Squad/Squad Core Mechanics
This Is a guide for everyone to get familiar with the mechanics of Squad. This guide needs te be read and learnt in order to be eligible to take the first academy course available basic infantry course.
Check the following link link for factions and their uniforms. Due to patches coming regularly there might be some outdated information.
Vehicle Claiming System
The squad vehicle claiming system in its first iteration will function primarily as a way to strengthen the role of the Squad Leader and eliminate the ability of players to
go rambo and take a vehicle without any responsibility for its usage. The system is entirely passive but also considered an advanced system.
Only SL will interact and be notified as to the claim states. Only a Squad leader may claim a vehicle. The SL claims the vehicle by attempting to enter the vehicle or by approving a vehicle claim on his minimap made by members of his Squad. He/she will get one of several messages depending on the vehicles current claim condition.
In v9 it is possible for a Squad leader to enter a vehicle if he/she has at least 3 members in the squad and are standing with at least 1 other squad member near a vehicle. Previously this was only possible if the Squadleader had 2 additional members near a vehicle. Squad Leader is also able to remote give vehicle claim to his squad members using minimap radial menu (right click on vehicle that your squad mates are trying to claim, and approve it )
- "Radio your squad leader for a vehicle aprove claim." - You are not an SL.. Nice try!
- "You must have the Squad Leader role to claim a vehicle." - Go get an SL kit
- "Must have at least 3 members in your Squad to claim vehicles." 3 members - 1 vehicle can be claimed; 6 members - 2 vehicles can be claimed; 8 members - 3 vehicles can be claimed
- "Must have at least 2 squad members nearby to claim a vehicle." Much like our FOB and Rally Point systems you need to have your Squad with you to claim a vehicle. (2 additional members) Vehicles can also be approved for claim by approval on the minimap by a Squad Leader
- "Unable to enter due to another Squad's claim on this vehicle." This vehicle is already claimed. Please try a different vehicle or radio for a ride.
- "Vehicle Claimed." - Great Job! Your Squad can now enter the vehicle and have a happy battle!
In addition, a squad leader can claim a vehicle by approving a claim made by his Squad members. If 2 squad members are near an unclaimed vehicle and the Squad has claimed slots available they can request a claim by attempting the enter the vehicle. They will be notified to Radio their Squad Leader for approval. Squad leaders can open their minimaps and approve the claim. (provided they have a claim slot available)
Active VS Passive claims and how it affects your Squad.
The system maintains a chain of possession of claimed vehicles through Active Claims (You have a squad member actually in the vehicle) and Passive Claims(Your squad claimed and used the vehicle but currently have no members of your squad occupying a vehicle seat)
Active Claims always give you complete control over the vehicle seats and the driver position. Players not in your squad cannot enter the driver seat of your actively claimed vehicle (but they can enter the other seats). In order to maintain an active claim you must have a squad member somewhere in the vehicle.
Any Squad member may also bump a friendly from an occupied seat by switching to that seat. (via the F keys)
Passive Claims are maintained even when the vehicle is not manned. Your Squad members can enter and exit the vehicle freely and the driver seat will still remain locked to the owning Squad. However.. A passive vehicle can be claimed by another Squad Leader provided he has the ability to do so. (This can be done in person via attempting to enter the vehicle or remotely via a group of 2 squad members)
Vehicle Seat Switching
You can switch seats using F1,F2,F3,F4....
You can see below the map layouts for the different game modes
In the scoreboard you see the ticket counter. At the start of the match each team starts with a set amount of tickets (the number of tickets depends on the map and game server's settings). Ticket loss occurs for a team as following:
- Player goes into incapacitated state: no ticket loss;
- Player death/giving up: -1 (only this ticket can be prevented if player is revived);
- Suicide: -1
- Captured Control Point: +14,16,20,26 (applies to 6,5,4,3 layer maps in Advance and Secure respectively);
- Lost Control Point: -28,32,40,52(applies to 6,5,4,3 layer maps in Advance and Secure respectively);
- Lost Forward Operating Base: -20
- Cache destroyed: +10 for BLUFOR forces (game mode Insurgency only);
- Ticket Bleed: Owning more Flags than the opposing team will begin to incur a slight bleed penalty; the more CPs owned, the more bleed the opposing team incurs (applies to game mode Advance and Secure);
Important: Please note that none of these numbers are set in stone and we are constantly refining and fine-tuning them to improve balancing and gameplay.
