Ultimate Raid Guide Part 2: Weapons & Gear

This is the follow up to my first post about Factions and Bot Classes, if that’s what you’re looking for go check it out here: Ultimate Raid Guide Part 1: Factions & Bot Classes

In this post i will be giving details on what should you bring to a raid and how can you make effective armor against bots. Starting with what i think most people are here for:

What are the best weapons for raids?

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As most of you already know, Retchers and Porcupines are the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to raids, they both combine high DPS and explosive damage making them the two strongest weapons you can have for PVE, you are definitely not gonna have any struggle getting a good score with these. The optimal number for each would be either a pair of Retchers, or 4 Porcupines (or 3 + a Flash, in case you want something to slow down the bots)

Recommended gear (for Porcupines):
Hadron medium cabin + x1 King minelayer
Echo heavy cabin
Harpy light cabin
KA-2 Flywheel reload booster
x1 Flash I or Spark III
x2(or higher) Expanded Ammo Packs
x4(or higher) Icarus IV and/or Icarus VII hovers - hovers will make your job much easier when using Porcupines.

Recommended gear (for Retchers):
Harpy light cabin
humpback heavy cabin
x2(or higher) RN Seal radiator
x1 Shiver Cooler - Not recommend using more than 1 cooler, as their bonus is drastically lower for each extra cooler you add
Oppresor engine
x2(or higher) Expanded Ammo Packs - You can use a single one if you own Harpy, but its risky if you miss a lot of shots.

However, these items are quite expensive and not many players can get their hands on them, so i will be giving alternative options for you that might not perform as good as them, but will definitely allow you to get a very good score.

What would be the cheapest, but still efficient gear for me to use?

In case you don’t have a lot of money, don’t want to spend too much just for raids or simply wants something to start with, this is the gear i recommend you, it is significantly cheap for how it performs and will allow you to get a decent score.

Total average cost on current prices: 410 on PC, 930 on Xbox and 1000 on PS (duck not included)

  • x4 Vector machinegun
  • Growl light cabin
  • PU-1 Charge Heavy Generator (alternatively, you can instead use Ampere light generator, which is significantly lighter but deals massive damage when destroyed and doesn’t have much health, it costs around the same price as PU-1.)
  • RD-1 Listener 0 Energy Radar
  • R-2 Chill radiator
  • Radio data transmitter

Note: the prices will likely be different from when i published this.

What weapons should I use?

Machineguns & Miniguns

Machineguns are easy to use, accurate, and have high DPS, making them a very good choice for raids, pretty much there is no bad option, with the only exception being frontal machineguns, as their limited firing angle can be annoying sometimes, but they can still perform pretty great if you can get away with their limitations.

x4 Vector (x5 if you own an Apollo generator)
x4 Defender (x5 with Apollo)
x4 Piercer (x5 with Apollo)
x4 Guardian (x5 with Apollo) - Best low cost
x4 Sinus-0 (x5 with Apollo)
x4 M-29 Protector (x5 with Apollo)
x3 Spectre-2
x4 MG13 Equalizer
x3 MG13 Equalizer + x1 Aurora
x3 Caucasus
x4 M-32 Vindicator (x5 with Apollo) - Best from frontal machineguns
x4 M-39 Imp (x5 with Apollo) - Best from rapid-fire machineguns
x4 MG14 Arbiter
x3 MG14 Arbiter + x1 Aurora - Best from miniguns
x3 Punisher - Best from machineguns

Recommended gear:
Favorite medium cabin - For long overheating time weapons
Torero medium cabin
Humpback heavy cabin
R-2 Chill and/or RN Seal radiators
x1 Cs Taymyr or Shiver coolers - Not recommend using more than 1 cooler, as their bonus is drastically lower for each extra cooler you add
x4 Claw frontal wheel - If you own Claws and you have Aurora paired with other weapons, make sure to use them so you get a small damage boost for it. You should not make this a priority however, as the damage bonus is small and will only be applied to Aurora, it is only recommended if you already own Claw wheels.

Note: For the most effective use of machineguns, make sure you tapfire, as simply holding fire with them will reduce their accuracy and your overall DPS. with the exception of Miniguns and Caucasus, of course.

NOT Recommended:
LM-54 Chord - way too low DPS to be worth using, despite the low energy cost.
SM Hornet - as its description says, “The least effective machine gun”.
Reaper - MG14 Arbiter does its job but far better.
M-38 Fidget - Funny enough, Piercer does higher damage than fidgets.
Aspect - M-39 Imp and M-32 Vindicator do its job but far better.
ST-M26 Tackler - M-29 Protector does it job but better.
Aurora Only - Aurora, even with damage buffs, isnt really that great on its own, pair a single one with other weapons instead.


