Gunfire Reborn – Commonly Asked Questions

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Have a question for something you’re not sure about in Gunfire Reborn? Our guide below is full of commonly asked questions to help you find the answers you need. And if you’re still struggling with something in Gunfire Reborn, feel free to post a comment below the article for more help!

Table of Contents

How to Level Up Fast
What is Lucky Shot
Does Gunfire Reborn Have Multiplayer?
Is Gunfire Reborn Free?
How Many Levels Are in Gunfire Reborn
How to Unlock Elite Mode
How to Unlock Nightmare Mode
How to Unlock Characters
How to Beat First Boss
Best Weapons in Gunfire Reborn

How to Level Up Fast

Gunfire Reborn - How to Level Fast

If you’re trying to level up quickly in Gunfire Reborn, there are a couple of tricks to take advantage of. Unlike most RPG-type games, the leveling system revolves around spending a currency on talents instead of collecting experience. That means for every talent/upgrade you acquire with the Soul Essence currency, you’ll go up one level. So if you’re trying to unlock a new character, you can buy the cheaper talents to increase your talent level a bit quicker.

Also, there’s a useful talent called Dimension Pouch under the Expedition talent tree. The first tier of this talent makes it so you can store up to 100 Soul Essence after ending a run. Because normally, you’ll lose any Soul Essence that you don’t spend. This makes it easier to keep some leftover when you’re saving for something expensive or don’t have enough to spend. Otherwise, the main trick for getting Soul Essence to level up is to survive longer and kill some bosses. Bosses tend to drop a good chunk of Soul Essence and even more on higher difficulties like Elite and Nightmare mode.

What is Lucky Shot?

Gunfire Reborn - What is Lucky Shot

A Lucky Shot in Gunfire Reborn is what most people traditionally know as critical hits. This can be confusing because hitting a weak point is known as a critical hit. So if you’re wondering the difference between the two, here it is, plain and simple. If you hit an enemy weak point like their head, you’ll always deal a critical hit. Whereas if you hit an enemy and suddenly see an orange, purple, or red color number, that’s a Lucky Shot you got based on a chance percentage.

As your Lucky Shot chance gets higher, you have a better chance of reaching higher Lucky Shot multipliers. Each color and its damage amount is mentioned below. Without getting into every percentage in this guide, orange Lucky Shots are within a 1-100% Lucky Shot chance. Purple is 100-200%. And red is 200-300%. The first number is the minimum, while the second is the maximum. While these numbers aren’t guaranteed, they seem to be a common consensus.

Orange (2x Damage) -> Purple (3x Damage) -> Red (4x Damage)

Two other common acronyms people aren’t sure about is Critx and RoF. Critx increases your damage dealt on weak points. And RoF stands for rate of fire, how quickly you can shoot a weapon.

Does Gunfire Reborn Have Multiplayer?

Gunfire Reborn - How to Unlock Characters

Gunfire Reborn has multiplayer available for anywhere from one to four people. You can play cooperatively with others online, but unfortunately, there is no local co-op/multiplayer option. This means you can’t have multiple people play on the same computer.  And if you’d prefer not to play multiplayer, you can play alone in single-player/solo.

Is Gunfire Reborn Free?

Gunfire Reborn - Is it Free

Gunfire Reborn is not free, but it’s still on the cheaper end as far as indie games and roguelites especially go. Fortunately, the replay value for roguelite games is often high leaving room for playing a lot. Gunfire Reborn is available on Steam Early Access for $11.99 when it’s not on sale. However, according to the website, IsThereAnyDeal, it’s gone down to $9.83 with an 18% discount before.

How Many Levels Are in Gunfire Reborn

Gunfire Reborn - How Many Levels

Gunfire Reborn currently has three zones with their own set of levels. The first area has six levels, the second has five levels, and the third has five levels too. For each area, the first level is a safe zone and the last is a boss. As Gunfire Reborn is a roguelite game, levels are randomly generated to make every playthrough unique. And if you’re wondering how many bosses are in the game, there are currently four bosses.

How to Unlock Elite Mode

Gunfire Reborn - Elite Mode

If you’re wondering how to unlock higher difficulty modes in Gunfire Reborn to challenge yourself, you’ll need to beat the game first. This requires completing the first zone, second zone, and then finishing the final boss in the third zone, Yoruhime-Maru. Once you’ve successfully done so on the Normal difficulty, Elite mode will become available. This adds a more difficult challenge as well as new weapons and scrolls to unlock that are exclusively unlocked in Elite mode.