In most game modes, as soon as a team hits 0 tickets, they have lost the match. You cannot see the opposite team's ticket count – you only see your own ticket count. If the timer runs out, the team with more tickets wins. These are the tickets loss and gain based on number of flags.
1.1 Ticket bleed
Ticket bleed is not known,and this also can be changed with every update.
Bleed 3 & 4 Flag Layer 3 tickets per 1 minute Example: 2 of the enemy's flags = 6 tickets a minute.
5 & 6 Flag Layer 2 tickets per 1 minute Example: 3 of the enemy's flags = 6 tickets a minute.
Time to Cap Near Main: 60 All others: 120
Minimum Number of Players to Cap 1 - Minimum number of players to cap an enemy flag 3
1.2 Veichle ticket system
You can see the ticket count per veichle as in the 2 images below
Rally Points (RPs) are squad-specific spawn points. Each squad can have one rally point to spawn on. Other team members cannot spawn on another squad's RP. Spawn times on RPs are longer than on FOBs. The purpose of RPs are to bring the squad back together after a firefight or to provide a spawn for players that just joined - they are not intended as permanent Spawn Points. The RP is placed by the squad leader by pressing T and selecting "Rally Point". However, the SL cannot deploy a RP alone - to place the RP one additional squadmember is needed within 8m to the SL (a team member cannot help with this). If the SL has not chosen the Squad Leader/Cell Leader/Group Leader role, he can still place a RP, but he will need three additional squad members in his vicinity. If enemies are within a 50m radius, the RP cannot be placed. Once placed, the RP is represented in-game by a heap of backpacks.
The RP is destroyed and disappears if enemies are nearby. There can be only one RP for one squad – as soon as you place another RP, the previous RP will disappear. There is a cooldown timer of about 2.5 minutes (2 minutes if placed too close to enemies) after you place a RP (cooldown timer is reset to zero if the SL respawns). There are only 9 spawns available per RP, it will disappear when all spawns are used.
FOB`s & HAB`s
Forward Operating Base (FOB) is the selective spawn point, where the entire team can spawn, however, the team spawns on the HAB. The HAB can be placed within a 150 meters radius from the FOB, If the HAB gets taken down the team cannot respawn untill the HAB is placed and built.
A HAB from the Opfor team takes 500 respawn points, a HAB from the millitia team takes 400 built points and on the insurgency team it takes 350 point. Deployables can only be placed inside the range of a FOB. Spawn times on FOBs are significantly shorter than on Rally Points.
FOBs are placed by the Squad Leader, but The SL cannot deploy a FOB alone – he needs two additional team members within 5-10m to place a FOB. You cannot place a new FOB within 400 meters of another friendly FOB. In-game the FOB is represented by a radio.
The FOB is taken down by the opposite team the same way a Control Point is taken down. For this, two or more players from the opposite team need to stand within a 75m radius of the FOB to start taking it down. The spawn timer on the FOB will increase by 10 seconds per enemy that enters the 75m radius. When the FOB has reached 80% health it will no longer be spawnable, and will have to be cleared of enemies before it can be active again. If the FOB bar reaches zero, the FOB will disappear.
When a team loses a FOB, it also loses 20 tickets.
You can accelerate the take down process by de-shovelling the enemy radio/hideout (Right-Mouse-Button with shovel selected).
- Passive supply rate is 1 per second
- A FOB can now hold a total of 2000 Supplies and 1000 Ammo.
- Bringing a loaded logistics truck to a Forward Operating Base and unloading supplies near the FOB radio will deposit 1000 supply points and 1000 ammo points to the base. Logistics technical will supply a base with 500 of each rather than 1000.
1.1 Different HAB`s of different factions
Health management & Stamnia
Health management is an important part of Squad and the Medic plays a vital role in this. Every player your revive, is one ticket kept for your team. Every wounded player brought back to full health, will stay in the fight longer than a low health player. Not only will a dead player have to wait until he can respawn, he also has to come all the way back to its squad first to bring it back to full fighting strength. All of this combined will make the difference between winning and losing a fight, and at the end of the day, an entire match.
