The crafting system in Dying Light 2 isn't particularly complex, but it does make use of a wide range of materials and other resources. Filed under other resources are Infected Trophies, which mostly you'll need to upgrade your blueprints at a Craftmaster. Though some mods will also require them.
Infected Trophies come in different "rarities" as well, with the higher grades dropping from more difficult enemies. Makes sense. But mostly you'll want a truckload of the lower tier ones to upgrade blueprints, and that means killing a ton of zombies.
Fortunately, there's a fairly efficient method you can employ to farm these trophies right from the early stages of the game. As an additional bonus, you'll also be able to get your hands on a good stash of other crafting materials, valuables, and earn some combat XP at the same time.
What you need to farm infected trophies in Dying Light 2
While this method works from the very early stages of Dying Light 2, literally as soon as you reach the city, it won't be easy or efficient if you don't have some half-decent weapons. The further you've progressed the easier it will be.
If you're at a stage where you have these items already in your inventory or you have the blueprints to make them, this is what I recommend equipping:
- UV Bars (and/or the UV flashlight if you have it)
- As much medicine as you can carry (military medkits are best if you have those)
- Your four strongest single-handed melee weapons
We're looking for crowd control, so ranged weapons aren't recommended and single-handed melee weapons are generally faster to swing and shouldn't sap your stamina as quickly.
If you're going into a Dark Hollow, make sure to have some UV Shrooms or Immunity Boosters equipped to your healing inventory. They're littered with chemicals and as such your immunity will tank.
Once you're tooled up it's time to go hunting. But make sure it's the daytime before hitting the streets. It also doesn't matter which level the location is, you can clear out a level 1 location in the later game ridiculously easy but it will still drop those important Infected Trophies.
How to farm infected trophies in Dying Light 2
The quickest and most efficient farms are the small purple icons on the map, labeled such as Dark Hollow or Forsaken Store. The game tells you to visit at night because they're a great source of crafting materials but during the day are crammed full of sleeping zombies.
It's precisely because of this you want to visit during the day. And since there's a couple outside the Bazaar in Old Villedor, even early on you have an easy place to hit. It doesn't have to be this one, you can enter any of these locations on both parts of the map and the results will be the same. Just always remember to enter during the day.
As soon as you crouch down and enter you'll immediately be faced with enemies who have been awoken by your noisy presence and will all start to attack. This is where items like the UV bars and the UV flashlight come into play, as you can use these to give yourself some breathing room to dish out your own damage.
Likewise, tossing a couple of molotovs into the crowd is a good strategy, just make sure you don't get too close else you'll take damage yourself. Otherwise, just start swinging. Using melee attacks on burning enemies or those being affected by the UV light will soon dispense with them.
Importantly, don't search any bodies. Wait until the entire room is cleared before you start looting anything. It's a small space with a lot of enemies and while they're not too difficult to deal with if you spend any time not attacking you'll soon start to suffer.
When they're all dead, loot the building of its materials first as often this will provide enough time for the zombie bodies to de-spawn leaving little loot bags behind for you to pick up. It's just a little quicker than searching every single body and keep popping your survivor sense to make sure you didn't miss any.
Many of the enemies in these locations will drop Infected Trophies and ultimately it should only take a couple of minutes to clear the room and grab all the loot. Then you can either move on to the next location or go back to a rest spot, sleep until the following morning and go again.
If you choose to go back and sleep until the next day then return, the enemies will have respawned but not all of the loot inside the building, so it's actually even quicker to clear up, collect the Infected Trophies, and move on. And for maximum speed, you'll want to target the Forsaken Stores over the Dark Hollows. But both types are loaded up with trophy-dropping infected enemies.
Unique infected trophies
The only type of Infected Trophies you won't really find with this method is the unique variant. For those, you need to hit bigger enemies, such as the goons you would find at a military outpost. You don't need as many in your inventory, but as you come across these locations definitely grab them.
Likewise, you can head into GRE Anomaly locations at night or if you're brave enough (and well geared enough) try taking down some Volatiles in one of the harder GRE dark zone locations.
There are enough of these locations across the map that you could quite easily spend a daytime cycle going from one to another to another and getting a heap of infected trophies, crafting materials, and valuables with minimal effort. However you choose to proceed, these locations are the quickest and easiest to clear for some great rewards.
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