Sam B

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Sam B
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Location(s) Location icon.png  Resort, Royal Palms Resort
Weapon(s) Attack icon.png  Prefer melee weapons
Race African American
Voice Actor Phil LaMarr, Josef Lord[1]
J7 D'Star (Who Do You VooDoo, Bitch?)
Occupation Rap artist
Dead Island Heroes

Sam B is one of four heroes in Dead Island. He is one of the special survivors who is immune to the mysterious zombie virus, Kuru, that has claimed the lives of hundreds of others on the island of Banoi. He is a well-known rap artist who was invited to perform at the Royal Palms Resort. Unfortunately, he found himself stuck on the island as a result to the outbreak, and must fight to stay alive and figure out what happened.

He has been classified as a part of the Tank class. Due to his Tank status, zombies will be more likely to attack him, instead of Xian Mei, Purna, or Logan.[2] He is also more efficient in using blunt weapons.

The night before the zombie outbreak seemingly engulfs the entire island, he is performing at the Royal Palms Resort. He wakes up the morning after to find the beach area has turned into a bloody hell.

After a nightmarish journey on Banoi Island, Sam B is able to escape the island and continues the story in Dead Island Riptide.


Sam's troubled past has made him a strong and hardened man. A one-hit-wonder rap star of fading fame, Sam B was booked by the Royal Palms Resort Hotel to perform his well-known song "Who do You Voodoo?" at a high profile hotel party. He gladly took the chance to play this gig.

Once strong, self-confident and proud, Sam B has had a troubled past and a history of drug and alcohol abuse, as his private life became caught in a haze of fake friends and bad advisors.[3]

Sam explained: "At nineteen I thought I knew it all. Took me a long time to realize I didn’t know shit. [Who do You Voodoo] was a blessing and a curse, y’know? It was a hit all over the world, made me an instant star, but it was too much fame too quickly. I was just a dumb kid from New Orleans and success went straight to my head. I lost track of my roots, deserted the friends I’d grown up with to party with the rich and famous. I couldn’t take the pressure. The more people told me I needed to come up with another hit, the more it paralyzed me. I started off playing big hotels in Vegas, then seedy lounges in Reno, then third-rate cruise ships."[4]

Dead Island

NOTE: Canonically, the other heroes accompany Sam B with his journey on Banoi though they only appear in cutscenes. The follow story below is written to only include hero though the other heroes all go through the same experiences

Sam B woke up after partying at the concert located outside the Royal Palms Resort. After making his way through a seemingly-abandoned and ransacked hotel, he found himself being chased by zombies. After being attacked and bitten, he awoke in a bungalow on the beach. The terrified survivors inside informed him that his savior, John Sinamoi the lifeguard, was under attack by the undead outside. Sam B is able to save Sinamoi and work with the survivors to secure the Lifeguard Tower. From there, Sam B helps Sinamoi with his tasks, as well as the quests belonging to the various survivors throughout the Banoi Holiday Resort. The goal of Sinamoi’s group is to stay put and await rescue. Sam B is tasked with getting an amplifier from the Lighthouse so Sinamoi can try and radio the mysterious Voice they spoke with earlier from the beach bungalow. At the lighthouse is another group of survivors who want to get off the island. Sam B is then forced to help the lighthouse survivors, including turning on the power generator so the beacon can be activated to get the attention of rescue crews. The amplifier is no good in creating a strong enough strength to contact the Voice. Sam B’s next task is to get food supplies for the Lifeguard Tower survivors. Sinamoi finds the food runs out just as fast as they find them and requests Sam B to go into the city to find food, medicine, and supplies for his group. In order to get through the vehicle-clogged roadways, Sam B must retrieve an armored truck from the hotel parking garage and reinforce it with the help of a local mechanic. Sam B is successful in completing his mission and recruits Jin, the mechanic’s daughter into his group, as the mechanic is infected and does not want Jin in harm’s way.

