Dead Island - Skill Trees Guide

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Dead Island: Skill Tree Guide

Dead Island is a deep and engaging RPG that has not only an impressive weapons customisation system, but also features three unique skill trees for each character. This allows the player to tailor their skills to truly suit their gameplay style. However knowing exactly which skills do what can be a little confusing at times - that's where we step in.

Welcome to our Dead Island Skill Tree Guide - here we're going to list all the available upgrades for each character so you can have a clear view of what options are available to each character. So let's get started….

Logan Carter - The All Rounder

Logan is a good starting point for those who want to experience all that Dead Island has to offer. He is a jack-of-all trades, master of none which makes him both valuable and a liability. He may have no obvious weaknesses, but he also possesses no real strengths. Let's take a look at this three skill trees, and what upgrades he has access to.


Fury Tree

Bullseye (1 rank) - Bullseye allows you to hit 3 enemies with a single thrown weapon up to a distance of 15 metres.

Furious Throw (3 ranks) - Killing enemies by throwing gains additional rage.
Rank 1 = +10% rage | Rank 2 = +20% rage | Rank 3 = +30% rage

Longshot(3 ranks) - This upgrade increases the Bullseye’s throwing range
Rank 1 = +2.5m | Rank 2 = +5m | Rank 3 = +7.5M

Grazing Hits (3 ranks) - Increases the chance to inflict bleeding damage with Bullseye
Rank 1 = +15% chance | Rank 2 = +30% chance | Rank 3 = +45% chance

True Bullseye (1 rank) - This upgrade increases your throwing distance to 20 metres and allows you to hit four enemies with one weapon. It also increases the duration of the Bullseye.

True Aim (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chances of getting a critical hit when throwing with Bullseye
Rank 1 = +15% chance | Rank 2 = +30% chance | Rank 3 = +45% chance

Wings of Death (3 ranks) - This increases your chance of killing enemies instantly when throwing with Bullseye
Rank 1 = +3% chance | Rank 2 = +6% chance | Rank 3 = +9% chance

Volatile (3 ranks) - This upgrade decreases the amount of rage needed to activate Fury
Rank 1 = -5% rage | Rank 2 = -10% rage | Rank 3 = -15% rage

Dead Eye Bullseye (1 rank) - Throwing distance extended to 25M, you can hit 5 enemies with a thrown weapon, Bullseye lasts longer.

Combat Tree

Maintenance (3 ranks) - This upgrade slows down weapon deterioration
Rank 1 = +5% durability | Rank 2 = +10% durability | Rank 3 = +15% durability

Flow (3 ranks) - This reduces stamina costs with one handed weapons
Rank 1 = -10% less | Rank 2 = -20% less | Rank 3 = -30% less

Mass Driver (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases throwing distance with melee weapons
Rank 1 = +2.5m | Rank 2 = +5m | Rank 3 =+7.5m

Telling Blows (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases critical hit chance when throwing
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Frenzy (3 ranks) - This skill increases your damage for five seconds after killing an enemy
Rank 1 = +10% damage | Rank 2 = +20% damage | Rank 3 = +30% damage

Economical Throw (3 ranks) - Hitting an enemy with a thrown weapon will inflict damage on nearby enemies
Rank 1 = +10% damage | Rank 2 = +20% damage | Rank 3 = +30% damage

Mighty Throw (3 ranks) - Increase overall damage with thrown weapons
Rank 1 = +5% damage | Rank 2 = +10% damage | Rank 3 = +15% damage

Mighty Throw (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases critical hit chances when kicking
Rank 1 = +5% chance | Rank 2 = +10% chance | Rank 3 = +15% chance

Heavy Hitter (1 rank) - Gives you: +5% blunt damage, -10% blunt stamina cost, +1% blunt critical chance, +5% blunt head damage

Fencer (3 ranks) - Increase overall damage with single handed weapons
Rank 1 = +5% damage | Rank 2 = +10% damage | Rank 3 = +15% damage

