A Roadkill is a term commonly used to describe an animal or animals that have been struck by a motor vehicle. In the Battlefield series, it is used to classify a type of player death who have been hit by an oncoming vehicle; Wether it be land, sea or air.
In most Battlefield games, roadkills happens when a player comes into contact with a fast moving vehicle, enemy or not, including allied vehicles on Hardcore.
Because roadkills from neutral vehicles are more accidental in nature, they have appropriate non-standard killcam messages. (e.g. "Bad Luck"). Enemies are credited with the kill if they're responsible for it.
Roadkills aren't always exclusive to those on foot. Occupants of a smaller, light-armored vehicle (i.e. a ATV) can be crushed and killed by a larger vehicle, such as an MBT, if they collide at high speed. Though the surviving vehicle will suffer from damage due to impact.
Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam
In Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam, the kills are semi-difficult to achieve as a single impact from a vehicle may not directly kill a player, more so the constant ramming into them will eventually kill them. When killed, the kill will be classified as killed.
Battlefield: Bad Company
In Battlefield: Bad Company, the player can get the "Transport Vehicle Patch" series by getting a number of "Transport Vehicle Trophy" and 2 roadkills. The player can also achieve the "Fly-by" wildcard by getting four roadkills with air vehicles in a round.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Roadkills in Battlefield 3 are obtained similar to Bad Company 2. If a player gets a roadkill with Skid Loader on either Wake Island 2014 or Gulf of Oman, they will receive the "Like A Boss" achievement/trophy.
Bad Company 2
- When inside a heilcopter, if a player jumps out, they may be "roadkilled" by the vehicle's rotors.
- The EOD Bot and MAV gadgets are also capable of roadkills. After the 1.04 (March 2012) patch, the MAV can still be used for a single roadkill, but will be destroyed upon contact and the reason of death in the killfeed is "KILLED". However, due to a glitch the MAV may survive and be fully operational, with the reason of death being actually "MAV".
- Using the M224 Mortar will inexplicably spare its user from being roadkilled, as well as provide protection against takedowns. (Technically, the user is considered to be inside a vehicle.)
- A player can go prone between the treads or wheels of an oncoming vehicle, to avoid being crushed.
- Unlike in previous games, the reason of death in the killfeed for a roadkill is the name of the vehicle instead of "killed" or "roadkill".