Deep Rock Galactic is a game designed to be better with friends, but for some, it’s not always possible to have allies with you. Of course, playing Deep Rock Galactic solo is entirely viable, if not sometimes more challenging. Sometimes it’s best to work alone, willingly, or not.
If you find yourself alone in the caves of Hoxxus, and your only friend is your small robot named Bosco, we have some tips that will show you how to play Deep Rock Galactic solo so you don’t need those pesky sidekicks.
Picking the Right Dwarf for the Right Mission
Every different dwarf class has its strengths and weaknesses, some are best suited for a few missions, but all are entirely viable. Unless you are completing a Deep Dive, you always have control over what type of mission you embark on.
Mining Expeditions are one of the best missions to play as Scout for the grappling hook and the ease of traversing through complex cave environments. Scout is also the best resource collector because of the grappling hook’s ability to quickly mine resources up on the ceiling. Morkite tends to spawn more frequently the further you venture in the mission, including a long run back to the escape pod.
How to Play Solo through Egg Hunts in Deep Rock Galactic
Egg Hunt is also great for Scout for the same reason as Mining Expeditions but for reaching those egg nests. Engineer’s platforms make it easier to traverse the caves, while the sentry guns help hold down a point after retrieving the egg. Engineer is also a good pick since a mini swarm spawns after an egg is pulled from its nest.
How to Play Alone in On-Site Refining Missions
Driller is the best choice for On-site Refining when playing solo in Deep Rock Galactic for a multitude of reasons. On-Site Refining can be generous or cruel with how far you must build the pipelines to obtain the liquid morkite. Driller takes the hassle of making these pipelines by quickly digging through mountains of rock to set up pipes. On top of all that, all of Driller’s primary weapons are great at controlling hordes, which helps keep bugs off the lines.
Soloing Salvage Operations
Salvage Operations are one of the only mission types where we don’t think one dwarf is better than any other. Scout and Driller are great for repairing the Mini- M.U.L.E.’s. Later in the mission, Engineer and Gunner are great for defending the drop pod while refueling. For these, you can take any dwarf type you want if you have to play these missions solo in Deep Rock Galactic.
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How to Play Solo through Point Extraction
Point Extraction has almost the same feeling of equal class strength for this mission. Gunner can use his zip line to move to different Aquarq locations. Scout has the grappling hook, but it can be challenging to mine Aquarq on the ceiling sometimes. The Driller can drill to them, and the Engineer has platforms. Gunner and Driller are a slightly better choice because they can deal with hordes surrounding the mining platform.
Completing Escort Duty Runs Alone in Deep Rock Galactic
Next, for Escort Duty, we recommend Driller as our first pick if you are going it alone in Deep Rock Galactic. Driller’s ability to quickly drill through the Heartstone’s crystal lasers in the third phase makes one part of the final battle much more manageable. His guns also help with the continuous hordes during each wave. Engineer is also a great pick for his sentries, and the platform gun can block the floating rocks from crashing on the Drilldozer.
Playing Elimination Solo in DRG
Lastly, for Elimination, we recommend Gunner for his raw strength if you want to play Deep Rock Galactic solo. Gunner’s ability to shred through any Dreadnaught’s armor faster than any other dwarf makes him a definite pick for this mission. He also has his shield generator, which can safeguard you for a moment to recover and reload during the boss fight. Our second pick would be Scout for his ability to continuously kite the dreadnaught around and keep a reasonable distance.
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Modifying Bosco to Support Solo Missions in Deep Rock Galactic
Your companion robot named Bosco is one of your main tools when running solo missions. This little robot helps compensate for the lack of variety when playing alone. Bosco mines any resource or objective when commanded, helps you fight, and revives you when you go down. Bosco also has a tech tree which can be accessed right next to your dwarf’s equipment terminal or behind the assignment board.
You can modify Bosco to fit your play style or synergize with whatever weapon you use. For instance, you can change Bosco’s rockets to deal cryo damage, which helps with Drillers Cryo Gun. Pick the best setup that will complement your solo build when playing Deep Rock Galactic alone.
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If you are looking for a more all-around purpose build, we recommend the following:
- High-Velocity Rounds for the extra damage.
- Rockets because you must buy them anyways, and there’s no other option.
- Extra Revive for one additional Revive
- High-Frequency Explosion for rockets having a high chance of breaking armor.
- Bigger Explosion for the increased area of effect for the rocket’s explosion.
However, the Mining Expert perk is good if you want Bosco to mine better rather than fighting better. Grabbing the second extra receive is also a viable option.
That’s our short guide on how to improve as a solo player. Experiment with guns and different overclocks as you unlock. For newer players, promote your dwarfs whenever possible, especially since the first promotion matters the most. Also, check today’s special beers for extra buffs to help you on your missions. As always, rock and stone, fellow dwarfs!