How to find and complete Secondary optional Objectives in Helldivers 2
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How to find and complete Secondary Objectives in Helldivers 2

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As you fight your way up into higher difficulties, you will start getting Secondary Objectives to find and complete in Helldivers 2. These optional quests award in more experience points and Requisition Slips, so they’re worth tracking down. Here’s how to find them.

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A good way to find out what missions include Secondary Objectives is by looking for the light blue icons on the maps before you begin. From my experience, Secondary Objectives start appearing at Medium difficulty and beyond. Look for blue icons that can look something like crashed pods with smoke or beakers. These icons indicate a Secondary Objective, and their location on the map can usually be seen before the mission starts.

Conduct a Geological Survey mission in Helldivers 2, as it appears from the assignment objective screen
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Keep in mind that you won’t always be able to see a clear map ahead of the mission.

Other ways to find Secondary Objectives in Helldivers 2

Secondary Objectives don’t all show up on the map, though. You may have one before the mission starts, allowing you to track it directly from the mini-map once you’re in the game. But you should still explore the area fully.

There may be more objectives to find on a map, so it pays to be thorough. I started a mission recently that had me destroy a research station as a Secondary Objective. But just around the corner was a Terminid Spore Spewer, and suddenly I had more meat on the menu.

Rushing through the Main Objectives typically is a quick way to get some cash and experience, but mission timers can be fairly long. If you have 40 minutes, don’t let it go to waste.

When you’re near a Secondary Objective, you’ll see the icon you need to follow show up on the compass near the top of the screen.

How to find and complete Secondary Objectives in Helldivers 2 icon on the compass
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The game will tell you how to complete the objective once you’re close enough.

How to find and complete Secondary optional Objectives in Helldivers 2 escape pod babysitting
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What kind of Secondary Objectives are there?

Secondary Objective types are varied. Some will have you blow a thing up and in those cases, you can use an orbital Stratagem. The game gave me a unique Stratagem to destroy the aforementioned research station, however. An objective may have you upload the data of an escape pod, while another will task you with powering on a radar station that reveals map details.

How to find and complete Secondary optional Objectives in Helldivers 2 mission complete screen
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No matter what Secondary Objectives you’re given, completing them offers rewards at the end of a mission. You can earn a good chunk of additional experience points and Requisition Slips, so it’s certainly within your interest to seek them out.

All Secondary Objectives in Helldivers 2

I’ve found around a dozen Secondary, or Optional, Objectives in Helldivers 2. The first three in the table below appear to be default Optional Objectives and can be seen during the mission planning stage. Others must be located while in the mission. Here’s our list of all the Secondary Objectives in Helldivers 2 so far.

ObjectiveDescriptionCompletion EffectTerminid or Automaton
Upload Escape Pod DataA crashed escape pod in the region contains valuable data.Nothing.Both
Destroy Rogue Research StationThis facility contains unpatriotically produced research data, and must be razed to the ground. Use explosives or call a Hellbomb.Nothing.Both
Terminate Illegal BroadcastAn illegal propaganda broadcast has been traced to this location.Nothing.Both
Destroy Stalker LairFind and destroy the Stalker Nest to stop them from spawning in the area. Use explosives.You won’t get harassed by Stalkers in the area.Terminid
Activate Radar StationActivate the Radar Station to reveal Points of Interest and Objectives on the map. POIs and Objectives are no longer hidden when using the map. This is one of the most important Secondary Objectives to complete.Both
Activate SEAF ArtillerySEAF Artillery will provide an additional Stratagem option once activated.The Artillery awards you an extra offensive Stratagem with five shots based on the ammo type loaded.Both
Destroy Spore SpewerLocate the Spore Spewer and destroy it using explosive munitions.Destroying the Spore Spewer removes the fog of spores obscuring your vision in the area.Terminid
Destroy Mortar EmplacementFind and destroy the Automaton Mortar emplacements. Use explosives or call a Hellbomb.You won’t get mortared while in the area anymore.Automaton
Destroy Stratagem JammerLocate and raze the Stratagem Jammer that’s blocking you from using Stratagems.You’ll be able to call in Stratagems in the area once more.Automaton
Destroy Detector TowerDestroy the Detector Tower (Eye of Sauron) in the area to end Automaton Drops after your detection. Call in a Hellbomb.Getting detected by the tower will cause Automaton Dropships to arrive in defense. Destroying the tower stops the drops.Automaton
Activate SAM SiteLocate and activate the friendly SAM Site in the area. The SAM Site will shoot down Automaton Dropships on occasion.Automaton
Destroy AA EmplacementFind and raze the Automaton AA Emplacement so you can call in Eagle Airstrikes.You cannot call in Eagle Airstrikes Automaton

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