ByTim Horton, writer at
Business Development Manager at Universally Speaking. @TimHortonGame | Email: [email protected]
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Dying Light is tough, agonising and vast! But here is a comprehensive piece to help you break through that steep learning curve. We also have as many Easter eggs as we could possibly find and how to access them yourself!

There is so much to do in Harran it almost needs it's own cheesy tourist board TV spot type advertisement. Unfortunately however, anyone in Harran capable of creating such a commercial is probably a flesh eating zombie by now so we will have to create such a guide ourselves.

The video below is proof that we have been to Harran. We were there exploring, looting, cracking easter eggs and generally bashing zombie faces in for you. It does get hairy and yes we died.. a lot, especially at night.

The above video of course is the popular Dying Light real life POV video from UK filmmaker Scott Bass. Great Stuff Scott! But we were there honest!

Dying Light incorporates a fair few fan favorites into one game. It's reminiscent of its Dead Island predecessor but far enough away to be a completely separate and successful entity. It shares the open feel and character interaction as Far Cry, utilising that same 'safe zone protection' system we know so well.

With the parkour elements of [Assassin's Creed](movie:437814) and Skill tree development aspects similar to popular titles such as Shadow of Mordor, Dying Light hits a lot of fan favourites at once.

Dying Light
Dying Light

Dying Light had me kicking, punching, leaping and bounding my way through hordes of ravenous zombies for hours on end. What i really liked was the diversity of enemy. Unlike other zombie genre titles, i was constantly being attacked by a different type of bad guy.

Dying Light has its fair share of gruesome characters just itching to take you down. Some are slow and kinda dumb but others are fast, I mean really fast. These are known as 'Virals' or at night an even worse creature appears known as 'Volatiles', these zombies are almost crazed, hell bent on eating your juicy ripe flesh. Did we mention that they are great at climbing? Yes they are, so these ones you might wanna stay away from. We will explain how later.

Over the course of Dying Light, the player will encounter a variety of Infected enemy types:

Biters - The common of infected and arguably the weakest during the day.

Virals- Infected populace that only begun to show the aggressive symptoms of the the infection. They maintain parts of their intelligence and in some cases fear but will attack survivors on sight.

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Dying Light

Demolisher - An uncommon and heavy enemy type; it has the strength to toss cars and debris at fair distances and crush concrete walls.

Goon - Another heavy enemy type, the goon wields a large concrete hammer and uses it to attack survivors with an AoE ground slam.

Toad - An infected enemy type that spits acid at survivors, blinding them temporarily.

Screamer - An infected child that lurks inside buildings, typically places they lived. When they scream, they can disorient the player and attract other infected.

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Dying Light

Volatile - An infected enemy type that only comes out during the night. Volatiles are broad-shouldered infected who's muscle and bone are exposed or sticking out. They use mandible-type jaws to attack their victims.

Night Hunter - Player character type infected that spawn from hives and attack survivors from above using tentacles. Their only known weakness is UV Light.

Bomber - An uncommon infected that has mutated a huge explosive growth on its chest that can cause damage to the player or other infected.

Here's a few tips to help you on your way -

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Dying Light

Play the side quests

The story is good, just not that good. This is a blessing in disguise as it allows you to partake in many of the side missions without forgetting what is going on in the main story. These side quests are the best way of finding hidden loot and obtaining certain otherwise unobtainable items. They aid massively in boosting your ability and XP bars and can add sometimes comedic value to the title.

Firecrackers are the best tool

Dying Light
Dying Light

Make the most of these easy to craft golden nuggets of distraction. Firecrackers are your best friend in Hannan, they can be used in many instances. They are especially useful when attempting to pick lock a police/Ambulance vans rear doors that is surrounded by zombies. Also to throw out when involved in a foot chase, they help distract the pursuing creatures. Use them to lure a zombie horde onto a squad of goons and let the zombies do your work for you. Also it is a great way of getting loads of zombies together in one spot allowing you to throw a cheeky grenade or molotov into the mix and get a killer multikill moment!

