The Phantom Program, a series of assignments and secrets that inspired thousands of gamers to scour the maps of Battlefield 4 in search of information and Easter eggs, has finally been solved once and for all. Well...kind of. There's apparently a door hidden in a room, and you can't open it yet but perhaps you can later. More on that another time.
Today, we're going to give you the step-by-step instructions you need to unlock the Phantom Operative assignment, as well as the Phantom Bow, possibly the coolest weapon in the game, although nowhere near the most effective. Usefulness aside, here's how you can put it in your hands.
Complete All Previous Phantom Assignments
The first step to unlocking the Phantom Operative assignment, the fourth one in the series, is to fully complete all three of the prerequisites. It's not a small task, but if you've been working on these from the time of their release you should be done already. In case you aren't, however, check out the instructions below for each one.
Find One or More of the Final Stand Dog Tags
This one might be the most tedious step in the process, requiring players to scour the four maps that were released with the Final Stand DLC for hidden dog tags. To complete this, jump into Hanger 21, Operation Whiteout, Hammerhead or Giants of Karelia and start crawling around. When you find one of the dog tags, you're one step closer to the Phantom Bow, but you might want to keep looking and snag all four of them.
As ChalkOne explains in the video below, in order to survive the elevator ride you're about to take, you must step onboard with three other people, and each of you need to have a different dog tag from one of the four Final Stand Maps. Check out the video for further details.
Wear the Dog Tags, Weapon and Soldier Camouflage
Now that you've completed all of your previous Phantom assignments, as well as found one of the dog tags from the Final Stand maps, you need to gear up in a specific way to survive the ride. For starters, your right dog tag needs to be the Phantom Prospect, the one that is unlocked by completing the first assignment. Your left dog tag on the other hand must be one of the four from the Final Stand maps, and it cannot be the same as any of your fellow elevator passengers. Four people, four different dog tags.
As for the weapon and soldier camouflage, this must be set to the Phantom camouflage that was unlocked by completing the Phantom Trainee and Phantom Initiate assignments.
Step onto the Elevator on Hanger 21
Hanger 21 features an elevator that players can board and take a ride on. It's located near the A Flag, and the button to activate it will only go live when four people step on board. Additionally, the players in the elevator will only survive the trip if they meet all of the requirements above. One small oversight and you'll die before you reach the bottom.
Input the Code into the Keypad
Now that you've gotten this far, you'll need to input the correct code in order to deactivate the physical barrier. Luckily for you, many people spent many hours cracking this code, and all you need to do is type it in as you see it below.
Phantom Keypad Code: 1290-429-397648-970
How to Unlock the Phantom Operative Assignment
The real kicker in all of this is that you haven't actually unlocked the Phantom Operative assignment yet. You should have the Phantom Bow, but before you leave the room you'll want to look for a shelf, then climb on top to find some papers. Interacting with these papers will finally unlock the Phantom Operative assignment, and all there is left to do after that is kill a whole lot of people with your shiny new (and hopefully effective) weapon.
In what may turn out to be one of the most intricate Easter eggs in video game history, it appears that after nearly a year of clues, the developers at DICE are ready to wrap up the Phantom Program in Battlefield 4.
As has been the case for the last few DLC releases, Final Stand has players across the Battlefield universe trying to crack the code to the Phantom Program, this time focusing on the Phantom Operative.
How can I complete the Phantom Operative assignment and unlock the Phantom Bow?
It's currently not known how the Phantom Operative assignment can be unlocked on Battlelog, but there are some clues that elude to how the mystery will eventually unravel.
When players go to Battlelog, then click on the Leaderboards option at the top, they can scroll to the bottom of the page and find a tiny skull icon on the left side. Clicking on this icon will bring up several lines of fake code that are as follows.
dracut: Scanning devices sda2 for LVM logical volumes sysvg/root sysvg/swap
dracut: inactive '/dev/sysvg/root' [28.88 GiB] inherit
dracut: inactive '/dev/sysvg/swap' [1.00 GiB] inherit
>>> INITIALIZING PHANTOM PROGRAM <<<
Current user: x-Rumpo-x
PREMIUM USER identified
dracut: rd_NO_MD: removing MD RAID activation
ata_piix 0000:00:01.1: version 2.13
ata_piix 0000:00:01.1: setting latency timer to 64
scsi0 : ata_piix
scsi1 : ata_piix
ata1: PATA max MWDMA2 cmd 0x1f0 ctl 0x3f6 bmdma 0xc000 irq 14
ata2: PATA max MWDMA2 cmd 0x170 ctl 0x376 bmdma 0xc008 irq 15
ata1.01: NODEV after polling detection
ata1.00: ATA-7: QEMU HARDDISK, 0.12.1, max UDMA/100
ata1.00: 62914560 sectors, multi 16: LBA48
ata1.00: configured for MWDMA2
scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access ATA QEMU HARDDISK 0.12 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
virtio-pci 0000:00:04.0: PCI INT A -> Link[LNKD] -> GSI 11 (level, high) -> IRQ 11
>> Assignment 3 unlocked
Phase 4 now active. Physical access restriction in place.
Here is where it gets interesting. The final line tells us that there is a physical access restriction in place, and it just so happens a few players have found the Phantom Room, located at the A Flag on Hanger 21. The room is reached via elevator, and when players arrive they must enter a code to remove a physical barrier that blocks access to the room. The code is not currently known.
According to the Battlefield 4 Reddit, the code has been found and proven to work. Once you manage to survive the elevator ride (instructions below), input 1290 429 397648 970 into the keypad. This will grant you access to the room where the Phantom Bow can be found.
How do I use and survive the elevator?
If you've watched any of the videos that JackFrags has released over the last several days, you'll know that it's very easy to die in this elevator. The key to survival, it would seem, is to make sure you have all three of the previous Phantom assignments complete.
It also appears that you need four people in your squad, each having completed all three of the above linked assignments. Each player must also have one of the Phantom dog tags equipped as their right dog tag, as well as one of the unique ones that can currently be found on Final Stand maps. We've even seen players wearing Phantom camouflage on their soldier, as well as their weapons. We can't confirm all of this is necessary, but it also doesn't appear to hurt.
Where can I find the Final Stand dog tags? [Updated 11/23/2014]
These can be found on the four new maps that shipped with Final Stand. They are Hanger 21, Operation Whiteout, Hammerhead, and Giants of Karelia.
So far this is no definitive map that shows the location of all the dog tags and where they can be found, but community members over on the Battlefield Reddit are hard at work compiling one. For your best chance to find numerous dog tags, head on over and read through the thread they have posted. In fact, they have a detailed, up to date post with all the updated information.
I've reached the Phantom Room. Now what?
Now you're all caught up, since the code to continue on has yet to be discovered. When it is, and you've successfully entered it, be sure to check Battlelog to see if the Phantom Operative assignment has been unlocked.
Keep checking back to this post, as we'll continue to update it as we uncover new information. For now, check out the videos below to get a taste of what the Phantom Operative and Phantom Bow might have to offer.