Risk of Rain 2
Risk of Rain 2: Strategy Guide & Gameplay Tips
Beginner Tips & Guides: All You Need To Know
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Risk of Rain 2
Beginner Tips & Guides: All You Need To Know

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Read this Risk Of Rain 2 guide for beginner's. This includes essential tips, what items to prioritize, everything you need to know & more!

Beginner Tips & Guides All You Need To Know
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Table of Contents

Risk Of Rain 2 Basics & Overview

What Is Risk Of Rain 2

Rogue-like 3D Third-Person Shooter Game

Risk of Rain 2 is the followup to Hopoo Games' 2013 indie hit roguelike platformer "Risk of Rain". Taking the same core mechanics, Risk of Rain 2 is now morphed into an action-packed, third-person shooter.

Objective Of The Game

Objective Of The Game

In Risk of Rain 2, the objective is simple: survive for as long as you can. However, the longer the game goes, the harder the game becomes. You will have to rely on items you pick up in order to improve your survivability. The game can be played in single or multiplayer with up to 3 other players.

Fight Through Procedurally Generated Worlds

Fight Through Procedurally Generated Worlds

In this game, loot is placed all over each stage randomly, and teleporters are placed in a random position in the map. While each stage layout remains the same, elements, including bosses and enemies, of the map are always changing.

Game Routine

As an endless roguelike game, the game follows a routine as you progress through the stages:

1 Drop into the stage
2 Gather money by killing enemies and looting money chests
3 Loot item boxes to get items
4 Look for and activate teleporter
5 Beat boss that spawns at the teleporter
6 Loot more boxes before moving to next stage
7 Convert remaining money to XP and teleport to the next stage

Look For Teleporters To Progress

Look For Teleporters To Progress

To progress the game, you'll have to navigate through the stage and look for a teleporter. Activating the teleporter summons the stage's boss. Your next level is random as well, so you'll never really know what's next!

Portals May Occasionally Appear

Portals May Occasionally Appear

Portals will sometimes appear at random after defeating the boss and charging the teleporter. These portals will transport you to special & unique areas where you can buy items, complete challenges, and more!

Check Out What Are Portals Here!

Don't Take Too Long Per Stage

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Since the game becomes more difficult the longer it goes, try to complete each stage as fast as you can so you can progress more. However, make sure you are adequately equipped before moving to the next stage, since the difficulty also amps up when you go to the next stage!

Difficulty Scales Up As You Progress

Difficulty Scales Up As You Progress

As you progress through the stages as the game time runs, the difficulty increases. With higher difficulty, more and tougher enemies will spawn, and bosses become normal spawns in each stage.

  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Hard
  • Very Hard
  • Insane
  • Impossible
  • I SEE YOU
  • I'M COMING FOR YOU
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...
Check Out Scaling Difficulty Here!

Game Modes

There are multiple game modes to choose from when playing Risk of Rain 2, including single player, multiplayer, and a challenging Prismatic Trials mode.

Single Player

Single Player

Play through the game alone and fight against hordes of enemies, while keeping all the loot and money to yourself.

Multiplayer

Play Alone or in Co-Op Multiplayer Mode

Team up with 3 other players for a 4-man squad, and work together to survive as long as you can!

Check Out The Multiplayer Mode Here!

Prismatic Trials

Prismatic Trials

In this game mode, there will be additional objectives before you can activate the teleporter. There are only two stages you need to complete. Compete for the fastest time against your friends, and on the Global Leaderboards!

Check Your Logbook For A Wealth of Information

Item & Equipment List Shows Unlocked Items

The Logbook

Your logbook hosts a treasure trove of info especially about the effect of items you unlock, as well as the requirements for unlocking certain items.

Complete Challenges To Unlock Characters & Items

Complete Challenges To Unlock Characters & Items

Your logbook also shows a list of challenges you can complete. Challenges are achievements that players can complete in Risk of Rain 2. These usually have a set of objectives that need to be fulfilled in order to be completed.

Check Out All Challenge List Here!

Get To Know Each Character's Skills

Recommended Characters For Beginners

When you first start out Risk of Rain 2, you are given one character / survivor named Commando to start with. Complete challenges in order to unlock the rest of the 6 playable characters! Each character has a different play style and set of skills for you to master.

Here's How To Unlock All Characters!

