At the multiplayer press event for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Treyarch revealed to us two new specialist characters for Black Ops 3 MP.

Specialist Characters introduce a new back story to multiplayer mode. Each specialist has their own weapon, ability, in-game voice (which was really cool), story, and more. There’s important things to note on how specialist characters work.

First off, you choose which specialist you want to play as pre-match. You can only select ONE of their abilities: each specialist has a weapon ability and power ability, and you cannot use both at the same time. In-game, in the bottom right hand of your HUD, you’ll see a circular meter.


That meter will fill up throughout the game – the meter fills up faster as you earn more score. And due note: the meter does not reset on death. Once the meter is full, it highlights itself. Then, on PS4, you press L1 and R1 together and you’ve activated your special ability. As you use the ability, the meter starts to drain; once it runs out, the ability meter resets. If you die with your ability, the ability is gone.

Specialist characters resemble Destiny’s characters power abilities. They’re powerful, but are limited in usage. Treyarch stated that specialist abilities allows players that cannot achieve score streaks to still get rewarded while playing. 

The final game will feature 9 total specialists. 4 were revealed back in April.

Here’s the two new ones:

  • Prophet
    • Weapon Ability: ‘Tempest’: the tempest is a lighting gun. Once it’s charged, it will shock and kill enemies within a wide range of area. This weapon is one of the most powerful ones we’ve seen yet.
    • Ability: ‘Glitch’: “Hack the battlefield” – When having this ability equipped, Prophet can relocate himself back to the previous location. This is especially helpful if he’s entered a dangerous situation.
  • Nomad (quick back story: he was a lone survivor of an Elite Rapid Dev Force in Jungle Warfare. He likes to enter warfare alone..) 
    • Weapon Ability: ‘Hive’ – with the Hive, you deploy pod traps. Once an enemy comes near the traps, they’re dead. It’s basically a more deadly C4.
    • Ability: ‘Rejack’ – now, we’re gonna go ahead and say this: it’s basically a nerfed down version of Final Stand. When equipped with this, if your character enters a ‘near death’ experience, you inject yourself with some nano particles into your blood stream, you character pauses, and then your health comes back.

My favorite Specialist would have to be the Reaper. His weapon ability is that his right hand turns into a mini sentry gun, and it’s insanely powerful. You can wreck havoc, but as with all abilities: it last for a very short period of time.

There’s still 3 more specialist to be revealed at a later date.

  • Raptor

    fist me

  • Mark Rubin

    So basically Final Stand, an OP sentry gun at hand and Teleporting – what the hell was Vonderhaar smoking when he came out with this trash? Can’t believe it’s the same team that produced the iconic World at War and Black Ops 1.

    • Michel

      Except for Final Stand(Which we ain’t even sure how it exactly is going to work) its pretty cool.
      Its OP because you can only use it like 3 times?, You might also say that a stealth chopper in Bo2 was OP, the most important thing is that it is fun.

      The thing I hated about final stand is getting killed by someone, who I have should have been dead, but right now it seems like that is not possible.

  • LovekillerX

    Combine. Looks a little bit like Raid, don’t you think?

    • ScOott

      Has anyone said what the TTK is like ?

      • KreamyCold

        Its looks god awful to me, it’s lookin like ghosts ttk.

        • ScOott

          Still only alpha, might get changed ..

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      Meh, a little.


    The combine map has so many recycled textures from AW it’s embarrassing. Literally copy and paste pixel for pixel.

    • PatPatPat

      No, not really…

  • ScOott

    Xbox one, ps4 .. Either way, you got to be hyped for Black ops 3 .. I really wish it was me playing black ops 3 :-/ ..

    • WesupDude

      I feel

  • Patrick Toworfe

    So that’s what happened to the Crysis guys ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • WesupDude

      Got em

    • jonathan

      Seriously that’s what I thought. Nomad, Prophet, Seraph?

  • TheWalkingDon

    Crysis, AW, Titanfall and Destiny all rolled into one game.

  • LovekillerX

    If you want to see lighting strike, new stealth chopper, MOTHERSHIP and pwnage in a new map… watch these.

    Mothership (skip to 2:27):

  • Revive? Really? Ugh. Just when I thought “second chance” was obsolete. Once you’re down, why can’t you just stay down and respawn. FML

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      I imagine it’ll work like Destiny where warlocks can self revive. Everyone thought it would be OP, and it is (for PVE) but it’s completely useless and gimmicky in PVP.

      • spartanelite

        The self respect is not gimmicky at all in pvp its honestly border line OP

        • Siftblade of Rivia

          No, self revive is borderline useless in PVP. The nova bomb for the other warlock subclass is way more useful.

          • spartanelite

            How when you self res you get one shot Melee’s wge. You use it pair it with the claws of amahkar and you get two not to mention the granade spam with the firebolt grenades and in trail’s too probably the best super out of all of them,it let’s you make a possible cone back

          • Yennefer

            Seems like sift lost his blade.. eh sift?


    Wait so what is going to be shown off tonight since we have the reveal last night?

