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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
..and so she left, heart still racing.

Loader is a playable character in Risk of Rain 2.

Skills[edit | edit source]


Scrap Barrier

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Type Passive
Description The Loader is immune to fall damage. Striking enemies with the Loader's gauntlets grants a temporary barrier.
  • This barrier gain is 5% of the max barrier.


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

Grapple Fist

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

Spiked Fist

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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.
  • Unlocked via the Loader: Swing By Challenge. (As Loader, reach and proceed through the Celestial Portal in 25 minutes or less.)

Charged Gauntlet

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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.
  • Can hold the charge.
  • Charges faster with attack speed.

Thunder Gauntlet

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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.
  • Unlocked via the Loader: Earthshatter Challenge. (As Loader, land a Charged Gauntlet hit at 300mph or higher.)
  • Cannot hold the charge.

M551 Pylon

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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.
  • Spawning multiple pylons through the use of other items (e.g. Brainstalks.pngBrainstalksBgLegendary.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.pngBandolierBgUncommon.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.pngAlien 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.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Items that increase your 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.pngUkuleleBgUncommon.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.pngKjaro'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 your Scrap Barrier quickly and dealing damage with procs, be mindful that your primary attack will knock smaller enemies away from you with every hit. With higher attack speed values, your DPS may suffer simply because enemies are constantly being pushed back beyond the Loader's reach. Non-issue against larger enemies or bosses.
  • Knuckleboom briefly stuns and knocks back lighter enemies such as Lemurians, Beetles, Imps, and 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. (Possibly a bug: hitting an enemy at the very limit of Spiked Fist's range will not proc the grappling effect or start the cooldown, but will still deal damage.)
  • You can charge up and release Charged Gauntlet while you're attached to something by Grapple Fist or Spiked Fist. Use this to gain damage when using Charged Gauntlet, as its damage is increased by the Loader's movement speed. On top of dealing massive amounts of damage, it can also allow you to cover great distances very quickly.
  • Release Charged Gauntlet at the apex of Grapple Fist's trajectory (when you start 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 both 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's Charged Nano-Bomb, Loader can sprint while charging up Charged Gauntlet by toggling sprint after beginning the charge.
  • You can make Loader move faster while using Knuckleboom by pressing the sprint key between the attacks.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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. It has the same color scheme as the original Loader.
  • 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.