20 expert tips for success in Star Wars Battlefront on PS4

With launch just days away, developer DICE passes on insider secrets

Blasting enemy troopers, dogfighting with iconic starships, playing as Hero characters, creating powerful hands of Star Cards… There’s an entire galaxy of gameplay waiting for you in Star Wars Battlefront — and we want to make your first moments on the battlefront count.

We’ve gathered 20 tips that will aid you on your path to becoming a master. These simple-but-crucial pointers come straight from the DICE development team and cover weapons, vehicles, and more.


Blasters and weapons

Christian Johannesén, Designer

  1. Maintain controlled fire with your blaster to manage both heat and bolt spread.
  2. With each successful cooling flush, the skill game increases in difficulty. When failing, dying or not activating the cooling flush, the difficulty level will decrease again.
  3.  The Ion Shot makes your blaster more powerful against vehicles, and weaker against troopers during its active time.
  4. Star Cards and power-ups

    Christian Johannesén, Designer

  5. The Ion Grenade is a great way to quickly deal with pesky Droids and turrets.
  6.  The Pulse Cannon does greater damage the longer it’s charged. A fully charged shot will defeat a person with one shot.
  7. Combine the Jump Pack with an explosion based weapon — like the Bowcaster — to rain mayhem from above.
  8.  The Smoke Grenade not only reduces vision, but also blocks lock-on functions for weapons, turrets, and Droids.
  9.  Energy shields blocks incoming energy blasts, but solid projectiles like grenades, rockets, and the Cycler Rifle slug will pass through.
  10.  If you have a power up you do not want, you can hit interact (Square) in front of a power-up to change it for a new one.
  11. The Cycler Rifle and Pulse Cannon must be fired while scoping in order to maximize its accuracy.
  12.  The Smart Rocket fires like a regular launcher, but the rocket will target and track a vehicle if fired in its general direction.
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    Piloting starfighters

    Nick Baker, Designer

  14.  If you take damage while trying to call in a vehicle the progress will be reset.
  15. Evasive maneuvers break missile lock and Soft Lock.
  16. Reduced velocity increases weapon power, increased velocity reduces weapon power for the A-wing, X-wing TIE fighter, TIE interceptor, Slave I, and the Millennium Falcon.
  17. Björn Sundell, Vehicle Designer

  18. Hold the Left Trigger to activate your targeting system on the starfighters. It helps you land your shots.
  19. Miscellaneous

    Christian Johannesén, Designer

  20.  A Trait will grant a passive bonus and level up with kill streaks. When dying, the Trait will lose a level again.
  21. Customise your hand of Star Cards accordingly in Hero Hunt and Heroes vs Villains. Not even a Jedi can block an explosion.
  22. Droids are not only great for attacking the enemy team, they also have a scan pulse that reveals enemies to your entire team.
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    Jim Fagerlund, Mission Scripter

  24. In regular Battles, press the D-pad up to make your AI allies ‘search and destroy’ and D-pad right to ‘follow player.’
  25. Nick Baker, Designer

  26.  The AT-ST has a weak spot on its back, try to target this when attacking one and defend it when piloting.

There are many more tips to learn about Star Wars Battlefront, so stay tuned for more tips like these. We also recommend the Training Missions, where you’ll get a chance to pilot X-wings and play as Darth Vader on your own or with a friend before facing the heat of live multiplayer.

Good luck and may the Force be with you!

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Like it! Many thanks!

120 quid to get the full game? No thanks. It’s Titanfail with Jedi. This has “preowned for 10 quid in February” written all over it

Lmao. Nope.

Again, confirm the release date please. 19 or 20? Portuguese PSN Store still says 20, but it should be 19 like any other place.


sorry, but playing fallout 4 for the rest of the year…

Nobody cares


Clearly 6 people do.

TIMETRAVEL1966 16 November, 2015 @ 18:57

Preordered, got the app , Christmas has come early :)

Thanks for the post , I’m buying it , been looking forward to this game for a while , I’ve been watching some streams on twitch , the game looks fantastic , it’s a shooter 1st and 3rd person it’s multiplayer that’s why I pay my PS+ sub , I believe it’s released on the 19th for the EU is this correct , that’ll be Thursday here in the UK , bring it on it’s the final game I’ll be buying his year and it’ll be money well spent , it’s Starwars that’s enough for me : )

Physical release is midmight tonight, why are PSN downloads showing 19th?

If I’d have known that I would have bought a physical copy from amazon!!

Nope. 17th is US only.

So some reviews are saying it’s thin on content.
It’s what I feared, sell us half a full priced product and then doc on top to keep it fresh.

cant wait for this one!!


See several review, all says is great looking game with no content. this is not worth the money they ask for… This is one of this games that will be half price very fast

The HYPE is strong in this one…


I do want this game as I am a Starwars fan but I am so unsure if it’s worth getting. I might wait a week or so for the reviews as I don’t think there is enough content there. I would of liked to see a single player campaign also. I played the beta a small amount before deleting it as I didn’t really want to ruin the surprises the game has to offer.


The surprise is the lack of content.

Oh wait, this is EA, we knew it was gonna be lacking.

No single player campaign!!? 185 dollars with season pass!!? The real question is if super star wars is coming out in the eu store? Because a 30 year old NES game holds more appeal.

I too have an expert tip,…. SAVE YOURE MONEY!! This could have been so much better than a re-skined cod.., think an open world travelling to iconic planets at will in a ship of choice. But no! Yes You can fly a ship but not through finding a grounded one in say, a hanger, its a token, a collectable. maybe next time..


Or…people can do what they want?

A Star Wars skinned CoD? That would be awesome!

I was hoping for so much more. Imagine these battles combined with a (cut down) No Mans Sky, you could have had space battles or pilot down to a surface battle maybe in a fighter or as a trooper in a transport ship.

Maybe my expectations were too high.

It does have impressive visuals though.

The people who are buying this and the season pass have more money than common sense. Supporting publishers that continue to give watered down content is doing us all a favour. Its ridiculous how shallow the included modes are, people are already bored of it after the two hours of EA access. Such a dumbed down and wasted opportunity aimed at casuals who know no better. I’m happy the reviews have rightly panned it.

Lowest review i saw was a 7/10, highest 9/10.

And what’s wrong with a casual game ? Not every shooter needs to be hardcore.

Anyway i bought the game and i have a lot of fun with it, haters gonna hate i guess

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