Bloodletting (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chances to inflict bleeding with thrown weapons
Rank 1 = +15% chance | Rank 2 = +30% chance | Rank 3 = +45% chance

Sharp Apprentice (1 rank) - Gives you: +10% sharp damage, -10% sharp stamina cost, +10% sharp critical hit chance and +10% damage for head attacks

Aimed Shots (3 ranks) - Increase overall firearms damage
Rank 1 = +5% damage | Rank 2 = +10% damage | Rank 3 = +15% damage

Shinobi (3 ranks) - Gives you the chance to kill enemies instantly with thrown weapons, yet only works on enemies of your level or lower.
Rank 1 = +3% chance | Rank 2 = +6% chance | Rank 3 = +9% chance

Firearms Apprentice (1 rank) - Gives you: -10% reload time, +10% accuracy, -10% recoil, +10% critical hit chance and +10% critical damage

Survival Tree

Boomerang (1 rank) - This upgrade gives you +15% chance to retrieve thrown weapons

Drunken Master (3 ranks) - This hilariously increases damage while drunk
Rank 1 = +20% damage | Rank 2 = +40% damage | Rank 3 = +60% damage

Deeper Pockets (3 ranks) - This handy upgrade increases the number of backpack slots
Rank 1 = +1 slot | Rank 2 = +2 slots | Rank 3 = +3 slots

Scavenger (3 ranks) - Increases your chances of finding weapons in great condition
Rank 1 = +15% chance | Rank 2 = +30% chance | Rank 3 = +45% chance

Pick Lock (3 ranks) - Allows you to pick locks of the corresponding level.

Efficiency (3 ranks) - This reduces weapon upgrade costs at workbenches
Rank 1 = -10% less | Rank 2 = -20% less | Rank 3 = -30% less

Conditioning (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your stamina
Rank 1 = +10% stamina | Rank 2 = +20% stamina | Rank 3 = +30% stamina

Reliable Boomerang (1 rank) - This gives you a 30% chance of retrieving a thrown weapon.

Custom Maintenance (3 ranks) - This increases durability of your upgraded weapons
Rank 1 = +10% durability | Rank 2 = +20% durability | Rank 3 = +30% durability

Fireproof (3 ranks) - This skill increases your resistance to fire
Rank 1 = +15% resistance | Rank 2 = +30% resistance | Rank 3 = +45% resistance

Discipline (3 ranks) - Gives you additional health
Rank 1 = +1 bar | Rank 2 = +2 bars | Rank 3 = +3 bars

Reflection (3 ranks) - Gives you the chance to knock out enemies when you receive damage. Only works on enemies of your level or lower.
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Appraiser(3 ranks) - Increases your chances of finding an upgraded weapon
Rank 1 = +5% chance | Rank 2 = +10% chance | Rank 3 = +15% chance

Medicinal Purposes (3 ranks) - This upgrade will regenerate your health while drunk
Rank 1 = +1% regen | Rank 2 = +2 regen | Rank 3 = +3 regen

Righteous Boomerang (1 rank) - This skill gives you a 50% chance to retrieve a thrown weapon.

Purna - The Support

Purna plays out as the support type character, with a specialisation in firearms. It’s worth noting that when she activates her rage mode she has unlimited ammo for her trust revolver. Let’s dive in and take a look at her skill tree.

Fury Tree

Guardian (1 rank) - This allows you to draw your sidearm and wreak havoc, and additionally your team members will get: +10% damage, +10% critical hit chance, -15% stamina cost and +26 health gain

Attack Formation (3 ranks) - This increases damage done by all team member (including you) when Fury is active
Rank 1 = +5% damage | Rank 2 = +10% damage | Rank 3 = +15% damage

Inspiring Kick (3 ranks) - This upgrade yields more rage when you kill with a kick
Rank 1 = +15% rage | Rank 2 = +30% rage | Rank 3 = +45% rage

Grim Inspiration(3 ranks) - Kills with modified weapons gain more rage
Rank 1 = +10% rage | Rank 2 = +20% rage | Rank 3 = +30% rage

