Helldivers 1:Stratagems

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Stratagems refers to a wide variety of powerful ordnance and war matériel that Helldivers are able to call down from Helldiver Command during missions on enemy territory.

Each Stratagem has its own unique code consisting of a sequence of d-pad inputs between 3 and 7 button presses long which is used to request delivery (for a full list of these codes visit the Stratagem Codes page).

Every Stratagem has multiple upgrades which can be purchased using Research Points. Upgrades can greatly increase the efficiency and power of Stratagems by reducing cooldowns and call in times; improving anti-personnel attacks to anti-tank; as well as many other benefits.

There are several standard-issue Stratagems which are available to all Helldivers regardless of rank, such as Resupply and the MG-94 Machine Gun. Players can gain access to more by successfully completing all missions on a planet which offers a Stratagem as a reward or by purchasing one of the relevant DLC packs.

Stratagem Beacons
Stratagem Beacons

Each player can choose four Stratagems to bring on a mission in addition to any mission specific Stratagems granted by Helldiver Command - this is a crucial decision to be considered carefully as it is the Helldivers' greatest advantage over their foes.
Players should be aware that more than one of each Stratagem can be selected as part of their loadout.

Once the mission has begun the player is free to call down support at any time, however, as most Stratagems have a limited number of use(s) per mission and/or have a cooldown period that must be observed in-between uses, players are advised to plan ahead.
After the Helldiver has entered the correct code and placed the Stratagem Beacon at the desired location the Stratagem is delivered to the planet surface from a ship in orbit.

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A Stratagem launcher

Exosuit Stratagem Launcher

Stratagem Beacons can be deployed while piloting the Walker/Stomper, Obsidian and Lumberer Exosuits. A light on the right shoulder will indicate when a Stratagem is readied. Note that the beacon is always launched at the same velocity, unlike hand-thrown objects.


Stratagems are divided into four broad categories based on their intended use:

  • Supply Stratagems can provide the player with personal drones, utility backpacks, supplies of ammunition, heavy weapons or vehicles;
  • Defensive Stratagems grant the player certain automated turrets and mines to help defend against the enemy horde or even equipment that helps to avoid enemies altogether;
  • Offensive Stratagems allow the player to call down a variety of heavy artillery, firebombs and airstrikes all designed to take the fight directly to the enemy;
  • Special Stratagems are granted to the player by Helldiver Command to deal with certain mission specific problems. For example, the NUX-223 Hellbomb will always be made available for any mission which requires the destruction of a stationary enemy target (such as a Bug nest).

Note that the tables below are sortable by clicking on the headers.

Supply: Support
HD1 Stratagem Resupply mk1.png Resupply
HD1 Stratagem REP-80 mk1.png REP-80
Supply: Backpacks
HD1 Stratagem AD-289 Angel mk1.png AD-289 Angel*
HD1 Stratagem AD-334 Guard Dog mk1.png AD-334 Guard Dog*
HD1 Stratagem LIFT-850 Jump Pack mk1.png LIFT-850 Jump Pack
HD1 Stratagem Resupply Pack mk1.png Resupply Pack
HD1 Stratagem SH-20 Shield Generator Pack mk1.png SH-20 Shield Generator Pack
HD1 Stratagem SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield mk1.png SH-32 Directional Kinetic Shield*
Supply: Secondary Weapons
HD1 Stratagem AC-22 Dum-Dum mk1.png AC-22 Dum-Dum*
HD1 Stratagem EAT-17 mk1.png EAT-17
HD1 Stratagem FLAM-40 Incinerator mk1.png FLAM-40 Incinerator
HD1 Stratagem LAS-98 Laser Cannon mk1.png LAS-98 Laser Cannon
HD1 Stratagem M-25 Rumbler mk1.png M-25 Rumbler*
HD1 Stratagem MG-94 Machine Gun mk1.png MG-94 Machine Gun
HD1 Stratagem MGX-42 Machine Gun Mk1.png MGX-42 Machine Gun
HD1 Stratagem MLS-4X Commando mk1.png MLS-4X Commando*
HD1 Stratagem Obliterator Grenade Launcher mk1.png Obliterator Grenade Launcher
HD1 Stratagem REC-6 Demolisher mk1.png REC-6 Demolisher*
HD1 Stratagem RL-112 Recoilless Rifle mk1.png RL-112 Recoilless Rifle
HD1 Stratagem TOX-13 Avenger mk1.png TOX-13 Avenger*

Supply: Vehicles
HD1 Stratagem EXO-44 Walker Exosuit mk1.png EXO-44 Walker Exosuit
HD1 Stratagem EXO-48 Obsidian Exosuit mk1.png EXO-48 Obsidian Exosuit*
HD1 Stratagem EXO-51 Lumberer Exosuit mk1.png EXO-51 Lumberer Exosuit*
HD1 Stratagem M5 APC mk1.png M5 APC
HD1 Stratagem M5-32 HAV mk1.png M5-32 HAV
HD1 Stratagem TD-110 Bastion mk1.png TD-110 Bastion*
HD1 Stratagem MC-109 Hammer Motorcycle mk1.png MC-109 Hammer Motorcycle*
HD1 Stratagem A AC-6 Tesla Tower mk1.png A/AC-6 Tesla Tower
HD1 Stratagem A GL-8 Launcher Turret mk1.png A/GL-8 Launcher Turret
HD1 Stratagem A MG-II Minigun Turret mk1.png A/MG-11 Minigun Turret
HD1 Stratagem A RX-34 Railcannon Turret mk1.png A/RX-34 Railcannon Turret
HD1 Stratagem Airdropped Anti-Personnel Mines mk1.png Airdropped Anti-Personnel Mines
HD1 Stratagem Airdropped Stun Mines mk1.png Airdropped Stun Mines
HD1 Stratagem Anti-Personnel Barrier mk1.png Anti-Personnel Barrier*
HD1 Stratagem AT-47 Anti-Tank Emplacement mk1.png AT-47 Anti-Tank Emplacement*
HD1 Stratagem Distractor Beacon mk1.png Distractor Beacon
HD1 Stratagem Humblebee UAV drone mk1.png Humblebee UAV drone*
HD1 Stratagem Thunderer Smoke Round mk1.png Thunderer Smoke Round
HD1 Stratagem Airstrike mk1.png Airstrike
HD1 Stratagem Close Air Support mk1.png Close Air Support*
HD1 Stratagem Heavy Strafing Run mk1.png Heavy Strafing Run
HD1 Stratagem Incendiary Bombs mk1.png Incendiary Bombs
HD1 Stratagem Missile Barrage mk1.png Missile Barrage*
HD1 Stratagem Orbital Laser Strike mk1.png Orbital Laser Strike
HD1 Stratagem Railcannon Strike mk1.png Railcannon Strike
HD1 Stratagem Shredder Missile Strike mk1.png Shredder Missile Strike
HD1 Stratagem Sledge Precision Artillery mk1.png Sledge Precision Artillery*
HD1 Stratagem Static Field Conductors mk1.png Static Field Conductors
HD1 Stratagem Strafing Run mk1.png Strafing Run
HD1 Stratagem Thunderer Barrage mk1.png Thunderer Barrage
HD1 Stratagem Vindicator Dive Bomb mk1.png Vindicator Dive Bomb
HD1 Stratagem Emergency Beacon mk1.png Emergency Beacon
HD1 Stratagem ME-1 Sniffer Metal Detector mk1.png ME-1 Sniffer Metal Detector
HD1 Stratagem NUX-223 Hellbomb mk1.png NUX-223 Hellbomb
HD1 Stratagem Reinforce mk1.png Reinforce
  • Item is part of a paid DLC pack.