Mackay Specialist Guide: Battlefield 2042

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Battlefield 2042 features ten Specialists at launch, each with a unique gadget and passive. While most of the Specialists fulfill a particular class role from previous installments, a few carve their own niche. Webster Mackay firmly sits in that latter category.



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Mackay’s focus is on mobility. His Grappling Hook gadget and passive allow him to fling across rooftops or close the gap to an enemy with ease. A good Mackay player can be a nightmare to fight against, using their gadget to reposition quickly. This guide will give a quick overview of how Mackay works, what his gadget and passive do, and some tips on how to make the most out of his Grappling Hook.

Updated October 23, 2023, by Charles Burgar: Battlefield 2042 has seen major overhauls since its release. Specialists have now been recategorized into classes, gadgets have been rebalanced, and many new weapons and gadgets have been added. This guide has been updated with updated information on Mackay’s specialist abilities, gadget options, and tips on how to best use the Grappling Hook.

Mackay Specialist Overview

Battlefield 2042 Mackay Specialist Lore



Specialist Gadget

Grappling Hook: Use to scale buildings, reach ziplines, or damage enemy soldiers.


Nimble: Move faster while aiming & on ziplines


Level 15

Mackay is an Assault specialist that offers unparalleled agility. His specialist gadget, the Grappling Hook, allows Mackay to launch up vertical platforms, fly across large expanses, or attach himself to a nearby vehicle before loading it with C5 Explosives. This gadget makes Mackay a highly mobile character that suits aggressive playstyles perfectly. His Nimble passive also allows Mackay to strafe faster while aiming.

Assault specialists gain proficiency with Assault Rifles, granting three additional magazines of reserve ammo.

As an Assault, Mackay has access to the Med-Pen class gadget and anti-infantry secondary gadgets. The Med-Pen allows Mackay to heal himself once per life. This gadget does not regenerate and cannot be replenished, so you’ll need to rely on Support teammates like Falck to heal after this point. Your secondary gadget consists of powerful anti-infantry options like C5 Explosives, Claymores, and Grenade Launchers. This makes Mackay a powerful specialist in nearly every situation. With some practice, you can even single-handedly destroy vehicles with the use of C5 and the Grappling Hook.

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Gadget And Passive

Battlefield 2042 Mackay Features

Grappling Hook

Mackay has a unique Grappling Hook gadget that will propel him in a certain direction. You can connect it to any solid surface from up to 32 meters away. While grappling, you can use your movement input to slightly control where Mackay is going, allowing you to slingshot past your Grappling Hook if used correctly. Should you miss, a short animation will play where Mackay will reload the Grappling Hook launcher. This ability has a very short cooldown.

During a grapple, you can swap weapons anytime to end the ability prematurely, keeping your momentum. You can preserve this momentum even longer by jumping right as you land. Get comfortable timing these weapon swaps and jumps to maximize the distance you can travel with this gadget.


You’ll passively move faster while aiming when playing as Mackay. Ziplines scattered across 2042’s various maps will also move a little quicker. The strafe speed increase is noticeable but not game-changing. Console players who rely heavily on movement to aim will appreciate this passive much more than mouse and keyboard users.

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Tips And Tricks

Battlefield 2042 Mackay Specialist

  • C5 pairs well with the Grappling Hook. Propel yourself to an enemy vehicle, plant some C5, then detonate to land some easy kills.
  • Swap weapons mid-grapple to propel yourself forward. Jump right afterward to maintain some of that momentum.
  • You can grapple onto moving vehicles, keeping pace with their current speed.
  • Consider using Smoke Grenades to hinder enemy visibility before using your Grappling Hook.
  • The Med-Pen gadget fully heals you. This makes Mackay a great specialist for flanking.
  • Equip Mackay with an Assault Rifle to spawn with additional ammo.

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