Homefront Primer Guide

The battle between the KPA and the USA rages on. Our Homefront Primer Guide gets your ready with tips for on-line, unlockable weapons and gears, and upgrades to vehicles. Here's what's inside:

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The battle between the KPA and the USA rages on. Our Homefront Primer Guide gets your ready with tips for on-line, unlockable weapons and gears, and upgrades to vehicles. Here's what's inside:

  • Infantry, Vehicles and Loadouts: Learn about multiplayer features and how to get ready for the on-line onslaught
  • Upgrades and Purchasables: Discover what can be earned with match BP and unlocked with EXP levels
  • Xbox 360 Achievements: Boost your Gamerscore with a huge list of Achievements
  • PlayStation 3 Trophies: Gain new Trophies for your collection

Infantry

You have six infantry slots total. You can use any of these loadouts from the start, but can only edit the top four from basic level 1. A nice advantage is that some of the loadouts come equipped with items that you won't have access to for some levels. The notable is the Explosive Infantry with its AQ-11 Buzzard and Proximity Launcher. If you're going to edit any of the Infantry start with the basic Assault, as it has some base skills that can be easily overwritten.

Assault

  • Primary: M4 Rifle
  • Attachment: Mk 1 Holo Scope
  • Special Explosive: EMP Grenade
  • Purchase Slot 1: Flak Jacket
  • Purchase Slot 2: RPG Launcher
  • Abilities: Quick Draw, Fist full

SMG

  • Primary: PWS Diablo SMG
  • Attachment: Mk1 Red Dot Sight
  • Special Explosive: Flashbang
  • Purchase Slot 1: Flak Jacket
  • Purchase Slot 2: MQ50 MG Wolverine
  • Abilities: Tactical Reload, Straight From The Hip

Heavy

  • Primary: M249 LMG
  • Attachment: None
  • Special Explosive: EMP Grenade
  • Purchase Slot 1: Hellfire
  • Purchase Slot 2: RPG Launcher
  • Abilities: Tactical Reload, Fist Full

Sniper

  • Primary: M110 Sniper
  • Attachment: None
  • Special Explosive: EMP Grenade
  • Purchase Slot 1: MQ50 MG Wolverine
  • Purchase Slot 2: Hellfire
  • Abilities: Quick Draw, Done Be Gone!

Tactical

  • Editable at level: 16
  • Primary: ACR Rifle
  • Attachment: Mk2 AOG Scope
  • Special Explosive: Flashbang
  • Purchase Slot 1: Flak Jacket
  • Purchase Slot 2: Personal UAV Sweep
  • Abilities: Straight From The Hip

Explosive

  • Editable at level: 35
  • Primary: SCAR-H LMG
  • Attachment: Mk 3 Holo Scope
  • Special Explosive: C4
  • Purchase Slot 1: AQ-11 Buzzard
  • Purchase Slot 2: Proximity Launcher
  • Abilities: Tactical Reload, Boomer

Primary Weapons

Each Infantry loadout can make use of one Primary weapon. Rifles are good for medium to longer ranges due to their accuracy; though often they might not have the greatest accuracy and range of fire. Machineguns are good for medium and close range combat do to their high rate of fire, but their accuracy makes them the less than optimum choice for longed ranged fighting. Sniper rifles are of course for very long distances, taking down foes from unseen areas. They aren't very good for close quarters combat due to low rate of fire. Keep in mind that some weapons--mainly sniper rifles--cannot make use of attachments to further their capabilities. Assault Rifles can typically use all types of attachments, making them the most diverse weapon.

Assault Rifles

M4 Rifle

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Strengths: Rate of Fire, Accuracy, Range
  • Weaknesses: Damage

ACR Rifle

  • Unlocked at: 3
  • Strengths: Balanced (With Rate of Fire Greatest)
  • Weaknesses: Balanced (With Damage Lowest)

M16 rifle

  • Unlocked at: 27
  • Strengths: Damage, Accuracy, Range
  • Weaknesses: Rate of Fire, Reload Speed

SCAR-L Rifle

  • Unlocked at: 14
  • Strengths: Balanced (With Damage and Accuracy Greatest)
  • Weaknesses: Balanced (With Rate of Fire Lowest)

T3AK Rifle

  • Unlocked at: 40
  • Strengths: Balanced (With slight Rate of Fire Greatest)
  • Weaknesses: Balanced (With slight Damage and Accuracy Lowest)

