Dead Island 2 Legendary Weapons & How To Get Them

There are 7 Legendary weapons in Dead Island 2, each with powerful stats and perks. Here's a rundown of each Dead Island 2 Legendary weapon and its abilities.

Dead Island 2 Legendary weapons.
A summary of all Dead Island 2 Legendary weapons.

Dead Island 2 features a weapon ranking system, with Legendary being the highest tier of weapons. There are 7 Dead Island 2 Legendary weapons, all of which are late-game items that are more powerful than other weapons. These include Big Shot, Emma’s Wrath, The One, Blood Rage, and Brutalizer.

Key Takeaways

  • Dead Island 2 has 7 Legendary weapons, being the strongest weapons in the game.
  • These include Big Shot, Emma’s Wrath, The One, Blood Rage, Brutalizer, Bodycount, and Party Starter.
  • Big Shot and Bodycount are the only ranged weapons in this category, with Big Shot being a short-range pistol and Bodycount a mid-range rapid-fire gun.
  • Emma’s Wrath is a powerful blunt weapon that combines the force of a sledgehammer with the power of a shotgun.
  • The One and Blood Rage are both sharp Legendary weapons, both ideal for chopping off limbs.
  • Moreover, the Brutalizer is a jagged weapon with splinters that cut off enemy limbs and heads with ease.
  • Finally, there’s the Party Starter, a set of brass knuckles that deal Fire damage and Ignite enemies.

Dead Island 2 Legendary Weapons And Comparison

Comparison table for Legendary Weapons;

NoNamePowerDamageForceFire RateAccuracyMagazine SizeRangeCritical Multiplier
1Big Shot5432,606341204031511.6
2Emma’s Wrath4681,036441.094000
3The One5581438201.0911.51.30
4Blood Rage48379591.0841.81.00

Big Shot

  • Damage Type: Projectile
  • Category: Demolition
  • Affiliated Quest: It’s Not Your Fault
  • Quest Location: Bel Air
  • Initial Value: 13,725 Cash

Big Shot is a Legendary Pistol that comes under the Demolition category. It’s a powerful weapon ideal for close-range combat. Demolition weapons automatically deal critical hits to enemies that have become Vulnerable.

Additionally, these weapons provide you with better Toughness when reloading, protecting you when you’re vulnerable.

Big Shot shoots out three bullets at a time that not only deal a lot of damage but also explode on impact. Big Shot can eliminate large hordes of zombies with the default Mod and Perks.

Base Stats

AttributeBase Value
Fire Rate120
Magazine Size3
Critical Multiplier1.6

Default Mod

  • Superior Ranged Impactor Mod: Boosts Force and Physical Damage. Consecutive hits Traumatize zombies and make them fly a distance, hitting other zombies in their path. This also applies to Vulnerable zombies.

Default Perks

  • Russian Roulette: Damage increases as your Magazine loses bullets.
  • Broomstick: Bullets that hit enemies will explode and may leave zombies Traumatized.
  • Speedloader: Higher Reload Speed.

How To Acquire

To get the Big Shot Legendary weapon in Dead Island 2, complete the “It’s Not Your Fault” Side Quest, which starts in Bel-Air. To initiate this quest, you must first complete the 24th Main Quest, “Hollywood Ending.”

In the Side Quest, you’ll examine four devices placed by Luciana, a skeptical seismologist investigating tremors in LA. These devices are located in the sewer system. To begin the Side Quest, visit Emma’s mansion in Bel-Air, go to the top floor, and speak to Luciana.

Upon completing the Side Quest, you’ll receive the Big Shot Legendary weapon and 3,500 XP as a reward.

Emma’s Wrath

Emma's Wrath Dead Island 2 Legendary weapon.
Emma’s Wrath is a powerful Blunt weapon. (Image captured by us)
  • Damage Type: Blunt
  • Category: Bulldozer
  • Affiliated Quest: Hollywood Ending
  • Quest Location: Hollywood Boulevard

Emma’s Wrath is a Forceful sledgehammer merged with the power and bang of a shotgun. It’s one of the most powerful Dead Island 2 Legendary weapons that take down multiple enemies with a single hit.

This weapon has the Bulldozer category, meaning it will constantly drain Stability. In exchange, all Heavy Attacks land Critical Hits. Heavy Attacks are attacks that deal more damage but reduce your Stability and are harder to control.

And that’s not all. Bulldozer weapons like Emma’s Wrath also cause thrown weapons to explode, dealing Forceful damage. This means enemies will become easier to Knock Down, and you can quickly kill them with a finishing Skull Stomp.

Base Stats

AttributeBase Value
Max Durability94

Default Mod

  • Superior Melee Impactor Mod: Hitting a zombie multiple times in a row Traumatizes it, and hitting it again will send it hurling into enemies behind it. This Mod also grants you a Force and Physical Damage bonus.

Default Perks

  • Overkill: Hitting a zombie after Countering or Skull Stomping it will create a wide-area shotgun blast.
  • Shockwave: An explosive attack will occur whenever a zombie is Knocked Down. This will deal incredible amounts of Force.
  • Guardian: Increases Toughness when wielding the sledgehammer.

