Helldivers 2 Best Stratagems Tier List

The tier list of the best stratagems in Helldivers 2 lets you know which one to pick while progressing and leveling.

The Stratagems will serve as your backbone in challenging missions, and you will need those to take out enemies like Terminid bugs, Bile Titans, Automatons, etc. There are a lot of Stratagems available in Helldivers 2, so you will need their tier list to invest in the right ones.

You will need Requisitions to unlock them, so knowing where to spend is important. The Stratagems tier list we have created for you helps you in the early and mid-game and serves even better in the Endgame.

You must gather the resources and level up to unlock the best Stratagems and rule the game. The Stratagems in the S-Tier are the best, while the ones in the “E” are those we will not recommend in Helldivers 2. Still, we will cover all of them so you can know which ones will do what.

S-Tier Stratagems in Helldivers 2

You can call These best Stratagems using the Stratagems Input Codes during the missions. These can dominate in almost all conditions and serve their purpose completely. Here is a list of them, along with a brief overview.

S-Tier Stratagems
Railgun, Orbital Laser, Shield Generator Pack, Eagle 500KG Bomb, Eagle Airstrike.
  • RS-422 Railgun: It can take out hordes of enemies, and you can use it unlimited times without even a Backpack.
  • Orbital Laser: Another great weapon that can destroy all enemy types and have an excellent uptime.
  • SH-32 Shield Generator Pack: Undoubtedly one of the best spherical shields to protect you from direct enemy attacks. It can be used for a short duration but serves the purpose excellently.
  • Eagle 500KG Bomb: This is one of the best Stratagems in Helldivers 2 that can take out any enemy in its range, irrespective of how strong the enemy is.
  • Eagle Airstrike: Best Eagle Stratagem that can take out all types of enemies in a line and get even deadlier with the Ship Modules upgrades you can unlock.

A-Tier Stratagems in Helldivers 2

After picking out all you need from the S-tier, you can move to the A-tier, as they are also pretty good. These will serve most of the purposes and help you clear out objectives quickly.

A-Tier Stratagems
EMS Mortar Sentry, Orbital Railcannon Strike, Orbital Precision Strike, Grenade Launcher, and Eagle Cluster Bomb.
  • AC-8 Autocannon: This is the best cannon you can use against bugs and robots after the Railgun. However, it takes an extra Backpack slot.
  • A/M-23 EMS Mortar Sentry: Amazing turret, especially against the robots, and slow down their advance.
  • Orbital Railcannon Strike: Great for taking out large targets with its high-velocity automatic railcannon.
  • Orbital Precision Strike: This Stratagem can take out all enemies except the bile titan in a Single hit, and you can use it unlimited times.
  • Grenade Launcher: If a horde of bugs surrounds you, this Stratagem can save your life by clearing out all of them in a single strike.
  • Eagle Cluster Bomb: It’s not as good as the Eagle 500KG Bomb, but you can use it to clear hordes, and it has a large AoE.

B-Tier Stratagems in Helldivers 2

The Stratagems in this tier are good, but not as a whole. They will perform well in certain situations; you can pick some from this tier if you are dealing with one.

B-Tier Stratagems
Recoilless Rifle, Spear, Autocannon Sentry, Machine Gun, Orbital Walking Barrage, Eagle Napalm Airstrike, Guard Dog Rover, Supply Pack, Eagle 110mm Rocket Pods.
  • GR-8 Recoilless Rifle: Amazing rifle for damaging vehicle armor. It even had a support backpack, making it the top one in the B-Tier Stratagems.
  • FAF-14 Spear: It can lock targets and damage big enemies and their armor significantly. The Spear is not locking the target efficiently, so we are not putting it in S or A-Tier.
  • A/M-12 Mortar Sentry: It can hit enemies at a long range, even behind a cover, because it fires in an arc. But it can also kill you while dealing with hordes, so it’s not an S or A-tier weapon.
  • A/AC-8 Autocannon Sentry: This is a far better Sentry option to deal with enemies at range than the Mortar Sentry.
  • Machine Gun: Amazing support weapon in Helldivers 2 that you can use against small and medium enemies.
  • Orbital Walking Barrage: Send Barrage at intervals and help remove enemies hiding behind covers.
  • Eagle Napalm Airstrike: It can take out small hordes and damage the large ones. You can even use it to close the bug hole and restrict their spawn rate.
  • Guard Dog Rover: It can take out smaller enemies for you, and you can continue to focus on the bigger ones. It could be more effective against the bigger enemies.
  • Supply Pack: Though the shield generator pack is superior, you can still use it if you use the Grenade Launcher for a boost.
  • Eagle 110mm Rocket Pods: Great rockets that you can use. We haven’t put them in the above tier because of their accuracy. They just can only hit the target sometimes.

