Helicopters: how the f**k do you bring them down?

#1 Edited by SunKing (686 posts) -

Calling out to the GB community here. 
 
I've unlocked all three rocket launchers, including the one using target guidance, and I'm just having no luck hitting those bastard helicopters. I must be using the wrong technique or the wrong type of launcher, because I'm just finding it impossible to score hits.
 
Have any of you pros in the community got any advice to give on this? What am I doing wrong?

#2 Posted by Thordain (959 posts) -

This has been pretty annoying for me too. Best chance I can see is to hope the chopper comes in real low and give you a free shot

#3 Posted by ISuperGamerI (1880 posts) -

You have to GET TO DAH CHOPPA! Seriously though, did you try locking on to them?

#4 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -

Best practise is to either use stationary AA guns or get good at using the targeting pistol.
 
A lot of people (me included at one point) don't really use the targeting pistol combined with a rocket launcher to bring down helicopters.
 
Once you get even a little good at it, you can bring down multiple helis in one round.

#5 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

years of playing as Anti Tank in Battlefield 2 helped me get a good sense of rocket launchers..  all u need is practice

#6 Posted by JerichoBlyth (1044 posts) -

If you want to kill it with a rocket launcher and do not have access to any anti-aircraft guns in your area, then I suggest the remote rocket launcher.
 
However, there is a trick to using it effectively. Instead of aiming down the scope - free-fire it instead and then basically guide it through tiny flicks of the analogue stick. Not the most accurate way to bring one down but I've taken down a lot of them using this technique. I tend to have the mindset of Goku from Dragonball Z guiding a spirit bomb attack when I fire it lmao

#7 Posted by natetodamax (19170 posts) -
@ISuperGamerI said:
" You have to GET TO DAH CHOPPA! Seriously though, did you try locking on to them? "
You can't lock onto helicopters in Bad Company 2.
#8 Edited by ISuperGamerI (1880 posts) -
@natetodamax said:

" @ISuperGamerI said:

" You have to GET TO DAH CHOPPA! Seriously though, did you try locking on to them? "
You can't lock onto helicopters in Bad Company 2. "
Oh are you sure? However, I destroy them by taking my time and shooting a rocket in front of the helicopter so it just requires practice.
#9 Posted by Tuggah (1072 posts) -

Tracer dart + Gustav

#10 Posted by Bucketdeth (8004 posts) -

Mounted turrets own helicopters.

#11 Edited by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@natetodamax said:

" @ISuperGamerI said:

" You have to GET TO DAH CHOPPA! Seriously though, did you try locking on to them? "

You can't lock onto helicopters in Bad Company 2. "

Since when? I use the tareting pistol to lock onto them all the time.
 
 
Here is the best way to bring them down:
 
#12 Posted by SunKing (686 posts) -

Thanks, guys. I'm going to have to try the tracer dart + RPG combo.

#13 Posted by President_Barackbar (3433 posts) -

Yeah, like people have said, the tracer dart + rocket or stationary AA turrets are the only reliable ways of taking them down.

#14 Posted by buzz_clik (6914 posts) -

I tell them depressing stories about thalidomide babies. That really brings them down.

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#15 Posted by lilbigsupermario (840 posts) -

Easy way - get into a stationary machine gun and shoot the heli down with those big bullets 
 
If you want to use the rockets, you can shoot at it straight without a tracer dart, but you have to target way ahead of the chopper or wait for it to somewhat stop from moving around and at low altitude.  Usually that happens when it's trying to hover down or changing direction.  But shooting it directly has a low success rate and can be easily avoided.  I suggest you use the gustav for this.
 
To make a sure shot, the best way is to use the Tracer Dart, but shooting the chopper with this also needs practice but it's somewhat easier than shooting it directly with a rocket since the dart is quite faster.  If you successfully hit the chopper with the dart, then target it with your gustav or RPG and wait for the square thing to stop blinking, then fire away! :)

#16 Posted by yyZiggurat (1012 posts) -
I've hit them with a tracer lots of times but I never figured out how to lock-on to it.
 
@buzz_clik said:
" I tell them depressing stories about thalidomide babies. That really brings them down. "
hahaha
#17 Edited by kingando420 (210 posts) -
@HomemadeZiggurat said:

" I've hit them with a tracer lots of times but I never figured out how to lock-on to it.
 

@buzz_clik

said:
" I tell them depressing stories about thalidomide babies. That really brings them down. "
hahaha "
You have to look down the scope of the rpg/gustav and watch the blinking red square on your target untill it stops blinking and displays the targets distance, then you can fire (with or without scope) in any direction and the rocket will hunt down your target, to avoid obstacles shooting directly up in the air tends to be the best technique most of the time.
#18 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

Tracer darts, with practice you can hit almost every time. 