The health condition of a player can go through the following states:
- Healthy – unwounded;
- Wounded – reduced health due to falling or weapon damage. When you are wounded, your vision deteriorates (screen darkens). Only medics can heal your wounds. Medics can also heal themselves. Massive damage can immediately lead to the incapacitated state or death.
- Bleeding – when you have less than 75% of health and take more than 20% damage, you will start bleeding. When bleeding, your vision will increasingly deteriorate (screen darkens) and you will hear your heart beat. You are losing health at -5 HP per second. Bleeding out will eventually lead to the incapacitated state. Bleeding is stopped by the application of a field dressing. This can be done by yourself, others (non-medics) or medic.
- Incapacitated – either through damage or bleeding out, your player reached the incapacitated state. When going into this state, you player will scream out in agony – this is heard by other players, including the oppositing team. You are unable to move and your screen is very dark and fixed into one direction, however you can still talk to the radio or in local voice to direct a nearby medic to your location. Only a medic can revive you. Other players see your character on the ground moving in a simple animation. You have the choice to wait until you are revived or give up and respawn. To give up, go to the spawn screen and press "GIVE UP" at the bottom of the map. If you remain in the incapacitated state, you will die eventually. Time spent in the incapacitated state will reduce the respawn timer.
- Dead – you died, you have to respawn. When you die, your player will let out a death scream – this is heard by other players, including the opposing team.
In the squad list there is also colour coding to show you the status of your squad mates Not spawned in/Dead - White Spawned in and not bleeding - Green Bleeding - Yellow Incapacitated/Revivable - Red
|Medics see this icon over team players that are wounded.The inner symbols shows they need healing, the outer circle indicated their current health level. When healing is applied, the circle fills up.|
|The color indicates the level of health. Red being more critical, green being on the better side. When full health is restored for the other player, this icon disappears.|
|When a player is being healed by a medic, the player will see an icon appear in the middle of his screen – it indicates that he is being treated at the moment. The color shows the current level of health.|
|The green color appears when healing is completed. Then the icon disappears, healing is finished. You are back to full health.|
- Heal your own wounds by holding the Right-Mouse-Button until you are fully healed.
- Bandage bleeding other players by selecting your field dressing, walk up to the player and apply it to him with the Left-Mouse-Button. You will hear a sound effect during bandaging. All players can also apply bandages to oneself with the Right-Mouse-Button.
||This is the circle health bar. Both the circle and the drop of blood symbol fade in and out.|
1.1 stamnia bar
You will find the stamnia and jump bar on the bottom right of the screen.
The stamnia bar shows the player how much stamnia the player has left. The stamnia bar will go down when the player is fast running or normal crawling, it will go down even faster if the player is fast crawling or fast crouching. Stamnia can be regenerated once the player stands still or prone`s still, it also regenerate if the player is walking or crouching.
1.2 Jump bar
The jump bar works a bit different, it only has 4 stages. The first 2 jumps are exactly the same heigt, the 3rd jump is half the height and the 4th is only a tiny jump.
It takes a second or 2 before it completely regenerates. The following stages can occur:
Revive players from the incapacitated state:
- Players that are bleeding need to be bandaged first. After being bandaged, the player is still incapacitated.
- Then apply the medic bag with the Left-Mouse-Button. This will bring the player back from the incapacitated state to the wounded state with a low level of health. The player can now move again. You should seek cover before continuing the healing process.
- Now heal the player back to full health with the medic bag.
- Important: a player that has been revived will instantly die for the next two minutes when his health reaches zero again – he will not go into the incapacitated state again. After two minutes expire without being severely wounded, his health is normal again and the will go to incapacitated should he be shot again. Also with any big arms like .50 cals if you are headshooted you will be dead dead instantly.
- Tip: Even though normal players cannot revive incapacitated players, they can still stop their bleeding and extend the time they will hold out until a medic arrives.
- Friendly fire hurts team members, so watch your fire and where you throw grenades.