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Helldivers 2 Cutting Edge Warbond and its must-have new gear now live

Packing a bundle of powerful new weapons, armor, and a unique booster, the Helldivers 2 Cutting Edge Warbond is out now and offers great rewards.

Helldivers 2 Cutting Edge Warbond: A split image with a Helldiver holding a laser pistol at their hip on the left side and a character firing an arc weapon on the right side.

Do you love defending Super Earth? Do you crave the latest and greatest in Helldivers technology? Then the new Helldivers 2 Cutting Edge Warbond is live now just for you, bringing fresh firearms, armor, and more. Even better, however, is that this new Helldivers 2 Warbond is already shaking up the meta.

Cutting Edge is the first post-launch battle pass in Helldivers 2, and it sees a boatload of new equipment arrive in one of the best co-op games on PS5 for 1,000 Super Credits ($9.99/£7.99). While there’s lots to sink your teeth into, we’ve found the LAS-16 Sickle, G-23 Stun Grenade, and the Localization Confusion Booster to be must-have items for those looking to take on the hardest difficulties.

The LAS-16 Sickle is a unique laser rifle that fires in short bursts and, if you’re careful not to overheat it, effectively has infinite ammo. Following buffs and nerfs in recent Helldivers 2 updates, the Sickle has swooped in to take a top spot next to the Breaker and Slugger. While it’s not designed to take on the likes of a hulking Bile Titan, the Sickle is perfect for taking out the trash in one of this year’s best PS5 games so far.

Helldivers 2 Cutting Edge Warbond: An image of the LAS-16 Sickle weapon in the Cutting Edge battle pass unlock screen.

Likewise, the G-23 Stun grenade takes the underrated crowd control of the EMS mortar and air strike and turns it into a simple throwable. If you’re face to face with an enemy spawner, throw the G-23 out to stop them in their tracks. We’ve found it very helpful against the Terminids in the new Termicide missions.

Last but by no means least, the Localization Confusion Booster increases the time between enemy encounters. Yes, you read that right. This new booster will slow down enemy spawns like bug breachers and bot drops which is too good to pass up in high-level missions where it’s easy to get swamped. You’ll want to make sure someone on your team has this booster active to ease up the pressure.

As for the rest of the gear, it’s unfortunately not quite as strong. The other weapons lack the punch to keep up with the meta weapons while the armor isn’t as versatile as existing options. With that said, the Cutting Edge armor’s Electrical Conduit perk – which reduces arc damage by a staggering 95% – could become the go-to option in the future as the terrifying Helldivers 2 Illuminate faction is expected to deal arc damage. Until then though, it’s more or less just used to counter annoying teammates being a bit too gung-ho with the Arc Thrower.

Helldivers 2 Cutting Edge Warbond: The Cutting Edge price shown in the Warbonds page of the store.

If you’re considering picking it up for yourself, here’s everything you get in the Helldivers 2 Cutting Edge Warbond:

  • LAS-16 Sickle
  • SG-8P Punisher Plasma
  • ARC-12 Blitzer
  • LAS-7 Dagger
  • G-23 Stun
  • Localization Confusion booster
  • EX-03 Prototype 3 armor and helmet
  • EX-16 Prototype 16 armor and helmet
  • EX-00 Prototype X armor and helmet
  • Botslayer cape
  • Martyris Rex cape
  • Agent of Oblivion cape
  • Head Tap victory pose
  • Shotgun Show victory pose
  • Presentable victory pose
  • Botslayer player card
  • Martyris Rex player card
  • Agent of Oblivion player card
  • 300 Super Credits

Remember that, as this Warbond gives you 300 Super Credits over the course of completing it, you’ll have some to put towards a future pass or spend on other cosmetics in the Superstore.

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With hellish new Helldivers 2 flying bugs and the potential of horrifying Dune-like mega-worms burrowing underneath your very feet, it’s safe to say that all this new equipment will come in handy one way or another.

Can’t get enough of the new PS5 exclusive? Find out the unexpected origin of Helldivers 2’s unique co-op mechanics. Otherwise, check out our Rise of the Ronin preview to learn more about this upcoming and very promising RPG, or get to grips with the new PS5 update that levels up your controller.