This new player intro includes quick tips, a detailed step-by-step introduction, basic ground combat instruction and secrets, turret instruction and tips, and a FAQ for new players.

Summary (the quickie version)Edit

(based-on, with permission, jason_ac's Warhawk Newbie Guide)

Welcome to Warhawk! Come play the game that in 2009, still says is "an exquisitely balanced, insanely fun game that works on multiple scales simultaneously. We have no shame in calling it one of the best multiplayer experiences we've ever had, and it would seem we're not alone. Warhawk is still packed with people that play at all hours of the day or night".

Visit the wiki from time to time, these tips are always being updated (the rest of the wiki is too). Some of these tips only apply if you have the full game, ignore those if you're just trying the demo.

You can read about the game here. You can get the game for $30 from Target WITH Bluetooth earpiece (or just use your cellphone's earpiece, or get a USB headset). After you've launched the game and it's downloaded any outstanding patches, do the ground & vehicle Tutorials (it's in the demo, and added to the full game by patch 1.50). Give up on the flight Tutorial the minute you're finding it too'll get back to it soon. While ultimately a pilot is the most powerful role in the game, staying alive in the air in-game is hard so for your very first games you're probably going to be sticking to the ground anyway.

For the full game buy the Warhawk Booster Packs off the PSN Store so you have the extra maps & vehicles so you can play any game (sometimes there's a discounted bundle for all 3 boosters...if you don't have a credit card, buy a PSN card). Consider taking a spare controller and trying a few 2-player experiments in offline games you create yourself. Look over all the instructions for the game, free new game modes, & the booster packs (the original pack-in manual is missing a lot of info; also, the demo only has Capture the Flag...CTF). Then go online and join a "Rookie" server (whose name will be in a green font). Filter to show only servers with either Team Deathmatch or CTF, whichever you like most. In CTF start by staying at home and be a flag defender.

Spend your time in a turret, and running around on foot. Use your mic a lot. Then graduate to leaving your base...take risks, it's a team game, your life is cheap, so get out there and learn! You also need to start flying. You will want to learn while you're still facing equally inexperienced opponents. After a few games you should be sure to play sometimes in the air, and sometimes on the ground. Other tips, explanations, and facts for new players can be found by reading this entire article, and the main Game Tips and Tricks article.

One warning...some veteran players who are cheap/cheaters create fake "rookie" accounts and play in the rookie servers because they like pounding on newbies. These "Alts" (alternate accounts) will be tough for you to fight, unfortunately.

General Strategies for first gamesEdit

(based-on, with permission, jason_ac's Warhawk Newbie Guide)

Welcome to Warhawk! Here's what you'll need to know, in roughly the order you'll need to know it in.

Visit the wiki from time to time, these tips are always being updated (the rest of the wiki is too).

Are People Still Playing!Edit

Yes! In 2010, tens of thousands play ranked & unranked games regularly. In 2009, said it is "an exquisitely balanced, insanely fun game that works on multiple scales simultaneously. We have no shame in calling it one of the best multiplayer experiences we've ever had, and it would seem we're not alone. Warhawk is still packed with people that play at all hours of the day or night".

And there is a vibrant, thriving forum community.

Read a tiny bit about the game here, and get a small glimpse of why it stays so popular.

Is there a free demo?Edit

Yes, there is! Try it if you like. The demo lets you play Capture the Flag on Island Outpost with the layout "Installation" and you can play it unlimited times. The full game is 100 times better though! More Game Modes, longer games, more maps, bigger maps, better, more creative players, more teamwork, expansion packs....

Yes, it's toughEdit

Yes, expect the game to be a real challenge to get good at, and maybe a bit confusing/overwhelming at first. That's because the game allows you to do so much, it means there's a lot you have to learn how to deal with. Take heart, and hopefully this guide will help you start having fun immediately, prevent confusion, and make you feel like you will be able to master the game. Part of being effective in Warhawk is less about your button-pressing speed, and more about learning what are effective things to do in many and varied situations. Once you've learned WHAT you're supposed to do...which will take a while to learn it all...then it comes down to execution (button-pressing). On the plus side, it's a level playing field. The vets don't have better weapons than you, or more health, or anything. They just know what to do and have more practice doing it.

Get the game cheap!Edit

(Some of this info is out-of-date) I think it may be only $15 for a downloadable version on the PSN Store right now (booster/expansion packs not included?). I've seen the base game at Target for $30 WITH Bluetooth earpiece. You can also get it at Amazon for $30 with NO headset. Currently on the base game is offered for $15.99 sometimes having free shipping. And sometimes you can get a great deal at Game Stop. For instance, $5 used (in excellent condition; no headset). You can use any cell phone's Bluetooth earpiece with the game, and there are USB headsets that work with it too (like SOCOM's, Logitech's, etc). For more info on headset choices, pros/cons, etc, read What_headsets_can_I_use?

