The Battle Pass in Warhammer 40K: Tacticus has some of the best rewards in the game and is often the cheapest way to get shards, orbs, and other items if you don’t plan on spending money. Rewards vary from season to season, but this season has ten requisitions, enough Azrael shards to unlock him, tons of orbs, a good amount of Blackstone, badges, XP books, and a lot more.
That said, if you don’t finish the pass in time, you’re going to be out of luck and left feeling like you wasted your hard-earned cash. There is a free version, but the rewards in the paid version and extra missions definitely make it worth it if you’re a serious player. A lot of players worry that they won’t be able to complete the pass in time, but fear not — even a F2P player can complete the pass with just a little bit of planning and effort.
Breaking Down the Battle Pass Math
Okay, before we dive in, yes, you absolutely can complete the battle pass in Tacticus with time to spare. There’s going to be a bit of math right now, but we’re doing all the calculations for you, so don’t worry if you’re not good at it.
First things first, we have to calculate how you get BPPs and how many you need to reach the final unlock. There are a total of 55 unlockable levels in this season’s battle pass. Each unlock requires 120 BPPs for a total of 6,600 BPPs needed to reach the last unlock. You can get BPPs in a variety of ways: completing battle pass missions, beating a campaign battle, fighting in the arena, raiding, onslaught, and salvage runs. Each way rewards a different amount of BPP.
For starters, let’s look at beating campaign battles. Every campaign battle rewards 1 BPP and costs 6 energy (except for a select few, but we will get into that later). F2P players have access to 338 energy every day between the 1 energy every 5 minutes and the 50 energy refill by watching an ad.
This means that you can get in 56 campaign battles a day (338/6) with a little energy left over. Over the course of the 5 weeks, you’ll be able to rack up 1,960 BPPs (35×56), but you might even be able to squeeze in an additional 10 or 11 BPPs thanks to the leftover energy from each day.
If you’re a P2P player or just have Blackstone lying around from all the codes they give out, you can increase your total daily energy by another 100, up to 438. This will net you 73 BPPs per day (438/6) for a total of 2,555 BPPs over the course of the pass. If you spend another 110 Blackstone, you’ll get 538 energy every day and 3,115 BPPs throughout the season (538/6 = 89×35 = 3,115). Spending Blackstone on energy refills is one of the most commonly recommended ways to spend your Blackstone, so don’t ever think of it as a waste.
Remember when we said a select few don’t cost 6 energy? Levels 6 – 14 of the Indomitus Campaign only cost a total of 3 energy, meaning you can actually double your BPP output over the course of the season to an astounding ~3,940 – 6,230, depending on if you purchase energy with Blackstone. Now, this isn’t economical since you’re basically tanking your overall progress in exchange for BPPs, but if you’re in a pinch, remember that you can tackle these lower levels for easy points.
Fighting in the Arena
If you hate PvP but want to complete the battle pass, you might have to pay the pied piper, so to speak. Every Arena win will award you 2 BPPs. Losses will not award anything, so if you’re only interested in victories and not climbing the leaderboard, choose the easiest battles, even if they don’t offer a lot of Arena points.
Anyways, you get 1 Arena ticket every hour and 15 minutes, or about 19.2 tickets per day for a total of 672 tickets throughout the season. If you won every battle, you’d get an additional 1,344 BPPs. You’re not always going to win, but luckily there are a ton more ways to get BPPs
Doing Salvage Runs
You should be doing these anyways, but if you aren’t, you better start if you want that end-of-season reward quicker. You get 2 Salvage Run tickets a day for a total of 70 throughout the season. Each ticket rewards 3 BPPs for a total of 210. You also get some pretty sweet rewards from Salvage Runs, and it doesn’t cost any energy. You also need to do one a day for your daily mission — just please do Salvage Runs no matter what.
Participating in Guild Raids
There is no downside to not doing these, and guild members can supply you with items if you’re in need, so fighting in guild raids is an easy way to get more than just BPPs. Just like Salvage Runs, you’ll get a raid ticket every 12 hours, and each raid will award you 3 BPPs. This means that doing every possible guild raid in the season (70) will reward you with 210 BPPs.
Onslaught tickets only come every 16 hours, but they’re some of the most valuable and reliable methods of getting character shards in the game. You can amass 52 total Onslaught tickets throughout the season, and each one rewards 5 BPPs for a total of 260 each season.
Completing Battle Pass Missions
There are 3 kinds of battle pass missions: daily, weekly, and seasonal. There are also premium missions, but for now, we will just cover the F2P missions. The three daily missions reward 25 BPPs for a total of 875 throughout the season. The three weekly missions are worth a total of 175 BPPs and add up to 875 if you complete all five weeks. Lastly, we have the longer seasonal missions that reward 330 for each track (Alpha, Beta, Gamma) for a total of 990 BPPs if you fully complete them.
Tips for Completing the Movement Missions (Alpha)
This one isn’t hard, you just have to remember to always move your characters the farthest distance before completing a battle. Right before you’re about to complete a battle, move your characters as far as possible before delivering the killing blow. Likewise, on idle rounds in Salvage Run or Onslaught, move your characters around to maximize the number of hexes you travel each battle.
You can also go to a low-level battle and leave one enemy alive. Move your units around the map constantly while the enemy hopelessly attacks you. Just make sure none of the characters you’ve brought in deal reactionary damage like Overwatch or Parry.
Tips for Completing the Kill Enemies Missions (Beta)
If you have 3 Orks, the Octarius 7 battle is an easy way to amass enemies and kill them. This does require some slightly higher-level characters, but nothing crazy. You can abuse this map with characters that are 250+, but higher is better, of course. Just keep skipping your turn as the enemies trigger their Pile In ability and call more grots to the fight. Kill a few once the map fills up, and repeat.
You can also do this on some Indomitus levels with the Necron Scarabs. A great one is Indomitus 70. You essentially kill all enemies except for the Scarabs, then retreat into the bottom-right corner. Hang tight and heal your units while the map fills with Scarabs. The best part is they don’t flee like the grots from the Octarius battle. It does require some stronger units and a bit more planning, but it’s infinitely better.
Tips for Completing the Wins Missions (Gamma)
There is no real easy way to complete this mission besides running easy missions back-to-back or raiding already 3-starred missions. This one will take longer than the others, but it’s not too hard to complete before the season ends. If you’re running short on time, going back to the early Indomitus missions that cost 3 energy is the cheapest way to rack up wins.
Adding Up Every Possible Battle Pass Point
So, now that we’ve done the math, how many BPPs can you get before the season ends? Hint: it’s a lot more than the required 6,600. F2P players that just use the free ad watches to get bonus energy and don’t have access to the premium missions can get a whopping total of 6,724 BPPs, or just enough to fully complete the battle pass.
Players that don’t like spending money on Tacticus should use the extra Blackstone they get from Arena, Battle Pass rewards, and other areas of the game on energy if they want to avoid cutting it close come the end of the season.
Those that use 50 Blackstone to buy energy every day can get 7,319 BPPs, which will get them an additional 5 bonus levels that reward coins and XP books. If you are a player that buys 110 Blackstone energy refills, you’ll get 7,825 BPPs which is more than enough to complete the pass and get 10 additional levels.
Is It Worth It to Buy the Battle Pass in Tacticus?
Generally, yes. If you are thinking of dropping money on Tacticus, the Battle Pass is a great way to unlock a new legendary character, Blackstone, and get other rewards. That said, the F2P track has some decent rewards in it too. As you progress through the season, you can buy the premium Battle Pass at any point. Doing so unlocks all levels of rewards you already unlocked, so you can always wait till the end if you are unsure of how far you’ll get this season.