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Battlefield 2042 specialist skins challenges - how to customise your specialist

Earn the best skins and cosmetics through the progression system by learning how to complete all of the specialist challenges for every character

The Tier 1 red and black Outfit worn by a specialist in Battlefield 2042

Want to know how the progression system works in Battlefield 2042 to unlock skins? After weeks of silence, EA and Dice have revealed how players earn cosmetics in their upcoming FPS game. Battlefield 2042’s progression system invites players to complete difficult in-game challenges in exchange for cosmetics. These cosmetics include weapon skins and specialist outfits, allowing players to express themselves on the frontline.

Battlefield 2042 scraps the traditional class system used in the previous entries and instead opts for Battlefield 2042 Specialists. Specialists can equip any primary or secondary Battlefield 2042 guns, and they have access to a unique gadget and trait to help them stand out. With 128 player servers and only ten specialists at launch, unlockable outfits ensure each player has a distinct look.

The progression system doesn’t just focus on player cosmetics, you also have ribbons, weapon unlocks, and player cards to obtain, as you rack up countless wins. Here’s everything you need to know about the Battlefield 2042 progress system, including what you can unlock, which cosmetics are available, and more.

Battlefield 2042 skins

Players can unlock skins for weapons, vehicles, and specialists through the mastery system. Each piece of hardware in Battlefield 2042 has its own set of challenges associated with it; for example, kill 30 players using the AK24 assault rifle to unlock a new scope. This system also applies to vehicles and specialists. All you need to do is play the game to unlock brand new cosmetics.

Cosmetics are split up into four rarities: common (grey), rare (blue), epic (purple), legendary (gold). Rare and epic skins feature a degree of customisation, unlike legendary skins which are locked, standalone outfits. Specialist skins contain headgear and body slots – use your favourite rare body cosmetic with an epic headgear piece to create your own outfits.

Weapon skins work similarly to legendary specialist skins, though you do have access to charms to customise the look of your favourite guns. Attachments match your gun’s active skin, so you won’t need to worry about your custom weapons looking out of place.

A festive shotgun from Battlefield 2042 which features brightly coloured spray painted accents

BATTLEFIELD 2042 CHRISTMAS SKINS

We know a Christmas event for Battlefield 2042 is coming, but it hasn’t arrived just yet. The first leak for this event came at the beginning of December when a Santa skin for Boris caused outrage among the Battlefield community. The community was divided about leaked Christmas skins, some players are upset about ‘silly’ costumes that don’t fit the game’s serious tone.

The developers explained on Twitter that the Christmas skins, specifically the leaked ones for Boris and Angel, won’t launch alongside the event. Instead, players are going to be able to unlock other skins if they complete specific challenges.

Battlefield 2042 mastery

Players can prove how dedicated they are to a certain weapon, vehicle, or specialist by making progress on their mastery badge. Mastery badges are exclusive to each piece of hardware in the game; these badges allow you to see how accomplished someone is with their loadout at a glance.

As you reach higher mastery levels, your badge changes colour to reflect your progress. Reaching a new mastery tier also rewards you with a skin for the piece of hardware you’ve leveled up. Display your best badges proudly on your player card to let your enemies know exactly who they’re dealing with.

One of Irish's specialty skins in Battlefield 2042.

BATTLEFIELD 2042 SPECIALIST SKINS CHALLENGES

Here are all of the Battlefield 2042 specialist skins sets and the challenges you need to complete to get them:

Sundance

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 30 kills and/or assists with Sundance’s Smart Explosives
  • Navalized – reach level 43
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Sundance
  • High Velocity – reach level 94
  • Stormwalker – 120 kills and/or assists with Sundance’s Smart Explosives
  • Tier 1 – 1,200 kills and/or assists with Sundance’s Smart Explosives
  • Stormbreaker – already unlocked (gold and ultimate edition)
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)

Dozer

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 20 kills and/or assists with Dozer’s SOB-8 Ballistic Shield
  • Navalized – reach level 23
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Dozer
  • Tip of the Spear – 80 kills and/or assists with Dozer’s SOB-8 Ballistic Shield
  • Blast Resistant – reach level 85
  • Tier 1 – 800 kills and/or assists with Dozer’s SOB-8 Ballistic Shield
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)

