"Enter the Gungeon" Survival Guide

Updated on June 30, 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 Is a Hard Game

Enter the Gungeon is not an easy game to beat. You must fight many enemies and difficult bosses.

This article will teach you tips to survive longer and beat the game more often. Use the table of contents to jump to a section you want to read.

Enter the Gungeon Logo.
Enter the Gungeon Logo. | Source

Know Your Enemies

Know What Your Enemies Do

One of the first steps to taking less damage is knowing what each enemy does. It is hard to avoid getting shot If you are not sure what is coming.

Every enemy in the game has a pattern of some kind, and it is important to pick what targets are the most important. Some enemies are much more annoying than others.

Decide Who to Fight First

There are many factors to consider when deciding what enemy to go after first. Some enemies shoot bullets at nothing while others try to shoot directly at you.

Usually, the ones that chase you are much more dangerous, and I tend to go after the most aggressive enemies first.

Some Enemies Are Stronger Than Others

There are certain enemies that make others stronger. Going after these ones first is a good idea when possible. Of course, everything is situational. Depending on the layout of the room and where everything is you may do things differently.

Be Defensive

You Need to Survive Against Many Fights

The next important thing to remember to be defensive. You cannot win the game if you die. You may be thinking that is obvious. But there is more to it than saying it and knowing it.

You need to do things to help in your survival as there are hordes of enemies to battle. It is important to do what you can to avoid damage.

Take Your Time

Take your time when fighting enemies as there is no time limit when clearing rooms. I try to take on enemies one at a time. Always have an area to fall back to or use as cover. Also, remember to use blanks.

Use Blanks and Tables

Use blanks when you are surrounded or get cornered. Don't forget to flip tables and use them as cover. You can also roll over flipped tables if they get in the way.

About Heart Containers

Know Your Health Pickups

There are two types of heart containers in the game. Half and full heart containers. These heart containers are bullet shells, and a full heart is two shells. Using heart containers is the main way you will heal yourself in Enter the Gungeon.

Save Extra Heart Containers for Later

When you have full health, pick up extra heart containers you find. There is a machine that stores these extra heart containers. Don't forget to get these extra hearts if you need them. These are only stored for the current level you are in.

I can save this heart container for later.
I can save this heart container for later. | Source
This machine saves your extra heart containers for you.
This machine saves your extra heart containers for you. | Source

Advice on Buying Items

Having Extra Heart Containers Is Huge

I always buy certain items when I see them in stores. For example, the game has various heart containers, and heart containers increase your life points by one. Having extra life points is huge, and I focus on buying these.

Stock up on Items Before Boss Fights

Before bosses, I sometimes spend my currency on blanks, health, and armor. It depends on the floor and how much currency I currently have. For the later floors, I do this most of the time. Especially the floor four bosses.

One of the extra stores in the game.
One of the extra stores in the game. | Source

Information About Items

A Bird in the Hand Is Worth Two in the Bush

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” is an old proverb. It means it is better to appreciate and use what you have currently than waiting for better things in the future.

Do not be afraid to buy cheap items that help you a lot early on in runs. You need to beat the early levels to survive to the harder ones.

Passive items are the best

I think passive items are some of the best items you can get in the game. With enough passive item boosts your character will be strong even with weak guns. I buy items that boost my character passively whenever I can.

Use Active Items Often

Use active items often. If you start as the pilot or find certain passive items, you can hold two active items. If you have two active items, don't forget to switch between them.

Learn About Items Using the Wiki

There are a lot of synergies between items. To get these helpful benefits it is important to find many items. The Gamepedia Wiki is a great place to learn about items and guns.

Advice on Using Chests

Open Chests Often

I open chests every chance I can. I know some people avoid opening the normal chests and wait to find rarer ones. I sometimes do this later in a run, but early on I open whatever I can get. Some of the less rare items and guns are still helpful.

Don't Be so Quick to Destroy Chests

Before destroying a chest wait and see if you find a key on the floor. Killing bosses is a way to find keys. You can buy keys from the store as well.

Use the Lockpick

Don't forget about using the lockpick when you play as the pilot. If the lockpick fails to open a chest, it destroys the lock, and the chest is now permanently stuck closed.

If There are No Keys Destroy the Chest

Destroying chests sometimes is the best option. You will most likely get junk when destroying chests. Sometimes you get lucky and get a gun or an item when you destroy a chest.

Stand Back Before Shooting a Chest

If you do decide to destroy a chest, make sure you do not stand too close. Chests sometimes explode when destroyed. If a chest has a fuse, it will explode when the fuse runs out.

The different chests you can find in the game.
The different chests you can find in the game. | Source

Be Careful of Mimics

About Chest Mimics

Before approaching a chest look at it for a few seconds. If the chest moves it is a mimic. Mimics can catch players off-guard. The main way to detect a mimic is to notice the mouth move as it breathes. I mostly shoot the chests to be sure.

Note: If a better chest becomes a mimic then that Mimic will be slightly stronger!

Killing a Mimic gets you an item just like you opened a chest.

Boss Pedestal Mimics

I have also once seen a Mimic disguised as a boss loot pedestal. This really shocked me, and I was not expecting it. Again the main way to tell is to shoot the pedestal. Mimic pedestals have a different pattern and are a different size than normal.

Wall Mimics

Rarely a piece of the wall will be a Mimic. It will detach and start to shoot and attack you.

Mimic Gun

I have not seen this myself before, but there is a Mimic gun. Sometimes when picking up guns, they will turn into this gun.

The Mimic gun is an annoyance because you can't drop it until you do enough damage. At that point, you get the original gun you picked up back.

Mimic Related Items

Mimic Tooth Necklace

If you have the Mimic Tooth Necklace every chest and item pedestal will be a Mimic. This can be a good or bad thing. It is good because you never need to use a key to get chest items ever again. It is bad because now you need to fight every chest.

Ring of Mimic Friendship

If you have the Ring of Mimic Friendship there will be no mimics in a run at all.

What If You Have Both Items?

If you have both items then every chest will be unlocked and nothing will be a Mimic.

A mimic in Enter the Gungeon.
A mimic in Enter the Gungeon. | Source
A blue chest in the game.
A blue chest in the game. | Source

Information About Guns

Keep on Using Good Guns When You Can

A good strategy is to keep using a gun if you like it. Don't worry about reloading and using every gun you find. Sometimes I can clear the second and third floor using one decent gun. Remember to use any ammo you find right away. The Resource Rat always steals ammo if you leave it alone for too long.

Two Ammo Crates

There are two types of ammo pickups in Enter the Gungeon. Red and Green. Red containers refill all your gun’s ammo a little. Green containers completely refill the current gun you are holding.

A green ammo container.
A green ammo container. | Source
A red ammo container.
A red ammo container. | Source

Remember to Focus on Survival

Lastly, I want to restate again that this is a game of survival. You need to do everything possible to make this easier. Keep practicing floors and learning what enemies do and learn to play the characters. You will eventually beat the game.

Questions & Answers

© 2017 Eric Farmer


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    • EricFarmer8x profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Farmer 

      13 months ago from Rockford Illinois

      I already noted that. "Coolant Leak is not so helpful unless you have items that electrify the water. I guess you can use it to put out fires."

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      13 months ago

      Not everything is true like with the robot. the robot starts with a item that electrify water and your coolant.

    • EricFarmer8x profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Farmer 

      17 months ago from Rockford Illinois

      I have not heard of LostX Dungeon before. I will at least look at it.

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      17 months ago

      Nice article, and I want an Article to Survive in LostX Dungeon, a game on mobile, a bit like enter the gungeon, but more difficult


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