Risk of Rain 2 Loader Builds and Loadouts (2022)

If you want to learn more about the Risk of Rain 2 Loader builds and loadouts, look no further than this guide, which will show you how to unlock Loader, her pros and cons and her abilities.

Risk of Rain 2 Loader Builds, Loadouts and Tips

Loader is a very powerful burst-damage character and is also extremely mobile, which makes her a great survivor to have in Risk of Rain 2.

How to Unlock Loader
The quickest way to unlock Loader is by completing the Guidance Offline Challenge. In this challenge, you’ll have to defeat the Alloy Worship Unit in Stage 4 (Siren’s Call).

The best survivor to use for this challenge is the Mercenary. He can kill the Alloy Worship Unit faster than all the other survivors in the game.

Attempt this challenge in the Drizzle difficulty – there’s no reason to up the difficulty any more.

After starting the challenge, play through the stages until you get to Stage 4. Once there, you’ll have to kill five Vulture Eggs.

They spawn randomly around the map, so you’ll need to look around to find them.

After you kill the fifth egg, head to the very center of the map and you’ll encounter the Alloy Worship Unit.

Defeating the Alloy Worship Unit is surprisingly easy if you’re playing with the Mercenary.

All you need to do is to jump above it and shift into it while you’re above it. Doing this will push the Alloy Worship Unit into the ground.

Once it makes contact with the ground, the Alloy Worship Unit will blow up. Loader will now be unlocked.

(Video) Risk of Rain 2 | The Ultimate Loader Guide (Movement Guide, Load out, Abilities and more!)


Passive Ability – Scrap Barrier
The Loader is immune to fall damage. Striking enemies with the Loader’s gauntlets grants a temporary banner.

The banner granted by this ability makes Loader extremely tough and this passive ability compliments her grappling hook very well as you’ll be falling around a lot while using it.

Primary Ability – Knuckleboom
Swing at nearby enemies for 320% damage. There isn’t much to this ability. Loader punches the opponent in front of her for 320% damage and gets a temporary banner from her passive.

Secondary Abilities – Grapple First or Spiked Fist
For Loader’s secondary ability, you have the option to choose from either Grapple Fist or Spiked Fist.

  • Grapple Fist: Fire your gauntlet forward, pulling you to the target.
  • Spiked Fist: Fire your gauntlet forward, dealing 320% damage and stunning. Pulls you to heavy targets. Light targets are pulled to YOU instead.

This choice is a no-brainer really. Spiked Fist is an overall better version of Grapple Fist.

Utilities – Charged Gauntlet or Thunder Gauntlet
For Loader’s utility, you have the option to choose from either Charged Gauntlet or Thunder

  • Charged Gauntlet: Charge up a piercing punch for 600%-2700% damage. Deals more damage at higher speeds.
  • Thunder Gauntlet: Charge up a single punch for 2100% damage that shocks enemies in a cone for 1000% damage. Deals more damage at higher speeds.

The difference between these two abilities isn’t as drastic as it was with her secondary ability.

Charged Gauntlet deals more damage, but it has to be charged up. It also deals less AoE damage than the Thunder Gauntlet.

Thunder Gauntlet seems to be a bit better but it’s mostly up to preference.

Special Ability – M551 Pylon
Throw a floating pylon that zaps up to 6 nearby enemies for 100% damage. Can be grappled.

This purpose of this ability seems to be to get rid of annoying aerial enemies which are hard to kill with her other abilities.

(Video) 1 HIT KO Loader build|Risk of Rain 2

How to Play with Loader
In RoR 2, Loader mostly deals burst damage. This means that instead of dealing continuous damage, she dishes out a lot of damage very quickly and then has to wait for cooldown to be over before she can do it again.

Another thing to note about Loader is that she’s a melee character. However, due to the fact that she is extremely mobile, this isn’t much of a problem.

Loader’s most powerful move is her utility punch, which deals 2100% base damage and the damage scales up with speed.

This allows you to use your grappling hook to increase your speed as the punch is charging up to dish out a mind-boggling amount of burst damage.

Loader’s primary ability should not be your main focus. You should only use it to finish off weakened enemies. The rest of Loader’s abilities should be the ones being used most.

