How to fix no mission rewards error in Helldivers 2

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I’ve wasted several hours playing Helldivers 2 when playing missions that result in me being level zero and gaining no rewards or XP. If you’re in the same boat, here’s how to fix the no XP error in Helldivers 2.

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How to fix level zero no XP bug in Helldivers 2

The no rewards, no XP bug in Helldivers 2 is signified by finishing a mission and seeing that you and your squad are listed as being level zero. There’s no other way to know you have the no XP glitch until the end of a mission which is a huge bummer. You haven’t actually been demoted to level zero, but it’s a sign you have been bit by a bug that won’t give you anything for completing a mission.

Sadly, I’ve gotten this bug on three missions. From my own experience and from what I’ve learned on the internet, there is no way to fix the no XP bug in Helldivers 2. This is a devastating server error that Arrowhead Games needs to fix themselves. However, there are a few temporary fixes that worked for a few players.

Restart or have your rewards catch up

Players have reported that restarting and watching the entire opening cutscene before logging into the game can fix this bug. Others have reported that the XP and rewards from past missions have caught up to them after playing for a few hours. In both of these situations and in my own experience, these two fixes haven’t worked for all players.

Play the opposite online mode

What seems to be the best fix right now is playing a solo game if you were in a multiplayer lobby or vice versa. Players have reported that playing the opposite mode of whatever mode gave them the bug has helped to eliminate the level zero error. It’s worth a try.

Ultimately, this bug will plague the game until Arrowhead Games fixes it. It’s extremely unfortunate because this bug is currently keeping me from wanting to go back in and play. For now, keep a weather eye on the Arrowhead Games Twitter (or X) to see when a patch for this bug comes and learn how to find Samples in-game.

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Noah Nelson
From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.