Risk of Rain 2 is a lively third-person roguelike game where you and up to three other players travel across various otherworldly planets wreaking havoc and looting everything in your way. The number of items and synergies to experiment with ten unique characters can be overwhelming, and the moment-to-moment gameplay isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But don’t worry, these tips and tricks will cover everything you need to know to succeed in your procedurally generated adventures.
All Items Are Useful – Risk of Rain 2
Only a few establishments actually display the item you’re about to buy, but this is only helpful if you already know what they’re doing. As a general rule, however, there is no such thing as a bad item. Any white, green, yellow, and red item will add new abilities to your character or increase some things around their behavior such as speed, respawn ability, etc.
However, items in blue often come with a cost. For example, Shaping Glass, which increases base damage by 100% but reduces maximum health by 50%. Some combinations can be deadly – if you or a teammate have Glow Meteor (triggers a meteor shower for 20 seconds that damages friendly characters as well as enemies) and Dead Man Gestures drowning (which reduces cooldowns and automatically activates items after equipping self-replenishing items). You can expect chaos from the skies every few seconds. Trust me, that’s scary. Be careful with the blue items.
Printers Are Great – Risk of Rain 2
As you start to learn which items work best with each character, you should really start paying attention to 3D Printers. These facilities grant you a specific item, which is always displayed at the top. The way they work is that they “recycle” an item you are carrying at random from the same rarity.
So if you see a rare green item in Risk of Rain 2, it will consume one of your green items randomly as many times as you are carrying in that category. Since you can find items anywhere, it’s a good idea to stop and focus on one aspect of your character that you want to enhance before continuing. In the full releaseof the game, there are now things called Scrappers.
These interactive objects allow you to select any of your items and discard them. You can then trade that scrap later at the 3D Printer. You lose items in the meantime, but that means you can protect the items you want to keep and not lose them to the RNG’s cruel god.
Don’t Underestimate Turrets
It’s always more tempting to recharge chests instead of turrets, but they can be really useful. There are also different types, some focused on healing while others will shoot anything in sight, and the best part is that they follow you through the levels. Whether you play solo or with friends, they can add solid support to the group, especially in terms of numbers.
Stay After A Boss Fight
Activating the teleporter will trigger a boss battle at every level of Risk of Rain 2, and once you’ve picked up its loot and finished the enemy wave, you can hang on before moving on to the next wave. If for some reason you don’t have time to search all the chests or just want to use your recently earned money from the fight, this is a great opportunity to do so. Just keep an eye on the difficulty of the game, as it will keep increasing over time.