How to Unlock All Characters in Risk of Rain Returns

How to play as all 15 survivors.

Risk of Rain Returns Red Caped Swordsman
Screenshot by Prima Games

Risk of Rain has returned in a brand-new, beautifully remastered package with all the content from the original release and many new things to discover. Here’s how to unlock all 15 characters in Risk of Rain Returns.

How to Unlock All Survivors in Risk of Rain Returns

Risk of Rain Returns has a total of 15 survivors to play as, including the 12 original characters from the initial release and three additional characters added with the remaster. Check out the list below to find out how to unlock each survivor.

Survivor NameHow to Unlock
Risk of Rain Returns Commando
This character is unlocked by default.
Risk of Rain Returns Huntress
This character is unlocked by default.
Risk of Rain Returns Enforcer
Defeat the three initial bosses: Wandering Vagrant, Colossus, Magma Worm.
Can be achieved through multiple runs.
Risk of Rain Returns Bandit
Complete the third stage of a run.
Note: If playing co-op, you must be alive when the stage is complete to unlock Bandit.
Risk of Rain Returns HAN-D
Find the robot janitor.
Found in the final level, UES Contact Light, look for the “Cargo 2” area with multicolored storage boxes. Find the grey door and interact with it.
Risk of Rain Returns Engineer
Purchase 40 drones total.
Note: Drones that are destroyed and repaired (purchased again) count towards the total.
Risk of Rain Returns Miner
Clear a path for the survivor.
Found in the fourth level, Magma Barracks, look for a tunnel around the bottom-right section of the map. Follow the tunnel and slay the Elder Lemurian “Direseeker” to unlock Miner. The tunnel may not always be present.
Risk of Rain Returns Sniper
Beat the game.
Complete the final stage, UES Contact Light, on any difficulty.
Risk of Rain Returns Acrid
Free the chained creature.
Found in either the third level (Sunken Tombs) or the Underwater level, search for a metal box near the top-right section. Interacting with it will release Acrid who must be defeated to unlock.
Risk of Rain Returns Mercenary
Beat the game five times.
Complete the final stage and defeat the final boss, Providence, five times total on any difficulty.
Risk of Rain Returns Loader
Obtain 30 different items in one playthrough.
Find and acquire 30 unique items in a single playthrough. A single-player run is recommended to complete this challenge.
Risk of Rain Returns Chef
Obtain Meat Nugget, Bustling Fungus, Sprouting Egg, Bitter Root, and Foreign Fruit in one run.
Note: Foreign Fruit counts as an equipment item. Bitter Root can only be found after completing the ‘In Good Health’ challenge.
Risk of Rain Returns Pilot
Collect 15 Monster Logs.
Monsters have a chance to drop logs on defeat. Can be achieved through multiple playthroughs.
Risk of Rain Returns Artificer
Visit 10 unique stages.
Will naturally be completed as you play through the game multiple times.
Risk of Rain Returns Drifter
Recycle 6 drones in one playthrough.
Repair six drones and take them to a drone recycler in a single playthrough. The recycling machines are found randomly.

That’s how to unlock all 15 survivors in Risk of Rain Returns, including the original 12 characters, the Artificer from Risk of Rain 2, and the brand-new Pilot and Drifter survivors.

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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.