Back 4 Blood: Evangelo Guide & Build

A player’s guide for Evangelo

Back 4 Blood, the gory first-person shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, is a game full of guns, zombies, and guts. It’s a chaotic experience from start to finish through post-apocalyptic Pennsylvania. Its depth, story, and lore are driven entirely by the characters players take control of.

From punk rock misanthropes to traumatized veterans, the survivors of this new wasteland are called Cleaners. They’re immune to the predations of the devil worm, the purveyor of this zombie infection, and they’re proficient with weapons, even if those weapons are nothing more than baseball bats and machetes.

Ah, the blessings of youth. They are wasted on some. But not on the youngest Cleaner of our team. No, he’s got this. Today we’ll explore the perks and fallbacks of the one and only Evangelo.

Evangelo’s backstory

Back 4 Blood: Evangelo

Evangelo Something is the youngest and most positive member of the Back 4 Blood Cleaners. His age isn’t explicitly noted in lore, but the rest of the team looks at him like their little brother. And though others on the team can keep themselves from despairing at their situation, Evangelo sees it as his ultimate responsibility to keep the group’s spirits uplifted. Even if he is to bring up something depressing, he will instinctively look for a positive way to spin the situation.

Evangelo moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when he was young. So young, he hardly remembers the details. He has (had?) two older brothers and two loving parents. He was away from home when the outbreak hit, and it’s implied that he was probably at college. He tried to make his way home, but after contacting his family, they told him to stay where he was. They said it would be safer.

That was the last time he spoke with them. And now, thanks to joining up with Commander Philips and the rest of the Cleaners at Fort Hope, he’s hoping to rebuild whatever family he can.

Evangelo gets along with everyone. And he’ll prompt Cleaners to continue conversations when others wouldn’t. He gets Elijah Walker to open up about his past; he gets Hoffman to dive deep down every rabbit hole imaginable and even gets Karlee to talk more than usual. Bring him along on any team, and you’ll get more dialogue from everyone.

 “I may be new to the team, but don’t think I’m green…”

Strategy & cards

Back 4 Blood: Evangelo Deck Selection

Evangelo has the following perks:

  • Evangelo can break out of grabs.
  • + 75% Breakout Speed
  • + 5% Team Movement Speed
  • + 25% Stamina Regen
  • He starts with an Uzi, a machete, and a Molotov.

His first perk comes in two parts: he can break out of grabs and do it faster than anyone else.

All of this together makes a strong case to pick Evangelo. The movement speed is excellent, and the stamina regen is heavenly.

When building decks for Evangelo, there were three main avenues we strengthened. We built around his perks, his weapons, and his speed.

Back 4 Blood: Evangelo Card Selection

Speed Demon

Gotta go fast. This deck was all about speed. Yes, Evangelo’s damage output isn’t anything too fancy. But the more attacks he can perform, the more damage he outputs. So buff his attack speed. Buff his everything speed!

  • Mag Coupler
  • Brazen
  • Meth Head
  • Slugger
  • Smelling Salts
  • Screwdriver
  • Energy Drink
  • Speed Demon
  • Quick Kill
  • Inspiring Sacrifice

From here, you can choose to buff your playstyle. Are you more melee or SMG? Depending on which one, spend the rest of your deck enhancing that. Mean Drunk and Vanguard for melee, Confident Killer, and Silver Bullets for SMG. 

This deck makes Evangelo the fastest at everything. Ain’t nobody got time to aim down the sights; we just shoot. Ain’t nobody got time to heal teammates when shit hits the fan; they automatically heal. Ain’t nobody got time to sit in front of the KSC stash doors and wait 10 seconds to open it; we pop that crap open in a heartbeat. Bing, bang, boom. Speed demon.

Back 4 Blood: Holding his Gun


This is Evangelo’s power melee build. Similar to Sharice’s leecher build, this makes Evangelo the best close-quarter combat warrior on the team. Stick with his machete or switch it up with the hatchet or fire axe. Either way, this is Evangelo’s cleaving through Ridden hordes deck.

  • Face Your Fears
  • Numb
  • Battle Lust
  • Scar Tissue
  • Heavy Attack
  • Berserker
  • Spikey Bits
  • Mean Drunk
  • Heavy Hitter
  • Ignore The Pain
  • Dash
  • Cross Trainers
  • Slugger
  • Vanguard
  • Brazen

We will never use Heavy Attack except with Evangelo on this build. And we will rarely attempt to attack a mutation with melee unless with this build. Evangelo is so fast that he can dart in and out of a mutation’s attack range while dealing severe damage. This build lets him bounce around the map while decapitating anything in his way. Two thumbs up.

Smooth Operator

For this deck, we made Evangelo more team-oriented. His cards benefit the group, not just himself. To that end, this is up to someone’s playstyle and how they best help the team. This was ours.

  • Down In Front
  • Slugger
  • Hunker Down
  • Vanguard
  • Adrenaline Fueled
  • Mag Carrier
  • Shooting Gloves
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Silver Bullets
  • Confident Killer
  • Spikey Bits
  • Mean Drunk
  • Face Your Fears
  • Rousing Speech
  • Inspiring Sacrifice

This was our most flexible deck for Evangelo. It moves fast, does decent damage for melee and bullets, and adds team revive speed. And he can switch weapons crazy fast—guns for outdoors, melee for indoors; guns for long range, melee for close-quarters.

Evangelo is the best character for tackling speed runs or specific trophies. Build his Speed Demon deck, buff nothing but his movement speed, and no ridden can touch him.

We mean it. 

He will be so fast that he can reach the saferoom before the enemies spawn.

Are you trying to get that Apocalypse Pacifist achievement? Evangelo is your friend.

BAck 4 Blood: Assault on Keet's Bar

Final thoughts on Evangelo

Evangelo is a solid choice for beginner and advanced players. His extra speed is beneficial for newcomers, allowing them to keep their distance and read Ridden movements and behavior. His mix of melee and guns are great for new players to get a feel for which path they prefer.

At the same time, he offers much for advanced players. Trophy hunters, speed runners, and gamers trying to benefit their team the most will find solace in Evangelo.

Regardless of the build, Evangelo is hard to dislike. He’s just trying to keep everyone on the team from falling into a spiraling depressive state brought on by the end of the world and the deaths of billions of people worldwide. And he’s still young, still learning.

Cut him some slack.

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