Risk of Rain 2 Rex Guide – Gameplay, How-to Unlock, Abilities & Skills

We're taking a detailed look at the Rex character from Risk of Rain 2!

Our Risk of Rain 2 Rex Guide takes a look at all the information we know about this new survivor! We're taking a look at some gameplay and information on the release date, as well as its abilities and skills! We've got the exact details on how-to unlock Rex listed below.

Rex is a completely new character to Risk of Rain 2! He's a plant-robot hybrid survivor, who combines those two abilities to take down all of the monsters in his path! The plant based abilities are self-damaging, but he makes up for that by featuring a couple of healing abilities in his kit. He's a rather large character, this will make him much easier to hit, but hopefully the healing abilities make up for this.

Rex's Release Date

Rex was released on June 25th, 2019 via the Scorched Acres Update!

How-to Unlock Rex

Unlocking Rex is pretty simple, you just need to go into a game and go to the back of your escape pod and unlock the panel there. Inside you will find an item called a Fuel Array.

Looks like it could power something. EXTREMELY unstable...

Now that you have the the Fuel Array, you'll need to get to stage 4 and head to a high platform area in the center of the map. You'll also need to be careful along the way, if you take a large hit from an enemy or by using a Shrine of Blood, you will explode the array and instantly die!

Activate the Fuel Array item right next to Rex's body, and it will now be unlocked! You can leave the game now, and go play some Rex! If you're struggling to find the location, check out this clip that displays where you can find it!

Rex's Abilities & Skills

Rex is a half-plant and half-robot character. Half the kit takes advantage of its plant abilities, and the other half takes advantage of the robot ones. Rex's plant based abilities cost health, but this is offset by the M1 ability that gets a heal if you land the third shot. You can also obviously mitigate this with healing based items.

  • M1 - DIRECTIVE: Inject: Fire 3 syringes for 3x80% damage. The last syringe Weaknes and heals for 30% of damage dealt.
  • M2 - Seed Barrage: Costs 15% of your current health. Launch a mortar into the sky for 450% damage.
  • Shift - DIRECTIVE: Disperse: Fire a sonic boom that pushes and Weakens all enemies hit. Pushes you backwards if you are airborne.
  • R - Tangling Growth: Costs 25% of your current health. Fire a flower that roots for 200% damage. Heals for every target hit.

When you're sprinting with Rex you go underground. It's unclear if this makes you less likely to be hit by monster projectiles or not.

Other Rex Information

  • Rex can take advantage of items that are activated by taking damage because they will work when Rex uses one of its self-damaging abilities. Items like Stealth Kit and Med Kit are better on this character because you can trigger them whenever you want.

Rex Gameplay Video

We got to see a fair amount of gameplay at IGN Live at E3! The developers of the game discussed what went into creating this new survivor, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of it. They also showed off the new stage that is likely called "Scorched Acres."

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  1. Does his fourth ability also heal allies if they stand in the circle?

    1. I’m pretty sure it does.

  2. Careful with the Fuel Array – using a Shrine of Blood with it equipped will instantly kill you after 2-3 seconds. Didn’t realize what was killing me until my third death

    1. Thanks, made a note in the post about that.

  3. His second ability does not have charges. The game play that you saw of him where he had a second charge was due to the fact that he had a backup magazine, which adds a charge to your second ability.

    1. Thanks, fixed!