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How to Complete the “Searchlights” Quest in “Dying Light”

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"Dying Light"

"Dying Light"

Dying Light is a first person survival zombie game which was released by Techland in 2015. As well as the lengthy main storyline, there are multiple side quests, hidden treasures, and bonus items that keep players busy exploring the quarantined city of Harran.

Dying Light "Searchlights"

A lot of quests involve helping fellow survivors in the Tower, the stronghold in which characters like Bracken, Jade, and Rahim live. It is also the location for several shops and the quartermaster.

Some quests are more difficult than others; one tricky mission is “Searchlights,” which at face value looks horrendously hard. Here’s a guide on completing it.

Unlocking the Quest

Talk to Alfie on the ground floor of the Tower. He will mention that the Tower could be more protected if they had UV lights from the bridge, but no one can go because it’s too dangerous.

He then quickly tells you to forget about it, but the quest begins anyway.

The quest begins

The quest begins

Infamy Bridge

Infamy Bridge is probably one of the worst areas of the Slums in terms of danger. The place is swamped with zombies and parked cars waiting to get in your way. You can bet that there are plenty of Bombers and Goons if there’s a quest up there, too.

Reaching the Safe Zone

It’s recommended you get the location during the daytime. The actual quest takes part at night, but you can sleep at the safe zone until it’s time to begin.

There are two ways to get to the safe zone on the bridge that you’ll see on the map near the quest area.

  1. Go across the bridge the “traditional“ way—by running past the zombies, throwing firecrackers to distract them and using Camouflage to sneak past them undetected.
  2. Going to the very bottom of the bridge (swimming from the nearby fishing village) and climbing your way up from the inside.

Both ways are equally tough, but if you climb up from the inside, you will unlock the door for good, meaning you can use it as an escape instead of risking death by jumping into the water.

To do this, follow the ladder from the area under the bridge and climb up the yellow pipes until you reach the top. Just be careful when you open the door as there are a lot of zombies on the other side.

On top of the bridge

On top of the bridge

Directly opposite the door, you’ll see a police truck and some bars on the wall above it. Sprint across and grab them.

Climbing to the top isn’t too difficult; when you reach the top, take the zip line to the other side. Be careful when you do, as a Viral will burst out of the nearby door right as you land. Kill it or kick it off the edge. There are a few more regular zombies in there as well; taking care not to accidentally walk off the edge, take them out as well.

Unfortunately, all the normal ladders inside have been locked, so take the yellow pipe on your right and climb to the top. There’s a Boomer when you open the door, so quickly shoot him or throw a throwing star to make sure he doesn’t explode in your face.

Carefully make your way across. Don’t jump between the gaps; balance across to the other side. Just one more floor up and you’ll reach the safe zone!

Getting the Bulbs

Wait until night and then head outside. Ignoring any ziplines for now, use your survivor senses to see the lights on either side of the bridge part in front of you.

Carefully balance across to collect them. Make sure you have several medkits handy as removing some of the bulbs gives Crane a small electric shock.

When you’ve finished on that floor, take the vertical zipline to the floor beneath and collect those ones as well.

Be careful!

Be careful!

Before You Leave

Getting up here is a pain in the ass, so make sure you’ve got everything before you leave. Climb to the very top of the scaffolding (on the side where the safe zone is) to get the blueprints for the item “Surprise MFs!”

You can zipline across to the other side to grab some items from the locked box (lockpicking: hard).

To get down, go to the lower floor for the bulbs and you’ll see another zipline leading back to the bridge. You have to jump to grab it, so be careful.


Even though you don’t see any zombies in that area, you still did the quest at night, and if you timed it correctly, morning should be coming right as you’re ziplining back down to the bridge. This earns you a hefty bonus of survival points for surviving the night undetected.

Upon reaching Alfie with the bulbs, you’ll get another 5000 survival points for your troubles, as well as the peace of mind that knowing the Tower is just a little bit safer.

Have Fun!

Although it sounds difficult, “Searchlights” isn’t such a difficult quest, as long as you don’t count the potential falls from an unfortunate misstep. With this guide, you’ll get your hands on the bridge bulbs in no time. Have fun!

© 2017 Poppy


Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on February 14, 2020:

Sure, but doing it at night means you can avoid getting shocked. Plus you get that sweet, sweet bonus.

BriGuy on February 13, 2020:

I just did this quest after finally realizing you can climb those bars on the wall. But I didnt need to wait until night to grab the right bulbs. Just grab all of them and you'll figure out which ones work when they shock you. It can all be done in the daytime.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on December 29, 2017:

You should! It’s really good!

Iain Lawrence Ralph MacKinnon from Richards Memorial Library (Sails network) on December 29, 2017:

i'd play it.

Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on December 26, 2017:

Haha Louise you should give it a try, it’s a lot of fun.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on December 26, 2017:

This looks like an interesting game. One I'd enjoy!