Dying Light: Meet Your Enemies – All Zombie Types

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Dying Light has lots of zombies, really a ton of them. But how many are there? How strong can they be? What are they able to do? Learn all about Dying Light’s zombies – their strengths, weaknesses and main traits.

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1. The Dummy

Truly dead, that’s how dummy zombies act and react to your presence. The dummy kind is probably the most common and weakest enemy in-game. They’re very easy to be killed and they react poorly to noises. Most of the time, you can simply sneak behind them without much effort. Their visual model is normally a severed decomposed male.

Main Trait: None.

DL z32. The Noisy

The screamer is a very common type of zombie and it’s usually displayed as a female dressed in shorts/pants and a top. This type of zombie is particularly weak and it can be taken down in a a few hits. But do not underestimate this creature. She will scream loudly while under attack and as you know, zombies are very sensitive to sound. If there are any other enemies nearby, they’ll move towards your location.

Main Trait: Lures nearby zombies.

DL z43. The Fearless

Some zombies are just bravely stupid, specially the fearless ones. This zombie type will detect you a far distance and move towards your location, even when you’re not making noise at all. They are usually displayed as women with demoniac faces. They are quite aggressive and stronger than the noisy.

Main Trait: Quick detection.

DL z54. The Charger

Not every zombie is slow during the day, the charger zombies possess the ability to sprint towards their target. This movement doesn’t just allow them to reach players faster, it also increases their initial hit damage.This type of zombie has increased stamina. You can identify a charger when you meet a demoniac faced female in skirts.

Main Trait: Quick charge.

DL z15. The Butcher

The butcher zombies can be very dangerous because they’re more resistant to melee damage and they hit harder than the last two types of zombies. Their audition is very weak and they don’t tend to follow up on small noises by themselves. Normally, they only realize your presence when you’re about to hit them. The butchers are visually displayed as athletic males.

Main Traits: Medium resilience and attack power.

DL z66. The Goon

Using ultimate strength, this zombie is extremely powerful and deadly. He uses a long hammer to destroy anything standing in his way. Despite his accelerated normal speed, he has a really slow attack speed. His vulnerability comes upon charge, when his hammer is laying in the ground you can easily execute a back-stab.

Main Traits: Hammer smash, high resilience.

DL z87. The Soldier

Soldiers are slightly empowered zombies that utilize a small weapon to execute their attacks. Their defenses are not the best. However, their attack power and speed is quite potent. If you let them charge on you, then you’ll suffer some serious amount of damage. They normally appear well dressed or in a professional uniform.

Main Trait: Empowered attack.

DL z98. The Devourer

These incredible agile zombies move quickly and possess a lethal charge. If they manage to get close to you, they’ll grab you and bite your neck viciously. As usual, their defenses are nothing special, you can easily kill them if you charge first or break free. This zombie type can be both male and female.

Main Trait: Grab.

DL z109. The Headstrong

The headstrong is a stubborn zombie who’s resilient to damage. No matter how much you hit him, he’ll always try again and again. Their movement speed is quite accelerated but their attack effectiveness is slow and weak. The best way to kill them is to use a high damage weapon.

Main Trait: Medium resilience.

DL z1210. The Fireman

Bombers also exist in the survival world of Dying Light. The fireman zombie is certainly no ordinary creature. They come dressed in a fireman suit with an oxygen bottle in the back. As soon as you take one to the floor, the bottle will become unstable and a violent explosion is inevitable. Since this is a gas explosion it will lure all the zombies around, including two crawlers.

Main Trait: Indirect detonation.

DL z1111. The Crawler

This dexterity based zombie is very cunning and deadly. These creatures are able to move extremely fast, dodge players’ attack and jump over medium-high surfaces, which facilitates chasing. Their attack power is quite high and their defenses are mediocre. Once enraged, they scream a lot alerting all the other zombies in the zone.

Main Traits: Quick chase and dodge capabilities.

 DL z1512. The Putrid

This zombie is very ferocious, strong and agile. Even though they can’t dodge your attacks, they posses many attack abilities, such as charge and grab. You can identify this type of zombie by noticing the green putrid gas coming out of them. Due to this state of decomposition, if they come across fire,t heir bodies will explode and lure crawlers.

