Is There Friendly Fire in Helldivers 2? Can You Hurt Your Teammates?

Helldivers 2 schrenchot of an in-game explosion

Can you “accidentally” shoot your squadmates? Is there friendly fire in Helldivers 2? Read on and find out.

Helldivers 2 is about to hit the shelves any minute now. This sci-fi shooter, heavily influenced by Starship Troopers and similar works, is a co-op game, where you and your squadmates fight hordes of alien enemies. Your missions vary from mass shootouts to stealthy technology extraction. Each successful mission rewards you with different materials that you can spend to upgrade your gear and unlock new stuff and Stratagems, like airstrikes, supply drops, and automated turrets. Speaking of automated turrets, can they also hurt your teammates? Will throwing a bomb amidst your friends have devastating consequences? Is there friendly fire in Helldivers 2? Let’s see.

Is There Friendly Fire in Helldivers 2?

We have bad news for you, cadet. Friendly fire is an integral part of Helldivers 2. Shooting your friends (accidentally or on purpose) will hurt them (both in-game and emotionally). That being said, coordination with your team is critical for achieving victory. Using a flamethrower while your friend is surrounded by aliens may not be the best course of action. On the other hand, dying for Freedom and Managed Democracy is to be praised, and there are always new troopers ready to replace your martyred teammate. But, if you are not too keen on being able to damage your friends in-game, is there something you can do?

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  • Enlist in the Helldivers and join the fight for freedom across a hostile galaxy in a fast, frantic, and ferocious third-person shooter.
  • 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.

Can Friendly Fire Be Turned Off?

Sadly, no. Arrowhead Game Studios made friendly-fire a permanent feature. Game designers want to reinforce the satire Helldivers 2 has, where in Super Earth you are expendable and unimportant. But, you shouldn’t take any friendly fire in any other way than with laughs. Squishing your friends with a misplaced turret should only be hilarious for everyone involved.

We have more Helldivers 2 articles, so take a look at Is Helldivers 2 Free to Play, Can You Play Helldivers 2 Solo, and Does Helldivers 2 Have a Battle Pass.


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