Remnant 2: BEST Builds [Survivability & DPS]

The Remnant 2 Builds guide will showcase Engineer/Challenger and Gunslinger/Hunter builds focusing on DPS and Survivability!

Remnant 2 allows players to mess around with many builds, mix and match their dual archetypes, and choose their traits, amulets, and whatnot to build the perfect setup to absolutely detonate all enemies in sight. Players might want to know a few Remnant 2 Builds options. Therefore a detailed walkthrough might be crucial! 

Related: Remnant 2: Best Medic Build

Key Takeaways
  • Builds in Remnant 2 focus on making the player survive but also dish out enough damage to clear difficult content. 
  • The combination of Engineer and Challenger presents the opportunity to deploy devastating damage while in turret mode and render enemies useless. 
    • Engineer: Focuses on using the High Tech Prime Perk and offers players an interesting, versatile play style. 
    • Challenger: It provides versatility and ample survivability for players during combat. 
  • The combo of Gunslinger and Hunter provides a purely DPS-based build, focusing on nothing but offensive output. 
    • Gunslinger: It makes use of the Loaded Prime Perk and the Ammo Reserves archetype trait. 
    • Hunter: It uses the Dead To Rights prime perk and the Longshot archetype trait. 

Best Builds In Remnant 2

Here is a quick look at the two best builds in Remnant 2 with primary and secondary archetypes, along with Equipment, Traits, Relics, and Accessories.  

Build NameFirst ArchetypeSecond ArchetypeEquipmentTraitsRelicsAccessories
Engineer/Challenger BuildEngineerChallengerPlasma Cutter, Enigma, Atom SplitterVigor, Expertise, Swiftness, Barkskin, Glutton.Dragon HeartRange Finder, Probability Cord, Braided Thorns, Grounding Stone, Mechanics Cog, Death's Embrace, Zania's Malice, Hardcore Metal Band.
Gunslinger/Hunter BuildGunslingerHunterXMG57 Bonesaw, Blackmaw AR-47Vigor, Endurance, Expertise, Spirit, Handling, Ammo Reserves, Longshot and FootworkDragon HeartGunslinger's Charm, Gunslinger's Ring, Firestone, Vestige of Power, Wax Sealed Ring, Range Finder.

Remnant 2 Engineer/Challenger Sentinel Build

R2 Engineer And Challenger
Engineer And Challenger [Image by eXputer]
Now, one of the first Best Build players will want to invest in is a mixture of the Engineer and the Challenger archetype. The main running force for the Sentinel build is that its gameplay varies based on the type of opponents you might face. 

  • Players will be able to make use of the Engineer’s turret mode, during which Engineers can deploy detonating damage. 

Using the Engineer as the main powerhouse is crucial as it can provide players the devastating damage they need when facing off against larger groups of enemies or even more challenging bosses. 

First Archetype

R2 Engineer
Engineer [Image by eXputer]
Now, when it comes to choosing the Archetypes for your Sentinel build, your main archetype will hands down to be no other than the Engineer archetype, and there are a few reasons that you would pick that as your archetype of choice: 

  • Interesting Playstyle: The engineer archetype allows players to mess around and enjoy a unique playstyle during which they can deploy their heavy weapons during turret mode, which can help them while in combat. 
  • High Tech Prime Perk: Apart from that, the High Tech Prime Perk allows players to overclock a heavy weapon when deployed, granting players infinite ammunition, enhanced fire rate, and an overall 25% increase to their damage for 15 seconds. 

Another thing that players should know is that each archetype has three skills for them. For the Sentinel build, players would want to choose the Vulcan skill, as it casts out a Vulcan turret that ends up lasting until the ammo is finished, and it is essential for increased ammo, which aids you further in combat. 

Engineer Archetype Trait

Fortify LevelBonus

When using the unique trait meant for the Engineer archetype, players can use the Fortify trait for the Remnant 2 Strongest Builds. 

  • It can essentially enhance the overall armor effectiveness while increasing it by 50% when it is maxed out. 

How To Unlock Engineer Archetype 

When it comes to knowing how to unlock the Engineer Archetype, players must craft the Dryzr Caliper engram. 

You will also need to get the Alien Device, which can be encountered towards the edge of Titan’s Reach checkpoint. 

