All Helldivers 2 difficulty settings & which one you should pick

All Helldivers 2 difficulty settings & which one you should pick
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Written by 

Morgan Truder


15th Feb 2024 16:05


Firing up a new multiplayer game with your pals is always a welcome treat, especially one that’s been reviewed as positively as Helldivers 2 - but you will eventually run into the inevitable difficulty settings problem and figuring out which one is best for you. 

To help you, we have outlined below the differences between all the difficulty settings to aid your decision. The game's missions take you to different planets that have been overrun by either Automatons or Terminids. Hopefully, you and your crew can help turn the tide in the war, unlocking new weapons and Stratagems along the way. 

Difficulty settings explained in Helldivers 2 

In total, nine different difficulty options in Helldivers 2 can be chosen from before entering into a mission at the Galactic War Screen. The options from easiest to hardest are:

  • Trivial 
  • Easy 
  • Medium 
  • Challenging 
  • Hard 
  • Extreme 
  • Suicide Mission 
  • Impossible 
  • Helldive

How to change the difficulty setting

Helldivers 2 difficulty settings
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You can only adjust your difficulty setting before embarking on a new mission, so it is important to get it just right - otherwise, you could find yourself in a pretty sticky situation.

To change your difficulty settings, you must go to the Galactic War Screen where you accept your missions. After you have chosen your mission you can press R1/L1 on PS5 or Q/E on PC to switch between the different options, but you will need to unlock new difficulty settings first.

How to unlock new difficulty options 

The only way you can unlock new difficulty options in Helldivers 2 is by completing a mission on the highest difficulty you’ve unlocked. So if you want Impossible, you will need to complete a mission on Suicide Mission first.

Each new difficulty ups the ante, with enemies having more health and more of them coming for you. However, the upside to doing missions on harder difficulties is earning more Medals for missions and more XP.

What’s the best difficulty setting to play on?

Helldivers 2 calling in a Stratagem
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If you’re playing by yourself, getting much further than normal is going to be a challenge - the higher difficulties are certainly best when you’re playing with friends. Because of how you unlock the difficulty settings you will have to try out each difficulty option before moving on.

Normal offers a good challenge, and you will still find yourself dying a fair amount - once you get comfortable at this level, and you’re breezing through the mission quickly, then it’s time to crack it up a level.

That is all there is to know about the different difficulty settings in Helldivers 2. If you’re looking for more guides then check out our Helldivers homepage where we have already covered how well the game runs on Steam Deck, how to emote and more. 

Morgan Truder
About the author
Morgan Truder
Morgan is one of the Guides Writers at GGRecon. He first started writing about games for fun whilst doing his BA (Hons) in History and Film. Since then he has turned this passion into a career and was previously an Editor at VideoGamer before joining GGRecon. Despite enjoying all sorts of games, he can often be found playing Football Manager, Red Dead Redemption 2 or Sekiro.
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