How to Find and Kill Factory Striders in Helldivers 2

In Short
  • The Factory Strider is a brand-new enemy in Helldivers 2 that patrols planets with working bot factories.
  • It is inspired by Star Wars AT-AT, and it keeps spawning Automatons while shooting at Helldivers using its cannon and laser turrets.
  • While players have yet to discover its weakness, using a 500KG Bomb and Orbital Laser together has successfully taken out this Automaton enemy.

Just when you think you’ve seen nearly everything in the co-op shooter Helldivers 2, our beloved Gamemaster Joel figures out a way to up the ante. Joining the ranks of Automatons is a brand-new enemy type called the Factory Strider. And if you’ve been a part of the current incursion on the Automaton battlefield, you’ve probably seen one. Packed with a ton of armor and lots of guns, these pesky robots are a nightmare. But what is a factory strider, and how do you kill it? Let us help you with our dedicated guide below.

What Is a Factory Strider in Helldivers 2?

The Factory Strider in Helldivers 2
Image Courtesy: Helldivers 2 Wiki

Now, hold on, soldier. Before jumping into how to defeat these behemoths, let’s start out by finding out what a factory strider is.

Remember the AT-AT Walkers from the Star Wars movies? Factory Striders are the Helldivers Automaton counterpart of those machines. A strider is a large four-legged structure that roams the battlefields in Helldivers 2. Also dubbed as “Walkers” by fellow divers, factory striders have many weapons attached to their bodies, including laser turrets.

As an insult to injury, striders, true to their names, are factories that spawn automatons as they are patrolling the area. They are also known for being extremely tough and having no exposed weak spots. Some reports even claim that a factory strider can even survive an Eagle 500kg bomb.

As you can tell already, factory strides are a force to be reckoned with. Let’s learn how to deal with them below.

Where to Find Factory Striders In-Game?

Since factory striders are from the Automaton faction, you will find them on their battlefield. Specifically, you’ll need to head over to the left side of the Galatic map to encounter factory striders. Look for planets with major bot factories, as I had the most luck encountering one there.

However, before heading there, ensure you lock on the Suicide (Level 7) difficulty and up, as that’s when most people encounter them.

How to Defeat Factory Striders in Helldivers 2

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a big factory following me on the path to freedom. So if you’re also someone tired of the factory striders, here’s how you can defeat them,

Hence, here are some ways to take a Factory Strider out in Helldivers 2:

  • Call in the big guns: While the factory strider has no known weakness, it is still prone to the best Helldivers 2 stratagems. These include an Eagle 500kg bomb, an anti-tank rifle, and even the new Quasar Cannon. Once you have these, try aiming at the end for maximum damage.
  • Orbital Weapons for the Win: Besides the weapons above, try using stratagems like the Oribal Cannon and the Eagle Airstrike directly on top of it. However, do note you will require multiple hits to defeat a factory strider in Helldivers 2.

While you also call in your Hellpod on top of this behemoth, I advise not doing that lest you want your own death along with it. So, until we have more solid information on this beast, stick to the two methods above.

Thankfully, a factory strider doesn’t call in more reinforcements once it’s going down. So, once you defeat it, you can move on to your objective.

We hope you’re now in a better position to take out a factory strider in Helldivers 2. Now go forth and serve democracy! Do you have more strategies to defeat a factory strider? Share them in the comments below!

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