Air Drops

Air Drops are random equipment drops from airplanes in BATTLEGROUNDS.


Air Drops or Care Packages are random equipment drops that come randomly timed during matches from passing C-130s which may contain ammunition, weapons or equipment. The plane's distinctive turboprop engines can be heard well before it drops off a crate, giving players plenty of notice on arrival. During a random point on its flight path, a crate will be dropped from the plane, its descent slowed down by a single large parachute, a visible flashing white light on the crate itself improving its visibility. Once it hits the ground, a red smoke flare will be activated, signaling to anyone within its line of sight that it is ready to be opened. This makes it both dangerous for ill-equipped players and a feeding ground for those who are well-equipped.

Air Drops can land in awkward or difficult places such as water or on rooftops and it is not unheard of for them to be found in unreachable locations, like the top of a steep mountain. While air drops contain exceedingly rare items or items that are exclusive to air drops, they do so in a random fashion with sometimes unusual results, such as an AWM with no sights included.

Flare Drops

Flare Drops (sometimes referred to as Super Air Drops) are highly valuable equipment drops that can only be called in by a Flare gun.

Flare drops are summoned by obtaining a Flare gun and firing it directly upwards while within the safe area, signaling a C-130 to fly overhead, dropping a noticeably larger crate supported by three parachutes. The drop arrives as any ordinary air drop would, but contains the equivalent of two ordinary air drops, often giving two crate-exclusive weapons amongst other top tier items, such as an AUG A3 and AWM together with a suppressor, or an M249 and M24 with a suppressor and Level 3 Backpack/Vest.

When called outside of the safe zone, the flare drop is instead replaced by a BRDM-2.

Update history

Update #56 (Season 13 - Update 13.2)

Update #55 (Season 13 - Update 13.1)

  • Increased the number of Care Packages
    • Standard Care Packages: One
    • Small Care Packages: 5 - 15
  • Multi-drop Care Package Contents
    • Ammo, healing items, throwables. Standard Care Package spawn items can also be found inside, with low probability.

Update #53 (Season 12 - Update 12.1)

Update #44 (Season 8 - Update 8.2) - vN/A

  • C4 has been added to Care Packages on all maps, except Karakin
  • MG3 has been added to Care Packages on all maps
    • The C4 and MG3 are not available in Ranked Mode

Pre-release #33 (Season 4 - Update 4.3)

Update #15 - v4.3.4.6

  • Sanhok: 8x scopes and 15x scopes don’t spawn on Sanhok. However, they may still be obtained from care packages.
  • Care package plane's volume attenuation curve is now steeper. This means the distance at which the plane can be heard is the same, but the distance at which the plane's maximum sound can be heard has been decreased.

Update #14 - v3.8.37.5

  • Reduced the volume of the care package airplane.
  • M24 will no longer dropped in care package. It spawns in the world.

Update #12 - v3.8.21.9

  • Level three helmets now only spawn in care packages (and one is guaranteed to be in every care package).
  • Both SR quickdraw magazines and SR extended quickdraw magazines now spawn only in care packages.
  • Adrenaline syringes can now spawn (rarely) alongside normal loot in the game world.

Official release PC 1.0 Update v3.5.5.6

  • Added Miramar's new Ghillie suit to the care package.
  • Added AUG A3. The AUG A3 can be obtained from care packages. It's a variant of a bull-pup assault rifle that uses a 5.56mm 30-round magazine as standard and 40 rounds when extended. It has high muzzle velocity, high rate of fire and low vertical recoil.
  • Kar98k will no longer be included in care packages. World spawn rate of Kar98k will remain the same.

September Update - v2.6.23.3

  • Tommy gun has been removed from Care Packages and become a world spawn. It now supports attachments such as the Silencer, Vertical Foregrip, and Magazines.

Early Access (Month 3 Update) - v2.4.13.7

  • VSS will no longer be found in Care Packages. It will remain to be spawned in the map.
  • At a low probability, you will be able to acquire AR Silencers, SR Silencers, and 4x Scopes in Care Packages.

Month 2 Update - v2.3.28

  • Added VSS. A suppressed sniper rifle with permanent 4X scope & chambered for 9mm ammo. This new weapon can be found in care packages & as a very rare loot spawn.

Closed Beta Test Update - 2/23/2017

  • Added Ghillie suit. This can only be obtained in air-dropped care packages.

Alpha Test 2 (2nd weekend) Update - 11/17/2016

  • Care package casting time was removed. You will now be able to open them immediately.

Alpha Test Update - 10/28/2016

  • When Tommy Gun is dropped at a care package, there is a high probability that a 100 round drum mag is also spawned and also drum mags for the Tommy.

Air Drop Items

The following items can be found in Air Drops:




The only piece of clothing that has a chance of appearing in an airdrop:




Related Achievements

Achievement Name Picture Description Platform
First Come, First Served

Achievement-First Come First Served

Loot 50 items from the carepackage.