When Is The Illuminate Coming to Helldivers 2? More Leaks and Rumors

Is a new faction on the way? Read on to see when is The Illuminate coming to Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2 is a sequel to the original Helldivers game from 2015. It follows the same pattern as its predecessor where you and up to three of your friends fight various alien enemies. Only this time, instead of being top-down, the game is a third-person shooter. It also has the same enemies, with Terminids and The Automatons being present in Helldivfers 2. But, the first game had The Illuminate faction, which is not present in the sequel. But, more and more rumors and leaks are pointing toward The Illuminate coming to Helldivers 2, so when is that happening? Let’s see.

When Is the New Faction The Illuminate Coming to Helldivers 2?

At the moment, the introduction of The Illuminate is still a rumor, and the devs gave us no word about it. There is absolutely no official info on when or can we expect this new faction to come to Helldivers 2. But, some data miners have found certain info pointing to The Illuminate. Moreover, a few players mention that they have seen some peculiar glowing lights, not seen before, while defending Tien Kwan. Lastly, during one of the broadcasts on your ship, concerning The Automatons, on the news ticker (the area with the scrolling headlines at the bottom of the screen) you can see the following headline: “Rumors of Illuminate sightings are work of dissidents”. Everything points towards The Illuminate coming to the game, especially with the new leaks.

Helldivers 2 screenshot of a Helldiver looking at a falling missile
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The Illuminate Rumors and Leaks

Earlier, data miners found some data concerning The Illuminate. For example, Redditor stodal came across some interesting information while looking into game files. He found:

  • New Faction:
    • illuminate
  • Type:
    • adept – can call for allies
    • ghoul
    • illusionist – fire projectile – force choke victim
    • obelisk fire
    • outcast
    • pathfinder
    • summoner

As time passed, more and more tidbits and leaks appeared, in the form of sightings, news reports, and claims that the coming of The Illuminate is a lie. We all know how that turned out the last time.

We heard a rumor of a news broadcast that states that an Illuminate ship has been sighted, and data miners have found data indicating a few Illuminate kills on Super Earth and Cyberstan. None of those planets had any player activity on them so that probably means that the devs are trying out the new faction. And if you listen to your Democracy Officers, he will say a few lines concerning the Illuminate.

On May 11, on a Reddit page called HelldiversLeaks, there emerged an image of an Illuminate render, which is most likely how those aliens will look like in Helldivers 2.

Also on 11, Pilestedt tweeted “Imagine if there was a predator-like alien species in the Helldivers universe that were exiled from the galaxy that were planning vengeance!” We all know that they purposefully give us crumbs of information, and quickly deny everything, just to keep us on our toes.

Right now, the most popular rumor is that the Illuminate will appear following the destruction of Meridia by a back hole. The planet Meridia was destroyed on June 2 and turned into a black hole, so if the rumors are true, we can expect the Illuminate to make an appearance very soon.

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.

Who Are The Illuminate

The Illuminate are a third enemy faction that players encountered in the original Helldivers game. They are a super-advanced squid-like aquatic race that calls themselves Squ’ith. They have advanced psychic and telepathic powers, and fight using nano-tech and electric weapons.

We are sure that the reveal of the Illuminate will happen soon, and it may be just the thing needed to get the number of players back where it was.


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