The following rotation will allow you to use Loader’s abilities in the most efficient way you can.

Increase your speed using your Grapple Hook and charge up your Gauntlet as you’re doing so.

When you’re at the mid-point of the swing with your Grapple Hook –where you’re at the maximum speed – Release the attack to deal an insane amount of damage.

This should be the main attack you do with Loader. It deals so much damage that there isn’t really any point in trying anything else.

Best Items to Use with Loader
Risk of Rain 2 has a plethora of items to use with each character. However, there are some that fit certain characters in RoR 2 like Loader better as we have mentioned below

  • Lens Maker’s Glasses
  • Paul’s Goat Hoof
  • ATG Missile
  • Crowbar
  • Kjaro’s band
  • Gasoline
  • Wil-o-the-wisp
  • Focus Crystal
  • Ukulele

Tips and Tricks

(Video) Loader Character Guide - Risk of Rain 2

  • Your Grapple Fist ability can be used to latch onto opponents.
  • While Grapple Fist is active, you can use Knuckleboom, Charged Gauntlet and M551 Pylon.
  • Along with the damage, the distance the Charged Gauntlet will travel also increases as you charge it up.
  • The M551 Pylon can be spawned up to three times.

Loader Builds

There are two main kinds of builds for Loader, the Attack Speed Build and the One-Shot Build.

We will discuss both builds and, their pros and cons and you can see which one is better for you. Let’s take a look:

Attack Speed Build
For Attack speed you will need Artifact of command otherwise you will need your luck to be extremely good in order to get everything you need.

You may also get some good use out of Drowned unlocked but you can live without this one.

You will need six to seven Lens Markers glasses that would be used for white items, for green items; 2 fuel cells and for your legendary, you would need a 57 leaf clover.

Go to the newt altar in order to get an early legendary at stage 1 or at stage 2. This will enable you to do the void fields.

Get three Gesture of the Drowned from the Bazaar between Time if it is unlocked along with a Spinel Tonic.

The Spinel Tonic Lasts forever when the 3 gestures and 2 fuel cells are combined which can be very helpful for unlocking Loader’s Skin in monsoon.

You will get a 70% bonus on your attacks by using 2 war horns when your Spinel Tonic is activated constantly and that is without including the Spinel Tonic’s bonus.

You will have to balance your Tougher Times and Lens Maker’s glasses (when you have enough of them) and that will defend you against damage.

You will need to combine 3 Predatory instincts and add them to the critical chance after you have 2 war horns.

(Video) Loader BEST Item Build

Due to this you will get a lot more attack speed and you will get the ability to be a lot tanky when you add Tougher Times.

Infusions are the way to go when you predatory Instincts. Any legendary will work with this build except Shaped Glass as it will cut the temporary hit points in half.

One Shot Build
For one-shot build you would need the upgraded secondary spiked fist and the default utility charged Gauntlet as they are the best choice.

Thunder Gauntlet is also a good choice but charged gauntlet would be the better option here.

With One shot you can go full glass cannon ad even get shade glass because the one-shot protection is really busted on this character.

You can increase your damage by using elite ukulele and guitars bands and you should use them for every survivor.

You can just sit on the vagrant early on in the game and mid-game and ignore the burst they do with your passive.

But if you can definitely go for crowbars and your gauntlet will get eh highest burst of damage in the game for single target.

Other than that we can use standard ukulele and Will of the Wisps which is good for any character but if you stack crowbars and armor-piercing round that will increase your damage by a lot, like A LOT when you get the Old Guillotine.

You will get temporary hit points whenever you someone using Knuckleboom, Spiked Fist, Thunder or Charged gauntlet which is one of loader’s special abilities.

The catch is that the amount of damage is irrespective of how much damage you deal. You can deal very high or very low damage per hit but you will get the same number of hit points per hit.

(Video) LOADER : How I Play | Risk Of Rain 2

So it is better to increase the speed of your hits. This gives a point in favor of Attack Speed Build


How good is the loader Risk of Rain 2? ›

The Loader is a playable character in Risk of Rain 2. An incredibly mobile and heavy cargo loader, the Loader is capable of delivering some of the hardest-hitting attacks in the game. When utilizing velocity to her advantage, she is able to topple many powerful monsters in just a single punch.

