Where to Find Chargers in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 Charger
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When you first start playing Helldivers 2, you’re lulled into a false sense of security. The bug menace isn’t overly challenging to beat back. They succumb easily to a shotgun blast or orbital strike, and then you call it a day. But you’ll face tougher foes as you progress through the game’s many difficulty levels. Like the Charger. Here is where to find Chargers in Helldivers 2 and how to beat them!

How to Find Chargers in Helldivers 2

To find Chargers in Helldivers 2, you must first unlock Medium difficulty. They won’t spawn in the lower difficulty tiers, and the only way to unlock Medium is to finish a mission while playing on Trivial and Easy. Those two difficulties are an absolute cakewalk. Medium, despite its name, steps up the challenge.

It’s common to find at least one Charger per Medium-difficulty mission, though you may find yourself unlucky on occasion and deal with multiple Chargers in a single zone. If that happens, prep your orbital bombardments and tactically retreat while laying down heavy fire.

How to Kill Chargers in Helldivers 2

For the best way to kill a Charger in Helldivers 2, follow these tips from someone (me!) who has died countless times to mortars meant to take out the armored foe and the monster itself.

  • Keep your distance! When you spot a Charger, lay down heavy fire with a Machine Gun or Anti-Material Rifle and plenty of bombardment Strategems. For Strategems, I cannot recommend the Orbital Gatling Barrage or Eagle Cluster Bomb enough. They’re superior!
  • Work as a team! Unless you play solo, you should have three other Helldivers to help rain down fire upon a Charger. If you allow one teammate to act as bait (knowingly or unknowingly), you can focus fire on the weak spots.
  • Target those weak spots! And speaking of weak spots, the Charger is heavily armored almost everywhere besides its underside and backside. You’ll find it challenging to target the underside while it’s charging at you, but if you can swing around behind, you can land plenty of shots into its backside before it turns.

Oh, and don’t forget the critical rules of dodgeball when facing a Charger! Dodge, duck, and dive!

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