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Capture the Flag a gamemode featured in the Battlefield series. Both teams must try and take each other's flag from their respective bases while protecting their own.


The objective of the game is to capture the opposing team's flag while defending one's own. This can be done by getting in to where the flag is located in the enemy base, taking it, and returning it to the player's base alive. This task is usually much easier said than done, as the opposing team's base is usually heavily defended and players are alerted once a flag is taken from its base, causing the team whose flag was stolen to frantically try to get it back at any cost.

Unlike Conquest, Capture the Flag has infinite tickets for each team, but it has a time limit of 15 minutes (or more depending on the server settings), allowing players to score points by capturing flags within that time period.

Flags can be held while on any vehicle as well, regardless if it is piloted on land, sea or air. It also does not matter whether the flag-carrier is on the driver or passenger seat of the vehicle as well. This allows for much faster delivering of flags to other bases due to the large nature of the maps playable in the game mode.

Battlefield 1942Edit

In Battlefield 1942, Capture the Flag is a custom gamemode based on the standard Conquest gamemode, and thus has some differences to traditional appearances.

Both teams start off with two bases that they can spawn in, while there are two more bases that start off neutral and can be captured by both players just like in Conquest.

The main objective for both teams is to capture the other team's flag at their furthermost base.

To capture a flag, a player only has to stand near it for a couple of seconds. Only the player who reaches the area near the flag first can have the flag. Although players can carry the flag in vehicles, they must be on foot if they want to capture the flag in the first place.

If an enemy has captured the flag, all players need to do is to kill the enemy flag-carrier, stand near the flag for a while, and the flag returns to the base.

The team with the most flags captured before the time limit expires is the winner of the match.

Battlefield 2: Modern CombatEdit

In Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Capture the Flag shares some similarities to the one in Battlefield 1942. Players can still capture flags instantly and carry them while driving vehicles. However, Modern Combat's Capture the Flag takes a more traditional approach by only allowing one base per team, instead of two along with the neutral bases in Battlefield 1942.

One difference from Battlefield 1942 is that players can still capture flags while inside a vehicle instead of having to exit it and enter in it again.

Players must also retrieve dropped flags by themselves if they want them returned to their bases after they've killed the enemy flag-carrier. This also gives the flag-carrier's teammates a chance to continue carrying the flag to their base in order to capture it.

Just like in Battlefield 1942, the team with the most captured flags by the end of the time limit will win the match.

Battlefield 3Edit

Capture the Flag is an official gametype featured in the Battlefield 3: End Game expansion.

Flags must be captured while on foot, but are captured instantaneously when the player touches the flag, and can be carried in any vehicle. If the flag carrier is killed, the flag is dropped at the location at which the flag carrier died.

Recovering the team's flag if dropped is accomplished similar to Conquest, by standing in the flag's (re)capture zone. The capture rate is increased when more allies are present. The flag will automatically return to the respective team's base after a set period of time, although this is far longer than waiting to return the flag by standing in its (re)capture area. Dropped flags can be immediately picked up by an enemy, resetting the recapture timer if dropped yet again.

In order to score a flag capture, the team must have their own flag at their own base, and also bring the enemy flag. If both flags are loose, both teams must recover their own flag while safeguarding the enemy flag. If the flag carrier moves outside of the map boundary, the flag will be automatically dropped at that location.

Both teams must capture three flags (by default) if they want to win before the time limit expires. Otherwise, the team with the most flags at the end of the match wins. In the event that both teams have captured an equal number of flags when the timer runs out, the highest cumulative score of each team will be compared, and the highest scoring team is the victor. In the rare occasion that both teams’ score is equal when the timer runs out, the victory will be given to the US team by default.[1]


Main article: Battlefield 3 Achievements and Trophies
Image Name Criteria Achievement Points Trophy Type
BF3 EG Capture the Flag Trophy Capture the Flag Capture one flag while playing Capture the Flag. 20G Bronze Trophy
BF3 EG Transport Pilot Trophy Transport Pilot Transport a flag carrier in an air vehicle while playing Capture the Flag. 30G Silver Trophy

Battlefield 4Edit

Capture the Flag is a gametype featured in the Battlefield 4: Second Assault, Dragon's Teeth, and Final Stand expansions.



Main article: Battlefield 4 Achievements and Trophies
Image Name Criteria Achievement Points Trophy Type
Risky Business Risky Business Kill the Enemy Flag Holder While Carrying the Flag in Capture The Flag 30G Silver

Battlefield HardlineEdit

Battlefield Hardline features the Capture the Bag variant of the CTF gamemode, set to be added in the Battlefield Hardline: Getaway expansion. As the gamemode's name suggests, players must capture a Money Bag instead of a flag and attempt to bring it back to their deployment.


Image Name Criteria Achievement Points Trophy Type
Bag of Tricks Bag of Tricks Get a kill with an RPG while carrying the bag in Capture the Bag 25G Bronze


Battlefield 3Edit

  • Capture the Flag is the only Gamemode to feature a time limit.
  • The actual time in a game of Capture the Flag is one to five seconds longer than the set time. This is possibly due to latency.

Battlefield 4Edit

  • Capture the Flag is one of three gamemodes that was introduced in a previous expansion for a Battlefield game and later featured again in another expansion, with Capture the Flag having been added to Battlefield 4 with Second Assault, and later being available in Dragon's Teeth and Final Stand. The other gamemodes that did this were Conquest Assault and Gun Master in Battlefield 3, which were in introduced to the game in the Back to Karkand and Close Quarters expansions respectively, and were later featured in Aftermath.
  • Similar to Battlefield 3's latency bug with CtF, matches last a few seconds past the actual set time limit. During this time, players still might be able to kill enemy players, among other actions, though the window for this is very brief.


  1. 'Capture the Flag' 2013, in Battlefield 3: End Game Primer, Prima, pp. 2
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