Best Shotguns Tier List in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 screenshot of a Helldiver reloading a Punisher

There are several Shotguns in Helldivers 2, and we are here to show you the tier list of the best ones.

In Helldivers 2, you’ll be spoiled for choice when choosing your mission Loadout. Primary Weapons are the ones you’ll be using most of the time, and thankfully, there are many of them. You’ll be using Shotguns if you want to get up close and personal with Liberty’s enemies. They are best for close-to-mid-range firefights and are usually able to deal with multiple enemies at once. Naturally, some are better than others. So, come and see our best Shotguns tier list in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2: Best Shotguns Tier List

To be counted one of the best, a Shotgun has to be effective against all factions, deal enough damage, and have a consistent fire rate (and a short reload time). With all that in mind, here is our tier list of the best Shotguns in Helldivers 2.  

Top 3 Best Shotguns

SG-225 Breaker

The Breaker is the best all-round Shotgun in the game. It deals good damage, shoots quite fast, and is surprisingly accurate for a shotgun. The only downside is a smaller clip size, but you can reload it quickly. It can deal with anything other than heavily armored opponents, but you have your Support Weapons for that.

SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary

A variant of SG-225 Breaker, the Incendiary version deals half as much direct damage, but its main damage output comes from setting things on fire. The Incendiary Trait means that enemies hit will start to burn and take continuous damage. It can also set the ground on fire, giving you the ability to “wall off” sections of the battlefield. It is perfect against Terminids, who will try to swarm you most of the time. On the flip side, it is not that great against Automatons, who rarely clump together and attack from a distance.

SG-8 Punisher

Helldivers 2 screenshot of the Punisher in the Loadout Screen
Image via N4g Unlocked

The Punisher deals arguably the most single-shot damage in the game. Unlike most Shotguns, the SG-8 Punisher’s shots do not spread much, making it a single-target weapon. But, it is great in what it does, being able to one-shot a Terminid Warrior from up close. Moreover, it knocks enemies back, giving you enough time to finish them off. But, the Punisher has two weaknesses: first, it is not great against swarms, and second, it reloads each round one by one, which is great for conserving ammo, but a huge liability in a prolonged fight. 

For more HD2 articles, check out How to Get and Use the Quasar Cannon, Helldivers 2 Player Count, and How to Get and Use the MG-206 Machine Gun.


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