I recently picked up "Risk Of Rain". I've only played a couple rounds, but each time I've been totally destroyed. Probably because I've tried entering the portal at level 6.

What level/gear/equipment/abilities should I wait for before entering the portal?

  • Definitely one the hardest games I've played. Haven't manage to beat it yet but I want to give it another try soon. Maybe a proper answer will motivate me :)
    – Aventinus
    Feb 9, 2016 at 15:44
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    Personal advice, focus on unlocking characters/items at first. It'll give you a sense of progress, unlock stronger characters and items and make you learn more about the game meanwhile. You really aren't meant to beat it on your first several tries :P.
    – CoqPwner
    Feb 10, 2016 at 14:29

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There's no fast and easy answer, as there are many specific items you can find that are helpful but there are no guarantees you will find them. The name of the game is items, you need a lot of them to win a run (dozens), and they are more important than leveling your character (you'll level plenty along the way in any case). There are two general approaches:

  1. Get through to the teleporter quickly (don't linger and farm), but remember where chests of note are. Activate it, do all of the killing during the countdown, then head back through the level and open chests/buy from stores as needed, then head to the next level.

  2. Farm for some amount of time, open/buy the items that look attractive, then do the teleporter. The farming period can be long, depending on personal desires. After the countdown, get any additional items yhou want and then head to the next level.

Both approaches are risky. The first approach can leave one without enough money to buy enough things as one progresses through levels, and also leave one underpowered when dealing with the summoned boss/monster swarms that attack during the teleporter countdown. The second approach can lead to the run getting too difficult before a player gets enough power, if one farms for too long and/or gets unlucky on drops. I do tend towards the farm approach, however, It's just the farm period varies depending on whim and need. It's easier to kill bosses and fight swarms of monsters when you get items so I try to open every container I can on the way to the teleporter and thengrab some of the treasures that interest me where possible. Once I locate the teleporter I decide if I'm going to explore more/farm and for how long. I usually do try to explore and grab as much free stuff as possible before I start buying/opening chests.

As you keep playing you'll get better, even with luck playing a roll in your runs. Unlocking additional characters also helps (they both provide interesting variety and some of them are very strong). Keep plugging away, and go do something else the minute a run ends in frustration.

  • My approach between farming and rushing depended on what items I got. An early infusion for example basically tells me farming is somewhat worth it (1 max hp per enemy killed). If you get a 5 leaf clover as well than farming can be quite effective (although at some point you need to leave the map). In my case it may have had a lot to do with me using the Glass artifact to have low max hp but deal more damage.
    – JMac
    Jun 9, 2017 at 10:06

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