XDefiant – Everything you need to know to get started

XDefiant’s Preseason is now live on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Ubisoft Connect. The free-to-play arcade shooter is inspired by several Ubisoft games and starts with five game modes, five unique factions, 14 different maps and 24 weapons with 44 attachments. To help you prepare for the fast-paced 6v6 action, here’s XDefiant information.

Game modes

XDefiant’s game modes fall into one of two categories: Arena and Linear. Arena modes see players duke it out across all areas of a map, while Linear modes sort teams into offensive and defensive positions and pit them against each other in progressive objective points on the map. The Arena modes include Occupy, Domination and HotShot, while the Linear modes are Escort and Zone Control.


In Occupy, teams must work together to control one zone on the map while locking out the other team. The zone moves from time to time, so make sure you defend each zone for as long as possible to collect as many points as possible. And if you’re having trouble breaking through enemy defenses to capture a zone, don’t worry. You’ll be notified of the zone’s next location before it moves, giving you a chance to reach the zone early and mount an attack. strong position.


Dominance works similarly to Occupy, with two main differences: there are three zones to conquer and they stay in the same place for the entire match. Once your team has secured a zone, you’re free to take another, or stay to defend it from advancing enemies. Each zone you control continually adds points to your total score, so dominating all three is a quick way to certain victory. But don’t leave the controlled zones undefended, otherwise the other team will quickly conquer them and start collecting points themselves.

hot shot

HotShot has no zones to control, but it does have one main goal: to get the most KOs. Every time you eliminate someone from the opposing team, he or she will drop a bounty for you to collect; just by picking up a bounty token you earn points towards victory. So if a teammate dies, you can collect his or her bounty. This does not count towards your score, but denies the other team that point. The player with the most bounties becomes the HotShot, which gives him extra speed and allows him to reload faster. They also get more points per bounty they earn, making them powerful point scorers. However, they are also marked on the map for all enemies to track down.

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In Escort, the attacking team moves a package along a fixed path across the map. To move it you just need to stand near the package so it can walk. The more team members are within the package’s radius, the faster it will move. There are three different checkpoints along the path that, once reached, will serve as the new respawn point. There is also a time limit. The defending team, meanwhile, must stop the package. They can even slowly move the package backward along the path by standing within its radius if no attackers are present. If the attackers get the package to the last checkpoint before time runs out, they win. If defenders stop them, they win.

Zone control

In Zone Control, the attacking team must capture five zones in ascending order while defenders try to keep them out. The first two zones are available at the same time, but both must be conquered before the third is unlocked. Likewise, the third zone must be conquered before the fourth, after which the fifth zone becomes available. If the attackers can capture all five zones before time runs out, they win; if the defenders stop them, they win.


Before each match you choose a faction to play as; you also have the option to switch each time you respawn. Your choice is determined by the role you want to play in your team, but also by your playing style. Each faction is inspired by a different Ubisoft game, and each faction gives you a passive buff, an active ability, and an Ultra ability. Each faction has two skills to choose from, and each faction offers a different tactical option. You’ll need to charge your Ultra by collecting KOs, getting assists and furthering your team’s goal, but once it’s ready to go, your Ultra has the potential to have a huge impact on the match.
if it is used skillfully.


The Cleaners are an aggressive, seditious faction, ideal for those who prefer to fight through battle to achieve and maintain your goal. Your skill as a cleaner will burn everything in its path – whether that’s a straight line using the Incendiary Drone, or a large radius around you using the Firebomb. And once you’ve turned on the Ultra, you can unleash The Purifier, a deadly flamethrower. Regardless of your loadout, all Cleaners are equipped with incendiary ammo that deals additional incendiary damage when you hit your target. Due to their aggressive nature, it may be a good idea to have one or three Cleaners on your team if you go for Escort or Domination.

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Echelon is perfect for those who prefer a low-profile approach. These super spies excel at moving around the map undetected and do not appear on enemy minimaps. Their Intel Suit ability is very versatile across all game modes and reveals enemies that are lurking or sneaking up on you. The Digital Ghillie Suit is perfect for HotShot, as it makes you nearly invisible as you flank the enemy team to take out their HotShot (or just collect bounties). Likewise, Echelons Ultra, the Sonar Goggles, reveals all enemies and you get the use of the Third Echelon 5.7 pistol, which has increased firepower.


The Phantoms function best as aggressive defenders. Not only do they have bonus health as a passive trait, but their abilities allow you to block massive amounts of damage. The Mag Barrier can provide cover for any teammate behind it, and is essential for holding your ground while occupying zones in Occupy, Domination, or Zone Control. The Blitz Shield ability is especially useful when advancing the pack in Escort, as it allows you to push forward against a barrage of enemy fire (remember, your back is still visible). The Aegis, the Ultra of the Phantoms, is a spherical plasma shield that allows you to undo damage on the go, while wielding an electro-scatter rifle that deals massive damage in close combat.


Libertad is great for support and should be part of any team regardless of game mode. Their passive ability Espíritu de Libertad will slowly heal you and nearby teammates automatically. The El Remedio Ability is a deployable canister that will heal all allies within its radius, giving your team an extra edge in Occupy, Domination, and Zone Control. The BioVida Boost is perfect for healing on the go in Escort and HotShot, providing a wave of health boost for yourself and nearby teammates. Their Ultra, the Médico Supremo Backpack, offers a big mobile health boost, giving you an edge over your opponents no matter which game mode you play.


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The DedSec faction is locked when you first start playing, but can be unlocked by completing in-game challenges. This tech-savvy hacker faction is perfect for creating chaos and turning enemy gadgets against them. Their Fabricator automatically prints a new device after you deploy one, slowly replenishing your grenades so you can wreak more havoc over time. The Hijack skill allows you to hack into active enemy abilities and make them work for you (for example, by stealing the healing power of an enemy El Remedio to heal your team while you KO your opponents). Deploying a Spiderbot sends a spider-like drone to track down the nearest enemy and jump on their face, obscuring their vision, temporarily stunning them and making them an easy target. DedSec’s Ultra, Lockout, disables all enemy abilities, HUD and minimaps in the area of ​​effect, perfect for disabling an Ultra-powered attack from your opponents.


You know the purpose of your mission and you have chosen your faction carefully. Now it’s time to complete the preparation by selecting your favorite weapons. You can choose from preset loadouts for the six different primary weapon types, or create a range of personalized weapon loadouts suitable for different situations. Libertad are healers and armed with a modified light machine gun (LMG) they become very difficult defenders to move. Cleaners may seem perfect for close-quarters personal combat, but if you’re into ranged attacks, consider the damage a sniper rifle with incendiary ammunition can do.

In XDefiant, you get a primary weapon, a secondary weapon, and one device (such as a mine or grenade) per loadout. The primary weapon categories include Assault Rifle, Submachine Gun (SMG), LMG, Marksman, Sniper Rifle, and Shotgun, while Pistols serve as secondary weapons. Each category will unlock one weapon at launch, while the rest can be earned through in-game challenges.

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There are 44 mounting options in six categories, including barrels, forerail, optic, magazines, rear grip, and stock, each of which can impact your weapon’s damage, rate of fire, accuracy, and more. Primary weapons have five available mounting slots, while pistols have four. The more you use a weapon, the more weapon XP you get by unlocking new attachments for that weapon so you can customize it even further.

Download XDefiant today on Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC via Ubisoft Connect. Ubisoft+ Premium subscribers will receive exclusive skins and the DedSec faction will be automatically unlocked at launch. If you want to take a closer look at the development of XDefiant, be sure to check out the XDebrief series. More episodes coming soon.

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