How to heal in Dead Island 2

Learn all the ways to heal in Dead Island 2 so you can take on the zombie hordes at full health.

With zombies taking chunks out of you on the regular, it’s worth knowing how to heal in Dead Island 2. There are several ways to top up that lifebar for your next apocalyptic outing, but remembering them in the middle of a frantic fight with the undead isn't easy. To help your health stay high, we’ve broken down all the Dead Island 2 healing methods available below.

How to heal in Dead Island 2

Dead island 2 how to heal guide - the medkit viewed in the game's inventory
 
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The primary way to heal in Dead Island 2 is by using med kits. Here’s how to heal with a medkit on each platform:

  • PC: Press H
  • Xbox / PlayStation: D-Pad Down

By default, you can store five med kits at a time. A medkit will heal a large chunk of your health instantly, though it takes a moment to use as your character needs to inject themself. If you find that you’re healing a lot during combat, consider equipping the Survivor skill card which causes a forceful explosion whenever you using a med kit.

How to heal in Dead Island 2 - the protein bar and energy drink consumable items in an image split down the middle
 
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Another way to heal in Dead Island 2 is using protein bars and energy drinks. These consumables can be found all over Dead Island 2’s world. They can’t be stored, but will offer a small health boost over time when used. If you’re running low, these should be your first port of call. Gobble up any protein bars and energy drinks nearby, then use medkits if you’re still lacking. 

Dead Island 2 how to heal counter
 
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You can also heal in Dead Island 2 by performing a Counter on a zombie. Counters are the high-damage takedowns you can perform on a zombie after you pull off a last-second dodge. When you see the prompt appear on a zombie (F on PC), activate it and input the commands shown to take the zombie out and heal a small amount of health.

Dead Island 2 healing methods - the skill card menu with a healing card highlighted
 
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Finally, the fourth way to heal in Dead Island 2 is via skill cards. Some cards will will offer health boosts for performing certain feats like last-second dodges or blocks. Pay attention to the cards you have unlocked and reassign them during fights if your health is running low.

That covers all the methods for how to heal in Dead Island 2. Now get back out there and start chunking your way through the zombie hordes with that HP at maximum!

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video games stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry@moonrock.biz, or catch him on Twitter.

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