Battlefield briefing: Progression and cosmetics


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Our design approach for earning XP in Battlefield 2042 is to reward the most XP to players who play the objectives and stick with their teams and squads until the match ends, followed by further various actions such as kills, assists and other support actions.

On top of that, Ribbons are a great way to earn XP, and we are excited that they are back in a new way for Battlefield 2042. Ribbons are earned by completing different gameplay objectives, and have up to 3 tiers which each will grant a greater XP reward. The more progress you make on a specific Ribbon, the more XP you’ll earn at the end of round. Here’s a few examples of some of those Ribbons:

  • Objective Ribbon - Play the objective
  • Wingman Ribbon - Support teammates with revives and various assists
  • Logistics Ribbon - Heal and resupply others and repair vehicles
  • Intel Ribbon - Spot and disrupt enemies, such as via EMP’s or destroying drones
  • Combat Ribbon - Score kills and destroy vehicles


Once you earn enough XP, you are promoted to the next Player Level. With every new level comes new rewards, including weapons, gadgets, cosmetics, and more.

When first starting your journey you’ll have access to a varied set of Specialists, weapons, vehicles and gadgets. This allows you to discover several playstyles before you come across further unlocks during the leveling up process.


Hardware you unlock has its own mastery-based progression journey, with you earning new unlocks for reaching certain criteria with that hardware. For example, score enough kills with the M5A3 assault rifle to unlock a new scope. Or for a vehicle, gain new equipment as you use it to accomplish goals (like capturing points).


With Battlefield 2042, you’ll have a customizable Player Card that will allow you to show off your Player Level, Player Icon and Title, Player Card Art (background) and up to three Badges you’ve earned by mastering your weapons, vehicles, gadgets and Specialists. Your Player Level, or later S-level, is determined by your overall progression, with no separate levels tied to class or weapon and vehicle performance.

You’ll be able to see and customize your own Player Card via the Play screen.


As a reminder, we also have cross-progression functionality within Battlefield 2042, which will be shared across all platforms and travel with you wherever you go as long as you play on the same EA account. This means your unlocked progress and completed purchases in your PlayStation® copy of the game will carry over onto the Xbox or PC version, and vice versa.


Battlefield 2042 will have a wide variety of cosmetics to give you flexibility when it comes to choosing appearances for your Specialists and Loadout, enabling you to express yourself on the Battlefield in a way that’s important to you.

You’ll be able to earn cosmetics through gameplay, or by purchasing them.


There are multiple ways of earning skins and cosmetics for Specialists, weapons and vehicles. These cosmetics are available in the following rarities:

  • Common (Grey)
  • Rare (Blue)
  • Epic (Purple)
  • Legendary (Gold)
Rare and Epic Specialist skins have both a Headgear component and a Body component. You can mix and match Headgears with different bodies if you wish. However, Legendary skins are a single outfit and cannot be mixed with any other skin.

Here are some examples of cosmetics you’ll earn and unlock by playing the game, through the Mastery:

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