Battlefield 3 Ribbons Guide

XP is what you need in Battlefield 3, and doing anything — from killing enemies to reviving teammates will net you a small amount of XP. If you’re looking for a bigger bonus, you’ll want to unlock these special ribbons that commemorate milestones in your Battlefield 3 career. Scroll down to look through every ribbon available, with a few tips to unlock them. Some are easy, while some might not be immediately obvious to new players. Veterans won’t have problems unlocking these rewards, but the rest of us just might need a little guidance.

For those in need of guidance through the single-player campaign, stop by our text and video walkthrough for Battlefield 3. For more exta information, stop by the cheats page.

Achievements / Trophies Unlocked

Infantry Efficiency: (30G / Bronze) – Obtain all 4 weapon efficiency ribbons.

Support Efficiency: (30G / Bronze) – Obtain all 4 Support efficiency ribbons.

Vehicle Warfare: (30G / Bronze) – Obtain all 3 vehicle warfare ribbons.

Ribbons

Squad Rush Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Complete one round of Squad Rush.

Squad Deathmatch Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Complete one round of Squad Deathmatch.

Rush Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Complete one round of Rush.

Conquest Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Complete one round of Conquest.

Team Deathmatch Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Complete one round of Team Deathmatch.

Squad Deathmatch Winner Ribbon
500 XP Bonus. Win one round of Squad Deathmatch.

Squad Rush Winner Ribbon
500 XP Bonus. Win one round of Squad Rush.

Rush Winner Ribbon
500 XP Bonus. Win one round of Rush.

Conquest Winner Ribbon
500 XP Bonus. Win one round of Conquest.

TDM Winner Ribbon
500 XP Bonus. Win a Team Deathmatch round

M-COM Attacker Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Blow-up three M-Com Stations in one round. Try the Rush game mode and play as the Attackers, then activate and destroy (Thanks to Someone in the comments!) three M-Com Stations in one round to get this ribbon.

M-COM Defender Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Defend 4 M-Com Stations in one round. Choose the Rush game mode and play as a Defender, to defend an M-Com Station, you have to kill an enemy while they’re trying to activate the bomb. Camp near the station and watch for players to approach, but don’t kill them until they start activating the bombs.

Flag Defender Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Defend the flag 5 times in one round. To get this ribbon, play the Conquest game mode. For your kills to count towards this ribbon, you need to capture an area and defend it. Kill five enemies that enter to get this ribbon.

Flag Attacker Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Capture 4 flags in one round. Again, play on the Conquest game mode. They last a long time, if you’re having trouble, bypass the hotspots and go for remote or unguarded flags to capture. You only need to capture them for this ribbon, not defend them.

Anti Vehicle Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Destroy 3 enemy vehicles in one round. The Engineer class comes equipped with a Rocket Launcher or Anti-Vehicle mines, both are great for destroying enemy vehicles. Otherwise, just use a tank or helicopter.

Disable Vehicle Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Disable 4 enemy vehicles in one round. Just disable the vehicle before destroying it, Anti-Vehicle mines are specifically built for disabling vehicles.

Stationary Emplacement Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 2 enemies with emplaced weapons in one round. Emplaced weapons include the TOW Launcher, the Centurion C-Ram, and the Kornet Launcher. Any large maps with vehicles will feature these weapons.

Air Warfare Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 6 enemies while driving an Air Vehicle in one round. If you aren’t good with flying, jump into the gunner seat of a Helicopter like the Viper of Havoc. Find these helicopters on these maps; Caspian Border, Operation Firestorm, Damavand Peak, Kharg Island, and the Noshahr Canals.

Transport Warfare Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 4 enemies with transport vehicles in a round. Transport vehicles carry troops into battle, and are mostly used to traverse long stretches in large maps. Use these light armored vehicles often to support your squad. (Thanks to Bob for the tip!)

Armored Warfare Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 7 enemies with land vehicles in one round. Find a tank, any of the large maps will feature them. Use the Engineer Class to keep the tank repaired if you’re worried about losing it.
Any tank will do. Most of the larger maps feature tanks.

Assault Rifle Ribbon (200 XP)
200 XP Bonus. Kill 7 enemies with Assault Rifles in a round. Play as the Assault Class here to unlock new and better assault rifles.

Light Machine Gun Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 7 enemies with Light Machine Guns in one round. Just play as the Support Class and go nuts.

