Player holding and aiming a Breaker Shotgun in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2: Best Primary Weapon Tier List

If you’re looking to find the very best primary weapons that Helldivers 2 has to offer, you’ve come to the right place – we’ve placed them all in a complete tier list!

Despite Helldivers 2 offering a variety of devastatingly explosive Strategems at your disposal, you’ll often have to rely on your primary weapons to get you out of a nasty situation in a pinch. Thankfully, primary weapons in Helldivers 2 pack a mighty punch, and there’s one for every imaginable scenario while you’re defending liberty for Super Earth. Below, we’ve compiled a tier list of the very best primary weapons in the game so you can dive straight into the action without breaking a sweat.

The Best Primary Weapons in Helldivers 2

The best primary weapons in Helldivers 2 are the SG-225 Breaker, SG-8 Punisher, and PLAS-1 Scorcher. Despite the recent nerf, the SG-225 Breaker Shotgun is undoubtedly the best weapon in the entire game, as its damage output at close range is unparalleled. Following in just behind the Breaker is another Shotgun, the SG-8 Punisher. The Punisher has an incredibly high damage output and can even stagger single-target enemies, which enhances survivability. Lastly, the PLAS-1 Scorcher Energy-Based Weapon is a solid choice as it has brilliant AOE damage and is great for later difficulties.

Even though these are the best primary weapons on offer, you may want to consider other weapons to bring into your loadout. Here’s a complete tier list of all primary weapons in Helldivers 2:

Tier RankWeapon
SSG-225 Breaker (Shotgun)
SG-8 Punisher (Shotgun)
PLAS-1 Scorcher (Energy-Based Weapon)
SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary (Shotgun)
AAR-23 Liberator (Assault Rifle)
SMG-37 Defender (Submachine Gun)
SG-225SP Breaker Spray&Pray (Shotgun)
SG-8S Slugger (Shotgun)
JAR-5 Dominator (Shotgun)
BR-63 Diligence (Marksman Rifle)
R-63CS Diligence Counter Sniper (Marksman Rifle)
AR-23P Liberator Penetrator (Assault Rifle)
AR-23E Liberator Explosive (Assault Rifle)
CLAS-5 Scythe (Energy-Based Weapon)
MP-98 Knight (Submachine Gun)
Helldivers 2 Primary Weapons Tier List

Of course, if you want to see how these stack up to the rest of the weapons in Helldivers 2, make sure to check out our full weapons tier list. That’s all of the best primary weapons in Helldivers 2. For more guides just like this one, be sure to check out our Guide Hub.