Tips for beginners


You can use any terminal or deployed Sunderer to instantly restore your shields, reload your weapons* and recharge your ability energy. Simply approach the terminal and double tap the action key (E). This process may be a bit slow if this is your first terminal interaction since you logged in. 

Engineers can use this feature to repair a Sunderer indefinitely, as resupplying instantly cooldowns their repair tool.

* – if you’re going to use resupplying to reload your weapons, make sure you’re not reloading at the moment, otherwise reloading animation will still play after resupplying. You can bypass this simply by equipping anything that doesn’t need reloading before resupplying, like a pistol or a tool or a consumable.

Special Tactics

  • Before accepting a revive under fire, press Ctrl + F10 to disable the UI. That way you’ll clearly see what happens around your corpse, and you’ll be able to judge when and if you should accept the revive. Example.
  • Additionally, if you wait for 10 seconds after dying, your shields will start regenerating as soon as you revive, increasing your survivability a bit (wait time is reduced if you use ASC).
  • Disabling the UI can also make using Phoenix rocket launcher more convenient, in which case you might want to rebind it from Ctrl + F10 to something more convenient. 
  • You can avoid fall damage by jumping down on sloped surfaces. More detailed explanation with examples.
  • Using a gravity lift or a jump pad gives you immunity to fall damage for a few seconds.
  • You can get to the roof of a Tech Plant by first jumping up on one of the turrets, and then jumping to the roof itself. 
  • Gate Shield Diffusor vehicle ability can be used to drive across enemy-controlled energy bridges. Example.

Hate “cheap” tactics?

Give it a read. It doesn’t apply to PlanetSide 2 fully, since the “win” condition is poorly defined, but it should broaden your horizons a bit.

A proper mind-set

Being calm, focused and lighthearted is important. If you feel all-consuming rage every time you die to the point of breaking your keyboard and punching a wall, then stop playing.

Go relax, drink a cup of tea, whatever. You can go do some physical workout, but don’t try to transfer your rage at the game into doing push-ups with growling and grinding your teeth. 

Do not lash out, do not blow off steam. Psychological studies have shown that letting out the aggression only makes it more likely to come back later. Learn to contain your emotions. 

Might be a good idea to quit for a few days, too.

Don’t stare at your KD. Remember that PlanetSide 2 is a game to play and feel joy. There are no rules and no obligations, nobody can tell you how to play it.

Find something that you love doing, and do it. You’re not obligated to score an auraxium medal for every gun you have, that’s just a goal some of the bored or collector players set for themselves.

You’re not obligated to care about your stats, that’s just a tool used by some players to stroke their ego.

If you’re doing badly at something, try doing something else. 

I like the Korean StarCraft 2 players mindset:

“Defeats are much more important than victories. When I win, I learn nothing. But when I lose, I learn a valuable lesson – I made a mistake somewhere. Now I can analyze what I did wrong and prevent myself from repeating that mistake in the future.”

Watch these two videos: Video 1Video 2. The author talks about losing streaks in League of Legends, but it applies to dying in PlanetSide 2 too.


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