As of 2021, there are currently 12 playable characters, referred to as Survivors, each with a different playstyle and method for unlocking them in-game.
In this guide, we’ll explain how to unlock every character in Risk of Rain 2 and provide step-by-step instructions to follow along the way.
We’ll be updating this guide with new Survivors in the future, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any!
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How To Unlock Commando
Unlock Achievement: None
Longtime Risk of Rain fans will instantly recognize the Commando as the main protagonist from the first game.
Sporting a brand-new 3D model, the Commando appears in RoR2 as the first playable character by default.
Although the Commando is available from the start, you’ll have to play at least one game as him to unlock his guide entry.
How To Unlock Huntress
Unlock Achievement: None
Unlocking the Huntress previously required you to earn the ‘Warrior’ achievement by successfully clearing stages one, two, and three in a single run without dying.
However, this method has since been transferred to the Bandit, with Huntress now available by default.
Her agile playstyle makes Huntress a worthy alternative to Commando for new players learning the ropes of the game.
How To Unlock Bandit
Unlock Achievement: Warrior
Like we mentioned earlier, unlocking Bandit requires you to survive three stages in a single run without dying.
Note that a stage is only considered cleared if you’ve activated the teleporter and defeated the boss.
This can be done on any difficulty setting either solo or with a multiplayer party.
If you find yourself having trouble getting through all three stages, we recommend bumping the difficulty down to ‘Drizzle’ (Easy).
How To Unlock MUL-T
Unlock Achievement: Verified
To unlock the MUL-T, you’ll have to clear the first stage a total of five times, making sure to trigger the teleporter and eliminate the boss each time.
The best way to do this is to complete the first stage and exit out over and over again until MUL-T becomes available.
How To Unlock Engineer
Unlock Achievement: Engineering Perfection
To unlock the Engineer, you’ll have to clear a total of 30 stages.
Thankfully, the game tracks this cumulatively, meaning you don’t need to clear all 30 stages in a single run.
Feel free to follow the previous method and farm the first stage repeatedly, or just play the game normally.
How To Unlock Artificer
Unlock Achievement: Pause
To unlock the Artificer, you’ll have to complete five tasks: first, collect at least 11 Lunar Coins, a rare type of currency that has a chance of spawning any time you kill an enemy.
Next, search each stage until you find a Newt Statue, which appears blue. Once you’ve found one, approach it and spend one Lunar Coin to spawn a blue orb.
Proceed to activate the stage’s teleporter as you usually would, but don’t immediately enter once it becomes available. Instead, wait for a Lunar Portal to open up beside the teleporter.
Enter that portal, and you’ll be transported to a sub-area called the Bazaar Between Realms. Here, you can spend 10 Lunar Coins on the Bazaar’s mysterious crystal and unlock the Artificer in the process.
How To Unlock Mercenary
Unlock Achievement: True Respite
To unlock the Mercenary, you’ll have to complete four tasks: first, during a single run, continue to clear stages until the game cycles back to the starting stage.
On your second visit, the area will be littered with white Celestial Portals.
Enter one of these portals, and you’ll be transported to a new area where you’ll have to solve a jumping puzzle to reach the bottom.
At the bottom of the area, you’ll find a massive pillar. Interact with the pillar and your character will instantly die, ending your run and unlocking the Mercenary in the process.
How To Unlock Rex
Unlock Achievement: Power Plant
To unlock Rex, you’ll have to complete three tasks: first, retrieve the battery pack from the back of your escape pod at the start of a fresh run.
Once you have the item in your inventory, the goal is to keep it with you until you reach the fourth stage, the Abyssal Depths.
However, there’s a catch to carrying this item: if your Survivor’s health drops below 50% at any point, the battery pack will explode, instantly killing you and ending the run.
Therefore, we recommend playing as safely as possible, making sure to purchase any defensive or healing items you come across during your run.
Once you reach the Abyssal Depths, make your way to the highest part of the stage using the jump jets located on the ground.
At the top, you’ll find a deactivated Rex resting on a small platform. Insert the battery pack into Rex to unlock him as a Survivor.
How To Unlock Loader
Unlock Achievement: Guidance Offline
To unlock Loader, you’ll have to defeat the Alloy Worship Unit boss in the Siren’s Call stage. However, the catch is, the boss will only spawn if Siren’s Call is your fourth stage visited.
This means you’ll have to either keep playing until you get a lucky roll, or complete a third stage and access Siren’s Call directly via the portals in the Newt Shop.
Once you’re in Siren’s Call, start looking for and destroying blue vulture egg nests scattered throughout the stage.
If you destroy enough, a message will appear on screen that reads, “You hear a distant whirring…” Keep destroying nests until a second message appears that reads, “The whirring grows loud…”
This will trigger the Alloy Worship Unit to spawn in the middle of the map. Defeat this boss, and you’ll receive the ‘Guidance Offline’ achievement, unlocking Loader in the process.
How To Unlock Acrid
Unlock Achievement: …To Be Left Alone
To unlock Acrid, you’ll have to stabilize the cells located in the Void Fields, which is only accessible via the Bazaar Between Time hidden realm.
Beneath the path to the Bazaar, you’ll notice a series of large beams that you can drop down onto. Continue descending until you reach a tunnel emitting a yellow light and shrouded in fog.
Enter the tunnel, and you’ll find a black portal that will transport you to the Void Fields. Once you’re inside the stage, start searching for Void Cells, indicated by purple beacons appearing in the sky.
You’ll have to charge nine of these Void Cells by approaching them and surviving until the process is complete for each one. Every Void Cell has a surrounding safety zone you can stand inside to heal while it charges.
Stepping outside the safety zone during the charging phase will cause you to take damage and expose you to enemies who will continuously spawn.
Once a cell is fully charged, enemies will immediately despawn and the safety zone will continue to shrink until it disappears completely, giving you a couple of extra seconds to restore your health.
After all nine cells have been charged, you should receive the “…To Be Left Alone” achievement, unlocking Acrid in the process.
How To Unlock Captain
Unlock Achievement: Washed Away
If you’re not concerned about spoilers, just know that unlocking Captain requires you to beat Risk of Rain.
You’ll first need to reach Sky Meadow and then align the teleporter with the moon to access Commencement, the game’s final stage.
After you’re teleported to Commencement, the game will start spawning really tough enemies you’ll need to survive past to reach Mithrix, RoR2’s final boss.
Mithrix has a pre-determined moveset but can dish out insane amounts of damage, so try to keep your distance throughout the battle.
Once Mithrix is defeated, you’ll need to hitch a ride on a spaceship to leave the planet befor the moon self-destructs.
Defend the rescue ship for one-minute to beat the game and unlock Captain as a playable character.
How To Unlock Heretic (Secret Character)
Unlock Achievement: None
Heretic, also known as Kur-skan, is a secret unlockable Survivor that cannot be selected from the character select menu.
To transform into him, you’ll have to collect the following four items in the Heresy set during a single run:
- Visions of Heresy
- Hooks of Heresy
- Strides of Heresy
- Essence of Heresy
The method for obtaining every item has changed over time, with the current one being to complete the Blockade Breaker Challenge by defeating 15 bosses in a single run.
This includes both teleporter bosses and bosses that spawn naturally in stages. You’ll have to do this every time you want to play as Heretic.