ByMichael Mitchell, writer at Creators.co
Gamer, writer, occasional pedant. Mitch lives up to all these adjectives and more by writing for Now Loading and Blizzard Watch. @Fizzl_CTR.
Michael Mitchell

If you recently hopped into Battlefield 1 with guns — and fiery zeppelins of death — blazing, you may have noticed that you don't actually have that many guns with which to blaze. And if you're anything like me, your next step was figuring out how to change that and going, "What the heck, how do I get any of this stuff?"

Fear not, soldier! Today we'll be going over how to get Battlepacks, how to get scraps, and how to get Warbonds in Battlefield 1. But first, a primer on why you should even care.

What Can I Get With Battlepacks, Scraps, and Warbonds?

Okay, the obvious answer here is "guns" but there's a little more to it than that (though admittedly not much). Here are all the items you can get:

  • Battlepacks: Always contain a "skin" for your gun, but occasionally contain bonus XP or even a puzzle piece the unlock a unique melee weapon. Battlepack rewards will change on a regular basis (more on that below).
  • Scraps: These are an alternative route to purchasing Battlepacks, as well as the only way to purchase Enhanced and Superior Battlepacks, which guarantee a skin of a particular rarity.
  • Warbonds: These are likely the ones most players will be interested in, as Warbonds are the currency needed to unlock additional weapons and are difficult to come by.

So yeah, the game essentially has two different paths to focus on when it comes to guns: the gun itself and the skin for your gun of choice.

How To Get Battlepacks

Are you ready for this? Because it's about to get complicated up in here. To get Battlepacks, you need to... play the game!

No, really, there's actually not much more to it than that. Battlepacks are randomly rewarded to a set number of players at the end of a multiplayer match. According to DICE's website, they go to "people who have stuck through the fight," though personally I've found it to feel completely random. Perhaps it simply means you won't get one if you leave early (which, duh) or join late — though, I joined a game less than 10 kills before the end and got one, so it's a bit unclear.

If there's a complicated aspect to Battlepacks, it's that there are the aforementioned Enhanced and Superior versions, as well as "revisions" which occur on a regular basis and alter the particular rewards a Battlepack will contain. As of this morning, Revision 2 is live, so it's likely we'll see new revisions on a weekly basis.

Before opening a Battlepack, you're able to see the current revision's reward pool, which allows you to determine if your favorite weapon has a skin available that you're after. If not, save up scraps for a revision that has what you're looking for. What are scraps? I'm glad you asked!

How To Get Scraps

Simply put, scraps are the remains of unwanted weapon skins. Get a Battlepack at the end of a round but don't like any of the possible rewards? Open it and scrap whatever you get.

Doing so allows you to save up scraps over time and purchase Battlepacks when you see they contain a desired reward. This is especially helpful if you notice the Enhanced or Superior Battlepacks have a rare skin you want, because those guarantee you a skin of higher rarity.

Now, different guns may reward different amounts of scraps, and different tiers of Battlepacks have higher costs. This is why, if you're really hoping to earn a specific cosmetic skin, you'll want to regularly keep track of the skins available in a given revision.

How To Get Warbonds

Burying the lede a bit? Maybe. But you're likely to encounter Battlepacks and scraps sooner than you are Warbonds. The reason for this is that Warbonds are only gained when ranking up, and ranking up can take a bit of time after the first couple levels.

More importantly, though, Warbonds are the currency you want to be most careful with when spending. You don't exactly come across them too often when first starting out, and you'll probably be tempted to buy a new weapon right away — but you should plan ahead!

Certain weapons only cost Warbonds, while others cost Warbonds and require a specific class rank. Before buying a weapon, though, it's important that you do a two things:

  • Figure out which class you like most. Warbonds are not class-specific, so buying a weapon for one class means waiting to buy a weapon for another.
  • Figure out which weapon you want. It's tempting to buy the first available gun, but there are several gadgets, sidearms, and more worth looking into. Plus, the first available gun might be a lot less beneficial than the second available gun.

All in all, not that difficult, but it could save you from regretting an overly excited first purchase. And overall, Battlefield 1 makes it pretty straightforward: Play the game to earn rewards. There's nuance in those rewards, sure, but earning them is easy enough, albeit a bit time consuming. Though if you're raining justice from above in an airship, "time consuming" probably isn't a big deal.

How do you feel about Battlefield 1's reward system? Let us know in the comments!