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A Brief Guide to Squads in Battlefield 3 Multiplayer

Battlefield 3 multiplayer guides: Squads

[adrotate group=”1″] This guide is meant for those who want to improve their team-playing abilities, in order to shine in Battlefield 3 multiplayer.

Saying that squads are important in Battlefield 3 online is an understatement. Teams are the very essence of the Battlefield games, as anyone who played Bad Company 2 as a lone wolf, before ending up in a well-functioning squad, can attest.

A squad that works well together can make life miserable for its opponents. I  experienced this myself, not only as a member of such a team, but also while playing against a perfectly coordinated squad, that left me staring at my screen open-mouthed, wondering what had hit me.

Some Facts

Battlefield 3 multiplayer squads consist of up to four players.

Dice has also reintroduced the spawn system from Battlefield 2: each squad has a leader and the others on his or her team can player spawn only on that leader. This is different from Bad Company 2, where players can spawn on any member of their squad.

Updated November 1st: Turns out that everyone can spawn on everyone within a squad, plus the Recon radio beacon (the mobile spawn point).

If you play in Hardcore mode, you will only be able to spawn on the squad leader.

The Benefits of Squads

The chances of Battlefield 3 multiplayer success are greater if you play on a squad compared to playing on your own.

Here are some:

  • Spawning: as I wrote earlier, all members on a squad can spawn on each other (only on the Squad leader in hardcore mode). When you do this you will often end up closer to where the action is. The alternative – when you play alone – is to spawn at the base, further away from the fight.
  • Tactical spawning: the ability to spawn on a squad member can be used tactically. Players  can position themselves behind the enemies or near an objective. Now, squadmates can spawn at this location. This little trick can both surprise opponents and (as an example) make it easier to arm and defend a charge at an M-COM station.
  • To be formidable: do you think its okay to walk up to the bullies on your own and ask them to leave you alone? Or would you feel better if you could bring two or three friends? Being part of a pack has its advantages – also in BF3. Four players who attack simultaneously pose a much greater threat than one single player.
  • Coordination and orientation: your squadmates’ markers will have a different color on the mini map than the other players. This makes it easy to keep track of where they are any time. Very handy if you ever end up far away from your squad.

Another obvious advantage is the rewards; you will receive greater rewards if you are part of a team.

For example: if you play as an engineer and repair a vehicle that does not belong to your squad, you’ll get 20 points. For repairs to a vehicle belonging to your own team, you get an extra 10 points, totaling 30 points.

The art of communicating

To be a good team, squad members need to understand each other. This is why I believe that the best basis for a great squad is four friends playing together.

The more time you spend together in Battlefield 3 multiplayer, the more you will be able to develop different tactics for both offensive and defensive play, based on the various maps, class setups, game modes, weapons and vehicles. Also, you will get to know each other, allowing you to predict the behavior (and success rate!) of your companions.

However, I firmly believe that a team of total strangers can function just as well, as long as they communicate to make their plans and actions clear to each other.

To do this properly, you need to use a microphone. Telepathy and body language work poorly online.

You need to use your voice.

Talk to the other members of your crew and require them to talk back. This makes it much easier to coordinate attacks and defense, and warn other players against snipers, tanks, mines and other dangers.

Don’t worry about language barriers – most players I’ve played with both understand and speak English quite well.

In the beginning, it can be intimidating to open your mouth in the company of total strangers. However, as with most things in life, this is an obstacle worth overcoming. My advice is to just start talking. Eventually, it will feel as natural as calling a friend for a chat.

At times, you will come across other players who are talking in a derogatory manner, either to you, or about you. Just ignore them. Who do you think wins? The person talking trash? Or the ones who actually are trying to contribute positively to everyone’s experience of the game? If a player is especially abusive, just make sure you never play with him or her again.

 Some tips on communication:

  1. Discuss. Talk about who should do what. Talk about how to execute an attack or how to best defend an objective with the rest of your squad.
  2. Inform. Notify the others on your team about maneuvers you will try to either attack or defend the objective.
  3. Provide intel. Warn other players about opposing soldiers, snipers, mines, vehicles, etc., as soon as you discover them. You can also do this using the in-game spotting system.
  4. Respect. Remember to be polite, avoid trash talk.
  5. Be concise. Provide brief and specific messages; don’t tell long and dull stories from your personal life.
  6. Whatever you do, don’t sing!

Here is a video demonstrating a team that is communicating at a high level. The game that is shown is not Battlefield 3 multiplayer, but the video is a shining example of how a team can communicate.

One for all, all for one

I’ve played with squads that were not a team at all. It seemed as if all members had their own agenda. No one communicated, no one helped other squad members, and all just ran around in opposite directions, like headless chickens. When I pointed out that perhaps we should work together, all I got was a “F&$# Off!” So, what’s the point of being on a squad then?

The purpose of a squad is to help each other out.

  • Squad members communicate.
  • They stay together.

