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"Reporting for duty."

— Rao

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


Birthdate // September 14th, 2013 (29 years old)
Birth Location // Mumbai, India
Spoken Languages // Native Marathi, English
Nationality // Indian

Personal History[]

As a boy, Rao was struck down by childhood leukemia. He spent many weeks and months in hospital undergoing treatment that often left him bedridden. Becoming increasingly isolated and lonely, he found an online community and learned how to code. It soon became clear that Rao was a prodigious talent, and in an effort to impress his friends, Rao hacked his school's computer network to inflate his companions' grades. When his efforts were traced back to his parents' home in Mumbai, he was sent away to live with his aunt and uncle as punishment.

By 18 he had been in full remission for several years and was facing pressure from his uncle to join the Indian Armed Forces. Grateful for the second chance he'd been given, Rao enlisted and worked hard at being an excellent soldier. His knowledge of electronics and programming were immediately recognized, and he was selected to join the MARCOS special forces. His unit specialized in electronic countermeasures and intelligence gathering, and Rao was at the forefront of developing new methods and equipment to aid their fight.

Increasingly violent climate events around the world began to draw refugees to the coasts of India. Rao's team was sent to surveil these No-Pat groups and he saw firsthand the dire situation they faced. Several months into the mission, Rao's group received a distress signal from a ship just off the coast, carrying hundreds of No-Pats. He convinced his captain to send his team to help. But the situation became critical when the ship began to capsize. They scrambled to stabilize the vessel and rescue as many as they could, when another hostile ship arrived to loot it. Rao attempted to find a peaceful solution but was unable to prevent the loss of life.

News outlets span their own stories about what happened, portraying it as a No-Pat massacre at the hands of Indian forces. As the world screamed for justice, Rao's unit was singled out and castigated by the world's media. Rao was court-martialed and discharged. Isolated, he looked for support and found it among the No-Pats. Their struggle is now his, and he will do everything in his power to end it.

Key Dates[]

  • 2013 - Born in Mumbai, India.
  • 2025 - at 12, undergoes treatment for leukemia.
  • 2026 - at 13, learns how to code.
  • 2032 - at 19, joins the Indian Armed Forces.
  • 2034 - at 21, advances to MARCOS special forces.
  • 2036 - at 23, expands knowledge of electronic countermeasures and intelligence gathering.
  • 2041 - at 28, receives a dishonorable discharge and becomes a No-Pat.


Cyber Warfare Suite
"Temporarily disables vehicle systems and makes them lockable by missiles, also used to disorient enemy soldiers and hack non-vehicle systems."

— In-game description

Rao features the Cyber Warfare Suite as his specialty. It allows the player to remotely interact with objects and to hack enemy players and vehicles.

When a player is tagged, They will be visible to the entire team through walls for a split second. In addition to this will be extended to a longer minimap spot. This hack spot will extend to the players centred around that hacked player. However. If the hacked player is killed their entire squad will be visible through the walls for a noticeably longer time. The hacked player will also experience EMP-like effects for 10 seconds. This does not extend to the spotted victims however.

Vehicles in addition to the regular hacks, experience a full vehicle shutdown. Unable to fire back, with all vehicle disable states activated and even Laser designated. Such vehicles can be very easily taken advantaged of by prying Engineers. However, vehicles can immune from hack by equipping Cyberwarfare Protection System. After 12.5 seconds, a hacked vehicle can be hack again.[1]

In Battlefield Portal, all 1942 vehicles lack the means to be hacked therefore any attempt to use Cyber Warfare Suite lock them will fail.


Threat Perception Icon
"Those who damage you become spotted."

— In-game description

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



Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Veiled Threat Veiled Threat
Pre-Season Week 21 reward
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Dustproof Dustproof
EA Play reward
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Observant Observant
Zero Hour Free Battle Pass tier 14
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Black Hat Black Hat
Master of Arms Premium Battle Pass tier 96


Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Specialist Rao Specialist Rao
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Mamba Mamba
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Hexmesh Triweave Hexmesh Triweave
Rao Mastery 1 (T5)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Night Operations Night Operations
5 kills and assists as Rao
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Navalized Navalized
Level 58
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao BF2042 Dev BF2042 Dev
Exclusive to developers
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Noobmaster Noobmaster
Prime Gaming reward
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Chameleon Chameleon
Zero Hour Premium Battle Pass tier 21
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Monsoon Monsoon
Escalation Premium Battle Pass tier 47
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Catastrophic Catastrophic
500 BFC (Set)
1,000 BFC (Fire Sector Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Operation Gemini Operation Gemini
Eleventh Hour Free Battle Pass tier 46
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Rising Storm Rising Storm
Turning Point Premium Battle Pass tier 56
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Balidan Balidan
Rao Mastery 4 (T4)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Tier 1 Tier 1
Rao Mastery 40 (T1)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Dust Devil Dust Devil
Gold Edition, Year 1 Pass or Ultimate Edition owner
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Carbon Neutral Carbon Neutral
Free ("Thank You for Playing Season 1: Zero Hour")
750 BFC (Set)
1,400 BFC (Endangered II Bundle)
5,000 BFC (Red Envelope Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Firewall Firewall
750 BFC (Set)
1,000 BFC (Tech Exploit Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Red Specter Red Specter
Master of Arms Free Battle Pass tier 62
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Volatile Volatile
750 BFC (Set)
1,400 BFC (Biohazard Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Forsaken Forsaken
Elite Edition owner
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Ambushed Ambushed
New Dawn Premium Battle Pass tier 50
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Scylla Scylla
750 BFC (Set)
1,400 BFC (Tidal Fire Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Basilisk Basilisk
Turning Point Premium Battle Pass tier 88
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao United Stand United Stand
Earn 120 ribbons in Future Strike playlist
750 BFC (Set)
1,000 BFC (The Mandate Bundle)
3,500 BFC (Joint Task Force 7 Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Shipwreck Shipwreck
1,000 BFC (Set)
1,750 BFC (Hurricane Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Hazardous Hazardous
1,000 BFC (Set)
1,750 BFC (Leave No Trace Bundle)
4,000 BFC (Liquidators Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Storm Ward Storm Ward
1,000 BFC (Set)
1,750 BFC (Crackdown Bundle)
Battlefield 2042 Navin Rao Festive Fighter Festive Fighter
Exclusive to the "Attack of the Elves" Portal mode


Loading Screen Quotes[3]
  • "We suffered many casualties when Oz attacked us on the Exodus. That blood is on his hands."
  • "I worry about our operational security a lot. No-Pats working with different codes, systems, encryptions. It's easy for a vulnerability to slip through."
  • "The advancements Arkangel have made in robotics and AI are extraordinary. With the right application they could change the world."
  • "It's hard when someone recognizes me in Alang. I never know which reputation has reached them first."
  • "Shearwater's code caused so much damage, but it only needed a few changes for the better. How many other catastrophes could have been averted the same way?"
  • “The No-Pat News Network turned Oz from criminal to celebrity - along with the rest of the Exodus specialists. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, I’ll let history decide.”


Player Cards[]


  • 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[4], 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.
    • This trait eventually found its way back into the gadget and no longer a requires a kill.