"Enter the Gungeon" Character Guide

Updated on July 15, 2019
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"Enter the Gungeon" is a huge favorite of Eric's and he loves to write about the game. He wants to share advice and strategy with others.


"Enter the Gungeon" Character Guide

Learn the Characters

Understanding how the characters are different from each will help you survive longer. Each character has unique starting items and guns.


I am going to explain how to unlock the secret characters. If you don't want this information to be spoiled, then I suggest you skip those sections or not read this guide.

Alternate Costumes and Guns

Each character has an alternate costume that you unlock by beating the past level. If you beat the game while wearing this costume, you will unlock an alternative starting gun as well.

How to Play the Bullet

How to Unlock the Bullet

The Bullet is a secret character you unlock by playing the game. This character is unlocked after complete one past on a character.

Every once a while bullet kin wearing a cape will show up in rooms. They will not shoot at you or do anything other than walk around.

This is going to be very confusing and counter-intuitive, but you need to not shoot these bullet kin. Let them walk around for a while, and they will warp out the room. After five times of this happening, you will unlock the character.

The Bullet Uses a Sword

The Bullets main weapon is Blasphemy. This is a sword that you swing to damage enemies. If you have full health, you shoot out projectile beams. These beams remind me of how Link does the same thing in some older Legend of Zelda games.

You Can Destroy Projectiles

Using reload destroys and removes projectiles in front you. Careful though as it only does this at the start of the animation. This probably will take some getting used too.

Live Ammo Buff

The last fun thing about The Bullet is the Live Ammo passive buff. This lets you bump into enemies and take no damage. Previous enemies that would hurt you for touching you do not anymore.

Tazies and Blobulon are a few examples of enemies that no longer hurt you.

Dodge Roll to Damage Enemies

If you dodge roll into enemies, you do damage to them. This makes sense seeing how you are playing as a living bullet. If you find the Armor of Thorns item you do even more damage when rolling into enemies.

How to Play the Convict

Convict Has Offensive Based Items

The Convict is an interesting character. She starts with some offensive based items, and she has an item that increases your damage when you get hurt.

The Enraging Photo

With the Enraging Photo, every time you get hurt your damage goes up for a slight period. The damage boost is useful in challenging rooms and boss fights. The Enraging Photo works great with other similar items.

The Molotov Cocktail

She starts with a Molotov cocktail. The Molotov cocktail is a useful active item in the early levels. I use it to clear bigger rooms.

The Molotov cocktail is helpful on some bosses, but it depends. Some bosses are resistant to fire. The Molotov cocktail a nice item, but I do tend to replace it often.

The Sawed-off Shotgun

She starts with a sawed-off shotgun. This gun is useful early on. It is nice to have an alternative gun to switch to.

You need to get very close to enemies to do the most damage. The gun often misses past this range. I tend to either sell this gun or toss it in a Muncher. It is not as good on the later floors.

Weak Starting Gun

The biggest negative with her is that her starting pistol is not too great. It has a nice rate of fire and a fast reload time. But it is inaccurate and does weak damage. I tend to rely on the sawed-off shotgun more on the early floors.


How to Play the Cultist

The Co-op Character

The Cultist is the character that a second player gets if you play local co-op. This means playing the game with another person. The cultist plays like any other character and does not have anything noteworthy about them. The dart gun they start is weak.

Friendship Cookie

The Cultist starts with an item called Friendship Cookie that lets them resurrect the main player once. They also start with an item called number 2 that increases their movement speed and damage when they are the only player left alive.

Co-op Is Harder

In co-op, mode enemies have more health than normal. However, with two players on the screen. When playing with my friend sometimes it is hard to focus on just my character as too much is going on at once.

Things to Know About Co-op

  • Beating a boss also revives a dead player.
  • If a player is dead, they get a free blank that works short range.
  • Revive a dead player is dead by opening an undiscovered chest.
  • When a player dies, they drop all guns and items.
  • You can drop guns and items for the other player.

How to Play the Gunslinger

How to Unlock the Gunslinger

Unlocking the Gunslinger is complex. First, you need to unlock the Paradox. So read this guide and follow that first. After you beat the Lich as the Paradox, you instantly start the game as the Gunslinger.

To permanently unlock the Gunslinger, you need to beat his past. This involves beating Bullet Hell and killing two of the first phases of the Lich boss. This is extremely hard, and I have not been able to do it myself.

Once you do this the character is permanently unlocked. Once unlocked, he costs seven Hegemony Credits to play.

Every Synergy Is Unlocked for Guns!

This is huge! If you are holding a gun that has synergies, you will instantly have them. As long the synergy affects the held gun. This is because of the Lich's Eye Bullets.

Some guns are somewhat weak but with all synergies are quite strong. Some guns have many synergies, and they feel like different guns with them unlocked!

