The Car Bomb is a usable multiplayer tactic that tends to find use in many Battlefield games. This tactic is often frowned upon by experienced players, especially when used to destroy M-COM stations in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. However, the tactic proves appealing in terms of material expended (a single soldier, an easily replaceable car, and some explosives) to potential damage inflicted.
- Equip a vehicle (normally a light vehicle, but can be used on other vehicles, albeit less effectively) with C4 and/or TNT
- Drive towards a target (M-COM Station, IFV, MBT or well-defended building)
- Exit the vehicle (typically allowing it to drift the remainder of the way)
- Quickly detonate the explosives placed on the vehicle.
On games where friendly fire is disabled and self-damage from explosives is not an issue, the user may be able to switch to an open seat where personal weapons may be used, sparing the vehicle for a quick getaway, and taking only damage from the exploding target. Teammates can similarly occupy the vehicle while the user is clear from the explosion.
An alternative method for suicide car bombing in Battlefield 3 involves placing mines on the vehicle, driving to the target, and crashing into it. This will detonate the mines instantly, killing the driver, and almost certainly destroying the target.
This tactic should be used with caution, as should any enemy see you before you reach your target, a well-placed shot can detonate the set charges and kill anyone inside the vehicle. If this tactic is being used against enemy tanks, it is advised to do so by flanking it and hitting it from the sides or rear, as if it sees you, it is unlikely that you will reach it before it fires upon you. In BF3, frag rounds are widely available and can easily set off enemy explosives.
Should the attack fail, the attacker must deal with the consequences of being stranded on foot next to an enemy vehicle.
Car bombing is normally used to destroy enemy vehicles such as tanks, M-COM stations or, on occasion, infantry. There are several methods used to accomplish this:
- C4 UAV: Requires two or more players. One player activates the UAV computer to fly the UAV, but does not take off. The other player(s) cover the UAV with C4 explosive. Player One flies to an M-COM station or enemy tank and his/her teammates then detonate the C4, damaging the objective or tank. The UAV suffers no damage and can be flown back to the UAV console for another load of C4. To prevent attacking players from using this often frustrating tactic, the Defenders may shoot at the UAV, prematurely detonating the C4.
- Booby trapped vehicle: A player places TNT or C4 on a vehicle and drive it to where the enemy is spawning, then exits the vehicle and waits nearby. When one or more enemy players decide to get into the booby-trapped vehicle, the player detonates the explosive, getting points both for destroying the vehicle and killing enemies. Alternatively, a booby-trapped vehicle may be parked at a strategic choke-point, and when it is approached by enemy soldiers it is blown up, killing them. A player who anticipates having their vehicle locked down and stolen may use this tactic to specifically target such enemies. Since unoccupied vehicles disappear from the minimap when commandeered by the enemy, the trapper can even keep watch remotely.
- C4 Quad bike: Very similar to the UAV tactic except only requiring a single player. A quad bike is loaded with C4 and driven to an enemy M-COM station, whereupon the explosives are detonated. This tactic is harder to counter than the C4 UAV - one method is to plant anti-tank mines near the M-COM stations (they have to be distant enough to not damage the station when they go off).
- RDX Drone: A very uncommon tactic in Battlefield 2142 is to plant RDX on a squad leader drone, and send them into trouble. Should friendly fire be disabled, the squad leader may even survive the encounter. This is used where vehicles cannot fit, such as inside buildings or Titan corridors.
Before it was patched out of Battlefield 3, a similar tactic was available with MAVs and EOD Bots.