A player is considered dead when they had lost all of their health points after being deployed.
In earlier Battlefield games (first introduced in Battlefield 2 alongside defibrillators) with the defibrillator or an equivalent revival gadget, a player is considered critically wounded for 15 seconds after losing all of their HP. A downed soldier can call for a medic, and very little else. If a medic does not revive the downed soldier in time, the soldier dies and is considered killed. Until those 15 seconds has passed, the player keeps their reinforcement ticket, if used by the game mode.
Certain scenarios cause a mortally wounded player to be instantly removed from action, with the message "You have been killed," or some variant though there are some exceptions to this. Explosives usually lead to instant death. When it comes to roadkill and fall damage, there appears to be a threshold inside where a player will receive critical damage, and beyond which the player will be considered instantly killed.
In later games, this stage is replaced with the killcam.
In Battlefield V, a mechanic similar to critically wounded appears. Players in Battlefield V can revive wounded squadmates regardless of class, although non-Syringe revives take longer to complete and does not restore full health.
In Refractor-era games, wounded players may change Customization, and choose an alternate spawn point. Beginning with Battlefield: Bad Company 2, wounded players may see a Killcam. In Battlefield 1, wounded players may choose to wait for or skip a revive, and must wait until they return to the spawn screen to customize.
In Battlefield V, the wounded will bleed out, but can choose to call a medic by pressing Medics and non-medic Squadmates can bring players back from a downed state, the former using the permanently-equipped Syringe and the latter using the more lengthy process of Buddy Revive., and can briefly prolong their revival window by holding . Should a squad in Battlefield V be wiped, any wounded squadmates will expire, preventing other Medic teammates from reviving them. In a departure for previous games, both
Also in Battlefield V, Incendiary Grenades can be thrown onto downed enemies to greatly reduce their bleed out time - when burning, text on the screen will indicate a downed player is "burning out".
- Main article: Killcam
Replacing the critically wounded stage in earlier Battlefield games, killcam is identical to the critically wounded stage in some respects. The player is considered to have been killed, but can be revived by the medic in this stage.
The killcam shows who killed the player, allowing them to plan ahead for their next respawn.
The player has expired or committed suicide, and has been removed from the battlefield. The player can no longer be revived, and will soon be directed to the deployment screen. On game modes where reinforcement tickets are used, being killed expends a ticket.
In earlier games, first-person view is disabled, and the player only sees the surroundings near where they died. At this point, a spawn screen appears, allowing the player to select a spawn point and respawn if possible. The player can also use their loadout screen, text chat or leave the game.
In later games, the player progresses to the deployment screen after a short moment in the killcam stage. In Battlefield 1, the player can skip to the deployment screen by holding down the skip revive button, confirming that they do not wish to be revived.
In earlier games, players that do not (or cannot) respawn can continue spectating. Certain games or servers may restrict what a spectating player can see, or may return the player to the spawn screen after some time.
Players who join mid-round are also considered spectating.