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Beginners Guide

Welcome to HAWKEN.

Meet Laila. When you launch HAWKEN as a new pilot, she’ll walk you through your first few levels and introduce you to the concepts you’ll need to master if you want to survive long enough to become a seasoned veteran.

Piloting Your First Mech

Complete VR Training with Laila

You will begin your training in a controlled, virtual reality environment. Click TRAINING and select VR TRAINING. Laila will upload you to the VR training grounds and show you how to control your mech.

Basic Controls
  • Hold to Boost/Dodge
  • Forward,
    Left, Back, Right
  • Jump/Hover
  • Repair
  • Aim/Look
  • Fire Primary Weapon
  • Fire Secondary Weapon
Complete VR Training with Laila

Introducing Fred, your brand new CR-T Recruit mech. Learn the basics of piloting a mech in VR training.

Complete Controls
Primary Controls
Move Forward W Up
Move Back S Down
Strafe Left A Left
Strafe Right D Right
Jump Thrust Space Bar
Boost/Dodge Modifier Left Shift
Interact E
Toggle Scoreboard Tab F1
Talk in Chat (All Players) T
Team Chat Y
Spot Enemy Q
Request Assistance Z
Push-to-Talk Left Cntrl
Screenshot F3
Basic Combat
Primary Fire Left Mouse Button
Secondary Fire Right Mouse Button
Secondary Weapon Utility Middle Mouse Button
Advanced Combat
Use Selected Item R
Use Item 1 1
Use Item 2 2
Use Item 3 3
Next Item Mouse Scroll Up
Previous Item Mouse Scroll Down
Special Ability F
Repair Hold C
Boost Forward Shift +W
Side Dash Shift +A or Shift +D
180 Turn Shift +S

Stepping Out Of VR Training

Practice Against Training Bots in Offline Team Deathmatch

After your VR Training, you can group up with a team of bots in Offline Team Deathmatch. You won't gain XP or HC, but it's a good way to practice before playing against live opponents.

Practice firing at fast-moving targets. Learn to lead enemies with missiles and side-dash out of the path of enemy projectiles. Get a feel for how much heat your weapons generate and how much fuel your thrusters consume.

A Match Score/Time Current match score and time remaining
B Targeting Reticle Indicates where weapons and items are aimed
C Heat Gauge Heat level of your weapons
D Damage Indicator Direction of incoming damage
E Radar Your location, objectives, allies, and enemies
F Ability Displays available ability and cooldown time
G Current Armor Your mech’s remaining armor
H Active Effects Displays buffs, debuffs, and healing
I Fuel Gauge Remaining fuel available
J Internals Active and inactive Internals
K Items Available Available items and cooldown times
Practice Against Training Bots in Offline Team Deathmatch

Your First Live Match

Prove Yourself in Team Deathmatch to Unlock Additional Game Modes

Once you’ve destroyed a few bots in training, it’s time to play against other players. At first, you can only play Team Deathmatch. It’s you and your teammates fighting against another team.

After three rounds of Team Deathmatch you will begin to unlock additional game modes.

Click PLAY, then QUICK MATCH, and LAUNCH to start your first live match.

Your First Live Match
Prove Yourself in Team Deathmatch to Unlock Additional Game Modes
STAGING: Choose Your Mech, Primary Weapon, and Holo Emotes

After you click READY in the Lobby, you’ll enter the Staging Area. Here you can choose which mech you want to play and change your primary weapon. Click LAUNCH in the upper left to join the battle.

Find your teammates on the radar, group up with them, and start hunting down enemies. Be ready, these are live opponents, not bots, so they’ll be less predictable and battles tend to get chaotic.

How to Unlock All Game Modes

The Mech Garage

ITEMS AND INTERNALS: Purchase Equipment in the Garage to Expand Your Options in Battle

After your first few matches, spend some time in the garage to check out all the equipment you can add to your mech.

Items are deployable equipment such as the Hologram and Shield. Internals are passive enhancements such as the Deflector and Repair Kit.

To see the equipment available for purchase, choose a mech in your garage and click ITEMS or INTERNALS.

Check out the Items Guide for more information on items.

The Mech Garage ITEMS AND INTERNALS: Purchase Equipment in the Garage to Expand Your Options in Battle
STYLE: Customize the Appearance of Your Mech

HAWKEN gives you plenty of options to stand out on the battlefield. Select a mech and click STYLE to access cosmetic customizations, such as:

  • Mech body parts and custom chassis
  • Thrusters and repair drones
  • Camouflage, paint, and trim
  • Mech emotes and holographic emotes
Most style options require Meteor Credits (MC) to purchase. If you need more MC, you can purchase them here or click BUY METEOR CREDITS at the top of the game menu.
STYLE: Customize the Appearance of Your Mech

Pilot Progression

Gain Pilot Levels to Unlock Customizations, Items and Internals

As you earn experience and reach higher pilot levels, you’ll unlock more options for customizing your mechs.

Each time you gain a pilot level, you may earn one of these rewards:

  • New drones, thrusters, and camos
  • Access to new item and internal groups
Gain Pilot Levels to Unlock Customizations, Items and Internals

Mech Progression

Upgrade your Mechs to Unlock Powerful Rewards

Earning XP on a mech will increase its rank, unlocking a variety of rewards:

  • Alternate weapons
  • Elite mech body parts
  • Elite camo

For more information on upgrading your mechs, check out the Upgrading Mechs Guide.

Upgrade your Mechs to Unlock Powerful Rewards
XP TRANSFER: Transfer Overflow XP to Other Mechs
When a mech reaches max XP, any additional XP you earn with that mech can be converted into Universal XP.

Universal XP can be transferred to any other mech you own to help you upgrade those mechs faster.

The XP Transfer menu can by accessed two ways:

  • Click the XP icon at the top of the screen.
  • Enter the garage and open the MECH RANK menu.

For more information on mech progression, check out the Upgrading Mechs Guide.

XP TRANSFER: Transfer Overflow XP to Other Mechs