Buy as Disk or Download?Edit

You can buy this on Blu-ray disc or as a PSN Store download.

Download Cons:

  • There are a few restrictions on the download version, as with any PS3 download game. It can only be played with the PSN ID that did the purchasing. It can only be used on 5 different PS3s in total (beyond 5 PS3s you'd have to re-purchase the game), and you must wait 24hrs between each use on different PS3s.
  • It does not come with a manual, though complete documentation is available at Warhawk Help.
  • It doesn't come with the (short) bonus video on the behind-the-scenes of the creation of Warhawk
  • If you get tired of the game and want to sell it (but really who would?) you can't because it is a digital copy.

Download Pros:

  • Many people become very addicted to Warhawk and play it a lot, and one forum user thought that may be what made their Blu-Ray drive die. With a download, this wouldn't be an issue.

Get the latest patchEdit

If you have the full game, make sure you're running the latest patch. If you install and startup the game, it should automatically prompt you to download the latest one, which as of Sept. 2009 is # 1.50 (which came out Aug. 2008)

Buy Add-On packs...or no?Edit

In the PlayStation Network Store, Sony sells add-on "booster" packs for the full Warhawk game that include new maps and vehicles (jetpack, APC, & dropship). While many standard games can be played online without any problem, if you finish an online round and the next game uses an add-on that you don't own, you will be forced off the server. Your options are to either buy the add-on packs and you'll have complete freedom (sometimes there's a discounted bundle for all 3 boosters), or set a filter on your Server List so that you're only shown servers for which you have "All Maps Resident". Or accept being auto-booted every so often.

If you don't have a credit card, head out to a store and buy a PlayStation Network gift card.

If you want to save money, you can start playing straight Warhawk. If you like it enough, THEN start buying the expansions. You can find plenty of standard games to enjoy.

As of Oct. 2009, no new booster packs or new game are expected anytime soon, so if you buy them your purchase isn't going to become obsolete anytime soon.

Finish the tutorials...or no?Edit

Completing the flight portion of the tutorial is tougher than completing the ground and vehicle tutorials. Since flight online is rather challenging (you will be shot down VERY frequently), and you will probably start out on the ground anyway, you may wish finish the ground & vehicle tutorials, then give up on the flight Tutorial the minute you're finding it too difficult. Play your first online games on the ground.

The converse to that advice is to start digging into flying from the get-go. Since it will take so long to get good at it, the sooner you start, the sooner you'll be good. But if you are someone who prefers ground, or initially is finding flying to be frustrating, then don't fly for now.

Also, go on to a website such as, where you can look up multitudes of gameplay videos. After watching these and doing tutorials, you should be in great shape to learn how to play effectively.

You also get a bronze trophy for completing each of the training courses so you get 3 bronze trophies total.

Play online or offline?Edit

Most Warhawk play is online. But while learning, you may wish to create a local game with just yourself to experiment (there are no bots though). You can drive or fly around the maps to familiarize yourself. If you have 2-4 controllers, you can split the screen and now you'll have enemies (that you control) to experiment with in more ways. If you have 2-4 friends, you can learn a little offline, together, by playing offline games against each other. And, when you go online, those same 2-4 friends can still split the screen with you and all 4 of you can play in the same [physical] room in an online game against human opponents from around the world (in unranked servers only).

Look at the manuals & glossaryEdit

You should look through the FULL instructions (the packed-in manual is missing a lot of info)...there's the original game manual, instructions for the free new game modes, and instructions for the expansion booster packs. You can find all of these in the article Warhawk Help. In the demo though you can only play 1 Game Mode, Capture the Flag (CTF).

You may also find it helpful to look at the Glossary


Generally speaking, Warhawk has few easily exploitable bugs and opportunities to cheat (no, the wiki is not going to explain how to cheat). However, there are some loopholes in how the game works that some players have figured-out how to exploit to gain an advantage. Some players feel "anything goes", you should use every unbalanced, untested, unintended, un-patched bug and glitch you can exploit, that's just the game. Others feel you're cheating if you're stepping that far out of the realm of what the game was intended to be, using unintended (by the developer) advantages that are extremely difficult to counter. If you ever learn any of these exploits, well, you probably already know which camp you'd be in.

Another form of cheating is finding ways to "game" the ranking system to rise in the ranks faster (Stat Padding, etc). Be aware, the developer has decreed this as cheating and if you're caught, an arbiter might reset your rank, ban you, etc.

Which Servers?Edit

If you have the full game, it may be easiest to initially, play either only on Official "Rookie" servers (U.S. only) whose names are all in a green font (those are official, ranked servers, limited just to newer players), or on unranked player-created white or yellow/gold-colored servers that have player-rank limits, so you're not playing against very advanced veterans. You probably want to avoid player-created servers that are ranked...those always have Friendly Fire enabled making it easier to accidentally kill or be killed by teammates.