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Compared to Machineguns, autocannons don’t have that much DPS (except for Whirl), but due to their explosive damage, range and accuracy, they can be very good against bots, however, their energy cost is higher. Its still a pretty good choice and will allow you to get a good score.

x3 AC50 Storm
x3 AC62 Therm
x2 AC72 Whirlwind (x3 with Apollo)
x3 Whirl - Best DPS
x2 AC80 Stillwind (x3 with Apollo)

Note: Like with machineguns, tapfiring will make your accuracy better.

Recommended gear:
Harpy light cabin - For light autocannons, such as AC62 Therm and AC50 Storm
Torero medium cabin
Humpback heavy cabin
R-2 Chill and/or RN Seal radiators
x1 CS Taymyr or Shiver coolers - Not recommend using more than 1 cooler, as their bonus is drastically lower for each extra cooler you add.

NOT Recommended:
AC43 Rapier - Bad accuracy and very bad DPS.
Cyclone - AC80 Stillwind does its job but far better.
AC64 Joule - Way too expensive for a very underwelming performance.

Plasma Emitters


Plasma emmiters share a couple advantages, like firing constantly and, in case of Helios, being able to deal cabin damage by hitting the full volley anywhere on the bot. They are a pretty decent choice and only require a single module to support them.

x3 Syntesis
x3 Prometheus V
x3 Helios

Recommended gear:
Quantum medium cabin
Humpback heavy cabin
Power Unit charge booster
x4 Claw frontal wheels

NOT Recommended:
x3 Syntesis/Prometheus V/Helios + x1 Aurora - This combination does give you higher DPS, but not enough to compensate its 16 energy usage, leaving you with no extra energy to use. A Power Unit module will give you nearly the same DPS for a lower energy cost.
x4 Syntesis/Prometheus V/Helios - Same reason as the above.

Tesla Emitters

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If you really dont want to worry about missing your target and wants to be a good support for your teammates, make sure to bring a few of those. however, keep in mind it will be very expensive and you shouldn’t buy them just for raids.

x3 Spark III
x1 Flash I + x2 Spark III

Recommended gear:
Quantum medium cabin
Howl medium cabin
R-2 Chill and/or RN Seal radiators
x1 CS Taymyr or Shiver coolers - Not recommend using more than 1 cooler, as their bonus is drastically lower for each extra cooler you add.
x4 Claw frontal wheels

NOT Recommended:
x3 Flash I - Despite being very effective against bots, this is absolutely not a good investment, as it will cost a LOT and you can simply buy 3 Porcupines instead, which will do a much better job.


Shotguns will be the weapon class i will recommend the least, as despite their incredible DPS, their range is very short, forcing you to stay closer to the bots, which will draw their attention to you.

x4 Lupara - Best low cost
x4 Seldgehammer
x4 Mace
x3 Thunderbolt
x2 Hammerfall
x2 Hammerfall + x1 Mace - Best DPS

Recommended gear:
Torero medium cabin
Favorite medium cabin
Jannabi light cabin
Oppressor engine
Bigfoot heavy wheels - only if you are using Thunderbolt or Mace.
R-2 Chill and/or RN Seal
x1 CS Taymyr or Shiver - Not recommend using more than 1 cooler, as their bonus is drastically lower for each extra cooler you add.

NOT Recommended:
Breaker - Will cost you way too much for a bit extra DPS, use hammerfalls instead.
Any frontal shotgun - You already got short range, now also limited firing angle, not worth.
Any reload shotgun - Worse accuracy, lower DPS and higher energy cost.
Gravastar - Way too innacurate, way too fragile and awful range.


I will list here the rest of the weapons that are worth using in raids and their respective gear.

x2 Incinerator

Very helpful support weapon that also gives a decent score.

Recommended gear:
Blight light cabin
Harpy light cabin
KA-1 Discharger or KA-2 Flywheel reload boosters
x2(or higher) Expanded Ammo Packs
x4(or higher) Icarus IV and/or Icarus VII hovers
Bigfoot heavy wheels - only if using Blight light cabin.

x2 Thresher
Cheap alternative if you can’t buy Retchers.

Recommended gear:
Harpy light cabin
Humpback heavy cabin
Torero medium cabin
Oppressor engine
R-2 Chill and/or RN Seal
x1 CS Taymyr or Shiver - Not recommend using more than 1 cooler, as their bonus is drastically lower for each extra cooler you add.
x2(or higher) Expanded Ammo Packs

x2 Impulse (x3 if you own Apollo)
Cheap alternative if you can’t buy Retchers, which can later be used to craft them.