XM10 Rifle

  • Unlocked at: 46
  • Strengths: Accuracy, Range
  • Weaknesses: Rate of Fire, Ammo count

Machineguns

M249

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Strengths: Damage, Range, Ammo Count
  • Weaknesses: Rate of Fire, Reload Speed

SCR-H LMG

  • Unlocked at: 32
  • Strengths: Rate of Fire, Ammo count
  • Weaknesses: Reload Speed

PWS Diablo SMG

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Strengths: Damage, Rate of Fire, Reload Speed
  • Weaknesses: Accuracy, Range

Super V SMG

  • Unlocked at: 9
  • Strengths: Damage, Rate of Fire, Reload Speed
  • Weaknesses: Accuracy, Range, Ammo Count

Sniper Rifles

M110 Sniper

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Strengths: Damage, Accuracy, Range
  • Weaknesses: Reload Speed, Ammo Count

M200 Sniper

  • Unlocked at: 19
  • Strengths: Damage, Accuracy, Range (All Maxed)
  • Weaknesses: Rate of Fire, Reload Speed, Ammo Count

Attachments and Explosives

Attachments and Explosives are single slot upgrades per Infantry loadout. You can select one Attachment and one Special Explosive per Infantry.

Attachments

Unlike most other loadout gear, Attachments require total kills instead of experience levels to be unlocked.

Attachments range from sight enhancements, silencers and underbarrel firearms. In most cases Assault Rifles are the only guns that can receive all forms of attachments. Due to the amount of drones and vehicles on the battlefield the EMP Launcher has a huge advantage. The Grenade Launcher and Silencer also have situational uses. Still, if you find secondary firepower rather useless stick with the ACOG Scope for extra sighting.

Holo Scope

  • Kills Needed: 5
  • Features: Projects a holographic reticule onto the sight

Shotgun

  • Kills Needed: 15
  • Features: 12 gauge pump-action shotgun with an internal magazine

Silencer

  • Kills Needed: 25
  • Features: Reduces the amount of noise and flash produced by a weapon. Users do not appear on the mini-map when firing suppressed weapons

Red Dot Sight

  • Kills Needed: 50
  • Features: Projects a red dot onto the sight

ACOG Scope

  • Kills Needed: 100
  • Features: 1.5x telescopic sight with non-illuminated mil-dot crosshair

Airburst Launcher

  • Kills Needed: 150
  • Features: Single shot 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher with airburst grenades

EMP Launcher

  • Kills Needed: 200
  • Features: Single shot 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher with EMP rounds

Grenade Launcher

  • Kills Needed: 75
  • Features: Single shot 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher with high-explosive rounds

Explosives

Special Explosives are secondary grenades that are added along side your standard frag grenades. EMP Grenades are always great to take down the waves of enemy drones and vehicles, while Flashbangs can disable and annoy lone infantry. C4 can also be used to catch your enemy by surprise or set up traps.

EMP Grenade

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Features: Electromagnetic Pulse grenade that temporarily disables vehicles and drones

Flashbang

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Features: Non-lethal stun grenade that disorients targets with a bright flash and loud noise

C4

  • Unlocked at: 24
  • Features: Plastic Explosive with remote trigger. Multiple bricks can be placed and detonated simultaneously

WP Grenade

  • Unlocked at: 43
  • Features: Produces a cloud of burning smoke that is lethal

Purchasables

Purchasables can be gained by spending eared BP during a match. They will only last for one life or until they are destroyed (whichever comes first). You can assign two Purchasables per each Infantry loadout.

Drones

Drones are remote controlled devices that can be used to changes the course of the fight. Keep in mind that you are completely vulnerable when using a drone, so be sure to be well hidden or protected by your allies before deploying a drone. If the drone is destroyed or runs out of battery life, you will return back to first-person view. The Parrot is good for showing locations of enemies, while the Buzzard is great for taking out ground enemies. The Rhino is however the best bet for taking on heavy ground vehicles.

RQ-10 Parrot

  • Unlocked at: 6
  • BP Cost: 250
  • Features: Remote control quadicopter. Cameras relay targeting info to teammates

MQ50 MG Wolverine

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • BP Cost: 500
  • Features: Multi-terrain tracked drone. Equipped with a machine gun

AQ-11 Buzzard

  • Unlocked at: 28
  • BP Cost: 800
  • Features: Remote control helicopter. Armed with two unguided rocket pods

MQ60 AT Rhino

  • Unlocked at: 21
  • BP Cost: 400
  • Features: Multi-terrain tracked drone. Equipped with anti-tank unguided and lock-on bombs

Airstrikes

Airstrikes can be used to call in a UAV to launch missiles from the sky. This can be devastating against anything on the ground, though some strikes are better against humans, while others are mainly for vehicles.

