Xian Mei

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Xian Mei
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Location(s) Location icon.png  Resort, Royal Palms Resort
Weapon(s) Attack icon.png  Prefer blades
Race Chinese
Voice Actor Kim Mai Guest[1]
Occupation Hotel receptionist (undercover)
Chinese Special Forces
Dead Island Heroes

Xian Mei is one of four heroes in Dead Island. She 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. She is currently a receptionist for the Royal Palms Resort, when in reality, she is actually an undercover police officer from Hong Kong sent to spy on the wealthy tourists on Banoi.[2] Unfortunately, she found herself stuck on the island as a result of the outbreak, and must fight to stay alive and figure out what happened.

Her skills and fighting style is described as one of a rogue's expertise, being quick with the knives. [3] Her skill tree has three categories - Bloodrage, Combat, and Survival. [4] She has been confirmed to be the Assassin class, being an expert with knives and blades.

The night before the zombie plague seemingly takes over the island, Xian Mei can be found in the hotel bathroom assisting an injured woman who is lying on the floor, presumably infected with the zombie virus.

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


In October 1999, Xian as twelve. She was home with her mother Jiao Mei in their six floor apartment in Beijing. Her grandmother and Li was planning to visit. Her father's partner Detective Sergeant Paul Ho arrived and told his mother that his father had been killed apprehending a gang of drug smugglers. During the funeral preparation Xian vowed she would honor her father's name by following in his footsteps.

She became the foremost martial artist for her age and gender in the world. She was inducted into China's first all-female Special Forces squad, but she quickly realized the squad was little more than a glorified public relations stunt. As soon as the induction ceremony was over, the squad was broken up and its members distributed around the globe on ‘special assignments’. Xian Mei’s assignment was to go to the Royal Palm Hotel in Banoi, and to spy on the decadent rich, using her receptionist’s job as cover. What Xian Mei found particularly insulting was that her superiors didn’t even bother to pretend she was doing vital work. It was abundantly clear to her that she had been shunted aside simply for the sake of convenience – a case of out of sight, out of mind.

Her government had paid for everything to her trip - her flights, her expenses – and she could not leave without their say-so. Even resigning from the Special Forces squad and flying home by scraping together her own meager savings was out of the question. She would be ostracized and labeled a trouble-maker, and it would bring great shame on her family.[5]

Dead Island

NOTE: Canonically, the other heroes accompany Xian Mei with her 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

Xian Mei woke up after partying at the concert located outside the Royal Palms Resort. After making her way through a seemingly-abandoned and ransacked hotel, she found herself being chased by zombies. After being attacked and bitten, she awoke in a bungalow on the beach. The terrified survivors inside informed her that her savior, John Sinamoi the lifeguard, was under attack by the undead outside. Xian Mei is able to save Sinamoi and work with the survivors to secure the Lifeguard Tower. From there, Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei’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 Xian Mei to go into the city to find food, medicine, and supplies for his group. In order to get through the vehicle-clogged roadways, Xian Mei must retrieve an armored truck from the hotel parking garage and reinforce it with the help of a local mechanic. Xian Mei is successful in completing his mission and recruits Jin, the mechanic’s daughter into her group, as the mechanic is infected and does not want Jin in harm’s way.

Xian Mei arrives in the city to find it overrun and the church under attack. After securing it, she 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 Xian Mei through the sewers to the other side. Xian Mei 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 Xian Mei to find food to help everyone or she takes the truck and leaves her behind. Xian Mei makes her 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. Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei makes her 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 Xian Mei to reach it, she must enlist the help of Mowen, a jungle smuggler, who knows his way around the minefield that surrounds the island.

Jin accompanies Xian Mei 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, Xian Mei rides in a boat and meets Mowen, who claims he does not know how to get to the island, but instead brings her to a secret government laboratory in the jungle. Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei meets with the tribe’s shaman, Ope, who agrees to bring her to his now-abandoned village after completing a challenge proving her 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. Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei 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 Xian Mei 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, Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei, along with Charon and Yerema, boards the helicopter and flies off the island.