Guardian Spirit (1 rank) - This upgrade makes your Fury last longer, allows you to take out two enemies at once and provides yourself and your team mates with: +20% damage, +20% critical hit chance, -30% stamina cost, +50% health gain, +50% stamina gain +10 rage

Fiery Spirit (3 ranks) - Increases your chance to set enemies alight while on Fury
Rank 1 = +5% chance | Rank 2 = +10% chance | Rank 3 = +15% chance

Volatile (3 ranks) - This upgrade decreases the amount of rage needed to activate Fury
Rank 1 = -5% rage | Rank 2 = -10% rage | Rank 3 = -15% rage

Righteous Fire (3 ranks) - Killing enemies with firearms yields more rage
Rank 1 = +10% rage | Rank 2 = +20% rage | Rank 3 = +30% rage

Guardian Angel (1 rank) - This upgrade makes your Fury last longer, allows you to take out three enemies at once and provides yourself and your team mates with: +30% damage, +30% critical hit chance, -45% stamina cost, +100% health gain, +100% stamina gain +20% rage

Combat Tree

Blade Fighter (1 rank) - This makes sharp weapons more effective, giving you +5% sharp damage, -10% sharp stamina cost, +1% critical hit chance and +5% damage for head trauma

Hard Knocks (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases all melee damage
Rank 1 = +5% damage | Rank 2 = +10% damage | Rank 3 = +15% damage

Vampire (3 ranks) - Kills will give you a nice stamina boost
Rank 1 = +10% stamina | Rank 2 = +20% stamina | Rank 3 = +30% stamina

Randori (3 ranks) - This skill gives you a decreased stamina cost when fighting hordes of enemies
Rank 1 = -10% stamina | Rank 2 = -20% stamina | Rank 3 = -30% stamina

Kick of Strength (3 ranks) - This upgrade gives you a stamina boost when you kill with kicks
Rank 1 = +10% stamina | Rank 2 = +20% stamina | Rank 3 = +30% stamina

Gender Wars (3 ranks) - Increases damage when killing a zombie of the opposite sex
Rank 1 = +5% damage | Rank 2 = +10% damage | Rank 3 = +15% damage

Custom Maintenance (3 ranks) - This increases durability of your melee weapons
Rank 1 = +10% durability | Rank 2 = +20% durability | Rank 3 = +30% durability

Firearms Training (1 rank) - Gives you: -10% reload time, +2% critical hit chance, +10% accuracy and -10% recoil

Cold Rage (3 ranks) - A kill increases your chances of a critical hit for a few seconds
Rank 1 = +4% chance | Rank 2 = +8% chance | Rank 3 = +12% chance

Executor (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chances of a critical hit with firearms
Rank 1 = +1% chance | Rank 2 = +2% chance | Rank 3 = +3% chance

Elemental Affinity (3 ranks) - This skill increases the duration of all elemental attacks
Rank 1 = +20% duration | Rank 2 = +40% duration | Rank 3 = +60% duration

Piercing Shots (3 ranks) - Increases your chances of bullet penetration
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Rapid Fire (3 ranks) - Decreases your reload time
Rank 1 = -10%% reload time | Rank 2 = -20% reload time | Rank 3 = -30% reload time

Wunderwaffe (3 ranks) - This skill increases your damage dealt with modified firearms
Rank 1 = +10% damage | Rank 2 = +20% damage | Rank 3 = +30% damage

Gun Kata (1 rank) - This upgrade allows you to handle guns better giving you -20% reload time, +3% critical hit chance, +20% accuracy -20% recoil.

Survival Tree

Boost Mood (1 rank) - Boosts skills relating to damage, force, handling and durability by 15% for all members located inside the aura. Aura range = 5 metres.

Deeper Pockets (3 ranks) - This handy upgrade increases the number of backpack slots
Rank 1 = +2 slots | Rank 2 = +4 slots | Rank 3 = +6 slots

Pick Lock (3 ranks) - Allows you to pick locks of the corresponding level.

Optimal Maintenance (3 ranks) - This handy upgrade reduces the cost for repairs
Rank 1 = -10% cost | Rank 2 = -20% cost | Rank 3 = -30% cost

Conditioning (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your stamina
Rank 1 = +5% stamina | Rank 2 = +10% stamina | Rank 3 = +15% stamina

Glory Hound (3 ranks) - Sweet skill increases XP for kills and assists
Rank 1 = +50% XP | Rank 2 = +100% XP | Rank 3 = +150% XP

Custom Maintenance (3 ranks) - This increases durability of your upgraded weapons
Rank 1 = +10% durability | Rank 2 = +20% durability | Rank 3 = +30% durability

Boost Ambiance (1 rank) - Boosts skills relating to damage, force, handling and durability by 20% for all members located inside the aura. Aura range = 10 metres.

Recovery (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chance of not being interrupted after being hit while attacking
Rank 1 = +20% chance | Rank 2 = +40% chance | Rank 3 = +60% chance

Recycling (3 ranks) - This skill yeilds you more bullets when creating them at workbenches
Rank 1 = +25% more | Rank 2 = +50% more | Rank 3 = +75% more

Providence (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases the number of bullets found among loot
Rank 1 = +20% found | Rank 2 = +40% found | Rank 3 = +60% found

Jackpot (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chance to find rare items among loot
Rank 1 = +5% chance | Rank 2 = +10% chance | Rank 3 = +15% chance

Rain of Bullets (3 ranks) - Each rank increases the number of bullets you can carry by the following: +10 pistol rounds +10 rifle rounds +5 shotgun rounds

Second Chance (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chance of being instanly revived after death
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Boost Aura (1 rank) - Boosts skills relating to damage, force, handling and durability by 25% for all members located inside the aura. Aura range = 15 metres.

Sam B - The Tank

Sam B is a mans man, relying on his sheer brute strength and ability to soak up the damage to pull him through ‘till the end. Because of his strength he has the ability to kill zombies with his bare hands. Good choice for the players out there who want to cause some serious carnage. Let’s see what Sam B is capable of.

Fury Tree

Haymaker (1 rank) - This skill allows Sam to unleash devastating blows, taking enemies out with a single hit.

Grim Inspiration (3 ranks) - Kills with blunt weapons gain more rage
Rank 1 = +6% rage | Rank 2 = +12% rage | Rank 3 = +18% rage

Feel No Pain (3 ranks) - This upgrade makes you more resistant to damage while on Fury
Rank 1 = -10% damage | Rank 2 = -20% damage | Rank 3 = -30% damage

Sticks and Stones (3 ranks) - Increases your chance of gaining rage when damaged
Rank 1 = +5% chance | Rank 2 = +10% chance | Rank 3 = +15% chance

Greater Haymaker (1 rank) - Fury lasts longer and each punch will launch enemies into the air with spectacular results.

Smash Hit (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases the amount of rage gained when hitting enemies in the head with blunt weapons
Rank 1 = +20% rage | Rank 2 = +40% rage | Rank 3 = +60% rage

Pain Killer (3 ranks) - Each kill while on Fury regens health when using this upgrade
Rank 1 = +3% regen | Rank 2 = +6% regen | Rank 3 = +9% regen

Volatile (3 ranks) - This upgrade decreases the amount of rage needed to activate Fury
Rank 1 = -5% rage | Rank 2 = -10% rage | Rank 3 = -15% rage

Incredible Haymaker (1 rank) - Fury lasts even longer and unleash a punch that will literally send your enemies sky high beyond belief.

Combat Tree

Heavy Hitter (1 rank) - This skill makes blunt weapons more efficient and effective by giving you +5% damage, -10% blunt weapon stamina cost, +1% critical hit chance and +5% damage for head trauma.

