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For quests in Dead Island 2, see Quest (Dead Island 2).

Quests are missions that are given out by survivors or triggered by visiting different locations and picking up quest items in Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide. After completing the campaign, the XP reward changes and it's based on the player's level. For example every continuous quest will give 0,5% of required XP to level up (except for "Time to Booze" and "Blood Compound" which will give 1,5% and 1,33% respectively), example: A level 57 player (6958069 - 6123454 XP) will receive the difference between the XP that will be needed to level up (in this case "6958069") minus the XP that was needed to reach the current level (in this case "6123454"). The quest reward will be based on this result ("834615" in this case), and you apply the percentage of the quest and you will have the XP reward. The following formula is how to calculate XP reward:

(XP needed for next level) - (XP needed for current level)] * (XP multiplayer)

Main and side quests do not to have a concert formula for calculating these results since the difficulty does no appears to have a fixed XP multiplayer, but the XP reward is still based on the player's level.

Dead Island[]

Cut quests[]

One quest was cut from the final game. We know of the quest giver and broadly what it would entail from start to finish. However, we don't know of the name of the quest or where it would have been given in the game. View the quest here: Cut Quest.

Another unused quest can be found in a more complete state with dialogue lines and even quest objectives. However it is not in a playable state and the potential map it would have been found on is not able to be obtained. View the quest here: Brother's Escort

Hidden Quests[]

There are a couple of quests that are completable but don't show up on the quests list in the menu or have a quest popup on the screen. They are usually only available when a certain requirement is met, but they are normal quests in all other regards, with a final reward and only being completable once per playthrough. See the quests here: Hidden Quests.

Main quests[]


Act I[]

N Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
1 Blood on the Sand Jeannine Easy 2000 XP
2 Passport to Life John Sinamoi Easy 400 XP, Nail'd Mod
3 Exodus John Sinamoi Hard 600 XP, Homemade Cleaver
4 To Kill Time John Sinamoi Very Easy None
5 A Piece of Cake John Sinamoi Easy 1500 XP, Baseball Bat
6 Seek'n'Loot John Sinamoi Hard 1800 XP, Cash
7 Born to be Wild John Sinamoi Very Hard 2100 XP, Diamonds
8 Black Hawk Down John Sinamoi Medium 2400 XP, Shock Mod
9 Misery Wagon John Sinamoi Medium 2700 XP
10 Only the Strong Survive Earl Hard 3400 XP
11 On the Road Jin Very Easy 5000 XP

Act II[]

N Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
1 Ram on Heaven's Door Jin N/A 2000 XP
2 Sacred Silence Mother Helen N/A 2000 XP, Savage Mace or Wicked Knife
3 Drowned Hope Mother Helen Hard 4000 XP, Cash
4 Drop by Drop Antonio Margarete Hard 4500 XP, Meat Bait Mod
5 Way of Salvation Joseph Medium 4500 XP, Cash
6 Let the Waters Flow Joseph Medium 5000 XP
7 Head Against the Wall N/A N/A 1000 XP
8 Supermarket Journey Josh Hard 5000 XP
9 Bitter Return N/A Easy 6500 XP
10 Lady in Trouble Mother Helen Medium 5000 XP
11 Faith Will Move Mountains Jin N/A Mace
12 It's Never Too Late John Sinamoi Easy 5500 XP
13 Bird on the Roof John Sinamoi Medium 6000 XP
14 Home Sweet Home The Voice Medium N/A
15 Devastator Jin Hard 6000 XP

Act III[]

N Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
1 Welcome to the Jungle The Voice Very Hard N/A
2 Chasing Shadows Matutero Hard 6500 XP, Auto Rifle
3 Soldier of Fortune Matutero Very Hard 6500 XP, Cash
4 King of the Swamp Matutero Very Easy 1000 XP
5 River Trip Mowen Medium 3000 XP
6 House of Science Robert West Hard N/A
7 Man of Faith Robert West Hard 7500 XP
8 Demonic Science Robert West Very Hard Cash
9 Pure Blood Robert West Very Hard 8500 XP
10 Hard Talk The Voice Very Easy N/A
11 Boat Supplies Mowen Hard 9000 XP
12 Back in Black Mowen Medium N/A
13 No Time to Talk The Voice N/A N/A

