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Returnal: Best weapons guide & tier list

Returnal forces players to experience something new upon every death, so we created a tier list for the weapons to prevent you from dying.

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In Housemarque’s roguelike shooter, Returnal, both your equipment and the levels reset upon every death. With a new choice for weaponry every time you reset, which ones are the best to keep your hopes of surviving going?

Housemarque’s PS5 exclusive Returnal features a roguelike format, randomly generating levels for each life, which is known as a cycle.

As the levels reset and alter upon every death, so does your weaponry. With a new experience in every life, these are the weapons you should be looking to pick up in order to progress through the shape-shifting planet, Atropos in Returnal.

Returnal best weapons

From developers Housemarque, Returnal poses as a fun, challenging, but also confusing game, featuring an abundance of weaponry and modifying traits.

In this guide, we will be looking into weaponry and detailing which ones feel powerful and which ones could lead to your demise.

The tier system:

  • S-Tier weapons are the best for every situation
  • A-Tier are amazing in their own right
  • B-Tier weapons are just missing something
  • C-Tier ones are not worth your time

Our Returnal weapon tier list:

  • S-Tier: Thermogenic Launcher, Pyroshell Caster
  • A-Tier: Electropylon driver, Spitmaw Blaster
  • B-Tier: Tachyomatic Carbine, Rotgland Lobber, Coilspine Shredder
  • C-Tier: Modified Sidearm, Dreadbound, Hollowseeker

Returnal C-Tier weapons

Modified Sidearm SD-M8

Returnal best weapons sidearm

This weapon is Selene’s sidearm, a pistol-like weapon that seems puny and lackluster due to its appearance, but should not be dismissed.

This is the weapon you will start every new playthrough with and therefore will be one of your most-used weapons, especially at the start of the game. However, the weapon does start to get worse the further you delve into planet Atropos.

There are many modifying traits in Returnal, but the one most promising for this weapon is the Homing Missiles, dealing extra damage while maintaining its fast fire rate.

Dreadbound

Returnal best weapons dreadbound

The Dreadbound is Returnal’s crossbow-type weapon that deals a lot of damage on hit, but also as the projectile retracts back towards the user.

This is another unique weapon that requires some learning and although it has a slow rate of fire, players who can master the retraction mechanic can line enemies up and deal damage to multiple entities with one shot.

Hollowseeker

Returnal best weapons Hollowseeker

This weapon is an odd one, and possibly the weakest out of all the weapons in Returnal. The Hollowseeker is an extremely fast firing weapon with weak damage.

Although it performs well against the weaker enemies, against the bigger, mini-bosses, the Hollowseeker does more towards getting you killed than staying in the cycle.

Even with the right traits this weapon still feels weak, this is mostly because you really need to focus fire and stay on target to do a lot of damage with this weapon, which is not an easy task when you’re also trying to dodge projectiles all over the place.

Returnal B-Tier weapons

Tachyomatic Carbine

Returnal best weapons carbine

The Tachyomatic Carbine is another one of the starting weapons that you will find early on in Returnal. It features a fast, automatic fire rate, which bodes well especially if you get the timing down on the overcharge reload system.

Although it may seem a little weak later on in the game, the fire rate allows this weapon to succeed and with a trait like Rising Pitch, which further increases the rate of fire, this weapon can greatly increase your chances of survival during the first couple of biomes.

Rotgland Lobber

Returnal best weapons Rotgland Lobber

The Rotgland Lobber is another slow-firing weapon that deals a lot of damage. As well as damaging on impact, it also leaves a pool of acid which further damages enemies who decide to take a dip.

The longer you hold down the trigger with this weapon, the further the blobs of acid will go. Although it deals a lot of damage, sustaining fire and dealing lots of DPS (damage per second) with this weapon can be difficult making it one of the best weapons for smaller enemies, but worst for mini-bosses.

Coilspine Shredder

Returnal best weapons Coilspine Shredder

Lastly, the Coilspine Shredder is another weapon you may only encounter a few times as it appears fairly late into the game. This weapon features a slow fire rate, but can also damage multiple enemies at a time with its wide-reaching projectiles.

If you can place your shots well, hit multiple enemies at once, and time your overcharge reload, this weapon can be extremely deadly at taking down multiple foes at once.

