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Battlefield 2 Medic Guide
Version 1.01


by Buckwheatz Revenge, a.k.a. "Bucky" (Andy Scheriff)
kc2mkj@gmail.com
September 7, 2005


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+ TABLE OF CONTENTS +
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a) Welcome to my FAQ / Guide
b) General Medic Information
c) Medic Kit Specifics
      1) USMC
      2) MEC
      3) China
d) Being a useful Medic
e) Acting quick under pressure
f) Keeping your head up
g) Paying attention to the radar
h) Swiping unused Medic kits
i) The use of Medics riding in vehicles
j) Encountering enemies as a Medic
k) Medics and Voice Over IP (VOIP)
l) Earning Badges and other Awards 
      1) Basic Medic Combat badge
      2) Basic First Aid badge
      3) Veteran Medic Combat badge
      4) Veteran First Aid badge
      5) Expert Medic Combat badge
      6) Expert First Aid badge
m) Contact Section - FAQs, Comments, Concerns
n) Version Information
o) Credits and Thank Yous
p) Legal Materials


a) Welcome to my FAQ / Guide

Hello, Iím Buckwheatz Revenge (everyone knows me as "Bucky"), and welcome to my 
guide! Prior to reading this guide, you should have downloaded (the demo) or 
bought Battlefield 2 by EA Games. The information in this guide is directly 
related to in-game situations and strategies. Having some experience in the game
before reading this guide will be helpful for you.

I can not teach you an exact, sure-fire way to win matches as a medic. However,
I will give you some information and gameplay tips that CAN be helpful in 
winning matches while you are playing as a medic class. How you use this 
information to affect your gameplay is entirely up to you, and keep in mind the
phrase; "Rome wasnít built in a day". 

Nobody gets good at this game overnight. It takes some hard core practice and 
training to become competitive in Battlefield 2, so donít worry if youíre 
fighting for the second place score or the second to last place score. You will
improve over time, and all of us are not perfect! (Iím the farthest from being
perfect at this game, hehe)


b) General Medic Information

"MEDIC!" That is the dreaded word you hear when your teammates fall in combat. 
YOU, the medic, are the sole person responsible for keeping your teammates 
healthy and reviving your fallen comrades. After all, youíre the only one on the
battleground that can do this. (aside from supply crates, they can help heal 
your wounds)

1) Medics are soldiers who specialize in the unique ability to heal and revive 
teammates. 
2) Medics have better sprinting abilities than some of the other soldier kits. 
They are classified under "long distance", like Snipers. This is given to you so
you can get to your fallen teammates in a hurry, so make sure you take advantage
of it!
3) The medic does not have lots of protection when it comes to armor. Staying 
out of enemy sights and avoiding crowded fire-fights when possible will do you 
good. Unless you are rushing in to revive fallen comrades, then you have an 
exception for putting your own life on the line!


c) Medic Kit Specifics
	
      1) USMC
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++ United States Marine Corps ++
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1.1) Combat Knife - 
A standard knife, designed for quick and quiet melee attacks. As a medic, you 
might not be using this half as often as your other weapons. The combat knife is
very useful however if you are sneaking up behind an enemy soldier. 
Unfortunately though, you will not be concentrating on this style of fighting, 
you will want to be helping out your teammates.

1.2) Pistol (92FS) - low damage, low accuracy, semi-auto mode.
The trusty pistol is your backup to the Assault Rifle. Typically, one would not
want to use a pistol over a nicer gun like the Assault Rifle, because it is not
as effective at longer ranges, and it has a short magazine. The pistol is good 
for quick, short range combat. If I am caught reloading my Assault Rifle in a 
firefight, I will occasionally whip this gun out and unload a round or so until
I can enter a safer situation to reload. Itís nice to have as a backup. Aside 
from that, in large battles, you wonít find it useful much at all.

1.3) Assault Rifle (M16A2) - medium damage, high accuracy, burst / semi-auto 
modes.
This will be your main weapon as a medic. It has standard single semi-auto shot 
or burst shot modes. Itís a great gun to use for short to medium distances. Its 
magazine can store many more bullets than the pistolís. Much more powerful and 
useful than your standard pistol, you will rely on this gun a lot in the heat of
battle. Burst shot can be useful if you get stuck in a fire-fight, but 
personally, I like switching over to semi-auto and rifle sniping enemies, it can
be somewhat accurate at picking off enemies. 

