Dead Island 2 Controls Guide (All Platforms)

Master these controls to become a zombie slaying machine

Dead Island 2 might be the most brainlessly (get it?) fun zombie game we’ve had in quite some time, but you know what’s not fun? Struggling with the controls. Here’s our guide for Dead Island 2 controls for all platforms.

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Dead Island 2 Controls Guide (All Platforms)

Dead Island 2 has hit most platforms, and it asks a lot of its players. Do you want to shuriken a zombie in the face? Do you want to chuck a battery at them? Maybe you need to block, or dodge, or counterattack. Maybe you need to let loose your super special zombie powers.

It can all get quite confusing, so let’s run down all those controls.

· PC Controls for Dead Island 2

If you’re on PC, there are two different keys you can bind your actions to. I’ll list both.

  • Aim – RMB or Period
  • Attack/Heavy Attack/Throw – LMB or Comma
  • Jump – Space Bar
  • Crouch / Slide – Left CTRL/C
  • Block / Counter – Left ALT/TMB
  • Flashlight – X
  • Fury Mode – G
  • Reload – R
  • Interact – F
  • Knockback – E
  • Skills Menu – K
  • Inventory – I
  • Map – M
  • Player Menu – Tab
  • Quest Log – L
  • Next Weapon – Mouse Wheel Up
  • Previous Weapon – Mouse Wheel Down
  • Weapon Wheel – MMB
  • Select Weapon –  Keys 1 – 8
  • Track Quest – J
  • Curveball/Fury Special Attack – Q
  • Use Medkit – H
  • Sprint – Left Shift
  • Special Attack – V
  • Emote Wheel – Y
  • Interact – O
  • Move Forwards – W
  • Move Backwards – S
  • Strafe Left – A
  • Strafe Right – D
  • Look Up – Up
  • Look Down – Down
  • Look Left – Left
  • Look Right – Right
  • Text Chat – U
  • Alexa Game Control Voice Input – B
  • Alexa Game Control Mute (VA Mode) – N

· Xbox Controls for Dead Island 2

Personally, I think the Xbox controls are much more intuitive than the keyboard controls for PC. The only downside? No strafe. Here’s what’s on default.

  • Aim – LT
  • Attack/Throw – RT
  • Block / Counter – LB
  • Use Throwable – RB
  • Special Attack – LB+RB
  • Sprint – LS (Press)
  • Forward/Back – LS
  • Left/Right – LS
  • Next Weapon/Weapon Wheel – Y
  • Crouch – B
  • Reload/Interact – X
  • Jump – A
  • Knockback – RS (Press)
  • Look Up/Down – RS
  • Look Left/Right – RS
  • Flashlight – Up
  • Switch Curveball – Right
  • Use Medkit – Down
  • Emote Wheel – Left
  • Fury Mode – LS+RS

· PlayStation Controls for Dead Island 2

Naturally, the PlayStation has similar controls to its console cousin, the Xbox.

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  • Aim – L2
  • Attack/Throw – R2
  • Block / Counter – L1
  • Use Throwable – R1
  • Special Attack – L1+R1
  • Fury Mode – L3 + R3
  • Next Weapon/Weapon Wheel – Triangle
  • Crouch – Circle
  • Reload/Interact – Square
  • Jump – X
  • Flashlight – Up
  • Switch Curveball – Right
  • Use Medkit – Down
  • Emote Wheel – Left
  • Sprint – L3 (Press)
  • Knockback – R3 (Press)
  • Forward/Back – L3
  • Left/Right – L3
  • Look Up/Down – R3
  • Look Left/Right – R3

You can naturally change your controls to suit your playstyle. And if you’re just picking up Dead Island 2 for the first time, check out our essential tips guide here: Dead Island 2: 5 Essential Tips You Need to Know Before You Play


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Daphne Fama
A Staff Writer at Prima Games since 2022, Daphne Fama spends an inordinate amount playing games of all stripes but has a soft spot for horror, FPS, and RPGs. When she’s not gaming, she’s an author and member of the Horror Writers Association with a debut novel coming out in 2025. In a previous life, she was an attorney but found she preferred fiction to contracts and forms