All Helldivers 2 Stratagem codes: Inputs & how to use

Nathan Warby
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Stratagems are an essential element of Helldivers 2 and could potentially be the key to victory against the alien onslaught. However, memorizing each Stratagem code to call the support in is no easy task. So, to help you out, we’ll be listing the Helldivers 2 Stratagem codes and how to unlock each.

Whether you’re playing solo or as a squad, Helldivers 2 can be incredibly challenging, especially on the higher difficulties. That’s why it’s essential to spend your Credits and Super Credits wisely, while also ensuring your gear is up to scratch.

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One of the most important tools at your disposal is Stratagems, which can be called down from your ship to quickly turn the tide on a mission that’s going south. However, each one comes with a unique code that needs to be learned in order to call it in.

So, here are all the Stratagem codes in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2 Stratagems explained

Stratagems allow you to call in support from your Destroyer ship in Helldivers 2, offering a number of offensive and defensive options. These can range from turrets to help guard a specific location, to powerful airstrikes that can clear an area in seconds.

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There are six different types of Stratagems in Helldivers 2, they are:

  • Patriotic Administration Center
  • Orbital Cannons
  • Hangar
  • Bridge
  • Engineering Bay
  • Robotics Workshop
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Helldivers 2 puts plenty of powerful tool at players’ disposal.

All Helldivers 2 Stratagem codes

We’ve listed all the Helldivers 2 Stratagem codes below, as well as how to unlock them. It’s worth noting that since Helldivers 2 is still early on its lifecycle, there may be more the be uncovered when new content is added. For now though, here are all of the Stratagem codes currently in the game:

All Patriotic Administration Center Stratagem codes

StratagemCodeHow to unlockTraits
Machine GunDown, Left, Down, Up, RightReach level 1Support Weapon, Hellpod
Anti-Material RifleDown, Left, Right, Up, Down5000 Credits (level 2)Support Weapon, Hellpod
StalwartDown, Left, Down, Up, Up, Left3500 Credits (level 2)Support Weapon, Hellpod
Expendable Anti-TankDown, Down, Left, Up, Right3000 Credits (level 3)Support Weapon, Hellpod, Explosive
Recoilless RifleDown, Left, Right, Right, Left6000 Credits (level 5)Support Weapon, Hellpod, Explosive
FlamethrowerDown, Left, Up, Down, UpReach level 10Support Weapon, Hellpod, Incendiary
AutocannonDown, Right, Left, Down, Down, Up, Up, RightReach level 10Support Weapon, Hellpod
RailgunDown, Right, Left, Down, Down, Up, Left, Down, RightReach level 20Support Weapon, Hellpod
SpearDown, Down, Up, Down, DownReach level 20Support Weapon, Hellpod

All Orbital Cannons Stratagem codes

StratagemCode How to unlockTraits
Orbital Gatling BarrageRight, Down, Left, Up, Up1500 Credits (level 2)Explosive, Orbital
Orbital Airburst StrikeRight, Right, Right4000 Credits (level 5)Explosive, Orbital
Orbital 120MM HE BarrageRight, Down, Down, Left, Down, Right, Down, Down4000 Credits (level 5)Explosive, Orbital
Orbital 380MM HE BarrageRight, Down, Down, Up, Up, Left, Down, Down, Down3000 Credits (level 8)Explosive, Orbital
Orbital Walking BarrageRight, Down, Right, Down, Right, Down6000 Credits (level 10)Explosive, Orbital
Orbital LaserRight, Down, Up, Right, DownReach level 15Orbital
Orbital Railcannon StrikeRight, Up, Down, Down, RightReach level 20Orbital

All Hangar Stratagem codes

StratagemCode How to unlockTraits
Eagle Strafing RunUp, Right, Right1500 Credits (level 2)Eagle
Eagle AirstrikeUp, Right, Down, Right4000 Credits (level 2)Explosive, Eagle
Eagle Cluster BombUp, Right, Down, Down, Right, Down4000 Credits (level 3)Explosive, Eagle
Eagle Napalm AirstrikeUp, Right, Down, Up5000 Credits (level 5)Explosive, Eagle
Jump PackDown, Up, Up, Down, UpReach level 8Hellpod, Backpack
Eagle Smoke StrikeUp, Right, Down, UpReach level 8Explosive, Eagle
Eagle 110MM Rocket PodsUp, Right, Up, LeftReach level 10Explosive, Eagle
Eagle 500KG BombUp, Right, Down, Down, DownReach level 15Explosive, Eagle

