Huntress is one of the best characters to use in Risk of Rain 2. There is a reason why she was ranked as an A-Tier character in our Risk of Rain 2 tier list. Her attacks are extremely powerful and are capable of taking down powerful enemies within seconds. The only downside about Huntress is her incredibly low base health, which is just 90. But once you learn how to play her properly, this won’t affect you. Today, in our Risk of Rain 2 Huntress guide, we are going to cover everything about her.
Risk of Rain 2 Huntress Guide
Like our previous Risk of Rain 2 guides, we will mention how you can unlock the character, what abilities she offers, and which items suit her style.
How To Unlock Huntress in Risk of Rain 2
Before we talk about her abilities and all, you first need to learn how to unlock Huntress in Risk of Rain 2. Before the Anniversary Update, which was released in March, players had to complete the third teleporter event to unlock Huntress. But now, she is unlocked by default, and the challenge is now required to unlock Bandit. Therefore, there isn’t anything you need to do to unlock her.
Now that we have covered the unlock part, let’s jump to Huntress’s abilities. Unlike most of the characters in Risk of Rain 2, Huntress does not offer a Passive Ability.
Primary – Strafe
This ability allows Huntress to fire a seeking arrow that does 150% damage quickly. In addition to this, the attack is agile, meaning that it can be used while sprinting. This makes Huntress one of the two characters in the entire game who can use their Primary Ability while sprinting. The fire rate of the attack is 0.5s, meaning that you’ll be able to shoot two arrows in a second. In addition to this, whenever an enemy is within the required range, Huntress will automatically lock onto them while attacking.
Secondary – Laser Glaive
Laser Glaive is Huntress’s main AoE attack ability. It throws a seeking glaive that bounces up to 6 times and deals 250% damage. The best part is that the damage increases by 10% with every bounce, meaning that the final blow will deal a lot of damage. The cooldown of this ability is 7s, so you should use it carefully. Before throwing the glaive, you must first lock onto an enemy. The glaive will then automatically attack all the nearby enemies and will keep on hitting them until the 6th bounce.
Utility – Blink
Blink allows Huntress to disappear and teleport forward. This ability is useful at times when you are looking for a quick escape. In addition to this, you can also use it to reach higher ground quickly as it gives the character a strong push when teleporting. However, blink has a cooldown of 7s, and you should use it only when necessary.
Special – Arrow Rain
Arrow Rain is my favorite ability of Huntress. She can teleport into the sky and then rain down arrows in a selected area. The arrows will hit 19 times for a total of 6s and deal 110% damage with every hit. This means that it will deal a total of 2090% damage, which is enough to take down a powerful enemy. Arrow Rain has a cooldown of 12s. This means that you should save it for the moments when you encounter a strong opponent and are unable to take it down with your other abilities.
Next up in our Risk of Rain 2 Huntress guide are the alternate abilities. Huntress offers a total of three alternate abilities. These can be unlocked by completing a different challenge.
Huntress’ Primary Alternate ability is Fury, and it draws back a volley of 3 seeking arrows that deal 100% damage. In addition to this, the Critical Strikes fire 6 arrows instead of 3. Just like Strafe, Flurry is also an agile ability, meaning that you can use it while sprinting. To unlock it, you must complete the Huntress: Finishing Touch challenge which requires you to land a killing blow with every possible hit of a single glaive.
Next up, we have her Alternate Utility ability called Phase Blink. It works just like Blink as it allows Huntress to disappear and teleport a short distance. However, it can store up to 3 charges and each charge has a cooldown of 2s. While the distance covered is relatively small compared to Blink, you can use it more often. You will need to complete the Huntress: One Shot, One Kill challenge to unlock this ability. In this, you will need to collect and carry 12 Crowbars at once.
Ballista is Huntress’s Alternate Special ability and it deals a lot of damage. It teleports the warrior into the sky and she can then fire 3 energy bolts in a targeted area. Each energy bolt deals 900% damage, taking the total amount of damage to 2700%. To unlock it, you must complete the Huntress: Piercing Wind Challenge which requires you to start and finish the Rallyoint Delta or Scorched Acres without letting your health fall below 100%. You can do any one of the two.
Best Items for Huntress in Risk of Rain 2
As there are a lot of items in Risk of Rain 2, some players often get confused with which ones to choose. This is because not every item is going to suit the style of Huntress. Therefore, we are going to list some items in our Risk of Rain 2 Huntress guide that we think are best for Huntress. Keep in mind that the following list is based on personal preference and you might find some other items that are well suited for the said character.
Old War Stealthkit
As we mentioned above, Huntress’s base health is incredibly low, meaning that she can get killed instantly. This is where Old War Stealthkit comes in. When used, the item turns the player invisible after their health falls below 25% and boosts their speed. This can prove to be useful at times when you are unable to escape a critical fight or are surrounded by a group of powerful enemies.
Dio’s Best Friend
Next up, we have Dio’s Best Friend. This is yet another item that covers up the major flaw of Huntress. For someone who uses Huntress as their main character, it can get quite frustrating to worry about getting killed quickly all the time. But if you have the Dio’s Best Friend in your arsenal, then you don’t need to worry about anything. This is because it gives players a second chance after they get killed.
Huntress is a fast-paced character, and her movements are quick. This is something that helps her with staying a step ahead of her enemies. However, if you want to transform her into a killing machine, then you should opt for the Soldier’s Syringe. This item will increase her attack speed by 15%, thus making her even deadlier in combat.
Backup Magazine is easily one of the best items for Huntress in Risk of Rain 2. It gives an additional charge to secondary skills, meaning that it can help you use Laser Glaive without worrying about the long cooldown.
The final item we would like to suggest for Huntress is Rose Buckler. As mentioned above, Huntress can attack her enemies while sprinting. Although she is quick, her enemies can still target her easily. But if you have Rose Buckler equipped, then the amount of damage you receive while sprinting will get reduced. This is because it increases the armor by 30 while sprinting.
This was all regarding our Risk of Rain 2 Huntress guide. We hope that it will help you learn more about her playstyle. In any case, she is one of the best characters in the entire game, and there isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t give her a try. Her low base health might make her seem like a weak character, but you’ll notice that it isn’t that big of a problem once you start playing with her. Before you leave, make sure to check out our Risk of Rain 2 Engineer and Aqueduct guides as well.