1.4) Hand Grenade - fragmentation explosives, 4 second fuse.
"FRAG OUT!" Usually when people see a grenade fly in combat they RUN LIKE HECK! 
And they should, the explosion kills infantry very easily and effectively. 
Unless you are clearing out buildings or other places where enemies gather, you 
might want to refrain from using these fragmentation explosives. You can easily 
Teamkill your buddies on accident with these bad boys, so unless you have 
practiced using them or unless you are an expert with them, use EXTREME caution.
Good news is that hand grenades can be useful if youíre not fragging teammates 
with them. If an enemy is hiding behind an object or behind a corner of a 
building or something, you can use a grenade to flush them out. 

1.5) Medic Bag (Health Pack) - 
Your medpack is a godsend, having the ability to recover lost health. You can 
heal the wounds of your teammates with this item, and yourself too! On occasion,
I will run through heavy fire with one of these in my hands, because if you get 
shot while holding this item, you will instantly begin recovering health. Just a
little secret to using this item in combat! Otherwise, you have the ability to 
chuck these down on the battlefield, giving your teammates instant access to 
health regeneration without you being around. I find it the second most useful 
item in the medicís arsenal. 

1.6) Defibrillator (Shock Paddles) - 
You will become one with this item as a medic. You use the defibrillator to 
revive unconscious teammates. When a teammate is knocked unconscious, they can 
call for medic. Although this might be very annoying to keep hearing over and 
over, it gives a signal for you to spring into action with your shock paddles. 
One thing people donít understand at first, is that you have to aim for your 
teammates unconscious body with the medical crosshair. How do people always 
manage to miss me (like after 3 shock attempts) when I need to be revived at the
most key times?! The shock paddles can also be used as a melee weapon, shocking 
your enemies, but you need to be so close to them to actually execute this itís 
not even worth it. Basically, if you are killed by an opposing medicís 
defibrillator, youíd better start laughing, because everyone around you is going
to make fun of you. :-)

1.7) Assault Rifle Upgrade (L85A1) - medium damage, high accuracy, full auto / 
semi-auto modes. (SWITCHABLE with M16A2 Assault Rifle after being unlocked) 
As you progress with your scores and standings, you get the opportunity to 
upgrade one of your kitís weapons. The L85A1 is the Medicís upgraded weapon. I 
unlocked it first of all the others, and I found the upgrade quite worth it. 
After using this baby, you will want to junk your M16A2. The full auto mode is
nice to have if you are in an intense confrontation. You can still switch over
(like the M16A2) to single semi-auto shot mode and rifle snipe, as it is VERY 
accurate. Try to limit your rifle mode to full auto, unless you are encountering
some heavy "in your face" infantry attacks. This both saves you bullets, and 
allows more accurate placement of your shot.

      2) MEC
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++ Middle Eastern Coalition ++
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2.1) Combat Knife - 
Same description as USMC.

2.2) Pistol (MR-444) - low damage, low accuracy, semi-auto mode.
Same description as USMC.

2.3) Assault Rifle (AK101) - high damage, medium / high accuracy, full auto / 
semi-auto modes.
Similar to the USMCís Assault Rifle, except that this weapon has the advantage 
of having full automatic mode, and the disadvantage of loss in accuracy.

2.4) Hand Grenade - fragmentation explosives, 4 second fuse.
Same description as USMC.

2.5) Medic Bag (Health Pack) - 
Same description as USMC.

2.6) Defibrillator (Shock Paddles) - 
Same description as USMC.

2.7) Assault Rifle Upgrade (L85A1) - medium damage, high accuracy, full auto / 
semi-auto modes. (SWITCHABLE with AK101 Assault Rifle after being unlocked)
Same description as USMC.

      3) China
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++ Peopleís Liberation Army ++
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3.1) Combat Knife - 
Same description as USMC.

3.2) Pistol (QSZ-92) - low damage, low accuracy, semi-auto mode.
Same description as USMC.

3.3) Assault Rifle (AK-47) - high damage, medium accuracy, full auto / semi-auto
modes.
Similar to the USMCís Assault Rifle, except that this weapon has the advantage 
of having full automatic mode, and the disadvantage of loss in accuracy. This 
gun is nearly an exact replica of the MEC AK101.