Momentum in parkour

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Dying Light

The free running aspect in Dying Light is great and incorporates the new line of sight system. This basically means that you have to be looking in the direction and in particular at the ledge you wish to hop, skip or jump over or onto. This means that in moments of panic and can be easy to miss that vital jump that lands in the jaws of a ravenous zombie. So make sure you always look exactly where you want to go. Also the parkour system relies heavily on momentum, so to make those extra long jumps or roof to roof races you must have some speed behind you. There are ledges and roofes that will appear to be out of reach within the world of Dying Light but with a little momentum you will find that you can get anywhere! (Theses rooftops usually have good quality loot)

Fight or flight

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Dying Light

This is an instinct that is deep rooted within all of us and a question you will continuously ask yourself whilst playing through Dying Light. My advice is to run.

Make the most of your ability to run and jump over fences, cars, walls and even zombies. The parkour ability means you will never have to take on a zombie head on if you dont want to, the best option is always to run away. However if you have had a particularly bad day and want to bash some zombie brainage then the best approach would most certainly be that of Guerrilla warfare.

Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants such as armed civilians or irregulars use military tactics including ambushes, sabotage, raids, petty warfare, hit-and-run tactics, and mobility to fight a larger and less-mobile target.

Get in take some cheap shots and get out again, jump from car to car, roof to roof whist dropping down to beat down your zombie hordes. Distraction tactics, IED's using survivors as bait are all ways of getting that zombie kill count high without taking much damage yourself.

Safe Zones

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Dying Light

Grab and secure as many safe zones as humanly possible. They provide great solace in times of apocalyptic international infection. It is a must to have as many of these safe zones as possible scattered throughout Harran. The main reasons being that if you die you will spawn at the closest one to your last location and and with no fast travel system in Dying Light you most certainly dont want to be running back across the city each time you die. Also if you get stuck out in the city when night falls you need to know that there will be a safe zone relatively nearby that you can flee to. These safe zones can also contain 'stores' where you can buy and sell equipment.

Get a gun

Dying Light focuses almost entirely on its melee system of combat so dont worry that you may not have a gun yet. Make the most of the crafting menu to upgrade and craft your handheld weapons. This will boost your XP and skill tree points much faster and will allow you to kill and mutilate in relative silence.

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Dying Light

The trouble with firearms is that although being a powerful and efficient way of puttin down zombies, they are by unfortunate design very loud and noise in Harran attracts the worst kind of antisocial behaviour problems. These problems usually go by the name of Virals which will soak up more bullets than an average walker and even worse still is that the more you shoot the more you will attract.

It will take some time to acquire a gun in Dying Light however once you have one I do recommend that you keep it equipped. They can come in handy for certain types of enemy that you encounter and even the noise luring Virals to your location can be used to your advantage, a pot shot at agoon squad for example will lure Virals in to take them out for you.

When inside big buildings the guns are your best shot at defense. Head shots register, so aim high!

If you haven't found a gun yet or are looking for a bigger gun the best places to start are the various police vans that are strewn across Harran. The locks are hard to pick and are usually surrounded by bitters so get those firecrackers at the ready. Otherwise wait until the campaign missions introduce them to you alternatively when Crane reaches 'Survivor Rank 9' the stores (found in your safe zones) will start to sell guns.

Don't get caught out

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Dying Light

At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Make sure you are equipped for much stronger creatures. Most frightening are the predators which only appear after sundown. Players must use everything in their power to survive until the morning’s first light. In daylight you explore the city searching for supplies and weapons. After nightfall, though, this infected world undergoes a dramatic transformation that gives the gameplay a new dimension. You, a hunter by day, become prey. The infected grow in strength, but something even more sinister looms in the darkness to begin its hunt and these things are tough!