Act IV[]

N Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
1 Titus Andronikus Mowen Easy N/A
2 The Green Mile Titus Kabui Hard 10,000 XP, Metal Kanabo
3 Full Metal Jacket Titus Kabui Hard 10,000 XP, Sledgehammer
4 Dante's Kitchen Titus Kabui Medium 10,000 XP, Heavy Pistol
5 Devil's Labyrinth Titus Kabui Very Hard N/A
6 Chasing the White Rabbit Kevin Very Hard N/A
7 On The Edge Kevin Very Hard N/A

Side quests[]

The difference between side quests and main quests is at time blurred. There are some side quests that are really part of main quests and must be completed for the main quest to be advanced or completed. In some cases why this was done is unclear (e.g., Locked Armory) while others make more sense (e.g., Ashes to Ashes and On the Air).


Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
A Ray of Hope Darvin Bark Medium 1200 XP, Wrench
Ashes to Ashes Mike Very Hard 900 XP, Molotov Cocktail
A Voice from Above the Sky Nikolai Very Hard 3000 XP
Bloody Health Service! Jack Easy 500 XP, Cash
Bloody Valentine Roger Nelson Easy 700 XP, Homemade Double Blade
Counsel of Despair James Stein Hard 700 XP, Torch Mod
Crash Laurie Weaver Easy 400 XP
Family Matters Max Medium 700 XP, Homemade Machete
Fluid Necessity Harlan Johnson Medium 500 XP, Cash
Gold Digger N/A N/A None
Hit and Run Omar Torres Medium 600 XP, Cash
House Full of Surprises Richard Case Very Easy None
Knockin' on Heaven's Door James Stein Hard 500 XP, Cash
Lazarus Rising Hank Very Easy 300 XP
Life in the Bag Jack Medium 700 XP, Sickle
Light My Fire Trevor Cohen Hard 500 XP, Nail Hammer
Make Yourself at Home Harlan Johnson Very Easy 500 XP, Baseball Bat
My Precious... Jeannine Easy 500 XP, Slicer
Nighthawk Monica Goldberg Hard 3500 XP, Military Machete
Omar Escort Omar Torres Easy 600 XP, Revolver
On the Air Dominic Medium 1000 XP, Cash
Out of Stock Stanley Garrison Easy 400 XP, Cash
Tell Me Where It Hurts Mick Fler Medium 500 XP, Deo-Bomb Blueprint
The Lost Steven Easy 300 XP, Cash
Too Much Sugar Luke Craig Easy 500 XP, Cash
Toy Story Anne Snider Easy 500 XP, Nuts & Bolts Mod
Two Hearts Jennifer Snider Very Easy 500 XP, Heavy Mod
Waterdance Proximity Medium 1500 XP


Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
Alcohol for Theresa Theresa Medium 1500 XP, Cash
A New Broom Sweeps Clean Nick Hard 1500 XP, Cash
A Tough Nut to Crack Jared Miles N/A 1500 XP
Big Daddy, Where Are You? Triggered by Main (City Hall) N/A 1500 XP
Blood Ties Kwan Hard 1500 XP, Cash
Bury The Dead Mother Helen Hard 3000 XP, Gabriel's Sledgehammer
Cat on the Roof Proximity Easy 1500 XP, Cash
Fast Aid Lucas (Abandoned house) Medium 1500 XP, Big Baseball Bat
Fortress of God Bruno Medium 1500 XP, Cash
Godless Entities Frank Easy 1500 XP, Cash
Grasp All, Lose All Stan Dart Hard 1500 XP, Cash
Guard on Duty Policeman (City Hall) Very Easy 1500 XP
Heroes and Villains Vang Chi N/A 3000 XP, Lightning Mod
Imprisoned for Life Reza (Police Station) Easy 3000 XP, Police Baton
In Cold Blood Mugambe Medium 1500 XP, Heavy Pistol
Judgement Day Tim Hard 1500 XP, Short-Circuit Mod
Last Chance on the Wall Howard Craigson Hard 1500 XP, Impact Mod
Last Will Terrance Barker Easy 1500 XP, Cash
Matter of Justice Tim Hard 1500 XP, Pride Gun Mod
Message to the Masses Hugo Medium 1500 XP, Cash
One Foot in the Grave Deanna Medium 1500 XP, Cash
One Last Breath Carla Medium 1500 XP, Cash
Paperwork Patrick (Abandoned house) Hard 1500 XP, Cash
Picture of Bliss Jack Medium 1500 XP, Paralyzing Strike Mod
Radio Ga Ga Carl Medium 1500 XP, Big Splitting Axe
Simon Says... Proximity N/A 1500 XP
Six Feet Under Owain Easy 1500 XP, Wicked Sickle
Spicy Drinks Florencio Morales Medium 1500 XP, Molotov Cocktail
Spy Game Nick (Abandoned house) Hard 1500 XP, Old Smoky Mod
Survivor N/A N/A Cash
The First Head of Cerberus Garett Grant Medium 1500 XP, Cash
The Second Head of Cerberus Garett Grant Medium 1500 XP, Pistol
The Third Head of Cerberus Garett Grant Medium 1500 XP, Piranha Mod
Uninvited Guests Proximity N/A 1500 XP, Battle Double Blade


Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
A Matter of Honor Makimbah Medium 3000 XP, Brutal Machete
A Wounded Crank Sam Easy 500 XP, Striker Shotgun Mod
Blood in the Tropics Loren Easy 1500 XP, Hatchet
Bridge Too Far Proximity N/A 1500 XP, Cash
Cold Stone Proximity N/A 1500 XP, Battle Sickle
Death Wish Carter Hard 3000 XP, Shark Mod
Fallen Angel Chris Hard 3000 XP, Pick of Destiny
Little Prince Claire Easy 3000 XP, Rifle Ammo Recipe
Remains of the Damned Mongina Hard 3000 XP, Cudgel
Second Aid Otha Cantu Easy 1500 XP, Saw Disc Axe Mod
Show Must Go On Amanda Hard 3000 XP, Detox Rifle Mod
The Dead in Fishing Net Tobias Medium 1500 XP, Cash
Visit to the Pub Dwight Turner N/A 3000 XP, Nail Hammer
Unmarked Jungle Quests Proximity N/A 1500 XP


Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
Danse Macabre Proximity N/A 3000 XP, Battle Double Blade
Deus ex Machina Connor Medium 3000 XP, Katana
Insect Repellent Lachance Medium 3000 XP, Detox Gun Mod, Deo-Bombs
Message of Love Sebastian Medium 3000 XP, Wakizashi
No Sign of Life Sebastian Medium 3000 XP, Cash
Power Slaves Will Hard 6500 XP, Shock Rifle Mod
Rats in the Lab Bob Easy 6000 XP, Cash
Rotting Flesh Geo Pharm Scientist Easy 8000 XP, Magnum
Scran's not for the Dead Monroe Medium 3000 XP, Cash
Substance of Matter Frank Medium 8500 XP, Deathstalker Mod
The Dead Don't Eat Crackers Sebastian Medium 3000 XP, Kukri
Wet Job Nguyen Hard 3000 XP, Short Shotgun
Where is my Pineapple? Nguyen Hard 3000 XP, Tijuana Machete


Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
Acid Funk Dreyfus Medium 3000 XP, Short Shotgun
Banoi Butcher Angel Hard 3000 XP, Zed's Demise
Locked Armory Kevin Hard N/A
Painful Insanity Harland Medium 3000 XP, Exotic Double Blade

Continuous events[]

Some of the continuous events actually have an end. When the Laboratory is overrun at the beginning of No Time to Talk those quests will no longer be available. This applies to Blood Compound.

