Air Drops are random equipment drops from airplanes in BATTLEGROUNDS.
Air Drops or Care Packages are random equipment drops that come randomly timed during matches from passing C-130s which may contain ammunition, weapons or equipment. The plane's distinctive turboprop engines can be heard well before it drops off a crate, giving players plenty of notice on arrival. During a random point on its flight path, a crate will be dropped from the plane, its descent slowed down by a single large parachute, a visible flashing white light on the crate itself improving its visibility. Once it hits the ground, a red smoke flare will be activated, signaling to anyone within its line of sight that it is ready to be opened. This makes it both dangerous for ill-equipped players and a feeding ground for those who are well-equipped.
Air Drops can land in awkward or difficult places such as water or on rooftops and it is not unheard of for them to be found in unreachable locations, like the top of a steep mountain. While air drops contain exceedingly rare items or items that are exclusive to air drops, they do so in a random fashion with sometimes unusual results, such as an AWM with no sights included.
Flare Drops (sometimes referred to as Super Air Drops) are highly valuable equipment drops that can only be called in by a Flare gun.
Flare drops are summoned by obtaining a Flare gun and firing it directly upwards while within the safe area, signaling a C-130 to fly overhead, dropping a noticeably larger crate supported by three parachutes. The drop arrives as any ordinary air drop would, but contains the equivalent of two ordinary air drops, often giving two crate-exclusive weapons amongst other top tier items, such as an AUG A3 and AWM together with a suppressor, or an M249 and M24 with a suppressor and Level 3 Backpack/Vest.
When called outside of the safe zone, the flare drop is instead replaced by a BRDM-2.
Air Drop Items
The following items can be found in Air Drops:
- 4x ACOG Scope, albeit with a lower probability
- 8x CQBSS Scope
- 15x PM II Scope
- Suppressor (AR, DMR, S12K), albeit with a lower probability
- Suppressor for Snipers, albeit with a lower probability
The only piece of clothing that has a chance of appearing in an airdrop: