Risk of Rain 2 Commando: Best Items And How To Unlock It

The complete Commando guide.

Out of all the survivors in Risk of Rain 2, Commando is the weakest one. This is because his abilities are not unique and powerful compared to the abilities offered by other survivors. Still, there can be times when you will need to play with Commando to complete certain challenges.

Key Takeaways
  • Risk of Rain 2 starts players with the default survivor Commando, unlocked from the beginning.
  • Commando has 4 abilities:
    1. Double Tap (primary) – Rapid shooting with massive damage.
    2. Phase Round (secondary) – Fires a piercing bullet with high damage but compromised accuracy.
    3. Tactical Dive (utility) – Rolls a short distance, and gets a jetpack boost if in the air.
    4. Suppressive Fire (special) – Fires repeatedly, and inflicts stun on enemies.
  • Additionally, Commando has 3 alternate abilities: Phase Blast, Tactical Slide, and Frag Grenade, each surpassing the original abilities in various ways.

Commando In Risk of Rain 2

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Commando [Image Credit: eXputer]
First, check out the stats of Commando before you run with him in Risk of Rain 2:

Character NameSpecialtyHPHP RegenDamageSpeedArmor
CommandoJack Of All Trades110 [+33 per lvl]

- Drizzle: 1.5/sec [+0.2 per lvl]
- Rainstorm: 1/sec [+0.2 per lvl]
- Moonsoon: 0.6/s [+0.2 per lvl]
12 [+2.4 per lvl]7 m/s0 (Drizzle => 70)

Commando Abilities

Commando offers a total of four abilities. Just like Huntress, he does not have a Passive ability.

Let’s first review all these abilities and some important stats about them:

Ability NameTypeCooldownProc CoefficientEffects
Double TapPrimaryN/A1- Shoot an enemy 6 times per second
- Damage: 100%
Phase RoundSecondary3 secs 1- Fires a piercing bullet
- Damage: 300%
- Each time it passes through an enemy
does 40% more dmg
Phase BlastSecondary3 secs0.5 x 8- 2 close range blasts
- Total Dmg: 8 x 200%
Tactical DiveUtility4 secsN/AAllows you to roll a short distance
Tactical SlideUtility4 secsN/A- Slide On The Ground
- Allows Shooting While Sliding
Suppressive FireSpecial9 secs1 x 6+- Stuns Your Enemy
- Damage: 100% per bullet
- Number Of Shots Increase With Attack Speed
Frag GrenadeSpecial5 secs1- A Grenade That Explodes And Does 700% Dmg
- Limit: 2 Grenades

With that out of the way, let’s dive into Commando’s Abilities in more detail.

Primary – Double Tap

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Double Tap
Type Proc Coefficient Buffs
Primary  1.0
  • Rapidly shoots an enemy
  • Dmg: 100%

This ability allows Commando to shoot an enemy rapidly. He shoots a total of 6 bullets per second, and they deal 100% damage. The biggest downside of this ability is the massive damage falloff. It begins at 25m and ends at 60m, where you’ll lose 50% of the bullet’s damage. Therefore, you must always stay close to your enemy if you want to deal the most damage.

Secondary – Phase Round

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Phase Round
Type Proc Coefficient Cooldown Buffs
Secondary 1.0 3 secs
  • Fires a piercing bullet
  • Damage: 300%
  • After passing through an enemy the dmg is increased by 40%.

Phase Round lets Commando fire a piercing bullet that does 300% damage. In addition to this, if the bullet manages to pass through an enemy, it will deal 40% more damage. This is supposed to be Commando’s main AoE attack. However, because it can be challenging to hit the enemies that are behind your main target accurately, the ability isn’t that useful.

Utility – Tactical Dive

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Tactical Dive
Type Cooldown Buffs
Utility 4 secs Allows you to roll to cover a short distance

Tactical Dive allows Commando to roll a short distance. And if he is in the air, then he receives a jetpack boost as well. It has a cooldown of 4s and can be useful at times when you’re low on health and want a quick escape from the battlefield.

Special – Suppressive Fire

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Suppressive Fire
Type Proc Coefficient Cooldown Buffs
Special 6 x 1.0 9 secs
  • Repetitive firing
  • On hit stuns the opponent
  • Damage: 100%
  • No. of shots increases with attack speed

This is the only ability of Commando that I find useful. When used, Commando will repeatedly fire bullets, and each bullet will deal 100% damage while inflicting stun upon enemies. In addition to this, the number of shots fired will depend upon your attack speed. Just like Double Tap, this ability also has a damage falloff, which begins at 25m and ends at 60m.

