How To Get And Use Recoilless Rifle In Helldivers 2

Confused about whether you should use the Auto-Cannon or the Recoilless Rifle in Helldivers 2? Below you can not only find the answer on how to get the latter gun but also which is better between the two.

No matter what enemy you are fighting, there is no one-size-fits-all weapon or Stratagem in the game to take them out. Some may be good for Armor penetration, while others have ammo capacity, reload times, or even how you can handle them while playing Solo. That is why several Helldivers 2 players hesitate to get the Recoilless Rifle. So if you are one of them, then don’t worry. Here is all you need to know on how to unlock and when to use it.

How to Unlock Recoilless Rifle in Helldivers 2

How To Get Recoilless Rifle In Helldivers 2
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You can get the Recoilless Rifle after you reach level 5 and have collected 6000 Requisition Slips. So, if you already have met these requirements, this is what you have to do next:

  1. Go to your Ship and access the Ship Management.
  2. Interact with it to open its menu.
  3. Next, go to the second tab, which is Stratagems.
  4. Here, under the Patriotic Administration Center section, you can find the Recoilless Rifle.
  5. Select it and click on the Purchase button.
  6. Finally, equip it before starting any missions to use it.

How to Use Recoilless Rifle in Helldivers 2

How To Use Recoilless Rifle In Helldivers 2
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After you equip it, start the mission; once you land, you can enter the following Stratagem Code to use it:

  • Down > Left > Right > Right > Left

Here are its stats:

  • Call-in Time: 3 seconds
  • Uses: Unlimited
  • Cooldown Time: 480 seconds (8 minutes)

To use it effectively, you should play with friends, or even if you are playing a public game, you need to ask for help because it takes a long time to reload it alone.

You should typically take it when you have to reload support and fight enemies with armor. Its best use would be to take out drop ships as Recoilless Rifle can take care of them in just a single hit.

Should You Use an Auto-Cannon or a Recoilless Rifle?

Both guns are effective situationally, but Auto-Cannon is a better pick overall. Although this primarily applies to lower difficulty, heavy armor penetration is needed as you start playing on Challenging mode or above. That is where the Recoilless Rifle will start coming into play.

  • Reasons you should go with Auto-Cannon:
    • You are playing alone.
    • You have to take care of light mobs.
    • You want a substitute for grenades/explosives for closing bug holes and similar uses.
  • Reasons you should go with a Recoilless Rifle:
    • You need to eliminate Drop ships.
    • You don’t have to worry about reloading as you have support.
    • You need Heavy Armor penetration for your enemies.

That is all on how you can get and use the Recoilless Rifle in Helldivers 2. Speaking of Stratagem Weapons, You should also check out how to unlock the Arc Thrower. It is another such weapon that you may need in higher difficulties.