A Parachute is a device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag. Parachutes must slow an object's terminal vertical speed by a minimum 75% in order to be classified as such. Parachutes are used numerous times in the Battlefield Series, appearing in nearly every Battlefield game with the sole exception being Battlefield: Bad Company.
In Battlefield 1942, the parachute can be deployed when falling, though there are several restrictions on this criterion. The player must be moving at a sufficient speed to take damage, otherwise the parachute is unnecessary. The player must also be falling nearly vertically and at a certain height, otherwise the parachute will not deploy. Once deployed, the effects are immediate. The falling speed is reduced, no damage will be taken upon landing and the player can fire their weapons, although with a loss of accuracy.
Parachutes do not appear in the Secret Weapons of WWII expansion pack, instead being replaced with a jet pack.
In Battlefield Vietnam, the parachute is deployed by pressing the parachute key (default key: 9) when falling at a reasonable but effective height, though it requires a short time to deploy. Weapons can be used as normal when the parachute is deployed, but with decreased accuracy.
The Parachute in Battlefield 2 is activated by pressing the parachute key (Default key: 9). Like other installments in the series, it must be deployed at a certain height to be effective and allows players to shoot when the chute is pulled, albeit with decreased accuracy.
The Parachute in Battlefield 2142 can be opened by pressing whilst having been falling for over one second, and being some distance from the ground and any adjacent walls. It is less frequently seen in the game, as bailing out of certain vehicles puts the player into an assault pod. It is most commonly used when exiting a Titan from the rear decks, or bailing from a Gunship. It also has next to no steering capacity, which means the player will 90% of the time land directly beneath where the parachute is deployed.
While the player is vulnerable to fire, the parachute canopy itself is considered an indestructible object. This can cause an air vehicle at full health to be completely demolished on contact with a parachute. It is also possible for infantry above the parachutist to receive fatal falling damage on hitting the canopy. In both instances, the parachute user may escape with no damage.
Battlefield: Bad CompanyEdit
Though the parachute itself doesn't make an appearance in the game, it is referenced in the trophy/achievement, "Darwin's Parachute". It is obtained from falling from an air vehicle or high structure and falling to your death. The achievement itself is also a reference to the fact that the game doesn't have a parachute.
In Battlefield 1943, the parachute is usable when a player ejects from a plane or when a player jumps from high ground. It can be deployed by pressing the jump button with weapons still usable while falling toward the ground. The "Parachutist" achievement/trophy can be earned for using the parachute once, for at least two seconds.
In Battlefield Heroes the parachute can be equipped by pressing the space bar while in midair. The player can guide his/her player down to a better location using the movement buttons, and use all infantry weapons and widgets, though the player cannot look outside of the front 180 degrees arc.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit
The Parachute in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is activated by pressing the jump key while in mid-air, the parachute can be used in the singleplayer campaign, and the player has to activate the parachute in the beginning of No One Gets Left Behind. In multiplayer, players on the Russian team start out in parachutes on specific levels.
There is a glitch where the parachute wasn't deployed though it can be pulled again. Unfortunately, the game doesn't tell new players how to deploy the parachute itself and can kill them through fall damage.
Like previous installments, it allows players to shoot weapons when gliding down though with decreased accuracy. Users will also get a Parachute Kill bonus if they achieve a kill while descending with a parachute.
The parachute is available in Battlefield Play4Free, working in a similar manner to the one in Battlefield Heroes and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.
In Battlefield 3, a parachute takes time to deploy. To avoid fall damage and death, players must now deploy their chute at a sufficient altitude to slow their descent. Falls from a certain height may be fatal to the player while also being less than needed to open the parachute properly.
The player can pressor to steer. Pressing will increase the rate of descent, which may cause the player to take damage. Pressing will slow the rate of descent, and also stop drifting forward.
On maps featuring aircraft, spawning on a Radio Beacon placed in the open will cause the player to appear by parachute. The player can advance as much as 150 meters ahead of the beacon by drifting normally. The player starts from a height of about 100 meters, higher than any of the construction cranes and most towers, so beacons are often used to access these areas. Therefore, for every 1 meter the player drops, the player travels 1.5 meters forward.
In Battlefield 4, a parachute is first seen being used by US soldiers escaping a collapsing skyscraper in the Battlefield 4: "Best Moments" Multiplayer Gameplay Trailer. The parachute functions in the same manner as it did in Battlefield 3. A major difference from past installments, however, is that the player is shown pulling the cord on the parachute in first-person view when deploying it.
The September 2014 patch later allowed players to display their emblems on their parachute while deployed.
An option allows the player's parachute to deploy automatically or manually. The "manual" setting occasionally causes problems with the Obliteration gamemode for players using the paradrop spawn point before round start, as they do not yet have control of their character.
The parachute is featured in Battlefield Hardline, functioning in the same exact manner as its Battlefield 4 counterpart.
The parachute requires a greater fall height before it can be used than in prior games, and does not travel as far forward. Once deployed, it can be turned, flared, and opened as needed to control descent or avoid enemy fire.
After the November 2017 update, players who spawn in mid-air will automatically deploy a parachute.
- In Battlefield 2 and 2142, a parachuting player is able to inflict crushing damage on infantry (both friend and foe) beneath by landing directly on top of them, instantly killing them.
- Before obtaining the "Darwin's Parachute" trophy achievement in the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield: Bad Company, the description says to float in mid-air with a parachute for 3 seconds. After obtaining it however, it changes to "There is no parachute, right?".
- Throughout the initial stage of Operation Métro on Rush, transport planes fly by and deploy multiple paratroopers, and are soon shot down by Russian SAMs. The SAMs are destroyed after taking the first base.
- Looking downwards while pulling the cord in Battlefield 4 will reveal that the model is only a pair of legs jointed to hips where the body simply ends.
- A round parachute is used in games set before and during the Vietnam War. Many games set afterward use a "ram-air" parachute that allows the user to glide forward. Battlefield 2142 uses an unusual trefoil design.