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Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons - what are the best weapons to equip

Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons
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Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons are the main tool at your disposal to keep the swarms of xenomorphs at bay as you battle with them throughout the campaign, so it's in your best interests to ensure you're kitted up with the right tools to match your playstyle – that in turn will determine which of the Aliens Fireteam Elite classses you decide on, which we've covered in our separate guide. Depending on whether your approach to combat is up close and personal, slow and steady, or spray and pray, there are different weapons that will be best suited for each method if you know how to identify them.

Although there are more Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons to unlock through the campaign or purchase from the Armory in exchange for Requisition Credits, it'll be a while before you can access any significant improvements on the initial guns, so it's those that we'll focus on here. You should try to settle on your choice of armaments early and stick with them, as you'll earn XP and rank them up by using them during missions, which will then unlock perks such as increased stability, range, accuracy, and reduced reload times to improve them further. If you're wondering which Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons to pick first, here's what you need to know about them.

Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons

Aliens Fireteam Elite Rifle

Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons

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The M41A2 Pulse Rifle is a standard all-rounder rifle with a low damage falloff, making it good for both long and short range combat, and the solid stability means decent accuracy is assured as long as you remember your training to fire in short, controlled bursts. With 60 rounds in the chamber and a maximum capacity of 540 you'll have plenty of ammo to keep blasting those xenos, and the 200% weak point damage multiplier makes headshots on your enemies especially deadly so take the time to aim for them.

Aliens Fireteam Elite Shotgun

Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons

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The M37A3 Pump Shotgun is a CQW (close quarters weapon) that packs a serious punch to any nearby enemies, though with the damage falloff rapidly dropping to zero at around 75m you won't be taking out anything at range. The slow fire rate and 8 round capacity means you need to make each shot count, though you can interrupt the reload after each individual slug if you need to deal with an immediate threat. As you need to get up close and personal with a CQW to make it count, be prepared to move quickly to avoid any acid from downed foes, especially from creatures such as the Xenomorph Bursters.

Aliens Fireteam Elite Magnum

Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons

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The Kramer .50 Magnum is dubbed a 'hand cannon' due to the high damage dealt with every bullet fired, and although this gives you great power over range it does come at a cost. With both a low fire rate and comparatively reduced stability due to the heavy kick it gives, you need to choose your shots carefully to get the most out of this pistol, though if you pick out some headshots then the 250% weak point damage multiplier can really make a difference.

Aliens Fireteam Elite Smartgun

Aliens Fireteam Elite weapons

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The L56A3 Smartgun, as the name suggests, is a computer-aided self-aiming machine gun, which means you don't have to strive for personal accuracy as you can just aim in the general direction of enemies then let the tracking system do the work of hitting your targets. This is particularly helpful when dealing with large swarms of xenos, as you don't need to pick out individual enemies in the crowds and can keep spraying until they're dealt with. However, with a high fire rate and capacity for only 400 ammo it's likely you'll burn through your reserves pretty quickly, so be prepared to switch to your other weapon until you find the next resupply cache.

Iain Wilson

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 260 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.