Helldivers 2 player uses 840 hours of research to determine the most popular Stratagems

Helldivers 2 player uses 840 hours of research to determine the most popular Stratagems
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Helldivers 2 is a game that you can play however you want to due to its very versatile load-outs and enemy types. Whether you prefer to carry Assault Rifles, Shotguns, or SMGs, go in guns blazing, or be more stealth-focused, and whether you prefer to fight Automatons or Terminids, you can tailor your experience to suit you.

U/Bigenemy000 took to the Helldivers 2 sub-Reddit to share data collected through 840 hours of gameplay, which the player has used to track what Stratagems were being used the most and least by players. This could help determine what to carry yourself so you can maximize your destruction capabilities.

Here is the full list in text format, since it can be difficult to identify them by icon alone.

A tier list chart categorizing various icons into different tiers, ranging from "81-100 times" at the top to "Only saw being brought by Players" at the bottom, serves as an essential research tool for analyzing popular Stratagems in Helldivers 2.
Image via Bigenemy000 on Reddit

81-100 times:

  • Shield Generator Pack
  • LAS-99 Quasar Cannon
  • Eagle 500KG Bomb
  • Eagle Cluster Bomb
  • Orbital Railcannon Strike
  • Orbital Laser

61-80 Times:

  • Eagle Airstrike
  • Orbital Walking Barrage
  • Orbital 120mm Barrage
  • AC-8 Autocannon
  • FLAM-40 Flamethrower

41-60 Times:

  • APW-1 Anti-Materiel Rifle
  • A/AC-8 Autocannon Sentry
  • A/M-12 Mortar Sentry
  • Orbital 380mm HE Barrage

21-40 Times:

  • AX/AR-23 Guard Dog
  • EAT-17 Expendable Anti-Tank
  • ARC-3 ArcThrower
  • Eagle110mm Rocket Pods

11-20 Times:

  • M-105 Stalwart
  • GL-21 Grenade Launcher
  • FAF-14 Spear
  • GR-8 Recoilless Rifle
  • Eagle Napalm Airstrike
  • Orbital Airburst Strike

1-10 Times:

  • EXO-45 Patriot Exosuit
  • AX/LAS-5 Guard Dog Rover
  • B-1 Supply Pack
  • LIFT-850 Jump Pack
  • RS-422 Railgun
  • LAS-98 Laser Cannon
  • MG-206 Heavy Machine Gun
  • FX-12 Shield Generator Relay
  • A/M-23 EMS Mortar Sentry
  • A/G-16 Gatling Sentry
  • MD-14 Incendiary Mines
  • Orbital Gatling Barrage
  • Eagle Smoke Strike

Never Saw It Being Brought:

  • RL-77 Airburst Rocket Launcher
  • SH-20 Ballistic Shield Backpack
  • A/MLS-4X Rocket Sentry
  • MD-6 Anti-Personnel Minefield
  • A/ARC-3 TeslaTower
  • E/MG-101 HMG Emplacement
  • Orbital EMS Strike
  • Orbital Gas Strike
  • Eagle Strafing Run
  • Orbital Smoke Strike

Only Saw Being Brought By New Players Level 5 Or Under

  • A/MG-43 Machine Gun Sentry
  • Orbital Precision Strike
  • MG-43 Machine Gun

Of course, this isn’t a definitive list of what is worth using and what isn’t in Helldivers 2, as everyone’s play style is different. For example, I always carry the Recoilless Rifle due to its multiple reloads that are fairly quick, despite it not being as popular as the Quasar Cannon or Expendable Anti-Tank.

With the new Major Order going live, which calls for an Automaton planet to be successfully liberated, this could be a good opportunity to see what other players are using and try out some new Stratagems. If you want to tweak the rest of your loadout, we highly recommend checking out our Helldivers 2 best weapons guide and best armor guide.