Zombie games seem to be more about racking up unique kills than anything else. While Dying Light is a wide-open sandbox of a game, it doesn’t really trade in variety the way that games like Dead Rising do. Instead, it has a pool of various serious weapons that help you take down the enemy. Below are few of the contenders for the best weapon in Dying Light.
Yes, there is a very good case to be made for the simple crossbow as the best ranged weapon in Dying Light. The damage isn’t great, but it’s good for use at a decent range and it’s silent. If you’re not getting up close for a kill, this is the weapon you want to use. It’s a bit better than the bow and doesn’t pack with it all the downsides that come from using a firearm, though it doesn’t pack quite as much of a punch, either. Pick this as your primary ranged weapon if you care about sneaking around.
Advanced Police Rifle
If you absolutely have to use a gun, this is the choice for you. With semi-automatic firing capability and good downrange damage, it’s one of the best weapons with which to take on human enemies. While it certainly has some major downsides when dealing with Virals, it’s not a bad weapon to have on your side when you’re overwhelmed. Use it sparingly, though, as there’s just not enough ammunition around to justify using this weapon over some of the others on the list.
Katanas tend to be among the strongest swords in any game, and they’re no different in Dying Light. While there are a few stronger swords in the game, katanas can be absolutely deadly when you kit them out correctly. The right build will turn this sword into a one-hit-kill machine, so don’t be afraid to equip it as your primary weapon until you find another one of the better weapons in the game. As it stands, you really can use a katana as your primary from the moment you pick one up until the end of the game.
If you’re looking for pure melee DPS, the Sacrificial Sword is where it’s at. Quicker and packing more swings in a second that the katana, it’s only a hundred points or so behind in damage per hit. Using this weapon will make you an absolute powerhouse, especially if you mod it out correctly. This really should be your primary melee sword, especially if you don’t want to work for some of the harder-to-find other options in the game.
A hidden weapon that is nonetheless easy to find, EXPcalibur does a ton of damage while remaining relatively frail. The good news is that once you find the sword, you’ll also find the blueprint to make more copies. This makes it an excellent go-to weapon when you have enough supplies and the damage will help you to deal with most problems that you run into in the game. Don’t expect miracles from it compared to other swords, but it’s still great to have in your inventory.
Exploding Throwing Stars
Yes, this weapon has some serious downsides. It attracts Virals like a dinner bell and it can blow you up if you use it wrong. It can also kill just about anything in the game and, frankly, it’s hilarious. If you play Dying Light trying to rack up cool kills, this is a weapon you’ll want to use. The regular variants are nice if you want to be stealthy, but pick this one up if you really want to do something ridiculous in the game.
This hidden weapon is an absolute gem and may well get the nod as the best weapon in Dying Light. While it takes a little bit of doing to get, it’s got good durability and will help you mow down a crowd of zombies with ease. Like all melee weapons, it’s quiet and easy to use, so it’s definitely your best choice as a hold-out weapon if nothing else. Named for one of the developers, this machete is one of the weapons you really need to go out of your way to find.
Perhaps the best news is that none of these weapons are necessary to finish the game. Depending on your play-style, you might find a host of other weapons that get the job done. The best advice for finding the ultimate weapon in the game is to experiment with what you pick up and craft to figure out what suits your style the best.