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There are a total of five different levels of rarity for the weapons featured in Dead Island. These are:


  • Common (characterized by white text) — Found virtually everywhere. Most weapons are of this rarity.
    • Can be acquired as rewards: Yes
    • Can be acquired in chests: Yes
      • Chance: High
    • Can be acquired on corpses: Yes
      • Chance: Very high


  • Uncommon (characterized by green text) — Frequently found in metal chests and given as a reward from quests. Uncommon weapons are occasionally dropped by zombies on death.
    • Can be acquired as rewards: Yes
    • Can be acquired in chests: Yes
      • Chance: Moderate
    • Can be acquired on corpses: Yes
      • Chance: Moderate


  • Rare (characterized by blue text) — Often given as a reward from quests but can be found on corpses and in metal chests.
    • Can be acquired as rewards: Yes
    • Can be acquired in chests: Yes
      • Chance: Low
    • Can be acquired on corpses: Yes
      • Chance: Low


  • Unique (characterized by purple text) — Can be given as a reward from quests, or found in chests and on corpses.
    • Can be acquired as rewards: Yes
    • Can be acquired in chests: Yes
      • Chance: Low
    • Can be acquired on corpses: Yes
      • Chance: Very low


  • Exceptional (characterized by orange text) — Weapons that are extremely hard to come across. Can be awarded by completing high level quests, and can be found in chests and on corpses.
    • Can be acquired as rewards: Yes
    • Can be acquired in chests: Yes
      • Chance: Very low
    • Can be acquired on corpses: Yes
      • Chance: Extremely low


  • Legendary (also characterized by orange text. For a list of specifics, see Legendary Weapons)  — Weapons that are typically rewarded for completion of only the most ruthless of quests, these are the rarest items in the game. They can also be found in chests, but have no chance of appearing on corpses.
    • Can be acquired as rewards: Yes
    • Can be acquired in chests: Yes
      • Chance: Extremely low
    • Can be acquired on corpses: No
      • Chance: Impossible


Note: The probability of getting a specific rarity as a reward from a quest is nonexistent. This is because quest rewards are pre-scripted, and are not distributed at random.


Chance Adjectives

Impossible < Extremely low < Very low < Low < Moderate < High < Very high


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An Uncommon tier Rifle
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A Rare tier Wakizashi
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A Unique tier Pistol
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An Exceptional tier Shotgun
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Improving LootEdit

There are a few ways of improving the grade of weapon the player can receive. These include:

  • Using the Lockpick Skill — By using this skill the player gains the ability to pick locked chests, level one chests being the easiest and level three chests being the hardest. Level three metal chests are more likely to contain Rare, Unique and Exceptional weapons.
  • Using the Appraiser Skill — The Appraiser skill in Logan's Survival skill tree increases the chance to find an upgraded weapon.

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