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Version: 1.03 | Updated: 10/10/02

Unreal Tournament 2003 - FAQ
v1.03 (Oct 9, 2002) - For UT 2003
by Matthew Lam of www.chibiknights.com

1.03 - Update various sections to reflect release of full version
 Added minigun info - Thanks to Solomon
 Added shield gun info and surviving touchdowns - Thanks to Lord_Hades
 Added minigun and rocket launcher info - Thanks to Ashley Kampta
 Added enemy passing bombing strategy - Thanks to Reese Bryant
 Added single player tournament strategy - Thanks to Eric Walker
 Added misc details and Face3 map description - Thanks to Skippy
1.02 - Fixed revision numbering (should have been 1.01, not 1.1)
 Added double jump/elevator combo info - Thanks to rumit
 Updated Booster info - Thanks to Z-Force
 Added info on targeting Bombing Run ball passing
 Added brief section on weapons
1.01 - Added/fixed info on Invisibility, Berserk, and adrenaline point 
rules/scoring. - Thanks to Damage

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Advanced Movements
 2.1. Dodging
 2.2. Double Jump
3. Adrenaline
 3.1. Speed
 3.2. Booster
 3.3. Invisible
 3.4. Berserk
4. Weapons
 4.1. Translocator
 4.2. Shield Gun
 4.3. Assault Rifle
 4.4. Shock Rifle
 4.5. Link Gun
 4.6. Bio-Rifle
 4.7. Minigun
 4.8. Flak Cannon
 4.9. Lightning Gun
 4.10. Rocket Launcher
 4.11. Ion Painter
 4.12. Redeemer
5. Bombing Run
 5.1. Rules
 5.2. Scoring
 5.3. The Radar
 5.4. Carrying the ball
 5.5. Touchdown Survival
 5.6. Tips
6. Communication
7. Misc.
 7.1. Single player tournament
8. Credits

1. Introduction
This FAQ was originally a quick write up targeted for players of the Unreal 
Tournament 2003 demo. The full version of the game is now out, and it's really 
good. In essence, it's a better looking, more balanced version of the original 
Unreal Tournament. There's nothing incredibly ground breaking, but the 
graphics are amazing on fast/powerful computers, the AI is extremely deadly 
at certain levels, and Bombing Run is soooo addictive.

I'm sure there's plenty of reviews on the game out, so I won't talk much more 
about it's good points. If you don't have the game, find the demo somewhere. 
The demo is a good hint of what the full game will be like, but with only 
a few maps and models. The full version has a good number of maps, and I like 
pretty much all of them, they're very well designed. Someone also told me 
that the textures are better in the full version, which I think is true, but 
can't really say since I don't have a computer powerful enough to run the 
game with the graphics cranked up.

The demo version comes with no instructions, and the readme file mostly 
contains technical info on running the game. The full game doesn't fair much 
better. I heard that some copies of game were rushed out without manuals, 
and that a digital manual is available at 
http://www.unrealtournament2003.com as a result. The manual isn't very 
helpful, though, it's very basic. I know there's a strategy guide available 
for $10-20, but I think it's silly to pay good money for something that doesn't 
do much more than state the obvious and show you maps. There's a fair amount 
of things that are new in UT 2003, so I want to pass on what I've learned.

Please keep in mind that whatever is stated here is based solely on my 
observations. It's quite possible that I have some information wrong. Feel 
free to send additions/corrections to ut2003@chibiknights.com. If I make a 
change to this FAQ, I will try to credit individuals to the best of my 

2. Advanced Movements
Advanced moves include dodging and double jump, and can be incredibly 
important during play.

2.1. Dodging
To dodge, double tap one of the four directions (forward, backward, strafe 
left, strafe right). This should cause your character to make a small but 
quick leap or roll in that direction. While your character is performing this 
dodge motion, you cannot move in any other direction.

Some players may find dodging to be annoying when trying to outstrafe an 
opponent back and forth, but note that you cannot otherwise move as quickly 
as you can while dodging. Dodging creates a slight pause at the end of your 
motion, so you cannot use forward dodging to quickly run faster.

