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Xian Mei


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Game(s) Dead Island Dead Island: Riptide Dead Island: Epidemic Escape Dead Island
Personal info
Gender Female
Age Late 20's

China Chinese

Status Alive
Portrayed by Kim Mai Guest
Elspeth Eastman (DI: Epidemic)
Jules de Jongh (Escape DI)
Class Assassin
Specialty Sharp Weapons
Health 90
Speed 100
Stamina 100
Rage mode Uses sword similar to the Assassin's Greed with greatly increased damage and speed
Skill Tree(s) Dead Island

Dead Island: Riptide

Xian Mei, the Assassin, is one of the four playable Heroes in Dead Island and one of the five playable in Dead Island: Riptide. Before the outbreak, she was an employee at the Royal Palms Resort, sent to Banoi by her superiors to spy on the wealthy Westerners that visited the island. As soon as she arrived at the hotel, the manager put her on 24 hour surveillance.


Xian was born and raised in China. Her father, who was the Chief Inspector of the Hong Kong Police, passed away when she was only 10 years old. He was killed by an enforcer of the Wo Shing Wo Triad, but before her father's death, he taught Xian martial arts and she continued practicing even after his passing. After graduating top of her university's class, she joined the Hong Kong Police force and was placed in the first female crime squad; however, she and her female colleagues were never put in the field and their male superiors did not train them the way they promised they would, so Xian concluded that the group was only for show.

Her superiors decided to send her to the Royal Palms Resort to spy on the Westerners that visited and stayed at the island. Even though her work dishonors her father's memory, she knows she can do much, much better. She wants an opportunity to prove herself, and apparently the zombie outbreak was that opportunity. During the opening cutscene, the player can see her attending to a woman laying on the floor, presumably infected by the virus.

Character Selection Info

"My father was a very great man. A Chief Inspector for the Hong Kong Police. Even though he died when I was ten, I remember him very well. He was killed by an enforcer for the Wo Shing Wo Triad. And I told myself that I would follow in his footsteps and honor his memory. He taught me martial arts and I continued to practice after he was gone. After finishing at the top of my university class, I joined the Hong Kong Police and was chosen as part of the first all female anti-organized crime squad. I worked hard. I did my best. But the men in charge never intended to put us on the front lines. They didn't train us the way they promised they would. They didn't believe any of us women were up to the task. We were only for show. Instead, my superiors sent me here. To this resort. To this front desk. To be an informer. To spy on wealthy Westerners. My father would not be proud of me. This work dishonors his memory. But I will do as they ask. For I am a patriot. But I know I am capable of much, much more. I just need the opportunity to prove myself."


  • Xian Mei has the lowest health in the game, even when the level cap is reached, so make sure to always have medkits in your inventory.
  • Most of her inventory should be bladed weapons.
  • It is not recommended to charge into large groups of Walkers, but you can if you are coordinated in your attack style and if you have any weapon with a long reach (i.e. Machetes, Axes, etc.), or if you are in rage mode.
  • It is highly recommended to upgrade the Flying Strikes, Backstab, and Deeper Pockets skills to rank 3.
    • It's recommended to upgrade her Picklock skill to level 2 (not to level 3 — it would be a waste since level 3 chests are difficult to find).
  • Xian Mei's true colors show when she uses the Zed's Demise or any other sword, but the downside of using swords is that they have a low durability, and a high repair cost.
  • A majority of the bladed weapons in your inventory should have a long reach, if not medium. Using short range weapons such as knives are not very useful unless you are in the Resort area.
  • It is recommended to upgrade Telling Blows and Pressure to level 3, so that Xian Mei's critical chances are higher. These 2 skills are also good in conjunction with Flowing Strikes so Xian's Fury meter will be filled quickly.
  • Poison Mods work best for Xian Mei because she has 2 skills related to it and that Poison will not cause much damage unlike shock and fire.
  • Focus on her Fury and Combat tree since Xian Mei has the lowest health, she needs to be able to dish out high damage against enemies.


  • When her main combat skills are upgraded she can do the following special attacks:
    1. Blade Fighter skill is upgraded: Xian holds a sharp weapon with a long blade with both hands and slashes its against the zombies neck with full force, when she attacks again she slashes the zombie in a down to up motion.
    2. Sharp Expert skill is upgraded: When Xian is holding a knife, she stabs the zombie's neck, when she attacks again she slashes the zombie's face with the knife.
    3. Blade Master skill is upgraded: Xian does the same attacks as listed above, but it can be activated while jumping.
  • All of these attacks need to be aimed at the head or neck to be activated.
  • Most walkers will die when these combos are unleashed upon them.


  • She is the only character in the game that does not have a skill in firearms, likely from the lack of training she was given from the Hong Kong Police force.
  • Promotional artwork of Xian Mei seems to differ from her actual in-game character model.
  • Her blood type (along with the other Heroes) is O- / O negative.
  • There appears to be a glitch with Xian's character model in cutscenes as one of her eyes may jump to an angle while the other stays.
  • So far, Xian Mei is only character appearing in every Dead Island game released to the date.
  • She is more compassionate than all the other heroes.