Best armor in Helldivers 2 – how to unlock all sets

Best armor in Helldivers 2 – how to unlock all sets
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Looking for all the armor in Helldivers 2? The smash hit on PlayStation and PC has quickly racked up a massive player base thanks to its tactical combat. If you’re looking to improve your odds of survival, you’re going to need the best armor for the job.

For more on the game, check out the best stratagems in Helldivers 2 and cheats guides. And check if Helldivers 2 can be played solo.

How to unlock armor in Helldivers 2

Earn medals for the free and paid Helldivers Mobilise battle pass or check out the Superstore for armor unlocks in Helldivers 2. You earn medals by finishing operations across the game’s many planets. While Helldivers 2 doesn’t exactly have classes, you can pick from specific armor types to slot yourself into a dedicated role. While you can get an armor set to have matching items, your resources are better spent on armor pieces themselves.

Special passives help you excel in roles like stealth, defense, or damage. Expect more types of armor to arrive in the Superstore as they are refreshed every 44 hours (one day and 20 hours). These can be purchased by Super Credits.

An image of the Helldivers Mobilise battle pass in Helldivers 2. Image captured by VideoGamer.
An image of the Helldivers Mobilise battle pass in Helldivers 2. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Best armor in Helldivers 2

While armor tends to slot into Light, Medium, and Heavy categories, each of them has unique perks. These let you tackle goals more effectively, from being harder to detect to carrying more stims or grenades. Based on our time with the game, here are the best armor pieces in Helldiver 2.

3 – SC-34 Infiltrator

At 3 Medals, this one’s our most affordable recommendation. This Light armor offers enhanced movement and stamina at the cost of health. From my experience, even heavily armored allies can be knocked out once foes crowd in on them. But where this armor excels is in supporting teammates. In addition to being harder to spot, you also ping minimap markers, letting you scan the area for support weapons and other resources. Try having a teammate with one of these to earn more from each operation.

2 – FS-05 Marksman

If you just want to hole up and blow bugs and automatons to smithereens, this heavy armor is for you. With enhanced armor at the cost of movement, remember to keep track of your position at all times. But with lower recoil while crouched or prone, you should be able to pick off enemies from a distance too. Add the bonus explosive damage resistance and armored targets will be easier to manage even with friendly fire. It’s relatively cheap at 6 Medals.

1 – CE-74 Breaker

While its lower health might seem like a cause for concern, the boost in movement speed and the lower recoil are vital on higher difficulties. Pair that with the two bonus grenades and you have a suit that can sneak past enemy patrols. Its cost is pretty steep when it comes to Super Credits but it’ll certainly serve you well on your managed democracy runs. Rushing bug nests is a viable strategy with this set, especially if you have a Jump Pack stratagem.

How many Armor types are there in Helldivers 2?

Armor offers unique passives and combat abilities to players in Helldivers 2. You can customize your Armor, Helmet, and Cape in the Armory tab. These can be broadly categorized into three types:

  • Light Armor – These can be used to avoid detection and enhance mobility.
  • Medium Armor – Use these for a good balance between getting around and survivability.
  • Heavy Armor – Get better protection from damage at the cost of movement.

List of all Armor in Helldivers 2 and how to unlock them

Here’s a detailed list of all the armor in Helldivers 2 and how you can unlock them. Note that capes and helmets are cosmetic and don’t alter your stats in unique ways.

