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Helldivers 2

The Guard Dog or Guard Dog Rover - Helldivers 2

Shane Williams

There is an abundance of stratagems to use in Helldivers 2, but The Guard Dog and the Guard Dog Rover are relatively similar, so a lot of the community seem confused abotu which one to unlock and bring into missions. On this page, we’ll provide the pros and cons of each so you can make a more informed decision when it comes to your arsenal!

There are two Guard Dogs Stratagems up for grabs in Helldivers 2.

The Guard Dog and the Guard Dog Rover Differences

Name Pros/Cons
Guard Dog Strong Against Large Groups of Terminids but Frequently Recharges
Guard Dog Rover Strong Against Armored Terminids, but has a higher chance of Friendly Fire

The Guard Dogs are backpack stratagems, which means you’ll have a friendly drone following you around and shooting any enemies who attempt to cause you harm. However, both of these stratagems will cost you 7500 R to obtain, so you’ll want to go with one that’ll suit your playstyle better. The default Guard Dog is armed with a Liberator Assault Rifle which seems strong against the Terminids and taking down large groups of enemies, but you’ll notice that it spends a lot more time recharging.

The Guard Dog Rover is equipped with a laser rifle. Although it isn’t as good as the normal guard dog at taking out groups of enemies, it excels at taking down the much stronger enemies, such as the Chargers, and it doesn’t recharge as often. Unfortunately, due to the rovers shooting pattern it has a much higher chance of accidentally downing your teammates. Overall, we recommend that you go with the rover due to its increased damage output and the ability to use it for the majority of the mission.

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  • Publisher
    Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Genre
    Shooter, Third-person shooter
  • Guide Release
    8 February 2024
  • Last Updated
    27 March 2024
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Helldivers 2 is the long-awaited sequel from Arrowhead Game Studios, featuring new gameplay elements with the transition from a top-down shooter to a third-person shooter. You can expect the return of much-loved mechanics in the form of unique stratagems and procedurally generated alien worlds to fight the relentless hordes of bugs (aka Terminids), but this time with spectacular visuals and ever greater intensity in the chaos of battle. You’ll obtain plenty of new weapons, gear, and abilities as you play solo or co-op, keeping things fresh with the same tried and tested formula. To help you along the way, we provide guides for the following:

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