How to make money in Dead Island 2

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Want to know how to make money in Dead Island 2? Like in the real world, you’ll need cash if you plan to splash at traders for the fanciest weapons, crafting materials, and blueprints. Though Hell-A isn’t short on cash, actually finding enough to keep your virtual coffers topped up can be tricky, especially as you’ll be almost constantly spending money to upgrade your favourite weapons.

In this guide, we walk you through the most efficient ways to make money in Dead Island 2. It’s also worth learning how to get fuses in Dead Island 2 and how to open maglocks in Dead Island 2 as both lock types often conceal a hefty trove of cash.

Best ways to make money in Dead Island 2

Here are the best ways to make money in Dead Island 2:

  • Sell excess weapons at traders
  • Sell excess crafting resources at traders
  • Unlock maglocks and fix up fuse boxes 
  • Loot every corner of Hell-A
  • Complete story and side quests 
  • Only upgrade and repair weapons you’ll use for a while

At safehouses across Hell-A, you’ll meet traders more than happy to take your unwanted weapons in exchange for money. You’ll find weapons pretty much everywhere playing the game, so be sure to fill up your inventory before visiting a safehouse. Similarly, you’ll pick up an awful lot of crafting materials when you’re out and about. Many of them are surplus to requirements, so don’t hesitate to offload them when you’ve reached the max carrying capacity for each. The returns aren’t as good as those for weapons, but every little helps.

Hidden behind maglocks and fuse boxes are stashes of money, gear, and weapons. We recommend opening every maglock and fixing every fuse box you come across and looting the content of the rooms they’re guarding. If the cash isn’t all that great, you can sell the excess weapons and gears as detailed above. In the same vein, one of the best ways to make money in Dead Island 2 is to loot everything, all the time. Cars, shops, houses, closets – scour every inch of LA as you’re exploring and you’ll quickly amass a lot of money.

Another great way to get a steady flow of money in Dead Island 2 is to quite simply play through the story and side quests. Completing these typically grants you a nice sum of money for your efforts, along with a weapon, which you can sell if it’s not to your liking.

Lastly, and this is more about saving than making money, we recommend only upgrading and repairing weapons that you particularly like and features heavily in your weapon rota when you’re out in the streets fighting zombies. Upgrading a weapon that will soon be outleveled by another that you only use occasionally is a waste of money and resources. Sell it instead.

With these money making methods, you’ll be well on your way to a nice haul to keep you going in new weapons, repairs, and blueprints. For more on the game, check out our guides to the Dead Island 2 GOAT Pen Master Keys location, Dead Island 2 Obi’s Things Key location, and how to get legendary weapons in Dead Island 2 without having to spend a dime.

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Tom Bardwell

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Dead Island 2

  • Release Date: April 21, 2023
    • - 01 January 2017 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, First Person