2.2. Double Jump ***Very important!***
To double jump, press the jump key once (spacebar by default), and press it 
again quickly at any point AFTER reaching the peak of your jump.

This technique is extremely important to master as not only can it make you 
more difficult to hit, but also allows you to reach some places that are 
otherwise inaccessible.

If you double jump while being lifted by an elevator platform, you will be 
boosted even higher.

It is almost impossible to score a "touchdown" in Bombing Run without 
performing a double jump.

3. Adrenaline
Adrenaline is probably the most unusual change to Unreal Tournament. When 
you get your adrenaline up, you can press a key combination to generate 
different "powers" that I will describe below.

To increase your adrenaline, collect the adrenaline pills scattered around 
the map. They are big red and white pill capsules. Each pill increases 
adrenaline by 3, and your total adrenaline count is displayed in the 
upper-right corner of the HUD (conveniently, with a picture of a pill).

You can also increase your damage by killing opponents. It appears that you 
get 5 adrenaline points for killing a basic opponent, but the value increases 
based on certain factors. For example, killing the ball carrier in Bombing 
Run nets you 12 adrenaline points. Killing basic opponents in Bombing Run 
seems to only net 3 adrenaline points.

You CANNOT use any of your "powers" until you have full 100 adrenaline. You 
also cannot collect more than 100. However, while a power is in effect, your 
adrenaline will quickly drain, but the effects can be prolonged by picking 
up more pills to keep your adrenaline up. 

Power effects end when your adrenaline reaches zero (0), and I do not know 
of any method to cancel a power once it is in effect, short of dying. If you 
die while using a power, the power effect ends and your adrenaline resets 
to 0.

So long as you're not currently using a power, your adrenaline count stays 
that same when you die (if you had 33 adrenaline and died, you will still 
have 33 when you respawn), which is good because collecting full adrenaline 
can take a while.

Here are the powers I have found so far:
- Speed (press forward 4 times)
- Booster (press backward 4 times)
- Invisibility (press strafe right 2 times, then strafe left 2 times)
- Berserk (press forward 2 times, then backward 2 times)
Remember you must be at 100 adrenaline before these will work.

3.1. Speed
To activate Speed, press the "Forward" direction quickly four (4) times at 
full adrenaline. By default, "foward" is the 'W' key, this is the key that 
makes you move in the direction you're facking. 

While speed is in effect, you move at a quicker rate, probably at or below 
twice normal speed. I do not believe that you fire quicker.

3.2. Booster
To activate Booster, press the "Backward" direction quickly four (4) times 
at full adrenaline.

While Booster is in effect, your health regenerates at a rate of about 5 hit 
points per second. Your health will max out at 199, at which point your shields 
will increase, to max of 150. While your stats will no increase beyond this 
point, the effect will not wear off until your adrenaline runs out. So if 
you get shot while Booster is still working, you will quickly regenerate lost 
hit points.

You can tell Booster is in effect by an "aura" of small green plus (+) signs 
that appear around its user. It is not impossible to kill someone with Booster 
in effect, though definitely more difficult, for obvious reasons.

3.3. Invisible
To activate Invisible, press "Strafe Right" twice and then "Strafe Left" 
twice quickly. Strafe left and right are the 'A' and 'D' keys by default.

Invisibility makes you (mostly) invisible. You appear as a ghostly shimmer, 
which is pretty much impossible to see unless you are looking for it, and 
still incredibly difficult to pick out in a fight even when you are.

I'm pretty sure that if you're carrying the ball in Bombing Run that everyone 
will still see the ball carrier aura, which might be a bit eerie, but not 
very effective. =)

3.4. Berserk
To activate Berserk, press the "Forward" key twice, and then "Backward" twice 

Berserk increases your firing rate, so that your weapons take less time 
between shots.
"Berserk + Chaingun = Swiss Cheese. =)" - Damage

4. Weapons

Here's a quick description of each weapon in the game. Of particular interest 
may be the Link gun's "team linking" capability, as well as some of the uses 
of the shield gun (jackhammer). Players should also read up on the highly 
useful translocator as well if they are unfamilar with how it works.