Main Traits: Charge, grab, explodes in contact with fire.

DL z1613. The Pyromaniac

These zombies appear bursting in flames. They are fire resistant and they will burn you upon close contact. They are normally very aggressive and easy to kill through physical damage. Luring them into fire traps or throwing fire items at them will not affect their bodies.

Main Trait: Immune to fire.

DL z1314. The Toad

The toad is basically the ranger of zombies in this game. This species is tremendously agile and mobile with the ability to climb, jump and run quickly. Their defenses are very weak and they can be killed in a few hits. However, they’re ranged and they’ll go anything to get in position once you approach them.

Main Traits: Parkour moves and venomous ranged attack.

DL z1415. The Bomber

This suicidal bomber zombie is probably the most disgusting and sickening in-game. This bloated and unstable type will blow up the moment you come close to him, exploding and inflicting critical damage on everything around him, including other zombies. They also lure crawlers due to the explosion’s volume.

Main Trait: Self-detonation.

DL z17 16. The Demolisher

This huge mutant zombie is extremely strong in both offense and defense. He is armored with a policeman’s suit and metal parts, making it almost impossible to inflict physical damage. He also has a quick response to melee attacks, slapping off any opponents that come nearby.

Main Traits: Violent charge, rock projectiles and steady defense.

DL z1817. The Bolter

The bolter are agile zombies that will run away upon contact. They are a result of a scientific experiment and they’re not a treat to players. To kill this creature, you need to sneak undetected and then engage. They’re extremely weak and can be taken down in one or two hits.

Main Trait: Quick escape.

DL z1918. The Screamer

These zombie children might seem innocent but they can be very dangerous. They have an ability to disorient players making their vision blurred. Additionally, they’ll scream loudly luring all the zombies nearby in a large range area.

Main Traits: Disorientation, lures zombies in a large area nearby.

DL z719. The Volatile

The nightmare crawlers only come out at night. They are very powerful cunning creatures able to climb over all sorts of environmental objects. Only speed can outwit this ultimate zombie. Due to their specific abilities, they can easily chase players, as well as kill them through swift melee or ranged blows. They work as sentinels as well, so be aware.

Main Traits: Advanced mobility, parkour moves, calls other volatiles.

DL z2020. The Night Hunter

The ultimate zombie however, is always the zombie commanded by players. The night hunter is a zombie model that distinguishes all other zombie NPCs from a real player. Night hunters have access to skill trees, parkour movements, superhuman powers and special zombie skills, such as the tentacle charge and a global lure scream.

Main Traits: Special skills, advanced parkour.

Dying Light: How to Fix Crashes, Stuttering, DLL Crash, Black Screen and FPS Drop Issues

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Dying Light is now available worldwide but an extensive list of performance bugs and errors are affecting the playability of this survival game. The most common issues players are facing right now are: are: random crashes, crash on launch, DLL crash, FPS drops, shadow display issues and black screen error. If you’re having any of these problems check below for a possible resolution.

 

First of all, make sure that your computer meets the minimum or recommended requirements, else it’s obvious that Dying Light won’t run as intended.

Minimum Requirements:

OS: Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500 @3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @3.5 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM DDR3
Hard Drive: 40 GB free space
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 / AMD Radeon HD 6870 (1GB VRAM)
DirectX: Version 11
Sound: DirectX compatible
 

Recommended Requirements:

OS: Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 8.1 64-bit
Processor: Intel Core i5-4670K @3.4 GHz / AMD FX-8350 @4.0 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM DDR3
Hard Drive: 40 GB free space
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 290 (2GB VRAM)
DirectX: Version 11
Sound: DirectX compatible
 

 

1. Game Won’t Start/Input Not Supported/Files Missing

If Dying Light is not starting at all or if you’re getting the “input not supported” error message while opening your game’s executable, then you can try the following solutions:

 

Solution 1:

  1. Find your DyingLight.exe. A standard path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dying Light\DyingLight.exe
  2. Enable the Compatibility Mode on your DyingLight.exe by right clicking on it (Properties > Compatibility).
  3. Change the Executable start-up to “Normal Window” (Properties > General).

