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Beginner Tips For Remnant 2

Dec 05, 2023

Dangerous worlds await you, so here are a few beginner tips for Remnant 2.

It's back into monsters and mayhem in Remnant 2. This action-packed follow-up to the original third-person shooter sends you once more into the alien realms and twisted hellscapes of that familiar red crystal. Sticking to that familiar Souls-like style where death respawns you and the area's enemy list, it's a tough time for any explorer in these bizarre realms.

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For those not familiar with the series it can be quite the difficulty curve, especially with how they handle their roguelike elements as it's easy to miss out on content if you weren't aware of it. So to prime you with as much information as you could need to give you that extra edge in your inter-dimensional expeditions, here are some handy beginner tips for Remnant 2.

Remnant 2, just like the last one, can be played solo or with a squad of up to three in co-op. It's not mandatory to bring a mate, but having an extra gun that can watch your back can make the difference. Plus, in co-op multiplayer your friends can revive you, though it costs a Dragon Heart, it's better than reloading to the last crystal checkpoint and starting over.

An extra selling point to pairing up with your pals is that it allows you to cover more ground, so you'll hoover up extra loot faster and have a higher chance of finding treasure you would normally miss. However, the enemy difficulty scales to the strongest member in the party, so make sure you're all roughly around the same level, otherwise, you could hit a brutal wall or a potential soft-lock situation.

You need to finish the tutorial and introduction sequence first before you can access the multiplayer in Remnant 2.

It may sound simple, but regularly resting at crystals, especially if you're clearing through an area quite quickly, is borderline mandatory. Even though these checkpoints do repopulate the area every time you rest, it's a minor inconvenience that's pretty worthwhile.

Resting refills your Dragon Hearts, and whilst your inventory will be heaving with healing items later on, early game it's incredibly helpful. Plus it restocks your ammo, which is always helpful when you're deep into a level and are running low on a big heal or bullets. So when you activate a new crystal, make sure to sit down for a second to restock, you never know when you might need it.

Melee attacks used to just get you in trouble in the last Remnant game as it would lock you into the swinging animation in one fixed direction. So you’d often save it for when you were out of ammunition or were surrounded by trash mobs that could die in one hit.

Now thankfully melee is pretty useful and whilst not recommended on any enemy type that’s covered in a status effect, such as burning, it’s now a solid way to smack back any monsters that get too close. There’s a range of melee weapons to use and like the guns, these weapons can be upgraded.

One feature of Remnant 2 that might catch out a lot of first-timers is that each player starts in a completely random location when they begin a new game and unlock the Hub. Because of the roguelike nature of the game, instead of everyone going through the same “starter world”, the type of planet you begin your quest on is completely up to chance.

For example, someone may have the Prometheus-like plains of N’Erud, or the twisted trees of Yaesha. Why this is worth mentioning is that the difficulty curve, enemy types, and bosses are drastically different. So be prepared for a challenge when you begin the game and step up to that big red crystal.

If you're hitting a wall in your current world, it's recommended to try joining a multiplayer match to level up then come back later.

A basic tip that beginners really need to drill into their heads whilst playing Remnant 2 is that you should take every opportunity to revisit the Hub between checkpoints. The various worlds you’ll be visiting can absolutely drown you in resources and crafting materials and those can be put towards some helpful upgrades or new powerful weapons from Brabus.

This is especially true after boss fights as they’ll often drop an extremely rare crafting part that you can shove into your guns for new abilities. It’s also very easy to grind up what you need if you’re short, so never feel bad about taking some time out of your adventures to visit the NPCs back at the base.

If you haven’t attached a mod to your weapon, you’re going to be in for a bit of a tough time. There are some great modifications that can absolutely trivialize some enemy types and others, like a healing projectile, that can take the strain off some of your more important resources.

You can pick up modifications from Ava in the Hub, and it’s always worth checking out what’s new whenever you stop back as you may have collected a crafting part that she can turn into a new mod. As an added selling point, mods also change the cosmetic look of your weapons and some of them can look very cool or downright bizarre. Which is always fun to show off in co-op.

The Dragon Heart in Remnant 2 is essentially your big heal. Think of the Estus Flask from Dark Souls, you only have so many sips, it’s a little pricey to upgrade and it can only be restocked at a Crystal Checkpoint. Plus the animation for using it is pretty slow and it'll leave you vulnerable to cheap hits at the worst moments.

Whilst it is handy to have, there are much better options for healing. Bandages for example regen your health, can be bought pretty cheaply, and you can stack more of them in your hotbar. There are also mods and classes like the Medic that can heal. So save your Dragon Hearts for when you need it, or if you’re playing in co-op, prioritize it for revives instead of healing as there’s no other way to pick up your pals if they get knocked out.

Certain Archetypes like the Medic can speed up the animations of the Dragon Heart or other Relic as they're pretty slow.

On the topic of Dragon Hearts, Wally can also upgrade the number of charges the Heart holds. You only start with three, but for a Lumenite Crystal, you can upgrade the charges by one and you'll definitely need more the further you get into the game

It's also worth paying a visit to Dwell, the horned NPC over by the Crystal Checkpoint. As this cheeky chap can also sell you some modifiers for your Dragon Heart if you have the crafting materials to make it, which is normally Relic Dust. Though you can also find plenty of them in the wild if you're strapped for resources.

It may seem like an overly simple tip that veteran players might not need, but you would be surprised how easy it is to still blindly walk into a boss fight unprepared in Remnant 2. Thankfully they’re incredibly easy to spot as there’s a specific layout to the level that the game places them in.

For example, if there’s a small Crystal Checkpoint and a big glowing forcefield over a door, you’re in for a boss fight. They also like to place these far away from enemy spawns, so you don’t have to worry about being ambushed and can instead just throw yourself at the boss over and over again. Or, take a trip back to the Hub to power up your gear and stock up on supplies if it’s steamrolling you.

Most boss fights come with minions, so make sure to watch your back or have a party member that focuses on crowd control.

Finally, one last crucial piece of information worth knowing going into Remnant 2 is that you really should equip a Secondary Archetype. These are essentially multi-class roles that unlock once you power up your current character to level 10.

When that happens you can equip a Secondary Archetype by visiting Wally which basically gives you the abilities of another class, minus the Prime Perk bonus. So for example you could mix the elemental buffs of the Alchemist with the tanky Challenger. Or the healing bursts of the Medic with a bullet-spewing Gunslinger. It’s a unique and incredibly useful mechanic that’s honestly mandatory if you plan on playing on the higher difficulty settings as it substantially boosts your strength and usefulness in a fight.

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