Well, most of the team members stay together. The exception may be Recons, who can operate on their own and can position themselves strategically around the map. From these positions, the Recon can gather intelligence and pass this on to the other members of the squad, while taking down a few enemies.

The other members of the squad, however, should follow each other. Attacks or defensive maneuvers are more likely to succeed when two, three or four players work together.

So keep up with the others, but do keep a certain distance so that a grenade, an RPG or a skilled opponent with a machine gun do not take out the whole team at once.

Some tips on collaboration:

  1. Stay together! Do not be the lone wolf. The probability of success when attacking or defending is much greater if you bring one or more teammates with you.
  2. Try to avoid attacking an object by yourself. If you’re alone and near a target, try to hide while you wait for help from other members in your squad. If you are the team leader, the others can also use you as a spawn point. The latter is a smart move near an object, especially if your opponents have not yet discovered you.
  3. Use the mini map to keep track of where your teammates are.

4 +4 = Success

I ended up in a squad with only snipers many times. Now, one sniper is good. Two works, kind of. However, a team consisting of three or four snipers is about as effective as a hockey team with only goalkeepers. It is important to balance the mix of the classes when putting together a crew.

A squad in Battlefield 3 online consists of up to four players. All players have four multiplayer classes to choose from.

I believe that the ideal team consists of representatives from all four classes. That is, the Assault, the Support, the Engineer and the Recon likely combine to form the Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Dream Team.

The features of the Battlefield 3 multiplayer classes

  • The Recon class is ideal for collecting and distributing information about the opposition to the rest of the squad.
  • The Engineer can fix tanks, jets, helicopters, and other means of transport which the team uses.
  • The Support class makes sure that everybody has plenty of ammunition.
  • The Assault takes care of patching together all who experience an unpleasant meeting with the opponents’ weapons.

It is of course possible to combine these roles in different ways. Many players have their favorite class that they use more frequently than others and this means squads may not consist of all classes all of the time.

However, for the balance of the squad, I believe it is important that all teams at the least have both a player who hands out ammunition and one who heals, especially when they are part of the attacking force.

Some tips:

  1. Make sure you have good knowledge of the different classes’ unique features, and use them as often as possible.
  2. Learn to configure the classes. Playing on the defending team may require a different setup than playing on the offensive team. Different maps can also require you to switch configurations every now and then.
  3. Think about how to staff the vehicles. A tank with one or more engineers will usually survive longer in battle than a tank manned by only Recons or Assaults.
  4. Mix the classes in an effective way. Generally, this will be by using a Dream Team setup, but player skills and preferences, as well as specific battleground conditions, may call for other types of mixes.

Almost there now…

I hope this little guide to squads in Battlefield 3 multiplayer has been useful to you. I will write more on this subject as more information about the game becomes available.

Of course, gaming should be entertaining and fun. Some might argue that all this planning and strategy keeps players away from just enjoying the game.

However, the complexity of the Battlefield series makes that the game requires a little planning and the use of some strategy, so that things can be really fun. Mindless running and gunning is usually a less wise choice in these games.

Believe me, it’s much more fun to play on a squad that communicates, plans its moves and, as a result, crushes the other team.

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[Sources: Gigabuster, Bright Hub, Battleblog]


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  • Bluespearmen

    How does one issue attack commands? for specific objectives what buttons do you use for ps3?

  • Juujifruit

    Green is the squad you’re in. You can change your squad or opt out of it.  You can spawn on the squad you’re in.  The blue is friendly. Conquest is the same as Headquarters in CoD.  if you’re just hitting quick game you can be put in any random game mode and map.

    • Johnnyrotten67

      Thanks. Helpful info. So what do all of the symbols represent, ie the triangles, squares, etc?

  • Alexander Koziol

    How do I form and organize a squad if I’m playing with random people?
    Nice articles, by the way.

  • Toniold

    this is a great help, i just brought BF3 in New Zealand so a first time player myself but am enjoying it very much. i’m finding it hard to even find people that want to talk in the first place. i’m keen it find people to work with, not look for a full on battle hardy squad but am looking for fun times.  Toniold @ xbox nz

  • Ricko

    nice guide thanks uncle bing!
    xbox,europe, nl ricko1969

    always in for a nice squad with mic

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Thanks Ricko :)

  • xGUTuLIKEaBLUNTx

    I love this game but I need some people to play with as a good squad who works together,
    my biggest issue is always getting stuck with a squad who doesnt do shit. Looking for good players for PS3 hit me up
    xGUTuLIKEaBLUNTx

    • Howardkyle4321

      WILDcountry69 that’s my user name.. my specale is engener and medic. I think I’m really good and I got me a mic. Hit that user name up if you a interested.