Body ArmorCostPassiveArmor ratingSpeedStamina regeneration
B-01 Tactical (variation one)Default armorHigh armor rating100500100
B-01 Tactical (variation two)Default armorHigh armor rating100500100
B-01 Tactical (variation three)Default armorHigh armor rating100500100
B-01 Tactical (variation four)Default armorHigh armor rating100500100
DP-53 Saviour of the FreeSuper Citizen Edition50% chance to not die after lethal damage. Prevents bleeding damage due to chest hemorrhages from attacks.100500100
SC-34 Infiltrator3 MedalsMini map markers create a radar scan every two seconds. This lets you find secondary objectives and support weapons. Reduces enemy detection range by 30 percent.75525113
FS-05 Marksman6 Medals30% reduced weapon recoil while crouched or prone. 50% extra explosive damage resistance.14445656
CE-Trench Engineer10 Medals30% reduced weapon recoil while crouched or prone. Enhanced inventory on a drop. Bonus two grenade capacity.100500100
CM-09 Bonesnapper15 MedalsIncreased stim capacity by two slots. Enhanced stim effect duration by two seconds.100500100
DP-40 Hero of the Federation25 Medals50% chance to not die after lethal damage. Prevents bleeding damage due to chest hemorrhages from attacks.100500100
FS-23 Battle Master35 Medals30% reduced weapon recoil while crouched or prone. 50% more explosive damage resistance.14445656
SC-30 Trailblazer Scout50 MedalsMini map markers create a radar scan every two seconds. Reduces enemy detection range by 30 percent.56544122
SA-04 Combat Technician60 MedalsMini map markers create a radar scan every two seconds. Reduces enemy detection range by 30 percent.100500100
CM-14 Physician70 MedalsIncreased stim capacity by two slots. Improves stim effect duration by two seconds.100500100
DP-11 Champion of the People100 Medals50% chance to not die after taking fatal damage. Prevents bleeding damage due to chest hemorrhages.100500100
SA-25 Steel Trooper18 MedalsExtra 50% limb health (less chance of breaking limbs). 30% increase in throwing range.100500100
SA-12 Servo Assisted45 MedalsExtra 50% limb health (less chance of breaking limbs). 30% increase in throwing range.100500100
SA-32 Dynamo64 MedalsExtra 50% limb health (less chance of breaking limbs). 30% increase in throwing range.14345757
B-24 Enforcer150 Supercredits30% lower weapon recoil while crouched or prone. 50% more explosive damage resistance.12547575
CE-74 Breaker250 Supercredits30% lower weapon recoil while crouched or prone. Extra inventory on drop with bonus two grenade capacity.56544122
A table with every armor item in Helldivers 2.

List of Helmets in Helldivers 2 and how to unlock them

All Helmets in Helldivers 2 currently offer 100 Armor Rating, Speed, and Stamina Regen. Future updates might let you tinker with these values. For now, here’s the list of helmets in Helldivers 2:

  • TR-Cavalier of Democracy Helmet – pre-order bonus
  • TR-7 Ambassador of the Brand Helmet – pre-order bonus
  • DP-53 Saviour of the Free Helmet – pre-order bonus of the Super Citizen Edition
  • B-01 Tactical Helmet – standard issue, free unlock
  • TR-62 Knight Helmet – pre-order bonus
  • SC-34 Infiltrator Helmet – 2 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • FS-05 Marksman Helmet – 5 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • CE-35 Trench Engineer Helmet – 7 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • B-24 Enforcer Helmet – 75 Super Credits in the Superstore Acquisition Center
  • CE-74 Breaker Helmet – 125 Super Credits in the Superstore Acquisition Center

List of Capes in Helldivers 2 and how to unlock them

Capes in Helldivers 2 also offer the same 100 Armor Rating, Speed, and Stamina Regen. So they’re pretty much purely cosmetic for now. Here are all the capes in Helldivers 2:

  • Will of the People Cape – pre-order bonus of the Super Citizen Edition
  • Foesmasher Cape – standard issue, free unlock
  • Independence Bringer Cape – 2 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • Liberty’s Herald Cape – 3 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • Tideturner Cape – 5 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • The Cape of Stars and Suffrage – 8 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • Unblemished Allegiance Cape – 12 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • Judgement Day Cape – 15 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • Cresting Honour Cape – 15 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • Mantle of True Citizenship Cape – 25 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • Blazing Samaritan Cape – 30 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system
  • Light of Eternal Liberty Cape – 40 Medals on the free Helldivers Mobilise Warbonds system

That covers all the armor in Helldivers 2. For more on the latest co-op shooter, check our Helldivers 2 single-player guide and crossplay guide.

Helldivers 2 armor FAQs

Which armor should I pick in Helldivers 2?

Pick one that matches your playstyle in the game.

Is it worth spending Super Credits in Helldivers 2 for armor?

Considering that helmets and capes don’t give you bonuses, use Super Credits on Armor.