Dead Island 2 Difficulty Settings [Explained]

In this guide, we go over how difficulty settings work in Dead Island 2 and explain how to make things easier or harder,

When it comes to action games, not everyone is keen on selecting the normal or hard difficulty. There are times when you’d like to take things easy or want to tone down the difficulty settings, midway through the game to make things easier. Well if you are one of those people, we hate to inform you there are no Dead Island 2 difficulty settings. That said, Dead Island 2 itself isn’t very challenging and is very lenient with its checkpoints and battles throughout the course of the game.

Key Takeaways
  • There are no difficulty settings in Dead Island 2 and uses a scalable difficulty system. 
  • Scalable difficulty means that enemies scale according to your in-game level.
  • Dead Island 2 scalable difficulty system allows it to maintain a consistent challenge throughout its runtime
  • Dead Island 2 follows in the footsteps of the previous Dead Island games, as they didn’t have any difficulty options as well.
  • To make things easier, you can equip yourself with the best weapons and skills in Dead Island 2.
  • If you want to keep things balanced, mix your gear with good and normal skills/weapons.
  • By default, Dead Island 2’s overall experience is balanced, until your inventory starts filling up with high-damaging weapons.
  • In order to satisfy your hardcore challenge cravings, you can choose to stick with default weaponry and essential skills only, however, this will also make the game a little frustrating too.
Important: There are no difficulty settings in Dead Island 2, instead, the enemies scale according to your level.

How Difficulty Settings Work in Dead Island 2

Main Menu
Dead Island 2 Main Menu (Image By eXputer)

Normally in video games, you are given a prompt at the start, to select an easy, medium, or hard difficulty. In this way, the game adjusts the enemies and their encounters according to the selected difficulty. 

Dead Island 2 on the other hand uses scalable difficulty, which means, enemies scale with your level. In other words, the stronger you are, the more threatening the zombies will be. In this way, Dead Island 2 keeps things balanced, so you don’t get too powerful and the enemies don’t become too easy to kill. 

This ensures that your entire experience throughout the runtime remains challenging and fun. However, there are some workarounds you can use to make things easier or harder, which we will discuss below.

Were There Difficulty Settings in Previous Dead Islands?

Dead Island 2 not having difficulty options isn’t that much of a shock. The previous Dead Island games (Dead Island & Dead Island: Riptide) also worked in a similar manner, where you’d have one predefined difficulty and challenge, that could not be altered via the game settings. 

How To Make Things Easier Or Harder

Zombie Encounter (Image by eXputer)

Easy: In order to make thing things easier and less challenging you have to equip yourself with the best possible gear available in the game. That means equipping your slayer with the best weapons and skills of Dead Island 2. This will allow you to hack through the hoard of zombies with ease. 

Balanced: To keep things balanced you will have to handicap yourself a little. Equip the slayer with some normal cards and some good cards, while wielding a normal weapon that is neither too overpowered nor too weak. This mostly depends on what you have in your inventory, and this is how Dead Island 2 feels by default until you are in the mid-late game.

Hard: To makes things harder and keep them challenging, you will have to abandon anything remotely good you can find. That means only sticking to essentials like dodging when it comes to skills and wielding early-game low-tier weapons throughout the game’s runtime. This will make enemies spongier and harder to kill, but may also make the game a little too overwhelming and unfun in the process. This is only recommended for players who like extra-hardcore challenges in games, otherwise sticking to default settings is what we would recommend.


Additionally, to adjust the difficulty in Dead Island 2, it’s also important to select the slayer according to your playstyle. It’s possible that Jacob may work for you while Carla may not. So in order to know everything about all slayers in the game, consider going through our guide on all classes in Dead Island 2.

In case, you are having difficulty in selecting which slayer is the best and most easy to use, you may want to give our best characters in Dead Island 2 guide a read as well. This concludes our guide on Dead Island 2 difficulty settings. Let us know your thoughts on our explainer in the comments below.


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Syed Hamid Ali Shah

Hamid is a huge soulsborne, hack 'n' slash, doom fanatic, and loves to talk about them at any given time of the day. He writes new video game guides & is the editor for Latest Game Codes at eXputer.

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