Knowing the best ways to get XP in Dying Light 2 is useful if you want to unlock useful new skills.
In general, there are two ways of earning XP - by completing story missions, and by participating in combat and parkour, the latter of which will reward you with skill points to help develop them further with new abilities.
Though it's generally a case of doing more of both, there are a few recommended things to priortise if you want to get XP quicker.
How to get XP fast in Dying Light 2
One of the most useful things to know is, if you played the original Dying Light, you'll be interested to know that bonus nighttime XP returns in Dying Light 2.
While you gain XP through fighting or climbing in broad daylight, you'll gain bonus XP for each of these actions as night.
The only tradeoff, as the game explains to you in the early hours, is that you'll have to deal with vastly strongly infected during nighttime, who'll chase you relentlessly around the city if you're spotted. Talk about risk reward!
If you don't fancy that, then a way of racking up XP quickly is through raiding military supply drops. Whenever you find yourself at a high vantage point in Dying Light 2, take out your binoculars, and scan your nearby surroundings.
Your binoculars are an essential tool for pinpointing points of interest, and one of these could well be untouched military supply drops at the top of high buildings, which you'll gain a tonne of XP for if you can successfully reach them and then simply open the crate waiting there for you.
If you want parkour XP in particular, then we recommend focusing on Parkour Challenges. These are scattered all throughout the city of Villedor, and once again you can use your binoculars to pinpoint them for your map.
Parkour challenges will often task you with reaching a designated location within a set time, and if you can overcome the feat, they'll grant you a decent amount of bonus Parkour XP points.
As for Combat XP points, you've got a lot fewer options. You can either progress the story missions of Dying Light 2, most of which reward you with a bounty of XP points for both Combat and Parkour, or you can undertake specific Combat challenges.
You can see one example of a Combat Challenge map marker just below, which will task you with killing infected within a certain amount of time.
Looking for more help? We have system explainers for crossplay and how to play co-op as well as how long it takes to beat Dying Light 2. For upgrades, there are factions to consider, our recommendations for the best skills and how to get XP fast. As for things to find, there are Inhibitor locations, Windmill locations and our explainer on how to unlock fast travel. Finally, we also explain how to complete the early meet the people of the Bazaar objective and the various Dying Light 2 endings.
Just like the Parkour tasks, the Combat Challenges are essential if you want to rack up Combat XP as quickly as possible. Outside of the main story missions, these should be your go-to tasks if you want to specifically level up your Combat skills quickly.
Once you have started unlocking skill points, we have a list of the best Dying Light 2 skills you should unlock first.