Some prefer the Rookie servers initially because it's a high-quality connection, 32 players, and it's somewhat even, fair, randomized, good players can't easily all stack themselves on one team, and there's no host that can selectively kick people out. Some prefer unranked Player servers initially (IF they're configured with the "right" options and have a good host) because they don't want to record bad statistics during their initial learning gameplay.

Of course, some VERY good players can be found even on rank-limited servers. In some cases these are veterans who have created alternate PSN IDs (an "alt"). In some cases once you've got high-enough rank to join the Official "Standard" blue servers, you may find easier play on the Standard servers rather than on the Rookie servers.

Friendly Fire is turned-off on Official Rookie & Standard servers, so you won't hurt a teammate if you accidentally fire a rocket at him.

Some also advise graduating to the Official blue "Standard" servers as soon as you can, as they feel they find more teamwork and better gameplay there.

To learn more about server types, colors, interpreting their names, and their settings, see the article on servers.

I'm Red Team?!? I thought I was Blue!?!Edit

On many servers, after the end of each game the server randomly re-organizes the teams. So last round you might've been on red team (Chernovan) shooting alongside Mr.SuperKiller, and this round you might on blue team (Eucadian) shooting AT him. Get used to it. To double-check you team color, look at your name in the upper-left corner. You will sometimes get confused and head for the wrong base, shoot the wrong guys, etc. It happens. Here's a tip...if you are in-range of a person and hover the weapon reticle on them, if it's an enemy, it'll turn red, otherwise it won't.

Try not to teamkillEdit

Even with Friendly Fire disabled, it is possible to accidentally teamkill...kill teammates. Try not to. You get negative points, annoy players, and, since excessive teamkilling would be a disruption of game flow, it would actually be a violation of Sony's Terms of Service. Don't worry too much about it, it's actually kind of hard for a beginner to accidentally teamkill, just be aware it's a bad thing.

It's Not About YouEdit

Most Game Modes are team-oriented, objective-oriented (capture flag, base, etc) war. Warhawk is not a "level playing field" where the goal is to beat all the other players and you can show you're the best player. It's a team game, you're not trying to beat other players, but rather their team, in accomplishing the objectives. If you have the right weapons or the right teamwork, you will serve the team well. If you have the wrong weapons or no teamwork, well, you could be a great player but if all you have is a pistol and they have a tank.... If you help the team the best, you'll be ranked high on the team roster and earn extra points. However if you don't want to be on a team, you can play "Deathmatch" where you can kill anyone without worrying about teams.

Which Game Mode At First?Edit

You can filter your server list to only show you games of a certain type. You may wish to do so. Some Game Modes are a little simpler and you may find them an easier way to get started.

  • Deathmatch - Deathmatch is obviously a very simple mode and can let you practice fighting techniques without worrying much about strategy. Or Team Deathmatch which is similar but will be a little less free-for-all chaotic.
  • Capture the Flag (CTF) - Another good beginner game mode is Capture the Flag. If you choose to stay near your home base as a flag defender, then the fight comes to you, you'll have teammates around, and you can help the team by getting good at killing flag grabbers. The drawback of course is that you're not learning the map, and, if there are significant lulls in attacks on your home flag (or anytime an opponent's managed to get away with it), then you're standing around idle not really helping your team. With any luck, you can still find some nearby enemies to hunt down. When you feel more capable, start going out and capturing bases. Then go for the other flag, or assist others.

Time To Start...SpawningEdit

When you start a game, and each time you die and re-spawn, you're shown a map and, if your team controls more than just your home base, there's a big green cursor you can move around to pick which base you'd like to spawn at.

Use Your MicEdit

(For more info on headset choices, pros/cons, etc, read What_headsets_can_I_use?)

Try and use the mic as much as possible for giving your team tips on where help is needed, or calling in air support if you have the flag. This is primarily a team game. Just giving out status updates occasionally on important stuff you see is if you see a tank rolling into the middle, if it's not firing, it's not on radar, so you may be the only one seeing it. By saying something, you can tip off people to prepare for it, or a pilot may hear you and swoop in and save the day.

Be aware, however, that due to profanity, the lack of a headset, the presence of children, etc, you can't be too sure of how many of your teammates are actually hearing you and how many have muted the chat feature.

Since some people can't read the base #'s even on an HDTV, it may be best to describe your location rather than use the base # (i.e.--"our top left base", "northwest base", etc)

To talk, press down L3 (the left analog stick) and talk. Each time you press the stick you will hear a quiet "squawking"/static burst that lets you know you've activated the mic. Also, when the mic is active, the speaker icon in the upper left corner of the screen will change from white to yellow.

Some people like the Open Mic option, but if you were to choose that (please don't unless you have meaningful communication with your team at all times), please make sure you don't have your mic sensitivity up too high (see below). If you have it too high everyone will hear this constant gargling sound, and you'll end up getting muted. Then they won't hear you AND you won't hear them.

