Helldivers 2 best stratagems tier list – how to redeem stratagems codes

Helldivers 2 best stratagems tier list – how to redeem stratagems codes
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Looking for the best stratagems in Helldivers 2? Stratagem codes can mean the difference between a close escape and certain doom against Helldivers 2’s many enemies. We’ve rounded up a tier list of the best ones and have listed out every single option in the game.

For more on Helldivers 2, check out its trophies and all Helldivers 2 enemies.

A screenshot showcasing the stratagems menu in Helldivers 2. Image captured by VideoGamer.
A screenshot showcasing the stratagems menu in Helldivers 2. Image captured by VideoGamer.

How to unlock stratagems in Helldivers 2

Stratagems are powerful abilities that can be called down from your Destroyer ship in Helldivers 2. Level up by finishing missions in Helldivers 2 to get access to more stratagems. As for using these powerful items, you’ll need credits that can be earned from Orders and operations. They’re all pretty useful so it can be tough to pick the ideal ones for a situation.

But with practice, you’ll figure out what’s right for each enemy. Your squad (or the lack of it) can also decide what stratagems are more effective. Pick between these buffs at the Ship Management console in your ship. Here are all the types of stratagems in Helldivers 2:

  • Patriotic Administration Centre: This focuses on heavy weaponry that is great against armored targets.
  • Orbital Cannons: Watch out for artillery fire from your Destroyer. And yes, they can hurt you.
  • Hangar: These deal explosive damage and focus on bombs.
  • Bridge: Adopt these if you prefer dishing out elemental damage.
  • Engineering Bay: A mix of offensive and defensive equipment.
  • Robotics Workshop: The automation side of things, from drones to turrets.

Helldivers 2 stratagems tier list

If you want to know where you want to invest your requisition points, our Helldivers 2 stratagems tier list has you covered.

TierStratagems
SRailgun, Eagle Airstrike, Shield Generator Pack, Mortar Turret, Grenade Launcher, Expendable Anti-Tank
AEMS Mortar Sentry, Autocannon, Orbital Laser, Eagle 500kg Bomb, Eagle Cluster Bomb, Autocannon Sentry, Guard Dog Rover, Supply Pack, Machine Gun, Eagle Napalm Airstrike, Arc Thrower
BOrbital Precision Strike, Recoilless Rifle, Orbital Railcannon Strike, Stalwart, Jump Pack, Gatling Sentry, Mines, HMG Replacement, Anti-Material Rifle
CFlamethrower, Orbital Gatling Barrage, Spear, Guard Dog, Machine Gun Sentry, Shield Generator Relay, Eagle 110mm Rocket Pods, Orbital EMS Strike, Orbital Walking Barrage
DTesla Tower, Smoke Strikes, Orbital Airburst Strike, Orbital 380mm HE Barrage, Laser Cannon, Ballistic Shield, Orbital 120mm HE Barrage, Orbital Gas Strike
Helldivers 2 stratagems tier list table with every stratagem in the game.

Best stratagems in Helldivers 2

While it can be hard to pick the best ones because of the variety of enemies, some stratagems stand out from the rest. Here are our top picks for the best stratagems in Helldivers 2:

Railgun

Can be found in the Patriotic Administration Center Stratagems. You can take down even the most powerful threats with this weapon in a couple of shots. Just be wary of its ‘Unsafe Mode’ because it can kill the user.

Eagle Airstrike

Can be found in the Hangar Stratagems. Clear weak enemies with this quick artillery attack. It’s got a low cooldown too. If you want a bigger punch, you could consider the 500kg Bomb instead.

Shield Generator Pack

This Engineering Bay Stratagem is incredible at defending you from projectiles. It’s almost a must-have at higher difficulties, especially since it recharges over time. It straight-up turns you into a Halo: ODST trooper.

Mortar Turret

Can be found in the Robotics Workshop Stratagems. Slay armored foes with this automated weapon. Just stand away from enemies or else you’ll be blasted to bits as well.

Grenade Launcher

Can be found in the Engineering Bay Stratagems. It’s an incredibly versatile weapon because it can take down both enemies and nests/structures. Armored opponents can be damaged with this as well. Just be mindful of where you’re aiming as these grenades can ricochet and hit you instead.

Expendable Anti-Tank

Can be found in the Patriotic Administration Center Stratagems. While its ammo may be on the low side, its quick recharge time lets you drop them often. Pick it up and you’ll be able to deal solid damage against armored targets before dropping the weapon.

A screenshot showcasing the Orbital Gatling Barrage stratagem in Helldivers 2. Image captured by VideoGamer.
A screenshot showcasing the Orbital Gatling Barrage stratagem in Helldivers 2. Image captured by VideoGamer.

All Helldivers 2 stratagem codes and how to unlock them

Read on for tables that cover every single stratagem in Helldivers 2, their effects, and how to unlock them. We’ve also listed all the Helldivers 2 stratagem codes that we have managed to unlock.

