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Loader
Loader.png
The Loader is a slow but powerful bruiser that can use her grappling hook to uniquely navigate the environment.
Health 160 (+48 per level)
Health Regen 2.5/s (+0.5 per level)
Damage 12 (+2.4 per level)
Speed 7 m/s
Armor 20
Unlock Guidance Offline

Umbra Title
Bionic Powerhouse
Ending Phrase
Escaped : ..and so she left, heart still racing.

Vanished : ..and so she vanished, her momentum halted forever.

The Loader is a playable character in Risk of Rain 2.

An incredibly mobile and heavy cargo loader, the Loader is capable of delivering some of the hardest-hitting attacks in the game. When utilizing velocity to her advantage, she is able to topple many powerful monsters in just a single punch.

Skills

Passive

Scrap Barrier

Scrap Barrier.png
Type Passive
Description The Loader is immune to fall damage. Striking enemies with the Loader's gauntlets grants a temporary barrier.
Notes
  • This barrier gain is 5% of the max barrier.
    • Hitting multiple enemies with one swing does not grant additionalbarrier.
Primary

Knuckleboom

Knuckleboom.png
Type Primary
Proc Coefficient 1
Description Swing at nearby enemies for 320% damage.


Secondary

Grapple Fist

Grapple Fist.png
Type Secondary
Cooldown 5s
Description Fire your gauntlet forward, pulling you to the target.
Notes
  • This does not damage enemies.

Spiked Fist

Spiked Fist.png
Type Secondary
Cooldown 5s
Proc Coefficient 1
Description Stunning
[ Stunning ]
Interrupts enemies and briefly stuns them.
. Fire your gauntlet forward, dealing 320% damage. Pulls you to heavy targets. Light targets are pulled to YOU instead.
Notes
  • Unlocked via the Loader: Swing By Challenge. (As Loader, reach and proceed through the Celestial Portal in 25 minutes or less.)
Utility

Charged Gauntlet

Charged Gauntlet.png
Type Utility
Cooldown 5s
Proc Coefficient 1
Description Heavy
[ Heavy ]
The skill deals more damage the faster you are moving.
. Charge up a piercing punch for 600%-2700% damage.
Notes
  • Can sprint while charging (start charging and then sprint, needs to be repeated for every attack).
  • Can hold the charge.
  • Charges faster with more attack speed.

Thunder Gauntlet

Thunder Gauntlet.png
Type Utility
Cooldown 5s
Proc Coefficient 1
Description Heavy
[ Heavy ]
The skill deals more damage the faster you are moving.
. Charge up a single-target punch for 2100% damage that shocks enemies in a cone for 1000% damage.
Notes
  • Unlocked via the Loader: Earthshatter Challenge. (As Loader, land a Charged Gauntlet hit at 300mph or higher.)
  • Fires automatically when fully charged.
Special

M551 Pylon

M551 Pylon.png
Type Special
Cooldown 20s
Proc Coefficient 0.5
Description Throw a floating pylon that zaps up to 6 nearby enemies for 100% damage. Can be grappled.
Notes
  • Spawning multiple pylons through the use of other items (e.g. Brainstalks.png BrainstalksBgLegendary.pngBrainstalks.pngSkills have NO cooldowns for a short period after killing an elite.
    Upon killing an elite monster, enter a frenzy for 4s (+4s per stack) where skills have 0.5s cooldowns.
    , Bandolier.png BandolierBgUncommon.pngBandolier.pngChance on kill to drop an ammo pack that resets all skill cooldowns.
    18% (+10% per stack) chance on kill to drop an ammo pack that resets all skill cooldowns.
    , or stacking Alien Head.png Alien HeadBgLegendary.pngAlien Head.pngReduces cooldowns for your skills.
    Reduce skill cooldowns by 25% (+25% per stack).
    ) is possible, but there is an internal cap of three that can be active at any time. Spawning more than three will have the oldest active pylon be removed when the new one spawns.
  • The pylon is inactive for 1.65 seconds after being used, and then zaps 14 times at 1-second intervals before despawning. All zaps over the duration crit together.
  • Does not attack faster with attack speed items.


