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Dead Island 2 Zombies: All Mutants Ranked

Learn about all the types of zombies in Dead Island 2, including the Infected, Variants, and Apex, and how to defeat them.
Dead Island 2 Zombies: All Mutants Ranked

Are you looking to learn about all the types of zombies in Dead Island 2? Well, you're in the right place. Sure, we all know zombies from movies and TV shows, but in Dead Island 2, we're dealing with some seriously gnarly creatures that pack quite a punch. From the Infected to the Variants and the Apex, there are different zombies to watch out for, each more dangerous than the next.

Some zombies in Dead Island 2 are able to run super fast or have deafening screams that could wake the dead (literally). Others will spray you with acid that will tear your face off, making you look like you just had a very bad facial. This guide will take a closer look at all the zombies in Dead Island 2, including some tips and tricks to take them down.

Every Zombie In Dead Island 2 & How To Beat Them

So far, we know of nine different types of zombies in Dead Island 2, each falling into one of three categories: Infected, Variant, and Apex. Infected are the most common and weakest of the bunch, while Variant and Apex zombies are much stronger. Variants are basically enhanced versions of the Infected, and some of them, like the Inferno Crusher, are literally on fire, so you won't want to get up close and personal with them because they can set you ablaze in Dead Island 2.

Apex zombies are the ones to really watch out for, because they have deadly special abilities. For example, the Slobber can spit caustic acid to melt your face off, while the Crusher hits like a truck. In the following sections, we'll delve into each of these categories and break down each type of zombie your Slayers will encounter. So, get ready to know your enemy, and let's take on the zombie horde with ease.

Infected Zombies (Basic)



These zombies are so old and rotten that they're falling apart at the seams. As a result, Shamblers in Dead Island 2 might hit you so hard that they actually take their own own arms off! But don't let their dilapidated structure and slow pace fool you. These walking piles of dust may be on their last legs, but they can still pack a punch that could knock you down for good. So keep your guard up, and don't underestimate the power of the undead.



This zombie is your basic, plain vanilla, garden-variety undead in Dead Island 2. While not the strongest, it's important not to underestimate them, as their numbers can quickly overwhelm even the most seasoned player. They're found pretty much everywhere, including in the most unexpected places, such as behind doors, in sewers, or even in air vents. A single Slayer can handle them, but don't let them get too close or allow many to crowd around you, or they'll make quick work of you.



Runners are the newest members of the zombie army, with fresh legs and an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Their keen sense of smell enables them to detect prey from a distance, and once they catch a whiff of you, they'll be on your trail in no time. Running away may buy you some time, but it won't deter them from their pursuit. Taking them down with brute force is a difficult task, but knocking them off their feet will make it much easier. Watch your back because these relentless zombies won't give up until they've had their fill.

Variant Zombies (Not So Friendly)


Inferno Crusher

These fiery zombies are the real deal. They set themselves on fire and seem to revel in it. Even weapons with fire modifications won't stop them, so it's best to steer clear of those. You need to find a way to put out their flames before they turn you into crispy zombie dinner (a well-placed water splash or chem bomb should do the trick) and take away their fiery advantage. In a nutshell, don't mess around with these zombies, or you'll end up burned to a crisp.


Spiky Runner

These zombies are like walking pincushions, with all sorts of sharp objects sticking out of them. They don't feel pain like we do, so they just keep climbing fences and broken windows, accumulating a whole new set of shiny accessories in the form of barbed wire and broken glass. So, be careful when taking down these walking hazards, or you might end up making yourself look like a bloody mess.


Grenadier Walker

As the name suggests, these zombies stroll around with a bunch of explosives strapped to them. So it's best to be careful when you're surrounded by this undead. If you accidentally trigger an explosion, you'll be in for a world of hurt. But if you're smart and hit the sweet spot, you can watch them blow each other up while you walk away unscathed. It's a risky move, but it can pay off in a big way. Just make sure you don't blow yourself up in the process.

Apex Zombies (Definitely Not Your Friend!)



The Slobbers are some of the worst zombies in Dead Island 2. They're filled with caustic juice that they vomit out at anything that moves, and the stench is unbearable. The acid in their vomit is so powerful that it melts flesh down to the bone. Slobbers are immune to the acidic puddles they leave behind. Therefore, it's best to get in close and take them down quickly before you're trapped with no escape. These zombies are not to be taken lightly, so be prepared for a messy fight.



The Screamer is one zombie you don't want to mess with in Dead Island 2. These noisy critters can quickly attract swarms of undead, so you've got to take them out quickly before they bring the entire zombie ensemble to your vicinity. Getting close to them is a challenge, though, because they have enough lung power to blow you away. That said, it's worth it to silence them before the whole crowd starts throwing things at you. These zombies are tough, but with the right strategy, you can take them down and survive another day in HELL-A.



Watch out for the Crushers, the big baddies of the zombie world. These mother suckers are not to be underestimated either, as they hit like a truck and swing at anything in their path. If one of these suckers jumps at you, you better move your ass as fast as possible Otherwise, you'll certainly regret it. Their arms are their weapons, so it's best to break them when you get the chance. That said, keep your distance and aim for their weaknesses, or you'll end up crushed underfoot.

And that's everything you need to know about the different types of zombies in Dead Island 2! From the weakest Infected to the enhanced Variants and deadly Apex zombies, each presents its own unique challenge. Knowing your enemy is the key to survival, so keep this guide handy and keep fighting!