The Avenger is a common, versatile, military-grade assault rifle manufactured by the Elkoss Combine. It's accurate when fired in short bursts, and deadly when fired on full auto. The modular design and inexpensive components of the Avenger make it a favorite of military groups and mercenaries alike. The rifle has a reputation for being tough, reliable, easy to use, and easy to upgrade.
The Avenger is very lightweight for an assault rifle, especially at levels V-X. This makes it a good choice for characters that rely on their powers for damage, such as Adepts and Engineers. If not equipped with another weapon, such characters can easily reach a +200% recharge speed bonus.
It also has the fastest reload speed of any assault rifle in the game alongside with the M-15 Vindicator; this allows the weapon to resume firing with only minimal interruption.
The Avenger is a good reliable starting weapon since it is light, has a high firing rate, has a large amount of spare ammo, is very accurate but does moderately low damage. The accuracy allows it to fire fully automatically from cover with very few missed shots. However, due to the enemies' larger health and shield levels on harder difficulties, the rifle is best used on Bronze or Silver. As reliable as the Avenger is, its lack of any real damage output on Gold enemies will often cause players to get downed. Consider replacing it with a weapon like the M-96 Mattock, M-99 Saber, or Vindicator instead.
The Avenger's high accuracy allows it to land frequent headshots from moderate distances, compensating for its otherwise below-average damage.