How to Unlock Nightmare Mode

Gunfire Reborn - Nightmare Mode

If you’re trying to unlock the Nightmare mode in Gunfire Reborn, you’ll have to do a few things. First, you need to complete a full run on the Normal difficulty. This unlocks the Elite mode as previously mentioned above. Then, when you complete the Elite mode by finishing the final boss, Yoruhime-Maru, Nightmare mode becomes available. The developer has a note next to the Nightmare mode difficulty saying that it’s in early access.

Therefore, it may not be perfectly balanced, and right now there are no special unlocks for playing it. Despite there being no unlockable weapons or scrolls in Nightmare, you can still contribute to Elite unlocks in this mode.

How to Unlock Characters

Gunfire Reborn - How to Unlock Characters

Unlocking new characters is tied to your talent level. As the first question in this article mentions, you’ll need to spend Soul Essences on talents to level up. Gunfire Reborn currently has three playable characters/heroes, with the first one being a cat named Crown Prince. The next unlockable character is a dog named Ao Bai at talent level 30. Then, you can unlock an eagle named Qing Yan at talent level 40.

How to Beat First Boss

Gunfire Reborn - How to Beat First Boss

Gunfire Reborn originally only had one boss in the first zone, but now there are two available depending on your progress. The first boss you fight is Lu Wu, and once you’ve killed them five times, the Golem boss has a chance of appearing. This was added in the October 2020 update available here. For the purpose of this article, I’ll give you some quick tips to understand the mechanics of both bosses.

Lu Wu Boss Tips and Tricks

The main attacks to watch out for with Lu Wu is their rock throw and leap toward you. Both attacks will show a red AoE circle on the floor for where they’ll hit. These can definitely hurt, so be careful of them. Also, you can use a pillar on each side of the room to try and block rock throws. These pillars can break, however. Otherwise, the only other detail worth mentioning with Lu Wu is that they’ll retreat to regenerate their shield. While doing so, they’ll spawn a few enemies like Bombers or Beetles.

Golem Boss Tips and Tricks

The Golem boss isn’t too tricky, but there are still a few reasons they can be annoying. First, the Golem’s vulnerable spot is the glowing green hole in their chest. However, they block this for the majority of the boss battle, leaving a slightly bigger opening on the right side. Each attack the Golem has is listed below:

  • A green laser that takes some time before hurting you. Use the small pillars to block it.
  • They’ll spawn several rocks in the air that hurl toward you, but can be broken with a small amount of damage.
  • Makes every remaining pillar explode dealing damage if you’re close to one.
  • Uses their arms to attack two large red AoE circles on the floor near you. This seems to reach outside the visible circle currently.

Best Weapons in Gunfire Reborn

Gunfire Reborn - Best Weapons

If you’re wondering what the best weapons are in Gunfire Reborn, here are my personal recommendations. It’s important to remember that every weapon has its own traits and advantages depending on what scrolls you have. So while one weapon may be weak in a run, it may be overpowered in another. Here are some of my favorite weapons below. Be sure to let others know in the comments what yours are.

Golden Bow High weak point damage for crits with crazy potential on Lucky Shot damage. Potentially reaching numbers 40-80k and higher depending on your build.
Illusion A high rate of fire shotgun that is both strong and fun to use.
Hell Powerful shotgun with a creative design.
Argus Strong shotgun that can hit multiple enemies and still works well at medium range.
Wild Hunt An extremely powerful shotgun up close.
Big Hippo Consistent damage minigun that works well with the scroll, Against the Flow. This regenerates magazine ammo making it so you can shoot forever.
Talisman Throws cards that always try to focus on enemy weak points. The alternate attack on right-click fires a bunch of them at once.
Justice A dragon that fires remote detonatable grenades. High damage and works well on groups of enemies.
Cavalry Decent rifle with a three-shot burst that always has a critical hit on the third shot. This is a good weapon when you’re first starting out and haven’t unlocked many yet.

I hope this Gunfire Reborn guide helps answer some questions you may have and potentially teaches you a thing or two. If you have any specific questions not answered here, feel free to ask in the comments for help.


Gunfire Reborn launched on PC via Steam Early Access on May 22, 2020.

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