Weapon Wednesday: Alternator | May 19 2021

1 : Anonymous2021/05/19 11:59 ID: ng3uxl

Welcome to Weapon Wednesday! This discussion thread focuses specifically on a randomly chosen weapon.

Today's Weapon discussion is focused around: Alternator!

Discuss what you like or dislike about this weapon; how it compares to other weapons; your favorite skins; changes that you think would be beneficial; or anything else that you think would be of value to discuss regarding the Alternator.

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2 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:22 ID: gyoz7wv

While it's never a go-to gun for me, I find I get a kill with it every time I grab it as a placeholder.

The iron sights are better than most but not as great as others. Never feel screwed grabbing it off the drop and getting into a fight.

I honestly think it's one of the best "new player" guns in the game. A fire rate and clip size that is very forgiving for those without incredible aim. I think a lot of spitfire and devotion lovers would love this gun is they gave it a chance.

It's a rock solid weapon that just works. It doesn't compete against a 99 or 301 late game against great players but it's also solid enough to use all game against most average players.

ID: gyp07gs

Great early gun, but you're dead late game most of the time with it.

Alt/spitfire combo would be something fun to try until late game actually. No aim just fun. Then be Fuze and spam grenades. I hate me.

ID: gypkj4i

I have done that before ( not with fuse). Usually I end up forgetting about the alternator the second I get a mag on the spitfire.

3 : Anonymous2021/05/19 12:43 ID: gyoubz8

Absolute banger hip fire.

4 : Anonymous2021/05/19 12:27 ID: gyosckn

Best starter weapon in arenas, I buy it, one upgrade and a mozam. Hipfire is godlike and its good at medium range too.

I can see how it was really dirty with disruptor rounds back in the day.

ID: gyplcun

Split between the Alternator and Volt as the best gun for Bang in Arenas. The digi scope with endless smoke is OP.

ID: gypqin3

Now this…is a good idea lol

5 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:27 ID: gyozy8p

Baby 301 and attachment holder

6 : Anonymous2021/05/19 12:03 ID: gyopg6u

My top pick as the first gun in arenas.

Alternator and a bat. You have to get somewhat up close and personal, but once you do, you're gg

ID: gypk6zf

You underestimate my ability to hit shots

7 : Anonymous2021/05/19 17:42 ID: gyq0cbc

Alternator is way more powerful than people give it credit for. Fully kitted its slaps so hard, a bit slower compared with the other Light weapons in terms of fire rate I feel. Luv it tho.

8 : Anonymous2021/05/19 15:35 ID: gyphz5b

thing will randomly hit shots far away, underrated as hell. my favorite designed weapon too

9 : Anonymous2021/05/19 22:50 ID: gyr7te6

Alternator is really easy to use, very accurate, and strong crouch spamming. It has a high clip size and pretty good damage per mag, but it’s slow, so it’s dps isn’t top tier. It loses to all the best guns in a 1v1 with two really skilled players rarely missing. Endgame it is merely a secondary at best.

I wish disruptor rounds would come back but the community has war scars from the devs releasing it hella OP off launch.

I want it to come back and just be like +2 dmg to shields. That way it’d give me a reason to use the RE45 and alternator after early game. The game is more fun with variety imo. Season 2 had the most gun variety.

I still miss disruptors, hammerpoints, and double tap. Shatter caps, deadeye tempo and quick draw are all trash hop ups.

ID: gyr93tt

Facts on the hop ups, they got rid of 3 of the most fun hop ups to add some trash that barely makes a difference

10 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:55 ID: gyp3s9s

My first round pick in Arenas every time along with a battery. Usually switch away for the R301 or R99 in later rounds and in BR though

ID: gyp77qd

Exactly my strat. Favorite starter weapon for arenas due to the weaker shields. Decent range for an smg and still slaps up close. I use it for the first two rounds typically the switch to the R99.

11 : Anonymous2021/05/19 14:25 ID: gyp7yf9

Solid early game gun. Pretty much just an attachment holder after that.

12 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:28 ID: gyp04nd

It’s a perfect weapon for people who can’t control recoil. But I think it could use a hop up, for a gun that has two barrels it could easily have a rapid fire hop up or something

13 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:45 ID: gyp2eyo

It’s a go-to reliable smg with good damage and low recoil. A very good choice for newcomers and, at its worst it’s a good attachment holster for the R99.

7/10 Reliable, but outmatched by most.

14 : Anonymous2021/05/19 14:31 ID: gyp8sgd

It is a solid weapon for fights when you first land, but later in the game I'd swap it out for an R9 or 301

15 : Anonymous2021/05/19 16:52 ID: gypt5xp

Auto buy in arenas. Best value for sure

ID: gypulg2

Same, it’s always gets the job done. Then for round 2 I get an alternator with an Eva

Édit: upgraded alternator

ID: gypurwt

That’s a value loadout if I’ve ever seen one. I think the Moz slaps so I just use it with one upgrade and I’m set for the first few until I can get a volt

16 : Anonymous2021/05/19 17:14 ID: gypw9zc

I used to love this weapon a couple months ago, now i hate it.

I feel like vs higher skilled enemies it's impossible to hit them when they're strafing since this smg alternates bullets left and right

ID: gypwlb3

If you strafe while firing it only uses a single barrel! Still I understand your pain.

