Remnant 2: How To Unlock All Archetypes (2024)

One of the key focal points of Gunfire Games' very successful Soulslike title Remnant 2 is the wide array of character classes that players can choose from. While there are four starting classes (or five for those who preordered), there is also a number of them that are waiting to be discovered as players progress through the game's numerous and ever-changing worlds.

In addition to choosing a starting class, players who meet the required threshold in Remnant 2 will have the option to complement their character's abilities with a secondary Archetype or change their Archetype combination altogether. Here is a complete guide to all the Archetypes in Remnant 2 and how to unlock them.

Updated November 15, 2023 by Marc Santos: This guide has been updated to include the Ritualist, a new archetype introduced in the Awakened King DLC. Just like with the other Archetypes, players will need to unlock Ritualist before they can use it. This is accomplished by finding an Engram.


Remnant 2: Best Classes (Archetypes Tier List)

There are many Archetype options in Remnant 2 and still more to be discovered. This is how they compare to one another.

All Remnant 2 Archetypes

C Tier

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Finding Loot

B Tier

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Close Range

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Buffing Allies

A Tier

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Gun Handling

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Heavy Weapons

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Long Range

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Status Effects

S Tier

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Pet Companion

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Mod Power

How To Unlock The Summoner Archetype

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For players who want to use the weapons of their enemies against them, the Summoner is the perfect way to do just that. With its ability to summon Root creatures to fight alongside it, the Summoner can produce allies for when the fights get tough. Here is how to unlock this secret Archetype from Remnant 2.

Players will need to visit the Bloodmoon Altar, which can be found after defeating the Root Nexus, and purchase the Faded Grimoire. This will require Bloodmoon Essence, which can be farmed throughout Yaesha. Once this is in possession, visit Wallace in Ward 13 to trade the item for the Tome of the Bringer Engram, and with it, the option to use the Summoner as a primary or secondary character class.

How To Unlock The Explorer Archetype

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An expert in finding otherwise difficult-to-locate items, the Explorer is another secret Archetype that will require players to overcome a number of challenges to earn. In fact, players will need to overcome every challenge of the main story to acquire the materials needed for this Archetype.

Players who finish the game will receive a Broken Compass, which can be traded with Wallace for a Golden Compass, the Engram for the Explorer. As this requires finishing the Remnant 2 main storyline, it is one of the more difficult Archetypes to unlock.

How To Unlock The Challenger Archetype

Technically speaking, the Challenger, much like the other starting Archetypes in Remnant 2, doesn't need to be unlocked to be a playable character. However, this only applies if players want to use the Challenger as their starting primary character class. For those looking to use it as a secondary class or decide to change their primary class, an Engram will be required to use this Archetype.


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Fortunately, the key to unlocking the Challenger Archetype is very simple, as it requires only visiting the right vendor to acquire the special item. Players will need to speak to Reggie, who can be found sitting with Mudtooth, and purchase the Old Metal Tool from him. This can then be taken to Wallace and exchanged for the Steel Enswell Engram, which will unlock the Challenger as a playable option.

How To Unlock The Alchemist Archetype

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A master of potions, elixirs, and concoctions to boost the abilities of themselves and their comrades, the Alchemist is a secret Archetype that can serve as an excellent support for other character classes. In order to unlock this Archetype, players will need to explore the world of Losomn to find the prized item that can unlock the Alchemist's Engram.

To find the Mysterious Stone, players will need to visit the Dran slum areas of Morrow Parish until they encounter an object by the broken grate of a drain. This will prompt a beast to grab the player and drag them away, which will result in their character winding up in a room with the stone. With the stone in hand, players can trade with Wallace for the Philosopher's Stone Engram and the Alchemist Archetype.

How To Unlock The Gunslinger Archetype

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While the Gunslinger was a bonus Archetype for players who pre-ordered Remnant 2, players who did not get ahead of the launch date still have the opportunity to harness the abilities of the firearms and ammunition conservation specialist. The premise of the task is simple. However, the effort players need to go to in order to unlock this Archetype is far from simplistic.

Players can retrieve the Worn Cylinder from Mudtooth in Ward 13 after they have heard all the stories that the old man has to tell. This will require some in-game progression to achieve, as Mudtooth will exhaust his supply of stories and tell the player to come back later. Once Remnant 2 players have progressed through a significant amount of the main story, they will be able to retrieve the item and trade it with Wallace for the Iron Cylinder and access to the Gunslinger Archetype.

How To Unlock The Engineer Archetype

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The heavy weapons specialist of the Remnant 2 Archetypes, the Engineer was one of the last character classes to be discovered on account that it requires players to basically kill their character intentionally. In the wastelands of N'Erud, players must find a particular spot on the edge of the world's map and enter the toxic gas to pick up the item needed for this class.