Thunderslam

Thunderslam.png
Type Special
Cooldown 8s
Proc Coefficient 1
Description Stunning
[ Stunning ]
Interrupts enemies and briefly stuns them.
. Slam your fists down, dealing 2000% damage on impact.
Notes
  • Unlocked via the Loader: The Thunderdome Challenge. (As Loader, kill three other Loaders in the Bulwark's Ambry.)
  • The blast radius is about 15m.

Tips

  • Items that increase damage or attack speed are invaluable on Loader, especially on-hit items which deal bonus total damage. In combination with her Charged Gauntlet, items such as Ukulele.png UkuleleBgUncommon.pngUkulele.png...and his music was electric.
    25% chance to fire chain lightning for 80% TOTAL damage on up to 3 (+2 per stack) targets within 20m (+2m per stack).
    and Kjaro's Band.png Kjaro's BandBgUncommon.pngKjaro's Band.pngHigh damage hits also blasts enemies with a runic flame tornado. Recharges over time.
    Hits that deal more than 400% damage also blasts enemies with a runic flame tornado, dealing 300% (+300% per stack) TOTAL damage over time. Recharges every 10 seconds.
    substantially increase her damage output.
    • While higher attack speed is useful for filling up Scrap Barrier quickly and dealing damage with procs, be mindful that Knuckleboom knocks smaller enemies away with every hit. With higher attack speed values, its damage may suffer simply because enemies are constantly being pushed out of reach. This is a non-issue against larger enemies or bosses.
  • Knuckleboom briefly stuns and knocks back lighter enemies such as Lemurian.png Lemurians, Beetle.png Beetles, Imp.png Imps, and Hermit Crab.png Hermit Crabs.
  • Grapple Fist & Spiked Fist only go on cooldown if the attack connects with an enemy or terrain; if not, it reels back in and is immediately ready for re-use.
    • However, hitting an enemy at the very limit of Spiked Fist's range will not trigger the grappling effect or put the skill on cooldown, but will still deal damage. This may be a bug.
  • It is possible to charge up Charged Gauntlet while attached to something by Grapple Fist or Spiked Fist. Use this to gain damage when using Charged Gauntlet, as its damage is increased by Loader's movement speed. On top of dealing massive amounts of damage, it can also allow her to cover great distances very quickly.
  • Release Charged Gauntlet at the apex of Grapple Fist's trajectory (right when Loader starts going upwards) to maintain maximum momentum when trying to go far.
  • When attached to something with Grapple Fist or Spiked Fist, repeatedly toggling sprint can rapidly increase Loader's movement speed and/or swinging radius (distance between Loader and what she's attached to). The swinging radius can extend infinitely, being limited only by the boundaries of the map.
  • Like Artificer.png Artificer's Charged Nano-Bomb.png Charged Nano-Bomb, Loader can sprint while charging up Charged Gauntlet by toggling sprint after beginning the charge.
  • Loader can move faster while using Knuckleboom by pressing the sprint key between attacks.
  • Scrap Barrier will apply to Knuckleboom, Charged Gauntlet, and Thunder Gauntlet, but not M551 Pylon or Thunderslam.
  • Loader makes exceptional use of the H3AD-5T v2.png H3AD-5T v2BgLegendary.pngH3AD-5T v2.pngIncrease jump height. Hold 'Interact' to slam down to the ground.
    Increase jump height. Creates a 5m-100m radius kinetic explosion on hitting the ground, dealing 1000%-10000% base damage that scales up with fall distance. Recharges in 10 (-50% per stack) seconds.
    , as she is more than capable of meeting the height requirement for its max damage. Additionally, she can use the fall speed increase to gain more velocity for Charged Gauntlet and Thunder Gauntlet.
  • Loader pairs well with the Hardlight Afterburner.png Hardlight AfterburnerBgLegendary.pngHardlight Afterburner.pngAdd 2 extra charges of your Utility skill. Reduce Utility skill cooldown.
    Add +2 (+2 per stack) charges of your Utility skill. Reduces Utility skill cooldown by 33%.
    , as a large chunk of her damage comes from her utility skill.
    • This also significantly augments her mobility, allowing her to use Charged and Thunder Gauntlet to move around even more easily.
  • While Thunder Gauntlet technically is stronger than Charged Gauntlet early on (2100%+1000% compared to 2700%), Charged Gauntlet eventually eclipses it thanks to its piercing property. As enemies become more plentiful, Charged Gauntlet can plow through them and deal its full damage to each, as opposed to Thunder Gauntlet only dealing its full damage to a single enemy.
  • Thunder Gauntlet works well with Thunderslam, as the ricochet from hitting a target can be used to follow up with a slam, though Charged Gauntlet can work as well since it can be used to pierce through an enemy.

