Helldivers 2: AR-23P Liberator Penetrator Guide

The AR-23P Liberator Penetrator is Primary Assault Rifle that works well for mid-range enemy kills. Here's how players can unlock and use it in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2 AR-23P Liberator Penetrator Guide

Helldivers 2 offers an expansive arsenal for players to dive into, with the AR-23P Liberator Penetrator standing out as a remarkable choice for those looking to enhance their mid-range combat against armored enemies. Here’s a guide on how to unlock the Liberator Penetrator and a balanced overview of its advantages and disadvantages on the battlefield.

How to unlock the AR-23P Liberator Penetrator in Helldivers 2

The AR-23P Liberator Penetrator is not immediately available to players at the start. To unlock this weapon, players must invest in their arsenal through the game’s progression system. Specifically, it can be purchased for 40 Medals in Page 6 of the Helldivers Mobilize Warbonds. Earning these Medals requires players to complete Medium and above difficulty missions, finish Personal Orders daily, or explore each and every map for loot sources.

AR-23P Liberator Penetrator Stats

AR-23P Liberator Penetrator Stats in Helldivers 2
  • Damage: 45
  • Fire Rate: 640
  • Mag Capacity: 30
  • Recoil: 19
  • Weapon Traits: Medium Armor Penetrating

AR-23P Liberator Penetrator Pros and Cons

AR-23P Liberator Penetrator modes in Helldivers 2

AR-23P Liberator Penetrator offers a powerful option for players willing to work around its specific limitations such as:


  1. Medium Armor Penetration: As its name suggests, the Liberator Penetrator excels in piercing through medium armor, making it an essential tool against medium-armored bugs and various enemies that lesser weapons struggle against.
  2. Versatility in Fire Modes: With burst fire as its default setting, the weapon can also switch to single-shot mode, allowing players to adapt their firing pattern based on the tactical situation.
  3. Scope Variations: It comes equipped with three scope options (25m, 75m, 150m), providing flexibility and precision for engagements at different ranges.


  1. Limited Magazine Capacity: With only 30 rounds per magazine, players may find themselves frequently reloading, which can be detrimental in heated encounters.
  2. Specific Utility: While formidable against medium armor, its specialized nature means it’s less effective against heavily armored foes or in close-quarters combat, where other weapons might outperform it.
  3. Remembering Fire Mode: A minor yet notable inconvenience is its failure to remember the selected fire mode between uses, requiring players to adjust settings each time they deploy.

Some players feel the weapon could benefit from a damage increase, noting that despite its armor-penetrating capabilities, it sometimes requires an entire magazine to down medium-sized enemies. The balance between its armor penetration, magazine capacity, and damage output has been a point of contention, leading to discussions about potential rebalancing.

The AR-23P Liberator Penetrator shines in the hands of players who can exploit its medium armor penetration and adapt to its limitations. It’s recommended to pair this weapon with support gear that compensates for its drawbacks, such as ammo packs for its high consumption rate or a secondary weapon that offers rapid, close-quarters damage. Understanding the tactical landscape of Helldivers 2 and coordinating with teammates to cover various combat roles can maximize the effectiveness of specialized weapons like the Liberator Penetrator.

For more guides and walkthroughs, be sure to check out our main page for Helldivers 2.