How to earn more XP, rank up / level up faster, and unlock all those wonderful toys in BF3.
BF3 Ranking Tip No. 1: Party Up and Play as a Squad
We know, we know, getting a full squad of friends together isn’t always possible and you’re often playing with randoms. But the bottom line is you’ll see a huge increase in experience points earned when you do play BF3 with people you know and you play together as a squad.
A big reason why is because DICE has cleverly built in squad-based experience point bonuses. Assist someone on your team with killing an enemy, and you’ll earn 10 points. Assist a squadmate with killing an enemy and it gets bumped up to 20 points.
Friends are more likely to stick together and play as a real squad, and the result, based on our experience with the game, is double the amount of XP earned in an average match. So fill those Battlelog Friends lists, party up when you spot buddies online, and earn that hefty 200 XP bonus at the end of a match for being the best squad.
BF3 Ranking Tip No. 2: Plug in That Mic and Use It
Communication is critical in Battlefield, and there’s no better way to do it than with a headset and microphone. However, with DICE’s all new server browser/social network, Battlelog, many gamers are at a loss for how to get their voice on. Courtesy of the developer, here are the steps you should follow:
1. If you want to create a new Party click “Create party” in bottom of Com Center [Com Center is located at the lower right corner of Battlelog]. If you want to join a friends’ party just click the party icon next to that friend. Blue Party icon indicates that the friend is in a Party.
2. You are in the party! This will look almost as a regular chat window but with more slots for people in the top. When the Party-icon is glowing blue you’re also in the Voice Channel. You can leave the voice channel by clicking “Leave voice” above the avatars.
3. Invite up to 7 more players by using the Drop Zone. Simply drag a friend from the Com Center and drop him on the party.
If, for whatever reason, you aren’t using voice chat, be sure to use BF3’s Commo Rose. A staple of BF2, Commo Rose is back and it makes communicating with your team much easier if you don’t have a mic. Press and hold ‘Q’ and a rose of selectable message options will appear on your screen.
When a full four-player squad is partied up and working together communicating with mics, we found that the amount of XP typically gathered in a single match was triple that of playing with randoms and not using voice. Bottom line: there is no faster way to earn XP in BF3 than to party up with friends and play together as a squad using voice chat.
BF3 Ranking Tip No. 3: Do Your Class’s Job, and Be Flexible
First and foremost, when you’re choosing which class to play at the beginning of a match, check to see the classes your squadmates are using. Sure, you prefer playing as an LMG-toting Support soldier, but if even one of your squadmates is already playing as Support, you’ll lose out on opportunities to earn XP for dropping ammo. The name of the game here is XP, and you’ll earn more if you play as a class that’s not already being used. Be flexible. You may not get one class unlocked as quickly as you would like, but you just might find how fun it is to play as another.
Once you’ve got your class and loadout, do your job. DICE has done a terrific job in BF3 giving each class specific jobs to do, and if you do those things, you’ll quickly rack up the XP. Engineers should repair vehicles, Assault should revive and drop health packs, Support should drop ammo, and Recon should drop motion detectors and radio beacons. And be sure to drop ammo and health packs in choke points so they get the most traffic.
DICE once again gives special bonuses if your kits are used by squadmates. For example, Assault’s health pack earns you 10 points when it’s picked up by a teammate, but 20 points when picked up by a squadmate. Similar bonuses are awarded for repairing squad vehicles as the Engineer, resupplying your squad as Support, and earning motion tracker assists as Recon. Do your job for your squad and you’ll earn XP much faster than you would by simply pulling the trigger – particularly when you include the 100 XP bonus for 7 resupplies or repairs or 5 revives or motion tracker assists.
BF3 Ranking Tip No. 4: Suppress
One of the biggest new gameplay mechanics in Battlefield 3 is the ability to suppress enemies, and it doesn’t just allow you to protect your friends from accurate enemy fire thanks to its screen-blurring effect, it allows you to earn XP, a fairly solid amount, in fact. Suppress an enemy that’s killed by your squadmate and you’ll be awarded a healthy 50 experience points – more than you would receive for a standard assist.
Every class can suppress an enemy, but if you’re running around with a light machine gun as Support, make sure suppression is one of the top jobs you add to your list, and watch your overall XP earnings get a solid boost.
BF3 Ranking Tip No. 5: Spot
You’ve got an enemy lined up in your sights, what’s the first thing you do? If you answered, “Pull the trigger,” you’re not earning as much XP as you should in BF3.
Battlefield’s Spot mechanic allows you to make enemy locations known to your teammates and earn XP. Target a baddie, tap ‘Q’ and an orange triangle will appear over the enemy’s unsuspecting head and his location will also appear on your team’s map for roughly five seconds. If an enemy you’ve spotted is killed by a teammate, you’ll gain 10 XP (20 if it’s a squadmate). Make it a routine to target and tap ‘Q’ almost simultaneously before opening fire, and you’ll notice a substantial boost in your overall score.
When playing as Recon, spotting is critical. Find an elevated position, peer through your scope, and let your team know where every enemy is. Even if you manage to miss with every one of your shots, you’ll still end up with solid XP thanks to spotting.
BF3 Ranking Tip No. 6: Be Your Squad’s Spawn Point
One of the gameplay mechanics that sets Battlefield apart is the ability for players to spawn on their squadmates, wherever they are on the map. Every time you’re killed you should check where your surviving squadmates are and spawn on those who are closest to your objective. Not only will you save yourself the long trip from your staging area, spawning on squadmates is critical in helping your team accomplish objectives and earn that precious XP.
Along with spawning on squadmates comes the responsibility of staying alive to be the spawn point. Always keep an eye on your squad members, and when you’re the last man standing, get somewhere safe and give your boys the time they need to spawn on you. You’ll be rewarded with 10 XP points for every squadmate that spawns on you, and if staying alive to be the spawn point is incorporated into your overall strategy, you’ll end up with a heaping portion of extra of XP when the match is over.
BF3 Ranking Tip No. 7: Give and Follow Orders
Battlefield 3 includes a Squad Leader feature that puts the creator of your squad — or a randomly assigned squad member — in charge. Squad Leaders can place attack or defend orders on control points and M-COM stations, giving squads simple, easy to pinpoint and follow directives. Giving orders as Squad Leader and following those orders as a squad member is also a great way to earn XP.
Whenever a Squad Leader tags a location with an attack or defend order (simply line up the glowing A or B M-COM stations or control points and tap ‘Q’), the leader earns 30 XP and an invisible boundary goes up around that spot. Any enemies killed within that radius earn the Squad Leader and the squad members XP. Like spotting, it’s a great method to easily earn additional XP, and it should be incorporated into your game immediately.
BF3 Ranking Tip No. 8: Plant Bombs and Secure/Defend Objectives
Something funny happens to some players in Battlefield 3: they find a relatively safe position and stay there, not moving toward objectives for fear of getting shot. Well, to the victor go the spoils in BF3, and if you and your squad are the ones making the push to defend or plant bombs on M-COMs and secure flags in Conquest, the spoils come in the form of big-time XP.
Arm or disarm the bomb in Rush, earn 50 XP. Capture a location in Conquest, earn 150 XP, and if you kill an enemy trying to take your base, earn an additional 50 XP. Focus your efforts on attacking/defending objectives, and you’ll see a huge boost in points earned. Remember, if your team wins in Rush, you earn 100 XP, and a win in Conquest will net you 200 XP.
Full credit to Mike Sharkey @ Gamespy for this awesome article.
Don’t forget, those ribbons and metals earn you some extra XP as well. Check out our Battlefield 3: Awards – Full list of Ribbons and Metals page for a full break down.