Also, with a mic you can change your PS3 settings so when people talk the voices come out of your main speakers, not through your headset. You may find you can hear people better that way. In the PS3 XMB set Settings: Accessory Settings: Audio Device Settings: Output Device to "System Default Device".

Settings...or what's that garble, garble or static noise?Edit

Probably someone using "open mic" setting who has their mic sensitivity set up too high. Let them know their settings are wrong, then let them know you're going to mute them, then do so (press Start, you can mute them using the player list).

There are 2 settings that can affect how loud someone comes across (I do not know how they interact though). Outside of the game you can adjust Mic Level (1-5) in the XMB, Settings: Accessory Settings: Audio Device Settings. In-game, Sensitivity (0-100%) can only be adjusted while you're actually IN a game. Hit Start, choose Sound. Many people recommend a Sensitivity of 0-25%, but I don't know what Mic Level they're using

Here's a tip...if you're "open mic" and have your sensitivity up too high, you'll see the speaker icon in the upper left hand corner flash yellow way too often, even when all you're doing is breathing...or even stay on all the time. That definitely shows you you're sending too much extra sound.

I did testing with my brother on my mic setup (push-to-talk, USB Logitech mic, sitting close to loud TV speakers): Mic Level 2 with Sensitivity 100% didn't pick my voice up well even when I spoke loudly. Mic Level 3 with 0% Sensitivity worked well, no background noise pickup either (like the sound of explosions coming out of my speaker).

Non-verbal communicationEdit

There's plenty of non-verbal communication in Warhawk.

Some players don't have mics, or can't read your name, or can't figure-out how to pronounce it. Voice isn't 100% reliable, so some don't always rely on it. And if lots of people are talking, and/or there are many explosions nearby, getting heard will be hard.

So non-verbal communication can be quick and reliable. It can be shooting pistols, repeated jumping or crouching (though that can also be teabagging), shooting you (it won't hurt you if Friendly Fire is disabled), or bumping you with a vehicle (jeep, tank, warhawk).

If someone's running behind you with a pistol shooting the vehicle you're running towards (it won't harm it), or is shooting you as you drive towards them, it means "let me in, I want a ride". Or, if you both realize they're a much better pilot/tanker/driver than you are, it means "can I have the vehicle?". If you give someone a ride, take them someplace useful. Like to another base where they can find their own vehicle, or help in an assault, etc.

If someone's bumping you a few times in a row with a vehicle, it usually means "get in". Though sometimes a warhawk will sweep you along to help push you towards your destination faster. (or, if they're the enemy, push you off a cliff)

If someone's jumping, crouching, or shooting, and you don't know why, it could mean many things..."follow me"; "stop doing that"/"you're doing the wrong thing"; "get this thing here"; etc.

Run, Drive, Shoot, or Fly?Edit

You can spend your entire Warhawk career always on the ground, or always in the air. But if you don't do both, you'll be missing a lot of the game, and fun, and you'll never be as effective as you could be. Know too that ultimately a warhawk is the most powerful weapon in Warhawk.

As a beginner, some of the hardest tasks to master will be flying, or becoming expert with a tank. Some of the easiest skills you can develop will be manning a turret (simple as it is, there are things to learn about using turrets effectively), or developing your on-foot combat skills (there's a lot to learn to be a master on foot).

  • Don't fly? - One approach is, at first, don't start flying in a warhawk unless you have a high tolerance for being killed very frequently, since there may be many adept people waiting to shoot you down. You become extremely visible on the map, and you may be killed very quickly by another warhawk, soldier with a rocket launcher, or some anti-aircraft turret. Being killed so frequently when you're just starting out can be frustrating.
  • If you stay on the ground, you will learn some ideas about flying, as you will see the many ways pilots can avoid attacks from the ground, and ways they can destroy ground targets (vehicles, troops hiding in buildings, landmines at landing spots, etc).
  • You should not put off flying for too long will want to learn while you're still low rank and facing equally inexperienced low rank opponents. After a few ground games you should be sure to play sometimes in the air, and sometimes on the ground.
  • Yes, fly! - The converse to that advice is to devote all your time to flying from the get-go. Since it will take so long to get good at it, the sooner you start, the sooner you'll be good. If you are someone who prefers ground, or initially is finding flying to be frustrating, this may be tough. If flying is what excites you, be sure to take a look at the warhawk article for tips on flying. Of course, one day you'll probably have to learn ground combat anyway...which certainly presents a challenge of its own.
  • Don't be a target - Whether you're on the ground or in the air, staying still out in the open is an invitation for someone to shoot you from afar. Same thing if you spend a lot of time running in a straight line in the open, flying in a straight line in open airspace, etc. It's an invitation to be shot, sniped, bombed, etc. If you find this happening to you in a game, then make sure you keep moving, stay in better cover, move unpredictably, etc.
  • There's no shortcut - Eventually to be a really good player you are going to have to learn it all...on foot, in a vehicle, and from the air...get started!