How To Acquire

This quest follows Main Quest 23, “The End of the Line,” and involves tracking down Dr. Reed to uncover the truth behind various mysteries and save your friends. Upon completing the quest, you’ll receive the Emma’s Wrath.

The One

  • Damage Type: Sharp
  • Category: Maiming
  • Affiliated Quest: Beacon of Hope
  • Quest Location: Hollywood Boulevard
  • Initial Value: 10,238 Cash

The One is a Kyrgyz Sword mimic with the Maiming trait. It’s one of the best Dead Island 2 Legendary weapons for chopping off extremities. When cutting off enemies’ limbs, your player will regenerate some Stamina, letting you last longer in battle. Additionally, hits that you land on zombie limbs have a higher chance of being critical.

As evident, this sword is the perfect choice for slaying enemies and cutting off their limbs. It’s a terrifying weapon that feels satisfying to wield and will let you quickly incapacitate enemy groups in seconds.

Base Stats

AttributeBase Value
Max Durability91
Critical Multiplier1.5
Limb Damage1.3

Default Mod

  • Superior Melee Mutilator Mod: Hitting a zombie several times consecutively will Weaken the target. Hitting any Weakened target will regenerate some Stamina. This Mod also grants a significant Physical Damage bonus.

Default Perks

  • Headhunter: When you Decapitate a zombie, an explosion occurs, dealing Forceful damage. This explosion will also replenish your Stamina and Health.
  • Swift Blow: Reduces the charging time and animation of Heavy Attacks.
  • Guardian: Increases Toughness when wielding The One.

How To Acquire

The One can be acquired as a reward for completing the “Beacon of Hope” Side Quest. This Side Quest can be started when you enter Hollywood Boulevard. It begins after the success of Captain Vixen’s mission.

The quest has you meeting with Sarah in the Old Dynasty Chinese Theater. Throughout your quest, you’ll run into hordes of zombies that must be removed to progress. The quest sees you finding Sarah and bringing her a Space Fox spotlight filter.

At the end of the Side Quest, you will receive a Numen card for The One and 6,000 XP. Additionally, completing this Side Quest grants you the “Make it So” Bronze achievement. For more information on Dead Island 2 achievements, check out our Dead Island 2 trophy guide.

Blood Rage

Blood Rage Dead Island 2 Legendary weapon.
Blood Rage is a sharp weapon best for making zombies Bleed. (Image captured by us)
  • Damage Type: Sharp
  • Category: Headhunter
  • Affiliated Quest: Lost & Found: Fool’s Gold
  • Quest Location: The Pier
  • Initial Value: 8,348 Cash

Base Stats

AttributeBase Value
Max Durability84
Critical Multiplier1.8
Limb Damage1.0

Default Mod

  • Superior Melee Puncturator Mod: Increases damage slightly and inflict Bleed Damage on the enemy. Additionally, several successive hits on an enemy will inflict the Bleeding status effect.

Default Perks

  • Puncture Wound: Multiple Critical Hits trigger higher Critical Damage and inflict Bleed Damage. Puncture Wounds can stack a few times for even more significant damage.
  • Infectious: Any hit you make on a zombie inflicts Bleed Damage and causes close zombies to Bleed.
  • Agile: Every zombie kill grants a moderate Agility boost, stackable a few times.

How To Acquire

Blood Rage can only be acquired after completing the Dead Island 2 Fool’s Gold Lost & Found Quest.

This Lost & Found Quest begins at the Pier in Santa Monica but is only accessible after completing the main storyline.

During the quest, you’ll be tasked with finding a hidden murder weapon that Randy, Dante, and their friends buried. To locate the weapon, follow the clues to their secret safe. This quest combines puzzle-solving, critical thinking, and zombie-killing action.

Upon completion of the Lost & Found Quest, you will be rewarded with the Blood Rage weapon and 2,000 XP.


  • Damage Type: Sharp
  • Category: Maiming
  • Affiliated Quest: Body Art: The Unveiling
  • Quest Location: Bel Air
  • Initial Value: 10,065 Cash

Base Stats

AttributeBase Value
Max Durability96
Critical Multiplier1.3
Limb Damage1.2

Default Mod

  • Superior Melee Mutilator Mod: When you hit an enemy multiple times in a row, they become Weakened. Attacking a Weakened zombie will regenerate some of your Stamina. This Mod also passively increases your Physical Damage by a significant amount.

Default Perks

  • Bloodlust: Multiple Critical Hits to an enemy will land increasingly higher Limb Damage. This Perk also Weakens the enemy and can be stacked several times.
  • Contagious: If you hit an enemy afflicted with a status debuff with a Heavy Attack, the attack will also spread to zombies that are close by.
  • Reinforced: Trades Attack Speed for Force and Durability.

