Getting Started as Grunt
So you're completely new to Squad and you have absolutely no idea what to do? That's okay, we've all been there and we've all moved from that point, and so can you with this useful guide provided by the community! Read and use the links provided to help you get your Squad experience started!
Step 1: Before you get started
First, read up on the full description of what kind of game Squad is. This will set you into the right mindset what to expect from playing Squad.
Second, watch the short clips from the official tutorial series on YouTube. They are short, informative and highly illustrated.
- Starting the Game (December 2015)
- Communication & Navigation (December 2015)
- Game Modes (January 2016)
- Rally Points, FOBs & Construction (March 2016)
- Medics & Battlefield Survival (May 2016)
- IEDs (May 2017)
- Anti-Tank Mines (May 2017)
- Mortars (May 2017)
Third, memorize the Squad Quick Start Guide - it shows all the basic controls, map elements and gameplay mechanics in one simple picture. Print it, frame it and put it up next to your computer screen.
Step 2: Learn your basics
|“||There is fun to be had on the Firing Range.||„|
There is lot to learn for a new Squad player. Better do your first baby steps at your own pace without pressure from flying bullets and screaming squad leaders. Do it for your own sake and that of others. If you have no clue whatsoever and go right into a multiplayer game, you will become a burden to your squad and your entire team. You will not enjoy it and you will lessen the experience of others too. Don't be that guy...
When the map has loaded, the first thing you have to do is spawn onto the map. Before you spawn, you might want to choose a kit you want to start with (you can change it later at any time). Before you can choose from all available kits, you have to first create a new squad.
So what should you do on the Firing Range now?
- Try out the controls and customize them to your liking. For example, you will need to bring up the map often, M is far off, maybe bind it to CAPS. While you're at it, also check the gameplay settings, you may want to modify some of them too.
- Try out different graphic settings. Better get this out of the way now.
- Try out all kits and all weapons. Only on the Firing Range are all kit restrictions lifted and you can try out every kit - you can change kits at ammo crates or at respawn. There is a shooting range with lots of targets on the map - go shoot them.
- Try out vehicles. There are plenty on Jensen's Range, including a test track to drive them on. For more information on vehicles, check out Getting Started with Vehicles.
- Check out the HUD on your screen. There isn't much, but those few elements are important.
- Check out the map - you will need it often and it will be your best friend later. Open it now, learn how to zoom and scroll and what all these little symbols mean.
- Just get familiar with the game, particularly the most important controls.
- If you feel like it, you can also load other maps than Jensen's Range using console commands.
Before we are done, you need to understand the following important concepts, otherwise you're unable to properly play and understand a multiplayer game.
- Voice communication is king in Squad. Get your mic ready and check out the comm controls.
- Understand the health system in Squad so you know what to do in the different health states you or others may be in.
- Understand Deployables and the Logistic System behind it. This is an integral part of the game. Don't worry, initially, all you have to do is help build deployables by shovelling them. If you're unlucky, the Squad Leader may ask you to do a "logi run" - find out more about this in Getting Started with Vehicles.
- Squad has different game modes. Check them out so you know roughly what you get yourself into once you go into the multiplayer. Most servers run the game mode Advance and Secure, make sure to read up on that one.
Finally, if you want to be fully prepared, go watch a few Twitch streams or YouTube videos of full matches. This gives you an execellent preparation for the typical flow and actions in a multiplayer match of Squad. On Twich streams you can also ask questions and often get instantly great explanations and tips from the Pros.
Step 3: Dare into multiplayer matches
|“||The match has started. Go, go, go.||„|
Now you are ready to head into your first multiplayer match.
Find a good match and squad
Let's get you into a game. In the server broswer you pick a server to play on. 'Choosing the right server and the right squad to play with is key, it will determine a large portion of your experience with Squad, whether this will be good or bad. Hence, choose wisely and according to the following tips.
- Most servers are run by communities from specific regions in the world. With the region, often the main spoken language on that server is determined (although some regions are also good with English as a second language, others are not). Ideally, you play on servers in your region and with your own language. Alternatively, you can choose an English-spoken server. It is pointless to play on a server where you can't communicate with the others. Take a close look at the server names, they usually give away their region.
- A full server will usually more busy than a half populated server. Better start on half populated servers - the Squad Leaders and squad members will be more willing to support you.
Once you enter the server, you will be automatically assigned to one of the two teams. Now look for a squad that isn't locked or full and join them. When choosing your squad, consider the following points:
- As a new player, you shouldn't create a new squad. This will automatically make you the Squad Leader. Believe me, you're not prepared for this yet, let others take on this high responsibility. For the beginning, limit yourself to only joining existing squads.
- If you cannot find an available squad, try to change the team (if the auto-balancing lets you) to look for an open squad. If you can't find one, change to another server.
- When you join the squad, you can first listen in for a short while to determine if this squad is communicating or not. If it's all quiet for a minute or more, it's not a good sign. Maybe better join another squad instead.
- When you decide to stay with this squad, say a short "Hi" over squad comm. Normally, you will get a friendly "hello" back from all squad members. Also, you have to tell them you're new, so they know to go easy on you and show you the ropes. A good squad will do this.
- For your first few games, pick a rifleman kit and leave the specalist kits for experienced members. In the future you should ask the Squad Leader what kit he needs and go with that one.
- Have a look at the map to see where you should spawn. Usually, try to spawn as close to the squad or Squad Leader as possible. You can also ask the Squad Leader where you should spawn or if you should hold the spawn and wait.
Play, learn and follow orders
Now you're in the game and the action starts. Try to consider the following guidelines for a smooth start and learning experience:
- Follow the orders from your Squad Leader. Always. As good as you can. If you don't understand the order, ask back. In all game modes, Squad is objective-based. You don't win the match single-handedly by a high kill/death ratio but through objective-based teamplay. You won't understand the objectives at the beginning, but your Squad Leader does. Listen to him.
- Don't just spawn when you joined a squad but first ask your Squad Leader what is the current objective and where and when he wants you to spawn.
- Stay with your squad. Don't wander off. Never lone wolf.
- Ask for help. It's your time to learn now and others are happy to help you. We all started as beginners. Good players know that.
- When you get incapacitated, don't give up and respawn. Call out to your medic and wait to get revived. You just saved your team a ticket - a ticket towards victory.
- The map is your best friend. Use it; use it a lot; open it up every few seconds. The map is your best tool to distinguish between friend and foe.
- Communicate. Voice communication is an integral game mechanic in Squad and, once you have gotten used to it, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game. Being good at communication takes time, learn it from your fellow players.
- If you found a good Squad Leader, stay with him for multiple rounds.
- Enjoy the experience.
|Lesson of the day|
If, at any time, you're not comfortable with your Squad Leader or squad members, change the squad, team or server.
Don't stay in a hostile, toxic or silent squad. Never. It only spoils your experience with Squad.
Step 4: What lies beyond
Keep playing. With more experience, more depth and options become available to you. Here are some indications:
- Start playing specialist roles. The Medic is most often in demand - but make sure you know the health system and mechanics first. Also, anti-tank is often needed. But also try other roles.
- Read this official blog for tips and these guides without and with illustration recommended.
- Read some of the many guides. Tons to be found on Steam. Highly recommend reads: The Cheesy Tactical Guide for SQUAD and DocEast's Herding Cats - Squad Leader Concepts and Thoughts.
- Watch more Twitch streams or YouTube videos of full matches. Learn from the best.
- Getting Started with Vehicles.
- Getting Started as Squad Leader.
- Join the Squad community on Discord and the official forums.
- Join a clan or community.
- Play in tournaments and events.