You move with the usual keys W A S D.
You can move in two different speeds:
- When you just press W A S D, you are running in normal speed;
- When you also hold Left-SHIFT, you are sprinting;
Crouch with Left-CTRL. You can also crouch sprint, meaning that you will be able to traverse distances with a lower profile, albeit at a slower pace than you would if you were standing up fully exposed. You can toggle crouching in the settings under "Game Settings" (not under "Controls"!).
Go prone with Z. Transitions to and from prone are lengthy to somewhat realistic levels. This is intended to make going to prone not the ideal movement option for engaging the enemy at extreme close range.
Jump with SPACE. While you are crouching you cannot jump.
With SPACE you can also vault and climb over objects. Vaulting will allow you to more quickly jump over small walls. Climbing will allow you to get over higher walls than was previously possible as infantry. This changes the playing field, as a simple rifleman's sandbag may be enough to scale a wall previously only accessible with a ladder. Another trick would be to use a vehicle or even another player as a booster which would allow you to climb over higher obstacles.
With LEFT-ALT you can Free-Look with your character in all infantry weapons and equipment; as well as emplacements and open-top turret based weapons. This allows for the player to decouple their camera view from their weapon and look around without moving the entire player's body. There are options to configure this feature, including Hold/Toggle to activate; and whether to recenter the camera on to weapon or vice-versa upon exiting Free-Look.
You can lean left and right by holding Q and E. Leaning exposes less of your body to the enemy, and gives you a slight advantage when in a firefight. You can also lean while in prone. This kind of lean involves moving your entire upper body to the side, so naturally you would lean out further. You can toggle leaning in the settings under "Game Settings" (not under "Controls"!).
Stamina control is a fundamental skill for Squad. Stamina is consumed in sprinting, prone movement, vaulting, climbing and jumping. Low stamina will not prevent you from these actions. Stamina below half will gradually decrease your movement speed until your sprint at 0 stamina is barely faster than normal movement at full stamina. This affects crouched and prone movement too. Low stamina increases weapon sway. At 0 stamina, you can no longer zoom in with Left-Shift while aiming down sight.
You find the stamina bar as a horizontal bar above the compass near the bottom of your screen. It will deplete as you use up your stamina.
|Slow regain||Quicker regain||Quickest regain|
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Sprinting / Jumping