Patriotic Administration Centre Stratagems

StratagemCodeDescriptionHow to unlockTraits
Machine GunDown, Left, Down, Up, RightThis powerful machine gun can knock out weaker foes with one hit but you’ll need its sustained fire against bigger targets. Takes a while to reload.Level 1Support Weapon
Hellpod
Anti-Material RifleDown, Left, Right, Up, DownThis sniper rifle is devastating to light armor. Remember that you have to aim down your sights to use it.Level 2
5000 credits
Support Weapon
Hellpod
StalwartDown, Left, Down, Up, Up, LeftThis light machine gun is a step up from the basic one as it’s easier to reload. But it doesn’t hit as hard as the Machine Gun.Level 2
3500 credits
Support Weapon
Hellpod
Expendable Anti-TankDown, Down, Left, Up, RightThis single-use rocket launcher can destroy armor. Has a low cooldown.Level 3
3000 credits
Support Weapon
Hellpod
Explosive
Recoilless RifleDown, Left, Right, Right, LeftA reloadable rocket launch that is great against armored aliens.Level 5Support Weapon
Hellpod
Explosive
FlamethrowerDown, Left, Up, Down, UpSets enemies and the environment on fire. But remember that friendly fire is more than just a pun with this weapon.Level 10Support Weapon
Hellpod
Incendiary
AutocannonDown, Left, Down, Up, Up, RightThis automatic cannon deals solid damage against armored targets.Level 10Support Weapon
Hellpod
RailgunDown, Right, Left, Down, Up, Left, RightCharged armor-piercing shots that can take down large foes quickly. Can be used with an ‘Unsafe Mode’ for more damage.Level 20Support Weapon
Hellpod
SpearDown, Down, Up, Down, DownThis homing missile must lock onto armored targets before being unleashed.Level 20Support Weapon
Hellpod
A table with all the Patriotic Administration Centre Stratagems in Helldivers 2.

Orbital Cannons Stratagems

StratagemCodeDescriptionHow to unlockTraits
Orbital Gatling BarrageRight, Down, Right, Left, Up, UpLaunch high-explosive rounds from the Destroyer ship.Level 2
1500 credits
Explosive
Orbital
Orbital Airburst StrikeRight, Right, RightThese shrapnel rounds can bury weaker enemies quickly.Level 5Explosive
Orbital
Orbital 120MM HE BarrageRight, Down, Left, Right, DownThis missile is great against areas densely packed with monsters.Level 5Explosive
Orbital
Orbital 380MM HE BarrageRight, Down, Down, Up, Up, Left, Down, DownMultiple airstrikes dished out across a massive radius.Level 8Explosive
Orbital
Orbital Walking BarrageRight, Right, Down, Left, Right, DownThis barrage moves forward with multiple artillery strikes.Level 10Explosive
Orbital
Orbital LaserRight, Down, Up, Right, DownThis laser targets any enemies within its attack radius.Level 15Orbital
Orbital Railcannon StrikeRight, Up, Down, Down, RightThe railcannon strike automatically targets the largest enemy nearest to the beacon that you place.Level 20Orbital
A table with all the Orbital Cannons Stratagems in Helldivers 2.
An image of the Hanger Stratagems in Helldivers 2. Image captured by VideoGamer.
An image of the Hanger Stratagems in Helldivers 2. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Hangar Stratagems

StratagemCodeDescriptionHow to unlockTraits
Eagle Strafing RunUp, Right, RightThis fast-shooting artillery attack makes short work of light enemies.Level 2
1500 credits
Eagle
Eagle AirstrikeUp, Right, Down, RightDrops a group of bombs in a row. Note that this isn’t automatically targeted at enemies.Level 2
4000 credits
Explosive
Eagle
Eagle Cluster BombUp, Right, Down, Down, Right, DownThis air strike can finish off weaker foes.Level 3
4000 credits
Explosive
Eagle
Eagle Napalm AirstrikeUp, Right, Down, UpNapalm bombs create a wall of fire that damages both foes and players.Level 5Explosive
Eagle
Jump PackDown, Up, Up, Down, UpCharge the Jump Pack to leap over armored enemies and walls and avoid incoming damage from nearby enemies.Level 8Hellpod
Backpack
Eagle Smoke StrikeUp, Right, Up, DownMultiple smoke grenades block the line of sight from enemies and let your squad reposition. Can take out enemy nests too.Level 8Explosive
Eagle
Eagle 110MM Rocket PodsUp, Right, Up, LeftThis cluster of bombs target the largest enemy closest to the beacon.Level 10Explosive
Eagle
Eagle 500KG BombUp, Right, Down, Down, DownA large bomb that kills anything within its designated radius. Run to safety.Level 15Explosive
Eagle
A table with all the Hangar Stratagems in Helldivers 2.