Returnal A-Tier weapons

Electropylon Driver

Returnal best weapons electropylon driver

This weapon is probably the most unique of all in Returnal, as it shoots pylons that connect together with a deadly red beam. This weapon is most effective when you’re leading enemies into the pylon’s beams, although the pylons themselves also do damage on impact.

It requires the most learning out of all weapons and is a more defensive playstyle than any other, but once you get the hang of it you can leave deadly traps around the level that will get rid of enemies in no time.

Spitmaw Blaster

Returnal best weapons Spitmaw

The Spitmaw Blaster is arguably the best weapon for the start of Returnal, featuring a shotgun-like playstyle, dealing massive amounts of damage up-close. This weapon requires players to get up-close and personal with the enemy entities, which can be quite difficult for a beginner.

The lower level, smaller enemies get destroyed by this weapon, while the bigger, tougher enemies like Phrike, the first biome’s boss, will be difficult to get close to in order to get the true damage potential of the weapon.

Once you master the movement of Returnal, especially the dash, getting close to enemies to deal damage with this weapon won’t be a problem, making it one of the best in the game.

Returnal S-Tier weapons

Thermogenic Launcher

Returnal best weapons thermogenic launcher

The Thermogenic Launcher is Returnal’s explosive launcher-esque weapon that deals massive amounts of damage through the projectile’s impact, as well as splash damage just like you’d expect.

Although it has a slow rate of fire, as expected with any launcher, it makes up for it in the damage department. Capable of dealing with multiple enemies at once, big or small, the Thermogenic Launcher is easily one of Returnal’s best weapons.

Pyroshell Caster

Returnal best weapons pyroshell caster

The Pyroshell Caster is very similar to the Thermogenic Launcher, featuring explosive rounds that deal massive amounts of damage with a slower rate of fire.

The explosive weapons are the strongest and best weapons in Returnal. However, the Pyroshell Caster is also extremely rare, so although it can keep you alive, you still need to be cautious as upon death you may never find it again.

There you have it, all the weapons in Returnal detailed and explained. Although most of the weapons are viable and the best is up to personal choice, the Thermogenic Launcher, and for those who can get over the learning curve, the Electropylon Driver are two extremely powerful weapons.

Image Credits: Housemarque

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Apex Legends players slam “trash” Ranked system and matchmaking issues

Apex Legends players have called out the game’s “trash” Ranked mode, arguing that the matchmaking is ruining their experience.

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Apex Legends players have called out the game’s Ranked matchmaking, claiming it’s placing them in unfair matches against opponents well out of their league.

Apex Legends Season 14 has been well received by the community, with the new character Vantage and other quality of life changes bringing the feel-good factor back to the battle royale.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing, and fans have been quick to point out a number of issues in the new season. Wattson’s fence is still broken despite the fix that was supposed to come in Season 14, while the Battle Pass has also come under fire.

Now, although Respawn did make some welcome changes, players have slammed Apex Legends’ Ranked mode for putting together lobbies with a huge skill gap.

Reddit user Azrael462 started a thread criticizing the state of matchmaking in Apex Ranked, arguing the wide range of ranks that can make up a single lobby make it less enjoyable for those in lower brackets.

“If I am in gold I should be fighting gold people, NOT F*****G PREDS OR MASTERS,” the user ranted. “You can actually say it’s a skill issue here because clearly it is, gold is the third rank below masters and fourth below pred, now fix your f*****g system.”

Apex Legends Ranked mode, like most similar modes, is supposed to work on skill-based matchmaking, where only players of a similar rank are put together to make for an even fight. However, players are noticing that this doesn’t seem to be the case.

The OP seemed to point the blame at streamers, as they felt that the current matchmaking system was designed to give full-time players in higher ranks more chance of finding a lobby, rather than being lumped together in every match.

“I’m tired of getting 1k damage and 3 kills only to still lose 30 RP because OF A F*****G PREDATOR STREAMER,” the Redditor continued. “Listen to the community and not the streamers because clearly they don’t know a f*****g thing.”

Other comments seemed to agree that Ranked mode is becoming more punishing, especially if you happen to be in the Bronze, Silver, or Gold tiers. “Never seen a game with worse matchmaking IMO,” argued one reply. “No other game made me feel so fucking helpless like apex did, not even League [of Legends],” said another.

