If you’re curious about acquiring more weapons beyond the standard assault rifle, submachine gun, and pistol in Helldivers 2, here are two methods to expand your arsenal.
How to get more weapons in Helldivers 2
There are two primary methods to acquire additional weapons in Helldivers 2. You can either purchase weapons via the Warbond battle passes or discover random weapons while exploring the map during missions. Keep an eye on the mini-map during missions to locate new weapons. You have the freedom to explore all areas within the 40-minute mission timeframe. The mini-map displays various points of interest worth investigating for ammo, samples, and weapon drops.
Check points of interest marked with the gem icon and well-lit crash sites, as well as areas with prior human presence (such as buildings, structures, and terminals). These locations may contain weapon drops or caches. New and potent weapons may appear either as ground loot or inside caches, so stay vigilant for any loot scattered on the ground.
These weapons are more potent than those in your loadout and serve as extensions of your existing equipment without replacing your primary or secondary weapons. Instead, you can switch to these weapons by holding the weapon swap button (triangle on the PS5). However, you cannot exfil with these weapons, so it’s advisable to utilize them fully by expending all available ammunition when acquiring them mid-mission.
How to unlock new weapons in Helldivers 2
The primary method to unlock weapons is by purchasing them in the Helldivers Mobilise! and Steeled Veterans Warbond battle passes. Weapons can be bought with Medals earned by completing missions. You can amass a significant number of Medals simply by finishing Operations, regardless of the chosen difficulty. However, higher difficulty levels yield higher Medal rewards for mission completion.
Here are all the weapons available for purchase in the Warbond battle passes:
- SG-8 Punisher: Shotgun (costs four Medals)
- P-19 Redeemer: Pistol (costs five Medals)
- R-63 Diligence: Marksman rifle (costs eight Medals)
- SMG-37 Defender: Submachine gun (costs 15 Medals)
- SG-225 Breaker: Shotgun (costs 20 Medals)
- LAS-5 Scythe: Energy-based weapon (costs 30 Medals)
- AR-23P Liberator Penetrator: Assault rifle (costs 40 Medals)
- R-63CS Diligence Counter Sniper: Marksman rifle (costs 40 Medals)
- SG-225SP Breaker Spray&Pray: Shotgun (costs 60 Medals)
- PLAS-1 Scorcher: Energy-based weapon (costs 75 Medals)
- P-4 Senator: Pistol (costs 15 Medals)
- AR-23E Liberator Explosive: Assault rifle (costs 20 Medals)
- SG-225IE Breaker Incendiary: Shotgun (costs 60 Medals)
- JAR-5 Dominator: Explosive weapon (costs 80 Medals)
These weapons differ from those found during exploration. Exploration-acquired weapons are Stratagems, which can be unlocked by leveling up and paying credits at the Ship Management console.
Can you upgrade weapons in Helldivers 2?
Currently, there isn’t a method to upgrade weapons in Helldivers 2. The progression system focuses on unlocking weapons with passive stats via the free and premium Warbond battle passes. Although the battle passes have an unlimited timer to accumulate Warbond Medals, it’s probable that these weapons will rotate out for the new battle pass season.
The current number of available weapons on the Acquisitions page doesn’t correspond to the weapon counter at the Armory. Consequently, new weapons are likely to be introduced in the future. Upgrading in Helldivers 2 involves integrating new weaponry into your loadout, which should be effectively employed against the Terminid and Automatons, especially on higher difficulty levels.
For now, Helldivers should develop and refine their unique loadout (including armor, weapons, Stratagem, and Boosters) by earning Medals, cash, and level ups through grinding.