  • theeeNerd

    Judging from some gameplay we have. This games looks dope!

    • That Sōma Tho

      God Tongue.

      • theeeNerd

        Food War FTW

  • Infinity Ward #1

    So it’s basically Advanced Warfare with wall running?

    Good job Failarch

    • Baruck obuma

      without exo’s yeah its clearly advanced warfare

  • Juses

    Only two factions again. Why?

  • Drasadex

    look at this shit lmfao

    • Siftblade of Rivia

      Lol wtf

    • wow, that is ridiculous…

    • EmperorEye

      I’m just like…wow wtf is this lol

    • disqus_SgUgND1m0G

      you seem to care more about these xbox fanboys than the xbox fanboys care about COD being mainly PS4

      • Drasadex

        No but I do find it hilarious as to how they’re reacting to this

    • Run N Gunning Camper


    • Jai Plays!

      Haha sad buggers.

    • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

      Wow lol… I pity Xbox users but to start wanting a riot just goes to show that COD DLC exclusivity is one of the primary reasons why people actually bought the Xbox One.

      • xGeneralRex

        From what the Twitter account has been spouting, it’s not the DLC exclusivity they want. It’s competitive play. LAN tournaments, MLG competitions, etc.

        • Drasadex

          But I’m sure there are hundreds of accounts wanting original DLC rights lol

      • omar_soft

        And thats nowhere near all the xbox fans, thats a small amount. Just because some of them are immature doesnt mean all of them are, the same can be said about basically everyone.

      • spartanelite

        Can they ban this asshole or something all you do is talk shit here so just stop

        • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

          You hate me don’t you? lol why would I get banned for telling the truth, I know the truth hurts but the fact you want me banned shows how butt hurt you actually are.

          I don’t talk shit, I state my opinions but your getting offended by it most probably because your one of the people I’m referring to and most probably indirectly provoking.

          By commenting what you said you are just conveying exactly what I mean…

          • spartanelite

            No your really not stating your opinion, it is just straight up talking shit to the entire community

          • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

            Not really, I made a pretty valid point imo and I will continue to talk what you perceive to be ‘shit’ whether you like it or not. Ever heard of something called freedom of speech?

          • spartanelite

            Yeah there is freedom of speach but it doesn’t make you any less of an asshole all your doing is just mocking us for getting the DlC first and your not making any point either just proves how childish all both side’s are being like I’m mad about it, but what can I do :l

          • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

            Sorry but when did I mock you for getting DLC late? All I said is that it’s pretty sad to see some of the Xbox community react this way and want to start a riot for getting COD DLC late… did PlayStation users ever riot for receiving DLC late over the past 5 years? No.

          • spartanelite

            Because we already had it,we had when CoD wasn’t as big as it was,and you have been its somewhere around article of you just fanboying over this

      • imBATMAN

        Ok and all I see are asshole Playstation users. Not everyone on xbox is butthurt.

        • KevinWoof

          During the 7 years of time, when Playstation got DLC later and Xbox was the competitive platform, Playstation community was not even close to as salty as Xbox fanboys right now. For sure there were some people that were salty, but they didn’t threat to send hitmen after Vonderhaar or start a Twitter hashtag and giveaway things for just retweeting the hashtag.

          • imBATMAN

            I said not all xbox users k?

          • KevinWoof

            But all Xbox users ARE salty, k?

          • Haitian Jack

            We’re not. Ive been on xbox since MW2 and I always thought it was unfair that we got it first, it shouldve been a same time deal. all this means is that Ill have another reason to get a PS4.

          • That one guy

            I have both platforms. I love watching these conversations. Because I get a choice

          • Haitian Jack

            Right. Most of the people who argue are little kids who cant buy both. I plan on buying a PS4 in like a month specifically so I can play early.

          • imBATMAN

            Umm nope, i’m not salty. I really don’t care, k?
            btw WHERE IS RILEY!?

      • Rampage

        Actually I bought xbox one because MLG and UMG tournaments are played on Xbox one

    • Zuph (Emma)

      Sounds like the tables have tabled

      • John Blue

        I think you meant to say: “Sounds like the turns have turned”


      nail in the coffin for shitbox

  • Baruck obuma

    is there only two factions?

  • Ciaran

    I thought destiny straight away after seeing how the special abilitys work.

    • Honestly, Vahn was a huge fan of Destiny, if you ever saw his tweets and pictures on Twitter. I guess you could see the relation and why we have these “special abilities”. Personally, I don’t mind, just make it good.

  • Diego Diniz

    I think they improved GRAPHICS and AESTHETIC…I was wrong!
    These grapchis is THE SAME as Black Ops 2…
    Black Ops 3 = Black Ops 2 + Specialist Characters + Thrust Jump

    • Patrick Murray

      Wrong BO3 =Destiny + Titanfall +BO2

    • Kobrah

      Is that a bad thing?

      • Diego Diniz

        I expected a Call of Duty with AMAZING GRAPHICS! Dont know when its gonna happen…

  • drjakeyoung

    Did the snipers have a bullet trail?

  • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

    Is there going to be any Multi Team and Demolition game modes? I hope so because judging from the game plays I’ve seen so far it’s going to a great COD, every time I watch game play I just want to play the game so badly for myself, can’t wait for PS4 beta in August, the hype is real!

  • I thought the glitch Ability was for Reaper?

    • Keshav Bhat

      Things changed.

  • TehShadewRaeper

    Is it just me or is this specialist stuff sound like destiny super abilities. It is set up exactly the same way.

    • imBATMAN

      It is, some of the treyarch devs are huge Destiny fans. Especially Vahnderharr. Look at his previous tweets about him and destiny.

  • Zuph (Emma)

    I cant wait to Snipe and use the crossbow ^.^

  • HypeeZGb

    PS4 Has 1month max early DLC (i think they will lower it to a week or two maybe) people say its the nail in the coffin for the “ShitBox”( i think you mean xbox) but hey we have bavkwards compatability so when people stop playing BO3 ready for Ghosts 2 i will be playing COD4 mike myers on my XBOXOne lool

    • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

      COD4 will not be backwards compatible according the Activision. It’s not on the backwards compatibility list sorry to disappoint you, only a select amount of games will be backwards compatible.

      • HypeeZGb

        I just used that as an example but thanks for telling me, but like i said ill be playing the games we all miss and wish we could play on xboxOne/PS4

      • HypeeZGb

        Do you think the exclusivity will be lowered to maybe 2weeks i have a feeling it will for some reason. As XBOX sells more on Marketplace than PS4

        • yoursick

          Are you that stupid Xbox has been getting out sold by ps4 for a long time now and all of sudden they will lower it to 2 weekshahahahahahha

          • HypeeZGb

            I asked for opinions not sarcasm you stupid cunt, yes PS4 have been outselling but look at marketplace sales, xbox has done a lot better. Thats why i think they would change it, and im not at all bothered about waiting for DLC. Stupid immature cunt.

      • spartanelite

        It is it’s in the top 20 to be backwards compatible, 1st is red dead redemption, then bo2 is 2nd and mw2 is like 10th and was is 20th,cod 4 is like 7th

      • AlexK489

        They’ll be adding more games to the list throughout the year, so it’ll get there eventually.
        And before you ask “how do you know?”, Rainbow Six Seige will ship with Rainbow Six Vegas and Vegas 2, and Fallout 4 ships with Fallout 3.

    • hypeebootyhurt

      Yea keep telling yourself after all this time we had to wait 1month for dlc that now all of a sudden it goes to ps4 u guys will have to only wait 2 weeks thats bullshit and if that’s what ur telling urself to make u keep thinking Xbox is gonna die then good 4 u but yea expect to wait I bet it stings deep in your booty hole and yea have fun thinking you can play cod 4 on backwards compatible hahhahahaha xbox started to die yesterday you even have kids on these message boards saying how they only bought Xbox for cod dlc now they r sickkkkk so enjoy the wait

      • Patrick Murray

        I hate people like you that think xbox is dead because of dlc for cod I hope you realize the ceo or owner of Microsoft is a billionaire lol he can easily out buy Sony any day either way we xbox users have Halo 5 so dlc doesn’t matter to me anymore. #Halo5IsLoveHalo5IsLife

        • Zombieringo

          Maybe this is really just jealousy over Halo 5 getting all dlcs as free downloads which isn’t happening to any ps exclusive this year. So to make their pathetic lives feel better they’re mocking us xbox fans for getting dlc later for Cod, at least we will get it a month after the ps release. (p.s. Before any Sony fanboys call me an “Xbot” or some other stupid insult, I actually have both current gen consoles, and actually prefer the ps4, just hate it when every little thing one consoles gets early becomes a shagging contest between the immature fans)
          Also, you get Cod dlc early. We get rise of the tomb raider early, I know which one I’d rather get first…

      • HypeeZGb

        Look at the message above stupid twat, and a lot of people are thinking COD4 will be backwards compat ffs do you not look on youtube.

  • Good idea but not. I love how all Cods have to cater to noobs now.

  • imBATMAN

    Take this shit out! These abilities will ruin BO3 I can guarantee that

  • Dangelo95

    Specialist are such a big part of the game that I expect one more to come out when each dlc comes

  • Dangelo95

    Love these youtubers who can’t get reconigtion for talking goodly about the game so they shit on the game allll the way to release and then have the game on their channel and play the game even though they are talking shit the whole way to release… And people wonder why the cod community get a bad rep people like them

  • nokki00 .

    not impressed. Seeing that it plays like BO2 is not a good thing. They run like they got shit in their pants. The guns from from score steaks sound like fart noises. Lazy and what a copy and paste from BO2.

  • CookieChairman

    “When having this ability equipped, Prophet can relocate himself back to the previous location.”

    Isn’t this literally what Reaper does?

  • Kierra Mahnken

    what is the meaning of the guns turning red during the game?