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.
Hold to Boost/Dodge
Left, Back, Right
Fire Primary Weapon
Fire Secondary Weapon
Introducing Fred, your brand new CR-T Recruit mech. Learn the basics of piloting a mech in VR training.
|Jump Thrust||Space Bar|
|Boost/Dodge Modifier||Left Shift|
|Talk in Chat (All Players)||T|
|Primary Fire||Left Mouse Button|
|Secondary Fire||Right Mouse Button|
|Secondary Weapon Utility||Middle Mouse Button|
|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|
|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|
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.
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.
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
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
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.
XP TRANSFER: Transfer Overflow XP to Other Mechs
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.