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This has been an ongoing frustration among the Apex community, and players will be hoping to see Ranked mode’s matchmaking given some tweaks during Season 14 or in the Season 15 update.


For more on Apex Legends, be sure to check out our review of Season 14, as well as the Season 15 Legend found in the game files.

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How to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022: Start time & game announcements

Hosted by Geoff Keighley, Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 will deliver major gaming news and premieres so here’s how to watch.

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Here’s how to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 including the official start time, so you don’t miss a single game announcement or reveal from host Geoff Keighley.

If Gamescom 2022 is anything like Gamescom 2021, then gamers are in for a ton of pleasant surprises as the event gets set to showcase upcoming titles across the globe. The event will be hosted by Summer Game Fest’s very own Geoff Keighley from Cologne, Germany.

While in-person attendance is available this year, you can also check out the biggest and best the gaming industry has to offer via live stream. Here’s a helpful guide on how to watch Gamescom as well as the official start time for the event.

With presentations for Hogwarts Legacy, Sonic Frontiers, and yet-to-be-revealed games on the horizon, you won’t want to miss Gamescom Opening Night Live.

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Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 start time

Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM BST. The entire Gamescom event will run from August 23 to August 28, but the most highly anticipated presentation will occur on the opening night, as the name would suggest.

You can catch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 on The Game Awards’ official YouTube and Twitch channels. Don’t forget to catch the remaining presentations on the following days, after you’ve taken in everything Opening Night Live 2022 has to offer.

Expected announcements at Gamescom

Of the confirmed games to appear at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022, Hogwarts Legacy and Sonic Frontiers have generated the most excitement amongst fans. Hogwarts Legacy’s release date has been delayed to February 2023, but fans are still hoping to get another look at the wizarding world it will create.

Here’s a list of games with confirmed Gamescom Opening Night Live announcements:

  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • The Callisto Protocol
  • Dying Light 2 DLC 1
  • High on Life
  • Goat Simulator 3
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Unnamed sci-fi IP from Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Gamers can still expect a ton of surprises from Gamescom Opening Night Live as Geoff Keighley has promised that 30+ games will be showcased during the nearly two-hour live event. You can expect world premieres as well as several major game announcements.

Of the over 500 gaming companies involved, titans of the gaming industry including Ubisoft, SEGA, Bandai Namco, 2K, and Xbox will be involved in the event, so keep your eyes peeled for a ton of exciting news.


For more, check out everything you need to know about upcoming titles like Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 23, and Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

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Apex Legends leakers discover Season 15 Legend in game files

Apex Legends leaks have discovered a brand-new character name in the Season 14 game files, which could be the Season 15 Legend.

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An Apex Legends leak may have possibly revealed the name of the Season 15 Legend, which some will remember from a previous huge Legend leak.

Apex Legends Season 14 has just got underway, giving players a brand-new Legend to enjoy, which pro player ImperialHal has some strong opinions about.

A new season of Apex doesn’t just mean a new Battle Pass, Collection Event, and buffs and nerfs in the patch notes, it also means that dataminers have a new game version to sift through and find unreleased information.

As always, these leakers have found new information on Apex Legends Season 15, including who the new Legend could be.

In a YouTube video from Apex Legends content creator bobz, it’s highlighted that dataminers have found a Holospray in the Season 14 game files that has Catalyst in the code: “hspray_epic_v22_catalyst_01.”

Back in Apex Legends Season 12, there was a massive leak that revealed a variety of unreleased Legends. At the time, Legends like Newcastle and Vantage were discovered, giving legitimacy to the leak as these Legends are now available.

In this leak there was also a Legend called Catalyst, who can reinforce cover and create structures with “ferro fluid.”

The fact that this name has popped up in the Season 14 game files as well further suggests that Catalyst will be seen in Apex Legends, and it could even be for Season 15.

It’s obviously a long way out until Season 15, and these are just leaks, so take them with a pinch of salt. However, it would make sense to see Catalyst in Season 15 considering the devs have added a Holospray with the character’s name.


For more on Apex Legends, check out why Apex Legends players are calling for the devs to remove Arenas.

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