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The Jump Attack is a new attack type featured in Dead Island: Riptide. It can be performed on any basic zombie when higher than it.

The Jump Attack is a highly dangerous but instant killing ability introduced in Riptide that gives the ability to take out any basic zombie, which is to say any Walker, Infected, Drowner or Mutated Scientist. The ability can be activated instantly whenever close enough to a zombie and are at least two meters above it. The ability consists of the Hero leaping into the air before coming down on the zombie with a powerful kick, which kills the zombie outright, followed up by two punches and a landing on the floor. As stated, this jump will kill the zombie outright, regardless of its remaining health, making it excellent for killing lone enemies.

However, the Jump Attack suffers from an incredibly long ending animation, as it will often take over five seconds for the Hero to finish attacking and give you back gameplay controls. The ability also locks you into looking at the zombie for the duration of the attack, and since the momentum of the leap usually takes you past the intended target, the Hero will often turn back to face the now deceased corpse, which can be confusing for getting your bearings back. It is also ill-advised to use this ability when there is more than one zombie due to this long ending animation. If performed accidentally, the leap can send you flying into a large group of them, leading to unnecessary damage and even death due to you being unable to instantly defend yourself.

The Jump Attack is also unable to be used on any special infected, aka those not listed above, which limits its use.

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