 

Solution 2:

  1. Change the Desktop’s resolution to the same resolution set in Game.
  2. If you can’t do step 1 then, Reboot your computer, keep pressing F8 continuously until you get the Boot menu.
  3. Enable the Low Resolution Mode.

 

On the other hand, if you get any message stating that you’re missing a game file, such as Dyinglight.exe, then:

  1. Disable your Firewall, Antivirus and Adware/Malware programs (sometimes protective softwares deletes game files).
  2. Check your Recycle Bin and Restore the missing file.
  3. If you’re unable to follow step 2, then Uninstal the game completely.
  4. Reboot your computer.
  5. Disable your Firewall, Antivirus and Adware/Malware programs and initiate the Install Setup.

 

 2. Black Screen/Random Crashes/Direct X Issues

If your game keeps randomly crashing or giving you black screens for no reason, then it most likely means there’s a corrupted file or driver somewhere. It might be hard to immediately find the source, so you need to try several things before identifying the origin.

 

Solution 1 (DirectX 11):

  1. DirectX can affect the performance of any game, so make sure that your DirectX 11 is not Corrupted.
  2. Uninstall the drivers.
  3.  Reboot your machine.
  4. Download and Install a fresh setup from an official source, like Microsoft. You can download DirectX 11 here.

 

Solution 2 (Graphic Drivers):

  1. Graphic card drivers might be damaged or not updated, make sure to Update them first.
  2. Upon updating, if the problem persists, then Uninstall the Drivers manually. For example, using CCleaner.
  3. If you don’t have an Automatic Driver Check-up, then visit your graphic’s brand website to Download and Install the latest drivers: AMD Drivers; Intel Drivers; NVIDIA Drivers.

 

Solution 3 (CPU Upgrade):

  1. If you have a 2-core CPU, then Upgrade it.

Note: If your machine has a low CPU and it doesn’t meet the recommended requirements, you should seriously upgrade it. Low CPUS, specially 2-core ones, are incompatible with the majority of new games.

 

 3. DLL Crash/Dyinglight.exe has Stopped Working

This is a common issue with PC video games and it can be a headache to fix sometimes. But on regular cases, it’s pretty easy to fix. If you’re getting “Dllfilename.dll” error messages, follow these steps:

 

Solution 1:

  1. Download a DLL Fixer software, for example this one.
  2. Install/Run the program.
  3. Scan your computer for DLL errors and wait for the final results.
  4. Fix all the corrupted/damaged DLL files with the program.

 

Solution 2:

  1. If Solution 1 is not working for you, then Detect the DLL that is giving you issues.
  2. Download the game from a torrent.
  3. Install or Unzip/Unrar the game.
  4. Search for the file, Copy and Paste it on your original game folder.

 

4. Low FPS/FPS Drops/Random Lag/Shadow Issues

If you’re having performance issues due to do not meeting the requirements, then there’s a way to fix the severe lag at least.

 

Solution 1:

  1. Open the Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar, and then clicking Start Task Manager.
  2. Access the Details Tab.
  3. Find the Dying Light.exe, right click on it and Select Set Priority
  4. Now, set the priority to Real-time or High.

 

Solution 2:

  1. Go to Dying Light’s Graphic Options in-game.
  2. Lower the game’s resolution, try reduced versions gradually until you find one that doesn’t lag or lags less.
  3. Disable All Special Effects such as: antialiasing, motion blur, depth of field and occlusion.
  4. Decrease Texture Quality Effects such as: foliage and texture quality, reduce the view distance and shadow map size.

 

FPS drops and sudden lag can also occur on machines that meet the requirements, to fix this, you’ll most likely need to try some of the previous fixes, including graphic drivers update, Direct X reinstall and DLL fixes. Besides that, there can be secondary sources that cause malfunctions and incompatibility issues:

Solution: Close all social media and secondary applications opened in your background, some programs can interfere with the game and cause lag and/or graphical conflicts. For example, Raptr and TeamViewer applications are known to cause problems with certain video games.

 

5. Sound Stuttering/Sound Lag

This is a minor issue and it should be easily fixed with a simple driver update or reinstall. Identity your sound card brand and download a fresh set of drives from their website.

 

I hope this guide could be useful to you. In any case, Techland will be publishing fix patches and updates very soon. If your problem persists, you can always contact Dying Light’s support through steam.