#19 Posted by Peacemaker (1101 posts) -

It is hard and I've only shot down a few but it's mostly about being able to judge where to aim.  You basically have to anticipate where it's going.

#20 Posted by SunKing (686 posts) -

Having experimented a bit, the tracer dart + launcher combo is the only sure-fire way to destroy them. I can hit them 9/10 times with the tracer, and the rest is easy.

#21 Posted by Droop (1828 posts) -

Snipe the pilot.

#22 Posted by Djeffers03 (2545 posts) -

I like using a mounted machine gun to take down Black Hawks in rush. Against attack choppers I find it easiest to use the mounted AA gun, most pilots don't notice me/ can't hit me till it's too late.

#23 Edited by Darksaw (315 posts) -

A lot of good pilots will use the smoke perk for vehicles, they'll pop it as soon as a tracer hits and it removes it, so you shouldn't rely on it. If they're not running smoke but armour instead you can lock on easily but it will take two shots to take them down.
 
Edit: Oh, and don't try the RPG-7, use the Carl G unless you're skilled with the AT4.

#24 Posted by Captainlunchbox (443 posts) -

I snipe the pilots.

#25 Posted by Vinny_Says (5686 posts) -
@Tuggah said:
" Tracer dart + Gustav "
this
#26 Posted by SunKing (686 posts) -
@Darksaw:  But I thought the RPG-7 was stronger against armour than the Carl G? 
 
Also, some mad skillz in that video. :D
#27 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@SunKing: I don't think that either is more powerful.
 
Using the RPG is fine. It's typically the best way to avoid the whole "your a fag/n00b for using the Carl G" thing.
#28 Posted by SunKing (686 posts) -
@sodiumCyclops: Why use the Carl G instead, then?
#29 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@SunKing: It has a much higher velocity. That's usually why it's spammed on infantry.
#30 Posted by SunKing (686 posts) -
@sodiumCyclops: Ah, right, I see.
#31 Posted by sodiumCyclops (2644 posts) -
@SunKing: Yeah. I'm just letting you know that use the CG in moderation. People can get pretty mad if you spam it.
#32 Posted by Infininja (881 posts) -
@Darksaw said:
" A lot of good pilots will use the smoke perk for vehicles, they'll pop it as soon as a tracer hits and it removes it, so you shouldn't rely on it. If they're not running smoke but armour instead you can lock on easily but it will take two shots to take them down.
 
Edit: Oh, and don't try the RPG-7, use the Carl G unless you're skilled with the AT4. "
 Haha that was great, even though those heli pilots were bad.
@SunKing said:
" @Darksaw:  But I thought the RPG-7 was stronger against armour than the Carl G?  Also, some mad skillz in that video. :D "
The RPG-7 does more damage but has a smaller blase damage radius. The Carl Gustav flies faster. As of the latest patch the AT4 was somewhat nerfed to do the same damage as the RPG-7.
#33 Edited by withateethuh (726 posts) -

Generally one person isn't going to bring them down, but fire from multiple heavy machine gun or aa turrets and other rpgs will take them down.
 
They can't dodge everything.

#34 Posted by withateethuh (726 posts) -

I've actually done a good amount of damage just firing the heavy machine guns on the first defense island on isla inocentes.

#35 Edited by Vaancor (247 posts) -

Maybe I've been doing it wrong, but how much does the tracer dart help? I tried the tracer dart +  RPG-7 AT back at launch and never got the "Locks-on from anywhere" effect from one of there promo videos and gave up on it.

#36 Posted by Marz (5642 posts) -
Take them down like i do in my youtube vid :).
 
oh and tracer darts are really the easiest way to take them down.   You have to aim at the orange square till numbers pop up on it and then fire.   Your probably not waiting for the lock on so you never knew how to use the tracers.
#37 Posted by Vaancor (247 posts) -
@Marz:  Yeah, I didn't even know there was an orange thing guess I was doing it totally wrong.
#38 Posted by Tennmuerti (8002 posts) -

That or use a tank.
I like bringing down helis with the tank's HMG
#39 Edited by tankintheair315 (347 posts) -

You're this guy 
EDIT:damn embed isn't working and its late here's the URL:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76ZBP7cY8o8&hd=1

#40 Posted by Gugi9000 (69 posts) -
@Captainlunchbox said:
" I snipe the pilots. "
Cool. I suppose passengers need to act fast to take over the seat :-)

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