Helldivers 2 How to kill a Charger
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Helldivers 2: How to kill a Charger

You can only dodge for so long.

As you climb the difficulty ladder of Helldivers 2, you come face-to-face with some pretty nasty beasties. The Charger can be described as a Terminid skill check, mowing down unprepared divers. Here’s how to kill a Charger in Helldivers 2, the fast and Democratic way.

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The best way to kill a Charger, as agreed upon by many in the Helldivers 2 community, is to aim for its legs. You may be now asking: “But what about its big, fleshy butt?” Well, that’s also an option and an obvious one. For many facing the Charger for the first time, dodging and blasting is a good strat. But it’s surprisingly not the quickest way to put the beast to bed. Read on for a our suggestions.

Ways to kill a Charger in Helldivers 2 – The classic way

The Charger is classified as a ‘Heavy’ enemy in Helldivers 2, meaning it’s big, mean, and armored. Taking weapons not built to crack something like the Charger’s shell will barely tickle the thing. Bullets and grenades plink right off its gray carapace.

Since this enemy falls under the umbrella of old-school charging enemies, it will rush you down. And you can dodge. Use the leap move before it reaches you and then blast away at its fleshy hindquarters with the best weapon you have on hand. Tricking it to run into something also seems to daze it, but I haven’t been able to experiment enough to draw a conclusion.

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Eventually, and with teamwork and some light sobbing, the Charger will go down. But as you up the challenge, you start facing more than one Charger at a time. Have you thought about what it’s like to fight five at once? For those situations, you need to kill them much faster. Here’s how.

Use explosive Support Weapons and aim for the legs

As you unlock additional Support Weapons, look for the ones that can penetrate or destroy armor. Early on, one of the best anti-Charger weapons to get is the EAT-17 Expendable Anti-Tank.

The GR-8 Recoilless Rifle is also a good weapons to use, but for my money, the EAT works better to shred armor quickly. The cooldown time of the latter is 70 seconds, meaning you can drop one at just about every objective area. You also get two per drop, meaning you can end up with three during a fight. The Recoilless Rifle, on the other hand, has a 480-second cooldown time and a longer call-in time.

Also, a solo reload of the Recoilless Rifle with a Charger around can be… an experience.

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With the EAT in hand, fire at one of the Charger’s front legs. It’s easiest to hit the front since it’s always moving to face you. If your aim is true, one rocket should peel away the armor, leaving the leg exposed.

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Next, you and your team can swap to their primary weapons and mag-dump the exposed leg. When things go smoothly, killing a Charger in Helldivers 2 can be done in less than five seconds.

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Early-game Support Weapons you can also use (for the fleshy parts):

  • Anti-Materiel Rifle
  • Autocannon
  • Grenade Launcher (practice your aim)

Support Weapons for more experienced Helldivers:

  • Railgun
  • Spear
  • Arc Thrower (works in a pinch)

Call in a decisive Stratagem strike

If you don’t like doing things the hard way, there are some Stratagems you can deploy to make your pest problem disappear. Keep note that the Stratagem descriptions give you a good idea of their effectiveness. For a heavy like the Charger, don’t use a Stratagem with a detail window saying it doesn’t work well against heavy armor. The Airburst Strike and Gatling Barrage belong in that category.

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For the most part, the best Stratagems that work against the Charger tend to be the most expensive. The majority of Stratagem strikes — Eagle or Orbital — are effective against smaller targets. You should use what Stratagems you can until you’re able to unlock something that specializes in killing heavies and elites.

Stratagems that work best against the Charger:

  • Eagle 500kg Bomb
  • Orbital Laser
  • Orbital Railcannon Strike

The Orbital Laser is my personal favorite of the bunch to take against heavies. The other two will strike hard and be finished, but the laser will continue blasting other foes after its initial target is dead.

You can also try a Rocket or Autocannon Sentry, but they need to be thrown at a distance. The Charger will focus its attack on sentries and will easily destroy them.

FROM THE TOP ROPE WITH A STEEL CHAIR

Four Helldivers, working together, can kill a Charger in less than five seconds. But how many do you need to kill it instantly?

Just one.

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