Lore

A lot of people would say that loading cargo is a dull job. The Loader could not disagree more.

Other jobs don’t supply their employees with a fully articulate titanium exoskeleton capable of lifting 250 tons.

Other jobs don’t allow their employees to meet the crews of countless starships from across the galaxy.

Other jobs don’t let you use your exoskeleton for your own entertainment, much less outfit it with custom-built grappling hooks powered by a winch capable of hauling up to 100 tons.

Other jobs don’t involve being approached by a legend among the UES work force, and asked to embark on a classified mission to the Uncharted Territories.

Other jobs don’t involve fighting exotic and strange alien creatures, and exploring mystical ruins on another planet.

A lot of people would say that loading cargo is a dull job. The Loader could not disagree more.

Version History

PC Patch v1.1.1.2
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed Loader’s Thunderslam.png Thunder Slam not working in conjunction with H3AD-5T v2.png H3AD-STBgLegendary.pngH3AD-5T v2.pngIncrease jump height. Hold 'Interact' to slam down to the ground.
      Increase jump height. Creates a 5m-100m radius kinetic explosion on hitting the ground, dealing 1000%-10000% base damage that scales up with fall distance. Recharges in 10 (-50% per stack) seconds.

Anniversary Update
  • Major Content
    • Added New Skill Variant: Thunderslam.png Loader Special
      • Stunning
        [ Stunning ]
        Interrupts enemies and briefly stuns them.
        . Slam your fists down, dealing 2000% damage on impact.
    • Added New Class Challenge: Thunderslam.png Loader: The Thunderdome
    • Added New Lore Entry: Loader
  • Quality of Life
    • Updated skin visuals
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed some animation issues on the Loader

PC Patch v1.0.1.1 (Build ID No.5440050)

Early Access Content Update 5

Early Access Hidden Realms Content Update
  • Major Content
    • Added New Skill Variant: Thunder Gauntlet.png Loader Utility
      • Charge up a single punch for 2100% damage that shocks enemies in a cone for 1000% damage. Deals more damage at higher speeds.
    • Added New Class Challenge: Thunder Gauntlet.png Loader: Earthshatter
  • Gameplay Changes
    • Knuckleboom.png Knuckleboom
      • Add small forward lunge
      • Extend size of hurtbox and effect
    • Grapple Fist.png Grapple/Spiked Fist.png Spiked Fist
      • Minimum Length: 5m ⇒ 1m
        • This just means that the tether won’t break as easily from being really close to the grapple point
  • Quality of Life

PC Early Access Patch (Build ID No.4233443)
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fix Loader disappearing when ragdolling
    • Fix Loader's wrists spinning around during certain animations

Early Access 'Skills 2.0' Content Update
  • Major Content and Changes
    • Added Survivor: Loader
      • The Loader is a slow but powerful bruiser that can use her grappling hook to uniquely navigate the environment.
    • Added New Skill Variant: Spiked Fist.png Loader Secondary
      • Fire your gauntlet forward, dealing 320% damage and stunning. Pulls you to heavy targets. Light targets are pulled to YOU instead.
    • Added New Skin: Classic.png Loader
    • Added New Class Challenge: Spiked Fist.png Loader: Swing By
    • Added New Class Challenge: Classic.png Loader: Mastery

Gallery

Trivia

  • Loader was one of the two post-launch playable characters in the first Risk of Rain.
  • The Loader's "Classic" skin is a reference to Risk of Rain 1, as it has the same color scheme as the original Loader. It may also be a reference to the Power Loader suit in the movie Alien.
  • The Loader in Risk of Rain 2 is female, while the Loader in Risk of Rain 1 is male.
  • Due to being immune to fall damage, the FrailtyArtifact of Frailty has no effect on Loader.
  • Contrary to her game description, Loader is one of the most mobile survivors in the game.
  • Loader is often considered the most powerful early-game and overall character in game due to her survivability, burst power, mobility, and low reliance on items.


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