When a sandstorm occurs, the player's visibility and accuracy become harshly impaired. While in the storm, running is not possible and the player will shield their face. In multiplayer, sandstorms will cause the minimap to be reduced to static, rendering it beyond use.
- The character will always shield their face, even if they are wearing protective equipment such as goggles.
- In the single player, Walker can not issue squad commands during a sandstorm.
- Sandstorms can occur on all multiplayer maps, with the sole exception of Extinction, as the map takes place indoors.