List of Characters and Tips

Survivor Overview
CommandoCommando As your first character, Commando will give you a feel of the game. He uses pistols to deal ranged damage. His Suppressive Fire ability also stuns enemies, disabling them allowing you or your team to focus fire while stunned.
MUL-TMUL-T MUL-T is a character / class that works well in both single & coop. Holding two equipment at once, it can switch between rapid fire shots or heavy-damage bullets.
HuntressHuntress Huntress is high DPS but with low health & defense. Huntress is able to use Strafe while sprinting and Laser Glaive can hit multiple enemies for up to 6 times.
ArtificerArtificer Artificer deals big AoE elemental damage and specializes is dealing with large groups. Focus on getting items that improve your chain damage such as Ukelele and the Unstable Tesla Coil
EngineerEngineer Engineer is a character / class that requires strategic placement and timing of use of his tools. Prioritize items that improves skill cooldowns and damage
MercenaryMercenary The Mercenary is one of the few melee oriented character in Risk of Rain 2. Laser Sword and Whirlwind specialize in high-damage sword attacks. Focus getting items that improve survivability such as a Portable Shield Generator and Healing Drones

Try Out Drizzle Difficulty First

Try Out Drizzle Difficulty First

To get the feel if the game, try playing at Drizzle difficulty first. This will help you familiarize yourself with the game mechanics, map layouts, enemy types, and of course item effects.

Check Out The Differences In Difficulty Here!

Get To Know Each Item Effect

Familiarize Yourself With Item Effects

Items you pick up bring passive benefits, or can even act as an additional skill in the case of equipment items. They can either bring passive healing, increase your damage, improve cooldowns and more! Hoard as many items as you can to become even more powerful!

Check Out The Best Items Here!

Items Stack For Improved Item Effects

Collecting the same kind of item improves the effect of that item. Your inventory is always displayed on the HUD on top, so check which items to stack up on!

Be Wary Of Using Lunar Items

Be Wary Of Using Lunar Items

Lunar items boost your character but gives you a certain disadvantage, such as trading your health for shields, AOE damage including yourself and teammates, and more. Be careful when using these items. These items are purchased using Lunar Coins.

Hunt For Equipment Items

Hunt For Equipment Items

Equipment items act as another active skill you can use during the game. Be always on the lookout for these to help you in your quest for survival.

Familiarize Yourself With Item Silhouettes

Familiarize Yourself With Item Silhouettes

You'll have to rely on your item familiarity to know the items that are on the ground. There's no indicator or text describing items on the ground, and on 3D printers and terminals. Item effects are only displayed when you pick them up.

Get To Know Item Rarities

Get To Know Item Rarities

The color of the items you pick up usually indicate the rarity of items, with higher rarity items usually providing more powerful effects.

  • Common
  • Rare
  • Legendary
  • Lunar
  • Boss Item
  • Usable Equipment

Know The Difference Between Chests

Barrels Reward Money

How To Farm Money Fast

Cylindrical blue chests often contain money which you can use to buy items.

Chests Are Item Boxes

Rectangular Chests Are Item Boxes

Rectangular chests contain a random item, but requires money to open. These vary also in terms of rarity, as well as how much is required to open them.

Item Chests Have Different Rarities

Common Blue colored chests. Drops a random common item
Rare Blue chests with a green outline. Drops a random rare item
Legendary Red colored chests that drop a random Legendary item
Hidden Cache Requires a rusted key to open. Drops a common or rare item

Multishop Terminals Dispense Items

Multishop Terminals Dispense Items

These act as vending machines which you can choose 1 out of 3 displayed items. Once used, the terminal closes.

Trade In Item at 3D Printers

Trade In Item at 3D Printers

3D printers take a random item from your inventory to produce its displayed item.

Equipment Barrels Unlock Equipment

Equipment Barrels Unlock Equipment

These are orange colored barrels that unlock Equipment items, which act as another skill you can use.

Prioritize Looking For The Teleporters

Prioritize Looking For The Teleporters

Teleporters usually emit red particles in their immediate vicinity, and is located far from where you drop. Be on the lookout for these particles to quickly locate them.

How To Find Teleporters

Spend Your Money Before Moving To The Next Stage

Spend Your Money Before Moving To The Next Stage

After defeating the stage boss, you are free to roam the map to grab chests and acquire more items. If you progress and move on to the next stage, your money is converted to experience. Items bring more benefits, so it's recommended to use them as much as you can.

