How to Find and Kill Automaton Gunships in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 image of an Automaton Gunship

The Automatons have fighter aircraft now, like Dropships weren’t enough. Read on to see how to find and kill Automaton Gunships in Helldivers 2.

In Helldivers 2 you will have no shortage of dangerous enemies. From obnoxious Chargers and gigantic Bile Titans, all the way to walking “buildings” in the form of Factory Striders. As soon as Helldivers get the hang of dealing with the latest threat a new one appears. This time, the threat comes from the air and it shoots lasers. So, keep reading to learn how to find and kill Automaton Gunships in Helldivers 2.

How to Find Automaton Gunships in Helldivers 2

Automaton Gunships belong to The Automaton Collective, and can only be found on Automaton-infested planets. Those are on the left-hand side of the Galaxy Map. Automaton Gunships are a new addition to the game and are so far only encountered on Suicide Mission difficulty and higher. Like their Terminid counterparts, Automaton Gunships only appear on missions that have the Automaton Gunship Facility Secondary Objective.

What Are Automaton Gunships

A Gunship is the fighting aircraft of the Automatons. It looks like a smaller version of the infamous Dropship but with guns on its front. The Automaton Gunships pack a punch and are rarely found alone. 

Helldivers 2 image of a hit Automaton Gunship
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Where to Find Automaton Gunships

You will not encounter Automaton Gunships like other enemies, ie, they are not on patrols, Outposts, or similar places. Rather, they emerge from Automaton Gunship Facilities. A map has to have the Automaton Gunship Facility as one of its Secondary Objectives in order for you to find any Gunships. 

Automaton Gunship Facility

If you start encountering Gunships, that means that their “base” is somewhere close. The Gunship Facility looks like a pair of very tall Automaton buildings. You can try to destroy them with heavy orbitals, but as you approach, you’ll gain the ability to call in a Hellbomb. The tricky part is that pairs of Gunships periodically emerge from their Facilities, making the whole Hellbomb ordeal even more complicated.

Helldivers 2 image of the Gunship Facility
Image via N4G Unlocked

Best Ways to Kill Automaton Gunships in Helldivers 2

The Gunship is not that easy to take down. You can’t destroy them with Primary Weapons, rather you need some powerful Support weapons. Quasar Cannon, Recoilless Rifle, Expendable Anti-Tank, and the like are all great for taking down these aircraft.  The Patriot Exosuit may be good against Gunships, but it all really depends on how much fire it can take before exploding. We’ll let you know when we do some field research.

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The best way to take down Automaton Gunships is to aim at one of their four jet engines. With a little luck, a single shot into one of those will bring the Gunship down. It will take more than one hit to the hull to destroy them. If left unattended, more and more Gunships will emerge from the Facility, so try to deal with them as soon as possible. At least two Helldivers should be tasked with destroying the aircraft, while others close in to destroy their “base”.


Helldivers 2 image of the Gunship Facility and a flying Gunship
Image via N4G Unlocked

As for orbitals and other Stratagems, good choices are few. Being in the air means that Gunships are rarely damaged by orbitals, as all the explosions happen on the ground. Some good Stratagems against Automaton Gunships are Autocannon and Rocket Sentries. Also, deploying a Shield Generator Relay will be of immense help in keeping you alive, either while taking the Gunships down, or for dealing with the Facility itself. 

For more HD2 articles, check out Helldivers 2 Democratic Detonation Warbond All Features and Content, Helldivers 2: Malevelon Creek, and How to Get and Use the AC-8 Autocannon.


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