Helldivers 2 How to Get and Use AR-61 Tenderizer

Helldivers 2 Tenderizer aiming at Warriors

A heavy Assault Rifle, Tenderizer got off on a rocky start. It has finally been improved, so let’s see how to get and use the AR-61 Tenderizer in Helldivers 2.

Primary weapons are what you mostly use in Helldivers 2, and they are the ones that receive the most fixes, nerfs, and buffs. Each Warbond adds a couple of weapons to the list to spice things up and keep the game fresh with new content. Players everywhere are looking for ways to make the most of each and every weapon there is. One such weapon started off in a bad place, but with recent fixes has been improved. That weapon is AR-61 Tenderizer. Keep reading to learn how to get and how best to use the AR-61 Tenderizer in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2: How to Get the AR-61 Tenderizer

AR-61 Tenderizer is an Assault Rifle Primary Weapon that you can find in the Polar Patriots Warbond. It is on the first page and costs 20 Medals to unlock. If you haven’t already done so, you first have to unlock the Polar Patriots Warbond, costing 1000 Super Credits.

Helldivers 2 Polar Patriot warbond page 1
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The stats for the AR-61 Tenderizer are:

  • Damage – 95
  • Capacity – 30
  • Recoil – 10
  • Fire Rate – 600
  • Weapon Traits: Light Armor Penetrating
Helldivers 2 image of the Tenderizer from the Armory
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How to Use the AR-61 Tenderizer

The first step is to select the AR-61 Tenderizer as your Primary Weapon. You can do it during the Loadout phase before you deploy on a mission, or in the Armory, on the bridge of your spaceship.

The Tenderizer is a powerful Assault Rifle. It functions the same way as, say, a Liberator, but it packs a lot more punch. While only having 30 bullets per mag, and 7 mags in total, it is a force to be reckoned with. It has all the weapon options you’d expect. You can modify the zoom distance, toggle the flashlight on or off, and choose between three firing modes: Auto, Semi, and Burst.

Helldivers 2 Tenderizer Weapon options
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The Tenderizer deals a lot of damage with each shot. During our testing, we concluded that just nine bullets to Brood Commander’s head were enough to remove it. As for smaller bugs, it only needs one bullet per bug, two to kill a Hunter, and three for a Warrior. That makes it an almost guaranteed pick for bug planets. Its effect against bots is somewhat limited, due to the majority of bots having at least Medium Armor, which the Tenderizer can’t penetrate.

The downside of the AR-61 Tenderizer would be the clip size (you can go through 30 bullets in no time). We can also add “the inability to deal with Medium Armor” but let’s be real, Tenderizer penetrating Medium Armor would be too much.

In summary, the Tenderizer is now an excellent choice for dealing with lightly armored targets. Practically a go-to weapon for bug planets.

Helldivers 2 Tenderizer scope
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