Best Commando Build in Risk of Rain Returns

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Risk of Rain Returns Commando Build
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As the official mascot for the Risk of Rain franchise, the Commando is a jack-of-all-trades survivor with a solution to almost every problem. Here’s the best Commando build and items to choose in Risk of Rain Returns.

Best Items for Commando in Risk of Rain Returns

The best items for Commando focus on on-hit effects to utilize the survivor’s rapid-fire normal attacks along with health and utility items to increase Commando’s survivability and mobility. We’ll go over the best items to pick up in the tables below, divided by item type.

Best Damage Items for Commando

The most ideal Damage items for Commando focus on delivering constant on-hit effects.

Item NameDescriptionUnlock Method

Rusty Knife
15% (+15% per stack) chance to bleed an enemy for 4×35% TOTAL damage.Unlocked by default.

Lens Maker’s Glasses
Your attacks have a 10% (+7% per stack) chance to ‘Critically Strike’, dealing double damage.Unlocked by default.

Mortar Tube
9% chance on hit to fire a mortar for 170% (+170% per stack) TOTAL damage.Unlocked by default.

Sticky Bomb
9% chance on hit to attach a bomb to an enemy, detonating for 140% (+140% per stack) TOTAL damage.(Engineer) – Detonate 15 Bounding Mines within five seconds.

Killing enemies burns the ground for 60% (+40% per stack) damage.Defeat 20 Lemurians in one playthrough.

AtG Missile Mk 1
10% (+10% per stack) chance on hit to fire a missile that deals 300% TOTAL damage.Unlocked by default.

20% chance on hit to fire chain lightning for 66% (+66% per stack) TOTAL damage on up to 3 targets.Unlocked by default.

Predatory Instinct
Gain 5% critical chance. Critical strikes increase attack speed by 10% (+7% per stack). Maximum cap of 30% (+21% per stack) attack speed.(Huntress) – Defeat the Ancient Wisp without taking damage.

10% (+10% per stack) chance on hit to damage by up to 2×500% enemy damage per second and slow for up to -150% movement speed over the course of 3 seconds.Unlocked by default.

AtG Missile Mk 2
7% (+7% per stack) chance on hit to fire three missiles that deal 3×300% TOTAL damage.Unlocked by default.

Heaven Cracker
Every 4 (-1 per stack) basic attacks pierce through enemies.Unlocked by default.

Brilliant Behemoth
All your attacks explode for a bonus 20% (+20% per stack) TOTAL damage to nearby enemies.Unlocked by default.

Best Utility Items for Commando

The most ideal Utility items for Commando center around increasing your attack speed while inflicting crowd-controlling effects on enemies.

Item NameDescriptionUnlock Method

Soldier’s Syringe
Increases attack speed by 12% (+12% per stack).Unlocked by default.

Backup Magazine
Add +1 (+1 per stack) charge of your Secondary skill.Unlocked by default.

Paul’s Goat Hoof
Increases movement speed by 15% (+15% per stack).Fail a shrine three times in a row.

Hermit’s Scarf
10% (+10% per stack) chance to evade incoming damage.(Huntress) – Achieve 200% attack speed.

Increases movement speed by 7.5% (+7.5% per stack) and attack speed by 6% (+6% per stack).Reach level 20 with a survivor.

Tough Times
Increase armor by 14 (+14 per stack).Unlocked by default.

Boxing Gloves
6% (+6% per stack) chance on hitting enemies to knock them back for 100% TOTAL damage.Unlocked by default.

Prison Shackles
Slow enemies on hit for -50% movement speed for 1.5 (+0.5 per stack) seconds.Unlocked by default.

Concussion Grenade
6% (+6% per stack) chance on hitting enemies to stun them for 2 seconds.(Engineer) – Kill a boss in 15 seconds or less.

13% chance on hit to freeze enemies for 1.5 seconds while slowing by -80% movement speed for 3 (+1.5 per stack) seconds.Unlocked by default.

Best Healing Items for Commando

The most ideal Healing items for Commando revolve around passive, on-hit, and on-kill health regeneration as well as shield generation.

Item NameDescriptionUnlock Method

Meat Nugget
8% chance on hit to drop 2 meat nuggets that heal for 2×8 (+6 per stack) health.Unlocked by default.

Mysterious Vial
Increase health regeneration by 0.84 (+0.84 per stack) hp per second.Unlocked by default.

Monster Tooth
Killing an enemy heals you for 10 (+5 per stack) health.Unlocked by default.

Heal for 10 (+10 per stack) health 1.5 seconds after getting hurt.Unlocked by default.

Topaz Brooch
Killing an enemy grants 15 barrier (+15 per stack).Unlocked by default.
Risk of Rain Returns Infusion Item
Killing an enemy increases your health permanently by 1 (+0.5 per stack).Unlocked by default.

Leeching Seed
Attacking enemies heals you for 2 (+1 per stack) health.Unlocked by default.

Harvester’s Scythe
Gain 5% critical chance. Critical strikes heal for 8 (+2 per stack) health.Use a health shrine that drops your hit points below 5%.

Best Loadout Skills for Commando

Commando is a great all-rounder survivor in Risk of Rain Returns, and their extra unlockable skills allow them to exceed both at long-range and short-range combat. As such, the best loadout for Commando depends on your preferred playstyle, and whether you like to dish out consistent damage from afar or unleash in-your-face burst damage up close.

I prefer keeping my distance with Commando, so I use the survivor’s default skills with the exception of the Tactical Slide ability. This allows me to provide sustained damage while being highly mobile.

Unlocking Tactical Slide

The Tactical Slide skill is unlocked by completing the Providence Trial “Slide to the Finish!”

That’s all for the best Commando build and items to choose in Risk of Rain Returns. If you found this guide helpful, make sure to check out our other guides, like how to find a Beam Drone in Risk of Rain Returns.

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Matt's writing career began when he joined Prima Games in 2022. As an Associate Editor, he tries to make sure everything you read looks as pretty as possible. He's had a passion for video games all of his life and really loves Final Fantasy, retro FPS, roguelikes, and metroidvanias. He will absolutely stomp you in Tetris.