Dying Light 2: How Do You Repair Weapons?

It's not as obvious as it should be, but there is a way to repair your weapons in Dying Light 2 and keep them from breaking.

Dying Light 2 Weapons
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Dying Light 2‘s weapon degradation system will be familiar to anyone who has played pretty much any survival game in the last 10-15 years or so, but the initial lack of an obvious way to repair your weapons will likely confuse those who suddenly find themselves wondering who they’re supposed to maintain some of the best weapons in the game.

To get the very bad news out of the way first, there is no way to repair every weapon in Dying Light 2. That is to say that (unlike many other RPGs) there isn’t some workbench or item that you can simply use on a weapon in order to “just” restore its durability and prevent it from breaking. The lack of such a mechanic is certainly an odd omission, but it does seem to feed into the narrative idea that resources are precious in this world and that losing a valuable weapon should hurt quite a bit.

If that bit of world-building offers no comfort when it comes to deciding whether or not to break that incredibly rare weapon that is nearly irreplaceable, then you’ll be happy to know that there is a sneaky way to repair certain weapons in Dying Light 2. Here’s how you do it:

Which Weapons Can You Repair In Dying Light 2?

The only weapons that can be repaired in Dying Light 2 are those that can be modded. While that means that there is no official way to repair any weapons that don’t have available modification slots, the good news is that many of the best weapons in the game can be modified in some way, which means that you will be able to expand the lifespan of that one melee weapon that you just can’t live without.

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In order to see if a weapon can be modified, you’ll need to open the inventory menu, hover over the weapon you wish to modify, and see if there are available sockets to insert modifications into. Alternatively, you can look for the circles next to the weapon’s menu icon. Those should tell you whether or not it comes equipped with modification slots and how many slots are available.

How Do You Repair a Weapon in Dying Light 2?

As you may have guessed, adding a modification to a weapon will “repair it” and restore its durability. While that’s a neat way to preserve some of the best weapons in Dying Light 2, the sad catch to this already questionable system is that each modification you add only restores 50 durability points to a weapon.

That being the case, you’re sadly going to have to be very careful about how you choose to modify your weapons. The best course of action is to wait until your weapon loses at least 50 points of its total durability points (or more) and then add a modification to it in order to restore the lost points. Instead of adding every available modification at once, though, you’ll want to only add the remaining available modifications whenever your weapon’s durability starts running low again.

In order to mod a weapon, you just need to buy a mod from a Craftmaster or craft one yourself (they’re fairly cheap either way), open your inventory, select the weapon that you wish to modify, select the mod slot you wish to insert a mod into, and choose which of the available mods you want to apply.

Again, that’s obviously not an ideal system (and there’s always a chance that Techland will update it in some way via a patch), but the good news is that the average weapon that can be modded is typically better than everything else out there, so you won’t suffer too much from needing to space out our upgrades a bit and only apply them when that weapon’s durability is starting to dip.

How Do You Prevent a Weapon From Breaking in Dying Light 2?

Every Dying Light 2 weapon will continue to lose durability and eventually break the more you use it. While some weapons are stronger than others (and the aforementioned modification method can “repair” them), there is currently no official way to make a weapon unbreakable.

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However, there is a weapon mod called “Reinforcement” that you can apply to the handle slot of a moddable weapon in order to decrease its durability loss rate. While the game suggests that you can decrease the durability loss rate by 100% if you max out this upgrade, that seemingly just means that the weapon loses durability much more slowly rather than not at all.

We’ll see if this modification is upgraded or altered in any way via figure patches, but for the time being, it’s a pretty good idea to make it the first mod you install to repair a weapon in order to maximize the longevity of your items.