AR-61 Tenderizer

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A high-caliber assault rifle with a restrictive magazine size but more stopping power.

— Armory Description

The AR-61 Tenderizer is an Assault Rifle released with the Polar Patriots Premium Warbond. It boasts the current highest firepower in its weapon class combined with a steady rate of fire and exceptionally controllable recoil, making it highly effective against soft targets and enemy weakspots, at the cost of having average armour penetration and a slightly lower magazine capacity than the standard Liberator.

Detailed Weapon Statistics

AR-61 Tenderizer
Fire Rate 600 rpm
Recoil 10
Capacity 30
Reload Time 3.3 s
Tactical Reload 2.2 s
Spare Magazines 7
Starting Magazines 5
Mags from Supply 7
Mags from Ammo Box 3
Rifle Rico Projectile
Rifle Rico
Caliber 8 mm
Mass 11 g
Initial Velocity 820 m/s
Drag Factor 30%
Gravity Factor 100%
Penetration Slowdown 25%
Standard 95
vs. Durable 22
Direct Armor AP2 Icon.png Light II
Slight Angle Armor AP2 Icon.png Light II
Large Angle Armor AP2 Icon.png Light II
Extreme Angle Armor AP0 Icon.png Unarmored
Special Effects
Demolition Force 10
Stagger Force 15
Push Force 10

Tactical Information

  • Supports single shot, burst fire, and automatic firing modes
  • Offers 25, 50, and 100 meter variable magnification
  • Provides Auto, On, and Off modes for weapon mounted flashlight


The AR-61 Tenderizer has a steady rate of fire and very low recoil, which, combined with its considerable stopping power, make it excellent for mopping up small groups of soft, lightly-armoured enemies and deadly to larger ones if the user can hit weakspots. Unfortunately its relative lack of armour penetration means it can't punch through Automaton plating or Terminid carapace, necessitating either excellent aim or an alternative armour-piercing weapon to deal with such threats.


  • The AR-61 Tenderizer released with an unusual green-and-tan colour scheme despite being portrayed with a black body in the reveal trailer, though this was later fixed in Patch 01.000.304. The same patchnotes also noted that the Tenderizer will be receiving a damage buff in the near future.
  • The plain grey finish, distinct FAMAS-style top rail carry handle, and standard bullpup format, along with the weapon's (hidden) 'Rico' ammo type suggest it might be a reference to the Morita Assault Rifle from Starship Troopers, one of the obvious inspirations for the Helldivers franchise.


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Change History




  • Increased projectile damage from 60 to 95.
  • Increased projectile damage against durable body parts from 10% to 17%.
    • Real value appears to be 23%.
  • Decreased ammo capacity from 35 to 30.
  • Decreased number of magazines from 10 to 8.
  • Increased stagger strength from 10 to 15.

Undocumented Changes

  • Now receives full ammo from Resupply.
  • Now receives 3 magazines from ammo boxes instead of 2.



  • The AR-61 Tenderizer now has the correct color scheme.


  • Added to the game.