I didn’t like Arms Race at first, I thought it was a stupid addition to the game. After playing it more I come to find I actually enjoy it. Go figure.
Anyway, I wanted to make a post to talk about what are the best guns to use for Arms Race (or playing the game Arms Race style with no mayhem/skill points/action skills/Guardian rank). It’s interesting to me that removing what are the core components of the game completely change the value of some of the gear.
For example I found the absolute best shotguns to be Jakob’s Scatterguns. Why? Well they tend to be very powerful and deal a lot of crit damage. They also reload 1 bullet at a time, which is IMMENSELY valuable if you go into FFYL as you can just spam shots to get up. They are also no ammo hogs like some other shotguns. By far the most useful weapon you can find in Arms Race. Rarity almost doesn’t matter either, I look for damage, pellet count, and anoints like 300/90 or 25/50. Get a good Scattergun and an absorb shield and you can solo the entirety of Arms Race.
After that, Tediore SMGs would be my next pick for top tier. They are insta-kills on most enemies even heavies. I found a Sureshot++, white, that just destroyed everything it hit the first time every time. Just breezed through the content with this.
Atals N System/Q System are really good too. Along with a lot of COV heavies.
What gear have you found to be the best for Arms Race? Let’s exclude legendaries, since in most cases they will straight outperform everything and also because that’s basically the normal game anyway.