12 Beginner Tips on Playing Commander - Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 Commander Mode

I never really got into commander mode in any of the other variations of Battlefield surprisingly but I'm changing my tune for BF4. Now that voice communication is possible and more adopted by the players I'm a lot more into it. I haven't been playing long since the game just came out but I've logged quite a bit of time in the commander chair. Lot of this is going to cover the basics and be less about the exact mechanics of the role but more along the lines of how to work with your team and be successful. Here are some quick tips that I found got the best results.

Commander Mode

Have in game voice communication ability. Talk to your squads and keep the chatter up. The hardest to ignore commands are the ones coming right through your speakers.

  1. Ask squads to consolidate. A common thing to say is, "Squad X you are too small to give orders to. You are combat ineffective and I cannot help you. Please consider merging with squads Z or Y." A small squad is useless.
  2. Give promotions to big squads. The big squads are the most useful and have the most impact. Giving them the benefit of promotions benefits the most playersand by proximity the team as a whole.
  3. Do a comms check to ensure you're not talking to a wall. "Squad X this is the commander, doing a comms check, am I coming through ok?" Typically this is also an icebreaker and gets people talking.
  4. Keep UAV's in the air at all times. They refresh very quickly and they're a great source of points for you and they are extremely helpful to your troops. Keep an eye out for back door caps on your flags behind your lines. Typically this is a stray enemy grabbing what they can and a UAV will reveal how much force is truly in the area.
  5. Give good gameplay reminders to your squad, "Squad X I need you to regroup with your squadmates. You are too scattered to be effective."
  6. Let them know what's coming. You have a bird's eye view of the battle and you can let squads know what they're about to walk into before they do. "Squad X you have enemy armor inbound on your position. I'm reallocating air assets to assist."
  7. Commander is largely asset management and logistics. Look at your squad readout and understand who is driving what vehicle and what class they are. Typically squads tend to gravitate to a specific duties such as flying a chopper, driving a tank, or using a jet.
  8. Each of these assets excel at certain tasks. Jets take out air targets, great against helos. Scout helo's are great against troops. Attack helo's are great against armor. Armor is great against other armor and ground troops. Rock, paper, and scissors your way to victory.
  9. One of the greatest benefit to commanders is the ability to coordinate squads. If you're not employing strategy to leverage the assets of multiple squads you are doing your troops a disservice.
  10. This isn't the real military and to get people to really listen you may have to inform them as to the purpose of their order. "Squad X I need you to cap position Delta. Squad Y at Bravo position is getting hammered and I need you to take off some of the pressure." Once you have some trust built up with that squad you can simplify if you'd like.
  11. Complement your squads when they do well! If they complete their orders reward them with promotions or extra attention. "Nice work guys, have a promotion."
  12. Get feedback at the end of the round. Asking how you did serves to let people know you're there, listening, and working towards their benefit. They're more apt to listen as the round goes on.
  13. Bonus tip - don't get discouraged. Some teams will just not listen to you and you end up being a UAV robot. That's no fun. Sometimes teams are just crap and there's nothing you can do about it. Thank them for the game and move on.

Stay tuned for more Battlefield 4 tips and advanced tactics!

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+2 #1 Shin 2014-05-22 05:38
Freaking brilliant post. "Bonus tip - don't get discouraged. Some teams will just not listen to you and you end up being a UAV robot. That's no fun. Sometimes teams are just crap and there's nothing you can do about it. Thank them for the game and move on." Cant stress that more myself. However when it IS good, it's GREAT.
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