Want to know more about specialists in Battlefield 2042? The next generation of Battlefield is here, introducing brand new mechanics, such as the ability to customise your weapon in real time. Battlefield 2042 also features a dynamic weather system to alter the flow of combat, forcing players to adapt to dangerous environmental hazards on foot and in vehicles. The size of the maps has also changed to accommodate up to 128 players, making this the largest Battlefield game yet.
One of the biggest changes to the series is the introduction of specialists, which adds more flexibility to the class system. In previous games, many players would pick a class because certain weapons were locked to that class, meaning they weren’t making the most of their gadgets. The specialists system allows you to have whatever loadout you want, and your chosen specialist’s gadget and trait go on top of that loadout.
We only have information on the first four specialists, but EA has confirmed Battlefield 2042 will launch with ten. Picking the right specialist boils down to which gadget and trait you are drawn to.
How Battlefield 2042 specialists work
Battlefield 2042’s specialists will essentially replace the classic Battlefield class system, offering players a bit more flexibility. Each specialist is able to equip any Battlefield 2042 loadout and use any of the primary and secondary Battlefield 2042 guns, and also select throwable weapons and equipment like medikits and ammo supply crates.
The only key restriction is that each specialist comes with their own trait and specialty, which you cannot swap out. For example, Mackey will always come with the Nimble trait, and a grappling hook is his specialty item. Specialists are geared towards one of four classes: recon, assault, support, and engineer. These give you an idea of what sort of speciality items and traits that particular specialist will use.
The devs released a short video in early September showing off some of the specialists gameplay – check it out to see the four revealed specialists in action. You can have a squad of up to four players in regular multiplayer modes. In the game’s Conquest and Breakthrough modes, squads will be allowed to contain more than one unique specialist.
All specialists will also have access to the Ranger feature. Rangers are AI-controlled robots that players can call upon to help draw enemy fire or follow orders. They’re somewhat limited in number however, and you’ll need to pick them over the other call-in options available to you, but they can be handy in certain situations. You can even call upon them to make the ultimate sacrifice and strap on an explosive before charging at the enemy position and detonating into a huge cloud of smoke.
Battlefield 2042 Specialists
Here are all of the specialists revealed so far in Battlefield 2042.
Place of birth: Canada
Gadget: Grappling Hook
Grappling Hook allows Webster to create new traversal routes and easily flank snipers and squads who are holed up in tall buildings. The Nimble trait increases Webster’s agility when aiming down sights and ziplining.
Place of birth: Germany
Gadget: S21 Syrette Pistol
Trait: Combat Surgeon
The S21 Syrette Pistol allows Maria to heal and revive players from afar. The Combat Surgeon trait ensures that Maria always revives players to full health rather than just a slither.
Pyotr ‘Boris’ Guskovksy
Place of birth: Russia
Gadget: SG-36 Sentry Gun
Trait: Sentry Operator
The SG-36 Sentry Gun is a turret that you can deploy that will automatically spot and engage enemies. The Sentry Operator trait buffs the turret’s efficiency when standing near it.
Wikus ‘Casper’ Van Daele
Place of birth: South Africa
Gadget: OV-P Recon Drone
Trait: Movement Sensor
The OV-P Recon Drone is a flying drone that you can operate. You can use it to spot enemies and disrupt electronics with EMP darts. You can manually fly it, but you can also leave it hovering in the air where it will continue to spot targets, allowing you to move in for the kill.
The Movement Sensor will help you detect incoming threats. It appears to show when you’re being flanked with an HUD prompt that directs you toward the threat.
Those are all the specialists that have been confirmed so far, but we did see a specialist using a wingsuit, which may be a unique gadget belonging to a character we haven’t seen yet. If you want to know more about the game, check out our Battlefield 2042 release date guide which contains information about the open beta. You should also give our upcoming games list a read to see what other great titles are coming out this year.