Squad Battles is a brand new game mode within FIFA 18 Ultimate Team, that rewards the best single players with amazing prizes. On this Squad Battles guide for FIFA 18, we will explain everything about it.
Squad Battles for FIFA 18 Ultimate Team
What is Squad Battles?
As we already said, Squad Battles is a brand new game mode within FIFA 18 Ultimate Team. Compete and earn rewards in this all-new single player mode. Take on other squads from the FUT community, to earn rewards and move up the leaderboards.
Squad Battles can be explained in three steps:
1️⃣ WEEKLY SINGLE-PLAYER COMPETITION
Compete against Squads from around the world in Squad Battles. Play as many games as you can in this Single Player Mode throughout the week to climb the leaderboard and earn rewards.
2️⃣ PLAY AGAINST COMMUNITY CREATED SQUADS
Every day, new opponents are available to match up against, each squad made by someone in the community. More difficult squads offer increased rewards.
3️⃣ CLIMB THE LEADERBOARDS FOR BETTER REWARDS
Climb the ranks of a dynamic leaderboard. Ranks are determined by the average score among all competitors.
To start playing Squad Battles, you just need to enter in your Ultimate Team, go to Single Player and select Squad Battles. You can check the following image if you are not sure about how to do it.
Squad Battles vs FUT Champions
What is the difference between Squad Battles and FUT Champions
Squad Battles is being named the FUT Champions offline, because it has a few things in common: both are competitive game modes where you have to play as many games as you can; both have a ranking system that rewards every player; and even the layout is similar.
However, there are also big differenced between them, that will help you understand how this game mode works:
☑️ SQUAD BATTLES IN A SINGLE PLAYER GAME MODE
This is the most important difference. Not eveyone likes to play online. The single player game is different and there is much less pressure. Besides that, for who doesn’t have a great connection, Squad Battles is a good alternative.
☑️ SQUAD BATTLES HAS LESS MATCHES ON THE WEEKEND
Who plays Squad Battles has the weekend free to do other things because the games are more spread by the days of the week. You don’t need to play all your games in 72 hours.
☑️ YOU DON’T NEED TO QUALIFY FOR SQUAD BATTLES
There are many people who never played the popular FUT Champions because never achieved to get a qualification. This doesn’t happen on Squad Battles because everyone is invited. You just need to enter and play. As simple as that.
☑️ FUT CHAMPIONS HAS BETTER WEEKLY REWARDS
While not as lucrative as FUT Champions, Squad Battles offers worthwhile prizes every week. At least, it is by far the single-player mode with better rewards.
☑️ SQUAD BATTLES DOESN’T HAVE MONTHLY REWARDS
This is another big difference between these two game modes. Do you know the special untradeable cards every FUT Champions player receives when the month ends? Well, in Squad Battles you don’t have that…
How Does Squad Battles Work?
How do you rank, leaderboards and more details about Squad Battles for FIFA 18 Ultimate Team
As you already know, on Squad Battles you compete and earn rewards in the new FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) single-player mode. But how you do it? We will explain it now.
In Squad Battles, your rank is determined by battle points. You earn them by playing matches. You can take on other squads from the FUT community to earn rewards and move up the leaderboards. The criteria for each rank is based off all the player’s results who are taking part in a Squad Battles event. This means your rank could constantly change throughout the week as the criteria for each rank adjusts as players play through the mode. For example, if you played the four daily matches as soon as the week started, you probably will rank very well but as soon as other players start playing, you will drop to a lower tier.
It’s time now, to explain to you the Squad Battles menu. It has three windows:
1️⃣ OPPONENT SELECT
This is where you set the difficulty level and pick the opponent you will play. You can see his squad, formation and tactics. If you already played against him, you will see the final result. Four new teams are added every time you click on the ‘Update Opponents’ button (if available).
2️⃣ YOUR RANK
This is where you can see how well you are going and which rewards you can get. Just like in FUT Champions, you have several tiers, that goes from Bronze 3 to Elite 1 and also TOP 100. Remember that the event only ends on Sunday night, so your current ranking is not the final one.
3️⃣ TOP 100
This is where you can see who are the best Squad Battles players in that moment. As we explained, the rank is determined by battle points. Who has more battle points, gets the first position. If two or more players have the same points, the player with fewer games played gets the higher position. The leaderboard updates every five minutes.
Squad Battles Opponents
Understanding the Squad Battles opponents and the opponents update feature
In Squad Battles you can play against two kinds of opponents:
☑️ OTHER SQUADS FROM THE FUT COMMUNITY
Four new teams are added every day. Because this mode changes from minute to minute, you and your friends may get different squads.
☑️ FEATURED SQUAD
In the Featured Squad Battle, you can challenge the squads of football players, pro FIFA players and celebrities to test your skills and build your team. Everyone gets the same squad for this one which keeps available for one week. The Featured Squad Battle may sometimes skip a week.
The Opponent Update is how you refresh your list of available Opponent Squads. When you have played all the available Opponent Squads, you’ll have to wait until an Opponent Update is available before you can get a new list of Opponent Squads. To maximize your battle points, make sure to use all your Opponent Updates during the event. If you miss using an Opponent Update, you won’t get the maximum battle points for the event.
