Best weapons in Helldivers 2, tier list for early & late game unlocks

Best weapons in Helldivers 2, tier list for early & late game unlocks
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Last updated 

15th Apr 2024 11:29

You can't spread liberty and freedom across the stars in Helldivers 2 without a bunch of deadly weapons, so you may want to know exactly which pieces of equipment you should be using on higher difficulties.

The game is a third-person squad shooter where you drop into planets to take on hordes of enemies and complete various objectives. Lead, lasers, and explosives are all you really need to achieve your goals - and there's plenty of them to unlock.

That said, not all guns are created equally in this game, so I've put together a tier list ranking my favourites at the top, and the ones not worth bothering with at the bottom. After all, how else will we spread freedom across the galaxy?!

Editor Note: Updated on April 15, 2024 to add the Democratic Detonation Warbond weapons.

Best standard weapons tier list

Tier Weapon name
S
  • SG-225 Breaker
  • PLAS-1 Scorcher
  • LAS-16 Sickle
A
  • AR-23 Liberator
  • P-19 Redeemer
  • R-36 Eruptor
  • SG-225SP Breaker Spray & Pray
  • SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary
  • R-63 Diligence
  • G-6 Frag
  • GP-31 Grenade Pistol
  • G-12 High Explosive
  • G-23 Stun
B
  • SG-8P Punisher Plasma
  • R-63CS Diligence Counter Sniper
  • P-2 Peacemaker
  • SMG-37 Defender
  • G-10 Incendiary
  • ARC-12 Blitzer
C
  • SG-8 Punisher
  • AR-23P Liberator Penetrator
  • AR-23C Liberator Concussive
  • P-19 Redeemer
  • MP-98 Knight
  • JAR-5 Dominator
  • CB-9 Exploding Crossbow
  • G-3 Smoke
D
  • LAS-5 Scythe
  • LAS-7 Dagger
  • BR-14 Adjudicator
  • SG-8S Slugger 
  • G-16 Impact
  • G-123 Thermite

I've not included Stratagems in the above list because they're almost in a league of their own, but make sure to check out our Stratagem tier list to see how we rank them.

Like with all online games, updates will change this list all the time (as we've already seen with Patch 01.000.100) so check back regularly for the latest standings.

How to unlock more weapons

Medals in Helldivers 2
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Unlocking new weapons in Helldivers 2 requires you to spend Medals on your chosen item in the Warbonds menu.

To access the War Bonds menu, follow these steps:

  • From your ship, press R on the keyboard or Square on PlayStation to enter the 'Acquisition Centre'
  • Select 'Warbonds'
  • Pick a Warbond (Helldivers Mobilise! and Steeled Veterans are the only ones currently available)
  • In this new menu, choose an item you want to unlock and spend the necessary Medals

As you complete more pages on the Warbonds menu, you can begin to access more weapons and other items like cosmetics. Each new page also requires a specific amount of Medals to have been spent first.

As I said above, Medals are a key part of the process of acquiring new weapons, and to get them you just need to keep playing the game.

Completing Operations, individual missions, and Orders will reward you with plenty of Medals consistently. Higher difficulty levels also reward you more of them.

How to change Primary and Secondary weapons 

You can pick up weapons when out on missions by pressing the button prompt on the screen, but to change your loadout you will have to do it before you begin your task. Follow the steps below to find out how:

  • Once on your ship, go to the Armoury section of the ship which is on the left in the middle
  • Once Armoury is open, go to the Weaponry tab 
  • Here you will find the Primary and Secondary weapons options - select the one you wish to change 
  • Now a list of weapons will appear, simply choose which one you want to equip and away you go

To switch between your Primary and Secondary weapons during a mission, you just have to press Triangle on the PS5. On PC, 1 is your Primary weapon and 2 is your Secondary

Full weapons list

Standard weapons

the loadout screen in Helldivers 2
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The following weapons can be equipped for your character before you enter into combat:

Pistols

  • P-2 Peacemaker
  • P-4 Senator
  • P-19 Redeemer
  • LAS-7 Dagger
  • GP-31 Grenade Pistol

Assault Rifles

  • AR-23 Liberator
  • AR-23P Liberator Penetrator
  • AR-23C Liberator Concussive

Shotguns

  • SG-225 Breaker
  • SG-8 Punisher
  • SG-8S Slugger
  • SG-225SP Breaker Spray & Pray
  • SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary
  • SG-8P Punisher Plasma
  • ARC-12 Blitzer

SMGs

  • SMG-37 Defender
  • MP-98 Knight

Explosive

  • JAR-5 Dominator
  • R-36 Eruptor
  • CB-9 Exploding Crossbow

Marksman Rifles

  • R-63 Diligence
  • R-63CS Diligence Counter Sniper
  • Br-14 Adjudicator

Energy-Based

  • LAS-5 Scythe
  • PLAS-1 Scorcher
  • LAS-16 Sickle

Grenades

  • G-6 Frag
  • G-12 High Explosive
  • G-16 Impact
  • G-3 Smoke
  • G-10 Incendiary
  • G-23 Stun
  • G-123 Thermite

Support weapons

the squad loadout screen in Helldivers 2
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These weapons are considered to be Support, meaning they can only be used by equipping them as Stratagems and calling them down during a mission:

Patriotic Administration Centre

  • MG-43 Machine Gun
  • APW-1 Anti-Materiel Rifle
  • M-105 Stalwart
  • EAT-17 Expendable Anti-Tank
  • Gr-8 Recoilless Rifle
  • FLAM-40 Flamethrower
  • AC-8 Autocannon
  • MG-206 Heavy Machine Gun
  • RS-422 Railgun
  • FAF-14 Spear

Engineering Bay

  • GL-21 Grenade Launcher
  • LAS-98 Laser Cannon
  • ARC-3 ARC Thrower
  • LAS-99 Quasar Cannon

More guns are likely to be added to the game with future updates and seasons, so I'll make sure to keep this up-to-date with all the latest weaponry.

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Check out our Helldivers 2 homepage for more guides. We've also covered the trophy list, how to farm Samples, the Stratagem tier list, and how to get Super Credits for free.

Tarran is a Senior Guides Writer at GGRecon. He previously wrote reviews for his college newspaper before studying Media and Communication at university. His favourite genres include role-playing games, strategy games, and boomer shooters - along with anything indie. You can also find him in the pit at local hardcore shows.

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