How to Survive the Pit and Defeat the Demolisher in “Dying Light”

Updated on July 28, 2020
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Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament." She lives in Enoshima and likes to read novels and play video games, especially open-world RPGs.

Dying Light is a fantastic open-world, first-person, survival horror game by Techland. Its many side quests, engaging storyline, fun gameplay, and interesting world make it an addictive and unforgettable gaming experience that many zombie game and open-world game fans alike are continuing to enjoy since its release in 2015.

One quest in the main storyline of Dying Light is after you attempt to rescue Dr. Zere from Rais' men, only to be captured and thrown into the Pit, a twisted sort of arena where Rais forces people to fight zombies and each other to the death. Here's how to survive this difficult quest.


The First Wave

First of all, this quest will be a lot easier if you have the following abilities:

  • Dodge
  • Camouflage
  • Stomp

It's also useful if you have Leg Breaker, but it's not essential.

Completing the first wave is relatively simple. Unfortunately, Rais and his men have stolen all of your belongings, so you are left with nothing in the Pit.

Climb on top of the blue boxes and use your survival senses to pick up military throwing knives, firecrackers, and gas pipes. For now, don't use the ranged weapons and firecrackers unless it's absolutely necessary.

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Deal with the zombies as you normally would. To save your weapons from breaking, use physical attacks such as Leg Breaker as often as you can. Stomp is useful to quickly finish battles and Camouflage can keep them from following you.

There are areas with spikes and nails sticking out of burning trash cans. Lead the zombies into them and walk into them, impaling themselves and dying right away, saving you a lot of work. It also saves you time and keeps your weapons from breaking.

The Second Wave

Next, Rais will throw a machete into the Pit. There is also a large hammer in the area that you can pick up that is much stronger. It's up to you which you decide to use, because although the hammer is a lot stronger, the machete is much faster.


For now, stay out of the Demolisher's way and dispose of any Virals that come to attack you. You can quickly get rid of them by standing on top of the blue boxes and using Stomp to kill them while they climb up to follow you. You can also defeat the Virals with firecrackers, military throwing knives, and any other items you managed to pick up.

Firecrackers and Camouflage can cause a distraction and protect you, respectively, while you attack from behind, which will save health for the final boss. However, be careful that you're not in range of the Demolisher's deadly attack where he throws chunks of rock at you.

The Demolisher

There are a few ways you can defeat the Demolisher:

  • Avoid its attacks using Dodge and then hit its back
  • Make it run into the spikes and then hit its back

I'd recommend the latter option as it can be difficult to dodge its attacks. You don't have any medkits in the Pit so if you die, you can lose around 2000 Survivor points.

The machete is quicker, but the Demolisher can be brought down with just three or four hits with the hammer. It's up to you, but I recommend the hammer as it can end the battle quite quickly.

The armour on the Demolisher's back will come off after you've hit it enough. After that, you can easily see his back which you must hit until he falls to the ground.

The video below is a combination of the suggested methods here.

After that, you get to see a really cool cutscene and the exciting gameplay that follows! The Demolisher counts as the first boss in the game and is a tough guy to fight, especially as you don't have any of your favourite weapons with you.

Demolishers appear all over the map after this, usually close to Bolter breeding grounds. Outside on the street, they can also throw cars at you, so be very careful! Dying Light's zombies are some of the best in gaming for their diversity, difficulty, and the player's needs to be quick and cunning to avoid and defeat them. Now go beat that Demolisher!

© 2017 Poppy


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