How to Get and Use the AC-8 Autocannon in Helldivers 2

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Weapons that can deal with almost any threat in the game are rare, and that’s where the Autocannon comes in. Read on to find out how to get and use the AC-8 Autocannon in Helldivers 2.

Support Weapons are the “big guns” of Helldivers 2. Usually, they serve a specific purpose, like for dealing with heavies (for example, Expendable Anti-Tank or Quasar Cannon) or for dealing with masses of weaker enemies (like Stalwart or Flamethrower). But, some weapons are “all-rounders”, enabling Helldivers to effectively deal with most enemy types. On that note, let’s see how to get and use the AC-8 Autocannon in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2: How to Get the AC-8 Autocannon

The AC-8 Autocannon is a Support Weapon, and thus a Stratagem. To unlock it, go to the Ship Management terminal, go to the Stratagems tab, and look for the Autocannon. It is in the first subsection, Patriotic Administration Center. You need to be at least Level 10 to unlock it, and you have to play 7000 Requisition points to do so.

Helldivers 2 screenshot of the Autocannon Stratagem
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Remember to select AC-8 Autocannon as one of your Strategems during the Loadout phase, before clicking “Ready”.

How to Use the AC-8 Autocannon in Helldivers 2

You call in the AC-8 Autocannon as any other Stratagem, by typing in a unique code (Down, Right, Left, Down, Down, Up, Up, Right) and throwing a Stratagem ball where you want it to drop. A Hellpod with the weapon will drop, and inside you will find the Autocannon itself and its ammo backpack.

The Autocannon is a powerful and versatile weapon. It cannot penetrate heavy armor but it deals explosive damage, which enables it to close bug holes and destroy Automaton Fabricators. It can be surprisingly accurate, allowing you to target enemy weak spots. You can kill a Charger in just a couple of shots if you target its unarmored backside. 

Helldivers 2 image of two Helldivers operating an Autocannon
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Another important feature of the Autocannon is the ammo backpack, with 10 clips. It is unique in a way that it takes two clips for the gun to be fully loaded, ie, a single clip only replenishes half of the gun’s total capacity. This means you can reload it bit by bit, to keep it as full as possible. You can carry both the gun and ammo on yourself, and the reloading is not as slow as you’d expect. But, you can team up with a friend for a team reload. That way you eliminate the need for reloading, enabling you to fire the Autocannon without pause, which will deal with anything but the most heavily armored opponents in no time.

The AC-8 Autocannon is a great addition to any Helldiver’s arsenal. For more on HD2, check out What Is the Current Major Order and Reward, Helldivers 2 Player Count, and How to Get and Use the Breaker Spray & Pray.

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