New Helldivers 2 SMG is the ultimate counter to annoying Stalkers

New Helldivers 2 SMG is the ultimate counter to annoying Stalkers
Images via Arrowhead Game Studios

Written by 

Alex Garton


10th May 2024 12:05

It's no secret that the Helldivers 2 community has been disappointed with the weapon balancing from Arrowhead Game Studios over recent months. Whenever an OP gun pops up in the meta, it feels like the devs bring down the hammer almost immediately.

A new top-tier weapon may have just arrived in the form of the Pummeler SMG, as it's already establishing itself as the ultimate counter to Stalkers. Making it easy to mow down the intimidating enemies, fans absolutely adore the gun. However, there are concerns its time in the spotlight will be short-lived.

Pummeler SMG destroys Stalkers in Helldivers 2

The Polar Patriots Warbond is here, and one of the update's most interesting additions is the Pummeler SMG. As showcased by Reydriar_ on the Helldivers subreddit, the Pummeler can permanently "stunlock" Stalkers.

These formidable foes are usually a pain to deal with, but with the new SMG in hand, they're completely stopped in their tracks and unable to move. It's not limited to a single Stalker, and if you can balance your fire between multiple foes, it's possible to keep kite them all with ease.

"Stagger is very strong, people just look at the damage stat but locking down enemies is so good, especially against Stalkers or Devastators," said one user, with another claiming, "I'm pretty happy with the Pummeler... Stunlocks normal and Rocket Devastators, Stalkers, stops a Brood Commander in the middle of their charge and wreck's a hunter's day by knocking it back mid-leap."

Helldivers 2 fans are already predicting Pummeler nerfs

Helldivers 2 new SMG
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With the Pummeler being so much fun to use, alarm bells are ringing in the community, and a hard nerf is on the cards for the new SMG.

Arrowhead has rarely allowed strong picks to remain OP for very long, something that has frustrated the fanbase beyond belief.

"Arrowhead on the next bAlAnCe patch: The Pummeler stun effect on enemies has been drastically reduced," joked one user. Either way, this is the time to use the Pummeler while it's strong - let's hope the devs at least give it a little time in the spotlight.

Alex Garton
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Alex Garton
Alex is a Senior Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) in English, he has previously written for Dexerto & Gfinity. Specialising in Call of Duty & Apex Legends, he loves (attempting) to improve his aim in competitive shooters and will always make time for a single-player RPG.
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