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Helldivers 2 Primary Weapons Tier List

Helldivers 2 tier list for the primary weapons you'll want to use when fighting either the Terminids or the Automatons!

Updated for Patch 01.000.405

Attention Helldivers: This tier list is based off of DPS, max damage potential per magazine, and the effective combat range of each weapon. Effective range is an important factor, as close-range weapons such as Shotguns perform better versus Bugs, but worse versus Bots.

vs Terminids

SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary
LAS-16 Sickle
JAR-5 Dominator
SG-225 Breaker
AR-61 Tenderizer
ARC-12 Blitzer
AR-23 Liberator
BR-14 Adjudicator
AR-23A Liberator Carbine
SG-225SP Breaker SPRAY & PRAY
PLAS-1 Scorcher
R-36 Eruptor
SMG-37 Defender
MP-98 Knight
SMG-72 Pummeler
R-63 Diligence
R-63CS Diligence Counter Sniper
SG-8 Punisher
SG-8S Slugger
SG-8P Punisher Plasma
LAS-5 Scythe
CB-9 Explosive Crossbow
AR-23P Liberator Penetrator
AR-23C Liberator Concussive
PLAS-101 Purifier

vs Automatons

LAS-16 Sickle
R-63CS Diligence Counter Sniper
AR-61 Tenderizer
JAR-5 Dominator
PLAS-1 Scorcher
AR-23 Liberator
SG-8 Punisher Plasma
SG-225 Breaker
R-36 Eruptor
R-63 Diligence
BR-14 Adjudicator
SMG-72 Pummeler
SMG-37 Defender
AR-23P Liberator Penetrator
CB-9 Explosive Crossbow
SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary
SG-8 Punisher
SG-8S Slugger
LAS-5 Scythe
AR-23A Liberator Carbine
MP-98 Knight
SG-225SP Breaker SPRAY & PRAY
AR-23C Liberator Concussive
ARC-12 Blitzer
PLAS-101 Purifier

Primary Weapon Stats / Damage

Primary WeaponDamage Per Second (DPS)Damage Per ShotMagazine CapacityDamage Per MagazineArmor PiercingWeapon Notes
SG-225 Breaker1650330134290Light
SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary1200240256000LightApplies Burning
MP-98 Knight115050502500Light
JAR-5 Dominator1144275154125MediumExplosive Shots,
Staggers
SG-225SP SPRAY & PRAY1056192264992Light
AR-61 Tenderizer95095302850LightStaggers
AR-23A Liberator Carbine92060452700Light
PLAS-1 Scorcher832100 + 100153000LightExplosive Shots
R-63CS Diligence Counter Sniper816140152100Medium
BR-14 Adjudicator73380302400Medium
R-63 Diligence729125202500Light
LAS-16 Sickle68755EnergyEnergyLight
AR-23 Liberator64060452700Light
SMG-37 Defender60670453150Light
SG-8 Punisher540405166480LightStaggers
SMG-72 Pummeler51465452925LightStaggers
AR-23P Liberator Penetrator48045301350Medium
CB-9 Explosive Crossbow35027052100MediumExplosive Shots
LAS-5 Scythe350BeamEnergyEnergyLightBeam Weapon
AR-23C Liberator Concussive34665301950LightStaggers
SG-8S Slugger332250164000MediumStaggers
SG-8P Punisher Plasma33225082000LightExplosive Shots,
Staggers
PLAS-101 Purifier250100 + 150153750MediumCharge up,
Explosive Shots,
Staggers
R-36 Eruptor237.557052850MediumExplosive Shots,
Staggers
ARC-12 Blitzer187250EnergyEnergyMediumLightning Arcs to multiple Targets
Primary Weapons, sorted by DPS highest to lowest

Premium Weapons, sorted by Warbond:

Premium Warbond Primary WeaponCost (Medals)
AR-23C Liberator Concussive 20
SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary 60
JAR-5 Dominator 80
Steeled Veterans Warbond Primaries
Premium Warbond Primary WeaponCost (Medals)
LAS-16 Sickle 20
SG-8P Punisher Plasma 60
ARC-12 Blitzer 80
Cutting Edge Warbond Primaries
Premium Warbond Primary WeaponCost (Medals)
BR-14 Adjudicator 20
R-36 Eruptor 60
CB-9 Exploding Crossbow 80
Democratic Detonation Warbond Primaries
Premium Warbond Primary WeaponCost (Medals)
AR-61 Tenderizer 20
SMG-72 Pummeller 60
PLAS-101 Purifier 80
Polar Patriots Warbond Primaries
Premium Warbond Primary Weapon Cost (Medals)
AR-23A Liberator Carbine 20
Viper Commandos Warbond Primary