The Gungeon is unforgiving. Everything is out to kill you, and in a single moment, you could go from monolithic hero to smouldering corpse. Understanding your character is key to progressing through the onslaught of spike traps and pitfalls that lay ahead.
Discover which kin-slaying Gungeoneer best suits your play style below. Then, when the game launches tomorrow, you'll know exactly which Gungeoneer to choose first. We've included brief Gungeoneer summaries, tips, and starting item information to get you started.
The Convict chose an eternity in the Gungeon in lieu of a lifetime in prison. Knowing the Hegemony would disapprove of her weaponry, she snuck in guns, bombs, and a mysterious personal item to help her survive the dreaded Gundead.
The Convict is great for players that rush into the chaos, acting before they stop to think. Being swiped by a bullet isn't the worst for The Convict; her Enraging Photo provides a passive benefit that grants her increased damage when she's harmed. Her Molotov also gives her a split-second AoE attack that sets an area on fire . Additionally, she and The Hunter are the only two Gungeoneers with two starting guns.
- Be ready to reload often. While each Gungeoneer has a starting gun with infinite max ammo, The Convict's Budget Revolver has the smallest clip size at 5 - half the clip size of the Marine's starting weapon.
- Make sure to utilize her Sawed-Off Shotgun. It has a clip size of 6, and it's a great alternative to her jam-prone Revolver. It packs a big punch up close, and it's great for hitting multiple targets from farther away.
If you do great under pressure and don't mind losing a bit of health for a damage boost, choose The Convict.
Armed with a rusted (yet mysteriously new?) firearm and a hard-hitting crossbow, The Hunter battles Bullet Kin alongside her trusty yet untameable dog. Little is currently known about her past.
Like all Gungeoneer starting weapons, The Hunter's Rusty Sidearm is quick and accessible. She also has a second starting weapon - the Crossbow. It's incredibly powerful and is capable of one-shotting some of the early enemies. Additionally, The Hunter's loyal Dog can sniff out Mimics, enemies disguised as chests - so you need not worry about wasting keys. The dog also occasionally finds a pickup upon completing a room.
- Accuracy and timing is paramount for the Crossbow. With a clip size of just 1, you'll need to perfect your aim to make sure every shot is worth the wait.
- Check on your dog upon clearing a room. While enemies are alive, there's no need to keep an eye on your canine sidekick, but when all the enemies are dead and the floor is covered in torn books and toppled tables, an ammo box could be easy to miss.
If you're a fan of accurate, hard-hitting weapons that have the ability to one-shot, choose The Hunter.
The Marine is well-armed and experienced, calling upon his Military Training to reload faster and shoot more accurately. He was a low-ranking Primerdyne solider before joining the others in the Gungeon.
The Marine's Sidearm weapon boasts the highest clip of all Gungeoneer starting weapons at 10 shots before reload, meaning he can rush a firefight more effectively. He is also the only Gungeoneer who can "call in" supplies, utilizing the Supply Drop to call in ammo. His Training grants him faster reload times and more accuracy, and The Marine's +1 armor from his helmet is a huge benefit.
- Use your Supply Drop strategically. It will always refill your ammo to full, so don't waste it if your ammo is at more than 50% (unless you have a good reason).
- Wonder why you're suddenly staring at The Marine's bald head? That simply means you've used the +1 bonus armor granted by his helmet, and he's now without the extra protection.
If you're a trigger-happy player that could use an accuracy boost and extra protection, choose The Marine.
The Pilot is a charismatic fighter with a tendency to smuggle goods, pick locks, and talk himself out of dangerous situations. His starting weapon, the Rogue Special, was was gifted to him by his partner, and it's never let him down.
The Pilot stands out from his fellow Gungeoneers thanks to his unique abilities. He can use Trusty Lockpicks to attempt to open locks or locked chests instead of using a key. He also can use his Disarming Personality to gain a discount at shops he finds in the Gungeon, which can prove useful if you're in need of ammo or extra health. Additionally, The Pilot has a Hidden Compartment that allows him to carry an extra active item in addition to 10% increased maximum ammo for all weapons.
- Lockpicking does not always work. If your Trusty Lockpick fails, the lock will no longer function. If you have a few extra keys to spare, lockpicking might not be worth the risk.
- Rely on active items. The Pilot might only have one starting gun, but having two active item slots allows him to carry more than one bomb, C4, or other weapon to help slay enemies.
If you could use extra ammo, extra savings at the store, and an extra active item, choose The Pilot.
The Cultist is a very strange character. Only available in co-op, their items and applications are limited greatly to this game mode.
While the Cultist's Dart Gun is certainly a good enough weapon, their true power comes from their co-op items. Their Friendship Cookie is an active item that allows for the resurrection of a fallen ally to full health, so you and your partner can continue exploring the Gungeon together. If resurrection is out of the question, not all hope is lost; Number 2 is a passive item that boosts the Cultists' stats when the other player is dead.
- The Cultist is primarily a support class, and should be treated as such. While skilled players might be able to use the Cultist as a primary class, the Gungeoneer's skills are much more aimed at helping rather than steaming through the Gungeon alone.
- Utilize your Friendship Cookie at the right time to maximize group effectiveness.
If you like to play with and help others, choose The Cultist.
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