Maintenance (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases blunt weapon durability
Rank 1 = +10% durability | Rank 2 = +20% durability | Rank 3 = +30% durability

Effortless (3 ranks) - This skill gives you a decreased stamina cost when using blunt weapons
Rank 1 = -10% stamina | Rank 2 = -20% stamina | Rank 3 = -30% stamina

Devastation (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases damage and force when using blunt weapons
Rank 1 = +3% damage / +10% force | Rank 2 = +6% damage / +20% force | Rank 3 = +9% damage / +30% force

Lights Out (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases the time your enemies are knocked out for.
Rank 1 = +2 seconds | Rank 2 = +4 seconds | Rank 3 = +6 seconds

Exploit Weakness (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases chance to score a critical hit when an enemies stamina is below 50%
Rank 1 = +2% chance | Rank 2 = +4% chance | Rank 3 = +6% chance

Tackle(3 ranks) - This upgrade works in three segments. Rank 1 allows you to push enemies away, making some space. Level 2 allows you to knock enemies to the ground and Level 3 offers -50% tackle stamina and the ability to ram through locked doors.

Blunt Expert (1 rank) - gives you: +5% blunt weapon damage, -10% blunt weapon stamina cost, +2% blunt weapon critical hit chance, +10% damage for head inflicted attacks and the ability to stomp on fallen enemies.

Powerful Impact (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases overall damage with modified blunt weapons
Rank 1 = +2% damage | Rank 2 = +4% damage | Rank 3 = +6% damage

Big Stick (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases overall damage with two handed weapons
Rank 1 = +2% damage | Rank 2 = +4% damage | Rank 3 = +6% damage

Hammer Blows (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chance of performing an instant knockout with blunt weapons
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Critical Impact (3 ranks) - Increases your chance of a critical hit with a modified blunt weapon
Rank 1 = +3% chance | Rank 2 = +6% chance | Rank 3 = +9% chance

Telling Blows (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases critical hit chance with blunt weapons
Rank 1 = +1% chance | Rank 2 = +2% chance | Rank 3 = +3% chance

Aimed Shots (3 ranks) - Increase overall firearms damage
Rank 1 = +5% damage | Rank 2 = +10% damage | Rank 3 = +15% damage

Earthshaker (1 rank) - This upgrade allows you to literally shake your enemies world with massive strikes. It gives you: +5% blunt damage, -10% stamina cost, +3% blunt critical hit chance, stomper can be used without stomping and you can use a special attack to instantly knock out your enemies.

Survival Tree

Recuperation (1 rank) - This handy skill regenerates 10% of your health per minute

Motivation (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chances of turning damage into a stamina boost
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Decoy (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases your chances of attracting enemy attention
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Money Magnet (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases the amount of money found amongst loot
Rank 1 = +10% more | Rank 2 = +20% more | Rank 3 = +30% more

Hardened (3 ranks) - This upgrade decreases the amount of melee damage received
Rank 1 = -5% damage | Rank 2 = -10% damage | Rank 3 = -15% damage

Pick Lock (3 ranks) - Allows you to pick locks of the corresponding level.

Deeper Pockets (3 ranks) - This handy upgrade increases the number of backpack slots
Rank 1 = +2 slots | Rank 2 = +4 slots | Rank 3 = +6 slots

Regeneration (1 rank) - This handy skill regenerates 10% of your health per minute

Bulletproof (3 ranks) - Reduces bullet damage received
Rank 1 = +6% damage | Rank 2 = +12% damage | Rank 3 = +18% damage

Bone Breaker (3 ranks) - Increase the amount of XP gained for breaking enemy bones
Rank 1 = x2 XP | Rank 2 = x3 XP | Rank 3 = x4 XP

Backfire (3 ranks) - Enemies receive damage by knocking your down
Rank 1 = x1 damage | Rank 2 = x2 damage | Rank 3 = x3 damage

Custom Maintenance (3 ranks) - This increases durability of your modified weapons
Rank 1 = +10% durability | Rank 2 = +20% durability | Rank 3 = +30% durability

