How to unlock weapons in Helldivers 2: A Comprehensive Guide

Learn how to master the weaponry system in Helldivers 2. …

Understanding Helldivers 2's Weaponry System

In the captivating world of Helldivers 2, players will quickly discover that unlocking weapons isn't as straightforward as in other games. The key to adding new weapons to your arsenal lies in using Medals and Warbonds. Think of Warbonds as Helldivers 2's equivalent to a battle pass, filled with anything from cosmetics to weapons. However, Warbonds need grinding, as earning Medals can be relatively slow initially.

How Warbonds and Medals Work in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 presents a familiar, experience-driven leveling system like other game mechanics. The acquisition of fresh weapons demands spending Medals on reward passes known as Warbonds. Players can explore these Warbonds under the 'Acquisitions' menu while stationed on their ship. By completing and carrying out operations, Medals are earned with sealed pods at points of interest, with extra Medals sporadically offered.

Don't worry about tracking down your new weapons once you've unlocked them. As soon as a gun is unlocked from a Warbond, it is swiftly sent to the Armory on your ship, waiting for your call to combat.

The Basic Starter Pack and Premium Warbands

All players of Helldivers 2 are automatically given the AR-23 Liberator assault rifle, P-2 Peacemaker pistol, and G-12 High Explosive grenade and provided access to the 'Helldivers Mobilize!' Warbond. A noteworthy addition to gameplay is the premium Warbonds, which require actual currency to purchase but unveils a swath of additional Warbonds in the game's forthcoming updates. Players who have sprung for the Super Citizen Edition of Helldivers 2 or its upgrade will receive the MP-98 Knight sub-machine gun and Steeled Veterans Warband.

Let's delve a little deeper into Warbonds. These are reward tracks akin to battle passes where players spend Medals to unlock weapons, armor, and other cosmetics. They come with multiple tiers brimming with rewards of different Medal costs. However, players need to spend a specific number of Medals on previous tiers to unlock the next ones. And thankfully, Warbonds don't expire!

Early Game Weapon Recommendations in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 is relatively new, and then there's the fact that there are so many weapons to unlock. That said, I do have a few noteworthy recommendations to maximize your firepower early on in your bug or bot-hunting adventures:

  • Liberator assault rifle: An all-around reliable starter weapon.
  • Liberator Explosive: A powerful, slower-firing modification of the Liberator with considerable splash damage.
  • Redeemer machine pistol: A superb spray-and-pray sidearm. Yet, it devours ammo, so use sparingly!
  • Punisher shotgun: A solid shotgun with an impressive range. Bonus: You don't lose ammo when reloading!

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