How to Unlock New Stratagems in Helldivers 2

Anastasios Antoniadis

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In the battle for freedom within the universe of Helldivers 2, Stratagems serve as crucial tactical assets that can turn the tide of war against the relentless armies of bugs and bots. Employing the right Stratagems exemplifies your patriotic fervor and ensures the effectiveness of your combat strategies. This guide delves into the process of acquiring additional Stratagems, enabling you to diversify your tactical options and enhance your gameplay experience.

Expanding your Stratagem arsenal begins in the Ship Management area, located on your ship. Look for a set of computer panels situated to the left before the entrance to the Bridge, marked by the ‘SHIP MANAGEMENT’ prompt. Activating this menu takes you into the heart of your strategic operations.

Navigating the Stratagems Tab in Helldivers 2

Within the Ship Management menu, you’ll find the ‘STRATAGEMS’ tab, which lists all 47 Stratagems offered in Helldivers 2. Initially, only a few Stratagems, such as the Machine Gun and Orbital Precision Strike, are available. The rest await your efforts to unlock them, promising a broad spectrum of destructive capabilities and support functions.

All Stratagem Categories and Types: How to Unlock them

Stratagems in Helldivers 2 are organized into distinct categories, each catering to different tactical needs:

  • Patriotic Administration Center: Calls down special weapons from your ship.
  • Orbital Cannons: Unleashes large-scale weapons fired directly from your ship.
  • Hangar: Offers targeted strikes from Eagle aircraft, along with mobility and support options like the Jump Pack and Smoke Strike.
  • Bridge: Delivers precise strikes, including explosive, gas, or EMS attacks, and also features defensive assets like turrets, shield generators, and Tesla Towers.
  • Engineering Bay: Provides a variety of support weapons, field packs, and minefields.
  • Robotics Workshop: Deploys stationary turrets and a protective “Guard Dog” drone Stratagem.

To unlock additional Stratagems, you’ll need to spend Requisition Slips, the primary in-game currency earned through mission completion and achievement of objectives. Be aware that many Stratagems also have level requirements, necessitating progress in the game and an increase in your rank to access higher-tier options.

Each Stratagem is marked with symbols indicating its unlock status:

  • Green with a Checkmark: Already unlocked.
  • Yellow with an Open Lock: Available for purchase.
  • Red with a Closed Lock: Not yet unlockable.

Pay close attention to the game’s instructions in the bottom right corner for details on how to unlock specific Stratagems.

How to Equip Stratagems

Helldivers 2 Stratagems
Screenshot: Meta Game Guides

After acquiring new Stratagems, you’ll undoubtedly be eager to test them on the battlefield. Prior to launching a mission, select your Stratagems in the ‘Mission Stratagems’ section of your Hellpod. Remember, you can choose only four Stratagems in addition to the default ones provided for the mission, so make your selections carefully to complement your tactical approach.


Stratagems are the lifeblood of your tactical playbook in Helldivers 2, offering a wide range of offensive and defensive capabilities. By understanding how to acquire and effectively utilize these tools, you can enhance your strategic options and contribute more significantly to the success of your missions. With the right Stratagems at your disposal, you’ll be well-equipped to spread democracy across the galaxy, one explosive ordinance at a time.

Anastasios Antoniadis
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