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In Battlefield 1, the radar seems to function differently than it has in the past. That, or I just wasn't as observant of said radar in the previous games.

There are times where I'll see a little red dot indicating an enemy is near me, but nine times out of ten, I'll die to someone five feet away from me, and there's no red dot anywhere to be seen. Is it dependent on team spotting, or is there some other mechanic at play here with which I'm unfamiliar?

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The minimap has always been relatively the same throughout the series.

You only see enemies when

  • they have been spotted by other players (will show both on minimap and marked in 3d)
  • they fire their weapon and you are close enough to hear it (except for enemies who have silencers equipped)
  • teammates who look at enemies should also spot them on the minimap if they are looking at the enemy long enough but not mark them in 3d (this might have a max distance though, not sure)

But you cannot treat the minimap as a radar like you put it. It does not detect every single movement on the gamemap like in games such as Halo.
So yes, its possible that you get killed from behind by a knife without you ever seeing the enemy coming on your map.

Recon classes usually have a few gadgets that help with spotting enemy players for a longer and automated duration.

So, the clue to communication in battlefield is SPOT SPOT SPOT, always spot!

When should you always spot?

  • Always spot when you see groups of enemies moving in a certain area that you cannot reach quickly enough yourself or that will flank your teammates.
  • Snipers, always spot snipers so your own snipers can counter them.
  • Enemy armor! the last thing you want is a sneaky tank flanking your teammates because they did not see it coming, always spot enemy tanks and alikes!
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  • I'm new to the series, can you clarify what you mean by "mark"?
    – jgadoury
    Oct 31, 2016 at 13:56
  • @jgadoury mark is used as a synonym for spotting. You can also mark enemy tanks as a recon so that guided missiles can lock onto them, but i used mark in the wrong context here
    – Vahx
    Oct 31, 2016 at 14:28
  • @jgadoury as for the marking enemies in 3d, spotted enemies will have an orange triangle above their head.
    – Vahx
    Oct 31, 2016 at 14:29
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    Oh, is it the same button used to "mark" the objective as squad leader? I had no idea you could mark people/tanks, that will prove very useful. Thanks!
    – jgadoury
    Oct 31, 2016 at 14:31
  • Based on my in-game experience, I'm fairly certain that in BF1, enemies will NOT appear on the mini-map if they fire a non-silenced weapon, probably since most (all?) of the multiplayer guns cannot be silenced. Oct 31, 2016 at 17:59

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