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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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Returnal best weapons guide

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apex Legends

Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 11 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 11 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 11 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 11 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 11 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its rival battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many players jumping ship to Respawn’s game in Season 10, Apex Legends Season 11 is pretty popular with gamers and streamers alike.

There are now a whopping 19 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Ash, she debuted alongside the new Storm Point map.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 11, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 11.

Apex Legends Season 11 pick rate ranked list

This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored more.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 11 ranked, as of November 12, 2021, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 11.9%
  2. Wraith – 11.4%
  3. Ash – 10.7%
  4. Bloodhound – 9.1%
  5. Pathfinder – 8.7%
  6. Valkyrie – 6.8%
  7. Lifeline – 5.8%
  8. Bangalore – 4.8%
  9. Horizon – 4.5%
  10. Loba – 4.2%
  11. Gibraltar – 3.4%
  12. Mirage – 3.3%
  13. Fuse – 3.2%
  14. Caustic – 2.9%
  15. Wattson – 2.3%
  16. Seer – 2.1%
  17. Revenant – 2%
  18. Rampart – 1.7%
  19. Crypto – 1.3%

Most picked legends in Apex Legends Season 11

5. Pathfinder – 8.7%

Pathfinder has slowly climbed his way up the rankings and gained many fans to become a part of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 8.1% and counting.

As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.

4. Bloodhound – 9.1%

Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 11.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 8.8%. They are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends, thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

3. Ash – 10.7%

As is always the case with a new season of Apex Legends, the debut of a new Legend usually drags tons of players away from their beloveds, and that has happened with Ash as she is in the top three with a pick rate of 16%.

Ash is a very offensive and aggressive Legend whose abilities let players launch deadly projectiles and also mark fresh deathboxes left behind by fallen players. This can help track players that have won a recent battle and could be prone to being jumped.

Ash’s Phase Breach ultimate can also give her a huge edge in battle and lead to potentially game-winning plays if used correctly.

2. Wraith – 11.4%

Another starting legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she is still well-represented at 11.4% in Season 11.

Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan-favorite in Apex Legends Season 11.

1. Octane – 11.9% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 11

The pick rate king has returned in Season 11 after the Ash hype died down. With a 11.9% pick rate, the speed demon is currently the most popular Legend in Apex Legends Season 11.

Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.

But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 11. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, affecting the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.

We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks, and don’t forget to check out our guide on the best audio settings for Apex Legends Season 11.

Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment

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Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards: November 26

The Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards are out for the week of November 26. Use our quick and easy guide to see what items can be redeemed.

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Players who love to battle it out in competitive PvP action to earn Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards can now see what the week of November 26 has to offer.

Destiny 2’s Trial of Osiris has become a staple of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter, thanks to its heated action, and the rewards for November 26 are now available to see.

One of the most popular game modes that the first-person shooter offers is, no doubt, Trials of Osiris, which is the game’s competitive multiplayer playlist that allows Guardians to test their skills against other players.

One of the exciting factors of this game mode, besides proving your skills, is the new set of rewards that players can earn with their success every week. Here are the newest set of Trials of Osiris rewards in Destiny 2.

What are the Trials of Osiris rewards for November 26 in Destiny 2?

The more reputation you can earn in Bungie’s Trials of Osiris, the better quality of rewards you will receive in Destiny 2.

The map that players fight on changes each week, and this week, the combat takes place on Twilight Gap.

Here is the complete list of Trials of Osiris rewards for the week of November 26:

  • Reputation Rank 4: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 7: Enhancement Prism (3)
  • Reputation Rank 10: Trials Weapon (Changes on every rank reset)
  • Reputation Rank 13: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 16: Trials Weapon (Changes on every rank reset)
  • Flawless Reward: Eye of Sol (Legendary Sniper Rifle) (Adept)

To earn the Flawless Reward, players will need to win seven Trials of Osiris matches without losing a single game.

It’s a tough feat, no doubt, but it’s doable with enough skill, patience, and understanding of the game’s mechanics.

Hopefully, this week’s Trials of Osiris rewards are worth you going after and can be used to make your overall Destiny 2 experience more fruitful and enjoyable!


Also, check out the best Destiny 2 PVE weapons and how to get them, and also how to claim Destiny 2 Prime Gaming rewards.

Image Credits: Bungie

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Destiny 2 Xur location and items: November 26 – 30

Here is where you can find Xur the Merchant and get different Exotic items for yourself when playing Destiny 2.

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You can get Exotic items for yourself in Destiny 2 by visiting Xur the merchant. This character moves around, so here is his location and all the items that you can get from him.

Destiny 2 has become a classic since its release in 2017, with a large player base in 2021. The Season of the Lost update has added various weapons like the Lorentz Drive exotic and Darkest Below.

You can also get different Exotic items each week by visiting the merchant, Xur. He hangs out in random locations around the map, and this guide will let you know where to find him along with his inventory.

Where to find Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur’s location in Destiny 2 changes each week, and he can be found on Nessus currently. The merchant will be standing up in a tree in the Watcher’s Grave.

Once you visit him, you can get yourself some neat new Exotic items to use in the game. Xur will provide you with items that are at the same power level as you.

Xur’s November 26 – 30 items in Destiny 2

You can find all of the items available for sale from Xur this week in Destiny 2 below:

Exotic Gear

  • Exotic Engram
  • Merciless – Fusion Rifle
  • Sealed Ahamkara Grasps – Gauntlets
  • Stronghold – Gauntlets
  • Lunafaction Boots – Leg Armor

Legendary Weapons

  • True Prophecy – Hand Cannon
  • Last Perdition – Pulse Rifle
  • Arsenic Bite-4B – Combat Bow
  • First In, Last Out – Shotgun
  • Hollow Words – Fusion Rifle
  • Steel Sybil Z-14 – Sword
  • The Third Axiom – Pulse Rifle

Legendary Armour

  • Opulent Duelist Gauntlets – Gauntlets
  • Opulent Duelist Plate – Chest Armor
  • Opulent Duelist Mark – Titan Mark
  • Opulent Duelist Helm – Helmet
  • Opulent Duelist Greaves – Leg Armour

This week’s collection of wares consists of impressive weapons, helmets, quests, and cosmetic items. You can equip these and reap their benefits when running into combat in Destiny 2 if you are looking for some new things to use against your enemies.

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more Destiny 2, and check out the Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.3.0.2 Update patch notes.

Image Credits: Bungie

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