C-Tier Stratagems in Helldivers 2

You can use these Stratagems, but they will not perform well in certain situations and get you killed. For example, if you are dealing with endgame enemies with these, you may die pretty quickly.

C-Tier Stratagems
Stalwart, MG-43 Machine Gun, Orbital Gatling Barrage, HMG Emplacement, Mines, Jump Pack, Smoke Strikes, and Orbital 380mm HE Barrage.
  • M-105 Stalwart: This tremendous and fast reloading machine gun is better than the sniper but unsuitable for Endgame, so it is in the C-Tier of Stratagems in Helldivers 2.
  • EAT-17 Expandable Anti-Tank: One-time use weapon that severely damages vehicle armor but is not as effective as some others in the End game.
  • MG-43 Machine Gun: A great C-Tier gun that performs best if you crouch and stay still.
  • Gatling Sentry: With medium armor penetration, it can clear hordes of enemies but has limited ammo, which is why it is in the C-Tier of Stratagems.
  • Orbital Gatling Barrage: It can take out all the enemies in a small radius, and you can even buff its effect with a Ship module upgrade.
  • HMG Emplacement: Offers some good defense but is not useful in many situations and offers low armor penetration.
  • Mines: Not great, but you can use them to keep away the big enemies for some time.  
  • Jump Pack: You can use this Stratagem to get on higher ground. You can’t control your lift, so it is in the C-Tier.
  • Smoke Strikes: They could be better, but you can use them if you are going stealth for an extra layer of protection.
  • Orbital 380mm HE Barrage: Similar to the Walking Barrage but offering less AoE, effectiveness will decrease with time.

D-Tier Stratagems in Helldivers 2

The stratagems in the D-tier are useless, but you can buff them up with some boosters in Helldivers 2 and Ship Modules. With these boosters and ship modules, you can survive early and mid-game with these Stratagems.

D-Tier Stratagems
Anti-Material Rifle, Flamethrower, Eagle Strafing run, Orbital Gatling Barrage, Orbital Airburst Strike, Orbital Walking Barrage, Orbital EMS Strike, Tesla Tower, Rocket Sentry, and Orbital Gas Strike.
  • APW-1 Anti-Material Rifle: This can be a good strategy at the start, but as you level this, it is less valuable as you will have a far better option to take out Bugs, Robots, Chargers, Automatons, etc.
  • Flam-40 Flamethrower: It is best to take out hordes of enemies at a small range but is ineffective against robots and enemies at a range, so it is in the D-Tier.
  • Eagle Strafing run: It’s unsuitable for armor penetration, but you can use it to clear small enemies in a small area.
  • Orbital Gatling Barrage: Offers some armor penetration and can set enemies on fire.
  • Guard Dog: Just a fun Stratagem that you can have with little ammo and a bit of armor penetration.
  • Orbital Airburst Strike: A Great Stratagem in the early game to kill hordes, but in the Endgame, it is useless.
  • Orbital Walking Barrage: It has a long cooldown. But you can use it to soften the enemy’s defense.
  • Orbital EMS Strike: You can use it to slow down enemies. Same as the Barrage, it has a long Cooldown.
  • Tesla Tower: You can use it to take out enemies in a large radius, but it can kill you and your teammates. Hence, it’s not a recommended one.
  • Rocket Sentry: Not good with precision, less ammo, and struggling to remove bigger enemies.
  • Orbital Gas Strike: It is excellent for dealing damage over time, but its effect will only last for a short duration.

E-Tier Stratagems in Helldivers 2

You are not recommended to use any of these Stratagems even if you have Boosters and Ship Modules to buff them up. You can go for the one in the top 3 tiers and buff them further for a strong build.

E-Tier Stratagems
Shield Generator Relay, Laser Cannon, Ballistic Shield, and Orbital 120mm HE Barrage.
  • Shield Generator Relay: It is a shield bubble that can offer you some protection but is utterly useless as you level up and deal with formidable enemies.
  • Laser Cannon: Not a worthy contender for the Stratagem slot in Helldivers 2, and you should not unlock it.
  • Ballistic Shield: It just offers protection from one side. It even restricts your gun movement, so it is not a stratagem you should go for.
  • Orbital 120mm HE Barrage: It has a lot of issues. It will land a few hits, and these are even too far from each other. All these have low AoE, so they are ineffective for clearing bugs or similar enemies.
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