The Engineer Archetype can be found by entering the lethal gas on the edge of the map and jumping onto a ledge, which will also reward players with additional armor. After picking up the armor, drop to the ledge below and pick up the Alien Device. With this device, Wallace will craft the Drzyr Caliper and grant access to the Engineer Archetype.

How To Unlock The Hunter Archetype

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A starting Archetype, the Hunter character class can be utilized by speaking with Brabus in Ward 13. The arms dealer can be found outside by the shooting range, and the special item required is in his shop alongside an array of weapons for purchase.


Remnant 2: Every Archetype Prime Perk, Ranked

Each Archetype in Remnant 2 comes with its own special Prime Perk. This is how they rank compared to their counterparts.

Players can buy the Rusty Medal from Brabus and trade it with Wallace. The Archetype expert will then present players with the Sniper War Medal Engram and the ability for players to use the Hunter Archetype.

How To Unlock The Invader Archetype

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The Invader is the ideal character class for players who favor being elusive and mobile in combat. Given that dodging is one of the main forms of defense in the game, the Invader Archetype establishes itself as one of the most useful, even as a secondary class for an offensive-minded primary Archetype. This is one of the more complex classes to acquire, but is worth the effort.

To unlock the Invader Archetype, find the Dreamcatcher melee weapon from Morrow Parish in Losomn. With this weapon, gamers will be able to extract the Walkers Dream from the pod in Root Earth and be transported to a boss battle against Bane. Once Bane is defeated, players will receive the Wooden Shiv, which can be converted to the Root Blade Engram for the Invader Archetype.

How To Unlock The Medic Archetype

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One of the more popular Archetypes, among both starting and secret options, is the Medic class. Given how challenging Remnant 2 can be and how valuable maintaining a player's health is to ensure survival and success, the Medic has the most valuable regeneration abilities in the game. Thankfully, this highly sought-after Archetype is easy to unlock if players don't choose it as their starting class.

To unlock the Medic Archetype, players will simply have to visit Dr. Norah, the town doctor in Ward 13, and purchase the Medic Pin for 1,500 Scrap. Wallace can use the Medic Pin create the Caduceus Idol Engram, making the Medic Archetype available for use.

How To Unlock The Handler Archetype

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With a furry companion at their side, the Handler is a favorite Archetype among Remnant 2 players. Despite its cute appearance, the character's canine companion is an invaluable asset as players traverse the game's worlds, particularly given its ability to distract enemies, revive their master, and provide an additional source of offense.


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As a starting Archetype, the Handler is easy to unlock for those who don't choose it from the start. By visiting Mudtooth in Ward 13, players can acquire the Old Whistle, which can be converted to the Silver Whistle Engram and unlock this popular character class.

How To Unlock The Archon Archetype

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Undoubtedly the most challenging character class to unlock in Remnant 2, the Archon Archetype was not designed to be discovered organically. In fact, it was a challenge set forth by the game's developers for only the most skilled data miners to overcome. But even with the very specific loadout unearthed, players will still need to dedicate some serious hours in the game to fulfill all the requirements to earn this Archetype.

To unlock the Archon, players will need the following;

  • Armor Set (Headwear, Body, Leg, and Glove Armor): Realmwalker (Explorer Archetype)
  • Relic: Void Heart
  • Long Gun: Ford's Scattergun
  • Melee Weapon: Labyrinth Staff
  • Handgun: Cube Gun
  • Ring One: Zania's Malice
  • Ring Two: Anastasija's Inspiration
  • Ring Three: Black Cat Band
  • Ring Four: Amber Moonstone
  • Amulet: Leto's Amulet
  • Archetype Skill: Worm Hole (Invader)
  • Archetype Skill: Fortune Hunter (Explorer)

With this loadout, players will be able to enter the Corrupted Biome Portal in Labyrinth, acquire the Strange Box, and trade it with Wallace for the Hexahedron. This will grant access to the Archon as a new playable character class.

How to Unlock the Ritualist Archetype

The Ritualist is exclusive to the Awakened King DLC owners, and it can be unlocked by finding the Ragged Poppet item in the Forsake Coast map in Losomn. The Ragged Poppet is hidden in the canals area inside the Forsaken Coast's Drowned Wen section. Look for the canal with lined-up boats, then jump betwen them to reach a hole in the wall with a tunnel leading into a cave. Defeat the elite enemy inside and grab the Ragged Poppet from the wooden post. Take the item back to Wallace and purchase the Cursed Effigy to unlock the Ritualist.

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July 25, 2023

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