The Engineer archetype is a heavy weapons specialist in Remnant 2 with the ability to deploy one of three heavy weapons in turret mode. They will either find targets automatically or target enemies that you are currently engaging with.
The Engineer’s basket of unique skills, perks, and traits, furthermore, increases all of your heavy weapons’ damage as well as improves your armor stats. You technically become an immobile tank that can lock down an entire area with ease.
The Engineer is one of the three secret archetypes in Remnant 2 alongside the Invader and Archon archetypes. You will not find these three archetypes in your in-game list of classes to unlock, at least not by default.
The only way to get them is through a long and tedious process, which is what makes them some of the best classes to equip in the game.
How to unlock the Engineer archetype in Remnant 2
The only way to unlock the Engineer archetype is to craft the Drzyr Caliper Engram in Remnant 2 which is easier said than done.
You are going to need to get a unique item called the Alien Device that is required as one of the main crafting materials. This, however, is not your average fetch quest.
The Alien Device is located on the edge of the world of N’Erud which is difficult to navigate because of the dense fog. Making things even more problematic is that you have to be quick on your feet after reaching the correct location.
This is because you will be constantly taking damage for being outside the map perimeter. Stay back too long, and you will die.
The Alien Device location on N’Erud
Remnant 2 uses procedural generation for its worlds, which is why N’Erud has two possible maps for you to explore: the Abyssal Rift, and the Phantom Wasteland. Which one has the Alien Device in Remnant 2? Both of them.
Regardless of whether you spawn in the Abyssal Rift or the Phantom Wasteland, you need to make your way forward into the second area of each map.
If you are playing the Abyssal Rift, you need to head to The Eon Vault. If you are playing the Phantom Wasteland, you need to head to The Timeless Horizon.
Once you enter The Eon Vault / The Timeless Horizon, you need to make your way around to the edges of the map to find a particular landmark location. You will know that you have reached the edge if there is an invisible wall blocking your path. If you try to go any further, your character will start vomiting due to the fumes.
What you are looking for here in the dense fog is an opening that runs between two jagged rock formations as shown in the image below. There will be a group of pointy rocks on a cliff or ledge on your left and another with even more pointy rock pillars on your right. You need to go straight between them.
Ignore the mini-map location because your maps are always randomly generated.
This is where it gets a bit tricky. Your character is going to start puking the moment you go beyond the map perimeter. So you do not have that much time.
As soon as you go through the opening, you need to dash and jump over a gap to reach another platform. You will find the corpse of an Engineer here that you can loot for the Technician armor set in Remnant 2.
Next, turn left of the corpse and drop down into the fog to land on another platform. This is where you will find the Alien Device you need to unlock the Engineer archetype in Remnant 2. You can actually see the glow of the Alien Device from the ledge with the corpse. You can use this to calculate your jump.
Make sure to pick it up quickly because there is no way to survive this journey. You are going to die nonetheless, but you better have the Alien Device before your die or else you will have to come back again.
Tip to easily find the Engineer in the fog
As already mentioned before, the dense fog and timely puking make it hard to locate the Alien Device. One handy tip to make your search easy is to use the Explorer archetype. Its Treasure Hunter skill highlights all nearby items.
In this case, you will be able to see the Engineer’s corpse for the Technician armor set and the Alien Device itself from far away.
What to do with the Alien Device in Remnant 2?
When you respawn, head back to Ward 13 to speak with Wallace. He is located inside a small hut of sorts at the top of the docks. Wallace is going to help you craft the Drzyr Caliper Engram to unlock your Engineer class in Remnant 2.
The Drzyr Caliper Engram crafting recipe requires the Alien Device as well as 10x Lumenite Crystal and 1,000 Scrap.
Lumenite Crystals are one of the upgrade materials that can be looted from high-level enemies and bought from Cass in Ward 13.
Scrap, on the other hand, is the main in-game currency that you get from completing quests and looting enemies and chests.
Craft the Drzyr Caliper to unlock the Engineer archetype. When you start the game again, you will have the option of choosing the Engineer as your starting class in the character creation screen.
Do note that this “otherwordly measuring device” needs to be crafted only once. For players looking to use multiclass, or a second archetype, they can choose the Engineer once it has been unlocked.
Alien Device bug – missing or not showing
Something that Remnant 2 does not explain is that your Engram or archetype items are not guaranteed to spawn in every playthrough.
Hence, if you dropped down the ledge and do not see the Alien Device, it means that you need to re-roll (replay) N’Erud for another chance to spawn the Alien Device.
Only the Engineer corpse with the Technical armor set is guaranteed to spawn. If the Alien Device did not spawn, finish N’Erud and then replay the world through the Adventure mode on easy difficulty.
Head back and follow through the same method to (hopefully) see the Alien Device.