Sam B arrives in the city to find it overrun and the church under attack. After securing it, he works with Mother Helen, who is leading the refugees inside the church, to restore the church’s water supply in return for help finding food. After the water is restored, Helen informs that the city has been looted and food is gone, except in the Wealthy District across the river, in which the bridges leading to it have been destroyed. After helping various survivors at the church and across the city, Joseph agrees to lead Sam B through the sewers to the other side. Sam B makes it to the City Hall, packed with survivors and police officers, only to be declined assistance by the mayor. Ready to give up, Jin demands Sam B to find food to help everyone or she takes the truck and leaves him behind. Sam B makes his way to the supermarket, defeats the gang of bandits inhabiting the store, and secures food in which Jin and Joseph drive back to the church. Sam B arrives at the church to find an injured Joseph, who informs that Jin tried to give supplies to the police station only to be kidnapped by the thugs who took it over. Sam B makes his way to the station, defeats the gang and its leader, and rescues an injured Jin. The food is given to the church and brought back to the Lifeguard Tower. Sinamoi informs that Dominic went to the hotel to try and use the antenna to contact the Voice. The attempt is successful and the Voice reveals himself to be Colonel Ryder White, on the prison island off-shore. In order for Sam B to reach it, he must enlist the help of Mowen, a jungle smuggler, who knows his way around the minefield that surrounds the island.

Jin accompanies Sam B into the jungle and helps the residents of an ambushed village, getting revenge by killing the jungle warlord Afran and his army who attacked the village after zombies swarmed it. After revenge is served, Sam B rides in a boat and meets Mowen, who claims he does not know how to get to the island, but instead brings him to a secret government laboratory in the jungle. Sam B arrives at the Geo Pharm Laboratory and meets a group of surviving scientists. They explain that they think they know what caused the outbreak, a mysterious strain of the Kuru virus found in the Kuruni tribe, a group of natives living in the jungle. Sam B meets with the tribe’s shaman, Ope, who agrees to bring him to his now-abandoned village after completing a challenge proving him to be a worthy warrior. The shaman explains that his village was overrun when his tribesmen ate the flesh of the deceased, stating that they came back as zombies. At the catacombs atop of the mountain overlooking the village, they find Yerema, Ope’s daughter. Ope is killed just before he can harm his daughter, who he believed to be infected. Yerema is in fact infected, but immune to the virus. She is brought back to the laboratory so she can be examined and the leading researcher, Dr. West, hopes to find a cure with her blood. Sam B returns to the city and resort to get supplies and allow Jin to complete unfinished business before Mowen takes them to the prison island. Just before they depart, they alerted that something has gone wrong at the lab. They find it overrun with everyone dead and Yerema locked in a cage. She explained that Dr. West was taking too much blood from her and she tried to escape by locking herself in a cage. Dr. West accidentally released captive zombies by unlocking the wrong cages and he, along with his surviving staff, was killed.

Yerema is brought to the prison where they find roughly fifty prisoners have survived the carnage. Sam B is forced in completing several tasks for the lead prisoner in order to be given access to where Ryder White is situated. Unfortunately, a riot breaks out against the lead prisoner and zombies, lured by the sounds of the riot, attack, killing everyone. Mowen was able to help Jin and Yerema escape into a vent but he was killed. The women meet up with Sam B and the ascend upwards to the elevator, but are gassed by Ryder White, who steals the antidote retrieved from the lab. They are greeted by a prisoner, Charon who uses the alias Kevin. Charon explains what happened and they all head for the rooftop where Ryder is about to escape with his infected wife. After a shootout against a squad of BIDF soldiers, Sam B and the others confront Ryder. Jin tries to explain that it is too late for Emily, Ryder’s wife, as she is fully infected. She releases Emily from her constraints and she attacks Ryder. Ryder is bitten and kills his wife and out of rage, shoots Jin twice, who falls off the helipad and is killed. Ryder then mutates into a special Infected only to be defeated and killed. Sam B, along with Charon and Yerema, boards the helicopter and flies off the island.