4.1. Translocator
Technically speaking, the translocator isn't a weapon, but a transportation 
device. Fire a translocator with the primary fire key, and then hit the 
secondary fire to teleport to where the translocator is located. In terms 
of physics, Translocators act similar to a launched grenade.

After a translocator device has been deployed, you can press the same key 
used to equip the translocator (the 'Q' key by default) to switch your 
viewpoint to that of the deployed translocator, as if it were a remote camera. 
Hit the key again to switch out of the camera view. Alternatively, you can 
hit primary fire to recall the translocator, or secondary fire to teleport 
to its location.

You start with an inventory of 5 translocators. One is used up each time you 
teleport. At this point a bar begins to fill in your weapon ammo display in 
the bottom right corner of the HUD. When the bar fills, a translocator is 
regenerated. If you use up all of your translocators in inventory, you won't 
be able to fire one until one has regenerated.

Note you can telefrag someone by teleporting to a translocator while another 
player is standing on it.

4.2. Shield Gun
The shield gun is the 2003 version of Unreal Tournament's original jackhammer. 
By holding down the primary fire, a bar fills in the weapon ammo display in 
the bottom right corner of the HUD. A close range burst of energy is released 
when you run into another individual or when the primary fire is released. 
At full power, the shield gun does extreme damage, enough to instantly kill 
most unshielded opponents.

If you point the shield gun at the floor and release a burst, you can propell 
yourself into the air, a trick borrowed from UT. In UT 2003, double jump is 
usually just as effective, however.

The secondary fire of the shield gun projects (surprise!) a shield. This field 
protects you from most basic damage from projectiles and explosions. While 
in use, the weapon's charge will quickly drain. The charge begins at 100, 
and regenerates when the shield is not in use.

The shield can be a very effective tool, particularly in Bombing Run. It can 
be used to act as, well, a shield for the ball carrier. Firing back may 
distract defenders and send them back to their spawn points, but being able 
to intercept projectiles and weapon fire can be extremely useful too.

Lord_Hades adds that you can use the shield gun to prevent fall damage. To 
do so, just use the secondary shield function and point down to the ground 
when you land. In testing, I've been able to completely prevent damage from 
falls that would otherwise cause 20 damage.

4.3. Assault Rifle
The assault rifle is the basic offensive starter weapon. Primary fire acts 
as a machine gun. The secondary fire acts as a grenade launcher. You start 
with 4 grenades. Holding down secondary fire determines how force is used 
to propell the grenades.

4.4. Shock Rifle
The primary fire of the shock rifle is a high powered laser. It does slightly 
less damage than the lightning gun sniper weapon, but has a higher rate of 

The secondary fire projects a sphere of energy. Energy spheres move in a 
straight line in the direction they were fired, and aren't very quick. The 
sphere will burst when it contacts an object for moderate damage. You can 
also set off a sphere by hitting it will the primary laser fire of the shock 
rifle, which causes a much larger and more damaging explosion.

4.5. Link Gun
Similar to the plasma gun in the original UT, the Link gun's primary fire 
consists of rapid firing bullets of green plasma energy. At close range, the 
damage is comparable to that of the minigun, but it can be easier to hit the 
target due to the width of the projectiles.

The secondary fire projects a green plasma beam of medium length. The button 
must be held down to be used effectively, and the beam damages any opponents 
that come in contact with it. Think of the beam as a long lightsaber or focused 
flamethrower. Damage is somewhere between low and medium, but can kill an 
opponent relatively quickly when constantly focused upon them.

In a team based effort, link guns can combine powers between teammates. Just 
fire the secondary beam fire at a teammate equiped with another link gun. 
The beam should be the color of the team you're on. This will increase the 
power of the person being linked, and will not use up any of your link gun 
ammo. The person being linked will shoot a yellow beam of plasma than does 
intense damage.

