Genius YouTuber builds Raspberry Pi Pico Stratagem macro keypad for Helldivers 2…and I want one

Raspberry Pi comes in clutch for the Hell Divers

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be fully aware of the game Helldivers 2. The online shooter sees you join a squad of soldiers and then drop onto planets to rid them of nasties. Along with a host of weapons, abilities, and the newly announced mechs, Helldivers teams can also call in heavy support, which is called Strategems.

These vary in effectiveness but ultimately can turn the course of battle in your favor. They range from airstrikes, which can be deployed from your Destroyer ship circling the planet from above, to orbital gas strikes, flamethrowers, and orbital precision strikes. There are tons to choose from. So, to make things easier, YouTuber Novaspirit Tech managed to create his very own Stragagem Macro Keypad using a Raspberry Pi Pico.

In the video, which can be seen in full here, Novaspirit explains that he picks up the Pico and buttons for just a few dollars. He then lays out the buttons, six of them, making sure that there are two corresponding to the most important commands in the game – resupply and reinforcements. The other four are then mapped to the Stratagems.

Helldivers 2 Raspberry Pi Strategems

Novaspirit then goes on to Github and begins coding using Python, which looks like a simple process he explains well in the video for those wanting to give this a go. The main takeaways are that you’ll need to find the Strategems codes (these can be found here) and then map those onto the Raspberry Pi.

The end result is absolutely worth the effort, though, with you able to execute Stratagems with the touch of a button. He explains that you may want to play around with the timing to get the setup just right, but again, this seems easy enough.

While some people think this could be overkill, as – if you’re playing on PC, you could just make an AHK script, we think it’s still a genius idea, and certainly one to try if you’re looking to add another dimension to Helldivers 2. Plus, at just a few dollars, it doesn’t cost the Earth, either. We tip our hat – and it’s definitely a very, very cool Raspberry Pi project.

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