This is why it is helpful to look up what synergies the guns you find have. You do not need to memorize this. Look up your current gun on the wiki.

The Starting Gun Is Great

The Slinger is a great starting gun. It has an odd feature in that he throws the gun when out of ammo instead of reloading it. If you aim this throw at enemies, it does damage.

How to Play the Hunter

Very Good Character Overall

The Hunter is a nice all-around character with little weakness. Her starting pistol is one of my favorites. It is very good on early floors.

No Active Item

She does not start with an active item. If you want an active item, you will have to find one.

More Item Drops

She has a dog that finds extra items after clearing rooms. After clearing a room there will be a 5% chance the dog will find an item.

Mimic Detection

The dog will bark at chests that are mimics. Mimics can catch new players off-guard. So always knowing when a chest is a Mimic helps a lot. But the dog won't bark at pedestal or wall mimics though.


She starts with a crossbow. The crossbow does decent damage, and it is very useful for early levels. The crossbow is useful for early boss fights. Depending on what guns I find on a run, I may even continue to use the crossbow on later floors.

How to Play the Marine

Character Uses Guns the Best

The Marine is an offensive based character and is an average character without any real weakness. He has a good starting gun, and the extra ammo allows you take advantage of decent guns you find.

The Marine has a starting item that improves his accuracy with all guns.

The Supply Drop

The supply drop allows you get one free ammo crate whenever you want. Extra ammo is very helpful early game.

If I find a gun, I like a lot, I will get the free ammo crate to keep on using it. Using a decent gun makes the first few floors much easier. My strategy is to save the supply drop until I need it, or I find another active item.

Free Armor

The Marine starts with one piece of armor each floor. Chances are I am going to get shot or hit at least once on a floor.

Strong Starting Gun

Another plus of the Marine is that his starting pistol also is decent. It can hold its own for the first few floors If you are very unlucky and do not find any guns or run out of ammo.

How to Play the Paradox

How to Unlock the Paradox

To unlock the Paradox, you first need to beat a character's past. After this, there will be a 20% chance of a cosmic rift appearing in levels, 2, 3 and 4. Interact with a Rift and kill a character past or the Lich to unlock the Paradox. The Pardox costs five Hegemony Credits to play.

If you beat the Lich with the Paradox, you start a run as the Gunslinger.

Random Starting Items

You start each run with a random starting gun and extra gun. You also start with a random item.

This makes each run unique, and this is quite fun. Sometimes you will get lucky and get a good start. Either way, take a minute to check what you start the game way. Note you can start runs cursed if you get a cursed item.

How to Play the Pilot

Jack of All Trades Character

The Pilot is the jack of all trades character. He starts with decent items and has room to hold two active items. Having two active items helps in the later game.

Cheap Store Items

The Pilot buys cheaper items in stores. You can buy more ammo, armor, and blanks.


The Pilot starts with a lockpick. The lockpick has a chance to unlock chests and certain doors. Drop the lockpick if you find a better active item. You do not need the lockpick as much when you get to the final levels of the game.

Weak Starting Gun

The one negative of this character is that his starting laser is unimpressive. The laser is very inaccurate.


How to Play the Robot

How to Unlock the Robot

You unlock the Robot in the game after completing a certain quest. You need to find a busted TV set and carry it to the Forge. You need to bring it to the Blacksmith that creates the bullet that can kill the past.

The TV is in the shortcut room on the second floor after you unlock the shortcut. Using the TV throws it forward. While holding the TV you can not use any active items, and dodge rolling with it drops it.

If you leave the TV unguarded, the Resourceful Rat will steal it.

What worked for me was to throw it the moment I entered a new room and then go back and collect it afterward. This is a very slow and methodical run, but if you want to unlock the Robot, this is how you do it.

No Heart Containers

The biggest changes about the Robot are that you have no heart containers and you never will be able to acquire any. Picking up heart containers gives you currency, and the Master Rounds at the end of bosses gives you armor.

Very Hard to Get Life Points

You need to play even more defensive as it will be very hard to replenish your health. There are a few items that can greatly help though if you are lucky and find them. Of course, use blanks and other defensive items often.

Amazing Starting Gun

The Robot has one of my favorite starting guns. The ammo in each clip seems to last forever in comparison to the other starting guns. This gun alone is better than some weaker guns you can find in brown chests.

About Coolant Leak

Coolant Leak is somewhat helpful I guess. I tend to not use it that much myself.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Eric Farmer


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      • EricFarmer8x profile imageAUTHOR

        Eric Farmer 

        5 weeks ago from Rockford Illinois

        @Gamer gz I never was able to unlock the Gun Slinger because of how hard the final boss fight for that character is. But to be honest I have not played the game in a while.

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        Gamer gz 

        5 weeks ago

        The Paradox run always gets me. :-( Thanks for this.


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