How To Acquire

To unlock the Brutalizer Legendary weapon, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Main Quest 24 and the Side Quest “Body Art: Dread.”
  2. Progress through the series of “Body Art” Side Quests given by Francesca.
  3. After completing all the previous quests, visit the back garden of Francesca’s house.
  4. Speak to Francesca to receive your reward: 1,000 XP and the Brutalizer Legendary weapon.
  5. You’ll also earn the “Gore Horse” achievement.

Note: This weapon is one of the hardest to obtain in Dead Island 2 because you need to complete the entire “Body Art” Side Quest line.


Bodycount Dead Island 2 Legendary weapon.
Bodycount shoots down enemies in quick succession. (Image captured by us)
  • Damage Type: Projectile
  • Category: Rapid-Fire
  • Affiliated Quest: REDACTED
  • Quest Location: Venice Beach
  • Initial Value: 12,323 Cash

Bodycount is one of the very few Legendary weapons. It’s a Projectile Legendary weapon that has the Rapid-Fire trait. Via this trait, your weapon can shoot in quick succession and deal massive amounts of damage.

Additionally, Rapid-Fire triggers Critical Hits on rapid shots, meaning not only is your Attack Speed insane, but you also deal more significant damage with every hit. Moreover, this trait grants a slight boost in Accuracy, letting you aim from further away.

But that’s not all. The effect can be stacked, meaning your Accuracy and Critical Hit rate will increase with each rapid gunshot.

Base Stats

AttributeBase Value
Fire Rate600
Magazine Size30
Critical Multiplier1.2

Default Mod

  • Superior Ranged Pucturator Mod: The Bodycount deals Bleed damage which causes the target to Bleed over time. Additionally, hitting an enemy multiple times in a row inflicts the Bleed status debuff on them. This Mod also provides a massive boost in damage.

Default Perks

  • Exit Wound: When you hit a zombie, there is a possibility that other zombies nearby will be inflicted with Bleed damage.
  • Bloodthirsty: Every time you kill a zombie, your Fury increases, and you receive a moderate damage bonus.
  • Tactical Reload: Your Reload Speed gains a minor boost whenever you land a kill.

How To Acquire

To unlock the Bodycount Legendary weapon, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the main storyline at least once.
  2. Start the “Cremains of the Day” Side Quest, which begins at the Venice Beach tower.
  3. After finishing “Cremains of the Day,” you’ll trigger the “Diaries of the Dead” quest.
  4. Complete the “Diaries of the Dead” quest.
  5. Progress through the Lost & Found Quest titled “REDACTED” in Venice Beach until you defeat LT. Ford.
  6. Pick up LT. Ford’s journal, which contains the location of the Legendary weapon.
  7. Head to the specified location and destroy the boxes to find the Bodycount Legendary weapon.

Party Starter

Party Starter Dead Island 2 Legendary weapon.
Party Starter is a set of fiery brass knuckles. (Image captured by us)
  • Damage Type: Blunt
  • Category: Frenzy
  • Affiliated Quest: Drunk and Disorderly
  • Quest Location: Ocean Avenue
  • Initial Value: 6,780 Cash

Party Starter is a melee weapon that is exceptionally close-range but damages enemies in an area. It has the Frenzy trait that consistently triggers Critical Hit on successive hits and also improves Attack Speed.

With this Legendary weapon, you’ll throw powerful punches that deal Critical damage on impact. The effect stacks, meaning you will get a boost in damage and speed if you land perfect combos.

Moreover, this weapon’s Perks and Mods all make it deal Fire damage. Additionally, it can Ignite enemies in an area, which is excellent for completing achievements and taking down multiple enemies in a row.

Base Stats

AttributeBase Value
Max Durability77
Critical Multiplier1.4
Limb Damage1.0

Default Mod

  • Superior Melee Cremator Mod: The Party Starter will inflict Fire Damage on enemies, with successive hits also applying the Ignited status debuff. Additionally, this Mod increases your Damage by a large margin.

Default Perks

  • Spitting Fire: If you kill or knock down a zombie via a Heavy Attack, you receive some Fire Resilience. Additionally, enemies near you will get Ignited.
  • Skilled: When you kill a zombie, your Heavy Attacks become stronger and take up lesser time for charging.
  • Weighted: Boosts Force at the cost of Attack Speed.

How To Acquire

To unlock the Party Starter Legendary weapon, follow these steps:

  1. Complete the main storyline first.
  2. After finishing the main story, proceed to the post-game phase.
  3. Head to Ocean Avenue and enter the Lotusville Mall.
  4. Go to the restrooms and look for the “Dudes Who Chug” journal, which will start the “Drunk and Disorderly” Lost & Found Quest.
  5. Progress through the quest, including a battle with a familiar character.
  6. In the end, you’ll find the Party Starter Legendary weapon in the trunk of a white SUV.

Dead Island 2 has seven Legendary weapons that are stronger than any other weapon and grant special perks and Mods. These late-game weapons require completing some quest to acquire the weapons as rewards.

If you want to know about Skill Cards, check out our Dead Island 2 Skill Cards guide.

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