All Helldivers 2 difficulty levels & how to unlock them

Joseph Pascoulis
helldivers at the galactic war table in helldivers 2

Wondering what all the Helldivers 2 difficulty settings are? Here’s a complete breakdown of all the difficulties you can play in Helldivers 2, as well as how to unlock them.

Helldivers 2 is exactly what it says on the tin, as the exciting and intense PvE title sees players diving head-first into deadly combat on alien planets against Terminids and Automatons.

While the game can be played solo, you’ll get the most out of the game by playing with your friends, as you can squad up with three others to take on missions that can get more than a little hectic.

In fact, there are many different difficulty settings you can choose from in Helldivers 2, and depending on how confident you and your fellow Helldivers are, you may want to challenge yourself. So, for those interested in all of the Helldivers 2 difficulties and how to unlock them, here’s everything you need to know.

Anti-tank weapon in Helldivers 2
Helldivers 2 can get extremely intense, especially when you choose the higher difficulties.

All difficulties in Helldivers 2 & how to unlock them

If you’re wondering how many difficulty levels there are in Helldivers 2, there are a total of 9. Here’s a full list of them as well as how you can unlock all of the game’s difficulty levels:

  1. Trivial
    • Available immediately.
  2. Easy
    • Complete Trivial Operation to unlock.
  3. Medium
    • Complete Easy Operation to unlock.
  4. Challenging
    • Complete Medium Operation to unlock.
  5. Hard
    • Complete Challenging Operation to unlock.
  6. Extreme
    • Complete Hard Operation to unlock.
  7. Suicide Mission
    • Complete Extreme Operation to unlock.
  8. Impossible
    • Complete Suicide Operation to unlock.
  9. Helldive
    • Complete Impossible Operation to unlock.

To unlock the next difficulty level, you must fully complete an Operation, which can consist of multiple missions, testing your squad’s ability to survive and complete the tasks for Super Earth.

How to change difficulty level in Helldivers 2

You can change the difficulty of a mission in Helldivers 2 while using the “Galactic War” table in your ship, which is where you select your planets and missions in the game.

The Destroyer ship in Helldivers 2
You can change the difficulty of Helldivers 2 in your ship.

While using this table, you will see the difficulty levels at the bottom of your screen which you can navigate through using L1 and R1 on controller or with the mouse on PC.

Well, that’s it, soldier, that was everything you need to know about Helldivers 2’s difficulty levels. For more guides, make sure you also check out:

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Joseph is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel, specializing in shooters such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Overwatch. He also enjoys Souls-likes, the Resident Evil franchise, and Tekken. After writing for KeenGamer, he joined CharlieIntel in 2021. If Joseph isn't writing about games, he's most likely playing them. You can contact him at [email protected].