Harpy light cabin
Humpback heavy cabin - only if using x2 Impulses
Torero medium cabin
Oppressor engine
R-2 Chill and/or RN Seal
x1 CS Taymyr or Shiver - Not recommend using more than 1 cooler, as their bonus is drastically lower for each extra cooler you add.
x2(or higher) Expanded Ammo Packs

What weapons I should NEVER use in raids?

Here i will be listing all the weapons that are not worth bringing to a raid, the reasons may be different but be sure those will very likely not give you a good score.

Cannons, all of them - Cannons have great damage and explosion radius, but very low DPS, making you take way too long to kill multiple bots.
Rocket launchers, all of them - Like cannons, they have great damage but they take way too long to kill multiple bots, and also use a lot of ammo.
Drones & Turrets, all of them - Despite their decent DPS, drones are easily targetted and destroyed by bots, and also can block teammates’ path.
Melees, Chainsaws & Lances, all of them - Melees will force you to facehug bots, which is a very bad strategy and will cause you to take a ton of damage.
Long Reload & Charging weapons (Crossbows, Mandrakes, etc.) - Like cannons, those will take way too long to kill multiple bots, making them not worth.
Trombone (as support) - Trombone will be effective against bosses, but weak against groups of bots, as it can’t heat all of them in time.
Flamethrowers - Way too short in range and they use way too much ammo.
Jubboko, Kapkan & King - Like drones, those will be shot down by bots.
Revolvers - Way too low DPS to be viable. Machineguns do its job but better.
Nailguns - Like with Revolvers, Machineguns do its job better.
Yongwang - Way too expensive and not so reliable as other grenade launchers.
R-37-39 Adapters - Machineguns and Plasma Emitters do its job but better.
Skinner & Enlightenment - Common sense.

What modules should I always bring to a raid?

Modules are just as important as good weapons, so you should always make sure to bring some to maximize your performance. However, make sure to only bring what will really help you.

Radiators, Coolers & Reload Boosters
Radiators will help you with your heat-based weapons by increasing the amount of shots it takes for them to overheat, while coolers will boost the cooling process after they overheat, make sure to use as many radiators as you can. As i have mentioned previously you should always make sure to bring no more than a single cooler as they give a worse bonus after the first.
Reload Boosters will boost the reload speed of your weapons, however keep in mind they are quite heavy.

Its always good to have an engine that can boost your movement parts or weapons, in case they can’t be buffed by any engine or it is not really needed, just bring one that will fit what you most need, be it speed, tonnage or mass limit. Hot Red is a good option if you want an extra point of energy to use.

Ammo Crates
Ammo crates will increase your ammo by a lot, specially the epic ones, however make sure to hide them properly as they explode when they are destroyed. You can use rare ammo packs if you can’t buy the epic ones, however keep in mind that their health is not that great and they deal a significant amount of damage.

Radars & Radios
Despite not many people willing to use them, radars can be very helpful to make the raid end faster, as you will know sooner where bots are coming from. Always make sure to bring at least one a zero energy radar and a radio, as both are very light and cheap, and also provide you and your teammates a better detection.

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Averter is not really necessary, but if you want that extra protection for your guns and cabin you can use one.

What modules should I NEVER bring to a raid?
Here i will list the modules that you shouldn’t bring to a raid due to them being unecessary, or useless. I wont shot pictures and give extra details about each as this post is already bigger than i wanted, except for chameleon which has an important thing about it.



Like you may expect, chameleon will prevent bots from shooting at you, however, if you cloak after they have targetted you, they will still target you for a few seconds, which may lead to them shooting you and taking your invisibility away, and also, despite being cloaked bots will remain following you, eventually causing them to bump and take your invisibility away.

Boosters are completely unecessary for raids, as in most cases you dont need that extra speed.
Argus & Interceptor
Drones and mines are not a significant threat for you to need extra modules to deal with them, you can simply shoot them down which will do the same job.
Verifier & Oculus VI
The vast majority of bots don’t use a cloaking device and they don’t really hide, so bringing one of these is completely unecessary.
Aegis-Prime & Barrier IX
You don’t really need that extra protection on raids, and those will take a lot of energy for that.
Fuel Barrels
I wonder how some people didn’t figure it out yet… YOU DO NOT GET FUEL FROM RAIDS.
Car Jack
Unless you really mess up with your building you wont even flip over on a raid, and keep in mind you can just ask a teammate to unflip you.

How about movement parts?

Movement parts don’t need much details explained about them, just make sure you bring a movement part that will give you good speed, tonnage, and those that may be best for the weapons of your choice. My best advice is to just not bring slow movement parts such as augers, heavy tracks or ML 200 Legs, as you will struggle to catch up with your team.

Lastly, Cabins


As for cabins, you should simply pick one that will benefit you the most, like the extra damage and huge mass limit from Humpback, the accuracy bonus and speed from Torero, and so on. If you can’t purchase these expensive cabins, you can simply use Growl which is the best starter cabin.