Carbine Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 7 enemies with Carbines in one round. Take the Engineer Class to unlock better Carbines.

Sniper Rifle Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 7 enemies with Sniper Rifles in one round. Load up the Recon Class and go crazy.

Hand Gun Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 5 enemies with the Handgun in a round. Just use Handguns, try bringing the tactical light to blind your opponents, making them easier kills at close range.

PDW Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 7 enemies with any Personal Defense Arms. Mostly Submachine Guns or Machine Pistols count towards this reward. You’ll unlock them as you level up any class. Weapons that count towards this Ribbon are: PP-2000, UMP-45, PDW-R, P90, AS Val, MP7, MP5, PP-19.

Shotgun Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 7 enemies with Shotguns in one around. This is easy, just grab the Shotgun, any class can use it, and keep it until you rack up 7 kills.

Melee Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill 4 enemies with melee weapons in one round. Just knife four people in a round, pick close-quarters maps like Metro to boost your chances of needing the knife in combat.

Avenger Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Complete 2 Avenger Kills in one round. These kills are counted when you shoot down an enemy that just killed a teammate.

Savior Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Complete 2 Savior Kills on one round. To unlock the ribbon, target enemies that are trying to kill your teammates.

Nemesis Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Kill a Nemesis twice in one round. Anyone that has killed you 5 times counts as a Nemesis. Once someone is a Nemesis, you just need to kill them twice. Play Squad Rush for it’s small player count to boost your chances.

Accuracy Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Get 5 headshouts in one round. Grab a Sniper Rifle and go nuts, you’ll eventually unlock this ribbon if you play Battlefield 3 long enough.

Suppression Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Get 7 Suppression Assists in one round. Suppression Assists occur while you’re shooting at an enemy, and a teammate kills them. If you want to get this ribbon fast, play with a squad and only shoot near your enemies, don’t actually kill them.

Anti Explosives Ribbons
200 XP Bonus. Destroy 2 Enemy Explosives in one round. Anti-Vehicle Mines and C4 count as enemy explosives, you’ll find these most often in large vehicle-based maps.

Squad Spawn Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Get 7 Squad Spawn bonuses in one round. You’ll get a bonus every time a squadmate uses you as a spawn point. If it happens 7 times, the ribbon is your’s. Try to coordinate with your squad for this ribbon.

Squad Wipe Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Receive 2 Squad Wipe Bonuses in one round. Play in Squad Rush, you just need to wipe out an enemy squad twice.

Combat Efficiency Ribbon
500 XP Bonus. Get 3 Kill Streaks in one round. To get a streak, you need to kill 8 times in a row without dying yourself. Get 3 Kill Streaks of 8 to unlock this ribbon, try playing on infantry heavy maps to increase your chances early on.

Medical Efficiency Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Complete 5 revives in one round. Play as the Assault Class to unlock the Defibrillator, and hang out with a squad, which inevitably will find someone getting shot.

Resupply Efficiency Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Ressuply 7 times in one round. Choose the Support Class – make sure you resupply 7 times, ammo drop doesn’t count.

Maintenance Efficiency Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Repair 7 times in one round. Switch to the Engineer Class and use the Repair Tool 7 times, the easiest way is either escorting a tank or driving a tank yourself, retreating after it takes damage and repairing.

Surveillance Efficiency Ribbon
200 XP Bonus. Get 5 Motion Sensor Assists in one round. To unlock this ribbon, you’ll need the MAV, unlockable through the Recon Class. The T-UGS does not work at this time.

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22 Comments on Battlefield 3 Ribbons Guide

Bob

On October 31, 2011 at 12:35 pm

The Transport Warfare Ribbon is wrong. It is actually, “In a round, kill 4 enemies with Transport Vehicles.”

DerMaxery

On November 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I got all ribbon`s excpet the “Suppression Ribbon” i just dont get it…

Kevin Thielenhaus

On November 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

From the sound of it, shooting at an enemy in Battlefield 3 causes their vision to blur. Pick a large machine gun and just spray bullets, while letting your teammates pick the enemy off. The Suppression Ribbon requires some teamwork, or just a team that sticks close together.

