In Risk of Rain Returns, there are 15 characters in total. Out of these, 12 are characters that veteran Risk of Rain fans will recall from the original game released in 2013.
Best Characters In Risk of Rain Returns Compared
Here is the summary of the top four Characters in Risk of Rain Returns:
|Miner||Close-range fighter, berserker-style||Moderate|
|Enforcer||Powerful but slow, ranged attack||Challenging|
|Pilot||Aerial combatant, long-range fighter||Easy|
|Loader||Close-range fighter, high damage output||Moderate|
4. Miner – Berserker-Style BrawlerThe Miner is a close-range fighter with a berserker-style approach. He can increase his damage output with the ability to fire himself. However, you need to manage the heat generated by your primary ability along with your skill usage to ensure you spend more time in a scorching state, which is crucial for survival.
The Miner specializes in crowd control. While his attacks can be used against individual targets, they truly shine when facing large groups of enemies because they deal damage equally to all foes within their range. This makes the Miner exceptionally effective at clearing out hordes of enemies rather than dealing with them one by one.
- Berserker playstyle
- Crowd control expertise
- Heat management required
3. Enforcer – Tactical GuardianThe Enforcer is a powerful yet relatively slow character in Risk of Returns. By using Shield Slam or Shield Tackle, you can effectively push back and keep enemies at a safe distance. It’s important to employ Protect and Serve near walls to block any attempts by enemies to flank you.
Staying alive as an Enforcer can be challenging because of his limited mobility. The primary method for the Enforcer to inflict damage is through the use of the Riot Shotgun. Although this attack is slow, it’s a ranged ability capable of hitting multiple enemies simultaneously.
- Powerful attacks
- Crowd control capabilities
- Limited mobility
- Relies on slow-paced Riot Shotgun
2. Pilot – Best RangerThe Pilot is an aerial combatant who specializes in delivering damage from the skies. His weapons have a powerful recoil, and his ability to quickly deploy a parachute allows him to ascend high into the air, preparing for a precise Airstrike.
The Pilot in Risk of Rain Returns brings a fresh twist with a knack for aerial combat. His primary move, Clusterfire, is a fire weapon, which, with every third hit, deals significant damage to the enemy.
- Aerial combat specialization
- Precision Airstrike with Clusterfire
- Recoil from powerful weapons
1. Loader – Best DPS and TankThe Loader is a close-range fighter who inflicts significant damage and possesses a distinct ability. The Hydraulic Gauntlet serves for swift repositioning to separate yourself or get close to your enemy over a distance.
Moreover, the Debris Shield skill offers 2 seconds of invincibility, which means you won’t take any damage during that brief period of time. However, the speed boost it provides is quite short and only occurs for a very brief moment at the beginning of those 2 seconds.
- High DPS and Tank
- Swift repositioning with Hydraulic Gauntlet
- Brief invincibility with Debris Shield
- Short-lived speed boost
My Take On Best Characters
Having spent over 13+ hours and 55+ hours on its predecessor, Risk of Rain 2, I believe the loader is an OP character to pick if you want your run to go smoothly.
With high damage, mobility, and being a tank, the Loader is one of the best options to choose from. However, it still comes down to personal preference and playstyle for a fun run to complete.
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