Helldivers 1:LAS-16 Sickle

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Fully upgraded LAS-16 Sickle

This carbine is based on laser technology but modified in an attempt to get something more similar to a conventional assault rifle. It fires short laser bursts and builds up heat more quickly than the LAS-5 Scythe. The trade off is higher burst damage but a shorter firing time. The LAS-16 is part of the Support equipment kit.

— Armory Description

Unlock Requirement

The LAS-16 Sickle is part of the Support equipment kit and is automatically unlocked by purchasing the respective DLC.


Upgrade Requirements Cost Effect
Upgrade Heat Capacity.png Heat Capacity Research-point.png 2 Increases the amount of heat absorbed before overload.
Upgrade Heat Sink.png Heat Sink Heat Capacity Research-point.png 1 Increases the rate at which the weapon dissipates heat.
Upgrade Overcharge.png Laser Overcharge Research-point.png 1 Increases damage and heat generation.
Upgrade Overcharge.png Increased Overcharge Laser Overcharge Research-point.png 2 Increases damage and heat generation.

Heat Capacity

  • Adds another emergency heat dump canister to the weapon, increasing how much heat can be absorbed before an emergency dump is triggered.

Heat Sink

  • Increased heat sink capacity improves the cooling rate of the weapon while also increasing the time window for sustained fire.

Laser Overcharge

  • Overcharging the laser causes it to output more damage at the cost of generating more heat. Increases damage per pulse.

Increased Overcharge

  • Replacing standard capacitors with high-speed, heavy duty models allows for a much lower delay between pulses without sacrificing reliability. Increases rate of fire.

Weapon Stats

  • Helldivers start missions with 3 heat dump canisters and can carry up to a maximum of 6.
  • The Sickle takes 3 seconds to replace its heat dump canisters, although this is only necessary if the weapon overheats. This process cannot be sped up by any means.
LAS-16 'Sickle' Detailed Analysis
Weapon Info Additional Notes
Unlock Rank Rank 1 Unlocked via DLC
Weapon Type Primary
Weapon Category Laser
Fire Mode Full-auto
Base Upgraded Additional Notes
Damage 50 60 Requires Laser Overcharge
Center Mass Damage 120 170 Requires Laser Overcharge
Base Upgraded Additional Notes
Heat Capacity 400 520* * Requires Heat Capacity upgrade
Heat Generation (per pulse) 20 28 Requires Laser Overcharge
Cooldown Rate 200/s 300/s¤ ¤ Requires Heat Sink upgrade
Cyclic Rate of Fire (RPM) 450 552 Requires Increased Overcharge
Starting Canisters 3 3
Max Canisters 6 6
Reload Speed 3 s 3 s Has no tactical reload
Spread Fixed firing pattern
Max Range 100 m 100 m To be confirmed
Aim + Movement Speed Mod todo todo
Spread Simulation todo

Gameplay Tips

  • The Sickle is unique among laser weapons in that it combines the handling of a conventional assault rifle with the perfect accuracy and heat-based "ammo" management of laser weaponry. This can make the Sickle a very potent general-purpose weapon with a large degree of flexibility compared to both ballistic and laser weapons, letting its user bring virtually any combination of Stratagems and perks to suit their team's (or their own) needs.
  • Accuracy is the single most important factor that will determine how well Helldivers will perform when using the Sickle, more so than most primary weapons. While the Sickle deals more damage per pulse on center mass shots than any assault rifle, it deals dramatically less damage on off-center shots: barely 50% to 33% of its maximum damage, not taking armor reduction into consideration. In addition, it also builds up heat the fastest compared to every other laser weapon with sustained fire. Hitting targets dead center is a must in order to make the most of the Sickle's damage potential, infinite ammo, and comparatively small sustained fire window.
  • Unlike most laser weapons, the Sickle's pulsed firing mode does not allow it to cut through Cyborg armor like the Scythe or Tanto, making anti-tank Stratagems a requirement when taking on higher difficulty planets.
  • The very high center mass damage, perfect accuracy, infinite ammo, and rate of fire make the Sickle the perfect laser DMR (Designated Marksman Rifle), capable of wiping out patrols at range as fast as the Camper or Justice while having no risk of overpenetration when firing between or around teammates or objectives. Additionally, the effectively bottomless magazine and infinite ammo lets the Sickle outlast ballistic weapons while also potentially freeing up a Stratagem slot normally used for Resupply, so long as its user manages heat properly.
  • The Sickle tends to have some difficulty when dealing with spread-out crowds, shielded enemies, and mobs of highly resilient enemies such as Bug Brood Commanders and Cyborg Butchers. Consider pairing the Sickle with crowd-control or crowd-clearing Stratagems to allow some breathing room when engaging multiple durable enemies.


  • The LAS-16 Sickle was re-balanced in Patch 5.00. The weapon now deals slightly less damage.
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