  • Class: Tank
  • Speciality: Blunt Weapon Expert
  • Health: 110
  • Speed: 100
  • Stamina: 90
  • Rage Mode: Haymaker - Sam goes berserk and smashes everything with his brass knuckles

Skill Trees



  • The following is the official description taken from the Dead Island website[5]:
A one-hit-wonder rap star of fading fame, Sam B was booked by the Royal Palms Resort Hotel to perform his well known song "Who do You Voodoo?" at a high profile hotel party. He gladly took the chance to play this gig.
Once strong, self-confident and proud, Sam B has had a troubled past and a history of drug and alcohol abuse, as his private life became caught in a haze of fake friends and bad advisers.
Trying to pick up the pieces and earn some extra cash, he suddenly finds himself surrounded by a whole lot of different problems...
  • The Game Text files have the following scrapped closing dialogue for Sam B:
"For the longest time, there was nothing there. Nothing inside me. When I was young I had so much to say. So much to prove. Man, I had so much anger inside of me. I knew the whole motherfucking world was against me. But then I made some money and I didn't know what to say. And the money went away and still had nothing to fucking say. Well, I have something to say now. The world ain't so black and white no more. It's black and white and red all over, man. People do amazing shit when they up against it. The one's who think they're all that, the ones you think will stand their ground, they fucking run. And the quiet ones. The ones you don't even notice. Man, they don't give an inch. They'll give up everything for someone they don't even know. There's a song there somewhere. A song about something real. Shit, I don't even know if anyone's gonna be left when this is all done. But if they is…believe me, I got something to say."

Survivor Dialogue

Dialogue of the survivor in the game files. Often portions of this text has changed or is not used in the final version of the game.


See also: Sam B/Gallery


  1. Dead Island (Video Game 2011), Internet Movie Database.
  2. Preview, Strategy Informer.
  3. Tim Bogenn, Michael Owen, and Kenny Sims Dead Island Official Strategy Guide, Brady Games, 2011.
  4. Mark Morris, Dead Island The Book, Transworld Publishers (UK), Bantum Books (US), (September 6, 2011), ISBN: 0857501038.

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Sam B (Riptide)
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Location(s) Location icon.png  HMAS Avenger

Location icon.png Arrives at Paradise Survival Camp
Location icon.png Evacuates to Halai
Location icon.png Flees to Santa Maria Mission
Location icon.png Flees to Pinai Ferry Station
Location icon.png Arrives at Henderson Harbor
Location icon.png Evacuates to Old Town Cinema

Location icon.png Flees to Fort of Henderson
Quest Upping the Odds for Sam B
Weapon(s) Attack icon.png  Prefer melee weapons[1]
Race African American
Voice Actor Phil LaMarr, Josef Lord
Occupation Rap artist
Dead Island Riptide Heroes

Sam B is a hero who appears in Dead Island Riptide, as a survivor who escaped the Banoi Island outbreak with Xian Mei, Logan Carter, and Purna Jackson.

Dead Island Riptide

Sam B and his fellow survivors from Banoi land on the HMAS Avenger in hopes of finding rescue. Instead, they are detained and quarantined by Colonel Hardy and Frank Serpo. Serpo and his medic do tests on the four immune survivors and lock them in the brig. However, that night an outbreak triggers on the ship, turning much of the crew into zombies. The ship has also found itself trapped in a monsoon. Sam B eventually reaches the brig and puts down the zombified captain so Hardy may gain control of the ship, but it slams into the rocks sending the survivors overboard.

