How to Kill Chargers Solo in Helldivers 2

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Chargers in Helldivers 2
Screenshot by Prima Games.

The Terminids are full of canon fodder bugs in Helldivers 2, but enemies like the Chargers can be a real challenge for solo players. This guide will explain how you can easily take down these bug beasts and any other armored enemies in the game.

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Where to Find Chargers in Helldivers 2

In Helldivers 2, Chargers are very large, tough bugs shielded by plates of armor. As their name suggests, Chargers love to charge, and they’ll try to barrel you over once they spot you, dealing significant damage if you don’t move out of their way.

These bugs seem to only appear in missions at the Medium difficulty level or higher. On Medium difficulty, you’ll likely find Chargers as mini-boss encounters during specific missions that task you specifically with killing Chargers. If you’re on one of these missions, all you need to do is follow your mission objective on your mini-map to locate the bug.

Once you start playing on Challenging difficulty and higher, Chargers will appear more frequently during various missions. You’ll start finding them among groups of enemies around Outpost nests, and the higher the difficulty, the more likely you are to run into one.

How to Beat Chargers Solo in Helldivers 2

Armored Terminids and a Charger in front of an Outpost nest in Helldivers 2
Screenshot by Prima Games.

To beat Chargers in Helldivers 2, you’ll need to attack their vulnerable backsides. Utilize rocks to run behind Chargers and shoot their back, or hit them with grenades if you are a solo player. Chargers move much slower than other Teriminids, and all their armor is in the front of their body, so you need to get the bug to expose itself. The best way is to have the bug chase you in a circle or dive behind it as it runs toward you.

I would recommend using a rock or any other kind of obstacle first. The Charger will constantly move toward you, and because of the slow movement speed, playing Ring Around the Rosie gives you access to the critical spot. From here, you can toss grenades at the Charger’s feet so that the explosion connects as it follows you, or simply use a Support Weapon to dish out damage. Remember that first person can give you more accuracy.

Your other option is to dive when the Charger uses a full-charge attack on you. If you use the full dive mechanic, your Helldiver will fly toward the ground and have a weapon ready to shoot within seconds. Then you can use a weapon such as a Machine Gun to tear through the orange back of this armored Terminid.

Other lesser Terminids with similar mechanics exist in Helldivers 2 as well. However, they move a bit faster and their defenses aren’t as strong. As a solo player, you can just use a Support Weapon from the front to tear through any armor and move on to the next group of Terminids that pose a threat to Super Earth.

Don’t forget to keep unlocking more weapons so that your armory is versatile in the Galactic War.

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