How to Change Arma 3 Missions
Last modified on Aug 10, 2023 in Arma
By Nathan Young
Overview – How to Change Arma 3 Missions
Setting up your Arma 3 server to play missions with friends is an important step in the hosting process, as it allows players to enjoy a wide variety of military operations in-game. Whether you want to try out vanilla or custom types, it’s possible to do it. However, the exact process may be confusing as it involves tweaking your server settings. This is amplified if you’re planning to use workshop missions since there’s required preparations before getting started. Regardless of the operation types, you can have many different ones ready-to-go at a moment’s notice. All of these configurations are easily done in our panel, as there’s a built-in file editor for your convenience. With this in mind, we’ll show you how to change missions on your Arma 3 server in this Apex Hosting guide.
Many players want to start off with vanilla missions in Arma 3, as they can be used to help newcomers learn the game. Due to the amount of them available to choose from, we highly encourage you to review the official list to see what you want. All of these can be used on your server, which only requires its file name to be entered in the configuration to get started. When you’re ready, follow the instructions below to begin setting this up to play with others.
- Head towards your Apex server panel, then click
Config Filesnear the top left.
- Continue to click on the
Server Configoption, revealing its contents.
- Locate the
Missions Cyclecategory, then find the template setting underneath.
- Proceed to enter your desired mission in its field, along with the difficulty level.
- Do this for the second mission, while retaining the file’s format.
- Afterward, press
Saveat the top and click
Restart Nowto apply these changes.
If you’re wanting to add extra missions, rather than only having the default two, then copy the class MissionX line to }; below it. Keep in mind that this isn’t the last }; found at the very bottom, as each mission has its own section within
After doing this, paste it on a new line and rename the class MissionX accordingly, such as “class Mission3”. Once you’ve done this, change the template setting to your desired operation. If everything looks good, click
Restart Nowto see if that works.
If you’re wanting to use custom missions on your Arma 3 server, then you can do that. However, there are some extra steps involved to set it up. This includes subscribing (downloading) the file, then renaming and uploading it in the panel. Afterward, you’ll use its file name accordingly in the main Server Settings area. Keep in mind that some workshop missions require Arma 3 mods or other files to work properly, depending on its setup. Reading the description of your custom operation is encouraged since it may reveal what you need before using it on the server. When you’re ready, follow along below to set up workshop missions on Arma 3.
- Navigate to the Arma 3 Workshop, then locate your desired mission.
- Once found, press the
Subscribebutton to download its files.
- Afterward, note down the
Workshop IDvalues from ?id= in the URL.
- On your computer, head towards:
- Locate and open the folder that matches your previously saved
- While inside of this area, rename the .bin file to [name].[terrain].pbo.
Note: We suggest saving the original file by copying and pasting, then renaming it.
- Head towards your server panel, then click
FTP File Accessnear the top left.
- Proceed to type your
Passwordin the text box and press
Loginto gain access.
- Afterward, locate and enter the mpmissions directory from the list.
Uploadat the top left corner, then drag and drop the .pbo file accordingly.
- Wait for this to reach
100%, then return to Missions Cycle in the
- Make the appropriate changes, such as the class MissionX and template values.
Savethese edits and
Restartthe server to begin using workshop missions.
Each mission in Arma 3 is unique with its own unique set of objectives to complete, which is amplified with workshop ones. Adding mods to these operations might be the best way to enhance your gameplay. Whether you want better movement or new enemies, there’s plenty of opportunity to have fun. Remember, some missions may require you to install specific mods for custom features. It’s encouraged to play around with many workshop items to find the best ones for your server. Otherwise, continue to enjoy some unique missions with friends.
If your server isn’t starting up or working properly after joining, then double check you’ve configured the
Missions Cycle correctly. Remember, you have to make sure the class names are unique and the template setting has a valid mission. Additionally, don’t remove required characters from the file such as semicolons or spaces, along with other kinds. If all the options appear good, then make sure you’ve successfully uploaded the .pbo file in the mpmissions directory via the FTP panel. Keep in mind that a .bin or other kind of document will not work, as you must rename it accordingly. This only applies to server owners looking to use workshop missions.
After successfully setting up your Arma 3 server with custom or vanilla missions, a common problem appears. This tends to be the “…Contains Bad Link to a Static Object” message in-game or in the console of your panel. The vast majority of the time, this can be dismissed since almost every map and mission does it. However, occasionally it can prevent anyone from starting the operation. Solving this may require you to install mods, depending on the mission’s design. We advise looking at the workshop description of it to see if you need to do something else. Otherwise, restart the server and try again to see if that helps. Alternatively, you may contact our Support to see if they can resolve this situation.