Helldivers 2: All armor & passive skills explained

Stephanie Zucarelli
Helldivers 2 Armor set with extra paddingArrowhead Game Studios

When jumping into Helldivers 2, knowing all of the armor sets on offer, which are best, and how to get them is key. Additionally, each has its own passive skills, so learning what comes with what might be the difference between life and death. Here are all armor sets and everything you need to know.

Helldivers 2 introduces players to a constant galactic battle against monstrous alien life forms. However, skill isn’t everything when fighting these creatures, and users will need to get the best equipment to improve their chances of survival.

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While the starting armor comes equipped with the basic “Extra padding” passive skill, players can unlock different sets with greater stats and combat buffs. Along with unlocked weapons and Stratagems, the right armor will exponentially improve your survivability in each fight.

Here’s everything about armor sets and their passive stats, including how to unlock them in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2 armor: How to unlock

While you’ll have a standard armor set equipped with the “Extra Padding” skill in your first missions of Helldivers 2, you can unlock new sets as you level up and accumulate Warbond medals. You’ll earn these medals after completing missions, and unlocking their optional objectives.

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Some armor sets are going only going to be available for Super Credits, Helldivers 2 premium currency.

A solo character in Helldivers 2Sony Interactive Entertainment
Some armor sets were only available as pre-order bonuses.

Helldivers 2: All armor explained

Here’s the full list of every light, medium, and heavy armor set discovered in Helldivers 2 so far.

Armor setArmor RatingSpeedStamina RegenPassiveHow to unlock
B-24 Enforcer
125475075Fortified150 SC
TR-9 Cavalier of Democracy
100500100Democracy ProtectsPre-order bonus
CE-35 Trench Engineer
100500100Engineering Kit10 Medals
CM-09 Bonesnapper
100500100Med Kit15 Medals
SC-34 Infiltrator
075525113Scout3 Medals
FS-05 Marksman
144456056Fortified6 Medals
TR-62 Knight
144456056Servo-AssistedPre-order bonus
SC-30 Trailblazer Scout
056544122Scout50 Medals
CE-74 Breaker
056544122Engineering Kit250 SC
SA-25 Steel Trooper
100500100Servo-Assisted18 Medals
B-01 Tactical 100500100No passiveDefault Armor
DP-53 Saviour of the Free
100500100No passiveSuper Citizen Edition
DP-40 Hero of the Federation100500100Democracy Protects25 Medals
FS- 23 Battle Master14445656Fortified35 Medals
SA-04 Combat Technician100500100Scout60 Medals
CM-14 Physician100500100Med-Kit70 Medals
DP-11 Champion of the People
100500100Democracy Protects100 Medals
SA-12 Servo Assisted
100500100Servo-Assisted45 Medals
SA-32 Dynamo
14345757Servo-Assisted64 Medals

Helldivers 2: All armor passives explained

Most armor sets in Helldivers 2 have special buffs that help players improve their survivability on the battlefield. From Extra-Padding to Servo-Assisted, here are all of the Passive skills in Helldivers 2:

  • Democracy Protects: Reduces 50% of the chance of getting killed with lethal damage. Prevents all damage from bleeding if chest hemorrhages.
  • Engineering Kit: Reduces recoil when crouching or prone by 30%. Increases initial inventory and holding capacity of grenades by +2.
  • Extra padding: You’ll get this passive with all the game’s generic armor sets. It gives more Armor Rating, which improves early-game survivability.
  • Fortified: Reduces recoil when crouching or prone by 30%. Provides 50% resistance to explosive damage.
  • Med Kit: Increases initial inventory and holding capacity of Stims by +2. Increases Stim effect duration by 2.0s.
  • Servo-Assisted: Increases throwing range by 30%. Provides +50% limb health.
  • Scout: Markers placed on the map will generate radar scans every 2.0s. Reduces the range at which enemies can detect the wearer by 30%.

That was everything to know about Helldivers 2 Armor sets and passive skills. For more on Arrowhead Game Studios’ title, check other guides below:

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Stephanie is a Writer at CharlieIntel who is currently obsessing over Baldur's Gate 3 and LEGO Fortnite, but finds time for trying out any RPG or simulator she can get. You can reach her at [email protected].