Keep An Eye Out For Drones Companions

Keep An Eye Out For Drones And Sentries

Drones fly around you to bring different benefits to your characters, such as healing, and can even help in combat. Make sure to get them when you can.

Check Out The Drones & Companions List Here!

Multiple Types of Drones Can Be Picked Up

There are different kinds of drones that can help you in battle.

DroneOverview
Healing Drone Heals you and your other drones over a period of time
Missile Drone Shoots powerful missiles against enemies
Gunner Drone Mobile gunner drone that shoots enemies around you
Gunner Turret Stationary machine gun turret
TC-280 Prototype A giant drone that has two mounted chain guns
Strike Drone Summoned by using The Back-up Equipment Item

Get Gunner Turret Only When Near Teleporter

Gunner Turrets are stationary turrets that fire powerful shots at enemies, however, since they are stationary, it's not recommended to get them outright. Get them only if they spawn near teleporters.

Watch Out For Shrines & Altars

Watch Out For Shrines

There are different Shrines & Altars in the map that can bring various benefits to your character, however, there are also shrines like the Shrine of Mountain, which doubles your boss fight during the teleport event.

Check Out Interactive Environment Elements Here

Types Of Shrines & Altars

Shrine Description
Shrine of Chance Pay for a chance to receive a random item or nothing at all. Each use increases the money required
Shrine of Combat Summons enemies for you to fight
Shrine of Woods Requires money to activate. Heals the party within the area of the shrine
Shrine of Mountain Doubles the amount of bosses you fight in the Teleporter event
Shrine of Blood Sacrifice a portion of your HP to receive money
Shrine of Order Spend one Lunar coin to reroll all the items on your inventory
Altar of Gold Requires a hefty sacrifice of money to unlock a portal to the Gilded Realm, where a powerful boss awaits

Be On The Lookout for Newt Altars

Be On The Lookout for Newt Altars

Newt Altars allows you to open up a portal to the Bazaar Between Time in exchange for 1 Lunar Coin. In this area, you can unlock the Artificer survivor, purchase Lunar Items, or exchange your items for higher rarity ones.

All Newt Altar Location List & Guide

Ping Points Of Interest

Ping Points Of Interest

If you come by a point of interest, remember to ping it! This is a great way to keep track of points of interest for you and your team! This will keep the point of interest's location pinpointed even when it is out of your line of sight!

How To Survive: Combat And Survivability Tips

Survival Is Utmost Priority

In any case, you must do your best to survive. If caught in a firefight, you can always run away to heal and recover.

Prioritize Getting Passive Healing Items

Prioritize Getting Passive Healing Items

Items like the Med Kit and Cautious Slug are crucial for survival, so be on the lookout for these items when you can.

Shield and Stealth Items Boost Survivability

Shield and Stealth Items Boost Survivability

The Old War Stealthkit can help you escape by turning you invisible and increases your movement speed when taking damage, while the Personal Shield Generator adds a shield on top of your health. Get these items early on!

Keep An Eye Out For AoE and Damage Buff Items

Keep An Eye Out For AoE and Damage Buff Items

In order to survive the stages, you have to fight back and fend off enemies. Get AoE damage items like the Brilliant Behemoth and damage buff items like the Crowbar and Lens-Maker's Glasses to take out enemies faster.

Balance Survivability and Combat Capability

In later levels, you must find the right balance between survivability and damage items. Otherwise, you might run the risk of having a tanky character, but little DPS, or a glass cannon with very high damage but can easily be overrun by enemy damage.

Adjust Settings To Optimize Gameplay

Turn Down Some Graphics Settings For Smoother Gameplay

Adjust Settings To Optimize Gameplay

The game can get frantic later on so if you feel that your game feels sluggish, try turning down some graphical options and resolution. Make sure that your game runs as smooth as possible.

Change Sensitivity and Keybindings For Comfortable Play

Change Sensitivity and Keybindings For Comfortable Play

Though the controls are fairly simple, it's best to modify your keybindings and sensitivity to a level you're comfortable with.

Calibrate Your Brightness Settings

Calibrate Your Brightness Settings

Some areas can be pretty dark and hard to navigate, so tweak your gamma boost or your screen's brightness settings as necessary.

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