4.6. Bio-Rifle
The Bio-Rifle shoots out blobs of damaging ooze. The blobs cannot be projected 
far at all (maybe 10 feet max), but do extreme damage to anyone who is hit 
by them. Blobs that hit the ground will stay there for a few seconds before 
dissolving, but anyone who walks over them before then will take damage.

Holding down secondary fire will fill the Bio-Rifle's chamber with the ooze, 
and will be released in one big burst when released. If hit, this will kill 
most unshielded opponents instantly. Be very careful however, as the burst 
will almost definitely kill you as well if you are at actual melee range when 
fired. Practicing enough to know the range of the weapon can make it quite 
effective, particularly on defense. Most players ignore it for weapons with 
better range, however.

4.7. Minigun
The minigun is just as the name implies. It acts as a quick firing high powered 
machine gun.

The primary fire uses uncased rounds, which fires at a faster rate but is 
less accurate. The secondary fire mode shoots cased rounds, which are slower 
but does more damage and is more accurate.

4.8. Flak Cannon
The flak cannon is a high powered variation of a shotgun. Primary fire 
projects a burst of flak projectiles in a shotgun-type spread. Flak bullets 
will bounce slightly off walls. At close range, this attack will do extreme 

The secondary fire launches a flak grenade, which explodes and does decent 
splash damage when it hits an object, including the ground. Flak grenades 
are effected by gravity, and must be heavy because they won't go very far. 
A direct hit by a flak grenade does extreme damage, and splash damage is 
somewhere above medium.

The primary and secondary fire modes both use 1 unit of flak cannon ammo.

4.9. Lightning Gun
The lightning gun is the new variation of a sniper weapon. Primary fire shoots 
a burst of lightning that is completely accurate over a long distance. 
Secondary fire activates the scope. Hold secondary fire down to zoom, and 
release at the desired setting. Click secondary fire again to leave the zoom 

The lightning gun can do insane damage, and is an instant kill when fired 
at the head of an unshielded opponent. It has a very low rate of fire.

The lightning gun is considered to be a balanced sniper weapon, because while 
it continues to be effective over long distances, the arc of lightning is 
quite visible in the air, preventing snipers from hiding in corner where no 
one can see them while they constantly pick off players.

4.10. Rocket Launcher
The primary fire of the rocket launcher fires a rocket. Rockets travel at 
a medium rate, and do high damage and medium to high splash damage. As it 
can be hard to hit a player dead on with a rocket, it is usually a good strategy 
to aim for where their feet will be. The splash damage will also push them 
away from where the blast occured, which can be helpful to keep someone away 
from a certain target.

Holding down secondary fire will load up to 3 rockets into the launcher. Once 
3 rockets are loaded, remaining ammo is used up, or the secondary fire is 
release, the rockets will fire simultaneously. 3 rockets will spread out 
slightly to do damage over a larger area.

If you hold the primary fire while the rockets are loading, the rockets will 
spiral in towards a single point, which can do more damage in a small area. 
This also occurs if you lock onto a target. To do so, keep the targeting cursor  
over the target for a short period of time, at which point a red lock-on cursor 
will appear over the target. When locked on, rockets will spiral in towards 
the target.

4.11. Ion Painter (not in demo)
The ion painter is used to "mark" a target. Shortly after a target has been 
marked, an *orbital weapon* will vaporize the target! Secondary fire will 
zoom in.

4.12. Redeemer (not in demo)
The ultimate weapon of UT returns! The redeemer can be fired only once, but 
launches a small, slow moving nuclear warhead. When runs into an object, a 
blast the size of a small house does insane damage to anything in its radius.

Secondary fire can be used to switch a fired nuke's camera, at which point 
it can be guided around using the same controls for player movement.

