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Remnant 2: Engineer Archetype Class Guide

Unlock the Engineer and use its cannons in Remnant 2.

Looking to unlock the Remnant 2 Engineer class? This is a secret, non-starter archetype, probably the most well-hidden in the game. Our guide discusses the Remnant 2 Engineer unlock method, as well as its skills, perks, and traits.

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Remnant 2 Engineer Archetype Guide

How to Unlock the Remnant 2 Engineer Class

To unlock the Remnant 2 Engineer class, you need to find the Alien Device in N’erud. However, getting it is a lot easier said than done. Here are the steps:

  • Reach the second overworld zone in N’erud (Timeless Horizon or Eon Vault) — The class item only spawns in the second overworld zone regardless of your main quest.
  • Look for a technician’s corpse along the edge of the map and beware of the Death Blight meter — The corpse that has the item can only be found along the edge of the map, where the Death Blight status can instantly kill your character.
  • Obtain the Alien Device and Technician armor set — You can pick up the Technician armor set and the Alien Device item in the location.
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Where to Find the Alien Device for the Engineer Class

The Alien Device can be found in either of N’erud’s second overworld zones: Timeless Horizon or Eon Vault. Once you’ve reached those areas, try to familiarize yourself with the layout of the map by exploring along its edges. The enemies here aren’t the only hazards since the hazy fog makes it hard to see, and the Death Blight can instantly kill your character once the meter is filled.

In my case, I saw the technician’s corpse in the Timeless Horizon, in a section between the Astropath’s Respite and Vault of the Formless dungeon entrance. The spot had three spikes/stalagmites that protruded from the ground. However, this location might be different in your own campaign playthrough.

I then waited until my character finished coughing due to the Death Blight, then I jumped across a gap to reach the ledge that had the corpse. This allowed me to pick up the full Technician armor set. The Alien Device, meanwhile, is also in a nearby spot just below the corpse.

A bit of trial and error is expected since it’s hard to see the technician’s body. However, an alternative method also exists. If you’ve already defeated the final boss, you can unlock the Explorer class so you can use its Fortune Hunter skill. The Explorer’s Fortune Hunter reveals all special items within a radius, including the technician’s body and Alien Device. Unfortunately, the skill can only be unlocked at level 10, which can take a while. At best, you could look for a player that already has the skill, so they can help you search for the body and the item in question. Otherwise, you gotta do what I did: a bit of searching and hoping for the best.

Starting Loadout

  • Long Gun: Pulse Rifle
  • Handgun: Rupture Cannon
  • Melee: Atom Smasher

Although the Engineer isn’t a starter class, you can select it from the get-go if you make a new character. You’ll have the weapons that come from the N’erud biome, as well as the Technician armor set.

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Engineer Unique Trait

Fortify — Increases armor effectiveness up to 50% at level 10. Basically, this increases your armor rating by a percentage, which also means damage reduction is improved.

Do note that unique traits gain boosts as you level up the class. At level 10, it can be selected even if you “unequip” the Engineer and replace it with something else. However, you do need to reallocate trait points or re-equip the Engineer class if you want to have its effects once more.

Engineer Skills

The Remnant 2 Engineer focuses on armaments that can be carried or deployed. Pressing the skill button deploys the contraption just like an automatic turret. Holding the skill button, meanwhile, allows the Engineer to carry and overclock it. Lastly, double-tapping the skill button retrieves the weapon, returning 75% of its ammo.

Vulcan

  • Unlock: Available by default.
  • Weapon usage: Deploys a fast-firing cannon that shoots beams.

Flamethrower

  • Unlock: Available at level 5.
  • Weapon usage: Uses a giant flamethrower turret that burns foes.

Impact Cannon

  • Unlock: Available at level 10.
  • Unlock: Brings out a projectile launcher that shoots high-speed shells. Deploying this as a turret causes a close-range AoE shockwave to pulse.

As you can see, the Engineer has versatility in how it makes use of heavy weapon armaments. Moreover, because these cannons and turrets have their own ammo, you won’t use up your bullets for your long guns or handguns. Even better, when you deploy a weapon to turn it into a turret, you can continue to move and attack your opponents, all while your turret shoots them.

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Engineer Prime Perk

Prime Perk: High Tech — Holding the skill button overclocks the Engineer’s carried or deployed heavy weapon, granting it infinite ammo, increased fire rate, and +25% damage for 15 seconds.

This Prime Perk ensures that the Engineer gains more DPS out of various cannons that you use. I was certainly able to eliminate hostiles a lot faster, thanks to the overclocked buff.

Engineer General Perks

The Engineer archetype has several perks that are upgraded automatically as you level up. These boosts will remain active whether it’s your main class (i.e., left-hand side of the panel) or secondary class (i.e., right-hand side).

  • Damage Perk: Metalworker – +5% skill damage; heavy weapons gain +5% ammo capacity and 2.5% max health.
  • Team Perk: Magnetic Field – Heavy weapons grant +15% damage reduction to all allies within 2.5 meters.
  • Utility Perk: Heavy Mobility – +35% movement speed when carrying a heavy weapon.
  • Relic Perk: Surplus – Using a Relic refills +15% of heavy weapon ammo. The bonus is doubled when the heavy weapon is stowed.

That’s it: that’s all you need to know about the Engineer Archetype class in Remnant 2. For best results, you can pair it with the Medic, Handler, or Explorer. For more tips and strategies, you can visit our Remnant 2 guides hub.


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