How to Get and Use the Railgun in Helldivers 2? Explained

Helldivers 2 image of the Railgun Stragetem

This powerful weapon is a must-have for defeating armored enemies. Read on to see how to get and use the Railgun in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2 is a squad-based cooperative shooter, developed by Arrowhead Game Studios and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. You can form squads of up to four people, and fight for the glory of Freedom, Super Earth, and Managed Democracy. Of course, other, alien factions are hell-bent on disrupting that goal. Helldivers are there to keep those aliens in line, by dispensing justice, violence, and explosives. But, sometimes, bullets and explosives are not enough, and Helldivers have to call in the big guns. One of the biggest guns a Helldiver can have is the Railgun. So, let’s see how to get and use the Railgun in Helldivers 2.

How to Get the Railgun in Helldivers 2?

To get your hands on this most powerful dispenser of justice, you have to unlock it first. But, the Railgun is not unlocked as a regular weapon. Rather, it is a Stratagem that you unlock once you hit Level 20. Look for it on the Ship Management terminal on your Super Destroyer. Moreover, there is a small chance that you can find it during a mission, in a downed supply pod or a similar POI.

Call it down using its unique code and a brand-new Railgun will be yours in no time.

How to Use the RS-422 Railgun?

A Railgun is one of the most powerful hand-held support weapons in Helldivers 2. It has to be reloaded between each shot, and it can have up to 20 ammo, so make every shot count.

Using a Railgun is quite unique. It functions as any other gun, ie, the right mouse button is for aiming, and the left mouse button is for firing (for PC, PlayStation users hold L2 to aim, and R2 to fire). But, to actually fire, you have to hold the left mouse button to charge up the Railgun, and then release it to fire the gun. Simply said, aim at your target, hold the fire button to charge the Railgun, and release it to shoot.

Railgun can deal with practically any target and is one of the best weapons for dealing with “boss opponents”, like a Bile Titan. It is better than the Recoilless Rifle or Expendable Anti-Tank for taking out foes with heavy plating, like a Hulk. Note that you’ll have to insert a new battery after every shot, as it does not have ammunition as most other weapons do.

But that is not all. A Railgun can be further improved by having the safety off.

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  • BECOME A LEGEND – You will be assembled into squads of up to four Helldivers and assigned strategic missions. Watch each other’s back – friendly fire is an unfortunate certainty of war, but victory without teamwork is impossible.
  • LOADOUTS – Rain down freedom from above, sneak through enemy territory, or grit your teeth and charge head-first into the jaws of combat. How you deliver liberty is your choice; you’ll have access to a wide array of explosive firepower, life-saving armour and battle-changing stratagems… the jewel in every Helldiver’s arsenal.
  • REQUISITION – Super Earth recognises your hard work with valuable Requisition. Use it to access different rewards that benefit you, your squad, your destroyer ship and our overall war effort.
  • THREATS – Everything on every planet wants you dead. That’s what we’re dealing with. Each enemy has distinct and unpredictable characteristics, tactics, and behaviour – but they all fight ferociously and without fear or morality.

Safe vs Unsafe mode

Holding the Reload button on some weapons can give you additional options for it. Concerning Railgun, holding the Reload button lets you choose between Safe and Unsafe mode. Each Railgun “starts” in Safe mode, and is very powerful as is. But, if you need an extra punch, you can switch it to Unsafe mode. What does that do?

A Railgun in Unsafe mode can be charged even further, for a more powerful shot. We don’t know the exact numbers but a fully charged Unsafe Railgun deals around 50% damage more than the Safe one. But, there is a downside to all of this. If you overcharge the Railgun, ie. hold the button for too long, it will explode, killing you and potentially everyone around you.

In summary, an Unsafe Railgun is way more powerful, but you have to pay close attention to the charge build-up, to avoid blowing yourself up.

We have some more Helldivers 2 articles, so check out Best Ways to Find and Kill Scout Striders, Does Helldivers 2 Scale With the Number of Players, and Guard Dog vs Rover.

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