And that’s all for this post, i have been busy lately with irl stuff so thats why this one took way longer, i will be doing more research on the future posts as they cover some stuff im not that sure about. If you disagree with something here, make sure to comment and tell me what could be changed.


Maybe link your first post at the start of this one?

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yeah, forgot about that

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this is awesome…thanks a lot… my question is what would you suggest with the hadron cabin they gave out in last battle pass?

any reload weapon pretty much, even if you don’t own a king to make the super fast reload trick, its still a flat 15% reload speed buff.

A guid suggestion people bring in the abusive weapons to raid…


Very useful guide.

I like using Bastion, the Bulldozer blade does a good job of absorbing damage, the cabin’s shape is also useful for building a MG tower.

I really like using Hardened Tracks for raids. They have a nice Tonnage/Mass ratio and respectable speed. And they’re quite durable. Plus, if you use tracks, the enemies won’t be able to immobilize you.

It is called the “Ultimate” raid guide and not the “Snow Flack” raid guide. Why would anyone suggest anything other then the best?

You say “Abusive”, we say “Optimized”


just retcher mode

Well said and well stated. Although I have to bring one thing up

4 Adapters always helped me to be on the first place in raid. I also have Arbiters, Helioses, Retchers — these work pretty well too, but Adapters is something that I’m not afraid of going in raid with. Adapters require skill but their ability to shoot continually help you to tag and/or destroy as many bots as you want.

A note: I used Adapters on a 10-11k build, always with different PS teammates.


adapters are very decent actually, the only reason i don’t recommend them is because you can do a better job with syntesis or machineguns for pretty much the same price

for you i suggest some english classes :skull:

but seriously tho, the problem isnt with retchers, its just that they made the perfect scenario for them, low health bots with lots of explosives.

I tried dual Stillwinds in a raid recently, and was impressed at how well they worked. A bit tricky hitting fast moving targets, but often a single hit will kill smaller raiders. That explosion radius is no joke!

I’ve had pretty good success with Arrrrghuments in raids, they might not hit that hard in regular pvp but in pve they do nice damage, at least in easy and normal raids. Easier to hit targets as well since they’re extremely predictable, very good against lunatits and firefarters

Ultimate Raid Guide?
It is quite an instructive piece of work. But to call it the Ultimate guide?
After reading the first piece about Retchers and Porcs I already had my doubts. I know it’s a popular opinion, but it’s not entirely true either.
There are few players who can use a Retchers fully and effectively, most players just spam a bit and can only hit bots from close range, Porcs do a lot of damage but untargeted and barrels are also irritating for fellow players.
I think Fortunes might be even more effective and more fun to play.
Then you come up with some qualifications about weapons that you have never used yourself or very little.

for example:
AC43 Rapier - Bad accuracy and very bad DPS. uhhh what?
Piece about Emitters and Aurora, ever heard of Nova cab?
Your opinion about reload weapons takes the cake.
Here too you seem to be repeating a popular opinion, but here too it is not correct, someone who understands how to handle reload weapens effectively can achieve high scores and can make a useful contribution in raids.

Again for a beginner it is nice reading material, but certainly not the ultimate guide.

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if i go here and explain how to properly use each individual weapon here the post is gonna get twice as big, but i might include the retcher thing as this is indeed true, most people dont properly use its perk.

i have tried rapier multiple times, its awful.

you mean photon i suppose, and yeah its not really that great as you are left without any extra energy points to use.

read again, long reloading weapons, this is not simply an opinion these do take longer to kill bots, you can test it out for yourself if you doubt that still.

yeah was expecting someone to say that, of course, there will be some weapons i blacklisted that you can indeed make a good score with, but my point still stands, those are not optimal for raids and im 100% sure you are gonna have a much easier time getting a decent score with the other options.

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Photon indeed :slight_smile:

Ah, maybe I did misunderstood this guide. It’s about easy to use builds?

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kinda, the main idea is to teach people what will be better for them to bring to a raid, hence why the blacklisted weapons part mentions that they will “very likely not give you a good score”, because getting a good score with them is not entirely impossible, but i’m pretty sure with other weapons you can achieve that score easily. And i’m taking mostly newer players into account, as veterans likely know what they have to do in raids pretty well.

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Oh no I misspelled guide! Now I need English classes! Thanks… But I aced English in highschool and post secondary. I also tutored and taught some English classes.

But I’m also dislexic. So… Way to tell the dyslexic guy to take English classes.

It’s a game forum. U think proper English matters here? And what does my good grade from you get me oh Master of grammar??? Stfu.

Did you notice you mocked my English while using poor grammar? You probably didn’t. Gj buddy!

:skull: you actually took it seriously damn

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