How do you get loader loadout in Risk of Rain 2? ›

The quickest way to unlock Loader is by completing the Guidance Offline Challenge. In this challenge, you'll have to defeat the Alloy Worship Unit in Stage 4 (Siren's Call). The best survivor to use for this challenge is the Mercenary. He can kill the Alloy Worship Unit faster than all the other survivors in the game.

Is Loader a girl? ›

Loader was one of the two post-launch playable characters in the first Risk of Rain. The Loader's "Classic" skin is a reference to Risk of Rain 1. It has the same color scheme as the original Loader. The Loader in Risk of Rain 2 is a female, while the Loader in Risk of Rain 1 is a male.

Is Thunder Gauntlet or charged gauntlet better? ›

I general charged is better, since with thunder gauntlet you risk being stuck in the middle of a swarm of enemies after a hit, but both can work.

How do I get the alt loader special? ›

To unlock the Spiked Fist alternate skill, you need to finish the “Loader: Swing By” achievement. This is completed by reaching the Celestial Portal in 25 minutes or less. The timer is much faster than Commando's 20 stages achievement because the celestial portal can be access as early as stage 8.

How do you beat monsoon with a loader? ›

How to Beat Risk Of Rain 2 Monsoon - Full guide - YouTube

How do you unlock Rex? ›

How to Unlock. REX is unlocked by completing the challenge "Power Plant". (Repair the broken robot with an Escape Pod's Fuel Array.) The challenge requires the player to acquire the Fuel Array item at the back of the escape pod at the beginning of the game, and escort the equipment all the way to Abyssal Depths.

How do you play as loader? ›

To unlock Loader, you have to complete the Guidance Offline challenge. This can be done by defeating the Alloy Worship Unit in Siren's Call. The Alloy Worship doesn't automatically spawn in this area; you will have to go around the map and destroy at least five vulture's nests.

How do you unlock the loader in Risk of Rain 2 2022? ›

To unlock Loader in Risk of Rain 2, you need to complete the Guidance Offline challenge. This challenge requires you to defeat the Alloy Worship Unit in Siren's Call. Get the boss to spawn, kill it, and Loader will unlock.

How do you do loader challenge? ›

Loader Swing By Challenge Tutorial - YouTube

How do I get the Thunderdome loader? ›

Risk of Rain 2 Loader Thunderdome Challenge Achievement Guide

How do you unlock acrid? ›

Acrid the acid-spewing lizard-dog can be unlocked by completing Prismatic Trials. To unlock him, you'll need to travel to the Void Realm and complete a difficult challenge. I recommend bringing an Engineer — you'll be defending small areas, so their turrets will make this challenge easier.

How do you keep the loop in Risk of Rain 2? ›

How to CONTINUE (loop) your run & NOT fight the final boss (Risk of ...

How do you unlock the void fiend in Risk of Rain 2? ›

There are two different ways to unlock Void Fiend. The first requires you to complete the alternate final level of the game, which sends you to the Planetarium. The second method involves reaching Wave 50 in the Simulacrum, the infinite-scaling challenge mode in Risk of Rain 2.

Are Thunder gauntlets light weapons? ›

The Thunder Gauntlets are not light melee weapons.

The gauntlets do not have the light property: Each of the armor's gauntlets counts as a simple melee weapon while you aren't holding anything in it.

How do you unlock bulwarks Ambry? ›

How To Unlock Artifacts. Artifacts can be unlocked by first reaching the fifth stage, Sky Meadow. From here, you will want to go through one of the circular openings on the bottom floor to get underneath; there you will find the Compound Generator, where you can input various codes that open a portal to Bulwark's Ambry ...

How do you beat the unique guardian of sirens call? ›

Once you get to Siren's Call, you need to activate the unique guardian in question. You can do this by destroying the eggs you'll see lying around the stage in little nests.

How do you unlock characters in sirens call? ›

How to unlock LOADER - new Risk of Rain 2 survivor - YouTube

Which character should I play Risk of Rain 2? ›

The Engineer is sometimes considered the best character in Risk of Rain 2 because of his combat style. He's a ranged fighter that helps him stay away from the thick of battle through his turrets. His Bubble Shield also protects him from projectile damage.

