Helldivers 2 Patch Notes, Patch 01.000.203

Helldivers 2 screenshot of Helldivers enetering a Pelican Dropship

Helldivers 2 exploded onto the gaming scene, and the community has embraced the game fully. The game launched with some issues and problems, especially with game crashing and connectivity. This made for a rough start for many players, especially on PC. Fortunately, the developer Arrowhead Game Studios is hard at work patching and fixing things as fast as possible. Patch 01.000.200 is bringing many new fixes and balance changes to Helldivers 2. From adding more planetary hazards and weapon tweaks to crash fixes, there is plenty to look forward to in the new patch. The following are the full patch notes for Helldivers 2 Patch 01.000.200.

PS5 Helldivers 2
  • 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.

Full Patch Notes for Helldivers 2 Patch 01.000.200

Patch 01.000.200 is focused on mission and weapon balance changes, added more Planetary Hazards, improved Armor effects, and more. Below you will find the full patch notes for Helldivers 2 patch 01.000.200.

Overview

This update includes:

  • Balance changes to missions, stratagems, weapons, enemies and Helldivers.
  • General fixes and stability improvements.

Gameplay

Planetary Hazard additions:

  • Blizzards
  • Sandstorms

Increased level cap

  • Level cap has been increased from 50 to 150

Balancing

Missions

Retrieve Essential Personnel

  • Moved the enemy spawn points further away from the objective to give players a fairer chance of defending the location.
  • There are fewer civilians required to complete the mission on higher difficulties.

Destroy Command Bunkers

  • Now has more objective locations, the mission was too easy before compared to other missions.
  • It can now appear in operations from difficulty 5.
  • Halved the negative effect of operation modifiers that increase stratagem cooldowns or call in times.

Primary, Secondary, & Support Weapons

  • Arc Thrower: fixed charging inconsistencies; it will now always take 1s to charge a shot.
  • Arc Thrower: reduced distance from 50m to 35m.
  • Arc Thrower: increased stagger force.
  • Guard Dog: now restores full ammo from supply boxes.
  • Anti-Materiel Rifle: damage increased by 30%.
  • Breaker Incendiary: damage per bullet increased from 15 per bullet to 20 per bullet.
  • Fire damage per tick increased by 50% (from all sources).
  • Liberator Penetrator: now has a full auto mode.
  • Dominator: increased damage from 200 to 300.
  • Dominator: increased stagger.
  • Diligence Counter Sniper: increased armor penetration from light to medium.
  • Slugger: reduced stagger.
  • Slugger: reduced damage from 280 to 250.
  • Slugger: reduced demolition force.
  • Slugger: fixed armor penetration tag in the menu.
  • Slugger, Liberator Concussive, Senator: fixed incorrect armor penetration tags in the menu.
  • Recoilless Rifle: increased the number of rockets you restore from supply boxes from 2 to 3.
  • Spear: increased the number of missiles you restore from supply boxes from 1 to 2.
  • Heavy Machine Gun: the highest fire rate mode reduced from 1200 rpm to a more moderate 950.

Stratagems

  • Patriot Exosuit: rockets will now penetrate armor only on direct hit.

Enemies

  • Balancing adjustments have been made to
  • Chargers normal melee attack now does less damage against Exosuits.
  • Bile Spewer and Nursing Spewer do less damage with their puke.
  • The Bile Titan can no longer be stunned.
  • Shriekers no longer create bug breaches.
  • Shriekers hitting you while they are dead now does significantly less damage.

Helldiver

Balancing adjustments have been made to:

  • Heavy and medium armor protects better and you now take about 10% less damage than before while wearing heavy and about 5% less when wearing medium armor. Fortified commando and light armor is unchanged.

Fixes

  • Fixed issue where save settings for PS5 would be reset when the game is rebooted, causing things such as loadout and hint settings to reset.
  • Enemies now properly target Exosuits. Previously, many enemies effectively ignored Exosuits if a helldiver on foot was available for them to target.
  • Fixed Exosuits being able to fire their weapons while opening the minimap.
  • The Helldiver and the Exosuit both had a bug that made them sometimes take explosion damage multiple times making things like automaton rockets be too deadly, this is now fixed.
  • Automaton enemy constellations that preferred to spawn more of certain Devastators types did not work and are now functioning as they should. This means that sometimes when playing against the Automatons you will face more Devastators instead of other enemy types.
  • We have improved the system that prevents hellpod steering close to large or important objects.
  • We have solved issues where the effective area around objects was a lot larger than intended.
  • We have reduced the number of objects that prevent hellpod steering.
  • Note: This system is intended to prevent softlocks where players can drop on important interaction points, or drop into unintended places. We will continue to monitor the state of the system after the update to see if additional tweaks are necessary.
  • Fixed cases where the ground under some assets could be bombed causing them to float.

