Helldivers 1:Airstrike

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Fully upgraded to Heavy Airstrike

A fighter in orbit diverts to your location and delivers a high speed airstrike on the beacon.

— Armory Description

Stratagem Code

Players must enter the following sequence, using the controller d‑pad, in order to call down this Stratagem during a mission:
Arrow 3 R.pngArrow 4 U.pngArrow 1 D.pngArrow 3 R.pngArrow 2 L.png

Unlock Requirement

The Airstrike is granted to the player as a reward for completing all the missions on its associated planet (typically a medium-low level planet - difficulty 4 to 6).


Upgrade Cost Effect
HD1 Stratagem Airstrike mk1.png Mk1 Basic variant, no upgrades.
HD1 Stratagem Airstrike mk2.png Mk2 Research-point.png 2 Improved airstrike contains more bombs covering a larger area. Stratagem name changed to Improved Airstrike.
HD1 Stratagem Airstrike mk3.png Mk3 Research-point.png 2 Further improvements result in a larger explosion, covering a significantly larger area. Stratagem name changed to Heavy Airstrike. This upgrade requires the Vindicator Dive Bomb Mk2.

Gameplay Tips

  • The Airstrike always arrives perpendicular to the throw.
  • When fully upgraded, the Airstrike becomes a deadly and highly reliable Stratagem for clearing out groups of enemies. It is even strong enough to destroy enemies like Bug Behemoths with only a single use.



  • The Airstrike was re-balanced in Patch 1.04. The damage was increased and the activation time was reduced from 3 seconds to 2 seconds.
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