The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a long range Japanese fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1940 to 1945. The A6M was usually referred to by the Allies as the "Zero" — a name that was frequently misapplied to other Japanese fighters, such as the Nakajima Ki-43—as well as other codenames and nicknames, including "Zeke", "Hamp" and "Hap".
In Battlefield 1942, the Zero is the Imperial Japanese Navy's main fighter aircraft. It has space for one player, who pilots the aircraft. It has two weapons available, its machine guns with 900 rounds of ammunition, and single bombs, with 15 units available. It spawns along with the AichiVal on the Shokaku and on certain airfields.As with other fighter aircraft, the Zero's role is mostly to support ground troops and to hunt enemy fighters and bombers. Its machine guns are very effective against lighter targets, such as aircraft and cars, and its single bomb can aid greatly in destroying enemy armor. A bomb is also efficient against emplacements, as a single well-placed bomb can destroy any anti-aircraft gun, defgun or heavy machine gun position. However, it is relatively weak against large ships, and players should rather opt for the AichiVal if they wish to sink an enemy ship. The Zero is especially fast and maneuverable, which makes it the optimal choice for dogfighting.
The Zero's prime weakness is its weak armor. Anti-aircraft guns rip through it in just a few shots. As well, the Zero requires a certain degree of skill to use effectively. Inexperienced pilots that use predictable maneuvers can be easily shot down, and sometimes do sudden turns that can send them crashing into a structure or the ground.
The Zero appears on every single Pacific theater map.
In Battlefield 1943, the Zero spawns regularly at IJN Shokaku-class aircraft carriers and bases and the "Airfield" flags on Wake Island and Iwo Jima and the "Village" flag on Guadalcanal if the IJN captures them.
In the hands of a skilled player, the Zero can be effective on almost everything. Its armament is very powerful, consisting of 4 rapid firing 7.7mm Machine Guns and a couple of bombs effective for dive bombing targets. Its main nuisance when attacking is its maneuverability and speed as this can make it very difficult to control. It is very vulnerable to other fighters and 40mm Bofors AA Guns.
The Zero's landing gear comes out at low speeds, but it is very difficult to land, either fly towards enemies and jump out at the last second or simply parachute down. However the aircraft doesn't need to land, at all, as it can be repaired, if allowed to glide just above a friendly airstrip or carrier.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the Zero can be seen briefly during the opening mission, Operation Aurora. After the player finishes off the remaining enemies after the Chi-Ha convoy is destroyed, there is a crashed Zero on the hill leading towards the next objective. When clearing the airfield and during the car chase segment, Zeros can be spotted flying around and firing at targets. In the airfield itself, a semi-destroyed Zero can be seen stationed. Also in the mission No One Gets Left Behind, in the cinematic of Marlowe saving Flynn, in the hangar there appears to be an old, rusty Zero. The Zero is never usable by the player.