Payday 2 is a game designed for players that love action and getting close and personal with their enemies. Players will often use rushy and or aggressive loadouts to be as lethal as possible. Thanks to Payday 2 extensive armory, gear, perks, and skills available, players can create their playstyles and not necessarily stick to one.
One of the ways players can play this game is as a support player with their team with a more passive set of actions. This can be done by a turret build in Payday 2, where players can hang back while the sentry turrets do most of the job and support their teammates. This type of build can be a little complex and might require a particular way of playing it to succeed. This guide will cover building it with the best loadout and using and placing your sentries correctly.
Overview of our Turret Build for Payday 2 in 2023
In a Turret Build, you will be working as support more than anything, as you will need to treat them as if they are a part of yourself. You need to know where, when, and how to place them, what skills to improve them, what Perk Deck works best for them, and what guns to bring.
How to Use Turrets in Payday 2
Turret placing can be tricky as you want to prevent them from being targeted and shot by cops, especially snipers. The best way to place them is in high points overlooking choke points and be ready to repeal with your weapon if they start getting shot by a large group of enemies. And most importantly, pick the turrets back and place them again regularly to refill their health, ammo, and armor.
What Weapons should I Bring?
For this kind of build, you want guns that will allow you to repel a large group of enemies quickly, especially if they are attacking your turrets, so LMGs or Shotguns should do it. Up next, we will list the weapons that have worked great for us in our Payday 2 turret builds.
Brothers Grimm 12G Shotguns Akimbo
These Akimbo Shotguns will allow you to tear enemies apart at short range as it has incredible base stats that can be improved with the right mods. A mod we recommend is Dragons Breathe. This type of ammo burns through shields and armor.
- Magazine: 16
- Total Ammo: 96
- Rate of Fire: 333
- Accuracy: 20
- Stability: 12
- Reload Time: 3.5 Seconds
- Concealment: 21
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KSP Light Machine Gun
This Light Machine Gun offers an excellent fire rate with decent damage. The KSP can suffer a little from problematic recoil and accuracy, but this can be easily fixed with the right mods. This beast will allow you to clear rooms in a matter of seconds.
- Magazine: 200
- Total Ammo: 400
- Rate of Fire: 909
- Damage: 80
- Accuracy: 56
- Stability: 28
- Reload Time: 5.6 Seconds
- Concealment: 1
This ‘’Pocket’’ Shotgun is one of the most reliable weapons in Payday 2 as it is incredibly lethal in close-quarters combat. This thing will never let you down.
- Magazine: 5
- Total Ammo: 35
- Rate of Fire: 500
- Damage: 155
- Accuracy: 60
- Stability: 28
- Reload Time 2.3 Seconds
- Concealment: 29
China Puff 40mm Grenade Launcher
This one is self-explanatory; this is a grenade launch that goes boom on enemies. Use is to clear areas filled with enemies. You don’t always need to drop a turret in Payday 2 to cover from many enemies.
- Magazine: 3
- Total Ammo: 6
- Rate of Fire: 50
- Damage: 960
- Accuracy: 100
- Stability: 96
- Reload Time: 5.3 Seconds
- Concealment: 18
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Best Perk Deck for a Sentry Build in Payday 2
For Perk Deck, we will focus on four different ones, concentrating on other things. Most of them will benefit player armor as close-quarter combat becomes more familiar with this playstyle.
This Perk Deck focuses on continuous armor regeneration while sacrificing health. For this, we recommend players equip heavy armor to get a higher regeneration ratio. One of the best perks of this deck is the final one which allows players to restore armor through every attack on enemies. This Perk Deck should work perfectly with the guns we recommended, as you can tank the enemies.
This Perk Deck works better with a shotgun loadout as it focuses on close-quarter combat allowing the player to tank more shots with damage reduction. The final perk of this deck will enable players to regenerate HP by striking enemies with a melee attack. Keep in mind that there is a ten-second cooldown for this.
This Perk Deck benefits the player by boosting headshot damage, increasing dodge change, and allowing the player to change armor during the mission. Dodgin will also regenerate player armor. The final perk is that the effects of the whole deck get increased to 100%.
Armorer will highly help plates wearing armor as it will allow players to increase the amount of armor and regeneration rate. This deck also boosts headshot damage and unlocks an armor bag.
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Best Skills for a Turret Loadout for Payday 2
This skill set will focus more on benefiting the turret rather than the player. This is necessary to make the turrets almost 100% reliable.
- Combat Medic
- Painkillers (Aced)
- Combat Doctor (Aced)
- Inspire (Aced)
- Forced Friendship
- Joker (Aced)
- Confident (Aced)
- Partners In Crime (Aced)
- Hostage Taker
If using Shotguns loadout:
- Shotgun Impact (Aced)
- Far Away (Aced)
- Close By (Aced)
- Third Law (Aced)
- Sentry Gun Targeting Package (Aced)
- Eco Sentry (Aced)
- Engineering (Aced)
- Jack Of All Trades (Aced)
- Tower Defense (Aced)
- Duck And Cover
- Shockproof (Aced)
- Second Wind
Best Equipment for your Sentry Build in Payday 2
- Smoke Grenade
- Heavy Ballistic Vest
- Flak Jacket
- Suit if you want faster regeneration
- Electrical Brass Knuckles
- Any melee weapon that has an interruption effect on enemies
Essential Tips & Tricks to Pulling Off a Turret Build in Payday 2
- Place your turret in high areas
- Place your turrets overlooking hallways and entrances
- Pick them up and place them again to refill their ammo, armor, and health
- Be aware of your turret status (ammo, armor, and health)
- Move from cover to cover but make sure you don’t leave your turrets behind when playing Payday 2
- Go hard on the offensive if you notice enemies focusing on your turrets.
Conclusion to our Sentry Turret Build Guide for Payday 2
Playing with a turret loadout in this game can be extremely fun and tricky, as players will need to learn the best placement for the sentries and move from cover to cover. Don’t forget those turrets are the main focus of this build, so take care of them as if they were your pet.
Also, feel free to check out our other Payday 2 articles, such as our guide for the best Payday 2 stealth build. Stealth builds can be a lot of fun, though challenging if you keep getting discovered. For other great loadouts, check out our review of the 5 best Payday 2 builds. It may inspire you to try out some new combos!
Good Luck, Good Heist!