Helldivers 1:Distractor Beacon

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Fully upgraded Distractor Beacon

Sends powerful shockwaves into the ground attracting patrols several hundred meters away. This piece of equipment is to be used as a diversion.

— Armory Description

Stratagem Code

Players must enter the following sequence, using the controller d‑pad, in order to call down this Stratagem up to three times per mission (five if upgraded):
Arrow 2 L.pngArrow 1 D.pngArrow 3 R.png

Unlock Requirement

The Distractor Beacon is granted to the player as a reward for completing all the missions on its associated planet (typically a low level planet - difficulty 1 to 3).


Upgrade Cost Effect
HD1 Stratagem Distractor Beacon mk1.png Mk1 Basic variant, no upgrades.
HD1 Stratagem Distractor Beacon mk2.png Mk2 Research-point.png 1 An upgraded power source improves the active time.
HD1 Stratagem Distractor Beacon mk3.png Mk3 Research-point.png 2 Upgraded supply capabilities allow more uses per mission (number of uses increased from 3 to 5).

Detailed Statistics

For a detailed overview and comparison of the statlines for Helldivers, their equipment and all enemies, check the Detailed Statistics page.

Health Constitution Armor
Base Decay Base Decay Location Min Max
300 0 0 0 default 30 30

Gameplay Tips

  • When fully upgraded, the Distractor Beacon has a duration of exactly 60 seconds.



  • The Distractor Beacon concept bears a striking resemblance to the "Thumper" devices used to attract native sandworms in Frank Herbert's science fiction series Dune.
  • The Distractor Beacon Stratagem was rebalanced in Patch 1.04. It now has a smaller area in which it attracts enemy patrols.
Supply Stratagems

Resupply REP-80 AD-289 Angel AD-334 Guard Dog LIFT-850 Jump Pack Resupply Pack SH-20 Shield Generator Pack SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield

MG-94 Machine Gun MGX-42 Machine Gun AC-22 Dum-Dum LAS-98 Laser Cannon FLAM-40 Incinerator TOX-13 Avenger Obliterator Grenade Launcher MLS-4X Commando RL-112 Recoilless Rifle EAT-17 REC-6 Demolisher M-25 Rumbler

EXO-44 Walker Exosuit EXO-48 Obsidian Exosuit EXO-51 Lumberer Exosuit M5 APC M5-32 HAV TD-110 Bastion MC-109 Hammer Motorcycle

Defensive Stratagems

A/AC-6 Tesla Tower A/GL-8 Launcher Turret A/MG-11 Minigun Turret A/RX-34 Railcannon Turret Airdropped Anti-Personnel Mines Airdropped Stun Mines Anti-Personnel Barrier AT-47 Anti-Tank Emplacement Distractor Beacon Humblebee UAV drone Thunderer Smoke Round

Offensive Stratagems

Airstrike Close Air Support Heavy Strafing Run Incendiary Bombs Missile Barrage Orbital Laser Strike Railcannon Strike Shredder Missile Strike Sledge Precision Artillery Static Field Conductors Strafing Run Thunderer Barrage Vindicator Dive Bomb

Special Stratagems

Emergency Beacon ME-1 Sniffer Metal Detector NUX-223 Hellbomb Reinforce