Bridge Stratagems

StratagemCodeDescriptionHow to unlockTraits
Orbital Precision StrikeRight, Right, UpA precision shot sent from the skies. Useful against single targets.Level 1Explosive
Orbital
Orbital Gas StrikeRight, Right, Down, RightA projectile that releases corrosive gas that damages both foes and friends.Level 3
4000 credits
Explosive
Orbital
Orbital EMS StrikeRight, Right, Left, DownStuns and halts enemy movements with the help of an electrical blast field.Level 5Orbital
Orbital Smoke StrikeRight, Right, Down, UpCreates a smoke screen, reducing enemies’ line of sight.Level 8Explosive
Orbital
HMG EmplacementDown, Up, Left, Right, Right, LeftA manned and stationary turret that deals a ton of damage. Can run out of ammo.Level 10Hellpod
Shield Generator RelayDown, Up, Left, Down, Right, RightDeploys an energy shield that protects your squad. Useful against projectiles.Level 10Hellpod
Tesla TowerDown, Up, Right, Up, Left, RightAn electrical pylon that can shock enemies.Level 15Hellpod
Sentry
A table with all the Bridge Stratagems in Helldivers 2.

Use elemental attacks to weaken enemies

Some elemental attacks can cause other effects on enemies. For instance, fire damages foes over time while electricity can slow enemies in some cases.

Engineering Bay Stratagems

StratagemCodeDescriptionHow to unlockTraits
Anti-Personnel MinefieldDown, Left, Up, RightThis stationary structure releases minefields in a large radius.Level 2
1500 credits
Hellpod
Explosive
Supply PackDown, Left, Down, Up, Up, DownThis backpack gives ammo to other Helldivers.Level 3
4000 credits
Hellpod
Backpack
Grenade LauncherDown, Left, Up, Left, DownA grenade launcher that can take out multiple weaker enemies.Level 5Support Weapon
Hellpod
Explosive
Laser CannonDown, Left, Down, Up, LeftFires a continuous laser beam and can overheat.Level 5Support Weapon
Hellpod
Incendiary MinesDown, Left, Left, DownThis deploys mines in its radius too but with incendiary effects. Can harm friendly units too.Level 8Hellpod
Explosive
“Guard Dog” RoverDown, Up, Left, Up, Right, RightA drone with a laser rifle, perfect for guarding your back.Level 10Hellpod
Backpack
Ballistic Shield BackpackDown, Left, Up, Up, RightA shield effective against small incoming damage from enemies or friends. Level 12Hellpod
Backpack
Arc ThrowerDown, Right, Up, Left, DownA weapon that shoots an arc of lightning. A close-range weapon.Level 15Support Weapon
Hellpod
Shield Generator PackDown, Up, Left, Right, Left, RightA shield that protects the Helldiver from projectiles. Recharges with time.Level 20Hellpod
Backpack
A table with all the Engineering Bay Stratagems in Helldivers 2.

Robotics Workshop Stratagems

StratagemCodeDescriptionHow to unlockTraits
Machine Gun SentryDown, Up, Right, Right, UpA machine gun turret that can take down low-tier foes.Level 3
1500 credits
Hellpod
Sentry
Gatling SentryDown, Up, Right, LeftAn automatic turret with a high fire rate against foes.Level 5Hellpod
Sentry
Mortar SentryDown, Up, Right, Right, DownA turret that shoots shells with incredible range.Level 8Hellpod
Sentry
Explosive
“Guard Dog”Down, Up, Left, Up, Right, DownA drone with an assault rifle equipped. This one’s great at defending your back.Level 10Hellpod
Backpack
Autocannon SentryDown, Up, Right, Up, Left, UpAnti-tank cannon that auto-fires against targets.Level 13Hellpod
Sentry
Rocket SentryDown, Up, Right, Right, LeftAutomated turret that is powerful against all sorts of armored enemies.Level 15Hellpod
Explosive
Sentry
EMS Mortar SentryDown, Down, Up, Up, LeftA turret that fires electrical generators that slow enemies.Level 20Hellpod
Explosive
Sentry
A table with all the Robotics Workshop Stratagems in Helldivers 2.

Guard Dog vs Rover in Helldivers 2

The Guard Dog’s assault rifle isn’t as effective as the Rover’s laser rifle. The latter also recharges quickly, making it the better stratagem of the two. Ship modules can reduce this even further. On tougher difficulties, the type of weapon your drone carries can make all the difference. So opt for the Rover’s Helldivers 2 stratagem codes if you’ve unlocked it already.

Should you memorize stratagem codes in Helldivers 2

No, you don’t need to memorize them. When you select the stratagem before deploying, you will get the code on the top left of the screen whenever you want to check them. But in the heat of battle, it might be difficult to perfectly execute the button combo without knowing it beforehand. Even then, it isn’t necessary to memorize stratagem codes on Helldivers 2 unless they’re your favorites.

That covers the best stratagems and stratagem codes in Helldivers 2. Use these to dominate operations and protect your squad from all kinds of enemies. Helldivers 2 doesn’t exactly have classes so stratagems are a good way to distinguish yourself. Our Helldivers 2 best weapon tier list is another way to make your operations easier.

For more on Helldivers 2, check out our guide to Helldivers 2 multiplayer. We also have a guide on the best armor in Helldivers 2. It’s racked up a massive playerbase on PlayStation and PC so go on and test some stratagems out. If the hordes are too overwhelming, consider changing the Helldivers 2 difficulty settings.

Helldivers 2 best stratagems FAQs

Can different teammates equip different stratagems in Helldivers 2?

Yes, you can mix and match them for the best results.

How many stratagems can you equip?

You can equip four stratagems in addition to the ones provided by the mission.