Resist the temptation to unlock the first chest you see. Be patient, and wait until you’ve discovered every single room on the map before deciding what to unlock. It’s guaranteed that at least two chests will appear on each floor. One chest always contains an item. The other has a pickup. Each chest you come across is a specific color for a reason—the color represents the rarity of the item inside. Here are the chest colors, from most common to most rare: brown, blue, green, red, black, and rainbow. In other words, don’t waste your only key on a brown chest when there’s a black one on the same floor!
Just because you can’t open a chest doesn’t mean it’s completely useless. Before you fight the boss, shoot any unopened chests. Making the chests explode sometimes exposes a helpful item. While shooting chests often yields Junk, even that item isn’t entirely useless. Have you ever seen that blob-like figure that appears in a grate at a shop? Dropping your junk into the grate (by selecting it in the map screen) will let you sell your Junk to the Sell Creep. The Sell Creep will buy unwanted guns from you as well. It’s the perfect way to earn some extra cash when you’re in a pinch.
The game starts you off with four characters to choose from: the Marine, Huntress, Pilot, and Convict. Many players regard the Pilot as the best character to use, especially if you’re a beginner. Although the Pilot doesn’t come equipped with the best weapon, he makes up for that with his resourcefulness. The Trusty Lockpicks give him a 50% chance of opening any chest. His Disarming Personality trait also allows for a 15% discount at shops, while his Hidden Compartment gives him an extra space in his inventory, as well as increases the maximum ammo of all weapons. By choosing the Pilot, you’ll start with a shoddy weapon, but at least you’ll be able to find and buy better weapons faster than any other character.
Try to use your blanks only when you need them. You might find yourself struggling at the beginning of a chamber, but it’s best not to waste your blanks on less dangerous foes. Bosses fire off tons of bullets. When you’re surrounded by bullets with only half of a heart, blanks are crucial to your survival. You should have at least one blank in your arsenal before you attempt any boss fight. You can sometimes find blanks for sale at the shop—the more, the better (but don’t waste all of your cash on them). You’ll automatically receive two blanks at the start of each chamber, so don’t hesitate to use them during your boss fight.
If you happen to pick up a weapon that shoots water, don’t discard it—you can use water to uncover secrets. Spray water on fireplaces to douse the flame and reveal a secret room. You can also find secret rooms by shooting at walls with a gun that doesn’t have infinite ammo. Cracks in the wall will appear where the secret room is located. To open the secret rooms, you’ll have to sacrifice one of your blanks. If you’re wearing armor, you can inflict damage upon yourself and open any secret location. A Bomb or Lil Bomber can work as well.
If a crosshair doesn’t appear when you aim your weapon, you’ll want to turn this feature on. Head to gameplay options and pick which cursor design you’d like to use. Having a crosshair is essential in perfecting your aim.
It doesn’t matter how many amazing guns and items you collect during your playthrough—it all comes down to your ability to dodge bullets and survive. As you know, Enter the Gungeon isn’t very forgiving when it comes to dying. That’s why it’s so important to memorize the bullet patterns of bosses and enemies. If you know where the bullets will travel, you can move out of the way fast enough. Keep in mind that rolling isn’t always the best way to dodge. Simply moving out of the way can put you in a much safer situation. You should only roll when you have to, as you can end up accidentally rolling into bullets and enemies. When you’re forced to roll, try to roll diagonally or into walls.
Congrats! You aren’t a total failure at this game. If you beat the First Chamber 50 times, you get the Castle Crasher achievement. Bullet King: Outrun his chair and keep your distance as much as possible. His Molotov firebomb can be shot mid-air, if you get the chance to do that it’s definitely helpful. Gaming Dog on YouTube takes him down in this video. Gatling Gull: His missile attack is really easy to avoid, so unload on him during that window of opportunity. His burst shot creates a wave of bullets you need to dodge. But he can also create that bullet wave on its own, in a double succession attack. Awesome Cake posted a video of what you could expect from the Gull. Trigger Twins: Try and get a power-up or gun that shoots bullets through multiple enemies at once. Then time your shots as best as possible early on. When you kill either of the twins, the remaining twin goes into a rage mode. Watch Billy Pool’s video to see the Trigger Twins in action.
Not bad, for a rookie. Clearing the Second Chamber 40 times gets you the Dungeon Diver achievement. Ammoconda: This multi-chambered beast crawls its way around the screen, with bullets raining out of its long body. Take out any grunts that spawn in any of the four corners, before the Ammoconda has a chance to eat them. If he does, he’ll recover some health and gain a short stat buff. YouTuber GogDog gave this boss quite a fight. Beholster: Watch out for the homing missiles, which can do a large chunk of damage while you’re distracted with everything else. The Beholster will also create eyeball soldiers that can shoot at you as well. Twitch streamer Gamer Fury uploaded his brawl with the Eye. The Gorgun: She dives underwater, creating a trail of poison around the room. Along with that, she uses her automatic weapons to create a circle of bullets that extends out in all directions. Keeping as much distance as possible is very important, to make that attack easier to dodge. Mr. HuckleberryV took on this She-Beast. In this video you can see how he did it.
Halfway there. If you clear the Third Chamber 30 times, you get the Mine Master achievement. Cannonbalrog: When he darkens up the room, the Cannonbalrog fires a series of volleying mega-shots. You can’t shoot the creature during this phase, so just focus on dodging the volleys as they ricochet. Streamer ratchethero21 uploaded a video with some tips for this boss. Treadnaught: Outrun him, and don’t stop moving. He takes a bit of extra time to turn, which gives you an advantage. His tank can destroy the room pillars, use them as cover only when necessary. When he spawns enemy soldiers, take them out as soon as possible. Many people have a problem with this boss. But MrFandango Jimmies pulls out another win on video.