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Helldivers 2 Repair Mech Exo-45 Patriot Exosuit

Can you repair the Exo-45 Patriot Exosuit mech in Helldivers 2? Find out more in this guide on the mech’s game mechanics.

Now that Helldivers 2 finally has mechs, or Exosuits as they are known in-game, you might be wondering how to go about repairing it once it takes damage. Let’s jump right in with this guide on maintaining the longevity of your Exo-45 Patriot Exosuit for as far as possible.

UPDATED April 16


Helldivers 2 Update Patch Notes 01.000.203 Apr 16


Helldivers 2 Repair Patriot Exosuit

The bad news is that you can’t fix the Patriot Exosuit at all. There are no Stratagems, no in-game pickups, no in-world repair stations, nothing. Having said that, there are a number of things you can do to mitigate incoming damage and keep striding across the map in-mission.




Helldivers 2 Patriot Exosuit Health Bar

The Exo-45 Patriot Exosuit does not have a visible health bar currently. It’s unknown if this is a bug, design oversight, or intentional game mechanic.

You can make a visual assessment by observing the condition of the mech:

  • Full health: on making landfall, all systems go, melee works
  • Half health or less: smoking, melee non-functional
  • Critical health: on fire, imminent explosion

These are very broad guidelines, and the mech has been known to explode for no apparent reason. This is most likely a bug that will be addressed soon enough.




Helldivers 2 Patriot Exosuit Health Tips

First off, the Exosuit’s damage hitbox is somewhat unpredictable. While most players report being one-hit killed by Terminid Chargers, others have survived multiple hits.

If your Shield Generator Pack Stratagem is active when you mount the mech, the bubble obviously won’t magically make the whole mech invulnerable, but will only protect it from incoming fire that actually makes direct contact with the forcefield. Tank shells have been known to deflect off of the bubble, so try and keep your mech aligned properly in ranged combat.

The Shield Generator Pack is especially useful if you’re using the Exosuit in melee combat with larger opponents, as it can mitigate random strikes to the front face of the mech, but not the legs since that is visibly not covered.

There is no contact damage from simply stomping on smaller Terminids, but they can damage the mech ever so slightly if they can get a melee strike on the Exosuit.

Mere contact with explosive barrels has been known to kill Exosuits.

Some of the random foliage is also doing damage to the mech for no apparent reason. This is very likely a bug, and will probably be patched at some point in a future update.


Helldivers 2 Unlock Mech Exo-45 Patriot Exosuit


Firing the missile while the torso is in a full turning move, causes the hitbox detection to consider it a collision and blows up the Exosuit. This can even happen when the Exosuit is stationary, but the torso is turned fully.

Melee stops functioning entirely at half health.

The Shield Generator Relay Stratagem is large enough to completely enclose the Exosuit, and is best used in last stand scenarios, to preserve the Exosuit as long as possible.

The Exosuit is invulnerable to both EMS Strike and Gas Strike, as well as the Napalm Strike, BUT only the fire itself, not the initial impact explosion which expectedly does explosion damage.

Fire is not the only environmental hazard the mech can walk through. Deeper water can be waded through as well, with the water coming up to the hips or pelvis, as it were, of the Exosuit. This should let players bypass or avoid certain areas.

Using the Exosuit, bodies of water might also be used to bait and effectively stun lock certain enemies that won’t follow you into the water.

You can even take a fellow Helldiver along for the ride, if they leap atop it using the environment, like a ledge or crate.

If and when the Exosuit blows up, the blast radius is similar to that of a grenade, and can kill both you and any Helldiver standing in the vicinity. Use this to your advantage by intentionally abandoning it near enemies and blowing it up yourself.

Do not attempt to mark or ping the minimap while in the Exosuit, as it is affected by the same design oversight as grenades—the action will fire the mech’s weapons, and may blow you up under the right circumstances.


Helldivers 2 Reload Ammo Mech Exo-45 Patriot Exosuit


That’s all we’ve got on repairing the Exosuit in Helldivers 2, and keeping it running for as long as possible.

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