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Zed's Demise
Basic Info
Damage Very High
Force Low
Stamina Medium
Durability Low
Weapon Type Sharp

Zed's Demise is a katana and Legendary weapon in Dead Island. It is received for completing the quest "The Butcher of Banoi". The level requirement and stats all scale to the Hero's level at the time of collecting the reward.

The sword can be used to deal extremely high damage and is a good weapon to use against Special Infected. Also, installing mods in this weapon will quite possibly make it one of the strongest sharp weapons in the game. This is especially true with Xian Mei, who can perform a special attack when her first blade skill is upgraded. The skill is activated when one attacks a zombie's head or neck. Xian then presses the blade against the zombie's neck, causing roughly 2000-3000 damage.

You lose the chance to take it after the mission Devil's Labyrinth.

Pros and ConsEdit

Pros: The Zed's Demise has exceptional damage, allowing it to have the 2nd highest base damage in the game (behind the Eviscerator). The weapon also has good handling, allowing for a high DPS, making it very useful against mobs of zombies or special infected. It also has an average durability, being 62~65 at level 60 allowing for multiple kills before repair. The best thing about the Zed's Demise is it is obtained as a quest reward, allowing for it to be obtained much easier than other legendaries due to their low drop rates, and if the player wishes to repeat the game, they can earn multiple Zed's Demises. If a player wishes to make easy money, they could consider fully upgrading this weapon and putting the Deathstalker mod on it, making it very expensive, and then duplicating the weapon repeatedly and selling the excess Zed's Demises.

Cons: While this weapon's durability isn't terrible, the repair cost is very high, so unless money isn't an issue this weapon isn't a good choice for continuous use.


  • The name of the sword is a reference to the 1994 film, Pulp Fiction. In the film, the character named Zed was not killed with a katana, but his colleague was. However, shortly after the scene involving those characters, Bruce Willis utters the well-known line: "Zed's dead, baby", hence the reference.
  • The katana's name is also a reference to zombies in general. Zed is the Commonwealth English pronunciation of Z, which is often used when referring to zombies.
  • Oddly, the sword doesn't show the graphical degradation in less-than-100% durability (i.e. blood stains, nicks, dents).


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