3.4) Hand Grenade - fragmentation explosives, 4 second fuse.
Same description as USMC.

3.5) Medic Bag (Health Pack) - 
Same description as USMC.

3.6) Defibrillator (Shock Paddles) - 
Same description as USMC.

3.7) Assault Rifle Upgrade (L85A1) - medium damage, high accuracy, full auto / 
semi-auto modes. (SWITCHABLE with AK-47 Assault Rifle after being unlocked)
Same description as USMC.


d) Being a useful Medic

Practice efficiency with your medic kit. Know how to use your defibrillator to 
revive teammates. . . aiming the medical crosshair at your teammate's 
unconscious body. Actually you might want to aim for the chest, just for 
target's sake. 

The medical bag is your other tool in your arsenal. Because you can't always 
stand around your teammates, you might just want to throw them down on the 
ground near your teammates, so they can use them when they need them if you are
not present.  

Remember, your team loses a ticket for every soldier that is not revived in 
battle. You are obligated as a medic to keep your teammates in good health and
alive. So be a team player when you use this kit, stick by your squad and 
teammates, and don't go off as a lone wolf. 

Keep all of these in mind when the score of the battle is getting close and you
have NO medics on your team or in your squad. You may have to bite the bullet 
and do it, so make sure you are good at it.


e) Acting quick under pressure

Be hasty! There is only a set amount of time you have to revive a fallen 
comrade with your shock paddles. Try to be quick about getting over to a 
teammate. . . however. . . reviving a teammate right in front of an opponent or
the likes is not a good idea, or you both will wind up unconscious!


f) Keeping your head up

Donít revive teammates in the middle of a fire-fight. Make sure you look 
around before you revive a fallen teammate. Chances are, the enemy who fragged 
your teammate still has their sights in that general area. Extinguish the 
majority of harm before you revive teammates, or they will wind up unconscious 
again, and YOU with them! (of course, youíll still get to keep the points for 
reviving ^_^)


g) Paying attention to the radar

Use your radar. Medics have a special red icon on their radars that indicate the
location of unconscious teammates. Make sure you are alert of it. If you see two
unconscious teammates on the radar, and one is closer than the other, revive the
one that is closest to you first. Your chances of reviving them is higher. . . 
just use your judgment and common sense. Usually you can tell if you can make it
to a comrade or not just by seeing the distance they are from you on the radar.


h) Swiping unused Medic kits

Take teammates (and/or opponents) kits. If you donít start with a medic kit, and
you see a fallen comrade with a medic kit, use THEIR OWN kit to revive them! 
Youíre saving a friendís life and earning points. Likewise, if you kill an 
opponent and find yourself in a situation where you need a medic kit. Take that
enemy kit and revive your buddy! Finders, keepers! =)


i) The use of Medics riding in vehicles

Hitchhike! It pays to take rides in vehicles. One, you benefit all teammates 
around you by healing nearby friendly troops. And two, you get to take 
advantage of the vehicle's armor for protection, and this is good seeing as 
medicís donít have much of this as standard infantry members. Also consider 
using vehicles as a medic because you will get to your teammates quicker than 
running to them on foot. 


j) Encountering enemies as a Medic

Use the jump/prone technique when you are encountering enemies. Whether it is 
one on one, or in some intense situation when you are mobbed by several 
opponents, I have a special technique for you to use. Jump in the air, and when
you are in midair, go prone. As soon as you hit the ground in prone position, 
quickly get out of prone position and jump again. Repeating the process can make
you tough to aim up for an enemy. And if you are running directly at an 
opponent, you will be very difficult to hit using this technique. 

I canít really explain any of the technicalities behind it, this is just how the
game engine works. I just know from personal experience it is hard to kill 
opponents when they do this with any kind of bullet. This is because while you 
do this silly looking technique, you are shifting your soldier's body very 
quickly. You might not be invincible by doing this, but you will at least make 
it much harder for your opponents to shoot you down on foot, and maybe even 
give you a chance to put them away.