Is Monsoon hard Risk of Rain 2? ›

Monsoon is the hardest initial difficulty designed for players who seek a challenge. Time affects scaling difficulty at 150% of the normal pace. Players' health regeneration multiplier starts at 0.6 . The Deicide and The Calm challenges can only be obtained on this difficulty.

How do you beat monsoon in easy ror2? ›

Monsoon Tips

Don't farm the whole map before the first loop. Use newt altars as often as you can. Build for your character's weakness not just for high damage output. Abuse guaranteed items when the RNG sucks.

How do you finish being alone? ›

To Be Left Alone is a challenge introduced in the Hidden Realms Update. It is completed by finishing the Void Fields, a Hidden Realm found by activating the Null Portal in the Bazaar Between Time.

Can you get Rex on drizzle? ›

To unlock Rex in Risk of Rain 2, you need to repair the broken Rex with the Escape Pod's Fuel Array. Getting the Escape Pod's Fuel Array is easy and not that difficult. When you land and get out of the Escape Pod, make a 180 Degree turn.

How do you unlock a goat's hoof? ›

Paul's Goat Hoof: increases movement speed. To unlock: fail a Shrine of Chance three times in a row. You have to fail on the same Shrine of Chance - the ones that cost money and reward items - so cross your fingers the other way and pray for the worst.

How do you get a 57 leaf clover in ror2? ›

How to Obtain the 57 Leaf Clover. The Risk of Rain 2 57 Leaf Clover is one of the game's more powerful, legendary (red) items. In order to obtain it, you'll have to complete 20 stages in one single run. After doing so, the Risk of Rain 2 57 Leaf Clover will be eligible to drop while playing, just like other items do.

Can you get Rex in sirens call? ›

The broken robot cannot be found in Siren's Call. The rest of the Power Plant challenge is a piece of cake. Use the jump pad in the center of the stage to reach the upper tiers. On a platform just shy of the highest tier you'll find the broken robot.

How do you get the Thunderdome achievement in Risk of Rain 2? ›

Loader: The Thunderdome is a challenge in Risk of Rain 2 that involves killing other loaders. In fact, players have to go to Bulwark's Ambry and kill three other Loaders.

What does the celestial portal do? ›

The Celestial Portal is a portal that teleports to A Moment, Fractured. To have one spawn, the player must have looped at least once and reached the 3rd stage. On this stage, a Celestial Orb will spawn circling the Teleporter. After completing the Teleporter Event, the Celestial Portal will spawn.

Is Acrid a boy or girl? ›

acrid is a she. well in this game.

Is blight or poison better? ›

Blight scales better with Acrid's damage where Poison scales better with enemy HP. So which one is better depends on the situation. If you're OP relative to enemies, blight will be more powerful (but also potentially useless, if you're killing everything so quickly anyway).

Is poison or blight better ror2? ›

Choosing between Poison and Blight is largely a personal preference. Since Poison cannot stack, it favors a dodgier, fire-and-forget playstyle where the player poisons a group of enemies, leaves them to take damage, and finds some new enemies to poison in the meantime.

How do you beat monsoon with a loader? ›

How to Beat Risk Of Rain 2 Monsoon - Full guide - YouTube

How do you play as loader? ›

To unlock Loader, you have to complete the Guidance Offline challenge. This can be done by defeating the Alloy Worship Unit in Siren's Call. The Alloy Worship doesn't automatically spawn in this area; you will have to go around the map and destroy at least five vulture's nests.

What items are good on acrid? ›

Death Mark works great with Acrid since he can already deal poison damage. Primordial Cube: Poison can wipe out entire groups of enemies, but they have to be close enough. The Primordial Cube equipment item will pull in enemies within 30m into its center, allowing you to deal damage.

How do you get the loader in the Thunderdome? ›

Go to the Sky meadow and input the code for the Artifact of Vengeance. After doing so, deliver the keys to make a Loader spawn. This is the time that players will have to kill three enemy Loaders. The Thunderdome Challenge is not even one of the hardest challenges in the game, but it can be slow.


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