Risk of Rain Characters Unlock Guide

In Risk of Rain there are 11 unlockable characters. 9 of these characters were available when the game first came and with the 1.2 patch two more characters, CHEF and Loader, were added.

Every character has four unique skills as well as stat growths. Initially only the Commando character is available to you when you start the game.

As you progress throughout the game you can unlock the rest of the characters by doing certain objectives and completing achievements.

We made a complete list of all the Risk of Rain characters that you can unlock and how to get them.

Risk of Rain Characters

Enforcer

Risk Of Rain Enforcer

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Kill Magma Worm, Wandering Vagrant, and Colossus
Skills:

  • Riot Shotgun: Fire a short range blast for 160% damage, hitting all enemies.
  • Shield Slam: Smash nearby enemies for 210% damage, knocking them back.
  • Protect and Serve: Take a defensive stance, blocking all damage from the front. Increases your attack speed, but slows your movement, renders you unable to jump, and locks the direction you are facing. This lasts until you de-activate the ability. The cooldown starts counting after you de-activate.
  • Crowd Control: Launch a stun grenade, stunning enemies in a huge radius for 250% damage. Can bounce at shallow angles.

Bandit

Risk Of Rain Bandit

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Complete stage 3
Skills:

  • Blast: Fire a powerful slug for 150% damage.
  • Dynamite Toss: Toss an explosive in an arc for 230% damage.
  • Smokebomb: Turn invisible. After 3 seconds or after using another ability, surprise and stun enemies for 140% damage.
  • Lights Out: Take aim for a headshot, dealing 600% damage. If the ability kills an enemy, the Bandit’s cooldowns are all reset to 0.

Huntress

Risk Of Rain Huntress

Game difficulty: Rainstorm or Monsoon, latter cause more frequent drops
How to unlock: Collect 15 Monster Logs
Skills:

  • Strafe: Fire an arrow for 140% damage. You can shoot all skills while moving.
  • Laser Glaive: Throw a glaive that bounces to up to 4 enemies for 300% damage. Increases by 30% per bounce.
  • Blink: Teleport forward a small distance. (Distance increases movement speed)
  • Cluster Bomb: Fire an explosive arrow for 320% damage. The arrow drops bomblets that detonate for 6×80%.

HAN-D

Risk Of Rain Han D

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Find Robot Janitor inside a storage crate located in area 2 of final level
Skills:

  • HURT: Apply force to all combatants for 180% damage.
  • DRONE: Fire a drone for 190% damage while also healing yourself. Gain drones by killing enemies.
  • OVERCLOCK: Increase attack speed and stun chance by 30%. Increase duration by attacking enemies.
  • FORCED-REASSAMBLY: Apply great force to all combatants for 400% damage, knocking them in the air.

Engineer

Risk Of Rain Engineer

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Buy 40 drones (fixing drone also counts)
Skills:

  • Tri-nade: Launch three grenades for 3×80% damage.
  • Bounding Mine: Drop a trap that explodes for 300% damage. Hold up to 15.
  • Thermal Harpoons: Launch four heat-seeking harpoons for 4×250% damage.
  • Auto-Turret: Drop a turret that shoots for 3×100% damage for 30 seconds. Hold up to 2.

Miner

Risk Of Rain Miner

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Go to bottom right of Magma Barracks and the kill the Direseeker monster in the tunnel
Skills:

  • Crush: Crush nearby enemies for 140% damage.
  • Drill Charge: Charge up for 2 seconds. On release, dash through enemies for up to 600% damage. You cannot be hit while dashing.
  • Backblast: Blast backwards a small distance for 200% damage, stunning all enemies. You cannot be hit while dashing.
  • To The Stars: Jump into the air, hitting all enemies below for 3×180% total. Nothing can stop the quest against the anti-spirals.

Sniper

Risk Of Rain Sniper

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Beat game for first time (single player or co-op)
Skills:

  • Snipe / Reload: Shoot an enemy for 250% damage. Reactivate the ability to reload your weapon, granting bonus damage if timed correctly. Reload lets you reload after using Sniper or Steady Aim.
  • Steady Aim: Carefully take aim, increasing the damage the longer the button is held down. On release, fire a bullet for up to 2000% damage.
  • Military Training: Backflip a large distance. You cannot be hit while rolling.
  • Spotter: SCAN / RETURN: Send your Spotter to analyze the most dangerous enemy, increasing critical strike chance against it by 100%. Reload calls your SPOTTER back.

Acrid

Risk Of Rain Acrid

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Go to the top right of the Sunken Tomb, open the cage, and kill the creature inside
Skills:

  • Festering Wounds: Maul an enemy for 120% damage. The target is poisoned for 24% damage per second.
  • Neurotoxin: Spit toxic bile for 220% damage, stunning enemies in a line for 1 second.
  • Caustic Sludge: Secrete poisonous sludge for 2 seconds. Speeds up allies while slowing and hurting enemies for 90% damage.
  • Epidemic: Release a deadly disease, poisoning enemies for 100% damage per second. The contagion spreads to two targets after 1 second.

Mercenary

Risk Of Rain Mercenary

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Complete the game a total of five times
Skills:

  • Laser Sword: Slash in front of you, damaging up to 3 enemies for 130% damage.
  • Whirlwind: Quickly Slice twice, dealing 2×80% damage to all nearby enemies.
  • Blinding Assault: Dash fowards, stunning enemies for 120% damage. If you hit an enemy, you can dash again, up to 3 times. You cannot be hit while dashing.
  • Eviscerate: Target the nearest enemy, attacking them for 6×110% damage. You cannot be hit for the duration.

Loader

Risk Of Rain Loader

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Get 30 different items in one playthrough
Skills:

  • Knuckleboom: Batter nearby enemies for 120%. Every third hit deals 240% and knocks up enemies.
  • Debris Shield: Shield yourself for 100% of your health for 3 seconds while also increasing your move speed.
  • Hydraulic Gauntlet: Fire your gauntlet forward. If it hits an enemy or wall you pull yourself towards them, stunning and hurting enemies for 210%.
  • M440 Conduit: Place a lightning rod. After placing two, lightning surges between them, dealing 80% damage per second for 9 seconds.

CHEF

Risk Of Rain Chef

Game difficulty: Drizzle+
How to unlock: Find Sprouting Egg, Foreign Fruit, Bustling Fungus, and Bitter Root in one playthrough
Skills:

  • Dice: Throw cleaver towards customers for 100% damage. boomerangs back.
  • Sear: Cook customers for 260% damage until golden brown, knocking them away.
  • Glaze: Ride a wave of oil, slowing customers. searing glazed customers deals +78% damage and stuns.
  • Second Helping: Prepare a master meal, boosting the next ability cast.
Dan Alder

Dan Alder

Dan is an avid gamer. He's logged far too many hours in CS 1.6. As an engineering major he's also very experienced in electronics.
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