Second Archetype

R2 Challenger
Challenger [Image by eXputer]

Next, consider the Challenger archetype, ideal for close combat enthusiasts seeking heightened survivability during intense battles. Several reasons support this choice:

  1. Versatility: When paired with the Engineer archetype, players enjoy a versatile playstyle, combining the Engineer’s turret mode deployability with Challenger’s close combat prowess.
  2. Enhanced Survivability: The Challenger archetype ensures prolonged survival, particularly when heavy weapons restrict movement with the Engineer archetype.

The Juggernaut skill is a game-changer, offering near invincibility with 3 Bulwark stacks, providing improved movement and a 50% boost in melee damage.

Additionally, Rampage offers a 15% fire rate increase, 20% faster reloads, and a 10% boost in movement speed.

Challenger Archetype Trait 

Players will use the Strong Back trait regarding the unique trait for the Remnant 2 Builds for Challenger

  • It decreases your overall Encumbrance while also being able to decrease it further when it has been maxed out, and maxed-out stats are listed as follows.
Strong Back LevelsEncumbrance Reduction

Gear And Equipment 

Let’s look at the type of equipment players might want to use for their Engineer and Challenger archetype combo build. 

Plasma Cutter 

R2 Plasma Cutter
Plasma Cutter [Image by eXputer]
Plasma Cutter StatsAttributes
Max Ammunition400
Falloff Range30 meters
Ideal Range17 meters
Crit Hit Chance5%
Weak Spot Bonus75%
Stagger Modifier-20%

The Plasma Cutter is considered a long gun that can dish out an insane amount of damage through which you can practically clear out mobs faster than anything, an essential requirement for the combo build. 

  • Heat Sink: The weapon mode opens up the vents, which disperses its heat, and while active, it will generate up to 50% less overall heat and enhance the damage to 3x. 

As far as the mutator for the weapon is concerned, you can use the Momentum mutator, which allows you to gain enhanced crit chance and crit damage by 1.5% for a total of 3 seconds anytime the weapon gets a crit hit. 


R2 Enigma
Enigma [Image by eXputer]
Enigma StatsAttributes
Max Ammunition120
Falloff Range12 meters
Ideal Range12 meters
Crit Hit Chance-10%
Weak Spot Bonus-
Stagger Modifier-15%

For the choice of handgun, you might want to go for the Enigma, a smaller version of the Labyrinth and perfect for close and medium-ranged combat, catering to both battles. 

  • Chaos Driver: For the mod, you can use Chaos Driver, which drives rods that have been electrified into opponents that have been connected to other rods within a range of 10 meters, lasting 10 seconds. 

Atom Splitter (Melee)

R2 Atom Splitter
Atom Splitter [Screenshot taken by eXputer]
Atom Splitter StatsAttributes
Crit Hit Chance5%
Weak Spot Damage+90%
Stagger Modifier6%

Now, while using a melee weapon isn’t all that required, it is still a good idea to choose one nonetheless, and for the Engineer Remnant 2 Best Builds, you can choose the Atom Splitter. It can break apart enemies and can hit very hard. 

  • Fission Strike: The Atom splitter can gain Nuclear fission, unleashing charged particles that can unleash 150 damage to opponents within a range of 20 meters. 


Moving onto the accessories, there are quite a few that players can pick and choose from, such as the ones listed below. 

Range FinderAfter assassinating an opponent, 10% ranged damage is gained and it stacks 3x and lasts 10 seconds.
Probability CordOverall crit damage is enhanced up by a total of 30%.
Braided ThornsAfter murdering an opponent, you get 15% enhanced critical chance for a total of 10 seconds.
Grounding StoneOverall shock damage has been boosted up by 10% and the shock resistance gets boosted by 15 seconds.
Mechanics CogWhile using a heavy weapon with the Engineer archetype, you get 15% movement speed and 1 stack of Bulwark.
Death's EmbraceIf health is below 100%, you get 20% damage to all types of damage that is being dealt.
Zania's Malice (Replacement Ring)If you deal weakspot damage to opponents, it will be enhanced by 10% for a total of 7 seconds and can be stacked thrice.
Hardcore Metal BandTaking any sort of damage will add one stack of Bulwark which stops working after 10 seconds.

Traits And Relics 

Last but not least, there isn’t a lot that you’ll need to figure out when it comes to the relics, but a few of the relics you might want to use are as follows. 

  • Dragon Heart: It will heal 70 health over 0.5 seconds. 

As for the fragments, you would want to get as much extra range damage, weak spot damage, and crit chance as possible. 

