7 Things You Need to Know Before Playing the Battlefield V Beta

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With the Battlefield V beta now open to everyone (you can download the client right here), chances are, some people will jump in and expect it to play like any other Battlefield game. Well, I’m here to tell you, that won’t work.

DICE has, for better or for worse, revamped some of the franchise’s tried and true mechanics, and some of them involve unlearning old habits, and more. We’re here to help you make that transition a wee bit easier! Listed down below are tips and things you need to know that will help you in the Battlefield V beta based on our time with the game via early access.

Ready? In no particular order, check out the Battlefield V tips below to help you survive and dominate in the Battlefield V beta.

7) Lying on your back is a new feature and it’s dead useful

One of the new features in Battlefield V is being able to go prone on your back. This means that you can shoot targets, while being the smallest target you can be.

Check out the super short clip of it being useful below.

Being able to fall on your back is so helpful! from BattlefieldV

How to do it? Super simple! Just walk back and hold the crouch button.

6) There’s no 3D spotting

If you’re one of the many players who relied on shooting “Doritos” in past Battlefield games, you’re so out of luck! There’s no way 3D spotting in Battlefield V, though you can mark a target’s last known location. If you see an enemy, and unless you’re using voice chat, you’ll be the only one who can chase them down. It’s harder this way, but it makes it easier to do sneak attacks too.

5) White icon marks in the minimap means that can be fortified

Another new addition to Battlefield V are “fortifications.” Think of it as building back walls that were blown out, constructing turrets in designated places that can help your entire team. You can’t just build fortifications anywhere, however, they have to be in pre-determined spots.

In case you didn’t know where these pre-determined spots are in a match, consult your minimap and check for the icon marks. Fortifications can be activated by holding down on the d-pad at designated spots.

4) Tanks run out of ammo

One major difference DICE has made to Battlefield V’s tanks are, these bad boys run out of ammo! I’m not joking; both the primary and secondary weapons of the tanks run out of ammo and you need to restock them in order to continue slaying.

How to restock ammo for tanks? Simple. Just go to the supply stations and press the repair button.

Speaking of supply stations…

3) Getting ammo and health from supply stations are a must (Do it always)

Possibly the biggest change to the Battlefield franchise’s gameplay mechanics in Battlefield V are how health and ammo works. In BFV, when you spawn in, you’ll only have one extra magazine to your weapon — that’s it! Want more? You need to get some from the ammo station scattered throughout the map.

Health is the same way. While you will still regenerate health when you’ve taken damage and you’re out of combat, it won’t go up to 100 percent health like in previous games. If you want to be at max health, either get some health pack from a medic, or get one from the med station also scattered throughout the map, and usually, they’re in close proximity of the ammo station.

Here’s what these ammo and health stations look like:

Using the ammo or med pack you get from these stations is as simple as pressing up on the d-pad for consoles. You can only carry one at a time, so make sure to drop by any supply stations you see.

These med and ammo stations are so important, I suggest going there and getting supplies the first thing when you spawn in — provided you don’t have a med or ammo guy on your squad, of course.

2) Time to Kill (TTK) is faster than ever before

Another big shakeup in Battlefield V compared to past Battlefield games is how fast the time to kill (TKK) is. Expect to drop enemy targets in just a few shots (think: a bit more bullet sponge-y than in Call of Duty games).

Is it a good change or a bad change? That’s a discussion for another time, but don’t be surprised if you drop dead before you can react. This is also why it’s super important to grab health and ammo from the supply stations ASAP.

Adapt to the time to kill lest you become a ranging gamer due to how easy it is to die now compared to past Battlefield games.

1) Reviving someone is done by a button press, no need to hold

Possibly the biggest and most important tip for medics in the game is that you do NOT need to hold the revive button (square for PS4, X on Xbox One) in order to revive teammates. Just a press will do.

I repeat: you DO NOT NEED to hold the revive button in order to revive someone, but just a press will do. Holding the revive button, which is the same button used in consoles for picking up dropped kits, will make you pick up a weapon accidentally.


There you have it! Those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Battlefield V beta tips, but it’s a good start. Don’t forget, we are playing a beta, so there’s a chance some of the things mentioned here will change come launch.

Stay tuned to MP1st’s Battlefield V impressions piece hitting the site soon.

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