A Dog Tag or Dogtag is the informal name for the identification tags worn by military personnel, nicknamed as such because of their resemblance to actual dog tags. The tag is primarily used for the identification of dead and wounded along with providing essential basic medical information for the treatment of the latter such as blood type and history of inoculations.
Dog tags are usually fabricated from a corrosion-resistant metal or alloy such as aluminum, monel or stainless-steel, although during war-time they have been made from whatever metals were available. In the event the member has a medical condition that requires special attention, an additional red tag with the pertinent information is issued and worn with the dog tags.
Dog Tags were introduced in Battlefield 2142 to reward players who earned knife kills. Players who earned 50 career knife kills were also awarded the "Dogtag Dagger", a cosmetic replacement for the knife.
The dog tags collected do not differ in any way, except for the name of the killed player changing accordingly. An example dog tag with the name "[DICE]ThXu4βp1y" appears at the end of the game's introductory video, an enduring thank-you to beta testers.
Players could view their dog tag collection in the "BFHQ" game menu, or on various online stat servers (including EA's own).
Bad Company SeriesEdit
Dog Tags in the Bad Company series are obtained in the same manner to Battlefield 2142 but have different appearances based on the owner's rank:
- Bronze - Earned for killing someone in ranks 0-22.
- Silver - Earned for killing someone in ranks 23-40.
- Gold - Earned for killing someone in ranks 41-50.
Extra points are awarded in Battlefield: Bad Company for knifing an enemy depending on their in game level. For example, if an enemy is level 10 when knifed, 10 extra points will be awarded to their killer.
Players can view all the dog tags they have earned at the "Stats" section of the main menu of either Bad Company game. There the player can view the Xbox Live Gamertag, EA Account ID or PlayStation Network username of every person killed using the knife.
Dog tags in Battlefield 3 are divided into two sets - standard tags, such as rank icons, weapon tags and other easily acquirable tags are in this class. This class represents the left tag, and is on the same tag as the player's name and clan tag. "Special" tags, such as those for previous Battlefield games, and more high-profile tags, are represented on the second, right-hand tag.
Players can customize the appearance of their dog tags to personalize the tags, displaying user's IDs, ranks, images, etc., to distinguish themselves when killed. This is done through using the Dog tag editor on Battlelog or the Dog tag menu on consoles. Special designs of dog tags are awarded for multiple things, such as ranking up, acquiring weapon service stars and acquiring ribbons.
Dog Tags are obtained by performing knife takedowns on enemies, which is reflected in the kill animations which depict a victim's tags being ripped off.
- Main article: Dog Tag/Collectible Dog Tags
Collectible Dog Tags are featured throughout the singleplayer campaign of Battlefield 4, functioning similarly to Collectible Weapons. Once found, the Dog Tags can be utilized in multiplayer. There are a total of 22 collectible dog tags throughout the campaign.
- Main article: Dog Tag/Multiplayer Dog Tags
Dog Tags in Battlefield 4 function similarly to that of Battlefield 3. Enemy dog tags are obtained through either knife takedowns or counter knife takedowns. The game features more than 600 dog tags which can be obtained in various ways such as completing Assignments, weapon or gametype mastery, promotions, Battlepacks and more.
The game now displays the left dog tag on top of the right one and then swaps them around showing the right tag over the left tag before disappearing.
Dog Tags return in Battlefield 1 as a reward for some melee kills. The design is primitive—a circular tag.
Because bayonets affixed to firearms grant kills earned to the firearm, dog tags are not received from charging an enemy.