Sam B awakens on the beach on Palanai Island by Harlow Jordan. The woman instructs Sam B to head for the Paradise Survival Camp, where other survivors have gathered. When Sam B arrives at the camp, he finds it being attacked, so she helps defend it. It is at the camp that Sam B finds his teammates from Banoi and Harlow returns from the beach with Colonel Hardy. After a fight is prevented, the survivors agree on a plan to reach Henderson for evacuation. In order to do so, Sam B is sent out to find the road that leads to the city, only to discover the bridge has been washed out from the monsoon. He is tasked with getting help from the town of Halai and he comes across a missionary, Marcus Villa, who says he is able to help. However, it is revealed that he is slightly sadistic and believes that by eating the flesh of the immune, the zombie plague will be vanquished. When no one reveals themselves as one of the immune, he sets the Paradise camp on fire. After defending themselves from a zombie horde, Harlow eventually rescues the survivors from the burning camp and they regroup in Halai. With no help from Marcus, the survivors turn to Dr. Kessler, a researcher living at the laboratory in the jungle. He is able to provide help and a map to the tunnels that eventually lead to the city. With a plan in tow, Sam B and the survivors leave Halai and arrive at the ruins of the Santa Maria Mission. The passageway beneath the old church is flooded, so the loud pump must be used to drain the water. While the pump is on, dozens of zombies attack the ruins, but the survivors are successful in defending themselves and make their way through the tunnels. After battling against zombies, obstacles, and a group of smugglers, they reach the Pinai Ferry Station.

However, as soon as the survivors emerge from the tunnels, Wayne complains of feeling sick. It is revealed that he was bitten and was abandoned in the tunnels by Harlow. He had come into contact with some of the chemicals stored in the tunnels and he mutated into a Wrestler. Sam B and the immune eventually put down the hulking, disfigured Wayne, and continue to the ferry terminal. A group of prisoners who escaped their transport are found at the terminal and after they threaten Sam B for weapons, money, and supplies, they are killed as Sam B becomes enraged with Fury, an effect of being the Kuru virus being exposed to the mutagens from the tunnels. With the prisoners dead and their captive, Marvin, rescued, they board the ferry and cross the bay to the city.

Docking in Henderson, they find it overrun with the dead. After clearing the harbor, they reside in a shop and make plans to evacuate to the Old Town Cinema. Sam B leads the way and clears the streets and the theater itself to allow his group to safely reach the theater. In the journey to the theater, Harlow is lost though the group meets Jacqueline Phantom, the theater owner who was rescued from the zombies in the cinema. In return, Jacqueline allows the survivors to stay at the cinema and she gives them food. She explains what happened in the city and how the military started shooting civilians. Despite tensions between the immune and the non-immune, Hardy remains optimistic that the military at the Palanai Military Outpost will help them. Sam B heads out for the base to find it completely overrun, but is able to contact Frank Serpo in the telecommunications room. He informs Sam B that a rescue chopper is being sent to pick him up. Back at the theater, the survivors gather on the roof and await the helicopter. However, Serpo demands for the immune to board first and the survivors object. In an attempt to gain command, Hardy begins to climb the helicopter's ladder, only to be gunned down. The helicopter is shot down and the survivors are left to defend themselves as a zombie horde attacks. Sam B locates the ruins of the helicopter at the Fort of Henderson and the cellars of the fort are cleared, in which Serpo is located after he escaped the crash site. With Serpo secured, the survivors relocate to the secured fort. With rumors of a boat at the Docks District, Sam B sets for the docks, which is in the established quarantine zone. While at the docks, Sam B comes across an underground field laboratory and Harlow herself. She has gone seemingly insane, having been captured and experimented on with the mutagen. She declares that the infection must not spread beyond Palanai and the only way is to kill everyone, including the immune. Sam B tries to calm Harlow down, but she injects herself with the mutagen and attacks the hero. Sam B, in an attempt to defend himself, injects himself with the mutagen to gain strength in order to put down the crazed Harlow. He is successful and Harlow is killed. He also finds a boat, in which he brings to the fort and leaves Serpo, who followed Sam B at the docks, behind. The survivors board the boat and finally escape Palanai.


See also: Sam B/Gallery


  1. Sam B's weapon of choice improves as the three parts to Upping the Odds for Sam B are completed