PvP Guide

March 14, 2015 | | Viewed 13,861 times | PvP,

A Guide about PvP teams, maps and different sorts of kills

What is PvP?

PvP is Player versus Player. You can test your skills against other players, not against NPCs.

Defiance offers two PvP game modes:

  • Capture & Hold
  • Deathmatch

How to join PvP Matches

There are different ways to join PvP matches.

Quick Menu

Open up the Quick Menu and select "Matchmaking". You can join any competitive map or Shadow War this way.

Matchmaking Menu

Open up the Matchmaking Menu (Standard key on PC is F7) to join a PvP match. Press Tab to join a Shadow War.

Matchmaking NPC

Talk to one of the various Matchmaking NPCs on fast travel points. Talking to them will bring up the Matchmaking Menu as seen above.


There are two teams fighting against each other.


If you're in team Utah, your armor and vehicle are orange.



If you're in team Delaware, your armor and vehicle are green.

What's my team?

You will have noticed a score on top of the screen. A blue and a red bar. You are always in the team with the blue bar. The same is true for capture points in C&H matches.

Can I switch teams?

You cannot switch teams at will. The only possible way is to leave and rejoin matches. This doesn't guarantee that you will switch teams though.


Low Ego Level players want to play PvP too. So they have a fighting chance, everyone will get boosted to the highest EGO in a match. Currently, the highest EGO possible is 5.900, with Alcatraz, it will be 6.000.

Keep in mind: Your weapons and shields should be as close to your ego as possible to get the most out of the boost!

You can see you are boosted when your EGO is written in yellow numbers.

Game Modes

Capture & Hold

There are two C&H Maps and Shadow War.

In C&H Maps, you have to capture Cap points and defend them against enemies. Those matches end when:

  • One of both teams has 9.000 points
  • 20 minutes are over. The team with more points wins.

You accumulate points by holding cap points as long as possible.

How do you capture points?

You have to stand close to capture points. First, you need neutralize them, then capture them for your team.

Some things to note:

  • Capturing doesn't work when cloaked
  • Capturing doesn't work when an enemy player is close to the capture point
  • Capturing is faster with more people

Freight Yard

Players: Up to 16 vs 16

Each team starts at one end of the map. There are three Cap Points that can be captured and defended. Players of the enemy team cannot get into the Spawn Area.

Military Academy

Players: Up to 16 vs 16

Each team starts at one end of the map. There are three Cap Points that can be captured and defended. Players of the enemy team cannot get into the Spawn Area.

Shadow Wars


Up to 64 vs. 64


Open World, all over the map (excluding Silicon Valley), represented by a purple circle on the map

Note: You have to sign up to participate in Shadow Wars. You are not automatically participating when being in the area.

Capture Points

Starting at 1, determined by the amount of players participating

Spawn Points

Not protected or closed off from the enemy team. You can get killed close to the spawn or at the spawn



As opposed to C&H, there are no capture points in Deathmatches. Your goal: Killing as many enemies as possible and try not to die.

Matches end when either:

  • One team killed a specific number of enemies
  • 15 Minutes are over



Up to 8 vs 8


One team has to accumulate 50 kills to win



Up to 6 vs. 6


One team has to accumulate 25 kills to win

PvP Pursuits

There are a number of PvP Pursuits that require:

  • Certain kills
  • Amount of playtime
  • Number of kills
  • Number of assists
  • And much more

Click here to see all PvP Pursuits

Some of the kills are not self-explanatory.

Attack Kills



Kill an enemy player close to an enemy-owned cap point.

Defend Kills



Kill an enemy player close to one of your cap points.

Rescue Kills



Kill an enemy player attacking one of your team mates when his shield is down and his health is low.

Avenger Kills



Kill an enemy player who killed one of your team mates shortly before.

Destroy Vehicles



Destroy a vehicle while an enemy player is sitting on it.




Don't land the killshot on an enemy player but help killing him.

Turret Kills



Sit in the turret on the Cerberus and kill people.


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DoosDief PS3-NA

Hi just a question... Is there a way to in proove serious lag in pvp? Shadow war aswell but not as terrible as pvp. Im playing from south africa is the distance maybe the problem? Or setting prehaps? Any info will be appreciated i have triedmany diffrent things to try in proove this lag issue.... Or im must kick ps3 out door and move over to xbox not sure though. 

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