Hellfire

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • BP Cost: 1300
  • Features: Two UAV-Launched air-to-surface missiles. Allows for post-launch guidance. Good against vehicles

Cluster bomb

  • Unlocked at: 44
  • BP Cost: 1600
  • Features: A single use cluster bomb. Dispersal creates large area of effect. Good against infantry and vehicles

White Phosphorus

  • Unlocked at: 17
  • BP Cost: 1300
  • Features: Large area of effect. Tissue burns and smoke inhalation cause instant death

Rocket Launchers

Rocket Launchers are Infantry wielded weapons that can be used to deal heavy damage to vehicles or take down a clustered group of opposing soldiers.

RPG Launcher

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • BP Cost: 250 BP
  • Features: Disposable rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Comes equipped with high-explosive warheads

Proximity Launcher

  • Unlocked at: 31
  • BP Cost: 250
  • Features: Rocket launcher that uses a sophisticated distance sensor to trigger detonation when in close proximity to enemy vehicle

Equipment

Various equipment can be used to boost defenses, locate enemies, or restock the team with extra supplies.

Flak Jacket

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • BP Cost: 300
  • Features: Body Armor consisting of hard ceramic plates. Can be purchased once per life

Personal UAV Sweep

  • Unlocked at: 4
  • BP Cost: 400
  • Features: Calls in a aerial drone that highlights enemies on the mini-map

Ammo Resupply

  • Unlocked at: 36
  • BP Cost: 2000
  • Features: Emergency restock of ammunition, grenades, and special explosives

Thermal Goggles

  • Unlocked at: 49
  • BP Cost: 250
  • Features: Head mounted low light and thermal goggles. Can be toggled on/off after purchase

Abilities

Various abilities can be equipped to enhance an Infantry. Each Ability costs between 1 and 3 points. You start with only 3 points to start with, but will gain more reserve points as you gain experience levels. Try to pick abilities that will strengthen your current equipment and ignore ones that contradict each other. For example avoid equipping drone enhancements when you have no plans of putting a drone in your Purchase slot. Among the most universally helpful are Grave Robber, Quick Heal, and Grizzled.

Drone Be gone

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Faster Drone Speed

Tactical Reload

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Faster reload speed

Quickdraw

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Quicker speed into aiming down sight

My Buddy

  • Unlocked at: 8
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Longer drone battery duration

Ghost

  • Unlocked at: 23
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Hidden from UAV sweeps

Crater-to-Order

  • Unlocked at: 34
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Large drone explosion on death

Thick Skin

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Increased drone health

Now That's A Knife

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Increased melee range with quicker recovery

Penny Pincher

  • Unlocked at: 5
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Equipped special weapons cost less

Grave Robber

  • Unlocked at: 18
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Pickup ammo dropped by dead soldiers

Steady Aim

  • Unlocked at: 26
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Less recoil when aiming down sight

Utility Belt

  • Unlocked at: 38
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Extra special grenades

Blastwave

  • Unlocked at: 42
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Larger blast radius for explosives

Quick Heal

  • Unlocked at: 47
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Faster health regeneration

Straight From The Hip

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Point Cost: 3
  • Features: Reduced weapon deviation when shooting from the hip

Fist Full

  • Unlocked at: 1
  • Point Cost: 3
  • Features: Extra Grenades

Grizzled

  • Unlocked at: 13
  • Point Cost: 3
  • Features: Increased experience gains

Boomer

  • Unlocked at: 30
  • Point Cost: 3
  • Features: Increased explosive damage

Vehicles

There are five vehicles that can be purchased and added to the battlefield with earned BP. If an ally has summoned a vehicle there may also be an option to spawn in the gunner's seat. The Humvee for example has no primary weapon, but a passenger can help defend with the mounted machinegun. You can choose to leave a vehicle, and theoretically can steal vehicles that have been abandoned by the enemy.

