Alien Hominid Invasion – Guide to Utilizing Fire Rate Effectively

Fire Rate’s stat values may appear low, but there is a reason why it may seem a bit low at first glance. With the right build, this stat can make powerful builds.

Utilizing Fire Rate Effectively


Fire Rate is a powerful stat when used on the right weapon, as it can double the DPS of certain weapons when stacked enough. Despite how powerful of a stat it can be, it also comes with its own drawbacks. Making proper use of this powerful stat can help deal more DPS and clear enemy waves or bosses faster. That being said, on some weapons, maximizing fire rate can become extremely difficult if done manually, so binding the shoot button to both directions of the scroll wheel is recommended, although it will prevent you from using charged attacks. Note that these are my observations with the stat.

Rough Fire Rate Mechanics

Fire Rate reduces the time inbetween uncharged shoot inputs or shots in an automatic weapon by multiplying the interval between shots (abbreviated as i in this guide) by the difference between 1 and the decimal value of a percent. The formula seems like it is roughly this:

  • i x (1 – fire rate)

Note that this stat does not affect time spent charging a charged shot.

Fire Rate on non automatic weapons seems to be capped at about 15 shots a second, resulting in stacking the stat on both max tier boosts and a max tier weapon on certain fast firing weapons not nearly as effective as running a different stat in either the gun or one of the boosts.

Weapons cannot shoot again during the time the weapon is shooting a burst of projectiles, so if a weapon’s fire rate is faster than its firing animation, the extra fire rate will not affect it.

Fire Rate Interactions

Note: For weapons listed as Partially Benefits from Fire Rate, assuming the player is using tier 9 or tier 10 equipment, this means that better results are likely had if the player has either one of the boosts or the weapon itself have a different DPS, survivability, or mobility improving stat instead of fire rate, while the weapon and the other boost still runs fire rate. Results may vary on lower tier equipment.

Fire Rate interacts with different weapons in different ways. Sometimes a weapon can maximize all the fire rate bonuses, sometimes it will work on a weapon up to a certain point, sometimes it will only be impacted by fire rate, and sometimes it is completely unaffected by any fire rate modifiers. Here is a list detailing how weapons are affected by fire rate.

Completely Benefits from Fire Rate

  • Acid Shot
  • Collider
  • Combustor
  • Cryoshot
  • Human Minigun
  • Lightning Gun
  • Megashot
  • Mothership Issue
  • Repeater
  • Sawed Off

Partially Benefits from Fire Rate

  • Dual Laser
  • Energy Knife
  • Spreadshot

Only Affected by Negative Fire Rate

  • BB Gun/Bee Gun

Unaffected by Fire Rate

  • Alien Blaster
  • Irradiator
  • Human Machine Gun
  • Photon Gun
  • Six Chambers/Revolver

Build Suggestions

Fire Rate has very good synergy with Crit on Hit%, as Fire Rate makes you do many hits, letting you get more value out of crit per hit. I recommend combining Fire Rate with other damage improving options, such as Double/Triple Bullet, Damage/Robot Damage, and Reload Speed/Magazine Size (when applicable) for boss damage, and/or more survivability outside of bosses, such as objective heal, life steal, dodge bullet regen, or defense.

Jan Bonkoski
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Jan Bakowski aka Lazy Dice, was always interested in gaming and writing. His love of gaming began with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64) back in 1998. He’s been making game guides since 2012. Sharing his gaming experience with other players has become not only his hobby but also his job. In his free time, he plays on Steam Deck.

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