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Black Bess (Deployment)
October 17–25, 1918
Selle River, France
Grasslands, Airship Ruins
Yes (Through Mud and Blood)
— In-Game Description
Giant's Shadow is a map that appears in Battlefield 1. First revealed in the promotion of the Battlefield 1 Ultimate Edition on Origin, the map released for free post-launch in December 20, 2016, with Premium members and those who pre-ordered any edition gaining access to the map a week in advance on the 13th.
The map takes place during the Battle of the Selle in October 1918 as part of the Allies' Hundred Days Offensive, and features the British and German armies fighting for control of Le Cateau-Wassigny Railway in the open fields along the Selle river. A crashed airship serves as the map's centrepiece. The Armored Train is the map's behemoth. The map also introduces the new gadget for the Support class, the Grenade Crossbow.
The terrain of Giant's Shadow is that of a gradual valley, comprised mostly of farmland, with a few built up areas on the periphery. A crashed airship, which has split into many sections upon impact and half-buried in the hillside, provides both the immediate visual and strategic focal point of the map, due to its prominent position on the high ground squarely in the map center. The surrounding hillocks, fields and dirt roads of the valley's lower ground are devoid of cover save for a few scattered boulders, trees and roadside ditches. Traversing the valley floor can therefore be perilous when on foot, as players can be quite easily picked off at range from the enemy controlled high ground.
The Village and Railyard, on the north and south ends of the map respectively, offer more considerable cover, as well as the possibility of close-quarters fighting. The map also features a shallow river, running parallel to a single-track railway in a curved path from the north-west, passing through the Village on the map's northern side as well as the nose section of the downed airship before continuing to the south-east. Due to its location in a valley, the fog on this map is noticeably thicker than on others, should it roll in during the battle.
The Behemoth of this map is the Armored Train, travelling into the map boundaries from the losing team's side of the map. Its track runs across the map east to south-west, putting the train in proximity to the >B, >C and >F objectives.
Spawns one Motorcycle and one Scout Car. Provides one extra tank spawn if the flag is taken by the Germans.
Spawns one Motorcycle. A QF-1 AA gun is emplaced in the back yard of the houses on the east side of the capture zone.
Lower Crash SiteEdit
Situated at slightly lower ground, the objective encompasses the sunken nose of the airship, partially submerged in the river. Yellow helium tanks litter the ground inside the shattered frame of the Airship, which become an explosive hazard if shot or driven into. FK 96 spawn CNW
Upper Crash SiteEdit
The tail end of the airship came to rest at a slightly higher elevation that the rest of the Airship's fragments. Fallen gun canopies on both the north and south side of the blimp can be used as makeshift bunkers, as their 20mm armament remains mounted and sighted towards the base of each side of the hill. FK 96 spawn CSE
Spawns one Motorcycle.
Spawns one Motorcycle and one Scout Car. Grants an additional Tank spawn if captured by the British. A QF-1 AA Gun is emplaced on the platform between the main road and the rail track, directly adjacent to the flag itself.
Domination takes place around the Railyard on the map's south side. The play area includes the shunting area lined with cargo cars to the east as well as the backside of the houses up a short hill to the west.
The Supply area is identified as a small shed on the north-east side of the play area. The capture zone, which extends a considerable distance southwards, is partially surrounded by a wooden fence, which provides a destructible line of sight blocker, as well as two rows of train cars further to the south and west, which form a more permanent obstruction.
The Maintenance Yard is a small objective situated on the platform on the map's southern edge. The capture radius includes two rows of train cars that can be used as cover, by either going inside them or lying underneath them.
This objective, which confusingly shares a name with an objective in Italy, is positioned on a raised foundation behind the row of buildings to the west. The capture zone includes an initially intact stable building, while the flag itself is surrounded by piles of lumber and a tall wooden fence.
Team Deathmatch takes place around the Railyard.
War Pigeons takes place in the same area as Team Deathmatch.
- Giant's Shadow appears to be based on the final map of the first War Story, Through Mud and Blood.
- In the Polish version of Battlefield 1 this map is named "Upadek Kolosa", which means "The Fall of Giant".
- Despite the map's historical setting during the Allies' Hundred Days Offensive, in the Rush game mode the Germans are the attackers and the British who are defending.