Firecrackers and traps offer something of little relief at night the best thing to do is run for a safe zone. It is best to stay away from the dark completely. Unless......

Embrace the night

Although the enemies are stronger and faster at night, so are you! XP and ability points are all doubled at night. Cranes strength and damage dealt is all doubled at night. This means that dispatching regular zombies is easier than ever. This can be used to you advantage. In instances where you are struggling to make in roads into buildings that are heavily populated by zombies, at night you can sweep through the hordes dealing double damage allowing you to clear otherwise unclearable areas.

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Dying Light

Also, merely exploring at night will give you double reward points. So, i advise to go out at night and simply run and jump across the city to build up your ability bars. Just don't start a fight you not be able to finish.

Don't fall

When i first started playing Dying Light i died more from falling of rooftops than getting eaten by a zombie. For some reason it is monumentally harder to jump down walls than up them. Bare this in mind and utilise the ability unlock that reduces fall damage as soon as you can.

Get the big sword

There is a sword that can chop zombies clean in two and it can be yours from the beginning of the game. Do be aware that it wears out fairly quickly and you cannot repair it. (As far as i am aware) Youtuber Arekkz Gaming will show you how to get your hands on this beast aptly named Expcalibur.

As we continue through our exploration of Hannan we will bring you more tips but do please add your tips and tricks to the bottom of this piece!

Easter Eggs

Firstly, an Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a game or movie. According to game designer Warren Robinett, the term was coined at Atari by personnel who were alerted to the presence of a secret message which had been hidden by Robinett in his already widely distributed game, Adventure. The name has been said to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.

Dying Light is packed with some awesome Easter Eggs! We haven't got them all, we need your help! Add yours to the comment section.

Left4Dead (Clickers)

If you head north from the The Tower you will come to a safe zone. Once you have captured that, take a look South and you will see a bakery with the name Left4Bread, a beautiful homage to the Left4Dead zombie game series.


Dancing Zombies

These zombies have got moves like Jagger! My absolute favorite easter egg found yet shows a horde of perfectly choreographed zombies performing one sweet dance routine!

This gaming gem was discovered by Youtuber Dravec. According to Dravec these dancing zombies can be found within a mission that you do for a character named Babar. On this mission take note of a hangar that Babar runs past in the train yard. Once you have located the correct hanger, go inside and switch the power panel on the left and enjoy the party!

Guitar Lessons

This Easter Egg changes while player progresses through the game. After playing the game for a little while, a guitar will appear in your room. If you play it you will only manage a pitiful pluck and nothing more however, when playing through the school mission, you can find a “Guitar Lessons” book on a desk. Read the book and attempt to play the guitar again!

Plants vs. Zombies

Techland obviously love their zombie games. The developers have even referenced the popular zombie game, Plants vs. Zombies. When playing the Broadcast mission, you will slide down a zipline from the top of the tower into a canyon. From there use the next zipline to go down further. Once at the bottom, go right around the corner and you will find a small plant. Click on this innocent looking thing and watch as a group of plants defend themselves against an approaching group of zombies!


Even Mario is getting in on Dying Light. Once onto the second open world area there is a secret pipe hidden that will unlock an a World 1-1 level of Mario. This means you can experience Mario from a first person perspective for the very first time.

Half Life

Valve are at it again. This egg is small and subtle but none the less a nod to the world renowned title Half Life. The gas pipe with a valve attached to it and the circular-saw blade commonly used in Half Life 2 as a projectile for the gravity gun.

Half LIfe Egg
Half LIfe Egg

Korec’s Machete

Korec machete is a blueprint that can be found in a blue container on one of the rooftops in the slums. This container is hidden between a smaller building and some boxes. Kick, Kick and kick again and it will open. Video by xGarbett

There are more Easter Eggs being discovered daily and we want to know about them! Got some Easter Eggs you can share with us then comment below! Or even something really cool then let us know in the comment section.

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Dead Island 2
Dead Island 2

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