Star Wars: Battlefront 2 patch brings lots of gameplay changes, nerfs dodge, ups Credit payouts for duplicates

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 19 February 2018 17:46 GMT

While the Star Wars: Battlefront 2 community patiently awaits the upcoming progression revamp, DICE has rolled out a new balance update.

The patch, version 1.2, went live today for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Although balance tweaks are the main point of the update, it’s not without its new additions and gameplay changes.

The patch adds a new limited-time mode called Jetpack Cargo. Players are equipped with jetpacks and rocket launchers for the entire round, hence the name. DICE is also adding limited-time skins in the form of the Hoth appearance for Luke Skywalker, Leia, and Han Solo. The skins are tied to gameplay challenges DICE will make available “over time.”

Custom Arcade now lets you pick from Kashyyyk, Hoth, Endor, Crait, Jakku, and Death Star 2 on top of what’s already available. Balance changes are aplenty, touching many heroes, weapons, and locations. The biggest change, however, comes to the dodge ability.

DICE said the current version of dodge is too powerful, offering damage reductions, ignoring lightsaber damage and more. The patch adds an “unstaggerable” window for a set period of time when you start the dodge. In other words, the current dodge benefits will only be available during that window, but their duration has been lowered.

The idea is for players to better time their rolls to use the boosts to ignore incoming damage, instead of it being a get-out-of-jail free card.

Check out the full change log below, and head over to the Battlefront 2 forums for more on the developer intent behind each one.

Hero balance

Boba Fett

  • Jet Pack – Jet Pack controllability improved
  • EE-3 – Reduced the minimum dispersion angle from 0.6 to 0.4
  • EE-3 – Reduced the maximum dispersion angle from 1.2 to 0.8
  • EE-3 – Increased End Damage from 20 to 25
  • Increased damage drop-off start distance from 15 to 20 meters

Iden Versio

  • Fixed an issue where Iden’s Droid Stun didn’t give damage on the first attack
  • Droid Stun – Reduced the time between the ability activation and shock
  • Reduced the damage from 50 to 40


  • Relby V-10 – Reduced recoil from 5 to 2.2
  • Explosive Traps – Reduced damage from 80 to 76 per trap
  • Multi-Trap – Fixed the Blast Damage Radius to fit the star cards numbers


  • Mind Control – Reduced Mind Control radius from 20 to 18 meters
  • Insight – Reduced Insight radius from 50 to 30
  • Far Sight – Reduced bonus by 10% (now 10, 20, 30, 40%)

Kylo Ren

  • Pull – Reducing Pull recharge time from 25 to 20 seconds
  • Freeze – Reducing Freeze recharge time from 25 to 24 seconds
  • Frenzy – Kylo Ren now has 40% damage absorption while Frenzy is active

Luke Skywalker

  • Increased Luke’s sprint speed by .6 meters/second
  • Increased Luke Health from 700 to 750
  • Increased Health Regeneration rate from 50 to 110
  • Decreased Regeneration delay from 5 to 2.7
  • Decreased Max Regeneration amount from 250 to 200


  • Lightning – Increased reach of the ability from 12 to 14 meters to compensate for the tighter collision check


  • Stun Grenade – Reduced the shock time from 1.6 to 1 second
  • Reduced Bowcaster side projectiles explosive damage from 25 to 21
  • Reduced furious Bowcaster side projectiles explosive damage from 12 to 10


  • Lightsaber – Increased damage from 80 to 115
  • Barrier – Added the functionality to break out of immobilizing effects on activation
  • Unleash – Increased energy holding time from 0.7 to 0.9 seconds
  • Unleash – Increased angle from 40 to 45 degrees.
  • Unleash – Increased first tier damage from 100 to 110, second tier damage from 125 to 130, third tier damage from 150 to 160, and fourth tier damage from 175 to 190

Lando Calrissian

  • Disruptor – Reduced recharge time of disruptor from 25 to 19 seconds
  • Smoke Grenade – Reduced recharge time from 15 to 14 seconds

