How to kill Hunters in Helldivers 2

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Helldivers 2 Hunters are deadly Terminids that appear as small, white bugs that dive at the player without warning, and despite being individually weak, in groups they can be one of the most lethal threats in all of Helldivers 2, pouncing on you from all sides and coming out of nowhere. If you want to know how to deal with them, or have a Personal Order to kill 25 Hunters, here's how to find and kill them as fast as possible.

Finding and killing Hunters in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 Hunter terminid bug climbing on rock

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The Helldivers 2 Hunters are found on all Terminid-infested planets, so make sure you're choosing missions in yellow sectors of the galaxy map on your Destroyer. Helldivers 2 Terminid nests can be a good place to find them, but they're also commonly found patrolling too, sometimes in groups.

Hunters can also be found on any difficulty, though they are quite rare on Trivial and Easy, so I recommend checking out Medium at least where you'll also come across Helldivers 2 Bile Spewers. Don't get Hunters confused with Helldivers 2 Stalkers, which look very similar but are much bigger, deadlier, and can turn invisible!

As for the best way to kill Hunters, use any primary or secondary weapon, as they have very little health and no armor to get through. One shot from the Breaker – one of the best Helldivers 2 weapons – will kill one no problem, and a couple of bullets from even something small, like the Redeemer machine pistol, will also do the trick. 

They do often get muddled up in swarms, which can make specifically targeting Hunters quite annoying, so bringing along a Machine Gun or Stalwart and just spraying and praying is also a valid strategy. If you're playing on a higher difficulty, you might need to rely on a sentry Stratagem to help you out as you'll need a more powerful support weapon to deal with Helldivers 2 Bile Titans and other big bugs.

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