Dead Island 2: How to Complete the Ballad of Rikky Rex

I think the gods could use a little less whiskey at this point

Looks like fetching all those records paid off. Rikky Rex is back, baby. Well… kind of. Here’s how to complete The Ballad of Rikky Rex in Dead Island 2.

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How to Complete the Ballad of Rikky Rex in Dead Island 2

Rikky is dead set on returning to the ways of olde, which means cooking up a soundtrack for the zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately, that means we’ll need to head back into the undead streets of LA for another fetch quest.

But it’s worth it, I promise, because the sword waiting for us at the end of the line is an absolute decapitator. Here’s a quick peek into the quest steps we’ll need to complete, followed by an in-depth guide below. If you don’t have this quest yet, go to his house in Beverly Hills and speak to him to start it.

  • Head uphill to Rikky’s to get Chopper.
  • Chopper’s upstairs! Rikky said to head up through the kitchen.
  • Blast some tunes to draw out Rikky’s bandmate Misha.
  • Break up the band.
  • Swipe the kitchen key dropped by Misha.
  • There’s the key. Let yourself upstairs to find Chopper.
  • Fight your way upstairs.
  • Find Chopper.

Bring Rikky’s trusty Chopper back Yep, that’s quite a few steps. So, let’s jump right into it.

Head Uphill to Rikky’s to get Chopper

Jump over Rikky’s fence, then go south, following the road towards the giant mansion where you first met (and rescued) Jesse during the Kwon with the Wind main quest. If you’ve visited the house before, you likely encountered zombies way above your level. But now that we’re a little later in the game, you should be able to handle them just fine. Expect a Slobber, a Crusher, and, of course, Walkers. The house number is 1222.

Chopper’s Upstairs! Rikky Said to Head Up Through the Kitchen

Once you step onto the property, the next step will update. You’ll need to go through the gate and follow the path to the very back of the house, where you’ll see the pool. Try to head inside through the open glass door, and you’ll find that the rest of the house is barred off and locked.

Unfortunately, Misha, the singer of Gods and Whiskey, has the key. And naturally, she and the rest of the band are all zombies. We’ll just have to lure them to us. After exploring the house and finding it locked, your objective will update.

Blast Some Tunes to Draw Out Rikky’s Bandmate Misha

Head back out the glass door towards the pool and you’ll see that there’s a stage set up with a Gods and Whiskey backdrop. Approach the DJ booth in front of it, then start up the music. And get ready for a huge hoard of zombies.

Break Up the Band!

In seconds, you’ll find yourself in a mosh pit of zombies. Each hoard comes with one band member. The first will be the guitar player, then the bass player, then the drummer (a Crusher), and finally Misha herself (a Screamer).

This is fairly challenging, as you have to keep in the area to prevent the quest from restarting, and the mobs won’t stop spawning. There’s a wet puddle in the middle of the floor that is permanent, which makes it an excellent area to abuse electrical weapons.

Misha also really loves to stand in the puddle. For me, she always stayed close to the water, so it was easy to keep her stunned and taking tick damage. Once she goes down, she’ll drop the key.

Related: Where to Find the Blue Crab Storage Keycard in Dead Island 2

There’s the Key. Let Yourself Upstairs to Find Chopper

Now that you have the key, return to the living room to unlock the door leading to the kitchen. You’ll then be in the second section of the house, which is naturally crawling with zombies, including two Bursters. Kick the Bursters to knock them over, or use projectiles to make your life easier.

Find Chopper

Once the floor is clear, head upstairs. You’ll see Rikky’s room right beside the stairs, but naturally it’s locked.

I’m 90% sure that Rikky misspelled his own name.

Follow the hall left instead to see a mixing studio. This mixing studio has an audio journal you can pick up, which is very on-brand for Rikky, but more importantly, it has a glass door that leads to a balcony.

Follow the balcony around to the second bedroom, then out another set of glass doors onto another balcony. Fortunately, this one leads to Rikky’s room. And Chopper is in the closet. It’s a good-looking guitar!

Grab it and expect a little jump scare. You can fight the Runners and Walkers or you can run. Either way, you’ll need to escape the house and get back to Rikky.

Bring Rikky’s Trusty Chopper Back

Now that you’ve got Chopper, it’s time to head back to Rikky’s. But, naturally, there are a few more Apex zombies blocking your way. Primarily a Crusher and Slobberer. Deal with both, then head back up the hill and jump the gate to present the goods to Rikky.

He’ll be thrilled, but more importantly, he’ll give you an awesome sword, O-Kami, and Whiskey. I love his sword, as it has Agility and Maiming built right in.

But that’s not the only sword available in the Hills. Check out our guide on how to grab another one during Clean and Snatch.

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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