Darth Vader

  • Focused Rage – Vader now receives 200 temporary bonus health when activating the Focused Rage ability
  • Reduced max health from 900 to 800

Captain Phasma

  • Staff Strikes – Increased the animation speed of the ability
  • Staff Strikes – Increased the transition speed between each strike
  • Increased how quickly Captain Phasma can use her blaster after performing a Staff Strike

Heroes and Villains bug fixes

  • Lightsaber closers are deactivated while blinded
  • Fixed an issue where you would be in a “stun” state forever.
  • The maximum stun duration is now 5 seconds
  • Boba Fett – Fixed an issue that prevented Boba Fett from using his Jetpack ability when “For the Hunt” was activated while his Jetpack fuel was depleted
  • Luke Skywalker – Epicenter – The ability will now deal the proper amount of damaged when used
  • Yoda – Feel the Force – Edited the description of this ability to make it clear that all friendlies will receive a health bonus when used
  • Yoda – Enduring the Force – This ability will now apply the proper amount of bonus time
  • Yoda – Master of the Force – This ability will no longer damage players inconsistently and only when released at maximum power
  • Finn – Deadeye – The targeting crosshair should be properly removed after the ability has been used

Infantry combat balance

  • All Classes – Fixed an issue on Blaster Rifles and the S-5, weapons that can be toggled with a high zoom level through Dual Zoom, where the scope glint would always appear when zooming. It now only appears when the dual zoom scope is equipped and toggled to its highest magnification level.
  • All Troopers have now received two default emotes.
  • Reduced the time it takes until you can shoot after executing a melee attack
  • Assault – Vanguard Shotgun – Lowered start damage per bullet from 14 to 12
  • Assault – CR2 – Fixed an issue with inconsistent Super Success triggers compared to other blasters
  • Heavy – Supercharged Sentry – Reverted the heat per bullet tweak made for 1.1 patch, from 0.17 to 0.15
  • Officer – Blurrg-1120 – Lowered start damage from 37 to 35 and end damage from 20 to 16


-Milestones are now claimed automatically upon completion

  • “Making an Impression” – Changed criteria from 25 to 10 kills
  • “Starting Heavy Training” – Changed criteria from 10,000 to 2,500 score
  • “Stay True” – Changed criteria from 40 to 20 kills
  • “Starting Assault Training” – Criteria changed from “Get 5000 Assist Score with Scan Dart” to “50 Targets Scanned”

Map balance

  • Kamino – Phase 1 and 3 in Galactic Assault has been made easier for attackers
  • Tatooine – In Phase 1 of Galactic Assault we adjusted spawn points, added cover, and tweaked the out of bounds area to make this phase easier for attackers
  • Hoth – In Phase 2 of Galactic Assault we adjusted spawn points to prevent players from being targeted by the AT-AT
  • Naboo – Phase 2 of Galactic Assault has had balance tweaks
  • Endor – Galactic Assault has extended the fallback timer from 30 to 45 seconds before the attackers’ spawn points are moved forward

Map fixes

  • Jakku – Fixed an issue in Galactic Assault where the out of bounds warning message would not trigger correctly under certain conditions
  • Jakku – Tweaked the combat area on Jakku in Galactic Assault in order to prevent an exploit where players could circle around the map with the AT-ST
  • Jakku – Fixed several collision issues
  • Endor – Fixed a bug in Galactic Assault that caused the Endor AT-AT Orbital Strike to break
  • Endor – Fixed a bug in Strike where players could spawn outside the combat area
  • Crait – Added delay before attacker spawns are moved forward in Galactic Assault
  • Crait – Fixed several collision issues
  • Takodana – Fixed a bug in Galactic Assault that prevented the First Order AT-ST from being available in Phase 1
  • Hoth – Fixed a bug in Galactic Assault that prevented players from passing through doors when retreating during the last Phase
  • Kashyyyk – Fixed an issue where players could get stuck between containers
  • Kamino – Mobility improvements on platform ledges
  • Yavin 4 – Fixed an issue where Boba Fett could reach restricted areas
  • Fixed an issue where grenades could fall through the floor on Naboo and Kashyyyk
  • Fixed various collision issues across all locations
  • Fixed issues where players could get outside the intended play areas of various locations
  • Fixed an issue where AI units would move through objects in Arcade
  • Fixed an issue where environmental fire damage would not cause high enough damage to players standing in it

