Fast Reload Animation in Slow-motion

A fast reload is a reloading technique that requires the player to press the "Reload" key at a specific time during a normal reload. A fast reload cuts reload time roughly in half.



Character portrait with reload bar shown (top-right).

  1. Press the "Reload" key once to start reloading your weapon, or empty your clip to trigger an automatic reload.
  2. Look at the reload bar that appears in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  3. When the moving line enters the colored area, press the "Reload" key again.



A character performing a fast reload. Notice the white glow around the weapon, indicating success.

  • You can add a reload bar under your character for enhanced visibility with the console command
    asw_fast_reload_under_marine 1
  • Keep lag in mind, and press your Reload key a little early to ensure it triggers.
  • Missing a fast reload causes your character to fumble, which increases total reload time. Since reloading slows down movement speed too, this can be fatal when under duress.
  • Fast reloads unlock the following two Steam achievements:
  • As the difficulty level increases, the colored area of the reload bar shrinks, making fast reloads harder to perform.

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