HELL-A can be dangerous because the Zompocalypse has happened and the locals have become so caustic. Fortunately, Slayers in Dead Island 2 have their own skill decks that can be customized to help level the playing field against the undead Angelinos trying to feast on them.

But “what exactly is a skill deck and how will it help me maximize my zombie-killing potential?” you ask Well, first we need to talk about skill cards.

Skill cards

Obtained through leveling up, found hidden around the city of Los Angeles, and obtained from slain zombie enemies, Skill Cards are collectible items that, when equipped, grant Assassins special powers, abilities, and perks to aid them in combat situations.

Some of them make you faster, more agile, or stronger; some reward you with buffs every time you pull off a perfect beheading, and some set zombies you throw on fire, turning them into flying, burning sacks of rotting flesh. No, we’re not kidding; there is a card that does that.

Whether you want to boost your stats to become the ultimate killing machine, or want access to an arsenal of acrobatic attacks so you can kill zombies with maximum style points, there’s a skill card to suit your needs.

We want you to have complete freedom in how you play, no matter which of the six Assassins you choose to battle through HELL-A. That’s why we’ve made the vast majority of skill cards universal.

The right deck for the job

In the skill deck, you can browse your collection of skill cards and choose which ones you want to equip.

Let’s say you encounter a zombie that presents a bit more of a challenge than your typical husk – maybe they look like they’ve been hitting the gym and eating their greens. Or blades come out of their hands, Oh

It’s time to make sure you’re working with the right skills to get the job done, so we’ve made the skill deck in Dead Island 2 completely re-purposed at any time.

Whether you want to tweak a single card or completely change your playstyle – say, from a tanky brawler to a nimble assassin – you can do so at any time with complete ease.

Part of the magic of building your skill deck is experimenting with all the different bonuses and skill cards give you to find incredibly fun and effective synergies that suit your playstyle.

But to get you started, here are a few of Team at Dambuster’s favorite combos.

It comes hot

Combine the Dash Strike ability with the Slayer Hammer Fist skill to deliver a blow capable of launching a zombie into the stratosphere. This card combo is perfect for pushing zombies off the rooftops of Beverly Hills mansions to their deaths or into pools of acid and other dangerous substances. Faced with a zombie wearing a grenade belt? Pull out the pin and send them into the crowd of their own kind explosive the results

Scorched earth

Mix in the ground pound The ability to use the Flare Up and Quake survival skills to create a truly devastating ground impact that knocks over zombies and ignites the floor below them. We recommend this option when crowd control is critical — are you being mobbed by pedestrians? Complete the “Hulk smash!” and leave Z crawling through the flames to get to you.

See you at HELL-A

All that’s left to say is that we’ll see you in HELL-A when Dead Island 2 hits PS5 on April 21st. Pre-orders are valid and can be made on the PlayStation Store.

We can’t wait to see the skill deck combos you come up with, killer.