Remnant 2: BEST Challenger Build [Skills, Weapons, Amulets]

Unleash the power of the Challenger by utilizing the best possible equipment for it to create a strong Remnant 2 Challenger Build!

The Challenger is one of the tankiest Archetypes in Remnant 2. It is a great class for close to mid-range combat, and its ability to work with great swords makes it great for melee combat as well. But, as per my experience, the maximum potential can be achieved if you follow my best Remnant 2 Challenger Build. 

Key Takeaways
  • The Challenger is one of the more aggressive archetypes in Remnant 2.
  • A build surrounding the Challenger is focused on dominating close-range combat.
  • For a second archetype, the Challenger can benefit from those that offer more mobility or better-ranged abilities.
  • The main weapons for the Challenger are those that perform well at close range, like melee weapons or shotguns. 
  • You can enhance the power of the Challenger by equipping it with Rings and Amulets.. 

Best Challenger Build In Remnant 2 Summarized

Best For Long Ranged Combat In Remnant 2.

Here is an overview of the Challenger build in Remnant 2:

CategoryItem/Feature
Second Class OptionsHunter, Invader, Engineer
SkillsRampage Skill, Heavy Vulcan Ability
Recommended TraitsUntouchable, Fitness, Fortify, Swiftness
WeaponsMerciless, Meridian, Nightshade
ArmorLeto Mark II Armor
RingsRing Of Omen, Dying Ember, Blood Jewel, Burden of the Destroyer
AmuletsRavager’s Mark, Death’s Embrace
  • High damage output.
  • Allow you to do bleed damage to the enemies.
  • Dominates the close-range combat.
  • Not viable for long-range combats. 
  • Focuses too much on bleed.
  • Why I Chose This: The following build will allow you to deal a tremendous amount of damage in close quarters, and it also inflicts bleeding on the opponent.

Challenger Build Overview

When creating a build, you need to consider the second archetype and the main skills and traits that you’ll focus on for that build.

Here are the recommended options for the Challenger Build: 

Second Class 

The Engineer Remnant 2 Archetype.
The Engineer. [Image Credit: eXputer]

The following options can enhance your Challenger build:

  1. Hunter: Perfect for long-range precision, it complements the Challenger’s close combat strength, ensuring versatility.
  2. Invader: Boosts the Challenger’s strengths with speed and agility, creating a swift, hard-hitting combo.
  3. Engineer: Unconventional but effective, it complements melee skills with versatile tools for efficient room clearing.

I have tried all three options for the Challenger build, so choose one based on your preference.

Skills

Choose one skill from the Challenger and one from the Engineer:

  1. Rampage Skill: Enter battle frenzy for 20 seconds, boosting fire rate by 15%, reloading speed by 20%, and movement by 10%. 
  2. Heavy Vulcan Ability: Deploy a Vulcan Cannon Turret until it runs out of ammo. It targets your selected enemies; a second press makes it target autonomously. Holding the button activates Heavy Carry Mode. 

Recommended Traits

Trait points in Remnant 2
You need at least 10 trait points to get the second archetype. [image by eXputer]

For the Remnant 2 Challenger Build, I would recommend focusing on Archetype traits

Here are key trait options:

  1. Untouchable: Enhances dodging speed for close-range combat.
  2. Fitness: Increases Evade Distance for better evasion.
  3. Fortify: Boosts Armor Effectiveness by 50% to withstand surprise attacks.
  4. Swiftness: Improves overall movement speed for combat mobility.

Challenger Build Equipment 

While looking at the different weapons for the Challenger Build, you will ideally need to make your melee weapon the strongest while choosing other weapons, such as Long Guns and Handguns, to ensure you’re also effective in ranged combat.

Merciless

Attribute

Value

Damage

13

RPS

8.6

Magazine

50

Ideal Range

20m

Falloff Range

45m

Max Ammo

250

Critical Hit Chance

10%

Weak Spot Damage Bonus

100%

Stagger Modifier

0%

Bloodline

Specific Mod

Bleeding Damage

250 over 10s

The Merciless Long Gun suits the aggressive Challenger Class playstyle, perfect for front-line combat. Its Bloodline ability penetrates enemies. Inflicting bleeding damage in close-quarters combat adds depth to the Challenger’s tactics.

Meridian 

The Meridian Stats
The Meridian Stats (Picture Credits: eXputer)

Attribute

Value

Damage

82

RPS

1.9

Magazine

5

Ideal Range

15m

Falloff Range

30m

Max Ammo

40

Critical Hit Chance

N/A

Weak Spot Damage Bonus

N/A

Stagger Modifier

0%

Special Effect

Grenades

Mod

Screamer

The Meridian handgun in Remnant 2 perfectly fits the Challenger Class, offering explosive secondary firepower. It excels in close-quarters combat and complements the Challenger’s aggressive style.

Meridian’s grenades explode on contact, enhancing the Challenger’s reputation for heavy damage with a 4-meter radius AOE attack.

Nightshade

Attribute

Value

Damage

47

Critical Hit Chance

18%

Weak Spot Damage Bonus

+110%

Stagger Modifier

-20%

Special Effect

Lifesteal

Mod

Beyond The Veil

Nightshade, a unique melee weapon, suits the aggressive Challenger Class in Remnant 2. Challengers thrive in close combat, and Nightshade’s swift claws deal heavy damage, making them a perfect fit. Nightshade’s life steal ability adds a strategic element.

Leto Mark II Armor

Set Leto Mark II for remnant 2 challenger build
The Leto Mark II Set

The Leto Mark II Armor is the obvious choice for an ideal Challenger Build, as it is one of the heaviest and strongest armors in Remnant 2

  • It offers solid protection against every single type of damage in Remnant 2 and has a base 168 armor value. 
  • The only thing worth considering while choosing this armor piece is that it will greatly affect your carrying capacity. 
  • But if you can use rings to increase your carrying capacity, you can adapt accordingly. 

Rings

Rings are essential accessories for enhancing your build in Remnant 2, offering valuable buffs.

  • Ring Of Omen: Enhance your evasive abilities with the Ring of Omen. It enables you to utilize your grey health section while evading, providing more than just stamina during close encounters in the Challenger build.
  • Dying Ember: Lifesteal plays a crucial role in Remnant 2, and the Dying Ember ring boosts it by granting 5% of melee damage as Lifesteal.
  • Blood Jewel: When using melee combat, charged-up attacks become more effective with the Blood Jewel, causing them to inflict bleed damage alongside their regular impact.
  • Burden of the Destroyer: Opt for the Burden of the Destroyer ring, which is ideal for mid- or close-range combat in the Challenger build. It reduces your weapon’s range but significantly increases its damage output by 15%.

Amulets

reward
Raavager’s Mark [image by us]
Ravager’s Mark:

  • Due to the Blood Jewel ring, there is a solid chance that you’ll be able to deal quite a lot of bleed damage to many of your enemies. 
  • You can enhance that further by incorporating the Raveger’s Mark Amulet.
  • The Ravager’s Mark increases the damage to already bleeding enemies by 20%.
  • The only issue is you cannot get the Ravager’s Mark Amulet and the Merciless weapon in the same playthrough; that is why there is another Amulet you can consider.

Death’s Embrace:

  • Death’s Embrace allows you to deal 20% more damage for all types of damage, as long as your health is not 100%. 
  • It is rare for your health to be completely topped up, especially in combat, so you’ll usually always have the buff.

With that, you know all about the Challenger Build! It is quite a powerful build, especially at close range. But if you’re looking for more builds, definitely check out the best katana build. Also, check out how to get the Void Heart or the Burden of the Gambler for useful awards. 

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