The above technique is a strategy if you have your pistol, or a grenade handy. 
You may use this technique with the assault rifle as well, but as I mentioned 
earlier, setting your rifle to single semi-auto shot mode will pay off. When 
your opponents are mid distance away from you (as opposed to in your face), use
this mode. You will be able to place your shots and snipe enemies more 
effectively. Full auto when you are in large and intense firefights, when 
enemies are getting up close to you. 

And your last, ditch effort, if you are up close to an enemy, and find yourself
with a knife or defibrillator in hand, you can try your luck hitting them with 
that. I think you'd be more likely to kill with the knife though. The 
defibrillator requires that you are practically kissing an opponent, so good 
luck with that! :-)


k) Medics and Voice Over IP (VOIP)

Keeping in contact with your team can often be tough in large, intense battles. 
Personally, I haven't used the Voice Over IP (VOIP) function that much in BF2. 
Probably because the servers I play on never have it enabled. =(  But anyway, 
it can be quite a useful tool for a medic. You can let your teammates know of 
your location instantly by speaking to them with this, unlike the radar, which 
often in the heat of battle you do not have time to study just to find a medic.
VOIP allows you to instantly communicate and "speak" in real time with your 
teammates. . . not that the in game commands lack that, but I think the 
effectiveness of hearing someone's actual voice is more useful (just as long 
as they don't mumble too much! ^_^) over the basic, commonly-heard ingame 
commands. My point here is, if the server you are on allows VOIP 
communications, and you are in a squad as a medic, make use of it. Your 
teammates will benefit. 


l) Earning Badges and other Awards as a Medic

Getting badges, awards, and promotions in rank is what helps you keep going in
this game. It give you a sense of duty, and purpose to play the game. You will
earn them as you play and progress in the game, so be patient, it took me many
tries to get these the first time around. 

Thanks to my friends, I was able to earn both of the basic medic badges. I will
supply you with the information on how to earn all medic-related badges below:
 
      1) Basic Medic Combat badge: If you kill 10 enemy soldiers (or getting 10
frags as I like to say!) in one round, you will earn this badge. Nothing too 
bad about this one, but it will be difficult to get until you gain some 
experience in combat. Sometimes in smaller servers like 8v8 it will be more 
difficult to accomplish than in a 32v32, but that is all a matter of 
preference. I think participating in the 64 player servers is a great way to 
get over 10 kills easily, as there are more chances for you to kill opponents. 
. . but just keep in mind there will be that many more opponents attacking you!

      2) Basic First Aid badge: You need to get 5 healing points or more in one
round. You earn healing points by using your med pack. Itís not a really hard
badge to get, just keep an eye on your teammates health, or if you want to get
it really quickly, play a 32v32 server and run around with the health pack. 
There are plenty of people to heal in those big games ^_^ 

      3) Veteran Medic Combat badge: To earn this badge, you need to have both 
20 kills all in one round playing as a medic. You also need to have played as a
medic for 250 global hours. I haven't earned this badge yet, probably because 
it requires a good amount of hours playing the medic kit. To get 20 kills in 
one round, play a big server and find a server that starts above 200 tickets. I
usually earn all my badges in longer-lasting games.

      4) Veteran First Aid badge: This badge is the easier of the two medals to
attain in my opinion. I just played in a server a couple days ago and got over 
10 heals in one round. Simply have a LOT of medic bags around your teammates at
all times. When they grab the bag and heal themselves, you will usually get a 
healing point. The only difficult thing about this badge is the gameplay hours.
This is because you need 500 global hours of solid gameplay with the medic kit
besides the heals, which is by far the easier task to perform.

      5) Expert Medic Combat badge: Ugh. This badge's requirements makes my 
head hurt. To attain this well-respected badge, you need to kill 40 opponents 
in one round as medic. Also you need 1000 global hours clocked in playing as a 
medic. My recommendation for the kills is to hop into a vehicle, like an attack
helicopter to earn the 40 kills in a round. This can be SOMEWHAT easy to do if 
you have the gunning experience of a helicopter down pat. The gameplay hours. .
. well, you are on your own with that! Play as much as possible!