5. Bombing Run
Bombing Run is basically Unreal Football. And as silly as that might sound, 
it's insanely addictive!

5.1. Rules
- The ball appears in the center of the map, players in their base
- There is a gateway in each team's base, these serve as Goals
- When the ball is scored, the ball reappears in the center, and players are 
teleported back to their bases
- If the ball is somehow lost (ex: falls into a bottomless pit), it will 
reappear in the center WITHOUT resetting player positions. The announcer will 
declare when this is about to happen

5.2. Scoring
- You score 7 points for carrying the ball through a goal
- You score 3 points for shooting the ball through a goal

5.3. The Radar *** VERY IMPORTANT! ***
- At the very top of the screen between the team scores is the radar.
- The picture of a ball will be orange if no team has the ball, red if the 
red team has it, and blue if the blue team has it.
- A yellow dot indicates what direction the ball is from you, like a compass. 
If the dot is at the top of the circle, the ball is in the direction you are 
facing. If it is at the bottom of the circle, you must turn around.

5.4. Carrying the ball
- Run over a loose ball to pick it up
- Kill an enemy ball carrier to make him/her drop the ball
- While carrying the ball, you cannot use weapons or the translocator
- While carrying the ball, you will slowly regenerate up to 100 health
- Firing will shoot the ball. This can be used to pass to another player or 
shoot the ball into the goal. You can use secondary fire to target a teammate. 
This will help auto-aim a pass to a limited degree. Targeting does NOT work 
on the goal.
- The ball IS affected by gravity! You cannot shoot it very far. Fire like 
you would a grenade.
- While you cannot use weapons, you CAN use your adrenaline powers while 
carrying the ball!
- Ball carriers are worth 12 adrenaline points if you kill them

5.5. Touchdown Survival
In the Bombing Run map included with the UT 2003 demo (Anubis), it is almost 
impossible to score a "touchdown" through the goals without double jumping! 
And to make matters worse, below each goal is a pit of death. 

If you are not sure you can make it through, you should consider shooting 
the ball through the goal for less points. I'm not sure there's quite anything 
more humiliating than running towards the goal to win the game and falling 
to your death instead. But remember that the ball is affected by gravity, 
so take this into consideration when aiming.

It is difficult (though possible, see next paragraph) to score a "touchdown" 
without falling into the bottomless pit below immediately after. If you die, 
you lose any weapons you're carrying. If you shoot the ball through the goal, 
so long as you survive the next 3 seconds before the board resets, you'll 
start out with your weapons and ammo stores intact. Keep in mind that if you're 
using an adrenaline power, you reset to zero adrenaline when the board resets 
after scoring, regardless of who and how it was scored.

Lord_Hades notes that you can successfully score a touchdown and still 
survive to the next round. He suggests jumping at a 45 degree angle towards 
the goal, rather than head on. If you can manage to actually land IN the goal 
ring, jump backward onto the ground to save yourself. Another trick is that 
when using the Speed adrenaline, you can jump through the goal with a single 
jump. After passing through, use your double-jump and you can land on a very 
narrow ledge behind the goal. Or after passing through, double-jump to either 
side to land on the ground.

When defending, pick up the shields in the last arena before the goal room. 
It's not very bright to let an enemy ball carrier pick up your own shields 
on his run to your goal. 

Here's a survival run down for the Bombing Run maps:
Anubis - See above, jump carefully, land more carefully
Bifrost - No death penalty for scoring
Disclosure - If you inch into the goal, you can score without getting chewed 
up in the fan immediately behind it
IceFields - No death penalty for scoring
Skyline - I don't know how you could survive, you basically have to drop into 
the goal to score a touchdown, and a pit is just below
Slaughterhouse - Same situation as Skyline
TwinTombs - No death penalty for scoring

5.6. Tips
For obvious reasons, the Speed adrenaline effect is one of the best for 
Bombing Run. Grab the ball and run for it! =)

Consider using the jackhammer (weapon 1) when you don't have a better weapon. 
The jackhammer's secondary fire is a shield you can use to screen ball 
carriers on your team, and the primary weapon does excellent melee damage 
while also knocking the enemy away. This can also be helpful when defending 
a ball carrier because it screws up the enemy's aim, compared with most other 
weapons that simply do health damage.

