Helldivers 1:SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield

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Fully upgraded SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield

A shield pack that projects a kinetically slowing shield in front of the user. The shield slows down projectiles and attacks, allowing Helldivers to take far more fire before having to get out of the way. Due to technical limitations, the shield covers only the front of the Helldiver. The SH-32 is part of the Entrenched equipment kit.

— Armory Description

Stratagem Code

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

Unlock Requirement

The SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield is a DLC Stratagem, available at any rank to those who purchase the Entrenched Pack.

Detailed Stats

Name Health Constitution Armor Shield
Base Decay Base Decay Location Min Max Base Armor Regen Delay
Helldiver 100 -2 100 2 default 0 35 not shielded
w/ SH-32 (original) 100 -2 100 2 front 20 400 not shielded
w/ SH-32 (upgraded) 30 600


Upgrade Cost Effect
HD1 Stratagem SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield mk1.png Mk1 Basic variant, no upgrades.
HD1 Stratagem SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield mk2.png Mk2 Research-point.png 2 Increases the durability of the shield.
HD1 Stratagem SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield mk3.png Mk3 Research-point.png 2 Number of uses per mission increased to 2.

Gameplay Tips

  • The SH-32 is fully capable of blocking melee damage from most melee units in the game, as long as the player is facing the attackers directly and does not get surrounded.
    • Be aware that it is much easier to block attacks from small enemy units with short reach (such as the Bug Scouts/Vanguards and Stalkers, Cyborg Grotesques, Illuminate Outcasts, etc.), while larger melee units with longer reaching attacks are able to do damage by "clipping through" the shield. This can be mitigated by moving backwards while firing.
    • The SH-32 is able to reduce melee damage from Impaler tentacle attacks when facing it directly with the shield while standing at around 2/3 of the tentacle's full range.
    • The SH-32 is able to reduce bayonet damage by half when facing it directly with the shield.
  • The SH-32 will reduce (but not negate) incoming ranged damage from the following enemy attacks:
  • While the SH-32 is not designed to protect against heavy ranged attacks such as the Cyborg IFV's cannon and the Illuminate Hunter's long range sniper-shot, it is possible to neutralize these attacks if the projectile hits you along your side while facing it with your shield. Extreme precision is advised when attempting to do this.
  • Equipping the SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield allows players to walk through Anti-Personnel Barriers without sustaining any damage.



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