General improvements and fixes

  • Fixed an issue where players would not receive credits for duplicate star cards – Players who encountered this issue previously will retroactively be awarded with the proper amounts of credits over time.
  • Increased Credit payout for duplicate items
  • – Common – From 200 to 300
  • – Uncommon – From 400 to 600
  • – Rare – From 800 to 900
  • – Epic – From 1200 to 3600
  • Increased the glow of blaster bolts to make them look more vibrant
  • Increased the dismemberment probability of the B1 Battle Droids from 20% to 40%
  • Reduced the stretched bloom effect for a clearer image
  • Improved the glow, thickness, and lighting of lightsabers
  • U-Wing – when firing from the gunner position, the gun, muzzle flash, and blaster bolt are now shown properly
  • Fixed an issue where the camera would enter a bad state when being the target of Darth Vader’s Choke
  • End of Round – Fixed an issue where the map would sometimes overlap with the intro video in Starfighter Assault
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong loading screen would be seen when loading a level
  • Fixed an issue where some menu options would disappear under certain conditions
  • Fixed an issue where the camera would stutter when spawning in with a Hero in Custom Arcade
  • Fixed an issue where the AT-RT Repair ability did not work correctly
  • Fixed an issue where players would not get the “Heroic Sacrifice” scoring event when defeated by a Hero
  • Fixed an issue where Darth Vader would not take any damage from Luke Skywalker’s Push ability if standing near a wall
  • Fixed an issue where the AAT would take too much damage when colliding with surrounding objects
  • Fixed an issue where Turrets and Grenades could inflict damage after the round ended
  • Fixed an issue where players would not receive Score for grenade kills made after their character had died
  • Fixed an issue where a friendly First Order AT-ST showed up as an enemy on radar
  • Fixed an issue where players could survive when knocked down from a platform in Heroes vs Villains
  • Fixed an issue where players could equip class specific Star Cards to other classes
  • Tweaked the color-blind settings to make Squad members easier to distinguish on the minimap
  • Fixed an issue where Brawler boost card didn’t refresh some ability cards.
  • Fixed an issue where players could force respawn during the Heroes vs Villains intro sequence and respawn in a new location
  • Reduced the amount of Battle Points you received when attacking the objective on Crait with a Ski Speeder
  • Fixed an issue where the character would disappear on the client after combat rolls
  • Fixed an issue in the Campaign where the weapon HUD wouldn’t indicate when aiming at an enemy
  • Fixed an issue where AI troopers in Arcade would constantly melee attack each other
  • Fixed an issue where Assault troopers in Arcade would attempt to use the Scan Dart ability as a regular weapon
  • Various bug fixes in Arcade
  • Several performance and stability improvements
  • Fixed several localization issues
  • Various UI improvements and bug fixes
  • Trooper Crate cost decreased from 4000 to 3000 Credits

Known issues

  • Yoda does not break out of several immobilizing abilities when using Presence
  • Darth Vader’s Punishing Grip Star Card effect is not applied when Choke is used
  • Finn’s targeting marker from Dead Eye will sometimes persist after the ability effect has ended
  • Emperor Palpatine’s first basic and secondary attack deal no damage
  • Yoda’s Feel the Force Star Card description is incorrect
  • Yoda’s Master of the Force Star Card does not work as intended
  • Rey’s Mind Trick ability can affect players further than intended
  • Rey’s Far Sight Star Card is increasing Insight ability range more than specified in the Star Card
  • EL-16HFE scope glint does not appear with dual zoom equipped and is toggled to the highest magnification
  • If you open a crate that grants a duplicate item and it shows the old value for credits rewarded, you need to restart your game client. You did in fact get the new reward amount, but the client will show the old values in the UI until you restart the game.

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