Ballistic Shield changes

  • Collision mesh has been slightly increased in size for more forgiveness
  • Changed shield poses so that less of the helldiver is exposed
  • Addressed bug where parts of the helldiver would become vulnerable while using the shield in first person

Patch 01.000.201

Fixes

  • Fix for a common crash which occurred when accessing the Acquisitions menu

Patch 01.000.202

Gameplay

  • We have updated the stats UI for weapons to take into account any explosive damage done by them. This is to give weapons that do damage with explosive projectiles a more fair representation in the UI. Most notably affected is the PLAS-1 Scorcher.

Fixes

  • Fixed some crashes that occurred when deploying to mission.
  • Fixed some crashes that occurred during extraction and right after it.
  • Fixed crashes that could occur if the squad deployed a large amount of support weapons.
  • Fixed various crashes that could occur during gameplay.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using heat based weapons.
  • Fixed crashes which could occur if a player died while using the jetpack.
  • Fixed crash which could occur when large volumes of enemies were present.
  • Fixed crash which could occur when the player picked up a snowball.
  • Fixed crash which could occur when completing an objective.
  • Fixed hang that could occur while navigating the social menu.
  • Picking up Medals and Super Credits will no longer lock the player in place.

Patch 01.000.203

Gameplay

  • CE-27 Ground Breaker armor now has the Engineer Kit passive as previously advertised.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in different damage being dealt enemies between PC and console players.
  • Red boxes in defense missions are no longer visible.
  • Major orders should now properly display text.
  • Fixed multiple crashes that could occur in the loadout screen when other players left or joined the game.
  • Fixed multiple crashes that could occur after extraction when the mission results and rewards were shown.
  • Fixed crash which could occur when throwing back a grenade while wielding a heat-based weapon.
  • Fixed crash that could occur when hosting a play session migrates to another player.
  • Fixed crash that could occur if too many civilians spawn.
  • Fixed various other crashes that could occur when deploying to mission.
  • Fixed various other crashes that could occur during gameplay.

Known Issues

These are issues that were either introduced by this patch and are being worked on, or are from a previous version and have not yet been fixed. This list is not exhaustive, and we are continuing to identify issues and create fixes. These are organized by feedback, reports, severity, etc.

  • Superior Packing Methodology ship module does not work properly.
  • Players may be unable to navigate to the search results in the Social Menu.
  • Various issues involving friend invites and cross-play:
    • Player name may show up blank on the other player’s friend list.
    • Friend Request cannot be accepted when the requesting player changed their username before the request was accepted.
    • Cross-platform friend invites might not show up in the Friend Requests tab.
    • Players cannot unfriend players befriended via friend code.
    • Players cannot unblock players that were not in their Friends list beforehand.
  • Damage-over-time effects may only apply when dealt by the host.
  • Players may experience delays in Medals and Super Credits payouts.
  • Enemies that bleed out do not progress Personal Orders and Eradicate missions.
  • Certain weapons like Sickle cannot shoot through foliage.
  • Scopes on some weapons such as the Anti-Materiel Rifle are slightly misaligned.
  • Arc weapons sometimes behave inconsistently and sometimes misfire.
  • Spear’s targeting is inconsistent, making it hard to lock-on to larger enemies.
  • Stratagem beam might attach itself to an enemy but it will deploy to its original location.
  • Explosions do not break your limbs (except for when you fly into a rock).
  • Area around Automaton Detector Tower makes blue stratagems such as the Hellbomb bounce and be repelled when trying to call them down close to the tower.
  • Planet liberation reaches 100% at the end of every Defend mission.

If you are looking to find out more about Helldivers 2, read our articles on What Are All Ship Upgrades in Helldivers 2, Best Graphics Settings to Play Helldivers 2 on PC, and How to Beat the Bile Titan in Helldivers 2.

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