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A Bayonet Charge is a tactic in which infantry, equipped with firearms attached with bayonets, attack an enemy position by closing to melee range at best speed and engaging the enemy in close quarters battle. The tactic was introduced along with the bayonet during the 18th century and was a common staple of Napoleonic warfare, due to the lengthy reload time and low accuracy of the firearms of the era. By World War I, the tactic had been made obsolete due to the improvements to rifles and the development of the machine gun, but was still frequently utilized, resulting in massive casualties. Capturing trenches were often the objective of bayonet charges over no-man's-land.
In subsequent wars, bayonet charges became increasingly rarer, only being used when friendly fire was a concern or as a "last resort". Affixing bayonets in readiness for an attack can be seen as a morale boost and can be used to rally forces, as well as signify to friend and foe the willingness to kill at close range.
Bayonet Charging is a feature of Battlefield 1. Almost all primary weapons in the game can be fitted with a bayonet, allowing the user to initiate a bayonet charge by pressing sprinting.while
A gauge around the weapon crosshair shows how long the charge can be maintained—after depleting the player will return to normal speed. A second meter in the kit HUD area shows when the player may initiate a charge. Connecting with an enemy during a bayonet charge will initiate an animation similar to a takedown and award the player with a 'bayonet charge' kill regardless of primary weapon used. The charge can kill infantry of any class, even elites. The charging player will receive reduced damage from gunfire, making a charge a somewhat viable option in one-on-one combat.
The charge is faster than sprinting and allows players to cover a short span of ground quickly and rapidly close with their target. After any charge attempt, the player must regain stamina before they can sprint or begin another charge, and can only perform melee attacks with their standard melee weapon. Consequently, a sprinting player will eventually overtake a player that has performed a charge. As a result, it is advised to only perform charges when intending to kill a player or when trying to quickly find cover.
Players initiating charges yell loudly. The yelling may be heard by players on the opposing team, which can alert them to players in their vicinity.
During the charge the player cannot fire their weapons or vault, as doing so will end the charge. A charging player cannot quickly cancel the charge, making them vulnerable to counterattack should they miss. If the player attempts to charge at too close a distance, they will instead deal moderate damage without a takedown, ending the charge. Charging reduces mobility; an opponent may dodge, giving them an opportunity to counterattack.
Should opposing players charge at each other, it appears that the last player to charge will be granted the takedown and kill, should they have room to react. It remains to be seen whether longer weapons offer an advantage.