How to Get and Use the PLAS-101 Purifier in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 PLAS-101 Purifier shot exploding

A new hold-and-release plasma rifle has been added to the game. Read on to see how to get and use the PLAS-101 Purifier in Helldivers 2.

Every Warbond adds more Primary Weapons to the game, and Polar Patrots is no different. It added an Assault Rifle, an SMG, and a new Energy-based gun. The latter is a powerful plasma gun, so keep reading to see how to get your hands on the PLAS-101 Purifier and how best to use it in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2: How to Get the PLAS-101 Purifier

Helldivers 2 PLAS-101 Purifier shooting at bots
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The Purifier is a Primary Weapon, found on the third page of the Polar Patriots Warbond. You have to pay a modest sum of 80 Medals to unlock it. Once you do, it will be added to your Primary Weapons arsenal.

Remember to equip the Purifier, either during the Loadout phase before the mission or in the Armory.

The stats for the PLAS-101 Purifier are:

  • Damage – 250
  • Capacity – 15
  • Recoil – 20
  • Fire Rate – 250
  • Weapon Traits: Medium Armor Penetrating, Chargeup, Explosive
Helldivers 2 image of the Purifier from the Armory
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How to Use the PLAS-101 Purifier

The Purifier is a powerful weapon in its own right, albeit a little situational. It fires superheated plasma shots that deal significant damage. That is not all, those shoots will go through Medium Armor, making it a good choice when dealing with Automatons. It is one of the rare Primary Weapons that can damage the heavy armored bots’ weak points. Lastly, the plasma shots explode on impact in a small area, enabling you to deal with groups of enemies. 

Helldivers 2 PLAS-101 Purifier weapon optons
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It has quite a peculiar shooting method, represented by the Chargeup trait. That means that you have to hold the Fire button until the gun charges up (a second or two) and release it when you want to actually fire. Similar to the Quasar Cannon, the only difference is that the Quasar will automatically fire when charged up, and with the Purifier, you have to release the Fire button.

Now for the downsides. The Purifier has a somewhat slower Fire Rate, making it a less-than-ideal choice for intense firefights. You’d have to rely on your Pistol, or teammates to deal with scattered chaff. As for the Explosive trait, the Purifier continues the tradition of NOT being able to destroy fabricators and close bug holes. But, it is perfectly capable of blasting you when it hits something close by. So friendly fire is something you should watch out for. That makes it a suboptimal choice when fighting Terminids, as most of them will try to close in on you.

Helldivers 2 PLAS-101 Purifier aiming at a bunker far away
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All in all, the PLAS-101 Purifier is an ok choice for now. Better suited for Automatons than the bugs (but great versus those annoying Bile Spewers). In the right team composition, when you have someone to clear the chaff, the Purifier is great for dealing with medium and heavily armored opponents.


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