How to kill Helldivers 2 Bile Spewers

Helldivers 2 Bile Spewer
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The Helldivers 2 Bile Spewers are semi-armored Terminids, and Personal Orders / Daily Challenges about having to kill them have come up more than once. Sometimes the task is to kill 8 Bile Spewers, sometimes it's less, but for what it's worth, these critters are one of the more surprisingly powerful enemies in Helldivers 2, capable of one-shotting players who aren't prepared. In case you've got a personal order to kill these big bugs, I've laid out where you can find Bile Spewers and how to kill them in Helldivers 2.

Where to find Bile Spewers in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 bile spewer Terminid bug

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Since they're Terminids, you'll find Bile Spewers on any Terminid-occupied planet in the eastern sectors of the galaxy - basically any sector marked in orange. Importantly, you'll also need to be playing on at least Medium difficulty or higher as otherwise heavily-armored Helldivers 2 enemies, like Bile Spewers, won't appear. That means killing these bugs isn't ideal for Helldivers 2 solo players either. 

For the best chance at Bile Spewers spawning, dial up the difficulty to 5 (Hard) or higher, then play a Terminid Eradication mission. You'll have killed a dozen of them before it's over.

Bile Spewers are large, slow bugs with bulbous abdomens they drag behind them, and can be either green or orange in colour. The orange ones tend to be a little easier - less armor plating and no long-range artillery attack built in - but both count towards you challenges.

As for killing the Bile Spewers, you should focus your fire on their heads - it's still where they take the most damage, despite that bulbous balloon of a backside being a tempting target, and certainly easier to shoot.

When fighting Bile Spewers in Helldivers 2, their low mobility means you can quite easily get around and behind them to shoot those abdomens, but if you're facing one head on, be prepared to dive to the side as they rear back to spew their acid. They also tend to explode if you kill them by shooting those green parts, so make sure you're not at point-blank range. 

At even higher difficulties, green Bile Spewers are also able to convert themselves into bile mortar cannons, raining blobs of acid down, so they can become a huge problem. If you want to kill lots of them easily, I advise sticking to Medium or Challenging difficulty!

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