Helldivers 1:Vindicator Dive Bomb

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Fully upgraded to 'Vindicator' Bunker Buster Bomb

An Eagle fighter jet swoops in and delivers a single laser guided cluster bomb. The bomb is not very powerful and useless versus heavily armored opponents (unless upgraded), but compensates by being precise and very quick to arrive.

— Armory Description

Stratagem Code

Players must enter the following sequence, using the controller d‑pad, in order to call down this Stratagem up to ten times per mission (fifteen if upgraded):
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Unlock Requirement

The Vindicator Dive Bomb is a standard-issue stratagem, available to all Helldivers regardless of rank.


Upgrade Cost Effect
HD1 Stratagem Vindicator Dive Bomb mk1.png Mk1 Basic variant, no upgrades.
HD1 Stratagem Vindicator Dive Bomb mk2.png Mk2 Research-point.png 1 An upgraded lightweight construction allows for more bombs to be carried by the same craft essentially allowing for more uses (number of uses increased from 10 to 15).
HD1 Stratagem Vindicator Dive Bomb mk3.png Mk3 Research-point.png 3 The upgraded bomb is now capable of punching through heavy armor if you get a good hit. Stratagem name changed to 'Vindicator' Bunker Buster Bomb.

Gameplay Tips

  • The Mk3 upgraded Bunker Busters are anti-tank capable, but only in a very small area centered on the location of the thrown beacon. Helldivers can usually avoid death from a Vindicator strike (even an uncomfortably close one) by going prone as long as they avoid this center area.
  • Mk3 Vindicators can destroy mission targets (Cyborg AA Guns, Bug Nests or Illuminate Beacons) instead of the standard-issue NUX-223 Hellbomb, although it is difficult to actually hit AA Guns or Beacons in the right place. Try to gently roll the beacon as close to the base of the structure as possible. In the case of Bug Nests, dropping the beacon inside the nest reliably works.
  • Cooldown with Stratagem Priority is 6 seconds. Each mission, 10 divebombs can be called in per Vindicator Stratagem taken; this can be upgraded to 15.
  • Precision Call-In reduces this Stratagem's activation time to the game's allowed minimum of 0.1 seconds.



  • The Mk3 (Heavy Airstrike) upgrade for the Airstrike stratagem requires that you have already gotten the Mk2 upgrade for the Vindicator Dive Bomb.
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