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"Reporting for duty."

— Rao

Navin Rao (Hindi: नवीन राव) is a specialist featured in Battlefield 2042.


Born and raised in Mumbai, Navin Rao suffered from a debilitating illness as a teenager. While bedridden, Rao studied electronics and engineering. He later fell in with a hacker community where he learned coding, friendship, and teamwork. Feeling that he now had a future, he recieved mobey from his Aunt Sanah when he was thirteen and used it upgrade his internet as it was not a priority for his father. Once recovered, he was determined to utilize his skills to support his country by joining the Indian Navy at the age of 21. He was later selected to become an officer for the elite Navy Marine Commando Unit (MARCOS).

While assigned to secure Non-Patriated refugees, he was a part of a disastrous mission that resulted in heavy casualties. Blamed for the mission's failure, he was subsequentlty discharged from the military and villified by the media. At some point, he sent a letter to his parents, pleading for them to believe that he was not responsible.

Rao later reached out to his No-Pat contacts and decided to put his talents as a Recon soldier to use in their cause. He then joined the Exodus Task Force as a tech specialist. This gave him a way to protect those who needed it the most and perhaps, make amends for his part in the failed mission.[1]

Rao is described as curious and inventive, as well as confident, fun, and cool under pressure,


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"Scramble enemy vehicle systems, disable Rangers, or trigger base defences from a distance."

Website description

Rao features the Cyber Warfare Suite as his specialty. It allows the player to remotely interact with objects and temporarily disable vehicles. Players may also tag enemy infantry for electronic interrogation—upon killing a tagged enemy, the location of that player's nearby teammates is revealed via 3D spotting.

Used against vehicles, it takes roughly four seconds to disable the vehicle's weaponry and equipment, affecting all positions except for passengers. The vehicle's HUD will also be scrambled, slightly obscuring enemy movement and delaying use of the minimap and status indicators. After about ten seconds, the vehicle will regain full control, and will be protected by a firewall for some period of time thereafter, preventing the same vehicle from being hacked. It remains to be seen how the effect stacks with EMP grenades or similar weaponry.


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"Those who damage you become spotted"

— In-game description

Rao features the Acquisition trait.[2] Spotting every enemies who damaged him.



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Pre-Season Week 21 Reward
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Dustproof.png Dustproof
EA Play Reward
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Observant.png Observant
Zero Hour Free Battle Pass Tier 14


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Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Mamba.png Mamba
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Rao Mastery 1 (T5)
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5 kills and assists as Rao
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Level 58
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Exclusive to Developers
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Noobmaster.jpeg Noobmaster
Prime Gaming Reward
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Chameleon.png Chameleon
Zero Hour Premium Battle Pass Tier 21
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Rao Mastery 4 (T5)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Tier 1.png Tier 1
Rao Mastery 40 (T1)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Dust Devil.png Dust Devil
Gold Edition or Year 1 Pass
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Free ("Thank You for Playing Season 1: Zero Hour")
BFC (Endangered II Bundle)
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1,000 BFC (Tech Exploit Bundle)
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Exclusive to the "Attack of the Elves" Portal mode


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  • Rao is the the character featured on the game's cover and other promotional material.
  • He was first mentioned in the "Journey of the No-Pats" blog post[3], and briefly seen as a playable character in the Open Beta trailer. Rao was later revealed with four other specialists in between the Open Beta and launch.
  • Until Update 4, Rao used the "Trojan Network" trait that allowed Rao to discover additional targets near any infantry hacked by the same player.
    • Rao's current trait was originally known as "Threat Perception" and was used by Paik.