There’s no doubt, the core of a good army is founded on the individual soldier. However, only a great squad can deliver the high volume of focused attacks and defense that can earn a victory in Battlefield™ V.
Below, we’ll cover some of the basic actions and tactical principles of how to be a high-speed, hard-charging squad, like how to work as a team, the mechanics that will keep your friends alive longer, and what to do with all those Requisition points.
What is a Squad?
A squad is a unit of up to four players, including you, whose Class composition is the key to controlling space on a map and destroying rival troops, all while protecting your buddies. You’ll know where your squad mates are on the map via the distinctive green Class symbols over their heads as well as over their names on the score screen.
How Do I Join a Squad?
When you enter a multiplayer match, you are automatically placed into a squad of players fighting on either the Axis or Allies side. Access the Squad option to leave a squad, join another squad that has room for one more, or create a new squad.
If you jump into Battlefield V grouped with friends through your respective platform client (e.g., Origin, Xbox Live, or PSN), then you can create a squad that includes them. You can also leave a match together as a squad. If you find yourself in a situation where a player leaves your squad for whatever reason, you can always switch into a squad in need of one more soldier.
No matter how you end up in a squad, there are no limitations on the Class or loadout you choose to bring into battle. The only designation that is squad-specific is the title of Squad Leader.
What Does the Squad Leader do?
The Squad Leader is the point of decision, where the best laid plans collide with the enemy in direct combat. Each squad is automatically appointed a Squad Leader, marked by the small diamond icon next to their name, as shown near the mini-map.
If you find yourself in this lofty role – and if you plan to keep it – make sure to issue orders! In area-contested game modes such as Conquest, you can order your squad to an objective, such as Flag A, Flag B, etc., by placing your crosshairs over the Flag icon and tapping the Danger Ping button. This helps direct the flow of traffic and keeps the squad playing together. As a bonus, your squad mates will score extra points when following orders (securing a marked objective).
Don’t feel like leading anymore? Enter the Squad menu to promote another member within your squad as the leader. Keep in mind, squad mates can mutiny and strip the Squad Leader of their leadership role if their request orders repeatedly go unanswered.
Squad Leaders also call in Reinforcements by spending Requisition Points. These points accrue when your squad works together in a variety of ways (more on that below) and the more you rake in, the better the Reinforcement options. Pull up the Squad Leader Radio/Commo Rose menu, select your back up of choice, and rejoice.
How Do I Get Requisition Points?
The most effective Reinforcements are locked behind a higher amount of Requisition Points. These progress from items like a Supply Canister drop, to vehicles like the Churchill Crocodile Tank, or a match-altering JB-2 Rocket.
Supportive actions as a squad leads to collecting Requisition Points. These actions include revives, resupplies, and spawning on your squad. You can always see the amount of Requisition Points earned next to the name of the Squad Leader near the mini-map. Reinforcements can’t win the match for you but can go a long way in gaining, keeping, or reversing a lead.
Find additional strategies on Reinforcements in our guide.
Some Tactical Principles to Follow
All right, now that you’ve got your bearings on the basics, let’s plunge into some strategy below. Remember, every battlefield situation must be approached on its own merits.
Why Should I Play with my Squad?
The answer is simple. You’ll spend more time on the field and less time in the deploy screen. Playing with your squad heightens the elements of combined fire to take on a myriad of conditions. Study these mechanics as a primer to help build your ideal squad composition:
What Does a Good Squad Look like?
Battlefield V equips players with the power of combinations: Class, Combat Roles, gadgets, weapons, and vehicles. A good squad uses every opportunity to exploit their strengths while stopping the enemy from doing the same. Below are some suggestions on being part of a good squad.
Want to learn even more? Hop on over to our dedicated Battlefield V tips and tricks page.
– Jeff Landa (Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffLanda)
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