The One Right Way To PlayEdit

Be active: You are doing the "right thing" in Warhawk when you are being active...actively defending, actively attacking, actively accomplishing the things that earn your team points towards a win. If you find yourself doing nothing for too long, you're probably doing the wrong thing. There's always something valuable to do (capturing bases, shooting down warhawks, etc), more valuable than sitting on your hands waiting for something to come to you.

Grow: Don't stay at 1 "level" of gameplay too long. If you start in a turret, don't live in them forever, get out running around. If you're running around protecting home base, don't do that forever, especially if every game has 5 people protecting home base. Get out, run around, drive around, learn the maps, capture bases, take risks, learn, grow! Be aggressive & pro-active. In the long run, unless you're under sustained assault, camping in a turret or in your home base doesn't do a whole lot to help the team win and has you doing nothing useful for a lot of the time.

And if you ARE under a sustained assault (as in a Base Ravage)...the minute it's over is the time to then go remedy why that assault happened in the first place. Your team probably has way too few bases under control, is putting way too little pressure on the enemy (not going after their flag, home base, etc), and has lost the air superiority game. So...go fix all that, attack them, capture bases, go after their home, etc.

Take risks: Even if everyone on the other team is better than you on the ground and in the air, and even if you never manage to ever surprise them and attack them from behind, you're still doing better for yourself and your team by going out there, distracting them, dying, and hopefully learning/improving in the process, rather than sitting still somewhere doing nothing at all. Besides, even if all you do is force the sneaky tank to fire and reveal itself on the map, at least now your teammates may have seen the tank on the map and have warning. Plus now that you know, you can get on the mic and tell your teammates a tank is coming.

So take a risk! Your virtual Warhawk life is cheap. In team-oriented games (most of the Game Modes are) you can personally earn the most points by doing the things that help your team win. Better to "die" over and over again in the course of accomplishing team goals then to sit around obsessing over your KDR (Kills/Death ratio...your Points per Minute are much more telling anyway). Throw yourself at the enemy even if you'll make scant progress against their defenses. Every little bit of progress, distraction, pressuring, and wearing-down of the enemy is worth it. Do the best you can, if you die, so what, all that matters is that you advanced your team a little bit.

To see how to earn points & bonus points, visit the Points article.

Solve problems: Sugaboo, creator of, had some great thoughts. Don't know what you "should" be doing? Well, if you see a "problem", learn how to solve it! After you've solved it, find another problem. "This is war people, if you notice the enemy, it is your duty to take them out." If your hands are already full because you're immersed in a more important problem, warn your team about the stuff you can't deal with right now. If it's an important problem you expect to fail at, warn your team about it, then try anyway.

  • If you see enemy land or air mines, destroy them (shoot them or throw a grenade), no matter if you think they're easily avoided. Is a tank shelling you guys from long-range? Hit it with binoculars, RPG, fly down & destroy it, etc. See a sneaky jeep heading down a side road to the back of your base? Chase it down and take it out. If you fail, get on the mic and warn teammates. Did you just get sniped? Time to practice counter-sniping, or learn how to fly and take him out. Notice an enemy on a hilltop? He's there to kill you kill him! Too many enemy warhawks out there? Keep after them until they fear flying in your air space...use anti-air turrets, RPGs, fly for the airmines...get your pilots some breathing room so they can arm-up their warhawks. You see the enemy capturing a base, or taking a convoy toward one? Warn your team...then go stop them!
  • Always "get your hands dirty" and attack the problem, everyone else may be busy/too far away. If the problem is important enough and there's no time to wait, try even if you feel likely to fail, you might delay the enemy long enough for help to arrive. And anytime you fail to solve the problem...warn your team...that the top-most base is heavily mined, that a tank is coming into the middle base, that there's a sniper northwest of your left-most base, etc.

The Next Level, + map layouts & forumsEdit

Once you're familiar with the material in this article, take a look at the main Game Tips and Tricks article.

You may also want to look at map layouts or visit Sony's official Warhawk forums.

Basic "Grounder" Facts and ControlsEdit

(based-on, with permission, jason_ac's Warhawk Newbie Guide)

You Are Not A TankEdit

Always bear in mind, if a ground-pounder goes 1-on-1 with a good tank driver or warhawk pilot, unless you have good skills, a good plan, and the right weapons, you will probably lose. Of course they're more powerful than you! If you want to take one down, work with teammates, or be sneaky and careful about it. Of course, pilots do have to get out of their warhawk if they want to capture a base/flag/core.... :)


You always start with a Pistol with unlimited ammo (though it does require reloading), 2 grenades, and a Knife.

