Techland has done an excellent job giving players tutorials and advice on how to survive in Dying Light 2. Unfortunately, the tips are fairly basic and contain nowhere near enough information to cover an expansive adventure that theoretically could take you more than 500 hours to complete. In particular, Dying Light 2 doesn’t do a great job explaining the weapons in the game.
Having said that, we’ve decided to step in by putting together a Dying Light 2 weapons guide for beginners and seasoned adventurers alike.
What Are The Best Weapon Types in Dying Light 2?
You can’t say that there’s a best weapon type in Dying Light 2. They all perform the same job of slicing and dicing enemies, both undead and alive, with equal aplomb. All that matters is the quality of the weapon and what you prefer. But, if you insist, there are slight differences between each type. For example, one-handed weapons don’t deal as much damage but you can swing them faster. Meanwhile, two-handed weapons have a longer wind-up time that makes it easier to miss high-damage swings.
You can also use bows that let you clear enemy bases with only a trail of dead bodies left behind as evidence. Ultimately, what we’re trying to say is that you’ll want to use the weapon that best fits your playstyle and what kind of threats you are up against.
Things To Remember About Dying Light 2 Weapons
You can’t repair weapons in Dying Light 2.
Unfortunately, once you lose a weapon due to use, you can’t get it back again. This is why we recommend picking up new weapons often from crates, missing rewards, and other enemies. You’ll be switching out weapons so often most of the time that you can’t afford to get attached to a single weapon. However, later on, you can boost the durability of each weapon by adding mods, so there’s that.
Technically, there is a way to repair weapons. Specifically, by adding a tip, shaft, or grip mod to a weapon. This will restore a small amount of durability, but it’s so small that you might as well let the weapon break anyway.
Mods are permanent.
You can’t swap out weapon mods in Dying Light 2 nor can you stack them on top of each other. What you can do is to switch mods after a weapon goes down by a certain amount of durability points.
Weapon crafting is no more.
Unlike in the first game, you can’t craft weapons in Dying Light 2.
Use the UV Flashlight.
Around halfway through Dying Light 2’s main story, the game’s protagonist, Aiden, will receive a UV Flashlight. Use this as often as you can. The faint purple light it emits doesn’t do a ton of damage to the Infected, but it staggers and opens them up to big and powerful attacks. Make sure to upgrade it to increase the effectiveness and decrease the cooldown.
Take as many weapons as you can with you.
Aiden can hold up to 4 different weapons of any type. Use this to your advantage. Because weapons in Dying Light 2 don’t last as long as you’d like, it’s always best to switch between weapons. Carrying only one or two weapons in Dying Light 2 is a death sentence. Don’t even try it!
How Do Dying Light 2 Weapon Mods Work?
Even if you can’t craft weapons in Dying Light 2, Techland did add a nifty feature. Instead of crafting powerful weapons, you can mod what you already have. At first glance, modding a weapon might sound useless and in some ways, it is. After all, if weapons have limited durability and newer weapons will always outclass new ones, what’s the point? Well, in some cases, the added elemental damage and status effects can make a “weaker” weapon more effective compared to a more powerful one.
To get weapon mods in Dylight 2, you can buy blueprints from Craftmasters. You can also upgrade non-weapon gear and mods via the Craftmaster. So, in between missions, try to stock up on mods when you can and upgrade your other gear. Once you have a mod, you can apply it to a weapon in your inventory so long as you can meet the material cost.
There are three important different attachment slots for weapon mods in Dying Light 2: Tip, Shaft, and Grip. The most important distinction here is that the Grip mods are usually focused on weapon enhancements by increasing damage or deterioration rate. Unfortunately, not all weapons have a Grip slot. They’re reserved only for Unique and Artifact-quality weapons. You can also put mods in the Charms slot of weapons but these are for cosmetic purposes only.
Furthermore, there are three types of weapon mods in Dying Light 2, such as Crit Mods, Power Mods, and Blast Mods. Also, each mod type belongs to a specific element or effect that does damage to enemies in a particular way, like fire, shock, toxic, freeze, bleed, and blast.
Tips For Farming Trophies for Blueprint Upgrades
You use trophies to upgrade Blueprints in Dying Light 2. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find uncommon and rare Infected that drop the trophies you’ll need. But, there are ways to farm them. Be warned, this isn’t for the faint of heart:
- Find an accessible UV-lit area at night.
- Have a nearby Howler chase you down.
- As soon as the chase starts, get to the UV light. The Viral Infected will chase you to the UV-lit area.
- You can start killing zombies until the chase ends near the UV area. You should find more than enough uncommon and rare Infected trophies this way than you normally would.
Dying Light 2: Stay Human’s combat system isn’t overly complicated, but it’s not a cakewalk either. In particular, the weapon system has a couple of mechanics that aren’t as easy to grasp. But, with these tips, you can pick up everything you need to know about weapons in Dying Light 2 without having to learn from costly and potentially deadly mistakes.
Anyways, if you’re still on the fence about getting the game, hopefully, this weapons guide helps to solidify your decision! You can get the game with some Xbox Live Cards from OffGamers here to help with your purchases.