ArmA: Cheats

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Overview

All of the following cheats require you to hold Left Shift down and then press the Numpad - (minus) key. Then let go and type the appropriate cheat code (capitalization doesn't matter). Nothing is displayed while you are typing, however the key strokes are being recorded and a quick confirmation might shortly flash on the screen upon successful entry.

Example procedure entering GETALLGEAR cheat

Cheats

ENDMISSION

Ends the mission.

CAMPAIGN

Unlocks all campaign missions (This must be entered in the appropriate campaign screen you want unlocked. Unlocking one campaign will result in other campaigns that are unlocked to be re-locked.)

MISSIONS

Unlocks all single player missions (This must be entered in the appropriate single missions screen.)

SAVEGAME

Saves the game in your current mission. Can be useful as a quicksave function.

TOPOGRAPHY

(German Users: Enter TOPOGRAPHZ instead)

Generates selected map in EMF vector format. The file is (not) always created at the root directory of the C: drive (Windows 7 with UAC might put the file in Virtualstore, "C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Virtualstore" ).

Example export procedure for Arma 3

  1. Run Arma 3 as administrator
    • Open your Arma 3 main folder
    • Locate arma3.exe
    • Right click on it and select Run as administrator. The reason for it is that .emf file will be saved at c:\<worldname>.emf location, and on Windows 7, for example, most apps do not have rights to write in that location. Running Arma 3 as administrator should resolve this
  2. Select desired map
    • Open 2D editor with the map you want to export (Old 2D editor can still be started with Ctrl + O shortcut at map selection screen)
  3. Enter required cheat
    • Press and hold Left Shift
    • Tap - (minus) on the NUM pad while still holding Left Shift
    • Release both keys then blindly type TOPOGRAPHY. If everything done correctly, a small message will flash saying that topography is activated. German users might need to type TOPOGRAPHZ instead, since they use QWERTZ layout instead of QWERTY
  4. Locate exported file
    • Go to c:\ and check for <worldname>.emf file. If you had activation message and no file saved, something is wrong with write file permission to this location, you will have to troubleshoot it on your own
  5. Finish exporting
    • Close Arma 3 because it will not release the file otherwise
    • Copy resulting .emf file into some location where any user can write to the disk
    • Copy EmfToPng.exe file to the same location. This file can be found in Visitor 3 folder in the Arma 3 Tools package. If you don’t have it, it is available on steam as free download (Library -> Tools)
  6. Convert exported map to .png
    • At this point you can just drag your resulting .emf file over the converter .exe to start default conversion. However if you prefer to do it with different zoom, you can do it via command line, for instructions run EmfToPng.exe without params
  7. Done!
    • If everything went ok, you would have <worldname>.png file created next to <woldname>.emf file

EXPORTNOGRID

(Available since Arma 3 v1.43)

Does what TOPOGRAPHY cheat does, but generates a grid-less map in EMF format XXNAMEXX_nogrid.emf. More on map topography export [1]

GETALLGEAR

Entering this cheat will execute statement defined by onCheat property in description.ext. For example:

// description.ext
onCheat = "hint str _this";

_this variable will contain "GETALLGEAR" text. Currently this is the only cheat that can activate onCheat event handler.

FLUSH

Flush all video memory to cure performance issue caused by textures being placed in the AGP memory

FREEZE

Instantaneous "freezing" the game. For debugging of freeze dump creation process.

CRASH

Forced game crash. For debugging of crash dump creation process.

FPS

Allows to artificially limit FPS for testing. In Arma 3 every time FPS cheat is entered, it cycles through the following list (message shown):

  • Limit FPS 60 - 1st time cheat entered
  • Limit FPS 40 - 2nd time cheat entered
  • Limit FPS 20 - 3rd time cheat entered
  • Limit FPS 10 - 4th time cheat entered
  • Limit FPS 5 - 5th time cheat entered
  • Limit FPS 2 - 6th time cheat entered
  • Limit FPS Random 10-60 - 7th time cheat entered
  • Limit FPS 0 - 8th time cheat entered (FPS and counter reset)

MISSIONS

Unlocks all missions.

Alternatively, to unlock stand-alone mission (older games), locate your ArmA profile first (it will be named (username).ArmAProfile, and will be either in My Documents\ArmA or in My Documents\ArmA Other Profiles. Open it in a text editor and change the section:

activeKeys[] = {};

to:

activeKeys[] = {"M00","M01","M02","M03","M04","M05","M06","M07","M08","M09","M10","TT01","TT02","TT03","TT04","TT05","TT06"};