Fence (3 ranks) - This increases the price of items you sell
Rank 1 = +10% increase | Rank 2 = +20% increase | Rank 3 = +30% increase

Last Stand (3 ranks) - This skill decreases the amount of damage taken when health is below critical level
Rank 1 = -20% damage | Rank 2 = -40% damage | Rank 3 = -60% damage

Rebirth (1 rank) - This skill allows you to repair vital organis and regenerate 20% of your health every minute

Xian Mei - The Assassin

Players who want to be deadly with blades should definitely pick Xian Mei. She has a rather unique skill set that allows her to be nimble across the island yet still able to deal out some devastating punishment. Let’s take a look at her skill set.

Blood Rage Tree

Blood Rage (1 rank) - Use your fury to unleash some deadly attacks and deal with your enemies quickly.

Grim Inspiration (3 ranks) - Kills with sharp weapons gain more rage
Rank 1 = +6% rage | Rank 2 = +12% rage | Rank 3 = +18% rage

Lightning Moves (3 ranks) - While on Fury you become unbelievably faster
Rank 1 = +33% speed | Rank 2 = +66% speed | Rank 3 = +99% speed

Assassin’s Guile (3 ranks) - This handy upgrade increases your health while on Fury
Rank 1 = +30% health | Rank 2 = +60% health | Rank 3 = +90% health

Boiling Bloodrage (1 rank) - Fury lasts longer and makes you more effective in combat

Flowing Strikes (3 ranks) - Critical kills award you with more rage
Rank 1 = +27% rage | Rank 2 = +54% rage | Rank 3 = +81% rage

Rerage (3 ranks) - Increases your chance to restore 20% of rage after Fury
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Volatile (3 ranks) - This upgrade decreases the amount of rage needed to activate Fury
Rank 1 = -5% rage | Rank 2 = -10% rage | Rank 3 = -15% rage

Boiling Bloodrage (1 rank) - Fury lasts longer and you are almost unstoppable in combat

Combat Tree

Blade Fighter (1 rank) - This upgrade makes you more efficient and deadly with sharp weapons giving you +5% sharp damage, -10% sharp stamina cost, +1 % sharp critical hit chance and +5% for head trauma.

Maintenance (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases durability of sharp weapons
Rank 1 = +10% durability | Rank 2 = +20% durability | Rank 3 = +30% durability

Flawless Blade (3 ranks) - This skill increases damage with sharp weapons
Rank 1 = +5% damage | Rank 2 = +10% damage | Rank 3 = +15% damage

Flying Strike (3 ranks) - Attacking with sharp weapons while jumping causes extra damage
Rank 1 = +33% damage | Rank 2 = +66% damage | Rank 3 = +99% damage

Backstab (3 ranks) - This skill gives you increased damage when attacking enemies from behind with melee weapons
Rank 1 = +20% damage | Rank 2 = +40% damage | Rank 3 = 60% damage

Effortless (3 ranks) - This skill gives you an increased chance of causing bleeding on critical hits with sharp weapons
Rank 1 = +10% chance | Rank 2 = +20% chance | Rank 3 = +30% chance

Effortless (3 ranks) - This skill gives you a decreased stamina cost when using blunt weapons
Rank 1 = -10% stamina | Rank 2 = -20% stamina | Rank 3 = -30% stamina

Sharp Expect (1 rank) - Gives you: +5% sharp damage, -10% sharp stamina cost, +2% sharp critical hit chance, +10% damage for head trauma and use of a powerful stomp on fallen enemies

Poisonous (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases duration of poison
Rank 1 = +15% duration | Rank 2 = +30% duration | Rank 3 = +45% duration

Telling Blows (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases critical hit chance with sharp weapons
Rank 1 = +4% chance | Rank 2 = +8% chance | Rank 3 = +12% chance

Serrated Blade (3 ranks) - This increases bleeding duration for your enemies
Rank 1 = +30% increase | Rank 2 = +60% increase | Rank 3 = +90% increase

