Deep Rock Galactic is a fantastic game to play with friends or solo, but without a party full of dwarfs, completing Solo missions is sometimes challenging when you lack the tools each dwarf brings. However, when delving into the caves alone, the Scout does it better than the rest of his comrades. Today we will give you our best solo Scout build for Deep Rock Galactic.
Why Pick Scout for Solo Missions in Deep Rock Galactic?
One of the main reasons we chose Scout among the other dwarfs for Solo play is his high mobility. When you play alone, you are only accompanied by Bosco, your assistant drone, which helps you mine, fight, and even revive you. Even Bosco can’t save you from every situation, and thanks to the Scout’s mobility and our solo play Deep Rock Galactic build, you will be able to escape from dire situations or retreat to the drop pod with ease.
Scout’s weapon arsenal is versatile enough to cover long and close-range, which we will discuss later in this guide. Lastly, because Scout’s movement is tied to their grappling hook, players can gather minerals or side-gathering objectives significantly better than the other dwarfs.
Primary Weapon Pick for Our Solo Scout Build: Deepcore GK2
The Deepcore Gk2 is the first primary weapon players obtain when playing Scout. This assault rifle is an excellent choice in long or close-quarters combat. It has the unique ability to sometimes stun bugs when striking their weak points. The only downside to this weapon is that without adequately controlled burst fire, this weapon chews through ammo.
Our Deepcore GK2 Scout Build in Deep Rock Galactic for Solo play uses:
- Supercharged Feed Mechanism -Faster Fire Rate
- Increased Caliber Rounds/ Expanded Ammo Bags -Increased Damage/ Extra Ammo
- Improved Propellant -Increased Damage
- Hollow-Point Bullets -30% extra damage to weak points
- Stun- Increases weak point stun chance up to 40%
While this is your primary weapon, we recommend mainly using the Deepcore to hit weak points since this mod build includes extra stun chance and damage to weak points. You can still manage to dispatch swarms, but you will likely be out of ammo when the waves are over. As for what Overclocks to take for the Deepcore GK2, we recommend Bullets of Mercy, AI Stability Engine, and Overclocked Firing Mechanism.
Taking Bullets of Mercy in our Deep Rock Galactic Scout build allows you to deal 33% bonus damage to targets that are stunned, on fire, electrocuted, frozen, or poisoned. AI Stability Engine gives you less recoil, spread recovery speed, and 40% additional weak point damage for slightly less damage and rate of fire.
Lastly, Overclocked Firing Mechanism gives a higher rate of fire at the cost of recoil, but to make up for the weakness this assault rifle has, we recommend the following weapon.
Secondary Scout Weapon to Use: Jury-Rigged Boomstick
This simple sawed-off shotgun packs a punch and synergizes well with the Deepcore GK2 to easily handle armored targets and crowds. We recommend the following build for this shotgun when using Scout solo in Deep Rock Galactic:
- Double-Sized Buckshot -Extra damage
- Quickfire Ejector -Faster reload.
- High-Capacity Shells -More pellets per shot.
- Super Blow Through Rounds –Pellets penetrate up to three targets.
- White Phosphorus Shells -50% damage is dealt as Heat damage.
The Super Blow Through Rounds allow you to shoot through multiple enemies, making for far more effective crowd control. The White Phosphorous shells also have heat damage, allowing you to set any surviving target on fire, thus allowing you to deal more damage with the Deepcore’s Bullets of Mercy.
If you still have trouble with armored targets swapping out Super Blow Thought Rounds for Tungsten Coated Buckshot will help, but you lose some swarm killing power. If you want to go all the way and instead take a dwarf that excels against waves of enemies, check out our Best Deep Rock Galactic Engineer Build for killing swarms of bugs!
For Overclocks, we recommend Stuffed Shells, Jumbo Shells, and Special Powder. Stuffed Shells add an extra pellet to each shot and additional damage. Jumbo Shells add much more damage but less ammo and slower reload speed. Special Powder allows you to shotgun jump; whenever you aim at the floor and fire, Scout will go flying, which is a ton more movement options when paired with the grappling hook.
Equipment to Bring in Your Solo Deep Rock Galactic Scout Build
For Scout’s main attraction, the grappling hook, we recommend maximizing the distance you can travel over any other functionality. We recommend taking:
- Longer Cable -Increased Range
- Greater Cable Stretch -Increased Range & because it’s the only option.
- Overcharged Winch -More movement speed when grappling.
- Safety First -Temporary fall damage reduction after releasing from the grappling hook.
Regarding grenades, Scout has some of the best options currently available. The IFG is Scout’s first grenade, forming a slowing electricity field. Throwing an IFG allows you to kite around more giant bugs like Praetorians or Oppressors to strike their weak points quickly. Even if IFGs don’t deal damage, the target is still considered under the effects of electrocution, which makes weapons and modes like Deepcore’s Bullets of Mercy deal extra damage.
The second option we recommend for our solo Deep Rock Galactic build is Scouts Cryo grenade. This small compact grenade freezes any lesser bugs solid instantly or bigger bugs in two uses. Whenever targets are frozen, they take increased damage and shatter if killed, yet hitting weak points doesn’t work if a target is frozen.
The Cryo grenade is an excellent choice for quickly stopping swarms, helping eliminate high-priority targets faster, but it’s weak against Rival Tech robots. The only downside to running this grenade is that the freezing splash radius affects yourself or any other dwarfs in the area, so use caution.
That’s our build for playing Scout Solo in Deep Rock Galactic. The theme of our decisions was to include a comprehensive solution to any problem you may run into down in the caves of Hoxxus since you don’t have anyone else backing you up besides Bosco. Deep Rock Galactic is still a fantastic experience playing with or without friends, but if you plan to play solo, check out our other Deep Rock Galactic Solo guide for more tips.
What do you think of our Deep Rock Galactic Scout build? Do you agree with our weapon and mod selections? Let us know how you run solo as Scout.
As always, Rock and Stone, fellow dwarfs!