  • As for the traits, focusing on Vigor, Expertise and Swiftness, Barkskin, and Glutton and maxing them out at level 10 is highly recommended. 

Gunslinger And Hunter Build

R2 Gunslinger And Hunter Build
Gunslinger And Hunter Build [Screenshot taken by eXputer]
Last, you might like one of the Remnant 2 Strongest Builds, which focuses on a rather interesting combination of using the Gunslinger and Hunter archetypes. Players can become an invisible DPS while using this insane build, allowing them to focus primarily on high damage output and offensive abilities. 

  • When the two archetypes are placed together, it brings forth a plethora of weapons that players can play around with, allowing them to also dish out insane damage while at it.

This build will mainly aim towards using an array of skills to go through a burst phase and obtain an immense fire rate and increased fire damage. 

  • However, one caveat of the combination build is that rotation is necessary, and knowing when to use the skills at your disposal at the right time is also crucial. Otherwise, you can mess up the gameplay. 

First Archetype

R2 Gunslinger Archetype
Gunslinger Archetype [Screenshot taken by eXputer]
One of the first archetypes you would want to focus on is the Gunslinger, a mid-ranged DPS archetype that aims to reserve as much ammunition as possible while still being able to dish out damage well.

  • Loaded Prime Perk: The perk allows both weapons to reload instantly and gets infinite amounts of reserve ammo on all weapons for 5 seconds. 
  • Ammo Reserves: This is the Archetype trait that enhances the overall ammo reserves, and when maxed out, it increases it by a total of 50%. 

Second Archetype

R2 Hunter
Hunter [Screenshot taken by eXputer]
When it comes to the Remnant 2 Builds, the second archetype will be a Hunter, which is focused on being a long-ranged damage archetype that also focuses on making enemies vulnerable and aiming at their weak points while also being able to deal a hell of a lot of burst damage. 

  • Dead To Rights: The prime perk allows players to deal 65 base ranged weak spot-type damage, enhancing the duration of your active hunter skills by 2.5 seconds. 
  • Longshot: The archetype trait enhances your weapon’s ideal range, and while it has been maxed out, the range will be enhanced by 600 cm. 


Regarding the equipment for the Gunslinger and Hunter build, players can use a few weapons and accessories, ranging from the following. 

XMG57 Bonesaw 

R2 XMG57 Bonesaw
XMG57 Bonesaw [Screenshot taken by eXputer]
The first weapon is the XMG57 Bonesaw which is a long gun that is mainly used for suppressive fire and boasts of being an excellent support weapon and gains accuracy the more it focuses on suppressed firing toward opponents. 

XMG57 Bonesaw StatsAttributes
Ideal Range19 meters
Falloff Range45 meters
Max Ammo300
Crit Hit Chance10%
Weak Spot Damage Bonus100%
Stagger Modifier0%

Blackmaw AR-47

R2 Blackmaw
Blackmaw [Screenshot taken by eXputer]
Another weapon option is the Blackmaw AR-47, which is a long gun that focuses on dishing out damage in bursts and works best while being at medium range.

Blackmaw AR-47 StatsAttributes
Ideal Range20m
Falloff Range60m
Max Ammo190
Crit Hit Chance10%
Weak Spot Damage Bonus100%
Stagger Modifier0%


R2 Accessories
Accessories [Screenshot taken by eXputer]
For your accessories, you want the following. 

  • Gunslinger’s Charm.
  • Gunslinger’s Ring.
  • Firestone (Ring).
  • Vestige of Power (Ring).
  • Wax Sealed Ring. 
  • Range Finder (Amulet). 

Traits And Relics 

R2 Dragon Heart Relics
Dragon Heart Relics [Screenshot taken by eXputer]
Last but not least, the few relics and traits you might want to focus on are as follows.

  • Dragon Heart (Relic): It can heal 70 health over 0.5 seconds.
  • For your traits, you want to focus on investing in Vigor, Endurance, Spirit, Expertise, Handling, Footwork, Ammo Reserves, and Longshot.  

And that’s just about it! All that players need to know about the Remnant 2 Builds, so let’s wrap up the guide! While you’re here, why not read the Remnant 2 Release Platforms guide, which details which platforms it will be released on? The Remnant 2 How To Play Early guide will tell you all you need to know about how to play Remnant 2 earlier!

With that, the Remnant 2 Classes guide provides a comprehensive look into the different classes there are! Lastly, the Remnant 2 Locations guide will showcase all 6 locations!

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