      6) Expert First Aid badge: Ok, it might take some time for you to earn 
this badge. This is because you need 500 global healing points. Also you need 
to have played 1000 hours of gameplay as a medic. Lastly, you will need to earn
25 healing points in one round. If you play a rather small urban assault map, 
like Strike at Karkand, I think it would be entirely possible for you to get 
that many heals, if the ticket count is high, maybe somewhere over 200 or so. 
The technique is just throw medic bags at any possible teammate you can find, 
then RUN because you will need to find as many teammates in need of heals as 
possible.
 

m) Contact Section - FAQs, Comments, Concerns

I can be reached by email at kc2mkj@gmail.com (I finally updated my contributor 
page ^_^). 

Please send me any questions, comments, or concerns about this guide. If you 
have something you would like to see in my guide that is not here already, let 
me know about it, and I will give you proper credit if it is a worthwhile piece
of information. Also, if you want your question published and answered in my 
Q & A section, be sure to let me know!

Now, for some questions! (Q & A)

Q - Why write a Medic Guide?
A - I decided on Medic Guide because I find myself playing that kit the most of
all the kits (not all the kits combined though, I play assault a good amount 
too ^_^). I find medic to be the most useful of all the kits, with the unique 
ability to heal and revive teammates in battle! No other kit gets that perk, 
and gets points from it!

Q - Ok, I keep on reviving my teammates, but they keep dying right away! Help 
me.
A - This is only natural in the heat of a battle. You can prevent this though 
by staying relatively near them, if they are dying in a specific area, maybe 
you can spot and snipe out the enemy with your M16 rifle, then revive them. 
Another solution is litter the ground with medpacks near them, that way if you
leave the general area, and teammates are wounded (but not unconscious), they 
can use the medpacks whenever they need it. You really can't stop your 
teammates from dying though, you as the medic just have to roll with the 
punches!

Q - The Medic's M16 / AK101 / AK-47 sucks. Why do you praise it so much?
A - Those three guns are actually quite useful at mid-range when you set it to 
semi-auto shot mode and use it for aiming and sniping out opponents. The burst 
shot and full auto shot modes actually degrade your accuracy, so I don't use 
it. I like the single shot much better, for accuracy. Although burst will fire 
off three shots, and full auto you can shower your bullets at opponents, I can 
use semi-auto to place three bullets in an opponent much more accurately (like 
three head, chest, or leg shots). Not to mention that semi-auto mode has much 
LESS recoil than the other two modes. =) 

Q - Medics are awfully weak. How can they ever stand up to enemy armor (tanks)
and other vehicles?
A - Yes, a medic doesn't have any rockets or heavy artillery. It seems to be a 
general weakness of many of the kits though. The only real solution I can 
provide is to use grenades. Otherwise, you should hang around an anti-tank 
player or two, maybe even join their squad or invite them to one, and use their
protection to your advantage. It's kind of a win-win situation, you get vehicle
defense from them, and they get medical attention from you when they need it.


n) Version Information

8-21-05 - I started writing this guide inadvertently.
8-24-05 - After getting a lot of my ideas down for 3 days, I realized it might 
be helpful to contribute this guide to GameFAQs.
8-25-05 - Worked extensively on guide, putting it into a suitable format in 
Notepad, and formulating more ideas.
8-30-05 - After several days of fine-tuning, produced my 1.00 version for its 
debut! (hopefully it gets posted!)
9-7-05 - Fixed a some mistakes such as typos and section title errors. Also I
have added a new section to the guide. I will now deem this FAQ version 1.01!


o) Credits and Thank Yous

A special thanks to the following: 

- Inforit: for giving some information on strategies
- Docpoof: used as a reference on some kit information 
- Tags2112: for helping me with medic badge information
- Happygamer1: for always being there for me :D 
- SleepdeprivedZ: for recommending the VOIP section 
- My many other unmentioned Battlefield 2 friends that always make it fun for 
me to play online!
- The ASCII Generator by Jonathan Matthews Software: for creation of the ASCII 
Red Cross. It saved me sitting at a computer for countless hours trying to make 
one myself!
- www.totalbf2.com: for clearing up the badge information for me
- EA Games: for publishing Battlefield 2
- GameFAQs: for hosting my FAQ / Guide

- YOU! The reader! Yes, thank you for reading my FAQ, and may your future 
Battlefield 2 experiences be prosperous.


p) Legal Materials

Copyright 2005 Andy Scheriff.

This guide may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
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publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web 
site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation 
of copyright.

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