Quest Name Quest Giver Requirement Difficulty Reward
Ashes of Humanity Brian 2 cans of food Easy 100 XP, 30 Small Rifle Ammo*
Bleach with a Vengeance Tavin 5 boxes of bleach Medium 300 XP, Incendiary Grenade, Cash
Blood Compound Monroe 5 Suicider Meat Medium 2000 XP, $1 cash
Death in the Glass Harlan Johnson 3 bottles of alcohol Very Easy 100 XP, Molotov Cocktail
Divine Light Rian 5 batteries Easy 300 XP, Cash
Dreamtime Warrior 5 oleander flowers Medium 600 XP, $1 Cash
Feeding the Multitude Pono 5 Canned Food Easy 500 XP, Cash
Fiery Drinks Mike (Lifeguard Tower) 5 bottles of alcohol Very Easy 100 XP, Molotov Cocktail
Light is Life Ethan 5 batteries Easy 500 XP, Small Pistol Ammo
Nectar of Life Kim 1 water bottle Very Easy 100 XP, Cash
Three Nails Bruno 3 Nails Easy 500 XP, Cash
Time for Booze Svetlana 1 Brand Champagne Medium 1000 XP, 1 Diamonds
Wind in the Stomach Ned 2 cans of food Very Easy 100 XP, Cash
Weeds Loren 5 Gotu Kola flowers Easy 500 XP, Cash

Ryder White's Campaign[]

N Quest Name Quest Giver
1 The Eagle Has Landed --
2 Stolen Thunder --
3 One Bridge Too Far --
4 Escape from Banoi --
5 The Knight in Shining Armor --
6 Get the Power Back On --
7 Medicine for Emily --
8 Clear the Path --
9 It's a Trap --
10 Evacuate from the Prison --

Dead Island: Riptide[]

Main quests[]

Flooded jungle[]

Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
The Storm N/A (starting the game) Medium XP, Cash
Castaway Harlow Jordan Easy XP, Cash
Back to Reality Trevor Rogers Medium XP, Cash
New Beginnings Harlow Jordan Medium XP, Shillelagh
Pathfinders Harlow Jordan Easy XP, Cash
Saving Holy Man Jackson Hard XP, Claws
Where the Dead Live Marcus Villa Hard XP, Shovel
Meeting Locals Marcus Villa Easy XP, Cash
Natural Resources Hadisi Very Hard XP, 5 Throwing Knives
The Ritual Jackson Hard XP, Cash
Way of Science Harlow Jordan Medium XP, Harpoon
Dr Kessler Dr. Kessler Hard XP, Stun Gun
House of God Harlow Jordan Hard XP, Cash
Pump Action Trevor Rogers Hard XP, Scottish Dirk
Change of Plans N/A Medium XP, Cash
Heavy Equipment Samuel Hardy Medium XP, Maul
Stalwart Defense Trevor Rogers Very Hard XP, Pistol
The Tunnels Trevor Rogers Very Hard XP, Shotgun

Pinai Ferry Station[]

Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
The Crossing Samuel Hardy Medium XP, Chinese War Sword
Terminal Siege Marvin Very Hard XP, Magnum


Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
The Ferry Harlow Jordan Easy XP, Cash
City Newcomer Marvin Medium XP, Hatchet
Front Row Marvin Medium XP, Cash
Militarized Zone Samuel Hardy Very Hard XP, Heavy Pistol
Rescue Samuel Hardy Hard XP, Katana
Evacuation Trevor Rogers Hard XP, Cash
The Crash Trevor Rogers Very Hard XP, Auto Rifle
Quarantine Zone Trevor Rogers Very Hard XP, Cash
With the Tide Trevor Rogers Very Hard XP, Cash