Stroke of Luck (3 ranks) - This increases your chances of scoring an instant kill with sharp weapons
Rank 1 = +1.5% chance | Rank 2 = +4% chance | Rank 3 = +4.5% chance

Master Assassin (3 ranks) - This increases bleeding and poison damage
Rank 1 = +20% increase | Rank 2 = +40% increase | Rank 3 = +60% increase

Pressure (3 ranks) - This upgrade increases chance to score a critical hit when an enemies health is below 50%
Rank 1 = +3% chance | Rank 2 = +6% chance | Rank 3 = +9% chance

Blade Master (1 rank) - Gives you: +5% sharp damage, -5% sharp stamina cost, +5% sharp critical hit chance, +15% damage on fallen enemies and you can use the stomper without stopping.

Survival Tree

First Aid (1 rank) - This upgrade makes medkits 25% more effective

Vampire (3 ranks) - Kills will give you a nice stamina boost
Rank 1 = +10% stamina | Rank 2 = +20% stamina | Rank 3 = +30% stamina

Life Insurance (3 ranks) - Decreases cash penalty upon death
Rank 1 = +15% less | Rank 2 = +30% less | Rank 3 = +45% less

Spectre (3 ranks) - This upgrade decreases your chances of attracting enemy attention
Rank 1 = -5% chance | Rank 2 = -10% chance | Rank 3 = -15% chance

Endurance (3 ranks) - This skill increases your stamina regeneration
Rank 1 = +15% faster | Rank 2 = +30% faster | Rank 3 = +45% faster

Pick Lock (3 ranks) - Allows you to pick locks of the corresponding level.

Deeper Pockets (3 ranks) - This handy upgrade increases the number of backpack slots
Rank 1 = +2 slots | Rank 2 = +4 slots | Rank 3 = +6 slots

Field Medicine (1 rank) - This upgrade makes medkits 50% more effective

Merchant (3 ranks) - This decreases the price of items you buyl
Rank 1 = -10% decrease | Rank 2 = -20% decrease | Rank 3 = -30% decrease

Choice Cuts (3 ranks) - Bonus XP for severing limbs
Rank 1 = x2 XP | Rank 2 = x3 XP | Rank 3 = x4 XP

Combo (3 ranks) - Kills within 5 seconds of each other are rewarded with a XP boost
Rank 1 = +10% XP | Rank 2 = +20% XP | Rank 3 = +30% XP

Equal Chances (3 ranks) - This upgrade decreases penalties when fighting enemies that are a higher level than you. Level 1 awards no penalties for enemies one level above you, Level 2 for enemies that are two levels above you, and Level 3 for enemies that are three levels above you.

Custom Maintenance (3 ranks) - This increases durability of your modified weapons
Rank 1 = +10% durability | Rank 2 = +20% durability | Rank 3 = +30% durability

Rally (3 ranks) - This upgrade will increase your stamina regen when health drops below 50%
Rank 1 = +15% regen | Rank 2 = +30% regen | Rank 3 = +45% regen

Surgeon General (1 rank) - Medkits are now 75% more effective

There you have it - all the skills and upgrades available for each character in Dead Island. We hope our guide has helped you to decide which role you will playing out with your mates as you enter the nightmare that awaits you this Friday!

By Stephen Heller

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Pure awesomeness!
oh it has lock picking??? sweeeeeeet

think imma play as sam B
This took me forever but I hope it comes in handy for some of you.
Good Job Heller excellent work.
Thanks @psybear glad you like the guide! Also welcome to the community :)
Good effort Heller, thanks.
No worries @winga26 I aim to please!
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i think ill go Purna :)

Atar said: i think ill go Purna



That's who I'm playing as in our co-op live stream series at the moment. She's pretty awesome, but I'm definitely keen to try out Sam B at some point ;)
blades or support.... isn't purna an aussie? o baby
Yeah Purna is half-aboriginal and used to be a top cop on the Sydney Vice squad.....didn't know we had a vice squad [WTF]

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