AX/AR-23 "Guard Dog"

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An autonomous drone equipped with a Liberator assault rifle, providing 360° cover. Returns to backpack to rearm.

— Ship Management Terminal

The AX/AR-23 "Guard Dog" is a Stratagem that calls down a defense drone that is equipped in the backpack slot. The drone is equipped with an AR-23 Liberator and hovers around the user, shooting at nearby targets.


  • Call-in Time: 5 sec (9 sec in-game)
  • Uses: Unlimited
  • Cooldown Time: 480 Seconds (8 Minutes)


The Liberator wielded by the Guard Dog has the same statistics as that wielded by the player. It will independently target and attack any nearby enemies, regardless of whether or not it can penetrate their armor. When its magazine is depleted, the Guard Dog will return to its backpack to rearm; it carries up to six reserve magazines, which can only be refilled with the Resupply stratagem.

Tactical Information

  • Because it effectively functions as a backpack-mounted sentry, the Guard Dog is very helpful in engagements where there are numerous enemies that need to be quickly dispatched.
  • Beware that as it is equipped with a standard Liberator, the Guard Dog is incapable of handling armored enemies such as Hive Guards and Scout Striders, but will still shoot at them if they are nearby. As such, it is very helpful to carry a primary weapon that can penetrate medium armor, and deal with these enemies yourself, in order to maximize the Guard Dog's utility.
  • Compared to the AX/LAS-5 "Guard Dog" Rover, the standard Guard Dog has better damage output in exchange for relying on a backpack-stored ammo supply to replace depleted magazines.

Applicable Ship Modules


Tutorial Video Demonstrating Use of the AX/AR-23 "Guard Dog"

Change History




  • Increased projectile damage against durable body parts from 10% to 23%.



  • Slight increase in damage.


  • Now restores full ammo from supply boxes.