Ground-pounders generally shouldn't leave their spawn point without at least an Automatic Rifle Pickup (machine gun-looking pickup with dark blue outline) and another Grenades pickup (canister-looking pickup with the green outline). You can carry a maximum of 6 grenades, each pickup gives you 2, and the pickups respawn pretty quickly. The Portable Rocket Launcher Pickup (long pickup with an orange outline) makes a great anti-warhawk and anti-tank weapon (but shoot the tanks from far away!)

Backpacks: Always pickup backpacks/"body bags" left by fallen soldiers. You will get whatever weapons they were carrying, and it will partially replenish any health you have lost.

Basic ButtonsEdit

R1 is your favorite button. It is the default fire button for everything. (soldier, tank, warhawk, etc..)

The Square button is your 2nd favorite. It is the "Action" button, and what you use to climb a ladder, get in/out of a tank/jeep/warhawk, etc...


If you crouch (press the circle button), the bright red or blue name-and-rank badge above your head disappears. Then when a teammate or enemy points a weapon at you the only way for them to determine if you're on their team or not is to notice if the reticle turns red, since no badge will appear. Or on servers with no Friendly Fire, just shoot you and see if it injures you.

With no badge, crouching may let you get closer to an enemy before his "alarm bells" go off, especially if you approach gradually from a direction he isn't paying a lot of attention to.

You may also find people crouching in other situations, hoping you won't realize until too late that they're an enemy.

If you crouch, with no badge above your head, it's harder for warhawks to realize from above that you're an enemy, or for snipers to pin-point you from a distance (it also helps if you don't stand still out in the open!). Anytime you plan to stand still for any amount of time, crouch if at all possible.

In addition, your shooting is more accurate when you're crouching.


Generally speaking, on foot, in a jeep, in a tank, etc, you only show up on the map if you're shooting, throwing a grenade, etc, otherwise you're invisible. Although if you're swinging the knife, that will not cause you to show up on the maps.

Also, if an enemy is "close enough" to you and has you roughly in their field of vision (or is aiming at you), you show up on their radar.

If you're in a jeep or tank and you're holding the flag or a core, you will show up on the map the entire time you're in the vehicle.

Warhawks always show up on the map (unless they're using the Stealth pickup)

Quick rule-of-thumb: You never show up on the map unless you're shooting (except knives), or in a vehicle holding a flag or core, or in a warhawk.

All these facts together mean, just like in a real battlefield, you can't blithely walk around with any assurance that any area is safe, or empty. The maps are, in some respects, audio maps, they're not enemy-detecting radar systems. If you make noise, people know where you are. If you're quiet, they don't. Unless they're looking at you.

So you have to be aware of where enemies may hide, because you could walk by a corner that has an enemy aiming a rifle at you, and if you don't look around carefully, you'll never know it until he opens fire on you.

And if they surprise you and kill you with a knife, your teammates will get no warning there's an enemy nearby, since the knife is quiet, and doesn't show on the maps.

This explains why you may find enemies crouching in buildings in your team's bases, wielding a knife. They're looking for a surprise kill that gives no warning to your teammates.

Good HabitsEdit

  • Take down a few enemy warhawks when you get a chance. Grounders need air support, your team needs aerial presence, and pilots appreciate ground support.
  • Land Mines: Place a few strategic land mines (you can only have 4 active on the ground at once, when you place a 5th, your 1st one disappears)...and shoot any enemy land mines you see (those mines emit a light in the opposing team's color).
  • Air Mines: Shoot enemy air mines out of the air (if you're blue team, shoot the spiked "red reamers", if you're red team, shoot the rounded, non-spiked "blue balloons"). Don't shoot if a friendly warhawk is hovering next to the mine. But if it's an enemy, do!

Taking Out the Big BoysEdit

On foot you can take out a tank with the Flame Thrower or a few Portable Rockets. Alternate with tossing a few grenades.

You can take out warhawks with a few Portable Rockets. Nothing scares a warhawk trying to shoot you like you launching a missile towards it. If the warhawk is close and you're under assault, don't wait for the Rocket Launcher to lock-on. Just "dumb-fire" the rocket right at the warhawk.

For more information, see details in the complete list of Weapons and Vehicles

Fighting Soldiers On-Foot (G2G = Ground to Ground)Edit

Shooting people in the head kills them faster than in the body.

When engaged in a 1-on-1 ground battle soldier-to-soldier, while firing your gun, continuously throw grenades at your enemy using L1 (having the full load of 6 grenades is really handy here).

If your enemy is not up close, the Automatic Rifle may be your best bet for killing them (equip the rifle by pressing Right on the d-pad)

If they are within approximately 10 feet, the Flame Thrower is awesome for killing them quickly. (equip the Flame Thrower by pressing Up + Left on the d-pad)

If they are right next to you, you can kill them with one hit using your Knife. (equip the Knife by pressing Down on the d-pad)

The Pistol can fire as fast as you can press it and has unlimited ammo (though it does need to be reloaded)! (equip the Pistol by pressing Left on the d-pad).

