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How to level up fast in Battlefield 2042: Level cap & fastest way to gain XP

Looking to rank up fast in Battlefield 2042? Here’s our guid eon the level cap and best ways to gain XP in DICE’s latest game.

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Leveling up in Battlefield 2042 can be quite the grind for players. For those who don’t have the time to play hours on end, there are some simple ways to level up fast and effectively.

Battlefield 2042 players haven’t been the most excited about the game’s launch, highlighting many glitches and issues. Having said that, the developers are working on updates, which is exciting for those who are fans of the franchise.

There are many great aspects of the new Battlefield though, especially when it comes to the variety of weapons available.

For those enjoying the game and looking to unlock all the game has to offer, here’s our guide on the level cap and how to level up faster in Battlefield 2042.

Battlefield 2042’s level cap

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There is currently no battle pass system in Battlefield 2042, with its first season of content set to drop in early 2022. With that being said, there are plenty of levels and content to get through prior to the first season.

The max level in Battlefield 2042 is currently Level 99. However, once you reach this level, there is an option to go even further. After getting through Level 99, you will then progress through S-Levels.

S-Levels start from S001 and end all the way up to S999, which is effectively Level 1098. That means there are around 1098 total Levels in Battlefield 2042 when you include the S-Levels.

How to level up faster in Battlefield 2042

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While there are more levels past 99, you won’t actually unlock anything new. So, in order to obtain everything the game has to offer, all you need to do is reach Level 99.

This is still a pretty big grind, but luckily there are fast ways for players to reach it. Of course, playing the game as much as possible will help, especially if you play with friends, as this gives you additional XP.

However, making sure you are completing certain actions will add a bonus to the XP you’re getting.

Completing Battlefield 2042 challenges

Battlefield 2042 Dozer specialist

The most obvious way to gain XP fast is through completing objectives and challenges. Securing flags and completing game mode objectives will give you additional XP, but getting challenges done for Specialists will also help greatly.

Every Specialist in Battlefield 2042 has a variety of challenges to unlock skins. These challenges are great for XP, so make sure you’re focusing on completing them if you want to level up fast.

Battlefield 2042 Ribbons

Battlefield 2042 Ribbons

Players also gain Ribbons from certain actions in-game, which ultimately add additional XP to the amount earned from simply playing a match. The following actions will award players with Ribbons:

  • Killing enemy players
  • Getting assists on squadmates kills
  • Healing fellow players
  • Using EMP’s
  • Destroying enemy vehicles
  • Using the Recon Drone gadget to spot enemies and vehicles
  • Ranger Kills
  • Resupplying your allies with ammo

As well as all this, completing Specialist challenges to gain

Level up fast in the Portal mode

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Previously, there were Portal exploits that allowed players to level up fast. A lot of these have now been patched, but there are still great ways to gain XP in the mode.

Search for XP Farm Servers and participate in killing bots/enemy players to gain XP. This is an easy way to gain XP through getting kills, as there isn’t much of a challenge.

We’re not sure how much longer these XP Farms will exist, as it does seem like the developers are eager to clamp down on them. So, make sure you take advantage while you can!

Hazard Zone

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There are other ways for you to level up faster in Battlefield 2042. The game’s Hazard Zone mode is also great, but may not be the most effective due to its slower pace.

You’ll also need to gain a decent amount of kills, as well as extract all your items, which may be more difficult to achieve consistently than a standard Conquest match.


That’s all you need to know about leveling up fast in EA’s Battlefield 2042.

For those looking to unlock higher-tier weapons like the AC-42, which is currently dominating, you’ll definitely want to follow this guide.

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Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode

Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.

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Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.

Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.

The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.

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Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.

Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.

Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”

This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.

“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”

More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.

DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

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How to fix Battlefield 2042 Error Code 3:9001

Battlefield 2042 players have been unable to launch the game after the Error Code 3:9001 popped up, but we have a simple fix.

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Battlefield 2042 devs have released the first update of 2022, but Update 3.2 has caused the frustrating Error Code 3:9001 which prevents Steam players from launching the game. But, we’ve got a simple fix for the issue.

Battlefield 2042 has been suffering from numerous bugs, glitches, and crashes, and DICE attempted to solve some of the worst offenders with January 20’s Update 3.2.

Unfortunately, this has caused the ‘Error Code 3:9001’ to pop up, preventing Steam users from launching the game.

Luckily, there’s a simple fix for the issue, so you can get back to playing Battlefield 2042 in no time.

How to fix Error Code 3:9001 in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Specialists in Hazard Zone mode

While Battlefield 2042’s Error Code 3:9001 is frustrating, there’s an easy way to get around it by changing some settings within Steam.

Here’s how to get rid of Battlefield 2042’s 3:9001 Error Code:

  1. Open your Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Battlefield 2042
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Updates
  5. Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates
  6. Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it
  7. Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam
Battlefield 2042 Steam update settings menu

What appears to have gone wrong here was Steam didn’t automatically download the update for players, so the error code has popped up when players tried to launch an out-of-date version of Battlefield 2042.

However, setting the game to only ‘only update when I launch it’ will force the game to recognize and begin installing the update. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to resume playing Battlefield 2042 as soon as the update’s over.

Battlefield 2042’s next update is scheduled for February, which finally brings a proper Scoreboard to the game. Then, Season 1 is expected to begin in March, bringing a new map.

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Battlefield 2042 could go free-to-play after EA “very disappointed” with release

EA are reportedly considering a free-to-play model for Battlefield 2042 after its poor release and low player count.

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According to reliable leaker Tom Henderson, EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s launch and are considering making the game free-to-play in some capacity.

The free-to-play model has been adopted by almost every publisher in the games industry, pulling in as many players as possible and then selling in-game cosmetics to rake in an incredible amount of money.

Microsoft made the incredible decision to make Halo Infinite’s multiplayer free-to-play, and Warzone, Fortnite, and Apex continue to dominate the shooter market.

Many expected Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone to be the free-to-play offering, but this wasn’t the case. However, it’s been reported that EA are considering adding a free-to-play element to the game after its disappointing launch.

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Battlefield 2042 was one of the most anticipated shooters of 2021 but issues such as poor performance, the disappearance of the classic class system, and the controversial bullet spread mechanic turned away both new and returning players.

A declining player count has meant that 2018’s Battlefield V has had more players on Steam, and EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with how it has performed.

Industry insider Tom Henderson reported the news on January 20, claiming that EA are “looking at all options” with Battlefield 2042, which includes looking at free-to-play “in some capacity.”

It remains to be seen what this free-to-play model may look like, but Henderson said that he’ll reveal more information on January 21.

The community wasn’t convinced that going free would help Battlefield 2042, as the issues are rooted in the game itself. “Making it F2P will only give them another 10k players for like 2 weeks and then those players will leave,” said one player. “This game is gonna get ditched.”

“Sadly, I’m happy that they’ve admitted being very disappointed with it,” explained another popular leaker, TheMW2Ghost. “Hopefully that’ll shift the game in the right direction, and adding a **scoreboard** to the game isn’t seen as an incredible act of legacy feature implementation.”

DICE recently unveiled plans to add a proper Scoreboard to Battlefield 2042, and while fans were happy to see it return, they were shocked it was never there in the first place.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with more information surrounding EA’s future plans for Battlefield 2042.

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