This page contains the characters/mutants that the player can choose in Nuclear Throne. Each character is listed with a bit of their backstory, passive and active abilities and B-Skins.
Click on a character's icon or name in the table below for more info.
The portals are said to aid people on their journey to the Nuclear Throne, but no-one has ever returned from them. All the mutants truly believe the wormholes will take them there, but which hero will make it to the Nuclear Throne?
Characters table [ ]
Fish can roll.
Fish gets more ammo from
weapons and ammo pickups. He also starts with more ammo.
Throne Butt allows him to continue rolling as long as the active button is held and also allows him to move in different directions while rolling. Unlocked from the start.
Crystal has 10 max HP from the start.
Crystal can activate a temporary, stationary shield form that reflects most damage for a few seconds. The shield duration decreases the more damage is taken.
Throne Butt exchanges a lower duration shield for the ability to teleport to the cursor location after her shield disappears. Unlocked from the start.
Eyes can see better in dark areas like
Sewers, Crystal Caves, and Labs. Eyes can use telekinesis to attract pickups and enemies closer to them and deflect projectiles away from them.
Throne Butt increases the attract/deflect effectiveness. Unlocked by reaching the Sewers.
Melting starts with only 2 HP but gains more
Rads. Melting can explode corpses and destroyed environmental objects currently on screen to deal damage.
Throne Butt causes their special to emit three explosions per body/object instead of one. The body/object size doesn't matter. Unlocked by dying for the first time.
Plant moves faster.
Plant can shoot pods that cause vines to rapidly grow, slowing enemies caught in them.
Throne Butt makes its vines kill anything under 33% health. Unlocked by reaching the Scrapyard.
Y.V. has an increased rate of fire, that also affects their special ability.
Y.V. can fire weapons twice with a single button press, but with double the reload time.
Throne Butt allows them to shoot four projectiles at the same time but with triple reload time. Starts with a Golden Revolver.
Steroids starts with two
revolvers. Steroids dual-wields their weapons, allowing them to fire both at the same time. They are also always fully automatic.
Throne Butt causes them to regenerate ammo for one weapon by firing the other. This is more likely to occur when both weapons are being fired at once. When unlocking a golden weapon for Steroids they will have the golden weapon and one normal revolver equipped instead of two revolvers
Unlocked by reaching the Labs.
Robot finds higher tier
weapons. Robot can eat its currently equipped weapon to regenerate some ammo or HP.
Throne Butt adds additional ammo or health that is equal to one mini ammo or HP pickup when eating a weapon. Golden Weapons will give you the most amount of ammo and HP out of everything.
Unlocked by reaching the Frozen City.
When Chicken dies, she loses 2 max HP and she can walk around headless for 5 seconds. Regaining HP will make her head grow back but max health remains lowered.
Chicken can throw her currently equipped weapon, which deals damage to a single target on contact.
Throne Butt, thrown weapons can pierce through targets. Starts with the Chicken Sword.
Unlocked by reaching the Jungle.
Rebel heals halfway to full health when she goes through a
portal. Rebel can sacrifice some of her health to summon allies that will follow her and attack enemies. This ability cannot be done if her health is at 1.
Throne Butt improves her bandit allies' rate of fire.
Gets an additional
Mutation choice when leveling up. Horror can fire off all currently stored
Rads in a beam, damaging enemies and destroying incoming projectiles. Horror will also choose from three
Ultra Mutations instead of the standard two. Horror's radiation beam gets wider twice as fast with Throne Butt. Using the beam for extended periods of time now heals Horror (1 HP for every 1.5 seconds).
To unlock Horror you have to skip a Radiation Canister and on the next area skip a Big Radiation Canister. Horror will spawn as a mindless enemy breaking out of a canister in the level after skipping the Big Radiation Canister. Defeating the Hostile Horror in battle unlocks it as a playable character.
Radiation Canisters become Portal Strike ammunition, which looks like a blue canister. Wanted by the
I.D.P.D.; they will constantly spawn and attack throughout the course of the game. Causes an explosion whenever she takes damage which damages
enemies and destroys projectiles. Can fire off a line of five explosions via her Portal Strike ability. She starts the game with one strike, and can hold up to three uses max.
Throne Butt strengthens the Portal Strike explosion. Starts with the Rogue Rifle.
Skeleton can fire weapons for free with a chance to take damage instead.
Has only 4 health, moves slower, and is less accurate than other characters.
Can fire off a shot that doesn't use ammo, but has a chance of dealing one point of damage to the player.
Throne Butt lowers the chance of taking damage with its special ability. Cannot be played from the start.
If Melting dies while inside a Necromancer's resurrection circle, they will be revived as the Skeleton.
Frog will create a bunch of toxic clouds based on how long the special ability button was held for.
Has to move constantly. Stops moving only when the special ability button is held.
Immune to toxins and will take no damage from toxic clouds.
Frog's ability has him stand in place for as long as the ability button is held. When released, Frog will emit a bunch of toxic clouds that damage enemies.
Throne Butt causes toxic gas to spread further and faster. Starts with the Golden Frog Pistol.
If you damage the Mom boss at least once with a Golden Weapon and keep that weapon until she is killed, she will drop the Frog Pistol. Storing the Frog Pistol in a Proto Chest and finding it with a different character will turn the weapon into a Golden Frog Pistol. It will become that character's starting weapon if you take it through a portal. Playing the game with a character that has the Golden Frog Pistol set as its starting weapon, will replace that character with the Frog.
Big Dog starts with 300HP, 255 bullet ammo and 55 explosive ammo.
Cannot pick up and use weapons, pressing the fire button will instead cause Big Dog to spin around in place firing bullets in a circular pattern.
Is very slow and cannot fit through tight spaces without the use of his active ability.
Big Dog's ability fires three slow-moving explosive missiles that can be guided with the cursor. These missiles drop pickups when destroyed.
Throne Butt makes Big Dog's projectiles and missiles move faster. Changes all music to the Scrapyard boss theme.
Unlocked by defeating
Big Dog. Was added as a playable character for April Fools 2015 and removed a week later in u67.
Every year is added for just April 1st, but only on the current open beta via steam.