Reload! A good idea for soldier weapons, jeeps, and turrets, remember to reload when there's a break in the action by pressing the weapon's appropriate button on the d-pad (excluding the flamethrower, sniper rifle, and binoculars).


There are 2 types of anti-air turrets: AA_Turret and Missile Turret. They're easy to use, but if you find yourself sitting idle too much, get out and try some ground combat.

Both turrets have their reticle turn red when an enemy aircraft is in range.

  • Flak Turret - The Anti-Aircraft turret shoots flak out rapidly, and can shoot 25 times before needing to reload. This type of turret can also damage other large ground targets, like tanks and other turrets.
  • Missile Turret - The Missile Turret shoots two missiles at once and then needs to reload. Hold down R1 once an enemy is in range to get a lock (takes approx 3 secs), then release it to fire the missiles. These missiles can also be dumb-fired, and are effective at attacking slow-moving tanks and other turrets.

Tips for both turret typesEdit

  • Reduce your visibility - When you enter a turret, you are visible on the map to everyone. This means pilots can decide to come after you, and ground troops can decide to take you out as well. It may be useful to regularly leave and re-enter a turret. If you exit it while it's reloading (or re-generating it's "health" subsequent to an attack), then you're not going to show up on radar and so can avoid being a big ole' target. Then, when it's all ready for action again (or if you see some choice targets coming your way), hop back in.
  • Run fast! - If you come under fire, it's usually a bad idea to try to get off "one last shot". Run from the turret!
  • Reload! - Remember to reload when there's a break in the action (press any direction on the D-pad).

Frequently Asked Questions (by new players)Edit

(Note: The FAQ for less-new players is over on the Warhawk Help page.

I Can't Update Warhawk, What's Wrong?Edit

If you've enabled the Media Server on your PS3, that can interfere with updating any PS3 games. Try turning off your Media Server temporarily.

I Can't Play, Just Get A Black Screen, What's Wrong?Edit

If you install and launch the game but it doesn't work and just leaves you at a black screen...this is a problem that has been seen before. There are 2 common, similar fixes for this. They both start the same way:

  • Step 1: Make sure your PS3 firmware is up-to-date. Then sync your trophies. Then delete all Warhawk stuff off your PS3. You'll find WH stuff in Game Data, & Saved Data. If you purchased the download version of WH, delete that from your list of games. If you downloaded the free demo, delete that from your list of games as well.
  • Step 2: Try either:
  • A) Re-install the game (or re-download if you bought from PSN Store) & patch and try playing again. Be sure you complete the patch process BEFORE installing any booster packs...make sure the game starts up with no problems with just the patch before installing any booster packs.
  • or B) Re-install the game (or re-download if you bought from PSN Store) but NOT the patch. When you launch it and get the message that a patch is available for download, skip the patch download. Then quit the game, re-launch it, and this time, do download the patch. Be sure you complete the patch process BEFORE installing any booster packs...make sure the game starts up with no problems with just the patch before installing any booster packs.

Are People Still Playing?Edit

Yes, many, and new ones joining every day (the recent demo has helped). And anyone can host a game. Visit the official forums, and see this active ranked players chart courtesy of (of course, there are lots of unranked players too that myhawk doesn't see). And since any player can host a game, as long as there are players, there will be games to join.

What headsets can I use?Edit

You can buy the game at Target for $30 WITH earpiece. You can also use any cell phone's Bluetooth earpiece with the game, and there are USB headsets that work with it too (like SOCOM's, Logitech's, etc), or get the Sony Bluetooth earpiece.

Just be aware, if your Bluetooth has too short a battery life, that might get annoying, because you will probably have LONG play sessions with's addictive! USB headsets never need charging.

If you're going to use your headset for listening and not using speakers, be aware that stereo sound (& thus a stereo headset) is tactically useful in Warhawk. Ideally, either have nothing over/in either ear, and have all sound from your speakers, OR, have a headset that has speakers over both ears. For instance, the Logitech USB headset can be looped around your neck, ignore the earpiece, use only the mic, and both ears are open to hear stereo sound coming out of your speakers. Otherwise a stereo headset is a good idea.

Stereo headset/mics range from the less expensive stereo-only Turtle Beach Ear Force P21 and Tritton AX 720/900, to the more expensive 5.1 Tritton AX Pro 5.1

With any headset, you'll probably want to learn how to adjust your mic levels so you don't get muted by other players.

Is there a free demo?Edit

Yes. Please read "Is there a demo?"

Can I Play Offline?Edit

Sort of. There are 2 ways:

  • You can create a "local game" that's splitscreen 1-4 players, 1 TV, 1 PS3. Unfortunately no bots. This can be useful for learning/experimenting. Sometimes I use 2 controllers & do my own offline splitscreen to test something.
  • LAN play. Multiple networked PS3s & TVs, up to 4 players per TV (splitscreen). No bots.

