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Skull and altar "map" by Viciousxusmc

Skulls, commonly called Coloured Skulls, are a collectible found in Dead Island. They are found in select places throughout Banoi Island, and when placed in the Altar where they belong, unlock developer craft mods. Skulls do not carry over into a new game so the player will either have to place them before they leave the island or pick them up again later. However, the skulls WILL carry over from single-player into co-op and vice versa, and even if another person picks them up the player can use them. It may also be possible that if the player joins a person that has a skull placed, they may not need to have the skull at all and can just grab the mod. This may be easier to achieve if the skull was placed in the same session.

Skull locations[]

Orange Skull: Act II. It is under the first set of stairs inside a shopping cart in the Supermarket.

Green Skull: Act I. The skull can be found along a small rock cliff directing alongside a half sunken boat on the center-southern end of Act 1, or directly eastward from the City Tunnel Gas Station. If you stand by the boat and look at the hill closest to the player, you can see a chest peaking just over the cliff edge, right of the two palm trees. Go to the right side of the hill and parkour up the side of the cliff to find the skull sitting on a chest.

Purple Skull: Sewers in Act II. It is located on the second level accessed by ladder in the dead end; to get to the ladder the Hero must go through the right door instead of the left door (the door that doesn't lead to next objective right after killing the first Floater). It takes a bit of trekking but once the player's in the room with the three radiation barrels knocked over with a ladder, they're in the right room. They might be able to see a faint glow from the candlesticks around the skull on the second floor in a corner from the first floor depending on where they're standing at in the room. *Alternately, once all sewers are open in Moresby, the player can simply enter the sewer via the entrance in front of the police station and go through the first gate to access the skull room.

Blue Skull: Act II. During the side quest Uninvited Guests, there is a bathroom opposite the kitchen. The Blue Skull is in one of the corners in a glass case. The Hero must first smash the case in order to be able to retrieve the skull. If playing in the original version of Dead Island, if you exit the house before picking up the skull, YOU CAN NOT GO BACK IN, you will instead have to wait until a restart of the campaign to gain access back to the house. However, this was thankfully fixed in the Definitive Edition, as you can come and go from the house as much as you please.

Brown Skull: Act I. The player has to use the portal in Bunker 02, kill the Suicider in the room, and then search the floor.

Altar locations[]

Note: Skulls may only be placed at their assigned altars, and can be placed during a joined game.

Orange Skull Altar: Act II. It's in the Sewers, at the top of one of the largest rooms in the sewer between the Town Hall and Supermarket. There will be water and flood gates, and then a ladder that goes up to a small platform with a door. When the player climbs the ladder, the door will be on their right and directly in front of them will be a Walker sitting against the wall near a propane tank. The altar is inside the room on the left.

Green Skull Altar: Act II, in the Supermarket. This altar is in an area directly to the right upon entering main market. There are shelves full of teddy bears, and one of these shelves is the altar.

Purple Skull Altar: Act II, during the quest Uninvited Guests. One of the burners is lit in the kitchen — this is the altar.

Blue Skull Altar: Act I. Bunker 06 in the Resort area will be surrounded by zombies, with a single survivor, Jose Garcia, to rescue. Once he is rescued, the player should travel through the manhole in the bunker to the other area of it. There is a metal door on the level, and propane tanks on the level above. The player must place the tank next to the door and shoot it to blow it open. The altar is on the wall underneath the big blue arrow.

Brown Skull Altar: The place is shown on the picture. The easiest way to reach the location is to go into the bungalow district near the altar. At the back of the a bungalow near the powerhouse at the Silver Bungalows district is a cliff drop that heads towards the marked spot. When the player reaches the tree, they should carefully move around the bushes and onto the rocks and then follow the rocks until they start to see greenery. The altar is tucked away in an indent there, near a flag.

Skull rewards[]

Note: Names are lowercase in-game. All recipes require $10000 and 5 Diamonds. The weapons are all created by the mod, so there is no need to find them.

Orange Skull: Developer's No. 1 craft "electrobody". (Parts needed: Battery.)

Green Skull: Developer's No. 2 craft "cr33zz revange for endless crunch". (Parts needed: Battery.)

Blue Skull: Developer's No. 3 craft "plaguebearer". (Parts needed: Oleander.)

Purple Skull: Developer's No. 4 craft "just mindblowing craft by simon!". (Parts needed: Battery.)

Brown Skull: Developer's 666 craft "beware the power of glova". (parts needed: Diamond.)

Remains of the Damned[]

In this quest, the player needs to recover four Red Skulls for Mongina. The skulls can be found in the Ghost Village. This quest needs to be activated before the player meets up with Mowen, otherwise Mongina won't be able to talk to them. These skulls are not the same as the coloured skulls that are needed for the dev craft mods. Collecting them will not allow you to place the skull at an altar, and these red skulls are solely for Mongina's side quest.