All Bridge Stratagem codes

StratagemCode How to unlockTraits
Orbital Precision StrikeLeft, Left, UpReach level 1Explosive, Orbital
Orbital Gas StrikeRight, Right, Down, Right4000 Credits (level 3)Explosive, Orbital
Orbital EMS StrikeRight, Right, Left, DownReach level 5Orbital
Orbital Smoke StrikeRight, Right, Down, UpReach level 8Explosive, Orbital
HMG ReplacementDown, Up, Left, Right, Right, LeftReach level 10Hellpod
Shield Generator RelayDown, Down, Left, Right, Left, RightReach level 10Hellpod
Tesla TowerDown, Up, Right, Up, Left, RightReach level 15Hellpod, Sentry

All Engineering Bay Stratagem codes

StratagemCodeHow to unlockTraits
Anti-Personnel MinefieldDown, Left, Down, Up, Right1500 Credits (level 2)Hellpod, Explosive
Supply PackDown, Left, Down, Up, Up, Down 4000 Credits (level 3)Hellpod, Backpack
Grenade LauncherDown, Left, Down, Up, Left, Down, Down6000 Credits (level 5)Support Weapon, Hellpod, Explosive
Laser CanonDown, Left, Down, Up, Left4000 Credits (level 5)Support Weapon, Hellpod
Incendiary MinesDown, Left, Left, DownReach level 8Support Weapon, Hellpod
“Guard Dog” RoverDown, Left, Down, Up, Left, Down, DownReach level 10Support Weapon, Hellpod, Incendiary
Ballistic Shield BackpackDown, Left, Down, Down, Up, Left Reach level 12Support Weapon, Hellpod
Arc ThrowerDown, Right, Down, Up, Left, LeftReach level 15Support Weapon, Hellpod
Shield Generator PackDown, Up, Left, Down, Right, RightReach level 20Hellpod, Backpack

All Robotics Workshop Stratagem codes

StratagemCodeHow to unlockTraits
Machine Gun SentryDown, Up, Right, Down, Right, Down, Up1500 Credits (level 3)Hellpod, Sentry
Gatling SentryDown, Up, Right, Left, Down4000 Credits (level 5)Hellpod, Sentry
Mortar SentryDown, Up, Right, Right, Down3500 Credits (level 8)Hellpod, Explosive, Sentry
“Guard Dog”Down, Up, Left, Down, Up, Right, Down3000 Credits (level 10)Hellpod, Backpack
Autocannon SentryDown, Up, Right, Up, Left, Up6000 Credits (level 13)Hellpod, Sentry
Rocket SentryDown, Up, Right, Right, LeftReach level 15Hellpod, Explosive, Sentry
EMS Mortar SentryDown, Up, Right, Down, RightReach level 20Hellpod, Explosive, Sentry

How to use Stratagems in Helldivers 2

Stratagems can be used by inputting a unique code with the D-Pad or keyboard in Helldivers 2. Unlike other titles which might assign the abilities to a wheel or in-game menu, the only way to use them while fighting Terminids is by putting in the correct code.

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This means that you’ll need to commit the codes to your preferred Stratagems to memory, as there’s no way to pause the game and check the input mid-mission.

Those were all of the Stratagems we know about so far in Helldivers 2 as well as how to use each. We’ll be sure to update this page if more codes are discovered later down the line.

For more on Helldivers 2, be sure to check out our other guides:

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Nathan is a Senior Writer for CharlieIntel and Dexerto, primarily covering FIFA and Call of Duty, as well as general gaming news and guides. After leaving university with a degree in Sports Studies and a master's degree in Magazine Journalism, he took on a role as a local news reporter before moving into games media. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].