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The main character progression system in Helldivers 2 consists of two key elements: Leveling up your character and unlocking higher mission difficulties.

The character leveling system in Helldivers 2 is based on the standard Experience system and grants players certain rewards for completing both optional as well as essential objectives. The more of the objectives you complete at the end of any given mission, the greater your experience payout. There are several factors which determine the amount of experience granted after a mission:


  1. Primary objectives
  2. Secondary objectives
  3. Factories / Nests 
  4. Helldivers extracted
  5. Time Remaining
  6. Difficulty

To unlock higher difficulties in Helldivers 2 however, players simply need to successfully complete a full operation (or a 'set' of missions) on the previous difficulty. Operations will have different numbers of missions attached to them depending on what difficulty you start them at, with increasing numbers required of players as you go up the chain.



What are the benefits of Helldivers 2 Character Leveling?

Leveling up your character in Helldivers 2 unlocks huge rewards and grants you access to many essenitial tools on the battlefield, all of which are earned and spent in different ways as you level up. These rewards grant new tactical options and can alter the way you approach different missions, allowing for more diverse gameplay experiences. Some of the more notable benefits are:

  • Gaining access to powerful Strategems and Equipment.
  • Multiple types currencies directly tied to character power, including Medals, Requisition Slips and Samples.
  • Character Titles.

How many difficulty levels are there in Helldivers 2?

There are nine levels of mission difficulty in Helldivers 2 to be unlocked, which are:

  1. Trivial
  2. Easy
  3. Medium
  4. Challenging
  5. Hard
  6. Extreme
  7. Suicide Mission
  8. Impossible
  9. Helldive

As you work your way up the difficulty levels, the number of objectives grows, enemies increase in number, and new enemy types appear - expect to encounter different threats and different mission types, depending on the challenge you choose.

How can I change between Helldivers 2 difficulty levels?

Once you've unlocked difficulties higher difficulty levels, you may change the operation difficulty by heading to the Galactic War Screen.

Here you can change the difficulty by pressing Q and E on PC, or L1 and L2 on Playstation.

What are the benefits of playing on higher difficulty levels in Helldivers 2?

If you want to speed up your character progression, increasing the Helldivers 2 difficulty level is the best way to do it.

The higher your operation difficulty level, the bigger your potential payout at the end of it. This means that the amount of currencies and experience you may gain after each mission is increased significantly, along with the overall challenge of course.