Basic Recon Overview
some criticism, the recon class remains the most flexible class
available in Battlefield 2142. The range of unlocks and early
maturity of the recon's unlock tree make it a prime candidate for
mastery. Several myths tarnish the recon class, most notably the
perception that the recon class is not team oriented.
This guide will help you understand the basics of the recon.
fairly solid recon class can be developed with a few quick upgrades.
My favorite recon combination involves the active cammo
(preferably the advanced cammo from NS), the Lambert Carbine, the apm
mines, and the rdx mines. This is a very effective combination
for just about any combat scenario. The Lambert is a very good
gun which is suitable for short and medium range combat. APM
mines can be littered about the battlefield and provide you with easy
kills. RDX explosives can take out a range of things, vehicles,
commander assets, titan consoles, titan cores, and infantry.
you are going to want to use the Lambert Carbine gun, active cammo, and
apm mine combinations. This will allow you to deal very
effectively with infantry threats. However, it is necessary to
equip the RDX when dealing with vehicle threats.
you are interested in sniping, you will want to unlock the DysTek
Hi-scope as quickly as possible. Even with the stock recon gun,
you will benefit greatly from having access to the scope. If you
are interested in learning more about the role of the Recon as a
sniper, check out our tutorial on Sniping 101.
recon class is uniquely suited to dog tagging. If you are
interested in dog tagging tips, please check out our section on
Unlocks which are not so useful include the DS-22
Decoy and the Gruber 5 stabilizer. The decoy projects a false
location signature if the recon is within 50 meters of the decoy.
While this theoretically is helpful, real world experience has
proven that it is generally not worth equipping. The Gruber
stabilizer works by pressing the space bar and keeps the scope steady
for a period of about 3 seconds. This is not much of a
performance gain for an unlock. It should work passively.
SPECIAL ROLES FOR THE RECON
recon is obviously the best class for sniping. An experienced
recon can definitely leverage the long range accuracy of the scopes to
score plenty of kills around silos and capture points. The
disadvantage is that when using a sniper's gun, the recon cannot
effectively engage in short range combat scenarios. In fact, if I
am equipped with a gun like the Zellar-H, I prefer to try to cloak up
on my victims and knife them instead. Some maps, like Belgrade,
are particularly good for snipers. In general, however, I prefer
to use a Lambert because of its effectiveness at short and medium range combat scenarios.
ability to cloak is
amazing and being a "ghost" is really what the recon class is all
about. There are two things you must get used to while ghosting.
First, you need to have a basic understanding of how long the
cammo will last. You do not want to de-cloak at the wrong time.
For this reason, I prefer to go with light armor when I play
recon. It allows me to move faster and further while cloaked.
The second thing you must remember is that you are not
undetectable. The active cammo emits a noise which higher end
sound cards can locate. Visually you are not completely hidden
either. It is also important to remember that people can spot you
out before you cloak, infantry ids detectors can reveal you, UAV can
identify you, and that a commander can spot you. There are times
when ghosting is simply not worth doing.
Ghosting allows you to
break behind enemy lines and capture or defend flag points. Look
at how the attacker below is caught off guard by a defending ghost.
Ghosting is also helpful for turning flags.
is particularly helpful to your squad if you as a squad leader can
break behind enemy lines and place a beacon in the right place.
Even in defended titan corridors, a ghost can slip by defenders
and the sentry's will not immediately detect you. That being
said, there are limits to cloaking and carelessness will get you
killed. When you are ghosting behind enemy lines, be sure to
communicate information to your teammates. If you see people, try
to use the VOIP to relay information. I have my comm rosie
quick-keyed to mouse 3, so I can spot the enemy quickly. Be
careful not to make too much noise as a recon- when in doubt, VOIP.
Demolition and Sabotage
recon is particularly well suited to blowing up key enemy assets.
It takes about 3 rdx to blow up a commander asset such as "UAV",
"Sat Track", "Orbital Strike", or "EMP Strikes". Sometimes you
can blow up an enemy asset with only 2 rdx. A titan console takes
3 RDX. Titan cores are durable and will take multiple refills to
successfully blow. A recon/supply combo is the most effective
method of destroying a titan core. A goliath can have about 1/2
of its health removed by 5 RDX packs. I once died placing the
five RDX packs on the back of a goliath. When I respawned, the
RDX was still on the back of the goliath. I placed another 5 RDX
packs on the back of the goliath and detonated it. The combined
explosion, effectively 10 RDX, managed to destroy the enemy goliath.
Tanks and walkers take about 3 RDX placed on them.
course, you can leave RDX on flags or attached to vehicles and wait for
people. Placed on the back of a tank and the results are obvious.
mines are very effective at anti-infantry operations. I prefer to
place APM mines in corridors and tight passages, or near flags.
Watch where other players routinely walk and place your APM mines
accordingly. I often make a placement of APM mines at key access
points when I am trying to turn a flag.
highlighted in our dog tagging section, a recon makes an excellent
dog-tagger. Make no mistake about it, dog tagging effectively can
demoralize your opponents. A successful dog tag combined with the
appropriate taunt, even as simple as "LOL", can make an opponent so
irate they will lose focus for the rest of the round.
versatility of the recon class makes the recon suitable for both
conquest and titan modes. Choosing how you want to equip your
recon is highly situational. It will take time for you to perform
functions as a recon which benefit your team, but properly played a
good recon is a team asset.