Mackay

Unlocks at level 15

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 30 kills from a height advantage as Mackay
  • Navalized – reach level 55
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Mackay
  • JTF Vet – 120 kills from a height advantage as Mackay
  • Tier 1 – 1,200 kills from a height advantage as Mackay
  • BF2042 Dev – unknown
  • Apologist – unknown
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)
  • Fatal Friend (takedown) – unknown
  • Frostbitaren (takedown) – unknown

Irish

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 80 projectiles destroyed with Irish’s APS-36 Shootdown Sentinel
  • Navalized – reach level 31
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Irish
  • Mr Graves – 320 projectiles destroyed with Irish’s APS-36 Shootdown Sentinel
  • Tier 1 – 3,200 projectiles destroyed with Irish’s APS-36 Shootdown Sentinel
  • Battle Hardened – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)

Boris

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 1,500 damage inflicted with Boris’ SG-36 Sentry Gun
  • Navalized – reach level 46
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Boris
  • Little Green Man – 6,000 damage inflicted with Boris’ SG-36 Sentry Gun
  • Tier 1 – 60,000 damage inflicted with Boris’ SG-36 Sentry Gun
  • Serebro Centurion – reach level 77
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)

Casper

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 200 enemies disrupted, spotted, and spot assists with Casper’s OV-P recon drone
  • Navalized – reach level 39
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Casper
  • Jungle Ready – 800 enemies disrupted, spotted, and spot assists with Casper’s OV-P recon drone
  • Tier 1 – 8,000 enemies disrupted, spotted, and spot assists with Casper’s OV-P recon drone
  • Shadow Stalker – already unlocked (ultimate edition)
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)

Rao

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 100 spot assists and/or enemies spotted as Rao
  • Navalized – reach level 58
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Rao
  • Balidan – 400 spot assists and/or enemies spotted as Rao
  • Tier 1 – 4,000 spot assists and/or enemies spotted as Rao
  • Dust Devil – already unlocked (gold and ultimate edition)
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)

Paik

Unlocks at level 25

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 50 assists and/or enemies spotted with Paik’s EMG-X Scanner
  • Navalized – reach level 52
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Paik
  • ROK/SOF – 200 assists and/or enemies spotted with Paik’s EMG-X Scanner
  • Blast Resistant – reach level 97
  • Tier 1 – 2,000 assists and/or enemies spotted with Paik’s EMG-X Scanner
  • BF2042 Dev – unknown
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)
  • Fatal Friend (takedown) – unknown
  • Frostbitaren (takedown) – unknown

Falck

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 60 teammates healed with the S21 Syrette Pistol and/or revived as Falck
  • Navalized – reach level 35
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Falck
  • Offizier – 240 teammates healed with the S21 Syrette Pistol and/or revived as Falck
  • Tier 1 – 2,400 teammates healed with the S21 Syrette Pistol and/or revived as Falck
  • War Surgeon – reach level 28
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)

Angel

  • Hexmesh Triweave – 100 teammates resupplied and/or revived as Angel
  • Navalized – reach level 49
  • Mamba – already unlocked
  • Night Operations – five kills and/or assists as Angel
  • Vulturii– 400 teammates resupplied and/or revived as Angel
  • Tier 1 – 4,000 teammates resupplied and/or revived as Angel
  • Snow Burn – already unlocked (gold and ultimate edition)
  • LRIP – reach level 72
  • Baku ACB-90 (takedown) – already unlocked (preorder bonus)
  • Rib Opener (takedown) – already unlocked
  • Tactical Fodder (takedown) – reach level 63)
  • Survivalist’s Edge (takedown) – reach level 99)

The tier one red and black weapon skin on a light machine gun in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 player card

Customise your player card using the badges you’ve earned while fighting against other players. The player card has room for up to three badges, in addition to a large piece of art which occupies the space right in the centre of the card. Enemies will get a nice view of your player card every time you kill them, and you have a chance to look at your own card at the end of every match.

And that’s everything you need to know about the progression system in Battlefield 2042. The Battlefield 2042 release date is quickly approaching – pre-order Battlefield 2042 from the Humble Store to gain access to the open beta. Check out our article about the game’s system requirements to see if your PC can handle this futuristic shooter.