- Estimated trophy difficulty: 5.5/10 (Personal Estimate) (Trophy Difficulty Rating Thread)
- Offline trophies: 35 (14,17, 4, 1)
- Online trophies: 4 (1, 2, 1)
- Approximate amount of time to Platinum: 50-100+ hours (However the AFK (Away From Keyboard) method can eliminate 30+ hours of that (see Making Mountains out of Molehills for more details) (Estimated Time to Platinum Thread)
- Minimum number of playthroughs: Completing multiple planets for stratagems and missions for kills and sample grinding.
- Number of missable trophies: None
- Glitched trophies: 1 - Defender of Humanity (see that for information on how to unlock it first time).
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, you will need to complete at least 1, Level 8 planet and at least 1 Level 10 planet.
- Do trophies stack?: No
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheats available.
Welcome to Helldivers! Helldivers is a top down style "Shmup" (Shoot 'em Up) developed by Arrowhead Studios based in Stockholm, Sweden. Even though the game is listed as a Shoot 'em Up, it plays very similar to games like Dead Nation and Magicka 2 (the latter of which was also developed by Arrowhead Studios). The game has a very unique aspect to it, friendly fire is always active. This means deaths and a lot of them. Specifically from friends firing in your direction or calling in "Stratagems". Even with all this happening it is still a great game. Easy to learn but hard to master.
The game puts you in control of a type of character called a Helldiver, Helldivers are special recruits who are tasked with protecting your Homeworld called Super Earth against 3 different types of enemies.
These enemies are:
Bugs: A highly evolved species of insects that has evolved over millions of years. How do they manage space travel? That is yet unclear.
Cyborgs: Past inhabitants of Super Earth who have turned against the democracy & power. They have dedicated their life to "modifying" their bodies with weapons & other devices to cause destruction, devastation and ruination.
Illuminates: These are highly sophisticated aquatic creatures that dress in ceremonial robes. They call themselves the "Squ'ith" and have created weapons of mass destruction, the people of Super Earth can not ignore this so we must go to war.
Important info about the servers: The servers for this game are average at best and many people experience disconnections and issues logging in but the issue is worse at weekends. It's not a huge issue in regards to the actual game but it is something to be aware of. After speaking with the PR team at Arrowhead, they are aware of these issues & are trying their best to get them fixed.
Note about Co-Op: Helldivers is designed specifically for playing cooperatively. It is recommended that you play the game as it was intended to be played i.e with friends or via matchmaking, using a Headset will also help considerably and avoid any misunderstandings. This is not just for the sake of trophies but the game is a lot more fun in Co-Op. On a side note, playing in Co-Op with a good set of friends will reduce your time to Platinum considerably. Playing high level planets (7-12 difficulty) is frustrating on your own even with upgraded equipment.
It is easier to earn trophies whilst playing online and there are trophies that require you to be online (see the the respective trophies for more information). However, you can earn the majority of them offline but I can't stress enough the importance of friends in this game.
Having trouble with firing certain guns? Then remap your controller buttons from the default control scheme via the Accessibility menu in the Settings tab on the PS4 home screen. A lot of people with Dualshock 4s from the release models PS4s have issues with the /R2 button not fully compressing which in turn will not fire certain weapons like the Rail Gun. This issue is mostly noticeable in racing games but can also cause issues with different variants of weapons in Helldivers.
Both the "Turn Up the Heat!" and "Masters of the Galaxy" DLCs were free as part of updates to the game.
Galactic War Strategy Thread :This thread will be the main port of call for the community to post tactics and any issues that arise when trying to win the current war. This is a good way to speed up earning the 3 online community trophies: Spreading Managed Democracy , Peace and Prosperity Reigns Again and Defender of Humanity : LINK
Stratagem button combinations: Here is a website that will be of use to anyone wanting to fully learn some; if not all of the Stratagem button combinations. It is in a table layout so you can view and play at the same time to help jog your memory: LINK
Warning: Certain weapons, like the Rail Gun or Lasers e.g. the 'Scythe', are virtually useless against the Cyborgs so it is recommended that you use another weapon like the 'Breaker' Shotgun. Thanks to Terminator for pointing this out.
This will introduce you to the controls, game mechanics, weapons and Stratagems so take your time and get adjusted to the controls but especially the Stratagem system because this is extremely important to master.
