Ghost Recon Wildlands 1.29 Update Patch Notes | Mercenaries ‘Battle Royale’

The Ghost Recon Wildlands update 1.29 is available to download and install on PS4, Xbox One, and PC right now. Skip to the end of this guide to read through the complete list of the Ghost Recon Wildlands 1.29 update patch notes. If you like a little more meat on your update patch notes bones, however, read on below for some Ghost Recon Wildlands version 1.29 update highlights. This seemingly final update for Ghost Recon Wildlands brings introduces a brand-new mode, so read on for the Ghost Recon Wildlands Mercenaries battle royale details.

Ghost Recon Wildlands 1.29 Update Patch Notes | Highlights

Ghost Recon Wildlands 1.29 Update Patch Notes

As stated above, this supposedly final Ghost Recon Wildlands update is primarily adding in the new Mercenaries multiplayer mode. The exciting new battle royale-esque mode isn’t all that’s being added or changed in the update, however. There is a selection of bug fixes and improvements across other game modes to be found in the 1.29 patch notes, too.

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New Mercenaries PvPvE Mode

Mercenaries is a brand-new eight-player free-for-all PvPvE mode that has been added into Ghost Recons Wildlands thanks to the 1.29 update. In Mercenaries, it’s up to you to call for a rescue, find the extraction point, and board the chopper before anyone else. As in other battle royale modes, you begin with a melee weapon only. You will scour the map in a search for three radio transmitters, activating them will shrink the possible extraction zone on your map.

Once you have activated three radio transmitters, you will need to head to the helicopter, which when it lands, will show everyone the exact location of the extraction site. You will need to fill your extraction gauge before you can board the chopper, however. This means that you will need to stay in a set area around the helicopter. If there are any enemies in the area, you will need to eliminate them with any weapons or vehicles you have found during the mode. Thankfully, you will respawn when you die, but you’ll begin at square one, with nothing again.

There are several rewards for playing Mercenaries, too. You’ll be given the Lone Wolf costume for simply playing the mode, with six more rewards scheduled for number of Mercenaries wins. You can find out more in the full list of patch notes below.

Ghost Recon Wildlands 1.29 Update Patch Notes

Ghost Recon Wildlands 1.29 Update Patch Notes

Read through the complete list of Ghost Recon Wildlands 1.29 update patch notes below, courtesy of Ubisoft:


  • New Mercenaries PvPvE mode
    • Eight-player free-for-all
  • Phase 1: Recon
    • Start with no weapons, gear, or items
    • You will need to located and activate radio transmitters to shrink the possible extract sone on your map
    • After interacting with the intel, you will have three choices to gain an advantage through the position of a transmitter and a randomly determined selection of the following:
      • The position of other players for a limited amount of time
      • The position of rare items like gear and weapons
      • The position of a vehicle
    • During this phase, you will need to compete with other players and face Unidad soldiers to locate transmitters. You’ll also need to find gear and weapons to give yourself a competitive edge.
    • Once you activate three transmitters, you’ll reveal the exact position of the extraction point and gain one out of the five segments needed to fill your extraction gauge and board the helicopter.
  • Phase 2: Helicopter Deployment
    • When you’ve activated three transmitters, the helicopter will start flying to the extraction point. When the helicopter lands, the location will be revealed to all players.
    • Those who haven’t activated three transmitters can still continue to gather intel.
    • Depending on your strategy, you can use intel to get better gear, reveal enemy player locations, or gather three transmitters yourself to begin filling your extraction gauge before reaching the helicopter.
  • Phase 3: Exctraction
    • Once you’ve reached the extraction point, you will need to fill a gauge to board the helicopter. The gauge can be filled by staying in a set area around the helicopter.
    • This gauge will have checkpoints, and if you are forced to leave the area or want to set a trap for the other mercenaries, the gauge will remain filled to the last checkpoint you reached.
    • The helicopter will not extract you if there are other players in the area, so you’ll have to use your best tactics to keep the other mercenaries out when your gauge is full.

New Mechanics

  • Loot Your Gear
    • When you spawn in the match, you will be equipped with nothing but your melee weapon. It will be on you to find the best gear, weapons, and consumables to fight enemy players and the Unidad forces.
    • Located around the map and on the bases, there will be caches where you are be able to find everything from sniper rifles and flashbangs to armored vests and healing syringes.
    • If you die, you will lose all of the loot you gathered and start at square one when you respawn.
    • This is Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, so good tactics will always be rewarded. Utilizing the transmitter system, exploring the map, and infiltrating Unidad bases for loot will give you plenty of opportunities to get back in the game even if you die.
  • Armor and Health
    • Mercenaries will have a new health and armor system. Based on the gear you pick up, an armor bar will appear. This bar will absorb a percentage of damage based on the penetration capability of your opponent’s weapon.
    • If you are hit by a weapon that deals penetration damage, you’ll start to bleed. When bleeding begins, you’ll start to gradually lose a percentage of your health.
    • If you are injured, you can loot three different types of healing items to get back into fighting shape:
      • Medikit restores all health and will stop bleeding
      • Bandage stops bleeding but will not restore health
      • Syringe restores health but will not stop bleeding
  • Destructibles
    • In Mercenaries, destructible doors can be opened with a CQC. Behind these doors, you’ll have the chance to find loot to help you take on other players and Unidad.
    • You’ll have to think tactically about when to do it as your opponents will be able to hear you breaking the doors if they are close by.
    • It’s up to you to weigh the risks against the rewards in every scenario of Mercenaries.


  • Lone Wolf Costume: After completing your first game, you will be granted the Lone Wolf costume as a reward to thank all players who try out this mode.
  • You will also obtain rewards based on your number of wins:
    • 1st Win: Mercenary Patch
    • 3rd Win: Mercenary Pants
    • 5th Win: Mercenary Heavy Vest
    • 10th Win: Jacket Army Mercenary
    • 15th Win: Mercenary Heavy Vest with Shoulder Pads
    • 25th Win: Mercenary Backpack

Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • (PVP) Sapper mines will now blink while activating, similar to the Trapper.
  • (PVP) Fixed exploits in the Dust Town, Lithium Mine, Zinc Mine, and Institute maps.
  • (GUERILLA MODE) Fixed an issue in Guerrilla Mode where players would be rewarded with more Prestige Credits than intended.
  • (GUERILLA MODE) Fixed an issue in Guerrilla Mode where a player would respawn in their “dead” animation when the revive is interrupted by the respawn mechanic.
  • (PVE) Fixed an issue where the player would not receive Carzita’s briefing video when entering Agua Verde.
  • (PVE) Fixed an issue where Nomad would walk instead of crouching or crawling after picking up a dropped weapon.
  • (PVE) Fixed a visual issue in the Itacua province.

Images credit: Ubisoft.