Upgrades

You can start upgrading each vehicle at different levels: Humvee (10), Light Armor (15), Heavy Tank (22), Scout Heli (29), and Attack Heli (37). As with Infantry abilities, Vehicle upgrades each cost between 1 to 3 points. Your point reserve will also increase as you gain more experience levels. In most cases the 3 point upgrades Big Stick, Ejection Seat, and Monkey Wrench are the most useful.

Full Tank

  • Unlocked at: 10
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Longer vehicle sprint times

Gyro

  • Unlocked at: 10
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Faster turn speed

Speed Boost

  • Unlocked at: 33
  • Point Cost: 1
  • Features: Faster top speed

Faster Reload

  • Unlocked at: 10
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Faster reload and cool down for vehicle weapons

Coated

  • Unlocked at: 11
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Shorter EMP durations

Missile Defense

  • Unlocked at: 41
  • Point Cost: 2
  • Features: Faster cooldown for Missile Defeat

Big Stick

  • Unlocked at: 10
  • Point Cost: 3
  • Features: Increased vehicle damage

Ejection Seat

  • Unlocked at: 20
  • Point Cost: 3
  • Features: Auto-Eject on vehicle destruction

Monkey Wrench

  • Unlocked at: 48
  • Point Cost: 3
  • Features: Passive vehicle repair

Xbox 360 Achievements

Achievement Name How To Earn Reward
3-Star Threat Become a 3-Star threat in a Battle Commander Xbox LIVE Ranked match 30
5-Star Threat Become a 5-Star threat in a Battle Commander Xbox LIVE Ranked match 75
Archivist Find 30 of 61 News Pickups in the Single Player Campaign 10
Chronicler Find the first of 61 news pickups 10
Drone Expert Complete an expert challenge for any drone in Xbox LIVE 25
Expert of War Complete all challenges for weapons, drones, vehicles, and modes in Xbox LIVE 100
Fire Sale Complete chapter 3 in the Single Player Campaign 10
Fire Sale - Guerrilla Complete chapter 3 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign 25
Freedom Complete chapter 2 in the Single Player Campaign 10
Freedom - Guerrilla Complete chapter 2 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign 25
Full Boat Enter an Xbox LIVE Ranked match in a Party with 16 players 30
Give Him the Stick Kill 25 enemies with melee attacks in Chapter 1: Why We Fight 10
Good Use of Cover Destroy the first sentry without taking any damage in Chapter 2: Freedom 10
Heartland Complete chapter 5 in the Single Player Campaign 10
Heartland - Guerrilla Complete chapter 5 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign 25
Historian Find all 61 News Pickups in the Single Player Campaign 30
Iron Man - Fire Sale Complete chapter 3 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint 25
Iron Man - Freedom Complete chapter 2 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint 25
Iron Man - Heartland Complete chapter 5 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint 25
Iron Man - Overwatch Complete chapter 6 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint 25
Iron Man - The Wall Complete chapter 4 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint 25
Iron Man - Why We Fight Complete chapter 1 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint 25
Let 'em Burn Don't kill any of the enemies that are on fire in Chapter 3: Fire Sale 10
Medal of Honor Win an Xbox LIVE Ranked match as the Party Leader of a Party 20
Mercy Kill 5 enemies while they are on fire in Chapter 3: Fire Sale 10
Over the Hill Reach experience level 50 in Xbox LIVE 50
Overwatch Complete chapter 6 in the Single Player Campaign 10
Overwatch - Guerrilla Complete chapter 6 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign 25
Pistol Whipped Kill 25 enemies with a pistol in Chapter 1: Why We Fight 10
Safer Skies Destroy all the SAM trucks in the level in Chapter 6: Overwatch 10
Speed Demon Hijack the tankers in less than 8 minutes in one life in Chapter 6: Overwatch 10
Squad Commander Enter an Xbox LIVE Ranked match as the Party Leader of a 4-Player Minimum Party 20
Stairway to Heaven From the front door of the church, make it to the crow's nest in 240 seconds in Chapter 5: Heartland 10
The Wall Complete chapter 4 in the Single Player Campaign 10
The Wall - Guerrilla Complete chapter 4 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign 25
Vehicle Expert Complete an expert challenge for any vehicle in Xbox LIVE 25
Weapon Expert Complete an expert challenge for any weapon in Xbox LIVE 25
Welcome to Freedom Talk at least once to each inhabitant of Oasis in Chapter 2: Freedom 10
Why We Fight Complete chapter 1 in the Single Player Campaign 10
Why We Fight - Guerrilla Complete chapter 1 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign 25
David Rejected Complete the street section without Goliath taking any damage in Chapter 4: The Wall 10
Fatal and Tragic Jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in Chapter 7: Golden Gate 10
Golden Gate Complete chapter 7 in the Single Player Campaign 10
Golden Gate - Guerrilla Complete chapter 7 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign 25
Iron Man- Golden Gate Complete chapter 7 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint 25
Soft Targets Destroy all vehicles using the UAV in Chapter 7: Golden Gate 10
Wilhelm's Nightmare Knock 10 enemies off of the scaffolding during the helicopter fly-in in Chapter 7: Golden Gate 10