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  • Class: Assassin
  • Speciality: Sharp Weapon Expert
  • Health: 90
  • Speed: 100
  • Stamina: 100
  • Rage Mode: When Xian Mei's rage mode is activated she pulls out a razor-sharp dagger and gains the ability to swing it with greatly increased damage and speed.

Skill Trees



  • The following is the official description taken from the Dead Island website:[6]
Xian Mei is an employee at the Royal Palm Resort, born and raised in China, she chose an occupation that allowed her to leave her country of birth in order to experience different people and cultures - Banoii is her first placement outside of her homeland.
She is a fast learner, intelligent, and also - as a passionate sportswoman - quick on her feet. Having just arrived at the island, Xian Mei was responsible for a myriad of menial tasks at the hotel, before starting work as a receptionist. This opportunity to meet and greet all the different nationalities that visited the hotel was ideal for Xian Mei, as it provided a perfect source of inspiration for her dreams of travelling the globe.
That is of course, before suddenly the world around her begins to crumble...
  • Promotional artwork of Xian Mei seems to differ than her actual in-game character model.
  • The Game Text files have the following scrapped closing dialogue for Xian Mei:
"No one can deny who I am. What I've done. What I'm capable of. I thought I needed to prove my worth to my superiors. But now I know they are not and never were my superiors. It doesn't matter what they believe. It matters what I believe. I found the source of this. I found the conspiracy of greed that would sacrifice millions to make billions. They operated unmolested with the tacit approval of those who I thought were protecting us. Well now everyone will know the truth. Will it matter? Will it make a difference in the end. It will to me. For I am Xian Mei and I have honored my father's memory."

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: Xian Mei/Gallery

External Links


  1. Dead Island (Video Game 2011), Internet Movie Database.
  2. http://www.gameinformer.com/games/dead_island/b/ps3/archive/2011/08/06/dead-island-a-survivor-s-journal.aspx
  3. http://www.joystiq.com/2011/05/16/dead-island-preview/
  4. http://www.co-optimus.com/article/6222/e3-2011-dead-island-hands-on-co-op-preview.html
  5. Mark Morris, Dead Island: The Book, Transworld Publishers (UK), Bantum Books (US), (September 6, 2011), ISBN: 0857501038.
  6. http://deadisland.deepsilver.com/infos.php

Xian Mei (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 Xian
Weapon(s) Attack icon.png  Battle Sickle
Scottish Dirk
Race Chinese
Voice Actor Kim Mai Guest
Occupation Hotel receptionist (undercover)
Chinese Special Forces
Reward Stun Bomb x5
Stun Bomb x7
Stun Bomb x9
Dead Island Riptide Heroes

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

Dead Island Riptide

Xian Mei and her 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. Xian Mei 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.

Xian Mei awakens on the beach on Palanai Island by Harlow Jordan. The woman instructs Xian Mei to head for the Paradise Survival Camp, where other survivors have gathered. When Xian Mei arrives at the camp, she finds it being attacked, so she helps defend it. It is at the camp that Xian Mei finds her 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, Xian Mei is sent out to find the road that leads to the city, only to discover the bridge has been washed out from the monsoon. She is tasked with getting help from the town of Halai and she 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, Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei 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 Xian Mei for weapons, money, and supplies, they are killed as Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei leads the way and clears the streets and the theater itself to allow her 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. Xian Mei heads out for the base to find it completely overrun, but is able to contact Frank Serpo in the telecommunications room. He informs Xian Mei that a rescue chopper is being sent to pick her 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. Xian Mei 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, Xian Mei sets for the docks, which is in the established quarantine zone. While at the docks, Xian Mei 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. Xian Mei tries to calm Harlow down, but she injects herself with the mutagen and attacks the hero. Xian Mei, in an attempt to defend herself, injects herself with the mutagen to gain strength in order to put down the crazed Harlow. She is successful and Harlow is killed. She also finds a boat, in which she brings to the fort and leaves Serpo, who followed Xian Mei at the docks, behind. The survivors board the boat and finally escape Palanai.


See also: Xian Mei/Gallery


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