How do I play split-screen?Edit

You can have 2, 3, or 4 players on 1 TV. You can only do this in player-created unranked games (offline, online, one you've created, or one created by another player), which means Server Type of either "Player" or "Dedicated". Not all unranked choose to allow this, but most do. To see if a player unranked server is allowing it, in the Server List check out the Server Information to see if splitscreen is allowed.

To split the screen, once you're in the game, hit Start on the other controllers. You will all share the PSN ID of the 1st player, with a little number after to show you're #2, etc. You will all show up separately on the end-of-game leaderboard, each with your own performance stats. A two-player split cuts off a lot of the left & right so it can be a little harder to play, a little more claustrophobic looking/feeling.

How Do I Use My Booster Packs?Edit

Many people who have bought the booster packs wonder how to use them. Whoever sets up the game server decides what maps/Map Layouts are going to be played upon. If the Map Layout "uses"/requires a booster pack, then you'll be using that booster pack while playing on that Map Layout. So, in a sense, you do nothing to use them. They're used automatically based on the decisions made by the person who set the game up.

How do you know if you're using a booster pack? 3 ways:

  • If you're playing on one of the 3 special maps that only came with the booster packs (Omega Factory, Vaporfield Glacier, or Tau Crater), you're using one.
  • If you notice in-game equipment that only came in the booster packs, you're using one.
  • In the Map Layout name, if you see 1 or more asterisks (i.e.--a *) at the end of the Map Layout name, it means that map is using booster content.
One asterisk (signifying 1st released booster pack) means Omega Dawn booster is in use. Two ** means the 2nd booster, Broken Mirror. Three *** means the 3rd booster, Fallen Star

As for instructions on how to use booster pack equipment, see Warhawk Help

How Do I Mute SomeoneEdit

Press Start, from the player list you have options to mute/unmute a player, or everyone. Muting is bi-directional...if player A mutes player B, A doesn't hear B any longer, but B will also not hear A.

What Game Mode Is This?!?Edit

Once you join a server, they typically rotate to another map once the game ends. They can change what Game Mode as well. This is all setup in advance by whoever setup the server.

If it's an official server and it's labelled CTF, TDM, etc, then it will only be playing in that game mode the entire time.

However if it's an official MIX server, or a Player server, or you simply didn't pay attention when you joined the server, how do you know what Game Mode you're in? There's a few ways, some of them easy, some not. Of course, you can just ask over your mic :) And many people start pretty much every game the same way anyway...either grab your ground troop rifle & grenades, or, if you like to fly, go find a warhawk and start flying. Then figure-out what your next objective is going to be.

At the end of a game you can easily tell what the next game will be during the "Game Over" Intermission between games, if you have time. Just scroll all the way to the left to the "Menu" panel and you can see the next Game Mode and map in the rotation.

But if you miss this because you were busy looking at player scores, or you Quick Join a server, or if you join a server but didn't look carefully enough before you joined, then you have to figure out the Game Mode from subtle differences.

  • Collection - If you see yellow radioactive core icons on the large map, you're playing Collection. If all the cores have been picked-up, you'll see 4 empty yellow rings on the map denoting where the cores re-spawn.
  • Zones - If you see a little "shadow score" just to the left of the blue & red scores each, you're playing Zones. The "shadow score" is telling you your team's current points "income" based on how many zones you currently control. Also, if the game has been in-progress for any amount of time, you will see large red or blue shaded circles on the map indicating zones that a team currently controls.
  • CTF - If you see flag icons on the large map (or an empty ring at the 2 home bases because the flags have been grabbed), you're playing Capture the Flag.
  • Hero - If you see a big red star and a big blue star on the map (indicating the location of a Hero), you're playing Hero (sometimes they go away for a few seconds as a new Hero is chosen).
  • Deathmatch - If you don't see separate scores for red team & blue team, and you don't see red & blue players on the map, only blue, then you're playing Deathmatch.

Why is my teammate shooting me/jumping/bumping me?Edit

See Intro_For_New_Players#Non-verbal_communication

Why do empty vehicles blow up?Edit

Ever notice an empty vehicle just sitting there, then suddenly for no reason it blows up? That's because when any vehicle is taken from any base, and then left somewhere unattended long enough, it eventually self-destructs so it can respawn back at its "home" location.

Any tips for newbies to earn all the medals?Edit

If you are going to try to get all medals and badges for the game, it will take a while. One thing to notice is that there is a Marksman badge which takes accuracy into acount. If you go too long without this medal, it becomes harder to get later. The best weapon to use is the Automatic Rifle (the blue one) because every shot counts, not just kills, and this gun shoots more rapidly than the sniper rifle. Use the automatic rifle and hit your target! Read carefully all the descriptions first, to know what you need to work on next!

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