Best Sentries in Helldivers 2 Tier List

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Having the right Sentry for the job can turn a tough fight into an easy one. Take a look at our tier list of the best Sentries in Helldivers 2.

Placing a gun turret in the correct position can be a game-changer. With several Sentry Stratagems to choose from in Helldivers 2, having the best one for the job can make your diving way easier. But, not every Sentry is good for every situation. Some are great all-rounders while others excel in specific roles, like dealing with hordes or massive enemies. With that in mind, read on to see our list of the best Sentries in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2: Best Sentries Tier List

A Sentry must have efficiency and versatility to be ranked high on this list. And let’s not forget to take the frequency of friendly fire into account. We are only listing Sentries here, Minefields and Tesla Towers fulfill a similar role, but are not a gun Sentry per se. 

  • S Tier: Autocannon Sentry
  • A Tier: Mortar Sentry, Gatling Sentry
  • B Tier: Rocket Sentry, EMS Mortar Sentry
  • C Tier: Machine Gun Sentry

S Tier

Autocannon Sentry

Helldivers 2 screenshot of a Autocannon Sentry
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The most efficient Sentry in the game. Its Autocannon can deal with practically every enemy in the game, it combines huge range with great damage and armor penetration capabilities. It shoots three rounds before having a short pause, so the probability of it hitting you is very low. If we have to give the Autocannon Sentry a flaw, we’d say that it is not that great against swarms, as its high damage is wasted on smaller enemies, and the slower rate of fire is not ideal for that.

A Tier

Mortar Sentry

Helldivers 2 screenshot of a Mortar Sentry
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The infamous Mortar Sentry is still a great choice if the team is well coordinated. The bad reputation comes from situations where already overwhelmed Helldivers expect the Mortar Sentry to save them. The Mortar Sentry is quite bad in that regard, and it will cause a lot of friendly fire. It is better in preventing those situations from happening in the first place. It does not need a line of sight and has a huge range. It is best used for assaulting an Outpost and in defense missions. When fighting Automatons Mortar Sentry is easily S Tier, but not that great against bugs.

Gatling Sentry

Helldivers 2 screenshot of a Gatling Sentry
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The ultimate chaff clearer, the Gatling Sentry is invaluable against hordes of enemies. As expected, it has an incredible rate of fire and good damage. The downsides are that it will deplete its ammo very quickly, and is not effective against heavily armored enemies. The worst is when it locks onto a heavily armored enemy and spends all of its ammo with absolutely no effect. Also, it is prone to dealing damage to friendlies, so positioning is key.

B Tier

Rocket Sentry

Helldivers 2 screenshot of a Rocket Sentry
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The Rocket Sentry seems great “on paper” but in reality is quite disobedient. It is great against armored targets and its description states that it prioritizes shooting at large enemies. In reality, it kind of does what it wants. We have seen a Rocket Sentry wasting all of its ammo chasing small bugs, while a Charger a few meters away was having the time of his life. It can be good in combination with a swarm-clearing Sentry.

EMS Mortar Sentry

The most expensive Sentry, the EMS Mortar is more of a utility than a gun. It works just like a Mortar Sentry, but instead of dealing damage, it stuns everything near its target. It is great for slowing down swarms of bugs or for stopping Automatons from shooting, but it needs a follow-up, ie, it cannot deal with anything on its own. But, in the right hands, it can work wonders.

C Tier

Machine Gun Sentry

The first Sentry new Helldivers get, the Machine Gun is good on its own, but a little lackluster compared to others. Still, it can be fun to use in combination with Gatling Sentry, if you really want to double down on the tower-defense feel or need another horde clearer.

For more Helldivers 2 lists, check out Best Boosters, Best Ship Modules, and Best Stratagem.


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