The Bandit is the newest character to join your merry roster now that Risk of Rain 2‘s Anniversary Update is live. Here’s our guide to help you unlock the Bandit, as well as the character’s loadouts and skills, in Risk of Rain 2.
Risk of Rain 2 Anniversary Update: Bandit guide – Unlocking the character’s skills and loadouts
For newcomers, the Bandit is actually a character from the original Risk of Rain game. Indeed, it boasts some fairly decent capabilities that you can try out now that the sequel’s Anniversary Update is here.
Anyway, the requirement to unlock the Bandit in Risk of Rain 2 is fairly easy enough. You just need to reach and complete the game’s third teleporter event (on stage 3). You can do this on your favorite character and, once you’re done, you’ll obtain the “Warrior” achievement which nets you the Bandit.
Bandit loadouts and skills
You can refer to the table below for the Bandit’s loadouts and skills in Risk of Rain 2. Just remember that the remaining abilities can only be unlocked once you’ve completed certain requirements.
|Default Version and Effect||Unlocked Version and Effect||Unlock Requirement|
Fires a shotgun burst for 5×100% damage; can hold up to 4 shells.
Fires a rifle blast for 330% damage; can hold up to 4 bullets.
|Bandit: Classic Man
Successfully use Lights Out to reset your cooldowns 15 times in a row.
|Secondary: Serrated Dagger
Lunge and slash for 360% damage; causes hemorrhaging (bleeding damage-over-time effect); critical hits also cause hemorrhaging.
|Secondary: Serrated Shiv
Throws a blade for 240% damage; causes hemorrhaging; critical hits also cause hemorrhaging.
Kill a monster with 20 stacks of hemorrhage.
|Utility: Smoke Bomb
Stuns and deals 200% damage; makes you temporarily invisible for 4 seconds; deals 200% damage again once the effect wears off.
|Special: Lights Out
Fire a revolver shot for 600% damage; kills with this ability restore all your cooldowns.
Fire a revolver shot for 600% damage; kills grant stacking tokens that add 10% Desperado damage.
Kill the final boss (Mithrax) using Lights Out.
|Skin: Default||Skin: Special||Bandit: Mastery
Beat the game or obliterate on Monsoon as the Bandit.
The Bandit is probably one of the most versatile characters right now in Risk of Rain 2. The Burst primary is powerful since the shot spread can hit multiple targets (or a single target multiple times). However, Serrated Dagger can be iffy to use since it requires you to be extremely close to an enemy. As for the Smoke Bomb utility, it’s one of the best ones around. You can lose aggro if things are getting too hot, and the extra damage and stuns are very helpful.
Lastly, Lights Out is an absolute game-changer. You can reset practically every Bandit skill (not equipment pieces, mind you) in one go if you manage to kill an enemy with it.
Tips for unlocking other skills
For “Bandit: Classic Man,” you’ll want to do this on Drizzle (easy) mode and during the first level. Simply use your Smoke Bomb or Serrated Dagger without killing anything. Then, use Lights Out to shoot any of the weaker mobs. Since the cooldown for Lights Out will also be reset, you can just pop your secondary or utility skills before you annihilate another target with Lights Out.
Meanwhile, for “Bandit: B&E,” simply reach the Moon level and battle Mithrix. Bear in mind that the level has been changed for Risk of Rain 2‘s Anniversary Update, so the mechanics are a bit different. Once you’ve pushed Mithrix to his final phase (where he steals your items), drop his health down to a sliver. Then, use Lights Out to finish him off.
Note: You can take a look at our Anniversary Update: Moon level/Mithrix final boss guide to learn about the changes to the level’s layout and mechanics.
Still, “Bandit: Sadist” might be the only objective that’ll give you a headache in Risk of Rain 2. This is due to how annoying it is to land Serrated Dagger hits consistently. However, YouTuber Skyfecta offers amazing advice:
- Start a run on Drizzle difficulty with the Artifact of Command enabled. This lets you select the items you can pick up.
- Progress normally while collecting Backup Magazine items until you have 19 stacks. Since each Backup Magazine piece adds one extra use of your secondary attack, you should eventually notice that your Serrated Dagger skill has 20 charges.
- Next, obtain several Soldier Syringes (around six to eight would do). This will increase your attack speed immensely.
- Once you’re good with your setup, go to the teleporter to summon the boss. Go near it/behind it and spam your secondary attack quickly. Once you’ve used it 20 times, kill the boss.
Anyway, if you want to see how this Bandit skill is unlocked in Risk of Rain 2, you can watch Skyfecta’s video below: