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Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners, skills, and passives

In this Back 4 Blood character guide, you will find all the currently playable characters in Back 4 Blood, including a full list of cleaners and ridden (monsters), as well as all of their abilities, skills, passives, and more.
Back 4 Blood is about to enter its first open beta, and fans of the Left 4 Dead franchise can't wait to try the new game from the developers that have brought us the cult classic co-op horror game, the renowned Turtle Rock Studios.

Check out our Back 4 Blood open beta guide for all the technical details about it, but if you are more interested in what the game has to offer, in particular details about the playable characters, then you are in the right place!

In this guide, we will take a closer look at the roster of available characters in Back 4 Blood, including both the Cleaners and the Ridden, and we will see what roles they can fill in with their abilities.

During the open beta period, players will be able to test two PvE campaign maps, where they can play only as human (cleaner) characters, and two PvP swarm mode maps, where they can play either as cleaners or ridden (monsters).

There are eight currently known cleaners and four Ridden, but the final number of both will be bigger when the game launches in October. Only 5 cleaners will be available to play with them during the open beta.

With all that being said, let's check out all the currently available characters.

All Back 4 Blood cleaners

Hoffman

Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners skills and passives
Hoffman (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)
  • Spawns additional when kills enemies
  • Comes with an extra offence Item Slot
  • The whole team has additional Ammo Capacity

Walker

Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners skills and passives
Walker (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)
  • Precision Kills will increase accuracy
  • He deals more damage compared to other cleaners
  • Boosts the health of all team members

Doc

Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners skills and passives
Doc (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)
  • Heals low health teammates without healing items
  • Heals more efficiently 
  • Provides Team Trauma Resistance

Mom

Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners skills and passives
Mom (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)
  • Has an ability to instantly revive a fallen teammate
  • Comes with an extra Support inventory slot
  • All teammates start with one extra life

Holly

Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners, skills, and passives
Holly (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)
  • Rapidly recovers her stamina with kills
  • Has the highest Damage Resistance compared to other cleaners
  • Boosts Stamina of all team members

Evangelo

Back 4 Blood character guide: All character skills and passives
Evangelo (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)
  • Evangelo
  • Has an improved Stamina Regeneration
  • The team moves faster with him in the squad

Karlee

Back 4 Blood character guide: All character skills and passives
Karlee (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)
  • She can sense Hazards
  • Has a bonus Quick slot in the inventory
  • Provides the team with a Team Use Speed bonus

Jim

Back 4 Blood character guide: All character skills and passives
Jim (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)
  • Precisions Kills will increase damage
  • Has a bonus on ADS Speed
  • Provides a bonus on Weakspot Damage for the whole team

All Back 4 Blood Rideen

Stinger

Back 4 Blood character guide: All character skills and passives
Stinger (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)

This Ridden is able to traverse many surfaces, hiding in the shadows. Better watch your six. If they pin you with their phlegm, you’ll need a teammate to assist or the breakout card.

Snitcher

Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners skills and passives
Snitcher (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)

This Ridden creates a deafening screech when aggro’d, and will trigger a horde of Ridden with their scream

Tallboy

Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners skills and passives
Tallyboy (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)

These largee Ridden stalk towards their victims while periodically bursting forward to cover ground. When close, Tallboys swing their massive club-like arm in overhead arcs and smash the life from them. Be sure to focus fire on his weak spots. (Aim for the shoulder!) 

Reeker

Back 4 Blood character guide: All cleaners skills and passives
Reeker (Picture: Turtle Rock Studios)

Large slow-moving Ridden. They explode on death, knocking cleaners back and covering them in sticky pus.

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