The bugs and automatons each have their own unique meta, so you’ll need to prepare accordingly.

In Helldivers 2, players have immense options when it comes to what weapons they will utilize to take down both bugs and automatons. So, to ensure you are properly prepared to serve up the justice those monsters deserve, here are our picks for the best weapons in Helldivers 2.

Gameplay screenshot (Image via j. valentine on Steam)
Gameplay screenshot (Image via j. valentine on Steam)

Helldivers 2 best weapons for bugs

#1: Quasar Cannon

The Quasar Cannon is, at the moment, arguably the strongest overall weapon in the game. It can do some serious damage to Bile Titans and Chargers and would be a valued asset in any mission involving terminids. If you want our pick for the best weapon in Helldivers 2 for bugs, this would be it.

#2: Breaker

The Breaker is another excellent pick and is still an S-tier weapon for bug missions. Outside of the annoying amount of times you will have to reload, few weapons can shred through terminid packs as quickly as the Breaker can. If you are going to be at close range in any scenario, this is a great choice.

#3: Sickle

It's hard to argue with the Sickle's firepower and potential for infinite ammo. For those two reasons alone, players could take this on just about any bug or automaton mission. It's a great choice for those that want a one-stop-shop weapon in Helldivers 2.

#4: Arc Thrower

This stratagem is a great option that is available to players looking for a solid support weapon with infinite ammo. It's ability to shock multiple targets, which can be improved even more thanks to the new level 4 ship modules, is a great way to clear out packs. This pairs great with the Breaker, and can help with you are starved of ammo.

#5: Stalwart or Machine Gun

The Stalwart is slightly stronger for bugs, but both of these stratagems do one thing very well — mow down bug packs. If you can manage to post up and unload a clip or two into a bug breach, you can just about guarantee 15 to 20 kills.

Helldivers 2 screenshot (Image via TheVoCkeR on Steam)
Helldivers 2 screenshot (Image via TheVoCkeR on Steam)

Helldivers 2 best weapons for automatons

#1: Quasar Cannon

Once again, the Quasar Cannon should be used in every chance you can until it is nerfed by developers. For now, this is by far our favorite choice against the many armored automaton forces and is also the #1 choice for taking down the new automaton gunships. Prioritize unlocking this weapon. You won't regret it.

#2: Scorcher

For the Scorcher, it's simple. Robots are weak to energy damage and this weapon packs a lot of it. You'll have to grind the game to get this weapon, however, as it is on the last page of the free warbond.

#3: Sickle

The Sickle, as stated above, is a great primary weapon for just about any situation. It can be precise enough to find the weak spots in automatons and would be a valuable asset in taking them down.

#4: Diligence

Weapons like the Diligence or its sniper cousin are perfect if you are planning on keeping your distance from enemies. You may find yourself getting a bit overwhelmed at close range, but if members of your team can help alleviate that, this weapon would be a great choice.

#5: Breaker

Last, but not least, the Breaker. This shotgun is solid for those aforementioned packs that you may run into but will keep you at bay from range. Pair this with a Quasar Cannon, Railgun, or Autocannon, and you would be good to go against automatons.

So, there you have it. The best weapons the galaxy has to offer for the terminid and automaton scum. For more Helldivers 2 guides like this, make sure to stay tuned on!