Games carry over for 1 turn. If you miss a day, you are still able to play the four matches of that day. In order to do that, just be sure that you don’t press the ‘Opponent Update’ button before you play them. As soon as you press R1/RB, the opponents list is refreshed. However, if you update your opponents too late, you may be missing the games of a few days.
Squad Battles Schedule
When will you be able to play against your opponents?
In Squad Battles you are limited to play up to four matches per day, except on the weekends. To make the things more clearly, we will show you the times for each day.
ROUND 1 ⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
From Monday 1:00am to Tuesday 1:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Sunday 8:00pm to Monday 8:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Sunday 5:00pm to Monday 5:00pm 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 2 ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
From Tuesday 1:00am to Wednesday 1:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Monday 8:00pm to Tuesday 8:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Monday 5:00pm to Tuesday 5:00pm 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 3 ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
From Wednesday 1:00am to Thursday 1:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Tuesday 8:00pm to Wednesday 8:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Tuesday 5:00pm to Wednesday 5:00pm 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 4 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
From Thursday 1:00am to Friday 1:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Wednesday 8:00pm to Thursday 8:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Wednesday 5:00pm to Thursday 5:00pm 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 5 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
From Friday 1:00am to Saturday 1:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Thursday 8:00pm to Friday 8:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Thursday 5:00pm to Friday 5:00pm 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 6 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
From Saturday 1:00am to Saturday 9:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Friday 8:00pm to Saturday 4:00am 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Friday 5:00pm to Saturday 1:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 7 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪
From Saturday 9:00am to Saturday 5:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Saturday 4:00am to Saturday 12:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Saturday 1:00am to Saturday 9:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 8 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪
From Saturday 5:00pm to Sunday 1:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Saturday 12:00pm to Saturday 8:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Saturday 9:00am to Saturday 5:00pm 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 9 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪
From Sunday 1:00am to Sunday 9:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Saturday 8:00pm to Sunday 4:00am 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Saturday 5:00pm to Sunday 1:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
ROUND 10 ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪
From Sunday 9:00am to Sunday 5:00pm 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Sunday 4:00am to Sunday 12:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4
From Sunday 1:00am to Sunday 9:00am 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
From Sunday 5:00pm to Monday 1:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +1)
From Sunday 12:00pm to Sunday 8:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -4)
From Sunday 9:00am to Sunday 5:00pm 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -7)
Be aware that, if you are in the middle of a match and the event ends, that match won’t get tracked.
The Battle Points
How can you earn points?
Your rank is determined by the total battles points you get in a single week. You earn them playing matches.
Your rank is determined by battle points. You earn them by playing matches.
Your battles points, per match, is based off how well you played the game, the difficulty of the squad you played and if you won the match. We will show you now, how these points are calculated:
☑️ DIFFICULTY BONUS
The Difficulty Bonus is a coefficient that measures the difficulty of your matches.
Here are the coefficients according to the difficulty level:
Ultimate – 2.6
Legendary – 2.1
World Class – 1.6
Professional – 1.0
Semi-Pro – 0.7
Amateur – 0.6
Beginner – 0.5
☑️ MATCH COMPLETE
The Match Complete depends on the team you are playing against. Basically, it is based on its chemistry, team rating and skill level.
☑️ MATCH RESULT
There are only two match results possible on Squad Battles: you win, and you get 200 points, or you lose, and you get 50 points.
☑️ SKILL BONUS
Skill Rewards are the sum of bonuses performance and penalties performance. Player’s good performances are rewarded with squad battle points, while there will be point deductions for negative performances. In other words, are the sum of the bonuses by scored goals, shots on target, successful tackles, corners, clean sheets, pass accuracy, possession and man of the match and the sum of the penalties by against goals, fouls, cards and offsides according to the following table that shows the number of points awarded/deducted for each performance:
|✅ Scored Goals||+40||5||+200|
|✅ Shots on Target||+5||10||+50|
|✅ Success Tackles||+1||20||+20|
|✅ Clean Sheets||+75||1||+75|
|✅ Pass Accuracy %||+1||80||+80|
|✅ Possession %||+1||80||+80|
|✅ Man of the Match||+15||1||+15|
|❌ Goals Conceded||-20||4||-80|
☑️ GOAL BONUS
Each goal you score gives you a different ammout of battle points based on the difficulty level you choose.
Squad Battles Rewards
What can you win in FIFA 18 squad battles?
Squad Battles rewards are released a couple of minutes after the competition closes, upon which the leaderboards, and Squad Battles game mode will reset, and start again for a new week. We already said that you’ll get your rewards as soon as the event ends but, to make your job easier, here are the squad battles rewards dates and times:
Every Monday at 1:00am 🇬🇧 GMT (UCT +0)
Every Sunday at 8:00pm 🇺🇸🇨🇦 EST (UCT -5)
Every Sunday at 5:00pm 🇺🇸 PST (UCT -8)
If you want to know what the Squad Battle rewards are, you just need to click here and see.