I have died from multiple opponents and near by explosions. Sometimes, these causes cannot be traced by the battlefield 3 system and, therefore, I get prompted 'Bad Luck'.

Usually, I am okay with this as environmental causes that I cannot control in the battlefield - but is DICE killing me because they think I am cheating? DICE recently released information that they are cracking down on cheaters. I am grateful for their crackdown - as cheaters can ruin games - but I have heard through the grapevine that DICE will kill you if they 'think' you are cheating ( some automated system built into BF3 to autokill you if you go on a massive kill streak). Example:

I was flying a jet, which just randomly exploded: Bad Luck. This was after a good, legit air dominance. I confirmed with server admins that they did not kill me (with any server administrative tools). They told me that DICE will just do that once in a while.

Can anyone confirm that this exists in battlefield 3 or not?

  • Good question. Happened to me quite a few times as well. Some were understandable (could have died from falling debris in a cave/house etc), but when it occurs right after spawning in an open area with no other players nearby, one starts to wonder :)
    – Hex
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 16:52
  • I play on 360 and I find that sometimes I am running and I just get iced by bad luck. I'm not sure if they're correlated but its annoying.
    – Emerica.
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 17:03
  • You need an account in Origin to access that link :/
    – juan
    Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 18:32
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    it's also entirely conceivable that the server admins were lying to you, btw. Commented Jan 26, 2012 at 19:40
  • There wass something similar in Halo (2?) which essentially meant you were a victim of the map. You are killed by anything from a glitch in the map, falling off the edge, or to an unfortunate ricochet not attributed to another player. Commented Jan 27, 2012 at 10:17

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For example, if you are killed by a secondary explosion -- if you are standing next to a fuel truck that blows up -- that is a Bad Luck death.

Similarly getting killed by unmanned moving vehicles (say the driver hopped out while the vehicle is in motion) or flying debris is also Bad Luck.

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    or it could be a player called bad luck :O
    – ronnie
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 11:43
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    I'd like to see the kill cam of the player "bad luck" sometimes. Commented Feb 24, 2012 at 20:16
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    I was flying jet, health was regenerating, then i randmly blow up from bad luck, noone else around me, no debris or anything. WTF is going on?
    – user27978
    Commented Jun 22, 2012 at 1:42

I'm pretty sure there's not any built in kill streak trigger. I've seen hackers ring up over 200 kills without a death.

If bad luck is not from something obvious (like an unmanned vehicle hitting you), I would say it's probably a bug.


Dying from "Bad Luck" is basically dying from something another player did not initiate non-suicidal.

Antenna on Capsian Border falls on you-> Bad Luck
Sit in fire too long -> Bad Luck

  • They really just need to call some of the Bad Luck deaths as Stupidity. I.E. I died by my own grenade, Either Natural Selection occured with <PlayerName> or <PlayerName> was killed by his/her own stupidity.
    – Cole Busby
    Commented Aug 5, 2013 at 21:41

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