Helldivers 2 Automatons have AT-ATs and Gunships now

Malevelon Creek just got ten times more lethal
Arrowhead / Sony

That fun balance patch Helldivers 2 got earlier today may have made some mission types easier and re-balanced some weapons, but do you know what else it did? It gave the Automatons a few new toys to play with – and that’s bad news for all the brave Helldivers currently holding Draupnir and Malevelon Creek as well as attacking Ubanea.

According to the latest reports from the frontlines, the dastardly Automatons are fielding walkers reminiscent of AT-ATs (or rather their Clone Wars predecessors, the Republic’s AT-TEs) as well as Gunships to put additional force behind their counterattack.

In terms of armaments, these walkers appear to be no joke: A main gun mounted on a turret can unleash destruction in all directions, but they’re especially lethal from the front, having an array of guns pointed forward. Just like the AT-ATs in Star Wars, these walkers are heavily armored – one piece of footage showed one of these vehicles tanking a 500kg bomb as well as an orbital laser.

Early reports indicate that their weakness may be their top armor, so tools like the Spear could be effective against them.

The newly deployed Gunships seem to have advanced sensors for detection purposes, similar to the Automatons’ fortifications, and can rain down volleys of missile fire from above – some of the Helldivers have already started calling them ‘flying Devastators’ for this reason. In addition to rocket launchers, they have laser cannons and always seem to patrol in groups. Brave patriots have also identified new buildings deployed by the Automatons, from which these Gunships will spawn continuously until they’re destroyed.

Helldivers 2 screenshot showing an Automaton Gunship in the air.
The Automatons have deployed Gunships to achieve air superiority. / Arrowhead / Sony

There may be even worse news coming in the near future, though: Above all planets on which a battle against the Automatons is currently being waged, massive spaceships of unknown design have been spotted. They appear to dwarf Super Destroyers in size and may even have cloaking capabilities.

After the elation about Malevelon Creek’s liberation, it must be held at all costs – failure may see the Automatons get even stronger reinforcements.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg