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"Slash zombies to bits using the focused power of light itself!"
—Combo Card Description

The Laser Sword is a combo weapon in Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: Case West, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. It is made by combining a flashlight with gems.

The Laser Sword is a very powerful weapon, being able to cut multiple zombies in half at once. Its speed and durability are low, however, making the weapon less than effective when dealing with large quantities of zombies. It is powerful against psychopaths, mercenaries, and other powerful enemies, which are found less frequently, and subsequently require stronger weapons to be dispatched effectively. This weapon is very effective against gas zombies.

The Laser Sword has one of the widest swings out of any combo weapon in the game. This makes it easier to hit single enemies like looters and psychopaths than most weapons, as its wide swing gives a higher chance for the attacks to connect. Although this can be used effectively against groups of zombies, each swing can take a huge chunk of the weapon's health. Combined with the weapon's low durability, the Laser Sword can break faster than other combo weapons of the same durability, such as the Defiler.

A special attack is unlocked by obtaining the Laser Sword's combo card; a 360 degree swing that can hit any enemy surrounding Chuck. This can be used to give Chuck and/or any survivors some breathing room whenever they get swarmed by zombies. However, it still better to use another weapon like the Spiked Bat, as the Laser Sword has low durability. If a psychopath is in his last inch of health, the heavy attack can be used to finish him off as the 360 degree swing can give a near 100% of chance of hitting the him, unless Chuck gets hit first.

The Defiler and the Laser Sword both have the same attack speed, but the Laser Sword is swung faster due to the wider arc its attack has.

This combo weapon has been described as:

"It's basically a light saber, but don't let the lawyers at Lucas Arts known that. Although a bit slow to wield, the light saber deals out tons of damage and can take out a crowd of zombies in a single slice."[1]

Attacks and Combo Card

Combo Card poster location
Dead rising combo card poster laser sword.jpg
Dead rising combo card poster laser sword (2).jpg

Dead Rising 2 Weapon Component Locations[]

Dead Rising 2 and Case Zero general locations of weapons needed to make the Laser Sword.

Component Location Component Location
Dead rising Flashlight.png

Location icon.png see article Gems
Dead rising Gems (Dead Rising 2).png
Location icon.png Mo Money Mo Problems, Quarantine Zone

Location icon.png Palisades Mall - Everything Diamond (P215)
Location icon.png Palisades Mall - Ned's Knicknackery (P204)
Location icon.png Platinum Strip North Upper Platforms
Location icon.png Royal Flush Plaza - Albert's Apparel (R201)
Location icon.png Royal Flush Plaza - Eternal Timepieces (R206)
Location icon.png Royal Flush Plaza - Marriage Makers (R108)
Location icon.png Royal Flush Plaza - Modern Businessman (R110)
Location icon.png Silver Strip - Maintenance Room 16 behind Pub O' Gold (N107) in tunnel
Location icon.png Silver Strip - One Little Duck Bingo (N102)
Location icon.png Silver Strip - Pub O' Gold (N107)
Location icon.png Slot Ranch Casino Cashier and Vault Area
Location icon.png Slot Ranch Casino Main Floor
Location icon.png Slot Ranch Casino Stage Area
Location icon.png Slot Ranch Casino - Maintenance Room 4 behind stage (1) (inside)

Case West Weapon Component Locations[]

Dead Rising 2: Case West locations of weapons needed to make the Laser Sword.[2]

Component Location Specific location and instructions Picture
Dead rising Flashlight.png
Shipping Office The flashlight is located in the Shipping Office on the desk beside the microwave.
Case west laser sword flashlight.JPG
Dead rising Gems (Dead Rising 2).png
Living Quarters The gems are found in the Living Quarters. On the top floor of rooms, find the room labeled “X1.” The Gems will be inside that room on a nightstand beside the bed.
Case west laser sword gems.JPG


Tape It Or Die blogger Johnny Pipes came up with the idea of the laser sword. This was during the Fortune City outbreak, while the four bloggers were hiding in the backroom of KokoNutz Sports Town. Kilpatrick blogged:

"Today wasn't a good day, it was a great day. And that's because Johnny Pipes actually bent the laws of physics themselves!"
"I'm not a movie guy. Barely ever see them. Too much time wasted when you could be creating. But Lefty is a sci-fi geek. Actually, he is an everything geek. But that includes sci-fi. So he is always talking about how cool it would be to make a laser sword. Like, a sword made out of light. I tell him to do it already! He says it's impossible. You cannot have light stop at a certain point. And you cannot make have tangible aspects."
"That sounds like a challenge to me!"
"So I asked Lefty how such a sword is made. He said you need a light emitter and some kind of crystal. Light emitter was easy enough. There are flashlights all over the place. Little bit of rewiring should make them more potent. The crystal was a bit trickier. I tried looking for one of those hippie stores. The ones where they sell geodes and stuff like that. Couldn't find one. So, I had to make due. Got some jewelry instead. Took some of the gems out of the rings and earrings. Found a real good one. I stuck that in my modified flashlight, and bam! Mission complete!"[3]


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  • The Laser Sword only works if held by a living person. By default, survivors and zombies will not carry any combo weapons. When a player mods the game and gives survivors and zombies the laser sword, the sword appears for survivors but not for zombies.
  • The color of the beam cycles through four colors (blue, purple, green, and red) every time it is withdrawn.
  • The Laser Sword is an obvious reference to the Lightsaber from the Star Wars Saga. Both lightsabers require crystals to function and the colors are the same as well.
  • Counting it's unlockable version in Dead Rising 1, the Laser Sword is the combo weapon appearing in the most games in the franchise, only missing out on Case Zero.
  • Despite the fact that the Laser Sword would just weigh slightly heavier than a normal flashlight (the laser 'blade' shouldn't have any mass), its attacks are just as slow as some of heavier weapons in the game, such as the Defiler.
  • Both the flashlight and the gems are found in the Slot Ranch Casino maintenance room.
  • In the PC files items.txt, this weapon is called "LaserLightSword" (Laser Light Sword).




Dead rising 2 laser sword weapon moves


  1. Frushtick, Russ. 'Dead Rising 2' Combo Weapons Guide - Duct Tape Is Your Friend, MTV. (August 31, 2010).
  2. Andrew Crews, Dead Rising 2: Case West Weapon Combo Guide, Xblafans, (December 28, 2010).
  3. Kilpatrick, Johnny. I've Got a Beautiful Feeling! Everything's Going My Way!, Tape It Or Die, (September 17, 2010).