Marnie

On November 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I don’t need XP for Battlefield 3. I need Battlefield 3 for XP.

elser1 on psn bf3 ps3

On November 9, 2011 at 5:44 pm

i got the nemesis ribbon by killing 2 different people 5 times each without them killing me!!

Someone

On November 15, 2011 at 9:55 am

M-COM Attacker Ribbon correction: You can’t just activate them. It says blow-up 3 stations for a reason…. you have to actually destroy them.

need help

On November 19, 2011 at 4:49 am

I tried for the nemesis ribbon they way it said there and it didn’t work for me… looking for 2 people to help me with this my psn is girls_with_guns in subject or mail please let me know it’s for the nemesis ribbon thank you.

Glassfish

On November 26, 2011 at 10:34 am

For the nemesis ribbon. You have to be someones nemesis. That is kill the same person 5 times in one game.
For the ribbon, you have to do this twice. You can either kill 2 seperate people 5 times each, or the same one 7 times. It doesnt matter if they kill you as you will still be their nemesis.

Grautbakken

On December 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

“Vehicle Warfare: (30G / Bronze) – Obtain all 3 vehicle warfare ribbons.” Is this some “console only” achievement? Tried it on PC, nothing happened…

SebaFFM

On December 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Nemesis is wrong, you have to Nemesis someone by killing him, not kill your Nemesis (which was called Payback in BC2..)

MCOM defender

On December 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

I found that the easiest way to get the MCOM defender is to plant C4 explosives near the MCOM. Then just camp in a place where you won’t be spotted but where you can see enemies approaching it. As soon as you hear the beep that goes off once he starts arming the MCOM you just unleash the C4, and BAM! Instant kill.

Playing as support with C4 also enables you to have the ammo pack, so you’ll never run out of C4 if you stay alive.

HobbesXSV

On January 6, 2012 at 5:33 am

I just need the Nemesis ribbon… Im so confused what I have to do. THE GAME says Get 2 Nemesis Kills. I hear 2 different stories. Someone says you pretty much have to be killed 10 times, you know, 5 deaths per enemy so that they become your nemesis. Then kill them. (So technically 2 paybacks then?) OR the other Be a nemesis twice, meaning kill 2 guys 5 times each… SO WHICH IS IT?!

Nemesis Ribbon

On January 8, 2012 at 8:50 am

I’m pretty sure it is the “Kill 2 people 5 times or the 1 person 7 times”,I was playing on Grand Bazaar TDM as a Sniper and got it twice when I scored 24/2.as long as your whole team,not just squad, stays on one half of the map,you can pin the entire enemy team on the other half and just pick them off.

HobbesXSV

On January 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Yes I just confirmed, got it this morning. I was 22 and 3. You gotta be someones Nemesis twice. Not sure if I killed someone 7 times or if I killed 2 people 5 times though. So it is a kills thing!

Anti Explosive Ribbon

On January 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

The “ANTI EXPLOSIVE RIBBON” can also be achieved by destroying M18 Claymores.

vadlama

On February 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm

If you want to get tje nemesis ribbon, you can get 2 ways. First, you kill someone 4 tes, then he become your nemesis, then u need to kill him once more. Second, you need to killed by someone 4 times, so he necame your nemesis, then u need to kill him 2 times to get the ribbon. Its easy if you play like an animal machine, and kill everyone … you will that person 5 times. Oh and you need to kill him 5 times in a row

Marc

On February 13, 2012 at 4:51 am

Surveillance Efficiency Ribbon:

T-UGS will work, use it a lot on CQ Metro and get at least 3 of these every round.

GenericRandom

On February 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

T-UGS “spots” _do_ count in surveillance efficiency ribbon.
You can make out mines with sniper rifle :)
Play TDM (Noshahr canals) especially is good for weapon ribbons, revives and surveillance spotting.

Naberios

On March 14, 2012 at 3:35 am

The T-UGS motion sensor assists now work towards the Surveillance Efficiency Ribbon. I kept placing them in a building near the “C” flag on Seine Crossing and got 3 ribbons in a fairly short period of time.

hellhound

On April 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm

wtf the Resupply is false, you can still get the ribbon by dropping ammo, thats how I’ve gotten it.

GeneTec

On May 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

For the “Surveillance Efficiency Ribbon” you can use the T-UGS too!

S0aP4

On June 15, 2012 at 4:24 am

Pretty usefull.Thanks ))