How to Unlock the Stratagem Hero Ship Game in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 screenshot of the Stratagem Hero minigame powered up

There is a special minigame on the Ship that is unlocked for some players, but not for all. So, read on to see how to unlock the Stratagem Hero ship game in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2 combines co-op shooter gameplay with hilarious lore, which has proven to be a successful recipe for a great game. You fight against different alien threats, bent on destroying your way of life, Super Earth, Freedom, Liberty, and most importantly, Democracy. You have an arsenal of tools to help you in that regard, like different weapons, explosives and other gear, and Stratagems.

Stratagems require you to type in a code before being deployed, so knowing how to do so under fire can be crucial for your survival. On that note, there is a cute minigame on your starship, called Strategem Hero. But, it is not available for everyone. Why is that? Can it be unlocked? Let’s see if there is a way to unlock Stratagem Hero minigame in Helldivers 2.

How to Unlock the Stratagem Hero Ship Game in Helldivers 2

Helldiver 2 screenshot of Strategem Hero location
Image via N4G Unlocked

The only way to unlock the Stratagem Hero minigame is to purchase the deluxe Super Citizen Edition of Helldiers 2. That edition comes with a lot of goodies, and the Stratagem Hero minigame is one of them. Sadly, at this moment, there is no other way of unlocking this minigame on your Ship, and it is not a part of any Warbond.

That may be added as an option in the future but for now, you can only get it by purchasing the Super Citizen Edition (or upgrading your Standard Edition to it). And no, just purchasing the Premium Warbond that comes with the Super Citizen edition will not unlock Stratagem Hero.

What is the Stratagem Hero Minigame?

Stratagem Hero is a minigame, located on your Ship, just to the right as you enter the main area. It is a game where you practice the typing of the Stratagem Codes, and the more you do so without error, the higher your score shall be. Is there a benefit to it, is there a prize at the end?

Besides practicing and getting yourself more familiar with Stratagem Codes, no, there is no in-game benefit of having Stratagem Hero. It is a respectable decision by Arrowhead, as they do everything they can to avoid pay-to-win features. Still, pretty darn useful if you want to be better at Helldivers 2, and to give you something to do while your squad spends their Medals and upgrades their Destroyer ship between missions.

HELLDIVERS 2 – Pre-Purchase – Super Citizen Edition – PC [Online Game Code]
  • BECOME A LEGEND – You will be assembled into squads of up to four Helldivers and assigned strategic missions. Watch each other’s back – friendly fire is an unfortunate certainty of war, but victory without teamwork is impossible.
  • LOADOUTS – Rain down freedom from above, sneak through enemy territory, or grit your teeth and charge head-first into the jaws of combat. How you deliver liberty is your choice; you’ll have access to a wide array of explosive firepower, life-saving armour and battle-changing stratagems… the jewel in every Helldiver’s arsenal.
  • REQUISITION – Super Earth recognises your hard work with valuable Requisition. Use it to access different rewards that benefit you, your squad, your destroyer ship and our overall war effort.
  • THREATS – Everything on every planet wants you dead. That’s what we’re dealing with. Each enemy has distinct and unpredictable characteristics, tactics, and behaviour – but they all fight ferociously and without fear or morality.

Stratagems in Stratagem Hero

The idea of Stratagem Hero is to practice every Stratagem code there is. That’s why you can encounter every Stratagem that exists in the game there:

  • Reinforce
  • SOS Beacon
  • Super Earth Flag
  • Upload Data
  • Hellbomb
  • Prospecting Drill
  • Illumination Flare
  • Machine Gun
  • Anti-Material Rifle
  • Stalwart
  • Expendable Anti-Tank
  • Recoilless Rifle
  • Flamethrower
  • Autocannon
  • Railgun
  • Spear
  • Orbital Gatling Barrage
  • Orbital Airburst Strike
  • Orbital 120MM HE Barrage
  • Orbital 380MM HE Barrage
  • Orbital Walking Barrage
  • Orbital Laser
  • Orbital Railcannon Strike
  • Eagle Strafing Run
  • Eagle Airstrike
  • Eagle Cluster Bomb
  • Eagle Napalm Airstrike
  • Jump Pack
  • Eagle Smoke Strike
  • Eagle 110MM Rocket Pods
  • Eagle 500KG Bomb
  • Orbital Precision Strike
  • Orbital Gas Strike
  • Orbital EMS Strike
  • Orbital Smoke Strike
  • HMG Emplacement
  • Shield Generator Relay
  • Tesla Tower
  • Anti-Personnel Minefield
  • Supply Pack
  • Grenade Launcher
  • Laser Canon
  • Incendiary Mines
  • “Guard Dog” Rover
  • Ballistic Shield Backpack
  • Arc Thrower
  • Shield Generator Pack
  • Machine Gun Sentry
  • Gatling Sentry
  • Mortar Sentry
  • “Guard Dog”
  • Autocannon Sentry
  • Rocket Sentry
  • EMS Mortar Sentry

We are yet to confirm if the new stratagems, like the Patriot Exosuit or the Heavy Machine Gun, are added to the Stratagem Hero’s list.

Helldiver 2 screenshot of a player preparing to throw the Eagle Strafing Run stratagem
Image via N4G Unlocked

Unofficial Stratagem Hero

It didn’t take long for the fans to create an unofficial version of Stratagem Hero. If you want to get better at calling in Strategems, you can try that out. This is a great practicing tool, as typing the Stratagem Codes in a pinch can get stressful. But, as always, if you really like it, you should consider purchasing the official version, ie, the Super Citizen Edition.

Can You Play Stratagem Hero on a Friend’s Ship

Yes, you can, if the friend in question has Stratagem Hero unlocked. If you happen to be on a friend’s Destroyer ship, and the has Super Citizen Edition purchased, you can play Stratagem Hero while on their ship.

For more Helldivers 2 articles made by our team, check out How to Get Super Credits in Helldivers 2, Is There Friendly Fire in Helldivers 2? Can You Hurt Your Teammates, and How to Get and Use LAS-5 Scythe.


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