Side quests[]

Flooded jungle[]

Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
Heavenly Gift Chimamanda Easy XP, Meat Mallet
Electrifying Zoey Hard XP, Lightning Mod
Mines Go Boom Zoey Medium XP, 10 Explosive Mines
Safe Haven Maggie (Riptide) Medium XP, Tanto
White Line Bruce Hard XP, Bronze Knuckles
Genre: Horror Slasher Dave Medium XP, Light Brass Knuckles
On the Set Dave Medium XP, Cash
Alternative Medicine Jane Hanson Hard XP, 6 Large Medkit
Antidote Jane Hanson Hard XP, Heavy Wrench
Stop the Madness N/A Easy XP, Cash
Fire Sale Pierre Medium XP, Morning Star
Proximity Miya Hard XP, Big Splitting Axe
Surplus Miya Hard XP, Red Hot Blade Mod
History Lesson Dr. Kessler Easy XP, Golf Club


Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
Memories Damien Medium XP, Electrotherapy Mod
Ladies First Nina Medium XP, Crowbar
Superhero Eddie Medium XP, 3 Throwing Knives
The Dead Can't Dance Eva Easy XP, 4 Incendiary Grenade
Perfect Plan Jorge Tesoro Medium XP, Cash
On the Edge Ryan (Henderson) Medium XP, Cash
The Darkness Cecil Medium XP, Hatchet
Healthcare Cecil Medium Construction Hammer
ER Sean (Riptide) Easy XP, Meat Mallet
Family Ties Marvin Medium XP, Wakizashi
Reunited Marvin Easy XP, Cash

Continuous events[]

Quest Name Quest Giver Requirement Difficulty Reward
Field Kitchen Chimamanda 1 Canned Food Easy XP, Cash
Kill the Pain Houston 1 Painkillers Hard XP, Cash
Femme Fatale Miya 1 Blade Easy XP, Cash
A New Machine Dr. Kessler 5 Electronic Scrap Easy XP, Stun Gun Cartridge
A Collector Jorge Tesoro 1 Diamonds Easy XP, Cash
Best to Forget Jacqueline Phantom 1 Henderson picture Easy XP, Cash
Cleaning Job Nina 1 Bleach Easy Cash

Civilian rescue quests[]

Civilian rescue quests are a new type of quest in Dead Island: Riptide. As you explore the world, you will find a random survivor trapped by some zombies. You can save them for some XP and Cash. Later they can usually be found at a nearby safehouse with other survivors. They are always easy difficulty and always reward you in cash.

Flooded jungle[]

Quest Name Quest Giver Difficulty Reward
Rescue Brian Brian Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Stanley Stanley Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Luke Luke Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Kitty Kitty Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Tyler Tyler Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Mugambe Mugambe Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Megan Megan Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Alfred Alfred (Riptide) Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Carlos Carlos (Henderson) Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Alex Alex Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Gianna Gianna Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Lydia Lydia Easy XP, Cash
Rescue Xavier Xavier Easy XP, Cash

Team quests[]

Riptide also has some special quests which are known as Team Quests. These are independent quests that can be activated from the very start of the quest, but you don't talk to the NPC to start them. Instead, you start them from their own 'Team Quest' header in the quest menu. There are three tiers of each quest and each one is harder than the last. If you do a team quest for a merchant, they will get better wares and better prices the higher the quest level, while completing it for a hero means they will wield better weapons during a Siege Event.

Cut quest[]

One quest was cut from the final game. The quest would have been found in the Japanese Tunnels and involved John Sinamoi returning. The outline of the quest is that the Heroes would have to escort Sinamoi to a location where he would reward XP and the Razor Mod. However, this location and the events between receiving the quest and ending it are unknown and do not appear in the game files. View the quest here: An Old Friend.