    • Zachblam

      I haven’t spent much time actually trying to work as a squad cause it seems like nobody in bf3 uses mice but I do pretty well on my own we should try to form a squad. Gamer tag ZWAH

  • Pimp_jacob1102

    thanks this really helped i really want to have a well rounded squad everbody else just does what they want if your lookin for a good recon add me up on psn im always on my psn is jakEe1102

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Thanks :)

    • robin

      Are you in a good squad ? Looking for a squad whit good team work :) im a good sniper and supporter im level 26 now i can add you to friend list :)

  • Magill69

    add me to set up a squad on bf3 psn: magill93

  • Will

    I really enjoy the focus on team play in BF3, unfortunately, I am having a hard time finding anyone wanting to work as a team. I mainly play support on xboxlive and would enjoy making some friends. I mostly play at 11pm or later. Shazam1331. I live in California and am pretty bad with time zones. I think im Pacific. I really enjoyed reading this post!

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Hi Will. Thanks for the nice words:) Hope you find someone to play with. Good luck.

  • DixonBeaver

    I’m new to playing games that require some teamwork but it has always been something I would rather do than just lone wolf. I’d love to get a squad together for playing. The best time for me to really get some good gaming in is after 6 a.m. pacific. I feel most comfortable as an engineer. PSN: DixonBeaver.

  • JAA 1

    Thanks for the tips, keep up the good work!!

    I’m new to  Battlefield, only a Level 3 thus far, and I really want to be part of a squad so I can level up faster and learn the game better.

    If anyone in a similar situation and want to join with me give me a friend request.

    My PSN  name is PS-PRO_007 and I’m from the Caribbean.

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Thank you. Good luck on finding a Squad :)

  • Mdinwby

    HI. Thanks for taking the time to do this, very good info.

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Thank you :)

  • Slacker

    At Bf3 at PC, theres so often squads with no leaders. How can you get a leader then? Have gone several mathces full squads but no leaders. Very annoying on hardcore. Noone to spawn as

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      My first thought is that this must be some kind of glitch. I can’t find any good explanation for why this is so. It should be Squad leaders there since they are the only one you can spawn on outside the base in Hardcore.

      Hope it works out for you.

  • Brad

    Thanks for the tips.
    I’ve played BF2 but BF3 is a whole new level and I’ve just got into it, this will help out, cheers!

    If anyone plays on PSN and want someone to play with that likes to play by the objective and uses a mic (Not enough people do), Just send me a friend request:
    FreshFromLondon   (Representing UK Baby! lol)

    Put a little not in the friends request to say u got my name off of here ;)

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Thanks Brad. Hope you’ll find some talkative and focused players to play with :)

  • Kshbeastly

    look me up on psn for a squad protege-5

  • Glenn 1991

    Some good tips, kinda lol @ that video of black ops. Another use for engineer is blowing up buildings, anti tank mines behind objectives and with scar h u hardly lose 1v1, A group may become a bigger problem due the lack of ammo but still. Also our squadf hardly uses Recon we always are 2 support and 2 assault. Works like a charm in Squad rush. Other then that the spawn beacon from recon is nice. And i use a engineer and assault (x2) and a support in the normal rush modes.

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Thank you for your comment and the tips, Glenn.

      I like how you put together your squad. I guess you are pretty effective with those setups.

  • Joakim Mohlen

    Hey guys, my friends and i have a problem getting in to the same team though we are together in the “menus” before entering a game. Someone knows a trick or is it just fckt up compared to BC2?   Great full for response // Molllee @ PS3 

  • ANCOLL

    I love your blog,
    it’s true, we should stick together as team playing BF3 than becoming a lone wolf..

    nice.. keep going.. 
    :D

    ID : ANCOLL 

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Hi Ancoll – Thanks for your kind words :) I’m happy you enjoy it here.

  • Jordanfincher

    Lets Get A SQUAD going!! Add Me To Ur PSN Account. 
    My PSN ID is JFinch_is_Smokin

  • Trulife20023

    Me personally, I just got the game… am new to shooting games and BF all together.  I got online for a minute today but had no clue what the FlanK I was doing.  I’m looking for some tutorials to explain all the different screens and everything basically.  I’ll be posting some video and blogs about my troubles in the next day or two… maybe someone could give me tips and advice.  I’d love to get a squad together and own some Shiitaki!

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Thanks you for commenting.

      Please share your blog and video when you are ready. Maybe I can get some ideas for content updates :)

  • Psyco87-s

    how do u talk to ya squad on ps3? bdo u hold a button down?

  • Mko

    I would love to get a squad together that plays on my schedule which is at 3 am to 4 or 5 am. everytime i was in tank it seamed it was unstoppablewith a gunner and 1 or 2 rifleman around to protect while alone went down quiet fast

    • Trulife20023

      what time zone?  If you are in US EST that is completely different from MST

  • Geri

    well thought out, though it is a bit basic. I’m hoping that someone will write a more tactical based guide. Thanks, and keep up the good work.

    • http://www.respawnless.com Uncle Bing

      Thank you for your comment. And thank you for the feedback.

      I hope to bring you more detailed guides in near future :)