Helldivers 1:NUX-223 Hellbomb

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Fully upgraded NUX-223 Hellbomb

The Hellbomb is provided when the Helldivers need to destroy a stationary target.

— Armory Description

Stratagem Code

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

Unlock Requirement

The NUX-223 Hellbomb is a standard-issue stratagem, available to all Helldivers regardless of rank. However, Helldiver Command only provides this stratagem during missions that require the destruction of a stationary enemy target (either Cyborg AA Guns, Bug Nests or Illuminate Beacons).


Upgrade Cost Effect
HD1 Stratagem NUX-223 Hellbomb mk1.png Mk1 Basic variant, no upgrades.
HD1 Stratagem NUX-223 Hellbomb mk2.png Mk2 Research-point.png 2 Upgraded to have more health, allowing the NUX-223 Hellbomb to sustain more damage before failing.
HD1 Stratagem NUX-223 Hellbomb mk3.png Mk3 Research-point.png 3 New routines for handling nuclear material allows for the bomb to be readied much faster and cuts down on the call-in time (activation time reduced from 25 seconds to 15 seconds).

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
100 0 0 0 default (original) 30 30
200 default (upgraded)

Gameplay Tips

  • Hellbombs have a tertiary use in that they can be used as a practically limitless supply of improvised distractor beacons. Enemy patrols will gather around the Hellbomb, slowly whittling down its hit points, instead of raising the alarm when they spot a Helldiver. The Hellbomb can then be detonated to rid the area of enemies, or left as a lure for nearby patrols.
    • After all 'Destroy' objectives have been completed, the Hellbomb will no longer be available for the remainder of the mission. This is worth keeping in mind when planning order in which mission objectives are to be completed.
  • The blast radius of the Hellbomb is very large. In fact, only the Shredder Missile Strike stratagem has a comparable area of effect. Still, going prone allows Helldivers to survive nuclear explosions even at what seems like suicidally close proximity.

Alternatives to the Hellbomb

'Destroy' objectives can also be eliminated using most anti-tank weapons and stratagems, such as (but not limited to):

Anti-tank Supply stratagems:

Anti-tank rounds fired by:

Anti-tank capable Offensive stratagems:

Note that not all weapons and stratagems are effective against all targets, particularly if the area of effect for their Anti-Tank or Explosive element is especially small. While the MLS-4X Commando can theoretically destroy objectives, its missiles require precise angle and distance as they do not home in on objectives; to make things worse, any nearby enemies will attract the missiles instead.

Also note that the only attack stratagems capable of destroying a shielded Illuminate Beacon are the Thunderer Barrage and Shredder Missile Strike; the Missile Barrage's spread is random and it will occasionally manage it, but all other approaches require the Beacon's shield be disabled first.

Lone Cyborg AA Guns can also be found on most missions in Cyborg territory, and will project a small jamming field of their own. As the single AA Guns are not powered by generators that can be disabled, their radar jamming is only shut down when they are destroyed. For this reason, non-objective Cyborg AA Guns are not vulnerable to the NUX-223 Hellbomb.



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