17 : Anonymous2021/05/19 14:48 ID: gypb6jw

Alternator is al all rounder. Jack of all trades, master of none. A great first purchase in arenas.

Also, many people underestimate how well it scales with attachments. Grab a fully kitted one with a 2x HCOG in firing range and shoot some distant targets. I think you'll be surprised at how much damage you'll do.

18 : Anonymous2021/05/19 12:33 ID: gyot0l0

Attachment holder in BR but not awful if you get stuck with it.

OK starting weapon in Arenas, but L-Star's existence at the same price point pretty much invalidates it.

If you think disruptors should come back, you are very dumb.

19 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:11 ID: gyoxuko

Extended backpack for my R9 or R3

20 : Anonymous2021/05/19 14:52 ID: gypbt0n

Great hip fire weapon, low key slaps as a primary as well.

21 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:41 ID: gyp1r68

The Alternator has great iron sights, to the point I avoid picking up sights if I use it in a game

22 : Anonymous2021/05/19 14:04 ID: gyp4zu6

The first gun that I used and recognized, and it’s still very reliable and does a good amount of damage while not being overpowered

23 : Anonymous2021/05/19 14:26 ID: gyp848u

pretty good if you drop and land on it, anywhere besides early game it's horrible against some people who might have the 301, or r99.

24 : Anonymous2021/05/19 16:19 ID: gypofai

I love using this gun against non mobile characters because it’s hard to miss, but I find it lacking when I’m fighting a meth-addicted strafing Wraith, Octane, or Bangalore. I know part of the problem is my aim but I tend to do more damage in those type of fights with R99, 301, Volt, or EVA-8.

25 : Anonymous2021/05/19 21:41 ID: gyqz2vm

Round 1 Alternator + Shield battery. Thank me later

26 : Anonymous2021/05/19 15:04 ID: gypdhll

Does a really good job as attachment holder for 301/99

27 : Anonymous2021/05/19 12:04 ID: gyoplct

It's an very good gun; good damage, easy recoil, especially combined with the slower rate of fire; the only problem being it's not an R-301 or an R99.

Contrary to most opinions, I actually think that it's a good thing. Having every gun be viable or meta is just impossible, and the fact that it's beneath R400 is okay. They're still good mind you -- I believe this to be very true for many guns, like the RE-45, post buff mozambique, and even the current havoc, the longbow even; not just the Alternator; they are still good guns, just not on the level of the main guns that everyone uses -- and I think that, from a game design balance that's actually a good thing. I won't go down that whole rabbit hole now, but I think it's in a very healthy state as is.

EDIT: word spaghetti

28 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:55 ID: gyp3nv4

prefer the re45 tbh, but this gun seems very consistent

29 : Anonymous2021/05/19 18:41 ID: gyq8yr2

Back in my day it was the strongest gun in the game!

30 : Anonymous2021/05/19 22:37 ID: gyr68vv

Completely outclassed by the 301 and R99, no reason to carry one into end game.

31 : Anonymous2021/05/19 19:27 ID: gyqff15

I get a big, dumb grin on my face whenever I get one off drop. Amazing round 1 pick for Arenas. Ironsights are tolerable. As a console player I find it more reliable than an R-9 without attachments.

ID: gyqfxt9

R99 is just so unforgiving. Bad aim? Brrrrr. Gun = empty. Alternator gives you some time

32 : Anonymous2021/05/19 17:49 ID: gyq1dqh

at close range the rate is deadly; however, my teammates have been getting us engaged in gun fights from like 100m away on far too regular of a basis, so i don't even remember what its like anymore tbh.

33 : Anonymous2021/05/19 17:56 ID: gyq2eep

Ah my favorite starting weapon. Sometines i bring it to the end game for the hell of it. Ol reliable #2 (#1 is the R-301)

34 : Anonymous2021/05/19 18:24 ID: gyq6eum

It's usually the first thing I'll drop after I find a R301 or R99. Sometimes I'll trade it off with a RE-45 even, as a sidearm. Fire rate is just too slow as a secondary.

35 : Anonymous2021/05/19 20:55 ID: gyqs3nd

please just give me the tron skin. please

36 : Anonymous2021/05/19 14:06 ID: gyp58j6

during seasons where I mained octane and bloodhound I would actively use this thing all the time because the hipfire is so fucking good on it and it works so well with legends that have increased movespeed.

I'd still like to see a hop-up for it, but it's in a fine place for now.

37 : Anonymous2021/05/19 14:18 ID: gyp6xui

Not an endgame weapon

38 : Anonymous2021/05/19 15:37 ID: gypid33

Wingman/alternator is a really good combo. As for the gun itself it’s a really good secondary. Once you get a blue/purple mag on there it almost feels like a lmg. Put a 1-2x on it you can use it midrange. It’s not an r99 (and in most cases i would swap it for a r301) but it’s reliable and better than you probably think.

39 : Anonymous2021/05/19 20:03 ID: gyqkcbu

I love using it in arena it's amazing

40 : Anonymous2021/05/19 13:02 ID: gyowqfc

It’s my go to side arm. The firing rate isn’t too fast so feathering the trigger yields a steady stream of relatively accurate suppressive fire. The damage is pretty good, the ammo capacity is just right. It’s fairly accurate at med-close to close range.

Partner it with a Hemlock and you’re in business.


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