Alternate Abilities

Next up in my Risk of Rain 2’s Commando guide are the alternate abilities. Commando offers a total of three of them. You should unlock these abilities as soon as you can as they are better than the above ones in every way.

Phase Blast

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Phase Blast
Type Proc Coefficient Cooldown Buffs
Secondary 8 x 0.5 3 secs
  • Fires 2 close range blasts 
  • Damage: 8 x 200% 

Phase Blast is Commando’s Secondary Alternate ability. Unlike Phase Round that can be used on multiple enemies, Phase Blast focuses on a single target. It fires two close-ranged blasts that deal 8×200% damage. However, make sure to get close to your target before using this ability. To unlock it, you must complete the Commando: Rolling Thunder challenge, which requires you to land a killing blow on an Overloading Worm.

Tactical Slide

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Tactical Slide
Type Cooldown Buffs
Utility 4 secs
  • Allows players to slide on the ground
  • Can perform the action of shooting while doing the slide

Commando’s Alternate Utility ability is Tactical Slide, which works almost the same as Tactical Dive. However, instead of rolling, this ability allows Commando to slide a short distance. Another useful thing about it is that you can even shoot while sliding. To unlock it, you need to complete the Commando: Godspeed Challenge which requires you to fully charge the first-stage teleporter within 5 minutes.

Frag Grenade

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Frag Grenade
Type Proc Coefficient Cooldown Buffs
Special 1.0 5 secs
  • A thrown grenade that does 700% damage after exploding
  • Players can simultaneously hold 2 frag grenades

Finally, I have his Special Alternate ability called Frag Grenade. As the name suggests, Commando can throw a grenade that will deal 700% damage. In addition to this, the ability has a cooldown of 5s, and the survivor can hold 2 grenades simultaneously. Frag Grenade can be unlocked by completing the Commando: Incorruptible challenge. In this, you will need to clear 20 stages in a single run while avoiding picking up any Lunar item.

Best Items For Commando In Risk of Rain 2

Commando relies heavily on items. If you want to transform this survivor into something powerful, then you will need to focus on item stacking. Therefore, you must choose the items that can help him perform better.

Leeching Seed

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Leeching Seed
Rarity Category Buffs Stack Type Per Stack Buffs
Uncommon Healing Heal: 1 Linear Type +1 Hp Restoration 

A major flaw about Commando is that he possesses no armor. This means that he can get killed quickly in combat. But if you use Leeching Seed, you won’t need to worry about armor as the item will heal you by 1 with every damage you deal with.

Soldier’s Syringe

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Soldier’s Syringe
Rarity Category Buffs Stack Type Per Stack Buffs
Common Damage Attack Speed: 15% Linear Type +15% Attack Speed

Commando’s Double Tap ability is his main way of dealing damage, and you will be relying on it most of the time to take down enemies. Using Soldier’s Syringe, you can increase the attack speed of the ability by 15%, which will allow you to take down enemies more quickly. This also works well with Engineer.

Backup Magazine

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Backup Magazine
Rarity Category Buffs Stack Type Per Stack Buffs
Common Utility Charge: 1 Linear Type +1 use of your secondary skill

Backup Magazine is yet another amazing item for Commando as it adds 1 stack of your Secondary skill. If you have the Phase Blast ability unlocked, then you should definitely opt for the Backup Magazine. This is because the ability can deal a lot of damage, and having more charges will prove beneficial.


Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Rarity Category Buffs Stack Type Per Stack Buffs
Common Damage
  • Damage: 150%
  • Radius: 12 meters
Linear Type
  • +75% increase in dmg
  • +4 meter increase in radius

This item can help Commando clear crowds quickly. When you use it to kill an enemy, it burns all nearby enemies (within 12m) for 150% damage.

Wax Quail

Risk of Rain 2 Commando
Wax Quail
Rarity Category Buffs Stack Type Per Stack Buffs
Uncommon Utility/Sprint Related Boost: 10 meters Linear Type +10 meter increase in distance

The fifth and final item I would like to suggest for Commando is Wax Quail. The survivor has a lot of mobility issues, but this item can help you overcome them. If you jump while sprinting, then this item will boost you forward by 10m. So if you want something that can help you get out of a situation quickly, then make sure to keep Wax Quail in your inventory.

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