Step 2: Simply play the game, learn how to co-operate & work on miscellaneous trophies
This is the step where you will be just playing the game, memorizing the stratagem arrow combinations, just generally focusing on collecting all the stratagems you need. Most of the miscellaneous trophies will come naturally but most will likely be achieved purely by luck or chance. If it's proving difficult earning a trophy, then refer to the Guide itself. Also mix this Step with Step 2.5.
Step 2.5: Community trophies
**IMPORTANT** Pay very close attention to online events and when they will appear because it is possible to miss them. However don't fret, as events are always occurring (see Spreading Managed Democracy , Peace and Prosperity Reigns Again and Defender of Humanity for more information on in game events (requires access to PSN). Events will be listed in this thread as and when they appear by other members of the forum/Helldivers community: LINK
Step 3: Reaching Rank 25 and grinding 100,000 kills
This is the time consuming part. Reaching Rank 25 will not be bad at all, you will more than likely be around Rank 20 after getting the majority of the trophies anyway so enjoy the rest of your time playing and relax (Refer to A Shining Inspiration to us all ). The next part is grinding 100,000 kills, this is a real mental test legitimately. For the methods of grinding, refer to the Making Mountains out of Molehills trophy.
Step 4: Cleanup
Missed a trophy? Need a few thousand more kills? Then this is the step where you'll finally cleanup and earn that elusive Platinum trophy. Congratulations! You saved Super Earth and conquered the enemy races! You're now the epitome of Super Earth!
Special note: Huge thanks to Rawanz for providing me with the Banners in the Guide and BinkUncia for the Bug Tank image!
Turn Up the Heat! DLC:
- Estimated trophy difficulty: 4/10 (taken from the main game difficulty poll)
- Offline trophies: 6 (5, 1)
- Online trophies: 6 (all can be earned online or off)
- Approximate amount of time to 100%: The estimated time to 100% will depend on how many upgrades and Stratagems you already have from the main game. The main game estimated time to completion is 100hrs+.
- Minimum number of playthroughs: As many missions are
needed to rank up your character, upgrade and unlock all the Weapons and Stratagems
- Number of missable trophies: None
- Glitched trophies: None
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: No
- Do trophies stack?: No
- Do cheat codes disable trophies?: No cheat codes available.
This is the new free DLC for Helldivers (which is installed along with the patches) and adds an extra volcanic planet environment and a new enemy type for each of the 3 factions i.e. Bug, Cyborg and Illuminate. This new content also raises the level cap from 25 to 27, adds a new perk called Strong Arm (allowing you to throw further) and a new Volcanic Armour set. Plus it adds 3 new objectives which are Repair and Fire Artillery, Disarm Unexploded Ordnance and Geological Survey for the Helldivers to probably blow up.
In order to access the DLC all you need to do is boot up your original Helldivers game, and the patch should be added, this is denoted by the "Turning Up the Heat!" logo showing in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
Step 1 – Play the specific planets mentioned in the trophy descriptions to earn all the miscellaneous planet/enemy specific trophies.
For this you want to play a volcanic planet (level 5 difficulty or more), then each of the Bug, Cyborg and Illuminate planets to encounter the new enemy types (see the trophy description for the best planet difficulties to play on). When fighting the new Obelisk enemy in the Illuminate system you should attempt to destroy it while its shield is closed, and then while playing the Cyborg levels try and find a Cyborg Warlord and do the "No" command in front of it. Now finally play either a Cyborg or Bug planet on medium or above difficulty and attempt to get the shuttle to land on a Bug Tank, Bug Behemoth or Cyborg IFV.
In this step you should earn:
Nothing is hotter than a cup of Liber-Tea
I'm no Zoologist, but how do you classify a 20 foot tentacle?
Stick it to the Man!
Knock-knock, who's there? DEMOCRACY!
Make Frank kill a Tank!
Step 2 – Continue to play the game until you have everything unlocked/upgraded and have reached Rank 24.
This is the final step and clean up, with the miscellaneous trophies done all that is left to do is play planets to unlock the Strategems you are missing (this can be checked in the armoury). While remembering to collect samples to upgrade and grind EXP to Rank up.
In this step you will earn:
Why wasn't this standard issue?
Congratulations, you have completed the DLC!