Here are the best Risk of Rain 2 mods and how to install them

By Steven Rondina


May 11, 2021

Reading time: 3 min

Risk of Rain 2 is already fun, but mods can add something more to even the best of games.

The fandom surrounding Risk of Rain 2 has really gone all-out for the game, adding an amazing assortment of content to the popular title. From adding entirely new classes to transforming established classes into Dragon Ball Z’s Goku, there are a lot of different things that players can do to add to their experience with the game or to completely transform it.

Here’s how to install mods in Risk of Rain 2, and some suggestions for which mods are best to pick up. Note that all the tools needed to add to Risk of Rain 2 can be found on Thunder Store.

How to install mods in Risk of Rain 2

Manually installing mods for Risk of Rain 2 isn’t difficult, but the method for doing so isn’t particularly obvious either. Here’s how to go about it.

  1. Download BepinExPack
  2. Extract files and place into Risk of Rain 2 folder in the Steam 
  3. Download R2API
  4. Extract R2API files and place in BepinExPack folder
  5. Download the mod you would like to add to Risk of Rain 2
  6. Extract mod files into R2API folder

The process is simple and requires little more than dragging and dropping files from one folder into another. Once BepinExPack and R2API are set up, players are able to freely add mods to Risk of Rain 2 by simply adding the files to the R2API folder.

Can you play Risk of Rain 2 online with mods?

Playing Risk of Rain 2 online while using mods is possible, but it does come with some caveats. First, it needs to be done in either a lobby or private setting. Additionally, players ought to all have the same mods installed in order to avoid stability issues and other possible problems. 

When it comes to normal online play, players cannot use mods. Players ought to switch the game into vanilla mode before playing in standard online matchmaking.

Best Risk of Rain 2 mods

So what are the best mods to use in Risk of Rain 2? The answer to that question will vary from person to person as there is a slew of options to choose from. Here are some that should provide value to the majority of active Risk of Rain 2 players.

ItemStatsMod by Ontrigger

The ItemStatsMod does exactly what it sounds like, improving the tooltip pop-up to give more information when changing equipment. To be frank, this is something that should have been included in the game by default. Thankfully, Ontrigger stepped up to fill that gap and give players a great UI improvement.

BetterUI by XoXFaby

This mod by XoXFaby offers exactly what its name suggests. It provides a much smoother experience when navigating the menus in a way that probably shouldn’t require mods. This one will save a lot of headaches, so make sure to pick it up.

EmptyChestsBegone by TheRealElysium

Looking to remove some of the clutter in Risk of Rain 2? This will help with that by getting rid of containers once they’ve been emptied. While this might not sound strictly necessary, Risk of Rain 2 doesn’t do an especially good job of signifying whether a box or chest has been emptied out. This will help players avoid frustrating backtracking for an item they’ve already acquired.

There are many more great mods available for Risk of Rain 2, but most of them affect the game in such wild and different ways that it’s worthiness will depend on each player’s individual taste. So don’t hesitate to dive into the world of Risk of Rain 2 mods yourself. You never quite know what you might find.


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