the lowest and legendary the highest. Accordingly, legendary weapons are harder to come by and often hidden behind specific side quests. Here are the five rarity types in Dead Island 2:

  • Common
  • Uncommon
  • Rare
  • Superior
  • Legendary

What is the best weapon in Dead Island 2?

There’s no best weapon per se because the weapons you find scale along with your level. But overall the Dead Island 2 legendary weapons are considerably more effective at killing zombies.

That covers Dead Island 2 weapons, check out the best Dead Island 2 skills, a full explainer on the Dead Island 2 Skope devices, and how Dead Island 2 fast travel works.