Little gold coins are the lifeblood of Risk of Rain 2. They let you open boxes that contain weapons, and weapons help you live longer. You can earn gold by killing enemies, and opening small canisters found dotted around the level. There is, however, a riskier way to earn yourself some gold quickly.
How To Quickly Earn Gold In Risk of Rain 2
Dotted around the map, you should be able to find a Shrine, just like the one shown in the image above. It will have a blood red symbol floating above it, a warning of the danger of using it. If you run up to it, you will be able to offer 50% of something. That something is your health. If you are willing to lose half your health, you can get yourself some gold. The Shrine can be used three times, first for 50%, then 75%, then finally 93% of your health. It will reward a greater amount of gold each time.
Ideally, you want to get to this Shrine early in the level, to take advantage of the gold. There is little point using it when all the crates have already been opened! Be careful though, while your health will slowly heal up over time, you don’t want to be surrounded by enemies when you use this Shrine, as that is a straightforward way to die.
Now, I found one of these Shrines in every level I have played today, so I am going out on a limb and assuming there will always be one somewhere in each stage. It is a great way to earn some gold quickly, but beware the risks involved! It would be a shame to see your run cut short from being a little too greedy!