PlayStation 3 Trophies

Trophy Name How To Earn Reward
3-Star Threat Become a 3-Star threat in a Battle Commander public match Silver
5-Star Threat Become a 5-Star threat in a Battle Commander public match Gold
Archivist Find 30 of 61 News Pickups in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Chronicler Find the first of 61 news pickups Bronze
Drone Expert Complete an expert challenge for any drone in Multiplayer Bronze
Expert of War Complete all challenges for weapons, drones, vehicles, and modes in Multiplayer Gold
Fire Sale Complete chapter 3 in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Fire Sale - Guerrilla Complete chapter 3 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Freedom Complete chapter 2 in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Freedom - Guerrilla Complete chapter 2 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Full Boat Enter a public match in a Party with 16 players Silver
Give Him the Stick Kill 25 enemies with melee attacks in Chapter 1: Why We Fight Bronze
Good Use of Cover Destroy the first sentry without taking any damage in Chapter 2: Freedom Bronze
Heartland Complete chapter 5 in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Heartland - Guerrilla Complete chapter 5 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Historian Find all 61 News Pickups in the Single Player Campaign Gold
Iron Man - Fire Sale Complete chapter 3 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint Bronze
Iron Man - Freedom Complete chapter 2 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint Bronze
Iron Man - Heartland Complete chapter 5 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint Bronze
Iron Man - Overwatch Complete chapter 6 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint Silver
Iron Man - The Wall Complete chapter 4 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint Bronze
Iron Man - Why We Fight Complete chapter 1 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint Bronze
Let 'em Burn Don't kill any of the enemies that are on fire in Chapter 3: Fire Sale Bronze
Medal of Honor Win a public match as the Party Leader of a Party Bronze
Mercy Kill 5 enemies while they are on fire in Chapter 3: Fire Sale Bronze
Over the Hill Reach experience level 50 in Multiplayer Silver
Overwatch Complete chapter 6 in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Overwatch - Guerrilla Complete chapter 6 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign Silver
Pistol Whipped Kill 25 enemies with a pistol in Chapter 1: Why We Fight Bronze
Safer Skies Destroy all the SAM trucks in the level in Chapter 6: Overwatch Bronze
Speed Demon Hijack the tankers in less than 8 minutes in one life in Chapter 6: Overwatch Bronze
Squad Commander Enter a public match as the Party Leader of a 4-Player Minimum Party Bronze
Stairway to Heaven From the front door of the church, make it to the crow's nest in 240 seconds in Chapter 5: Heartland Bronze
The Wall Complete chapter 4 in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
The Wall - Guerrilla Complete chapter 4 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Vehicle Expert Complete an expert challenge for any vehicle in Multiplayer Bronze
Weapon Expert Complete an expert challenge for any weapon in Multiplayer Bronze
Welcome to Freedom Talk at least once to each inhabitant of Oasis in Chapter 2: Freedom Bronze
Why We Fight Complete chapter 1 in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
Why We Fight - Guerrilla Complete chapter 1 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign Bronze
David Rejected Complete the street section without Goliath taking any damage in Chapter 4: The Wall Bronze
Fatal and Tragic Jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in Chapter 7: Golden Gate Bronze
Golden Gate Complete chapter 7 in the Single Player Campaign Silver
Golden Gate - Guerrilla Complete chapter 7 on the Hardest Difficulty in the Single Player Campaign Silver
Iron Man- Golden Gate Complete chapter 7 in the Single Player Campaign without dying or restarting a checkpoint Silver
Soft Targets Destroy all vehicles using the UAV in Chapter 7: Golden Gate Bronze
Wilhelm's Nightmare Knock 10 enemies off of the scaffolding during the helicopter fly-in in Chapter 7: Golden Gate Bronze
Platinum Trophy Complete all other trophies for Homefront Platinum

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