The Best Loadout for Hunters in Helldivers 2

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The Best Loadout for Hunters in Helldivers 2

Going through the best loadout for eradicating swarms of Hunters in Helldivers 2 in the early-game.

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Helldivers 2 is home to many extraterrestrial sci-fi threats. Giant, bile-spitting bug titans and tank-driving Terminators make general life expectancy low — especially when you don't bring the right tools for the job.

New players dropping into the hostile worlds of Helldivers 2 start their noble crusade in planets away from Super Earth. There, early-game “bug missions “put you face-to-face with the Terminid threat and it's most common mob type: the Hunter.

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What Are Hunters in Helldivers 2?

Hunters are Terminids that possess high levels of speed that let them swarm the battlefield.

Despite being squishy, Hunters hit hard once they close the distance. And when they're not dodging bullets on reflex, these annoying, little bugs travel in packs to flank you and your squadmates.

Needless to say, taking these Terminids out early is imperative if you don't want to be overrun. Luckily, it's very straightforward.

Helldivers 2 has a plethora of devastating strategems and armors you can use to defend Super Earth. Here are the best ones to use for killing Hunters in Helldivers 2.

The Best Loadout for Killing Hunters in Helldivers 2

Explosions and rapid-fire weapons are the best solutions against these pesky Hunters. Here are the best ways to kill Hunters in Helldivers 2!

M-105 Stalwart

The M-105 Stalwart is a light machine gun that offers more accuracy the longer you hold down the trigger. This firearm sports huge amounts of ammunition (when upgraded) and is fairly lightweight, making it perfect for running and gunning.

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One of the best strategems you unlock at the start, the M-105 Stalwart is the best gun for taking out clusters of Hunters. It's build gives you enough firepower to rain lead on swarms of Terminids, and enough speed to quickly reposition.

TR-9 Cavalier of Democracy

No Helldiver is complete without their armor. Before you leave your ship, don the TR-9 Cavalier of Democracy, or any armor with the Democracy Protects armor trait.

Withstanding legions of hellspawn is easier when you can avoid bleeding out of your chest cavity, and have a 50% chance of avoiding death. Coincidentally, the Cavalier of Democracy gives you both! Equipping any armor with the Democracy Protects trait makes you immune to chest wounds, which are common when going up against the Terminids. 

GL-21 Grenade Launcher

The Grenade Launcher is an Engineering Bay strategem that can take out droves of Hunters in a wide area. This support weapon gives you unlimited uses and a high rate of fire. Naturally, this grants you a huge advantage against Hunters whenever you're out of machine gun ammo. 

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You can unlock the GL-21 Grenade Launcher once you reach Level 5. Once you do, go to the Ship Management computer to buy the launcher.

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Orbital Airburst Strike

Call in an airstrike with the Orbital Airburst Strike and unleash a concentrated barrage of bombs that can eradicate swarms of Hunters. If you're playing with friends, be sure to give them a heads-up before dropping one of these down.

The Orbital Airburst Strike is part of the Orbital Canons strategems that is available at Level 8. To add it to your loadout, go to the Ship Management computer to purchase the airstrike.

AX/AR-23 “Guard Dog” Rover

Topping off our list of best ways to kill Hunters in Helldivers 2 is the AX/AR-23 “Guard Dog” Rover. This autonomous drone provides 360 degrees of protection with a high-powered laser rifle, making it perfect against squishy Terminids. 

It's overwatch lets you worry a little less about being swarmed from your flank. However, this particular drone comes with a massive cooldown and is capable of friendly fire, so team comms are essential if you're bringing a Rover into a multiplayer lobby.

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Hunters in Helldivers 2 are possibly the most annoying early-game mobs, and you'll need a proper loadout to mow them down quickly.To get the best loadout for killing Hunters, equip the M-105 Stalwart, which stands as the best anti-Hunter gun in the game. For your Support weapon, the GL-21 Grenade Launcher as well as the Orbital Airburst Strike are experts at taking out multiple Hunter swarms. Democracy Protects armor gives you the best protection against bleed wounds, and if you're worried about your flank, unlock the AX/AR-23 “Guard Dog” Rover at Level 10.

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Paul started writing game guides and match predictions for ESTNN's editorial team in 2022. Since then, he's covered big-ticket esports events and the latest news on tech and AI.