Passing the ball to an enemy player can sometimes be a useful strategy. 
Assuming you're well armed (or maybe because you were going to die otherwise), 
pass to an enemy, which prevents him or her from shooting back while carrying 
the ball. You can then kill the player, take the ball, and carry on with one 
less obstacle. I have seen this strategy backfire, however. Passing to 
someone who has 100 adrenaline who then uses Speed and runs away can be pretty 
embarassing. =)

6. Communication
I believe by default, 'T' is the global chat key, and 'Y' is for team chat. 
Press the key, type a message, and press Enter to send it.

Since it can be hard to pay attention to text messages during the heat of 
battle, you can use the 'V' key to bring up the pre-recorded voice chat 
commands. By cycling through the menus, your character will "speak" an audio 
message to other players. Orders will only be heard to the players on your 
team they are directed to.

The voice command menus are rather poor compared to games like Tribes. Order 
types aren't categorized separately from each other (no defensive or 
offensive categories). Perhaps worst of all, when sending a message to All 
players on your team, the "All" group is not the first selection on the target 
list. This prevents you from memorizing a voice key combination, as you must 
pay attention to see who is getting the message. I do believe you can rebind 
these commands however, although I have not tried this yet.

7. Misc.

7.1 Single player tournament
To be honest, I haven't had the time to go through the entire single player 
tournament tree yet. Here's a tip from Eric Walker:

"It has to do with single player. I don't know how far you have progressed 
in it, but the last two rounds are fighting against classic UT fighters (they 
are in the intro to the single player campaign). The last fight, against 
Malcolm in the serpent maze level, is insanely tough. That is, if you don't 
know the secret.

Malcolm automatically adjusts his skill setting depending on how well you 
are doing against him. If you are doing well for the first couple of frags, 
he will all of a sudden get insanely good and make it nearly impossible to 
kill him. Very frustrating! So the secret is, let him win. For a while, at 

Just stand in front of him and get killed until the score is around 7-0. Then, 
kill him with a vengeance. He will be so much easier now (the computer thinks 
you are a really sucky player and set its skill just above sucky) so you should 
get your required 10 kills with no problems at all, maybe he will get one 
more kill.

After you beat him, you will get to pick from the Lauren, Brock, and Malcolm 
models to play in both MultiPlayer and SinglePlayer from now on."

7.2 Map strategies
Skippy sent in a strategy on a the successor to one of my favorite original 
UT maps. 

Face3 - by Skippy
This map is set up like the first two facing worlds maps, only much larger. 
Also the Redemer is now located centrally, directly opposite from the Big 
- Keg - O - Health. Each base has two teleporters that lead to Sniping spots 
higher up the towers. Don't jump into the firey bowl thinies held by the 
statues in the flag rooms, you'll be dead before you know it. 

8. Credits
This FAQ was written by Matthew Lam. His website is accessible at 

- Thanks to Damage for information on Invisibility, Berserk, and some 
adrenaline point rules.
- Thanks to rumit for info on elevator double jumping.
- Thanks to Z-Force for pointing out that Booster Adrenaline increases 
shields when health is maxed out.
- Thanks to Lord_Hades for shield gun/fall damage and surviving bombing run 
touchdown tricks
- Thanks to Solomon Carlson for info on the minigun
- Thanks to Ashley Kampta for info on the minigun and rocket laucher fire 
- Thanks to Reese for bringing up the "pass to the enemy" strategy
- Thanks to Eric Walker tips on beating the last leg of the single player 
tournament mode
- Thanks to Skippy for lots of misc tips and for the Face3 map description

Send any comments/feedback/contributions to ut2003@chibiknights.com

Please do not expect a response, I'm not sure how much effort will continue 
to go into this FAQ at the present time, but I would like to do what I can 
to help out the gaming community. Playing Bombing Run is always more fun with 
players who know what they're doing =)

I will credit any contributions where appropriate, as best I can. If you want 
your e-mail address included, please state so. Otherwise, I'll assume you 
don't (not more spam, argh! =).

Thanks for reading!

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